Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has insisted that he wants the Premier League to rearrange the fixture list so that his side and Tottenham can kick off their last three matches of the season at the same time.
Everybody thought that the relentless Chelsea team were comfortably cruising towards their fifth Premier League title, but a 2-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on April 15 has opened up the title race far and wide.
Still, the Blues are favourites to win the title, as they sit four points ahead of their closest rivals Tottenham, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now on a nine-match winning run and showing no signs of letting up like they usually did in the final parts of the previous seasons.
Chelsea travel to Everton on Sunday (14.05 BST) before Spurs host Arsenal (16.00 BST) in a North London Derby on the same day. After Sunday, the two sides will not play on the same day until the final game of the season on 21 May, when Chelsea host Sunderland and Tottenham visit Hull City.
In the pre-match press conference ahead of the Everton clash, Conte was asked whether Chelsea have an advantage this weekend as they are playing first.
No. No we don’t,” the Italian replied.
“When you arrive in the last three games and when you see there are two or three very close fighting for a title you have to find a solution not to give advantage of one team over the other. Try and keep it the same hour, the same days to rest. And they you can see who is the best.”
After a tough away trip to Goodison Park on Sunday, Chelsea face Middlesbrough (H), West Brom (A), before ending the campaign with back-to-back home games against Watford and bottom-placed Sunderland.
On the other hand, Spurs face West Ham (A) and Manchester United (H), and end their season with trips to Leicester City and Hull City respectively.
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