Chelsea have progressed more this season than Spurs, says Antonio Conte

Sam Wallace
Chelsea require five wins from their seven remaining matches to win the league - Rex Features

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his team has made far greater progress since the summer than second-place Tottenham Hotspur after the league leaders re-established the gap to Spurs in second place to seven points with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth.

Conte conceded that his team felt pressure with Tottenham having closed the gap to four points with a 4-0 win over Watford in the lunchtime kick-off, and he also asked that Chelsea be judged against last season’s performance.

He pointed out that he inherited a team that finished tenth in the league last year and now require five victories from seven games to win the title.

Conte said: “Don't forget that last season Tottenham fought for the title until the end. That means they are a really good team. Last season Chelsea were tenth and now we are top of the table.

“I think Tottenham had two or three new players [in the summer] and are stronger than last season. It's important to understand this. It's important to compare teams the right way.”

Bournemouth vs Chelsea shots on goal

Conte’s team benefited from an Adam Smith own goal, and then a fine goal from Eden Hazard before Josh King pulled one back for Bournemouth. Marcos Alonso scored a second half free-kick to seal the victory.

Conte said that the pressure of Spurs’ pursuit is not a problem for him. He said: “I like the pressure, I live off pressure. I don't see pressure, I put pressure [on]. I think pressure gives you the best of yourself.”

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