Conte stands by team selection against Crystal Palace


"The work that we did was unbelievable and we had sometimes some luck, but I think we deserved to win this game".

"At the end [of the season] if we deserve to win the title we will be very happy".

"When you lose in this way you must be disappointed". But it's very hard to find a reply to this result.

It appears they have cause to be concerned, as the Ivory Coast worldwide is being by a host of top four teams, following his impressive season of six goals and seven assists in the league. They have a really strong squad. And I think City missed an opportunity [against Arsenal]'. To go game by game. Every game will be very tough from now until the end.

Chelsea's position is still the envy of their rivals. They wouldn't relinquish their lead despite the Blues peppering shots at their goal and the Blues saw their 13-match home winning streak improbably snapped.

"When you are lucky enough to fight for the title there is the pressure but not only for us, for a lot of teams".

"In football, especially in teams that want to win things, you need consistency in the individuals", Mourinho told The Telegraph London.

"We have tried to keep this position".

Palace's number 11 has scored six goals this season as well as supplying nine assists during his 28 league and cup encounters.

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Chelsea suffered a 1-2 defeat to Crystal Palace in their EPL tie on Saturday evening. Had they won even half of those games, they would be in the thick of the Champions League picture, instead of five points adrift of the top four (albeit with a game in hand). "We dominated the game".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho launched a scathing attack on four of his players in the aftermath of his team's 0-0 home draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (Sunday morning NZT).

Hazard is on course to win the PFA Player of the Year award for a second time in three years this season, having played a direct role in 16 Premier League goals for league leaders Chelsea.

"A flash of talent, a glimpse of talent, one action, nearly a goal, but we need to kill opponents". Their resurgence under new boss Sam Allardyce continues.

Chelsea came close to levelling the scores on a number of occasions, but Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey proved to be too much of an obstacle.

After the 2-1 victory, Palace boss Allardyce was full of praise for Zaha and said he believes the 24-year-old is beginning to realise his potential on the pitch.

"Wilf made a decision to play for the country he was born in".

"His goal was very important, the timing of it, and then Christian after that one was obviously equally important because that was the victor for us". I've got to say yes to that, haven't I?