Chelsea manager Antonio Conte jokes about N'Golo Kante mistakes

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Chelsea will seek to move 10 points clear of the chasing pack by winning at West Ham United on Monday night, with a return to the Champions League looking a formality. Conte's men looked so comfortable thereafter, as they controlled proceedings and kept the home side at arm's length for the remainder of the encounter.

"But he is a great character, great manager, he helps a lot".

Cesar Azpilicueta - 7 - Made numerous timely interventions and did exceptionally well to not suffer in repeated aerial attacks from West Ham.

With Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City having won at the weekend, this was a test of Chelsea's nerve, but their assured display suggested there will be few bumps on the road to the title. They have also won the last two home games against Chelsea. Last season, everything was going well and this season is completely different. But to beat Chelsea, some of their stars will really have to perform outstandingly. And one of them was here, on one of West Ham's best nights yet at their London Stadium, in the EFL Cup back in October.

The Portuguese turned Chelsea into a well-drilled, near-unbeatable side that only lost one game in the league all season, while this year's version has already suffered three defeats. Belgium midfielder Hazard surged forward and was on the end of a decisive one-two to score the opener in the 25th minute.

West Ham's best chance came quickly after the second goal, although Sofiane Feghouli was denied thanks to some last-ditch defending by the Blues.

The Hammers will be hoping for some luck from their new stadium against the title contenders.

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic felt his side contributed to their own downfall.

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The West Ham captain was solid in an uncongested midfield but showed too much off the ball to Chelsea.

After half-time, Chelsea continued to threaten, although their second goal wasn't quite as precise as their first.

Diego Costa celebrates after the second goal. Even if it does, this is Chelsea's Premier League crown to lose.

"Up until now we have deserved to stay at the top of the table", Conte said.

West Ham's only goal was scored by Manual Lanzini in added time.

Andy Carroll is a serious doubt for the encounter, as he continues to struggle with a groin injury.

But, with in-form winger Eden Hazard expected to shrug off a knock received in training, the Blues will be at full strength for tonight's London derby. Pedro might make it against West Ham however, due to his recent goal scoring form.

"I still think defensively they're vulnerable which is why I can't see Chelsea being caught". However, their attacking play lacked the finesse needed to break down the Chelsea defence.

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