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Chelsea star Diego Costa stressed the importance of winning a crucial game like the one of tomorrow night against Manchester City, that wouldn’t mean just three fundamental points in the title race, but it could mean also to kick a direct rival out of the chase for the title:

“After a loss at home and with a rival closing the gap the importance of the game only grows,” the Spanish striker claimed after the defeat against Crystal Palace.

“We know this game against Manchester City will be a six-point affair since if we win the game they will be out of the title race while we keep the advantage. It also depends on the match between Tottenham and Swansea. In any case, we will do our best.

“We hope that the next game the ball will go in, and that we do a better job at handling these counter-attacking plays so we do not suffer from early goals again, and thus avoid what happened against Palace.”

 

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Former Manchester United star Gary Neville told SkySports that ‘Arsenal are a better club’ than Chelsea speaking after the Gunners’ clash against Manchester City at Emirates Stadium.

“This is a better club than Chelsea, – Neville said – Why wouldn’t players come and play here? Look at this stadium, it’s unbelievable”.

“Chelsea are a fantastic club but you’ve got to say, even Chelsea fans wouldn’t argue that Arsenal are a bigger club than them”.

“Arsenal are a bigger club than Chelsea. – Neville added – They are, it’s a fact”.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spoke after his side’s away draw against Arsenal today.

“We want to win, but we were not able to make a perfect performance, – Guardiola told Sky Sports – Still there are a lot of games, nine games to play, but it’s now so difficult to be in front”.

“Yesterday Chelsea lost, and we were not able to win. For Arsenal it is the same. It’s game-by-game”.

About the title race, Guardiola added: “Anything can happen. We know what we have to do against Chelsea [on Wednesday]. We head back to Manchester to prepare and then back down to London.”

Arsenal bounced back twice after Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero scored for Manchester City at Emirates Stadium.

 

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After his impressive performance at Stamford Bridge yesterday, Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha is praised by his boss, Sam Allardyce, that believes he can emulate Chelsea star Eden Hazard:

“Wilf must feel really good about himself by his consistent performances at the moment. Hazard’s ability is something Wilf could look at to try and match,” Big Same claimed after the game.

“He’s already realising his potential now by the way he’s playing. His potential’s becoming a reality.”

 Zaha has now scored six goals and registered seven assists in the Premier League this season.

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Rumours about an Eden Hazard‘s move to Real Madrid were persistent last week and the Belgian forward had the chance to speak about that after the Chelsea defeat with Crystal Palace:

“There is nothing to say. I take it game by game. I try to play as much as possible. That’s it.”

When he was pressed further, he was a little elusive:

“Why do you want to put me in s***? No, I’m very well here. I have stuff to finish this year.

“I have a contract until 2020. Voila, for now I’m here.”

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Martin Keown claims that title race is open again after Chelsea defeat with Crystal Palace.

The ex Arsenal defender, now a Sky Sports pundit, believes that Spurs can be back in the fight for the title since they are in a very good form:

“This Tottenham team have been brilliant since the turn of the year,” Keown said.

“But they have a hugely tough run-in. Lets see what they can do, it’s difficult to call but it is a tall order.

“They still have to play against Chelsea in the semi-final of the FA Cup and that could have an effect on the players’ mindset, but after Crystal Palace beat Chelsea, who knows?”

 

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill admits the team’s disappointment after yesterday’s defeat with Crystal Palace:

“We’re disappointed as we had a chance to chalk another three points off,” the defender told BBC’s Match of the Day.

“They made it difficult. It was a crazy 15 minutes once we settled it was one-way traffic.”

“I hate possession stats. It’s about putting the ball in the net. We have to regroup. It’s a little set back but we need to focus.”

Chelsea will host Manchester City on Wednesday night:

“The gap is still there. It puts emphasis on Wednesday. It adds a bit more pressure but the boys respond to that.”

 

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Chelsea will face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and manager Antonio Conte is aware of the strength of Pep Guardiola’s team.

Speaking about the next game, Conte said: “We have to play on Wednesday against Man City and we all know the strength of their team, but for now the most important thing is to rest and recover well. We must prepare in the right way”.

Then Conte added: “Every game will be very tough from now until the end, whether the opponent is Man City or a team fighting near the relegation zone”.

The title race is not over yet after Chelsea loss to Crystal Palace today, as Conte himself underlined: “For you [the media] it’s a good result because it makes the championship more interesting, but I always said the league is finished when mathematically you have won it, otherwise you must play every game to try to win because in England there are no easy matches.’

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Goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke secured Crystal Palace a great comeback win at Stamford Bridge today.

Eagles manager Sam Allardyce, speaking after the game against Chelsea, said: “I think our performance is typical of what seems to be the character of the side. It’s the first time we’ve gone behind so early. The determination has shone through. We knew we were going to be pegged back”.

“The defence was outstanding, the goalkeeper was outstanding. We could have scored more. The game plan worked exceptionally well”.

“It’s a sweet three points to come to the champions, or who I think are going to be champions, and win. This is what the Premier League is about. There can be a shock anywhere. It will make people sit up and say wow.”

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after his side’s home defeat against Crystal Palace.

 “This is football – he told Match of the Dayand we must accept this result”.

“We scored our goal after five minutes and then we conceded two in a few minutes. When you concede goals in that way you must understand the situation and improve on these mistakes”.

“In every game in England, anything can happen. – Conte added – The league is so strong. We faced a team today with strong players. I think they showed they were a good team”.

Chelsea are set to host Manchester City on Wednesday in a game which is crucial for Premier League title race.

“Now we have to think about the next game. If we had won we would have been happy but now it’s important to focus on Manchester City.”

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