Conte feels Chelsea deserved something from London derby defeat to Crystal Palace

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While still upbeat, the Blues boss is wary of another slip-up against Manchester City after seeing his Premier League-leading side come unstuck

Antonio Conte feels Chelsea deserved at least a draw against Crystal Palace in the wake of their surprise 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Premier League leaders appeared to be on their way to victory when Cesc Fabregas handed them the lead after just five minutes, but Palace quickly turned things around with two goals in as many minutes from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke.

Chelsea came close to levelling the scores on a number of occasions, but Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey proved to be too much of an obstacle.

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“I think we deserved at least a draw. We created many chances,” Conte said.

“But this is football. We must accept this result.

“We scored our goal after five minutes and then we conceded two in a few minutes. When you concede goals in that way you must understand the situation and improve on those mistakes.

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“In every game in England, anything can happen. The league is so strong. We faced a team today with strong players. I think they showed they were a good team.”

Chelsea still hold a seven-point lead over Tottenham at the summit, but Conte acknowledged they cannot afford to slip up again when they meet Manchester City on Wednesday.

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“Now we have to think about the next game,” he added.

“If we had won we would have been happy but now it is important to focus on Manchester City.

“It will be a tough game, but every game from here on will be tough.”

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