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Antonio Conte's Blues took another huge step to the title using a battling 2-1 triumph over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, keeping a seven-point edge over Tottenham in the peak.

"The situation is clear - eight games left and we need to qualify for the top four and that is our target for the end of the season", said Guardiola.

However, Pochettino was unfazed by his comments, explaining: "I didn't hear him say that but I can understand".

"I am happy for both of them because they deserve to play".

"I know he was never nominated for the best three players of the year here in England".

"The Tottenham result is important but the most important was our result", the Italian said.

"Six points in the last two games - it has been a big week for us", he added.

Eden Hazard has played down talk of the Chelsea forward hitting the lofty heights of his Premier League title success in 2014-15. "Otherwise it will be a good season, but not a great season".

But Spurs' Houdini-like victory has kept the title race alive after scoring three goals from the 88th minute to earn a 3-1 success at relegation-threatened Swansea City.

Conte reportedly led a team meeting in his dressing room which resulted in a raucous round of applause from his players, who had just seen their side maintain their seven-point lead atop the Premier League table. The Belgian's clearance went straight to David Silva and, though the keeper saved the Spaniard's shot, the rebound was gobbled up by Aguero for his 15th league goal of the season. In the second half we defended very well, with good balance. "Okay, he made a mistake with the goal but everyone is involved in this team and we are lucky to have him in the team".

Liverpool could have stamped our authority on the chase, but foolishly conceded late on against the Cherries, who we'd dominated all game.

Kompany has had to work hard to convince Guardiola that he is fit enough for a chance, and believes his return should serve as a message to the club's young players that effort on the training pitch will get you a chance at City.

And The Telegraph's Matt Law has since documented how tempers spilled over into an altercation in the Stamford Bridge tunnel. "I saw many teams play here with six at the back". You can win, you can lose.

"I don't always complain like at Arsenal in the last minute, whether it was a penalty or not, but today it was a penalty".

"I don't like to be reactive".

"Our performance was 1,000 miles better than the Arsenal game".

While City are out of title contention, 14 points behind Chelsea, Guardiola believes Tottenham "is there". But it was not possible.


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