Conte: Top four still possible for Chelsea


After experimenting with his team fo Thursday night's Premier League clash at Burnley, Antonio Conte has hinted that he could utilise a strike partnership of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud on a more regular basis.

Kevin Long's own goal handed the visitors the lead, but a somewhat flukey Ashley Barnes equaliser threatened to make things hard for them.

Burnley: Nick Pope 6, Matthew Lowton 6, James Tarkowski 6, Kevin Long 6, Stephen Ward 6, Aaron Lennon 6, Jack Cork 7, Ashley Westwood 6, Johann Berg Gudmundsson 7, Ashley Barnes 7, Chris Wood 6.

Just minutes later, though, Chelsea retook the lead when Moses fired in low at Pope's near post from Emerson Palmieri's cross.

Chelsea kept their slight hopes of a top-four finish alive as they beat high-flying Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor, ending the Clarets' five-game winning run.

Burnley's opening day 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge was an early indicator as to how the season would develop for both sides with Sean Dyche's side now dreaming of qualifying for European competition for the first time since 1967.

Conte said: "We played a good game against a hard team because it is not simple to play against Burnley".

Chelsea made six changes to their starting line-up as Conte juggled his considerable resources ahead of the Londoners' FA Cup semi-final against Southampton on Sunday.

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Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy failed to link up in the way we know they can but Puel's defence stood strong to deny Southampton when called upon.

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"We have this opportunity to play at Wembley and to win against Southampton to play an important final for the second time in a row".

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For a start, this plan worked for the champions as Morata was put through one-on-one by Kante, only to see his shot go inches wide of the target.

Blues boss Conte claimed he understood Morata's outburst, but said he was ultimately happy with the striker's performance.