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Things began well enough with a win against title rivals Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final, but Antonio Conte's team can not afford to drop points at home to Southampton tonight or away to Everton on Sunday.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits they face a massive summer transfer window.

They finished fifth twice in a three-year window and the one year they finished fourth they still missed out on the Champions League after Chelsea won the title against Bayern Munich. They will be intent to battle through the final stretch of the season, as the possibility for a title challenge still remains legitimate. They know they still have a job to do in the league.

Conte, whose side play Southampton on Tuesday night, said: "This season it's very important to understand that it's not always about who spends more money who wins".

"They are human and that's the case for us. Now we have to find the right substitutes for these players and then work to put these players at the same level".

Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham's players to keep their focus and the fans to trust his judgement amid mounting interest in the club's star players.

His message was echoed by England global Eric Dier, who said the Palace game was a huge challenge towards their title ambitions.

"Of course the last couple of days have been tough", Kane said.

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Middlesbrough is without a win in 16 Premier League games, a run stretching back to December 17, and appears set for an immediate return to the Championship.

Tottenham moved to within four points of the Premier League leaders thanks to a run of seven successive Premier League victories.

"It's important to win for us and to look at ourselves", he added.

"There's nothing we can do now".

Chelsea, who kept 12 clean sheets over the first four months of the Premier League season, have conceded at least once in each of their last 10 league games.

The 26-year-old Belgian and his teammates will have to refocus after the delight of beating main title rivals Tottenham 4-2 in their FA Cup semifinal on Saturday, perhaps at the same time landing a psychological blow.

"Thirty eight points has been the target to be safe for a long time but we're not mathematically safe yet", he said. Maybe on paper our fixtures look more hard, but we have the belief we can win every game and it depends on ourselves.

This post was syndicated from Breaking News, Nigeria News and World News - The Guardian Nigeria.

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