Antonio Conte is urging Chelsea players to maintain focus during Premier League run-in, says David Luiz

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David Luiz says Antonio Conte is urging his Chelsea players to maintain their focus during the Premier League run-in because the title race is not over.

The Blues have lost just three top-flight fixtures this season and currently boast a 10-point lead over nearest rivals Tottenham.

Just 11 games currently stand between Chelsea and their fifth title of the modern era, with only a spectacular collapse expected to see Conte's side fail to lift the trophy.

But the Italian coach, who has been promised transfer funds to sign four new players this summer, appears determined to snub out any complacency.

"Very hard, he really loves football," Luiz told Chelsea's official website when asked what life under Conte is like.

"He’s doing a great job but didn’t finish yet and tells us we have to keep focus."

Gary Cahill - like Luiz - has become an integral figure in Conte's three-man defence, which has conceded just 20 League goals this season.

And the England international believes Conte's rigorous training methods have been key to the west Londoners' rise up the table.

"Hard," Cahill said when summarising Conte's regime. "The way we work now is intense. We do a lot of physical training, a lot of tactical training."

Chelsea travel to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon and could go 13 points clear at the summit with victory over Mark Hughes' side as Spurs, Manchester City and Liverpool are not in action until later in the weekend.

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