Alonso: Seven Finals Left For Chelsea


"If you compare these two games - we face United away and Tottenham face Bournemouth at home - I think that it's easier for Tottenham to take points in their home stadium".

"There are seven games to go and in England it is not easy, there is a lot of pressure".

Former Italy boss Conte insisted he relishes the intense pressure surrounding Chelsea's tilt for the title - and even admitted he would crank up the heat on his players himself if necessary.

"It is important in every game to try to take three points and this game will be very tough. We've been there nearly all season, we are showing we want to be there, we're playing very good and fighting for it and that's what we need yo keep doing". You can feel a bit of the pressure, but it's normal - when you play after your opponent that you will see your opponent very close.

"I'm very happy to face this type of situation and to play with only four points ahead of our opponents". If I don't see pressure, I put pressure.

"Maybe before the game we felt pressure but once the game kicks off we just think about winning, after that we didn't think about the Tottenham result".

"We knew the Tottenham score before the game so we knew we could only win".

Hailing Chelsea's response in claiming two wins in a week after their 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace, Conte warned his players that Tottenham will never give up on the title.

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"But when we started the season, nobody thought that Chelsea could fight for the title and instead we have found the right motivation together".

However, new manager Antonio Conte refused to let the Spain global leave the club and that decision has proved to be an astute one from the former Italy boss. We have to go on in this way, game by game and stay concentrated.

"Last season Chelsea finished 10th and now we are on top of the table".

"I am happy for Eden and he scored a good goal".

Diego Costa has now gone five games without scoring a goal, and has only four goals since the calendar turned over to 2017.

Yet what was ultimately so impressive about Chelsea was that, having reinforced their advantage with Marcos Alonso's freekick, they then simply shut Bournemouth out of the game.

"He must continue to work in this way with great commitment, desire and work rate". We're experiencing a great season but we need it to turn into an excellent season.

"Said Hoddle: "(Alonso) and Moses, at the beginning of the season, people weren't too sure about the wingbacks, but they have proved themselves.