Antonio Conte wants Chelsea to win more matches
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte told has told his players to go and make it 11 league wins on the bounce with victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday as they threaten to clinch the title.
Chelsea FC already are six points clear at the top of the Premier League following a 1-0 victory at Sunderland and face a Palace side on Saturday that is in deep trouble at the other end of the table.
Conte turned his mind to Palace within minutes of the final whistle on Wednesday.
“I am pleased for my players because they deserve this for their commitment and work-rate every day, in every training session, during the game,” he said.
“Now for sure we have to continue. In three days on Saturday we will have another tough game against Crystal Palace. I hope we recover very well after this battle to try to arrive at Christmas in an incredible position in the table.”
Chelsea may have a significant advantage over the other title contenders but they were not wholly convincing at the Stadium of Light and needed a 40th-minute goal from Cesc Fabregas to dispose of struggling Sunderland.
The Londoners are closing in on Arsenal’s record of 14 successive victories, achieved over two seasons, as they prepare for the trip to Palace and home games against Bournemouth and Stoke over Christmas.
They are matches that Chelsea will be expected to win, but the same was said about their visit to the Stadium of Light, where Sunderland have scored only 10 goals and now won just two of their eight home matches.
“I prefer not to look at the top of the table. We are doing something important up to now, but the league doesn’t finish today. There are still three games before the halfway stage of the season.” Conte said.
He also admitted Chelsea is not at their best but was encouraged by the way they kept fighting to secure a tenth successive league victory.
Fabregas who is still adapting to Chelsea’s 3-4-3 system, added: “The performance was really good and I felt we were very, very strong. Now we want to keep winning. Hopefully we can continue like this and send out a strong message. People forget that it’s only my second time in my career that I’ve played this system. My teammates have played it much more, but I’m getting used to it and feel very comfortable.”