Chelsea passed title test with Bournemouth win - Hazard

Vincent De Villiers
Abril 21, 2017

The Blues lead Tottenham by seven points with just seven games remaining, but Neville still believes that Spurs boss Pochettino deserves the acclaim.

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). "Every game is going to be massive and we are going to have to play each game as the last one because we need the points to get closer to the title".

The 39-year-old admitted it was hard face a team in such good form, adding: "With the system they play, they do very well with it and they have angles and passing options all over the pitch".

"I remember in France I always scored against the same teams, but if you want to be a top player, you have to score against every team".

"I don't smell the victory, because there are seven games to go", Conte said. We have to continue in this way game by game, to be focused and to concentrate.

"To have a great season, to write history, you must win", said Conte.

"For sure Tottenham have a great desire to win the title and we must have the same desire".

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"I think Tottenham had two or three new players [in the summer] and are stronger than last season".

Chelsea took the lead on 17 minutes, courtesy of a freaky goal which saw Diego Costa's mishit effort deflecting in off the unfortunate Adam Smith.

"I felt myself in a good position to block the shot and he shanked it really and it hit my head and went in", the Bournemouth defender told BBC Sport. "I'm happy for him but above all for the team".

"In this moment Diego is not scoring but he's totally involved in the team and our football". The Norwegian, who had rescued a point for the Cherries at Anfield midweek, gave his team hope and impetus with his strike and a work-rate to match it.

"But, for the main, we defended them well and Artur [Boruc] was relatively untroubled until the free-kick which was a brilliant goal from their perspective".

Adam Smith's weird own goal floored Bournemouth from the off, though Joshua King did fire his 13th league goal of the season, albeit via a deflection.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe conceded that a change of tactics could not change the result. "I watched them against Watford and it will be another tough test".

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