Conte: If we were able to remain top, it means we deserve this.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he is taking it one step at a time after their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The result against the Eagles at Stamford Bridge leaves the Blues seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham, who beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor.

However, Conte is confident his side will give their all to win the Premier League title.

Speaking after the loss, Conte told the club's official website: "There is big pressure but it is normal when you are in a great club and you are very good.

"When you are lucky enough to fight for the title there is the pressure but not only for us, for a lot of teams. Don’t forget, the other teams were candidates to win the title but instead we stay top of the table and we try to keep this position.

"If we were able keep this position it means that we deserve this."

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He added: "This league wasn’t finished before Saturday’s game and it is not finished now. There are nine games to play and we have to think step by step and at the end if we deserve to win the title I will be very happy. If someone else deserves to win the title it means they were better than us.’

As for facing Manchester City next, the Italian said: "It is another game, I don’t know if it is the perfect team for us.

"I know that Manchester City started the season to win the title and they are a really strong squad, but it is right to think about ourselves and to face it game by game.

"In England there does not exist an easy game and the game is very tough if the name of your opposition team is City or another team."

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