Antonio Conte admits 26-year-old has put Chelsea in 'difficulty'

Antonio Conte admits 26-year-old has put Chelsea in 'difficulty'

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that Manchester City's run of victories has denied his team the credit they deserve for their own recent good spell.

The Spanish full-back scored the only goal of the game for Chelsea on the stroke of half-time with a quality free-kick for Conte's men. "You are afraid at every corner and free-kick and the opponent has the chance to draw".

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster was not called into action until the 20th minute, when he had to push away a bouncing volley by Alonso and was fortunate a minute later when he could only parry a shot from distance by Gary Cahill but no Chelsea player was close enough to profit.

"Because when you score more than one goal you can be more relaxed".

Antonio Conte admitted Chelsea's inability to score a second goal against Southampton left him feeling tense.

"Instead, we created many chances, we shot a lot of times".

The victory puts Chelsea level on points with second-placed Manchester United until their game against West Brom on Super Sunday, but Conte insists they need to be more ruthless in future.

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Chelsea have now won eight of their past 10 Premier League matches, with their only defeat in that time coming against West Ham United on December 9. We have to be happy with the performance and the clean sheet.

Chelsea have now won eight of their last 10 league matches, including five in a row at Stamford Bridge. This is our run.

Southampton, meanwhile, have gone five league games without a win and have fallen to 12th in the standings.

"If someone said to me "in the next ten games are you ready to sign for these results", I'd say 'I'm ready!'"

"It was a hard game, especially in the second half".

"We got a couple of chances, we were close but we fought until the end and were close to equalising".

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