Thibaut Courtois Belgian relishing prospect of title after Chelsea woes

Conte has been able to use a settled side in the Premier League without the extra playing demands of Europe - a point that has been raised by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho - so next season will be more of a slog.

"For sure it won't be easy, because West Brom is a really good team, a physical team, and we must pay great attention".

Conte, who afterwards admitted "now I'm a bit relaxed" after repeatedly focusing only on the next game, said: "Our worst moment was after the United defeat, because Tottenham won the game and to see your opponent only four points (behind) was very bad".

But we need to take another step to become champions in the English Premier League, a fantastic achievement for us.

With Tottenham putting up nine straight wins before their loss to West Ham on Friday, Chelsea were pressured by Spurs, but the win over Middlesbrough means it would take a collapse of epic proportions if the Blues were to miss out on the title.

"At this stage it was important to win and exploit Tottenham's defeat", said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.




The Belgian goalkeeper has not forgotten last season's woes, and says the ability Chelsea have shown to bounce back after the heavy criticism the team received should be applauded if the club manage to lift a fifth Premier League title at the end of the season.

Midfielder Nemanja Matic, who scored his first goal at Stamford Bridge against Boro, reckons Chelsea's ability to respond from setbacks has been key. "I feel the quality of my minutes has been fantastic, my contribution is perhaps bigger than a full season where I play every game", he added.

His latest two assists came on Monday night in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough. I need to have this type of situation where you arrive and you have to work a lot and also to transform the situation in the right way. "We've worked so hard for a number of years to get back into the Premier League, and we know how tough it is".

The Blues stand-in captain has flourished at the heart of Antonio Conte's three-man defence this season - letting in just 29 goals all campaign. They're going for the title and we've still got things to play for ourselves.

Conte is also not concerned about where his team wins the title and would be more than happy to secure the silverware away from Stamford Bridge.

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