Thursday, 27 July, 2017

Conte urges Chelsea to take one more step for the title

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas was named man of the match against Middlesbrough Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas was named man of the match against Middlesbrough
Damon Campbell | 14 May, 2017, 04:01

While victory at West Brom will deliver the title, Chelsea also have home games against Watford and Sunderland in which to snare the three points they need to make it across the finish line.

His precise passing set the Blues on their way to creating an opportunity to win the league on Friday at West Brom. Nemanja Matic then produced a second-half strike to rule out any remote chance of a shock comeback to preserve Boro's Premier League status for at least another weekend.

Defender Gary Cahill admits there was a party atmosphere at Chelsea this week with the Premier League leaders 90 minutes away from clinching a second title in three years.

Yet, according to the Birmingham Mail, there may have been another ulterior motive for Pulis' presence in the capital as Chelsea steamrolled Middlesbrough 3-0.

Former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet believes Chelsea deserve to win the title because they've been the most consistent team.

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". In this situation we showed a great will and desire to win the title.

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He said: "From top to bottom we haven' t been good enough, . the players, the staff, myself, it's not about tonight, it's the full season". That means we won eight games and lost only two. "Then, through hard work, he improved a lot".

The Blues were crowned champions of England in the 2014/15 season only to suffer a dramatic slump in form the following season that led to the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho. We have two games to go. Next it's West Brom and we have to try to win the league on Friday.

Defender Gareth McAuley said: "They're a top, top side, but over the years we've had good games against them and we've had a few good results at The Hawthorns, so we'll be turning up confident and trying to win the game".

"Because in this season, Cesc at the start didn't play a lot".

No wonder. Albeit a quietly charming, thoughtful figure away from the pitch, on the touchline Conte comes across as a manic, hyperactive figure making demands of his players that they dare not refuse.

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