Chelsea's Conte believes league is not over

Former Juventus manager believes any of the top six teams can still win the title

Afp February 13, 2017
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte applauds fans after the game against Burnley on Sunday. PHOTO: REUTERS

BURNLEY: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes any of the six teams could still win the Premier League despite his side’s Chelsea side moving 10 points clear at the summit after drawing 1-1 at Burnley.

Chelsea negotiated a potentially difficult visit to Turf Moor on Sunday, where Burnley have the third-best home record in the division, behind only Chelsea themselves and Tottenham Hotspur.

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But despite the solid result, and commanding lead at the top of the table over second-place Spurs, Conte refused to discuss his team's increasingly strong chances of winning the championship.

"That's normal. There are 13 games before the end," said Conte. "If someone thinks this league is finished, I can tell you now, no. There are six teams for me that can win the league and anything can happen. We must continue to work in this way.

"I am happy for the commitment and the will to win. You can only take one point, but I am sure of the commitment. We have to think only of ourselves, not the other teams. It is important to play your game, to think about your game and then you think about the other results."

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Conte was also quizzed about comments made by former Chelsea and current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after his side defeated Watford 24 hours earlier.

The Portuguese manager made a veiled reference to Chelsea's style of play, labelling them "defensive", but Conte laughed off the comments.

"I don't like to reply to the other coaches," Conte said. "I don't like this. He is joking. I have experience to understand this."


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