Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has acknowledged the difficulty of Premier League life following his team's surprise defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace at the weekend and is adamant that 'easy games' don't exist as he prepares to face Manchester City on Wednesday.

"It is another game, I don't know if it is the perfect team for us," Conte is quoted as saying by the club's official website as he gears up for the huge contest at Stamford Bridge.

"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," he added.


"In England no easy games exist and the game is very tough if the name of your opposition team is City or another team."

Chelsea's lead was cut from 10 points to seven points with nine games left to play after the weekend's results. They remain huge favourites for the title, though, and Conte knows his team certainly deserve to lift the trophy after the season they've had.

"When you are lucky enough to fight for the title there is the pressure but not only for us, for a lot of teams," the Italian explained.

"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.

"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."

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