LONDON — Antonio Conte wasn’t too unhappy despite Chelsea’s 13-game winning streak coming to an end at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
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The Blues tasted defeat for the first time since September as they lost 2-0 in the London derby following Dele Alli’s headers either side of half time which scuppered their chances of setting a new record for consecutive wins in the top-flight.
That result blew the title race wide-open at the halfway point of the season as Chelsea now have just a five-point lead over Liverpool and are seven points ahead of Tottenham and Manchester City with Arsenal eight points back and Manchester United 10 points behind the current leaders. It’s tight.
Speaking after their defeat at White Hart Lane, Conte revealed who he believes can win the title.
“I think the situation is very clear. There are six teams that can fight for the title or for a place in the Champions League,” Conte said. “I am sure one of these six teams will be champions.”
Before the festive period it appeared that just Liverpool or Man City would seriously challenge Chelsea for the title this season but with their winning run coming to an end, plus a few hiccups for Man City and Liverpool coupled with winning runs for Tottenham and Man United, the entire top six may now believe they can win the title.
With 18 games to go, Chelsea are in the driving seat.
Conte knows it is congested behind them and a few slip ups will be capitalized on.