Hazard & Costa Restore Chelsea's Seven-Point Lead At The Top

Chelsea took another step towards the Premier League title as they glided to a 4-2 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening.

Antonio Conte believes his Chelsea side have passed a psychological test in moving seven points clear of Tottenham but still face a fight to the finish in the Premier League. There could also be an FA Cup to collect if Arsenal can be overcome in the final.

"It was a good win".

"We must think this race is open", he said.

Hazard was edged out by teammate N'Golo Kante for the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday, but insists that he is proud of the France international's achievement this season.

And Conte says the league table shows spending isn't everything.

Chelsea's Diego Costa, right, scores against Southampton in the game at Stamford Bridge.

"I think JT does this, Gary [Cahill], [Cesar] Azpilicueta and even Cesc. First of all it's important to win for us and to look at ourselves".

And the fresh legs certainly as his men moved a step closer to claiming the title two goals from Costa and a goal apiece from Hazard and Gary Cahill fired them to a 4-2 victory over Southampton on Wednesday.

The first target for every great champion is to play for the team and to put your talent in the team, because the best players don't exist without the team. “But for me I always said that Im very pleased for his commitment, for his work for the team, because hes always working for the team.”.

Conte manoeuvred his resources to perfection in the victory against Spurs at Wembley - and did it again here as Hazard and Costa made decisive contributions to a vital Chelsea win.

Conte said: "It wasn't easy because we faced a very strong team who didn't have any pressure".

"I'm convinced it deflated them - I've been to the conclusion of those myself". The goals are their life. "We have a big game this weekend [at Everton]".

"It could be that one team needs, for example, only one or two players because they already have a very strong squad". Sometimes he was unlucky in different circumstances, but I was always confident about him.


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