Chelsea ease past Bournemouth to re-establish title lead

Chelsea restored their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win against Bournemouth yesterday.

Chelsea hold a seven-point lead ahead of their trip to Old Trafford, but tempers ran high between Conte and opposite number Jose Mourinho when the Londoners beat 10-man United in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge in March.

"We knew the Tottenham score before the game so we knew we could only win".

"Maybe before the game we felt pressure but once the game kicks off we just think about winning, after that we didn't think about the Tottenham result". That pressure, it's normal.

Spurs will be praying that their London rivals begin to feel the pressure and suffer a collapse similar to Liverpool's in the 2013/14 season.

"I'm very happy to face this type of situation, and to play with only four points from our opponent".

The Italian taskmaster insisted he relishes the intense pressure surrounding Chelsea's title tilt - and even admitted he would crank up the heat on his players himself if necessary. "If I don't see pressure, I put pressure", Conte said.

"I think Tottenham are stronger than last season, they reinforced their team with really good players.

He's a lovely footballer, absolute quality, he has got a great left foot", Redknapp told BT Sport as a pundit during Chelsea's 3-1 win against Bournemouth on Saturday.

"There are seven games to go, and we have a schedule that's not easy", said Conte.

Tottenham are in imperious form having won their past six league matches while Chelsea have won successive games after a surprise 2-1 home defeat against Crystal Palace. We have to continue in this way, game by game, to be focused and to concentrate.

"Because for sure Tottenham has great desire to win the title".

I don't want to say to win, but at least a draw. Jack Wilshere's throughball sent Fraser one on one with Luiz after 15 minutes, but the winger wasted the chance by shooting wide and Chelsea took full advantage by scoring a scrappy opening goal moments later.

"For sure it is important in every game to try to take three points and this game will be very tough".

N'Golo Kante, excellent in both winning the ball and moving the visitors forward, found the equally impressive Eden Hazard with a precision long pass, allowing the galloping Belgian to round home keeper Artur Boruc.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe spoke after the game, and while he was pleased with his team's efforts, he confessed that Chelsea were simply too much for them.



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