Sam Allardyce: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha can match Chelsea star Eden Hazard

Sam Allardyce: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha can match Chelsea star Eden Hazard

Sam Allardyce: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha can match Chelsea star Eden Hazard

Up until now, Chelsea have looked pretty unstoppable in the race to the 2016/17 Premier League crown.

Chelsea are still in a "really good position" to win the Premier League title despite Saturday's shock 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace, manager Antonio Conte said on Tuesday.

Conte praised Crystal Palace for their performance, but was quick to point out that the Chelsea players must move on and focus on the next game against former EPL champions Manchester City.

Both sides will be looking back to a year ago for comfort, with Chelsea winning 3-1 at the Etihad in December while City won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last April against an off-form home side with very little to play for.

The schedule for the next month also raises the prospect that the title race could be prolonged longer than many expected, with Chelsea also playing Manchester United away in two weeks' time.

Conte's side had won their past 10 league games at Stamford Bridge and had not lost there in any competition since September 16.

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Clement admitted after the 0-0 draw that Swansea had missed the physical presence of 11-goal top scorer Fernando Llorente.

Yet two splendid goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke in the space of three minutes soon after changed the complexion of the game with Palace then defending stoically to earn the unlikeliest of wins.

Eric Dier and substitute Heung-min Son scored second-half goals for Tottenham, which earned a fourth straight league win. "Also, if the team is Manchester City or a side fighting in the relegation zone", he added.

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According to the player's agent, he was the subject of a £15 bid from Tottenham in last summer's transfer window.

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Zaha, 24, has been in impressive form this season, with Palace boss Sam Allardyce saying after Saturday's 2-1 victory over Chelsea that he should be aspiring to reach Eden Hazard's level.

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