Antonio Conte says Chelsea one 'little step' from title after Middlesbrough win

Sandy Mccarthy
May 19, 2017

Our feature immediately after the game urged the player to snub overtures from Liverpool and Manchester United and become the main man under Conte next season.

The Spain global delivered a majestic display in his side's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Monday (8 May) but has only started 11 Premier League games this season and has had to make do with being N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic's understudy. "We have to rest well and prepare for West Brom". "To see your opponent only four points behind was very hard", he said.

Thibaut Courtois belives lifting the Premier League title this season would be more special than it was when he first won the trophy under Jose Mourinho in 2015.

Scoring goals wins football matches and we haven't done that enough this season.

"Fabregas has been a very impressive impact substitute for the champions-elect and is set to win a title medal, but a player of his quality should be playing week in, week out". This is a really strong team, a physical team, a good coach.

Conte has called on his players to maintain their focus and win the title at the first opportunity, on Friday at The Hawthorns.

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A fee worth a reported £500,000 has now been agreed for the highly rated Scotland Under-17 global, who will make his move in the summer.

Chelsea's Diego Costa, right, competes for the ball with Middlesbrough's Calum Chambers during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, May 8, 2017.

"This game was very important for us after Tottenham's defeat (at West Ham on Friday) and the possibility to take three points and go seven points clear of Tottenham", said Conte. "The disappointment tonight is obviously losing the game and first half, you know, our defending for the first two goals was disappointing and obviously going into half time and that gives us a mountain to climb".

"It wasn't like we felt we had to score because the title was at stake. It's about Middlesbrough Football Club and how we can turn it around next season to get this club back where it belongs".

Not long after the final whistle, Sky Sports presenter David Jones broke the news that Fabregas" so called "assist' was chalked off.

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