We have match-winners - Chelsea can bounce back according to Begovic

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We have match-winners - Chelsea can bounce back according to Begovic

Asmir Begovic is convinced that Premier League leaders Chelsea can bounce back from Sunday's disappointing 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Antonio Conte's side failed to restore the seven-point gap between themselves and second-placed Tottenham as goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera gave Jose Mourinho the bragging rights over his former employers.

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It represented a rare setback in what has at times appeared to be a title procession for the Blues, but Begovic – who replaced the injured Thibaut Courtois for the clash at Old Trafford – is confident they will fend off their in-form London rivals.

"I think the defeat is down to a combination of things. United were more aggressive, they won second balls and probably wanted it more," Begovic told BBC Sport.

"They got a great start and then went on from there. We need to be better going forward.

"We have a lot of match-winners. We weren't at it, but we have a lot of character and can bounce back.

"We have a four-point advantage and at the start of the season we would have taken it at this stage.

"If we win our games it doesn't matter what Tottenham do."

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Chelsea and Tottenham take a break from Premier League action next time out, as they meet at Wembley in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.