Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has warned his players that the title race isn't over just yet.

The Blues go into tomorrow's clash versus title rivals Arsenal nine points clear at the top of the Premier League table. But the Italian has urged his players to stay focused and keep winning games. Speaking to journalists at his weekly press conference, Conte said:

"If someone thinks the league is finished, I'm not so sure. In the past I have fought to win the title because I know this type of situation. There are still 15 games left.

"I have experience in this situation as a footballer and as a manager", Conte continued.

"I want to keep our concentration at a very high level. Me, the players, the club and the fans behind us. There are a lot of good teams and anything can happen."


Chelsea lost 3-0 to Arsenal the last time the two sides met in September. It was during that match that Conte switched to his favoured formation, playing with three defenders at the back. Since then, the Blues have gone on to win 15 of their last 17 league games, including a club-record 13 consecutive victories.

When asked about his decision to make that season-defining change when 3-0 down at the Emirates, Conte said:

"I'm very happy I decided to do it because now we're top! I think at the time we were maybe seven points behind Manchester City.

That just shows the situation can change very quickly."

But Conte was also quick to praise the attitude of his players:

"It was a simple decision to change our formation but it wasn't just that. We know all the hard work we have put in to to try and change our situation. We are in good shape, playing good football with high intensity.

Tomorrow is a good opportunity to show this and we must exploit this momentum."


Chelsea can go 12 points clear of Arsenal with a win tomorrow, but Conte doesn't want to get complacent after his side's good form and Arsenal's surprise defeat to Watford on Tuesday.

"Tomorrow I'm sure it will be a very tough game and we must pay great attention.

Arsenal have already beaten us this season and they can repeat it. We need to have the same anger, the will to fight to win. Now, I tell my players just to look at themselves, it's more important than to look at other teams."

The Italian took the time to pay tribute to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard who retired yesterday aged 38, saying:

"It's a pity when a great player decides to stop his career, you lose a fantastic player and the whole world of football is a bit disappointed. Frank is a legend at this club, he played here for 13 years and won the lot. I don't know him well but I have a lot of respect for him."

Antonio Conte also confirmed he has no new injury worries ahead of the lunchtime match at Stamford Bridge.

There have been concerns that David Luiz and Eden Hazard have been playing with minor injuries but both have trained as normal prior to the game. Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey (calf) and Granit Xhaka (suspended).