Conte wary of Tottenham challenge after dropping points

Chelsea's defeat to Man United yesterday brings the gap back to four points at the top of the table

Conte wary of Tottenham challenge after dropping points

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Man United exacted some revenge yesterday to secure a 2-0 win against Chelsea, a result which brings second placed Tottenham Hotspur to within four points of the league leaders.

With just six games remaining, Chelsea will need to get back on winning form to hold off the title challenge from Spurs.

Chelsea face some seemingly manageable assignments against Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the run-in to the finish line, but they also have a tricky prospect against Everton to deal with in that mix as well.

Speaking after yesterday's defeat, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte told Sky Sports that he is more than aware of how Spurs can threaten their grip of the title.

"For sure I am concerned. We have to work together and find quickly the right desire and the right ambition to win this title.

"You build the right mentality and they (will) play. We must work to find the right way very quickly. We stay in a great position but Tottenham are in good form and playing very well with great enthusiasm. We must have the same.

Image: Ander Herrera scoring Man United's second goal yesterday.

"I think to play this type of game from now until the end, we must have great enthusiasm, great patience, great ambition and motivation to try to reach this target."

He also said that he accepted the blame for the defeat:

"I think they deserved to win. They showed more desire than us and more motivation, but in this case, I think the fault is with the coach.

"In this case I wasn't able to transfer the right motivation or to play this type of game."

Chelsea were at a disadvantage from the outset yesterday, as they started without first-choice keeper Thibaut Courtois, who was ruled out through injury.

And United profited from the advantage with goals coming frmo Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera to sink Chelsea's chances of coming away with any points.

The victory carried an added value as Jose Mourinho's side exorcised the demons of that 4-0 humiliation in Stamford Bridge last October.

Rashford's first-half effort came on the back of what appeared to be a handball from Herrara who intercepted a pass to set United off on a counter attack. But aside from that contentious incident, United were noticeably dominant throughout.