Conte: We still need 29 points for Premier League title

Conte: We still need 29 points for Premier League title

The Italian does not believe a Premier League title win is a foregone conclusion despite moving further clear at the top of the table.

Antonio Conte refused to be drawn on talk that it is Chelsea’s title to lose after their 3-1 Premier League win over Swansea City and says that he is focused on the points they need to be mathematically sure of becoming champions.

With Manchester City now 11 points behind Chelsea with a game in hand, the Blues require a maximum of 29 points from their final 12 games, and Conte does not believe a title triumph is a foregone conclusion.

“It’s not a true 11 points, the other teams have to play, I like to tell this that they need another 29 points to win the league and if we are able from now at the end to take 29 points for sure we win the title,” Conte said.

Swansea manager Paul Clement disagreed and was adamant his side should have been awarded a spot-kick. The defeat leaves the Welsh side just three points clear of the relegation zone.

Clement said: “We did have a very good claim for a penalty, the score’s 1-1 at the time, I thought at the time that Azpilicueta had handled it, having looked at the video evidence it’s handball.

“We didn’t have very many chances, they had a lot of chances, defensively we frustrated them for long periods, we can be happy with the work we put in.

“Clearly 1-1 and you’ve got a big shout for a penalty, and the game goes 3-1, you’re going to be disappointed.

“March is going to be a critical month for us, our confidence is still high and there’s no reason for it to be damaged.”

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