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Conte brushes off any blues at Chelsea

Conte brushes off any blues at Chelsea

Chelsea's priority now has to be winning the Premier League title as quickly as possible, says Blues legend Pat Nevin ahead of their game against West Brom.

And the contest was effectively over when Marcos Alonso scored at the far post via the legs of Middlesbrough keeper Brad Guzan 11 minutes before the break.

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"Obviously I haven't played every game but I've played in the last 20 matches".

"It is not important the single person now, me the players, we must be focused on the moment".

"The feeling in the camp is very positive, we're excited about the position we're in", Begovic added.

Despite his side's total control of the game, the ever feverish Conte prowled the touchline as usual, gesticulating wildly and yelling commands to his players.

Cahill believes the players can use that title win, secured under then-manager Jose Mourinho, to help the team get over the line against West Brom on Friday.

"I've had to have patience and play for the team and hopefully we can win another title and win another [FA Cup] final".

Conte said: "Our worst moment was after the United defeat, because Tottenham won the game and to see your opponent only four points (behind) was very bad".

After Middlesbrough's 3-0 win over Swansea City in December, they failed to win in the following 16 league games.

Boro, who needed an unlikely win against the champions-elect to have any hope of avoiding the drop, were outplayed on Monday night and suffered a record-equalling fourth demotion from the Premier League. I've left a very silent dressing room with everyone, staff and players, absolutely gutted.

The Italian manager has worked wonders since taking over at Chelsea last summer, transforming a team that finished 10 last season into champions-elect.