Antonio Conte insists his Chelsea side are not getting carried away despite extending their winning run to 10 games with Wednesday’s 1-0 triumph at Sunderland.
The Blues survived a number of hairy moments to emerge from the Stadium of Light with all three points courtesy of Cesc Fabregas’ first half strike.
Wednesday’s win saw them open up a six point lead over Arsenal and Liverpool at the top of the table and with a relatively kind run of fixtures to come over the next few weeks, they have every chance of extending their advantage.
Conte is a cool customer though and has repeatedly played down his side’s improvement, which was originally sparked by his decision to switch to his preferred 3-4-3 formation earlier in the campaign.
Next up is a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday, a game Chelsea are 1.57 to win, with the draw 4.00 and the Eagles 5.50.
Although his side are the 1.80 favourites to win the Premier League title, Conte says he is choosing not to look at the standings and is instead intent on ensuring both he and his players continue to take their campaign one game at a time.
He said: “I prefer not to look at the table, I prefer this for me, for my players because we are doing something important until now, but the league didn’t finish today.
“We are on top of the table, but there are still three games to end the first part of the season and then 19 games.
This league is very tough and I think until the end, it will be a big battle between six teams.”