Conte hopes record run sparks ti­tle glory

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Antonio Conte has chal­lenged his Chelsea stars to use their club record run of 12 suc­ces­sive vic­to­ries as the foun­da­tion to win the Premier League ti­tle. Conte’s side moved seven points clear at the top af­ter a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Mon­day and they are now just two more vic­to­ries away from equalling Arse­nal’s Premier League record of 14 con­sec­u­tive wins. Should the Blues de­feat Stoke and Tot­ten­ham in their next two games, they will have earned a sig­nif­i­cant sta­tis­ti­cal land­mark. But it is tro­phies that mat­ter most to for­mer Ju­ven­tus and Italy boss Conte and he has set his sights on lead­ing Chelsea to the Premier League crown they last won in May 2015. “I pre­fer to win the ti­tle than the record,” Conte told Chelsea TV. “Records are im­por­tant, but not all. It’s im­por­tant to write his­tory only when you win. “To be in the his­tory of the club and to win 12 games in a row is fan­tas­tic. But with the play­ers we want to con­tinue.” Bournemouth switched to three at the back to try to match the Chelsea for­ma­tion that has proved such a suc­cess since Conte first de­ployed it ear­lier this sea­son. — AFP

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