Antonio Conte targeted six more wins to clinch the Premier League title and write history after Chelsea’s crucial 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea showed resilience in responding from their surprise loss to Crystal Palace and the gap at the top remained seven points as second-placed Tottenham came from behind to win at Swansea.
Goalkeeping errors contributed to the opening goals as Eden Hazard shot through Willy Caballero and Thibaut Courtois gifted City an equaliser, scored by Sergio Aguero.
Hazard saw a penalty saved by Caballero, but tucked in the follow up to give Chelsea a 2-1 half-time lead which they would not relinquish.
Tottenham could win eight games. For this reason to win the title we need 18 points. I think this is the best way for us (to think)” said Conte
(Hazard) is an important player. Also he’s growing in his mentality. I think he’s playing a really good season.
This season for all my players, for me, we will remember this season if we win.
We must be focused and try to win six games and take three points (six times). If we are able to do this, we will win the title.
Otherwise it will be a good season, but not a great season.
We will remember this season if we win. Usually I like to say only who wins write the history.
Conte was asked about how motivates his players, and in an insightful answer confessed that his English makes that difficult.
He added: “In Italy for me, honestly, (it) was easier to find the right words to motivate my players.
“But I try. I try to push sometimes with the words, sometimes wave my hands. Six wins.
“It wasn’t easy, but when you play against City, it’s normal to suffer in some part of the game.
“But I think we suffered as a team in the right way. It was a good win for us, above all because when you play after a bad defeat against Crystal Palace, where I think we didn’t deserve to lose.”