Title race still wide open, Bilic warns Chelsea

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has warned Chelsea that the race to be crowned champions of England is far from over.

Chelsea have a 10-point lead at the top of the table heading into week 27. The Stamford Bridge side has won all but three of their last 17 top-flight games.

A victory against West-Ham on Monday would allow Chelsea to take move another step towards a second title in three seasons, but Bilic has told other title chasing teams to expect the Blues to drop points in the coming weeks.

The words of Bilic: “I’m surprised how good they have been. I was expecting him to have a strong impact because he had it at Juventus.

“I watched Juve quite a lot and I was studying his game. I didn’t know because no-one knows.

“I expected him to do great long term and it is a surprise they are 10 points clear. Conte is a great manager, he done it at Juve, he done it with Italy. A brilliant manager, of course.

“It [the title race] is still very open. Many, many points. If they slip up, which you can in every game, other teams need to be ready.”

West Ham would expect the return of Andy Carroll on Monday to have a positive effect on the outcome of the match, with the striker having recovered from a groin problem that kept him out of the draws with West Brom and Watford.

Bilic said he is “optimistic” of having Carroll available and is delighted that he was not tempted by interest from the Chinese Super League during the transfer window.

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