Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Conte: Every English Premiership game is a battle


"We were well organised but we didn't get the foothold in the game", said Agnew. "My players deserve to win the league". "The fans deserve Premier League football and we have to find a team to do that".

Conte afterwards admitted "now I'm a bit relaxed", after repeatedly focusing only on the next game.

"I think we are doing a fantastic job and now we need to have another step, another win, and celebrate. A big win", Conte said.

Do we need more players? But we took a big step today.

Cesc Fabregas responded to speculation he could be set to leave Chelsea in the aftermath of the side's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Monday evening. It won't be easy. "After the Tottenham defeat and the possibility to take three points and go seven points (clear)".

Costa got his 20th league goal this season in the 23rd minute, controlling a ball lofted into the area by compatriot Cesc Fabregas and neatly nutmegging keeper Brad Guzan.

Chelsea are closing in on the Premier League title. And now he's playing in every game. "I don't see any problems for him", Conte said. I must praise the performance, the commitment, the desire and the will my players put on the pitch.

However, should Steve Agnew's men lose tonight, it would seal their fate and guarantee their relegation to the Championship for next season.

"Everyone is devastated", he admitted.

Win one out of its last three matches and the Londoners will be Premier League champions for the sixth time in club history.

"Obviously we've come up short". I've left a very silent dressing-room with everyone, staff and players, absolutely gutted.

Antonio Conte: "My expectation for this game is we must play a great game".

Middlesbrough needs a miracle, as it trails Hull by six points with just two games remaining for both sides, and Hull's goal difference was superior by 12.

"Also for the national team, it's very hard to try and do very well in the World Cup or the Euros because you arrive at the end of the season and the players are exhausted".

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