Antonio Conte is putting up a bold front and has urged Chelsea to accept the defeat to a great team like Spurs , which ended Chelsea’s run of 13 games unbeaten and a chance to do the record breaking 14-match consecutive win in a season.
Dele Alli got on the end of a pair of Eriksen’s crosses to score both goals of the match with headers, helping spurs to a 2-0 win.
Conte was particularly sad about the fact that Alli’s second came after both Costa and Hazard came close to equalising.
“We knew that this could happen before now,” he told Sky Sports. “I think I saw a game with a good balance. They scored a goal at the end of the first half and then they scored the second goal in our best moment.
“It’s a pity to stop this run but Tottenham is a good team, a really strong team and I think for sure they are one of the teams who can fight for the title until the end.
“They fought last season and for sure Tottenham can fight also this year.
“Two good teams with good intensity and good pressure tried to win the game. Tottenham scored in two strange moments [especially in] the second half when we missed two chances to equalise.”
Asked whether his usually miserly defence should come under scrutiny for their failure to deal with Alli, Conte added: “I didn’t see the [replay of] of the situation but, for sure, I saw a good cross and a good header. With the team we will see.
“My team, we are at the top of the table because we are working a lot and I think that from last season we improved a lot.
“But for sure this championship is very tough and for this reason it is important to work and continue to improve.
“It can happen, a defeat against Tottenham.
“Now it is important to restart. After 13 wins in a row it is difficult to accept a defeat but this is football and we must accept and remember our defeat arrived with a great team.”