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Chelsea had lost four of their last five league games before today’s game against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea needed a win from this game to keep up pace with Tottenham and Liverpool for a Champions League spot.

Antonio Conte hailed Chelsea’s important win against the Eagles but he thinks the margin of victory should have been more.

“This win was very important, also because if we want to fight for a place in the Champions League it’s important not to drop points,” said the Italian.

“We played really well, especially in the first half. We dominated a large part of the game and created a lot of chances to score. It’s a pity at the end we conceded a goal and played three minutes with a bit of nervousness because after you dominate you hope to be more relaxed, but at the same time the players managed those last few minutes in the best way.

“When you are managing the game and you have it in your hand, sometimes you can think it’s easier but today we played a good game with great intensity, concentration and a desire to win.”

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