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Conte: Chelsea beat “the best team in the league”

Chelsea v Manchester City - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City (L) and Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea (R) argue during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on April 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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Antonio Conte may have a 7-point lead atop the Premier League table and a 14-point advantage of Manchester City, but the Chelsea boss has lofty praise for Wednesday’s opponents.

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Chelsea beat Man City for the second time this season, leaving Pep Guardiola to praise his team’s performance in a loss. Guardiola said City was the better team in both matches, and Conte wasn’t too far off in his assessment.

“My look is tired because I feel like I played it tonight with my players. I suffered with them.

“But we must be pleased because we beat a strong team - the best team in the league. I think they have a great coach - the best in the world. To win this type of game at this time of the season is great.”

Chelsea still has trips to Everton and Manchester United on the docket, but any chance of the Blues blowing their title run would’ve certainly included dropped points against Man City.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled coronation.

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