Chelsea eight wins away from league title, says Conte
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Mar 19, 2017,
Mar 19, 2017, 0:51
Chelsea moved 13 points clear at the top of the table and this season's Premier League title race is done and dusted.
Willian's opener had been cancelled out by a Jonathan Walters penalty in the first half, but Gary Cahill's late victor put his side within seven victories of being crowned champions of England for a sixth time.
The Potters attacker dusted himself off and made no mistake from the spot to hammer the ball high in to the net for 1-1 in the 38th minute.
Even without the injured Eden Hazard, Antonio Conte's men, who have lost just one game in 2017, triumphed again when Cahill struck three minutes from time to make amends for giving away a first-half penalty.
"But today it is important against a strong team and in a stadium with a great atmosphere".
"It was an evenly matched game and they had late opportunities when we went for a goal". And he crowned all this with the clever free-kick that deceived Lee Grant for Chelsea's opening goal.
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"Now it is a very good distance from Tottenham and City, but there are more points to play for". No reunion between Costa and Ryan Shawcross was likely to end in cuddles and compliments, but many of Chelsea's first-half struggles were directly related to their striker spending more of his time wrestling opposition defenders than providing an effective focal point.
Chelsea: Courtois 5; Azpilicueta 6, Luiz 8, Cahill 7; Moses 6 ( Loftus-Cheek 6), Kante 8, Matic 7, Alonso 7; Willian 8 (Zouma 88, 6), Costa 6, Pedro 7.
Grant did go some way to atoning for that error on the half-hour mark, though, making a crucial save to deny Marcos Alonso from close range as Chelsea looked to build a two-goal cushion.
"We only had two Premier League games in this month".
In the other games on Saturday, Everton hammered Hull 4-0, Crystal Palace edged out Watford, Chelsea overcame Stoke, and Leicester's run under their new manager continued at West Ham.
Asked whether it was Chelsea's title to lose, he added: "To have a 10 points gap, 13 at the moment, but I like to think our opponents will win tomorrow".