Belfast Telegraph

Conte hoping a long winning streak can spark charge to title

West Bromwich Albion 0 Chelsea 4

By Liam Blackburn

Antonio Conte hopes Chelsea can replicate last season's 13-game winning streak in the Premier League, but acknowledges even that may be not enough to overhaul Manchester City.

Despite dispatching West Brom 4-0 at The Hawthorns to take their sequence of victories to four, Conte's reigning champions still trail unbeaten leaders City by nine points.

At this stage last term Conte's side were in the midst of a Premier League record-equalling 13 successive wins in a single season to underpin their title triumph, and the Italian feels belief has been enhanced on the back of recent results.

Asked whether he felt his team was capable of stringing together another long run of wins, Conte replied: "I hope so because last season we won 13 games in a row and in this league it's not simple to have this type of run.

"Four wins in a row is important for our confidence. We started the season with many problems but we are trying slowly to find the right solution. I'm very happy but in this case it doesn't depend on us because Manchester City are playing very well and they're having fantastic results. Now it's very difficult to think that someone can stop them. They are having a fantastic run."

West Brom, who have now not won in 11 games, were swatted aside by the Blues thanks to three first-half goals from Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea took their foot off the gas after the break, though Hazard did grab another.

Saturday's clash was arguably the most important fixture of West Brom's season given the mounting pressure on boss Tony Pulis and, in front of owner Guochuan Lai, they suffered the joint-heaviest defeat of the Welshman's near three-year reign.

Pulis spoke to chairman John Williams in the dressing room after the thrashing, though would not discuss what was said between them.

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