Title race now more interesting - Conte

Doyle BarkerApr 14, 2017

Speaking after the league leaders suffered a surprise slip up, losing 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace, Hazard was keen not to fuel further speculation.

"We dominated the game against a very strong team with good players".

For sure there was something, but I think it's right also to accept the decision of the referee. Still they need 21 points to win the title. "I think they showed they were a good team".

"When you lose in this way you must be disappointed".

"Why do you want to put me in s**t?" he asked interviewer Claude Atcheba. They have a really strong squad.

'Every game will be very tough from now until the end, whether the opponent is Man City or a team fighting near the relegation zone, ' Conte said during his post match interview.

The Blues require 21 points from the final nine games to be certain of the title. Their resurgence under new boss Sam Allardyce continues.

Benteke got the victor against Chelsea and says that, while confidence is flowing through the Palace team, they know safety is not assured yet.

"We have tried to keep this position. We are in that position now".

The loss was Chelsea's second since September and fourth of the season.

Parish had paid a visit to the Palace dressing room after the 4-0 home loss to relegation rivals Sunderland on February 4, and he said: "Emotions were running high. and there were just one or two things which I wanted to talk to them about".

The Saints are winless in their last two Premier League matches, including a scoreless draw against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Conte added: "If you compare this defeat with the other defeats we are another team".

"I feel the team was unbalanced".

The unlikely reverse, which Conte admitted made the title race "more interesting" for everyone, left Chelsea on 69 points with Spurs having moved on to 62 and Liverpool on to 59, though the Reds have played a game more than the top two.

"Saturday for sure was not our day because we created a lot of chances to score a goal and we dominated the game, and when you lose this type of game in your mind you try to answer a lot of questions but it is very hard to find the right one for this result".

But Palace are confident that Zaha, having resolved his worldwide future with the Ivory Coast, will accept the challenge of leading the south Londoners up the table.

Wilfried Zaha on Palace's win: "I'm stunned". We were not here to go back with a draw.

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