Antonio Conte sends message to Chelsea supporters about Man City in title race

The Chelsea boss is refusing to concede defeat in the Premier League title race

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Antonio Conte has refused to rule out Chelsea in the Premier League title race.

The defending champions have ground to make up on current leaders Manchester City following the west London side’s sluggish start to the season.

Chelsea have already lost to Burnley, Crystal Palace and Manchester City to leave Conte’s men with an uphill task in the title race.

However, the Blues have won six of their last seven Premier League games with a 1-1 draw at top-four rivals Liverpool FC the one blotch on their record.

Indeed, Conte’s men came from 1-0 down to ease to a 3-1 win against former manager Rafael Benitez and his Newcastle side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea moved to within eight points of leaders Manchester City ahead of their home clash against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium in the weekend’s final fixture.

The west London side could reduce the deficit next weekend if Manchester United do the defending champions a favour and take points off Manchester City in the derby at Old Trafford.

Speaking to BBC Sport about Chelsea’s title prospects following a 3-1 win over Newcastle, Conte said:

“I’m happy but in this league there is a team doing extraordinary things, Man City. At the same time it’s important to look at ourselves and go step by step.”

Chelsea won the title with two games to spare last term after finishing seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur.

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