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Conte insists table-topping Chelsea have no reason to panic ahead of City clash

Date Posted,April 3, 2017

Antonio Conte maintains there is no panic at Chelsea going into their crunch clash against Manchester City.

The Blues boss saw his side stunned by Crystal Palace on Saturday to reduce the gap between the leaders and second-placed Spurs to seven points.

Victories for City at Stamford Bridge and Spurs at Swansea would reduce that gap to just four points.

All of Chelsea’s defeats in the League this season have come in London.

But Conte said: “At this moment, I’m pleased with my players. I’m seeing, always, great commitment from my players.

Chelsea were stunned by Palace (Photo: Reuters)
Diego Costa reacts (Photo: PA Wire)

“It can happen. You can lose the game. But we didn’t deserve to win the game against Crystal Palace. But football is wonderful also for this type of result. And tomorrow we’ll have another game.”

Conte celebrates a year since he was confirmed as Blues boss by the club’s hierarchy.

He admitted he is delighted to have lived up to their hopes of a title challenge 12 months on.

“The time flies,” he said. “It’s good, it’s good. Good for me, a fantastic experience. A good experience for me and my family, also.

Conte celebrates victory at Stoke (Photo: Darren Walsh)
Conte is closing in on the title (Photo: Laurence Griffiths)

“It’s great to stay here and, after one year, t talk with you also and have these press conferences. And, above all, to talk about winning the league.

“Because, I repeat, it wasn’t sure one year ago that we would be staying in this position.”

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