Conte: Champions League dreams not in our hands

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The win lifts Antonio Conte's side just two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, which faces Watford at Wembley on Tuesday (AEST).

Chelsea had to battle against Swansea to get all three points after the pitch became waterlogged and they failed to kill off their relegation-threatened opponents.

With just minutes left to play, the Swansea belief looked strong, and the home side continued to threaten, but Chelsea would not budge.

It's good always to be surrounded by players who give you confidence and I think that's important - when you are young, even me now after 15 years, I make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes, but when you know that you are young and that everyone is looking at you, maybe you have to see what you can do, show me what you can do.

"When we arrived we were five points away from the teams above", Carvalhal said.

Only until it's mathematically impossible will Chelsea give up on their hopes of finishing in the top four. The draw did little to help Stoke's survival bid as it remains in the relegation zone surrounded by teams with games in hand.

"They played a good game, especially in the second half when they tried to push us".

The visitors nearly doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute when Olivier Giroud's header was sent agonizingly over the crossbar by Alfie Mawson, with the ball clipping the woodwork on the way through. The northwest England club is six points clear of eighth-place Everton with two games remaining and a superior goal difference.

"Our top scorer has scored only 12 goals", the Chelsea boss told Sky Sports News after his 50th Premier League victory.

Fabregas' curling finish was a fitting way to bring up his half-century of goals in the Premier League, but it was Hazard's clinical exploitation of a Swansea error that made it, pouncing on Andy King's sloppy loss of possession, weaving his way forward and picking out the right pass.

Third-place Liverpool could yet drop out of the top four after Stoke condemned the Champions League semifinalists to a third draw in four domestic games.

McArthur scored in the 38th minute before Leicester had Marc Albrighton sent off for a professional foul in the 56th minute.

"If we are going to save ourselves, then the sooner and earlier the better". Chelsea and Liverpool meet at Stamford Bridge next Sunday.

Swansea left it late to rally a comeback and both Ayew and Carroll saw their efforts fall just wide of the post but Chelsea held on to secure all three points.

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