Chelsea had the look of champions again as they maintained their comfortable seven-point advantage at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 victory at Bournemouth but Tottenham will not give up the chase.
There had been little pressure on the Blues ahead of the match, after Tottenham Hotspur's success over Watford previously on in the day had reduced their edge on their competitors.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard, right, vies for the ball with Bournemouth's Adam Smith, centre, and Bournemouth's Harry Arter during their English Premier League soccer match between Bournemouth and Chelsea at Dean Court stadium in Bournemouth, England, Saturday, April 8, 2017.
The Belgium superstar dominated from first to last, central to everything positive about the Blues.
Victor Moses, back after missing two games with a toe injury, sent in a cross from the right towards Diego Costa, whose sliced shot ricocheted into the net off Smith.
King's goal extended Chelsea's run without a clean sheet to nine Premier League games, but Conte was pleased with his team's reaction to the setback.
Freed by N'Golo Kante's pass, the Belgian sprinted in on goal, rounded goalkeeper Artur Boruc and slipped in his 14th goal of the campaign.
Astonishingly, it was Kante's first assist in 30 matches since he joined Chelsea in the summertime.
Bournemouth's luck turned just before the break when Josh King's powerful effort from the edge of the box flew into the top corner via a deflection from David Luiz, leaving Thibaut Courtois with no chance.
The players already knew the Spurs result heading into the game, which added to the pressure and "test of character" posed by a relentlessly positive and fearless AFC Bournemouth.
- Chelsea have conceded in nine consecutive Premier League games in a single season for the first time since the 2011-12 season (nine games between Aug-Oct 2011).
"I think Marcos is playing a really good season and it is great for him to show his quality with the free-kick".
West Ham United eased their relegation fears as Cheikhou Kouyate's low drive secured a 1-0 home win over third-bottom Swansea City, who trail Hull by two points.
A freekick was given 25-yards from goal and it was Alonso who stepped up to curl the ball on the most notable of the wall, sumptuously to the most notable corner.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth are flying high in 13 position, seven points clear of the drop zone, and Eddie Howe will be keen to ensure the good times keep on rolling after drawing against Liverpool this week.
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