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Spurs major obstacle to record bid
By: dt news , Posted on 04-Jan-2017
London : Spurs represent a significant hurdle to overcome if Chelsea are to equal Arsenal's Premier League record of 14 successive wins, said Blues manager Antonio Conte on Tuesday.
The 47-year-old Italian -- who took over after he had guided Italy to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals -- has steered Chelsea to 13 consecutive victories and a five point lead over Liverpool at the top of the table.
Victory over fifth-placed Spurs on Wednesday would emulate Arsenal'srecord set over two seasons -- winning the last 13 matches of the 2001/02 season and their first game of the following campaign.
"It is a great achievement for us," said Conte of their record-equalling 13th successive win in a single season.
"To win 13 games in a row is not easy. We are pleased for this.
"Tomorrow (Wednesday), we know that we have a tough game against Tottenham. It is a good team. For this reason we need to continue our run!"
Conte, who made his name as a manager at Juventus a club he also served with distinction as a player, admitted going on their previous clash earlier in the season Spurs would be tough opposition.
"Against Tottenham (previously when Chelsea came from 1-0 down to win 2-1) was a tough game," said Conte, who coached Juventus to three Serie A crowns.
"I watched it again. In the first half they played well and put us under a lot of pressure.
"In the second half we played very well but Tottenham showed great form.
"For me, Tottenham are better than last season. They have a good manager who is working very well. It is right to compliment (Mauricio) Pochettino."
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