Tottenham were Leicester's closest title challengers for much of the run-in last season - moving to within five points with four games left - but eventually finished third behind Arsenal after a stuttering finish. "But it's very unusual you ask me after a defeat after 13 wins in a row if I'm thinking of changing the formation". I suspect Premier League history will be denied them, but a score draw will ensure that Conte's march toward the title goes on. We are pleased for this.
The way they play in that system it is hard to do twice a week, as we saw at Tottenham, and not having those games allows them to execute it.
Craig Burley says Tottenham have helped open the title race, but it's hard to back them as a contender to Chelsea. "We are not going to get carried away, there is always room for improvement".
Add in Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal to the mix, teams that feel they will always score more than the opposition and don't prioritise defence as much and you can see why I think the victor is likely to come from Chelsea, Spurs or indeed Manchester United.
Conte tried to put up a courageous front after the match, insisting that Wednesday's defeat was very different to the 3-0 reverse they suffered at Arsenal on Sept 24, since when they have been unstoppable. "When you change a lot and use a different system it means you don't work a lot with this formation".
Mauricio Pochettino's side are enjoying a purple patch of their own, having won five from five since losing at Manchester United on December 11 and scoring 15 times in the process.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has dismissed the fixture favoritism complaints made about the Blues by Jose Mourinho. You can read 16 Conclusions from the game. But the continuity in Tottenham's team - combined with the maturation of players like Dele Alli, who matched his league goals output from last season after completing his brace to end Chelsea's historic run - has Spurs looking like the most complete side in England once again.
Spurs welcome back Jan Vertonghen after the Belgian worldwide served a one-game suspension last time out and he's expected to come straight back in to the side with Kevin Wimmer dropping out.
"It is a good problem. It's a good sign we are progressing well". They were two similar goals but I was a footballer and that can happen in a game.
He said: "We are disappointed but also we must be pleased, for our run as 13 wins in this league is not easy".
"We are happy to stay under the radar and keep picking up the points".
"I wasn't concerned. He is showing great patience in the right way, in every moment of the game. He is completely focused on the game".