'In my opinion': Antonio Conte now makes claim about Chelsea after their defeat to Arsenal last night

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has claimed he doesn’t think Chelsea have been sucked into the top-four race, despite losing at home to Arsenal last night.

Chelsea, who sit third in the league on 62 points after 31 games, are going through a terribly inconsistent period where fans don’t know what to expect.

The Blues have had a mix of great and poor results in the last month, including yesterday’s 4-2 defeat at home to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

It means that Spurs and Arsenal, who are fourth and fifth respectively, are both only five points adrift of Chelsea in the league standings. Thomas Tuchel’s Blues do have an extra game in hand, though.

Spurs coach Conte has paid big credit to his former employers Chelsea by describing them as a “different level” to teams and rivals below. He’s certain they’ll end up finishing third in the table this season, which leaves his own team fighting for the one remaining Champions League spot.

“I don’t think Chelsea can go in this [top-four] race. Chelsea, in my opinion, at the moment, they’re at a different level. They are there because they missed some games but they won’t stay in this race,” Conte said.

“I think that we have to fight with Arsenal, who showed yesterday they’re in good form, [Manchester] United, West Ham and also Wolverhampton [Wanderers].”

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Let’s hope Conte is right

It certainly didn’t feel like there’s a big gap between Chelsea and sides below when they were well beaten on Wednesday by Arsenal.

However, there’s been a few freak results recently that highlight a challenging period in the season.

If the Blues can regain some composure, they should finish third spot at an absolute canter.

It’s quite a shame that with seven games left in Chelsea’s season they’re peeking over their shoulders rather than chasing down the top two.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.