Chelsea’s Antonio Conte has commenced the mind games as the Premier League title race starts to heat up.

The Italian saw his Blues lose 2-1 to Crystal Palace on Saturday which saw their lead at the summit of the standings drop to seven points with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur hot on their heels.

Ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Manchester City tomorrow night, Conte had a message for Mauricio Pochettino and his Spurs who have found title pursuits hard to come by in recent times.

“The difference between Chelsea and Tottenham is this — if you are with Chelsea and win, it’s normal,” said Conte.

“If you are with Tottenham and win, it’s great.

“But if you lose, it’s not a disaster because you find a lot of situations to explain a good season. Yet in this season, we are at the same level.

“Chelsea were underdogs at the start of the season but now we are top and want to keep this position.”

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