Title race now more interesting - Conte

The winger's confidence was shattered after playing only 106 minutes of competitive football

Chelsea will be looking to return to winning ways against Manchester City on Wednesday, but Conte expects another hard test.

The implications of this result to the title race will overshadow the fact that Palace has won four straight games to boost its bid to stay in the Premier League.

"Obviously we weren't scared but we were well prepared and if you come away with three points, especially with the way we played in the second half, we can be very proud of ourselves".

Things have been going very well for us this season the majority of the time but it wasn't to be. "To be close to them, we have to win that game and we will see what will happen at the end of the season". "If we had won we would have been happy but now it's important to focus on Manchester City". They've got some really, really tough fixtures coming up, and they need to win this.

Star striker Diego Costa racked up 13 Premier League goals before Christmas but has struggled to keep up that form, scoring only four times since then. To go game by game.

"In England it doesn't exist an easy game".

Chelsea's position is still the envy of their rivals.




Tottenham's weekend win at Burnley, along with a rare Chelsea slip at home to Crystal Palace, has breathed new life into a title race which appeared over. "If you are able to keep this position it means that we deserve it". In the end a Kenny Dalglish goal at Chelsea on the final Saturday of the season swung it Liverpool's way.

Prior to Palace's visit, Chelsea had not lost in any competition since a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on 4 January.

Antonio Conte admitted Chelsea are feeling the pressure as they approach the decisive stages of the 2016-17 campaign. "I think we are a strong team".

Chelsea's Premier League lead was cut to seven points. "We know the talent we have within the squad and the work we are putting in is having its rewards and everyone is seeing the difference with the recent results".

Cesc Fabregas gave Chelsea a fifth-minute lead, but the excellent Wilfried Zaha equalised four minutes later and Benteke struck Palace's second after 11 minutes.

Chelsea were thwarted by a remarkably resolute display by Palace's defence, marshalled by the impressive Mamadou Sakho.

However, it remains to be seen if the Ivory Coast worldwide will remain with the Eagles, as Spurs continue to be reported as showing an interest after failing to secure a January move.

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