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Antonio Conte warns Chelsea not to rest on their laurels

Antonio Conte. Pic/PTI

Burnley: Chelsea may now be nine points clear at the top of the Premier League but Antonio Conte is experienced enough to know the title race is far from over. Conte's side make the trip to Burnley on Sunday in high spirits thanks to their 3-1 victory over title rivals Arsenal last weekend. The Blues have won 16 of their last 18 league matches and are odds-on favourites to be crowned champions. But Conte is not getting carried away because the Chelsea manager is well aware any slip could allow one of the chasing pack to close the gap.

"Until the end of the season you have to live with this pressure," Conte said.

"If the opponent wins, they close the gap. If they don't win, you have the opportunity to take more points. But we have the experience to live with this situation. It is important to live with yourself. We are top of the table and can count only on our game. Good news from other teams and we will be happy," he added.

"Honestly, I think there are six very strong teams who can fight to win the title including Manchester United. If we think we have nine points and we are close to the title, it is a big mistake," Conte asserted.

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