Chelsea's being unlucky to be 13-point adrift City - Conte

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte pointed to a lack of luck for his side being 13 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City after a comfortable home win over Brighton.

Conte’s side recorded a sixth-straight home win after an improved second-half display against the Seagulls, with Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso netting the key goals, BBC reports.

But the Premier League champions remain third as City prepare to face Newcastle on Wednesday.

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“This season is different to last season,” said Conte after the match on Boxing Day. “Last season a lot of times we won games and were a bit lucky – like against West Brom here, Sunderland. This season sometimes we could have more luck.

“We have great respect for Manchester City because they are doing an extraordinary thing.”