Buoyed by second-placed Tottenham's 1-0 defeat by West Ham on Friday, Conte's side host Middlesbrough tomorrow knowing they need six points from their last four games to be crowned champions.
The Blues have the chance to claim their second league title in three seasons when they face West Brom on Friday. They will still not have won the title as both they and Spurs will have three games left to play after this game week and a seven-point gap will still be bridgeable. "If we don't win against Middlesbrough (on May 8) then you lose this great win".
"I think now it's very important for every single player, for every single person at Chelsea to focus on the present", said the Italian.
Pedro Rodriguez scored an eye-catching long-range goal as Chelsea closed in on the Premier League title by beating Everton 3-0 on Sunday. "Don't forget Oscar, who went in the transfer market".
The Italian is aiming to win the league and FA Cup double in his first season. He works on the details and he's helped me a lot so it's very good to work with him.
"For me, Tottenham are a really strong team and it's normal to see them fighting for the title".
In the past six years, five English clubs have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League - fewer than from the Spanish and German leagues. We have another coach who I know very well, Massimo Carerra, who is winning in Russian Federation [with Spartak Moscow].
Mendieta has been surprised by the relative comfort with which the Stamford Bridge club have risen to the summit, but cited Conte's early-season switch to a 3-4-3 formation as vital.
Antonio Conte's side have taken 81 points from 34 matches, equalling the final tally by champions Leicester City last season.
Kante's rise has been as rapid as it has been impressive and I feel the midfielder would be a deserved recipient of the 2017 Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award. Defensively, John Obi Mikel is probably the player that can best reproduce Kante's impact despite his comparative lack of mobility, while Nemanja Matic may also be asked to sit a little deeper in the Blues XI.
"We will have a hard game on Monday night against Middlesbrough".
But the former Italy and Juventus boss believes Spurs, runners-up last season to Leicester, are at a more advanced stage of their development; a claim perhaps created to point to the potential of Chelsea. But his assists and composure on the ball showed he will be a big miss to Chelsea's squad following reports of him being linked with a move to Italy.
Boro's only league win in 18 games since Christmas came at home to relegated Sunderland last month.