Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal sparked their record winning run.

Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace was the Blues’ 11th straight in the Premier League, equalled a club record set by the team that won the 2010 title and helped them finish the weekend seven points clear at the summit.

“After the defeat against Liverpool, and also against Arsenal, it changed something in me, in the players, in the club,” the Italian said. “We understood the way to go and have a different season, compared to last season.

“It was different. For this reason, we found the right solution, formation, but also to improve the quality of the work in all aspects. After these two bad games, we changed a lot.

“I like to win, and to see my teams have two bad defeats – we deserved two bad defeats – I didn’t like this and I tried to find the right solution on the pitch, outside of the pitch. We found the right solution with the players, to explain that we all deserve better than last season.

“Usually when I don’t win it’s very difficult to sleep, but now I’m sleeping the right (amount). After 11 wins, we have a positive pressure that we want to continue. The day that you don’t win, you finish this run.”