Tottenham Hotspur secured Champions League football for next season by beating Newcastle, while Chelsea's top-four hopes got slimmer following a draw at Huddersfield, whose safety from relegation was confirmed.
Coming into Sunday's pivotal Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge - a match they needed to win to narrow the gap on the top four - only Arsenal had taken fewer points than Chelsea from matches against the "Big Six" this season.
The 48-year-old has seen a host of leading managers linked with his job in recent weeks and added fuel to the fire this week when he said his future would be revealed after the FA Cup final against Manchester United on May 19. "We had to get close to them and make it hard".
There was still time for Chelsea to grab a victor but Huddersfield held on for the point that secures their Premier League status.
"You finish second in the league, you move to Wembley and of course there's a lot of fears because the Champions League wasn't great the previous season".
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With the win, City reached 97 points on the season, breaking Chelsea's record from 2004-05 for the most in a Premier League season.
Conte's side are two points behind Tottenham and three adrift of Liverpool with two games to play.
"But congratulations to Huddersfield, the players and the manager and the club, for them".
The Blues conjured a lucky leveller shortly after the hour mark as an attempted clearance from Mathias Jorgensen following Cesar Azpilicueta's fizzed cross crashed into the face of Alonso and ricocheted into the net.
"This was definitely the most important save in my career, no doubt about it", he told Sky Sports.
When Aaron Mooy played a pass over the top of the Chelsea defence, Blues goalkeeper Willy Caballero came rushing to the edge of the area in a bid to clear. On his 316th appearance since joining from Barcelona in 2010, the three-time Premier League victor was in the thick of the action throughout.