Conte not focused on league table

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said he is unconcerned about where his side sits in the table following their 2-0 win over Southampton on Sunday.

Eden Hazard and Diego Costa found the back of the net for the Blues, who clinched their fourth consecutive Premier League win and snapped Southampton’s nine-game unbeaten streak at St Mary's Stadium. 

With their victory, Chelsea are in fourth place on the standings, but are just one point behind Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, who are all on 23 points. 

"At this moment, it's not important for us to look at the table," Conte said. "We are in a good position, but it's not important. It's more important to work very hard and trust the work will improve us. Sometimes you can win a game but you don't see it happening in the right way.

"Now, game by game, I'm seeing a lot of possibilities. I have confidence because we can improve. We can improve a lot. The only way that we must know now is to continue to work. Not look at the table.

"If you ask me a prediction or an expectation of our championship, now it's very difficult to talk about this. It's important to pass many games, particularly in the first part of this season, and then you can see if you can stay up there in the title race.

"When you start the second part, our ideas will be more clear. We are working a lot. I'm seeing a lot of positive things in the team. We are not looking at the table, just continuing to work."

Conte admitted that he was impressed with Chelsea’s performance during the match as Hazard put the Blues ahead in the sixth minute before Costa doubled their lead just 10 minutes into the second half. 

Chelsea have now won seven of their 10 Premier League games, but Conte insisted that it is too early to speculate about his side’s chances of winning the Premier League title. 

"I saw a lot of positive things," Conte added. "Above all because we played against a strong team in a good moment of form. To come here and win wasn't easy.

"I'm pleased with the commitment, the work rate, to see my players worked very hard during the game with and without the ball. I think this is the right way, to reach great satisfaction in this championship. But we know that the road is long.

"Today Diego Costa and Hazard scored again. We created many chances to score more goals. Also, for four games, we have kept clean sheets. That's fantastic because it means the confidence is increasing. The players, I think, deserve this because I see them every day, the way they are working.

"It's important to arrive this type of result and performance because, in this way, they can trust more in the work."