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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte predicts Blues will find it tough to continue ‘fantastic’ winning run


Antonio Conte believes Chelsea will find it tough to continue their Premier League winning streak after the Blues secured their 11th straight victory in the top flight on Saturday.

Chelsea came into their London derby clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park having won their last 10 league games, and made it 11 in a row for the first time since 2009 after Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game in the 43rd minute.

Chelsea are now just three victories away from Arsenal’s record of 14 successive wins in the top flight set in 2002, which they can match if they beat Bournemouth, Stoke and then Tottenham.

But Conte believes just making it 12 in a row will be tricky despite his side’s blistering form since September, although the Italian praised his players for going this far without suffering a loss.

“The run is fantastic. Congratulations to my players, not me. I am pleased for them because they deserve this,” Conte said after the game.

“I see every single moment, every day. It is commitment, the way we prepare for the game and the way they fight. I am pleased for the fans who are fantastic home and away and who push us.

“We can improve, though. You can always improve in different aspects. I am pleased with this level we have reached, but it is important to understand we are only at the 17th game in the season.

“We must not look at the table. We must not look at our rivals and continue working hard ourselves.

“We have reached a good balance between offence and defence. In some moments, our goalkeeper has been decisive. We dominated the last game but Thibaut [Courtois] made a fantastic save.

“After last season when he conceded lots of goals, this season is very good for him. We attack and defend as a team.”

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SOURCE: Evening Standard

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