Chelsea must keep their feet firmly on the ground and remain humble despite leading the Premier League, insists boss Antonio Conte.
The Blues came from behind at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to overcome Tottenham and record their seventh successive league victory.
Christian Eriksen gave the visitors early hopes of ending their Stamford Bridge hoodoo but goals either side of half time from Pedro and Victor Moses saw Chelsea claim all three points and ensured they went back on top of the Premier League pile after earlier wins for Manchester City and Liverpool.
The Londoners travel to the Etihad Stadium next weekend to face Pep Guardiola’s Citizens and Conte insists this is no time to be getting carried away with their position.
“In this period it is not right to talk about winning the league,” Conte said. “We have to improve and we have a long way ahead.
We have to wait to speak – not to write things – and it is important to stay humble. “We won a game against a really strong team and on Saturday we have another really strong team.”
Chelsea have put the memory of their mid-September blip well and truly behind them to become the league’s in-form team. Eriksen’s early thunderbolt at Stamford Bridge is the only goal conceded by Conte’s side during their seven-game Premier League winning run.
Spurs were on top in the early exchanges and took heart from their lead but the Italian felt his side had answered a major question with their response.
“This was a big test as Tottenham is a big team with good organisation and they started better than us,” he said. “They started with a fantastic goal. I liked a lot our reaction. It wasn’t easy.”
Chelsea are 3.00 to finish the season as champions following their latest success while Tottenham are now 2.50 to secure a top four berth this season.