Antonio Conte happy as Chelsea respond to Tottenham with a victory

Antonio Conte happy as Chelsea respond to Tottenham with a victory

Antonio Conte happy as Chelsea respond to Tottenham with a victory

Chelsea are answering every test of their credentials, manager Antonio Conte said, as their push towards the Premier League title continued with a 3-1 win against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Hazard and company will now face old boss Mourinho in next weekend's clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford, but Conte has rejected all talk of the meeting of Chelsea bosses old and new. What's amusing for us is the fervor with which they pin their hopes to Spurs just twelve months after gleefully dancing on their graves as Leicester City confirmed their most unlikely triumph.

Six more victories from the next nine Premier League games are needed to secure the Premier League title, hopefully today we can get one step closer.

"I'm satisfied because it wasn't easy to play this game after the win for Tottenham".

"I love Tottenham, they're probably my favourite team in the league to watch", Neville said. "We know what we are playing for, the motivation is 100 percent and we played a good game".

Diego Costa's deflected shot gave Chelsea the lead after 20 minutes of play, and the 26-year-old Belgian dribbled the ball past Artur Boruc to slot in a neat finish from a tight angel just minutes after.

Goals from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso made the difference at the expense of Bournemouth who had hitherto not lost in their previous five games.

In the second half we managed the game and scored another goal, then the free-kick from Marcos Alonso. It's great for him to show his quality in the free-kick.

The Blues are seven points clear at the top of the table and are in the midst of an excellent run of form, however they've been unable to ease up.

The Premier League era is littered with epic collapses from teams who thought the title was theirs and, with Chelsea needing 18 points to be certain of top spot, Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas isn't getting carried away yet.

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

"And I'm sure he can score in every game". He is great player, a great talent.

These two sides have never played out a draw.

Neville highlighted the fact that Spurs' budget was much less than the sides around them and that they spend less on players.

Five more wins will be enough to bring the Premier League trophy back to Stamford Bridge, and Alonso says there is a unity of goal among everyone at Chelsea to see it done.

"The group is fantastic".

"It's a massive win for us, especially as we knew what Tottenham had done".

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