League leaders Chelsea are traveling to hot Turf Moor to fight Burnley

Even as Chelsea drop points, they move further clear of the chasing pack.

In a season which has seen Premier League bosses scrutinised and at times banned for abusing officials, Conte's passion has remained under control.

They are five teams, with Chelsea six teams, that can fight until the end to win the title. "There are six teams for me that can win the league".

"We have to think only about ourselves, not to look at others".

"You have less pitch to cover and then there is a good atmosphere with the supporters and I think it's good". They still have just one league defeat since the 3-0 loss to Arsenal in September, and the Conte train will continue to go steaming on.

With a near fully fit squad, Antonio Conte will have plenty of options when it comes to selecting the team.

Burnley were not lying down and eventually leveled matters in the 24th minute as club-record signing, Robbie Brady curled the ball into the top corner from 25-yards.

He said: "I'm disappointed with the result but not for the commitment and the will to win".

"If we think that with a nine-point lead we are close to winning the title it's a big mistake", he said.

"I thought they deserved it because we had three games in seven days", said Conte, who took the opportunity to return to Italy.

The fact that the recently promoted Burnley are among the top three teams in the home table is largely attributable to one person - Tom Heaton. When you analyse the fact 28 points of their 29 [before today's game] were won at home they are tough here.

"We tried to play football and create chances, and the mentality was good".

'I didn't know that, but it was a sublime free-kick against a top-class goalkeeper, who is a giant of a man. Pockets of their play are excellent. We advise that all users switch to using the new Disqus comment system as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition.

"Sometimes you must make the decision and to look the balance of the team", Conte added.

'To get to where we are, I don't know if it's being disrespectful. "It's good if the players want to go and relax in different countries - the most important thing for me is that they come back in the right way, with the right attitude and the right behaviour".

It looked like Chelsea might run away with it in the first 20 minutes, but after Brady's picture-perfect free-kick found the back of the net - first direct free-kick goal Chelsea conceded in nearly four years - Burnley battened down the hatches and Chelsea devolved into a sub-standard patterns of play.

  • Tracy Ferguson