Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

Antonio Conte rates Chelsea title chances 50-50 after Manchester United defeat

Antonio Conte rates Chelsea title chances 50-50 after Manchester United defeat

"It's not so much stepping up to the plate, because we're a team and just missing one player doesn't cancel out everything that we've worked on in the week".

The Spaniard has been in brilliant form for Jose Mourinho's this term despite their struggles in the league.

Mourinho played down his decision to ask Rashford to lead the line, noting he had been a regular throughout this season, but he was clearly pleased with the youngster's progress. He is not scoring enough goals.

With six games remaining, the result will give Tottenham belief it can lift the trophy at the end of May. The two games were totally different - we didn't deserve to lose against [Crystal] Palace - today we deserved to lose. "I think we have improved a lot since then".

He plays every game, on the right on the left in one striker in two strikers.

Former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville believes that the prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving the club this summer should be an "immediate concern".

Offering more mobility than Ibrahimovic, Rashford tormented Chelsea's defense all game and showed there is a bright future at United if the Swedish striker decides to end his stay at Old Trafford after just one year.

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Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera sealed the win with Mourinho praising his players for their spirit and the way they executed his tactical plan.

Chelsea was without first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who was injured, and wing back Marcos Alonso pulled out of the game during the warm-up after suffering from a virus during the week.

Jose Mourinho's squad avenged its 1-4 humiliation at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge in the first half of the season and the 0-1 FA Cup quarter-finals defeat against Antonio Conte's Blues.

It was Chelsea's fifth league loss of the season and first to United in 13 matches dating to 2012.

The team's two-pronged objective is to secure a top-four finish and win the Europa League as the season comes to a frantic conclusion. Arsenal takes on Manchester City in the second semifinal on Sunday. There was a sense of irony that West Brom ended up getting undone in that department, with James Milner's free kick being flicked on by Lucas Leiva for Firmino to head home at the far post.

Meanwhile, Liverpool is up to third after a 1-0 win at West Brom.

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