Conte hails Chelsea after ‘crucial week’ in season

Date published: Sunday 30th April 2017 6:35

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised his players for coming through a ‘crucial week’ in the season, but insists the title race is far from over.

The Premier League leaders were held for over an hour at Goodison Park before a brilliant strike from Pedro broke the deadlock and was followed by goals in the last 11 minutes from Gary Cahill and substitute Willian in a 3-0 victory.

With just four matches left Chelsea remain firmly in the driving seat, but Conte is taking nothing for granted despite his and his players’ celebrations with the travelling fans after the final whistle.

Asked how close the title now was, he said: “I don’t know. It is a great win but at this part of the season every win is a great win for us.

“For this reason we must celebrate in the right way, with my players, with the staff, with our fans.

“We have to have great enthusiasm and great patience because I think we are having a great season but to become a fantastic season we must win.

“Now it is important for us to prepare the right way the next game. If we don’t win against Middlesbrough (a week on Monday) then you lose this great win.

“It is very important after this crucial week for us because we played against Tottenham in the FA Cup and then on Tuesday against Southampton and now against Everton.

“I think we finished a crucial week very well. We all know there is this part of the season that is more important.”

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