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

Marcos Alonso

GETTYMarcos Alonso says Chelsea talks about third goal at half-time

The Blues restored their two-goal advantage in the 67th minute, as Marcos Alonso curled home a sublime free-kick from 25-yards out, 1-3. We all know where we are going, we are all going in the same direction and that's very important.

It was a pity to concede and then we suffered a bit, but in the second half we managed the game very well, we scored another goal, and we could have scored goals to improve the result against a really good team, with good organisation and a good coach.

"Tottenham reinforced the team this season with two or three good players, and I think they are stronger than last season.

He must continue to work this way, with great desire and work rate and I'm sure he can score in every game".

That's because Tottenham are on a six-game winning streak and look unlikely to give up the fight until the title is mathematically out of reach.

Bournemouth are the visitors to White Hart Lane next weekend while Chelsea take on Manchester United at Old Trafford, but Alonso dismissed the suggestion that a third meeting of the season with Jose Mourinho's men carries any greater significance in the title race.

The Spain global has never before gone four Premier League games without a goal, but Conte highlighted the overall contribution of the striker, who has 17 league goals to his name this season.

Marcos Alonso
GETTYMarcos Alonso scored a stunning free-kick to secure win over Bournemouth

Antonio Conte's side have won 33 points from their 15 away games so far in 2016-17; only twice in Chelsea's history have they picked up more points at this stage of the season (35 in 2003/04 and 38 in 2004/05). We don't have an easy schedule, we know this.

"But it's important to go game by game, in this case after our defeat against Crystal Palace, we played Manchester City, and we could drop points, and today we could drop points also".

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After having failed to pick up a win in 2017 before their thrilling 3-2 win over Slaven Bilic's West Ham, Bournemouth have rediscovered their form and have lost only one game in their recent run. N'Golo Kante, who is a shoo-in for the end of season awards after a stellar debut season with the Blues, played a pin-point over-the-top pass into Hazard's feet.

"We could have scored many more goals". Every team wants to beat the team at the top of the table.

Neville highlighted the fact that Spurs' budget was much less than the sides around them and that they spend less on players.

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