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Chelsea aim to tighten defence vs. Southampton

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Antonio Conte reveals tactical tweak that sparked Chelsea win at Stoke

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said he tweaked his side's formation at Stoke because he was not content with just a point.

The Premier League leaders snatched victory three minutes from the end of normal time, having seen a Willian free kick cancelled out by Jonathan Walters' penalty before half-time.

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Conte brought on Cesc Fabregas with 20 minutes to go, replacing Victor Moses and altering his 3-4-3 system to a back four to accommodate his substitute in a central role.

The move paid dividends three minutes from time when Gary Cahill lashed in a winner to take the Londoners 13 points clear at the top.

"During the game, when you want to take more risks, when you want to try and take three points and not only one, you try to change," Conte said.

"When you change, for sure there is a greater possibility to score the goal but also to concede a goal. You must know this and then sometimes I prefer to decide to risk it to try to take three points.

"In other situations, I prefer to keep the result."

The result of the change was a fifth straight win in all competitions, meaning Chelsea have dropped points in only three games since September.

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