Conte Thrilled As Chelsea Return To Winning Ways
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has talked up the importance of his side’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridgeon Saturday.
Willian’s opener coupled with an own goal from Martin Kellywas enough to see Chelsea return to winning ways following successive defeats, despite Palace giving themselves some late hope when Patrick van Aanholt pulled a goal back.
The result leaves the champions now only two points off the Champions League places in the Premier League table, and Conte was delighted to keep the pressure on Tottenham Hotspur.
“This win was very important, because if you want to fight for a place in the Champions League, it will be very important not to drop points. I think we played really well, especially in the first half,” he told reporters at his post-match press conference.
“A lot of parts of the game we created many, many chances to score. It’s a pity at the end we conceded the goal and we played three minutes a bit nervous, because you dominate the game and you hope to finish the game more relaxed.
Chelsea will be in action on Wednesday night, when they take on Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.