Conte: 'City's record run unfairly overshadowing Chelsea form'

Chelsea deserves more credit for an impressive run overlooked by Manchester City's incredible form, says Antonio Conte.

Antonio Conte feels his team deserves greater credit for a run of results that has seen it go joint-second with Manchester United.

Antonio Conte believes an impressive run of form for Chelsea has been unfairly overlooked due to Manchester City's record-breaking run.

Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday, secured by a brilliant Marcos Alonso free-kick in first-half stoppage time, provided the Blues with their eighth win in 10 Premier League matches.

Conte feels his team deserves greater credit for a run of results that has seen it go joint-second with Manchester United, with City's 15 successive top-flight triumphs for an English record unjustly overshadowing it.

Alonso a 'specialist'

"I think this is not the first time. Alonso is a specialist in this situation," Conte told a post-match news conference.

"There is also Willy [Willian], [Cesc] Fabregas. They are very good. It doesn't matter for me who takes the kicks, but it's important to score.

"I'm very happy for Marcos, I'm very happy for the team. We won a difficult game. I want to remember that in the last 10 games, we won eight games, drew only one game against Liverpool away and lost only one game, at West Ham.

"If someone asks me if I want to sign for this in the next 10 games, I'm ready. Someone is forgetting this run, because there is a team winning every game... My players in the last 10 games did a good job."

Alonso out of EFL quarters

Alonso picked up a booking that rules him out of the EFL Cup quarterfinal against Bournemouth on Wednesday, while his deputy Davide Zappacosta is ill.

"For sure I prefer to have all my players available, also because we have to play a quarterfinal against Bournemouth," Conte added.

"Now there is a problem. Zappacosta is recovering from a bad flu. It can happen. We must be ready to overcome this type of problem. This difficulty."

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