Conte has admitted revelling in Chelsea soaking up all the Premier League
title-race pressure and delivering a crucial 3-1 victory at Bournemouth.
An Adam Smith own-goal set the Blues on their way, before Eden Hazard's
masterful finish and Marcos Alonso's curled free-kick killed off the
Cherries, as Chelsea cemented their seven-point advantage over second-placed
Chelsea now need 15 points from seven matches to seal the league crown, but
Conte has warned his Blues that Tottenham will push the race to the wire.
The Italian boss also hailed Chelsea for absorbing the pressure of Spurs'
4-0 lunchtime win over Watford by offering the perfect response at the
"It wasn't easy to play this game after the win of Tottenham, but our
reaction, our answer was very good," said Conte.
"We started the game very well, with good concentration and focus. You can
feel a bit of the pressure, but it's normal... when you play after your
opponent that you will see your opponent very close.
"I'm very happy to face this type of situation, and to play with only four
points from our opponent.
"I like the pressure, if I don't see pressure I put pressure. Because I
think under the pressure you get the best from yourself."
Hailing Chelsea's response in claiming two wins in a week after their 2-1
home defeat by Crystal Palace, Conte warned his players that Tottenham will
never give up on the title.
"There are seven games to go, and we have a schedule that's not easy," he
added. "But it's important to go game by game, in this case after our defeat
against Crystal Palace, we played Manchester City, and we could drop points,
and today we could drop points also.
"Instead we won both games. We have to continue in this way game by game, to
be focused and to concentrate, because for sure Tottenham has great desire
to win the title. And we must have the same desire.
"Don't forget Tottenham last season fought for the title until the end and
it means that Tottenham are a really good team... Tottenham are stronger
than last season, it's important we understand this."
Diego Costa's Premier League goal drought stretched to four games, with the
Spain international having only hit the net three times in the league since
Conte again defended his spearhead striker however, insisting the
28-year-old will come good if he keeps grafting hard.
"I'm happy for his performance," said Conte. "In this moment Diego is not
scoring but he's totally involved in the team and our football. He must
continue to work in this way with great commitment, desire and work rate.
I'm sure he can score in every game."