Conte urges Chelsea to ‘restart’ af­ter record at­tempt crum­bles

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LON­DON: Chelsea man­ager An­to­nio Conte shrugged off a record-wreck­ing 2-0 de­feat by Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur on Wed­nes­day, in­sist­ing his play­ers must dust them­selves down and restart their Premier League ti­tle quest.

Two Dele Alli head­ers meant Chelsea’s hopes of win­ning a 14th con­sec­u­tive Premier League game foundered at White Hart Lane.

Ital­ian Conte, how­ever, said the de­feat was very dif­fer­ent to the 3-0 re­verse they suf­fered at Arse­nal on Septem­ber 24, since when they have been un­stop­pable.

“We are dis­ap­pointed but also we must be pleased for our run as 13 wins in this league is not easy,” Conte told re­porters. “But this is a dif­fer­ent de­feat to the one in Septem­ber be­cause today we lost the game, but showed that we were a team.

“Against Arse­nal, we weren’t a team, today we were.”

Chelsea could have gone eight points clear at the top with a first vic­tory at White Hart Lane since 2012 and while five points is still a healthy mar­gin over near­est ri­vals Liver­pool, Conte in­sists the ti­tle race is now wide open.

Tot­ten­ham moved up to third, seven points be­hind, ahead of Manch­ester City on goal dif­fer­ence while Arse­nal are a point fur­ther adrift and Manch­ester United two fur­ther back.

“Today we lost against a good team, a re­ally strong team and don’t for­get Tot­ten­ham fought last sea­son for the ti­tle,” Conte said. “They are im­prov­ing, and they are one of the six teams that can fight to win the ti­tle.

“We are top of the ta­ble be­cause we are work­ing a lot, but for sure this league is very tough and we must con­tinue to work and im­prove.

“A de­feat can hap­pen against Tot­ten­ham, now it’s im­por­tant to restart.” – Reuters

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