The Blues are currently in third place in the Premier League table, behind Manchester City and Manchester United as they try to climb the standings and establish themselves as one of the main contenders for the title this season.
Chelsea won the Premier League title in style last season following Conte’s appointment at the club in the summer of 2016.
However, the west London side did not have the distraction of European football last term as they focused purely on domestic affairs.
Chelsea seemingly have some serious work to do if they want to bring themselves back into contention for the title this season.
And Conte has told his players to first focus on closing the gap to Manchester United, who are in second place.
Speaking at a news conference at Cobham before Chelsea’s home clash with Swansea on Wednesday night, Conte said: “For the problems we had at the start of the season, we are doing our best.
“At the same time, we have to look at ourselves. Man City are going very well now. If you take them out of the table, there is Manchester United.
“Our target must be to look at the team who is in front of us, in this case Manchester United.
“Our first target is to try to catch them up, and if we are able to do this, then we can see who is the team who stays in front of us. This must be our mentality.”
Chelsea booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League last week with a 4-0 victory over Qarabag in Baku.
The Blues return to Premier League action this weekend with a home clash against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.
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