Conte praises Blues will to win

19 March 2017 05:30:08 EST

Italian coach Antonio Conte praised the battling qualities of his Chelsea players after they secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Stoke City.

A late Gary Cahill strike gave the Blues all three points in the Potteries and moved them 13 points clear of the chasing pack, ahead of a number of crucial fixtures on Sunday.

We were ready to fight and I'm pleased with this.

Antonio Conte

And Conte was delighted to see his side emerge with all three points from a tough encounter with the Potters.

He told his club's official website: "I'm very pleased because my players showed me a great will to win, but also they were prepared to fight to win this game. It wasn't easy.

"We have to look at ourselves, not the others. It was important for us to win and then, if a rival has a poor result, of course we are happy.

"But for us to play our game in this way with great concentration, will to play football and to fight - we were ready to fight and I'm pleased with this."

Chelsea are back in league action on Saturday 1st April, when they play host to Crystal Palace, and they are 1/3 to win the game, with the draw 9/2, while the Blues are 6/1 to secure a 2-0 vcitory.

Meanwhile, matchwinner Cahill was pleased to have helped his side secure another valuable, with their only other league outing this month having also ended in a 2-1 victory, at West Ham.

The England defender added: "It's crazy we only have two Premier League games this month and we spoke about what the gap could be - we managed to get the two wins, that was the target at the start of the month."

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