Conte uncomfortable with favourites tag

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says it is difficult to accept his side being dubbed favourites for the title after they've played just 14 matches of the season.

The Blues have been in top form in recent weeks, winning all eight of their last league games, including impressive wins over title rivals Tottenham and Manchester City.

They have an excellent chance to extend their three point lead before the new year with matches against West Brom, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Stoke before the turn of the year.

However, Conte is not yet ready to accept that his side should be considered favourites to win the title.

"It's difficult to accept this, because I think we have played only 14 games, and to finish that first part of the season, there is the second part," he said.

"We started as underdogs this season, and I think now it's very difficult to accept this, but it's normal if you're playing good football and winning a lot of games.

"It's always difficult to say if these five games are a great opportunity. This league has taught me that every game is very tough. If you don't face every game with great concentration and preparation you can find yourself in trouble.

"Sunday is the type of game we can find difficult if we don't put the same concentration, the same focus, that we had in the previous games.

"The best reply from my players is to be focused every day during the training session. If you have a good training session you show me that you are focused for the game."

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