Important To Answer Tottenham Back - Antonio Conte Hails Chelsea Win
Mar 07 2017 by Maggie Morrison
The only team with 63 or more points after 26 games not to go on to win the title was Arsenal in 2007/08.
So far this season the Belgian global has hit 11 goals in 30 games across all competitions for the Blues, and in the post-match interview with Chelsea TV he was quick to hail the influence of Kante, and came up with a creative analogy for what it's like playing alongside him.
In many ways, Chelsea's route to the title this time around is following a trend set by their most recent success in 2015.
"I watched Manchester City against Monaco because I wanted to breathe the atmosphere again and to feel this type of game".
Chelsea march on. It wasn't a vintage performance but the classic example of how to win away.
For as much as the opener relaxed Chelsea, it unsettled the Hammers in equal measure, whose early swagger in possession seemed to be drained from them. Tottenham beat them at White Hart Lane.
Andy Carroll, who has scored in two of his last three games against Chelsea, is one short of 50 Premier League goals. However, the Blues were in control in the second half and salted things away with goals from Diego Costa and Pedro.
Violence erupted in the closing minutes of October's EFL Cup tie between the London rivals at the former Olympic venue with bottles, coins and chairs thrown and police intervention required inside the stadium, despite the presence of approximately 1,000 stewards.
Payet said Bilic was a father figure to him after sweeping the board at West Ham's awards night at the end of last season.
While Conte has been wary of declaring the title race over, the Italian believes his side are rightfully at the summit and is confident his players can maintain their desire until they lift another Premier League trophy.
Ultimately, Lanzini's goal would prove only to be a consolation effort, with Chelsea the deserved winners at the London Stadium.
In the league, though, Chelsea have been nearly immaculate. "He has to improve on this", said Conte, whose side re-established their 10-point lead at the top of the table. "You can see if West Ham scored in the 85th minute and not the 92nd we would be in trouble", the Chelsea boss added.
But, with in-form winger Eden Hazard expected to shrug off a knock received in training, the Blues will be at full strength for tonight's London derby.
Conte's one criticism of his side was that they had not been "more clinical", with the visitors' failure to take more of their chances giving West Ham hope of mounting a comeback right until the end. Pedro might make it against West Ham however, due to his recent goal scoring form. "I trust them. Absolutely".
Chelsea were quickly back on the attack, with Randolph saving Pedro's shot after Hazard's low cross had evaded Costa.