Conte must be pragmatic to see Chelsea off the finish line

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After 25 games, Chelsea are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table ahead of nearest challengers, Manchester City.

The Blues have been very impressive under the tutelage of the fiery Italian manager, but with 13 matches still left to be played, a change of approach is needed and the former Italy manager has started reading the signs.

Much has been said of his switch to the now famous 3-4-3 formation, brought on at halftime in the match against Arsenal back in September, as The Blues stumbled to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals.

Chelsea have been in imperious form all season, winning 19 out of their 25 matches played, boasting the joint best defence. They have been playing with no holds barred, but as the season finale closes in, defensive solidity must set in.

The Blues have just a single clean sheet in their last five league matches, meaning that teams are starting to find them out defensively.

When Chelsea won the league last in 2014/15, The Blues also played some attractive football but a 5-3 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham on New Year’s Day 2015 meant Jose reverted to type.

Chelsea went on to lose only one other game till the end of that season, and that was a 3-0 loss at West Brom, which was an inconsequential game given that the league had been won already.

Chelsea will win the league, but there must be astute game management from the manager. The Premier League is within sight, but there must be caution in this latter stages. The league is after all, a marathon.

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