But Conte described as "stupid" any suggestion his decision to rotate his squad was a major factor in the outcome and insisted he had "absolutely not" made changes because of the upcoming FA Cup final against Manchester United.
It was always going to be tough for Chelsea to break into the top four this season. Liverpool have to win the last game against Brighton and it's the same for Tottenham. "People said we had no chance, I will not criticise one of them because they were right", said Huddersfield manager David Wagner.
Chelsea threw everything they had at Huddersfield in the closing stages, but somehow the visitors managed to cling on to a priceless point.
Like Conte, Courtois has 12 months remaining on his current contract and, with Chelsea unlikely to gamble on him leaving for nothing, the Belgian may have played his final game at Stamford Bridge unless he agrees an extension.
With two matches of the league season remaining, the Blues now sit fifth in the table with 69 points, two less than Tottenham Hotspur who occupy fourth.More news: Trump to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday
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"I'm realistic. I think that, at the end of the season, you finish in the position you deserve".
At the Etihad, champions Manchester City added three more records to a sensational season by breaking the previous best Premier League marks for wins, points and goals in a 3-1 victory over Brighton. "I knew it would be tight for sure, and I never doubted my players' mental spirit".
Chelsea are just off the top four places sitting in fifth place, they need three points to leapfrog over Tottenham Hotspur into the guaranteed Champions League spot so will be wanting to guarantee their European travels next season. They have 48 hours, and what they say, we'll do.
"Sometimes things don't go the way you want, sometimes they do".
"We are taking more chances because we are winning, and that's the most important [thing]", he told Sky Sports.
Exhausted Huddersfield players had flung themselves into a pile on the pitch then raced to celebrate with their bench and the singing fans, preparing for a cheerfully noisy trip back north. This season we were predicted to be a team relegated by miles, and I understand it.