Antonio Conte’s one-word response when asked if title is Chelsea’s to lose

Antonio Conte has warned Chelsea that the title race will be very difficult until the end

Antonio Conte has rubbished the suggestion that Chelsea have one hand on the Premier League title.

The Blues watched Liverpool lost 3-2 to Swansea City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon before Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium later that evening.

Chelsea seized their chance to move further clear at the top of the Premier League title as the Blues eased to a 2-0 win against Hull City thanks to goals from Diego Costa and Gary Cahill.

The west London side are eight points clear of second-placed Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table with 16 games to play in the 2016-17 season.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, Conte was asked whether the title was Chelsea’s to lose.

“No,” Conte said.

The Chelsea manager continued: “In my experience as a footballer I won and lost titles four games from the end. Now, we have an eight-point lead and there are 16 games to play.

“We have good experience and understand this league will be very tough until the end. To win this type of game and exploit the situation with other teams dropping points is important, but I’m sure it will be tough until the end. To be in this position is fantastic because at the start of the season nobody would have thought it.”

Chelsea finished in tenth place in the Premier League table last season.

Conte signed five players in the summer transfer window in an attempt to revamp the Chelsea squad ahead of his first campaign.

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