Antonio Conte looked to reassure Chelsea fans that nothing has changed for his side, following their loss to Crystal Palace, ahead of their match against Manchester City on Wednesday.

Chelsea were defeated 2-1 by Sam Allerdyce’s side at Stamford Bridge, with Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke cancelling out Cesc Fàbregas’ opener. Speaking to the media ahead of Chelsea’s upcoming game, Conte said:

“I think that the training sessions are always the same. If we win or if you lose or draw, yeah, it doesn’t change our idea, our philosophy.”

“I’m pleased for my players because I’m always seeing a great commitment from my players.”

“I think we didn’t deserve to lose the game against Crystal Palace, but football is wonderful also for this type of result and for tomorrow we’ll have another game.”

After 29 games, Chelsea lead the Premier League by seven points and need just 21 points from the remaining 27 to seal the title. Despite the setback at the weekend, Conte was upbeat in regards to Chelsea’s prospects, saying:

“It’s normal with 27 points available that anything can happen beneath, but it is normal this, and for sure we need the 21 points to win the league mathematically. I think that we are in a really good position.”

Victor Moses was missing for Conte against Crystal Palace and is still a doubt for the game tomorrow. The Nigerian has played a key role in Chelsea’s success this season, featuring 27 times already. Speaking about the right-wing-back, Conte said:

“I don’t know if he will be available tomorrow, but we have another day to check on this situation. We have another day to check on this situation in the right way.”

The last time the two teams faced, at the Etihad in December, Conte’s side came out as 3-1 winners. The game was, however, marred by disciplinary issues, with Manchester City’s Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero sent off late on in the tie. The latter had been dismissed following a bad challenge on David Luiz, which left the Brazilian with a knee injury that he has since been nursing. Speaking on City’s striker, Conte said:

“I repeat, we must understand when there is a game and if someone is losing the game it can happen this type of situation and I have great respect for Agüero.”

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