The Red Devils are sixth in the table and Jose Mourinho finds himself 13 points behind former club Chelsea.
Conte’s side have a six-point lead at the top of the table following last night’s 1-0 win over Sunderland.
“This league is very tough and I think until the end, it will be a big battle between six teams”
They face Crystal Palace on Saturday hoping to make it 11 wins in a row and Conte is praying that his players recover in time to put in a good showing at Selhurst Park.
He said: “I am pleased for my players because they deserve this for their commitment and work-rate every day, in every training session, during the game.
“Now for sure we have to continue. In three days on Saturday, we will have another tough game against Crystal Palace.
“I hope we recover very well after this battle to try to arrive at Christmas in an incredible position in the table.
“I prefer not to look at the table, I prefer this for me, for my players because we are doing something important until now, but the league didn’t finish today.
“We are on top of the table, but there are still three games to end the first part of the season and then 19 games.
“This league is very tough and I think until the end, it will be a big battle between six teams.”