Chelsea can bounce back according to Begovic

Chelsea's Asmir Begovic is confident that Antonio Conte's side will not allow the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United to derail its title tilt.

It represented a rare setback in what has at times appeared to be a title procession for the Blues.   -  Getty Images

Asmir Begovic is convinced that Premier League leader Chelsea can bounce back from Sunday's disappointing 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Antonio Conte's side failed to restore the seven-point gap between itself and second-placed Tottenham as goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera gave Jose Mourinho the bragging rights over his former employers.

It represented a rare setback in what has at times appeared to be a title procession for the Blues, but Begovic – who replaced the injured Thibaut Courtois for the clash at Old Trafford – is confident it will fend off its in-form London rivals.

"I think the defeat is down to a combination of things. United were more aggressive, they won second balls and probably wanted it more," Begovic told BBC Sport.

"They got a great start and then went on from there. We need to be better going forward.

"We have a lot of match-winners. We weren't at it, but we have a lot of character and can bounce back. We have a four-point advantage and at the start of the season we would have taken it at this stage.

"If we win our games it doesn't matter what Tottenham do."

Chelsea and Tottenham take a break from Premier League action next time out, as they meet at Wembley in the semifinal of the FA Cup.