Chelsea’s title-chasing rivals are hoping Chelsea will lose momentum but Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has maintained Chelsea will seek to keep the momentum because Chelsea has earned the right to top the league.
“It’s good to stay in this position (at the top of the table),” Conte said. “I don’t trust the people when they say, ‘It’s important now to stay behind, and there’s pressure when you’re top’.
“I’d prefer the pressure of being top of the table. We earned this position. Now it’s important to keep it. It won’t be easy, for sure.
“I think we must have the right pressure. We all know that, now, we are doing fantastic things. If I go with my mind at the start of the season, not one person thought or forecast that Chelsea would stay top of the table, for many reasons.”