Beating Spurs in FA Cup has no bearing on league, says Conte

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Antonio Conte said his team had passed a "big psychological test" as they extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points with victory over Southampton.

Chelsea took another step towards the Premier League title as they glided to a 4-2 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening.

"After the Tottenham game, I said I'm sure he's keeping his goals for the final weeks of the season". It will be a very tough game.

Spurs must now look to reduce the gap to four points against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night at Selhurst Park.

Manager Antonio Conte felt the changes he made for last Saturday's FA Cup semifinal were justified as he brought Hazard, Costa and Cahill back into his starting lineup and all of them scored. "Definitely we need to be very, very consistent until the end of the season", Fabregas added.

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Spain striker Costa scored for the first time in eight matches to give the Premier League leaders a two-goal cushion during the second half of Tuesday's match against Southampton, moving on to 50 career goals in England's top flight.

However, their performances against other so-called bigger teams in the league have been questionable. "We scored four handsome goals, Tottenham play tomorrow so we put pressure on them", Hazard said. We must know that, now, it's a good season.

Chelsea coped well in central Cahill's absence with Nathan Ake deputising in a 4-2 win that maintained their hopes of the league and Cup "double". "If my goals help the team to win the games I'm happy". Southampton have good players and play good football. It's not easy for the coach to take this responsibility, to make these strong choices, but I have to be pleased because I have a squad of great men and good players. "We can stay at home tomorrow to watch the game and we will see". "It's normal that we have to try to push until the end to keep this position".

The PFA Young Player of the year now has 20 goals and 11 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions this campaign, which has put him at the centre of Pochettino's title-challenging side.

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