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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after the game against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

“We played against the strongest team in Premier League, – the Italian manager said – A team with an important idea of football”.

“We bounced back from our last undeserved defeat against Crystal Palace and now it’s important to rest because we have to play another game [at Bournemouth] in three days”.

Tottenham won an incredible game against Swansea with a late turnaround from 1-0 to 1-3.

“Tottenham showed today that they can win every game and then we need to earn at least 18 points to be sure of the title”.

Then Antonio Conte has confirmed he’ll stay at Chelsea next season: “I don’t like when someone else speaks for me, now we are fighting gritting our teeth to win the title, then we will try to build something important in view of next season”.

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Chelsea star and man of the match Eden Hazard spoke after his side’s home win against Manchester City.

“It’s a big win, of course, – the Belgian star said after the game – I don’t know if the way we played was beautiful. But the most important thing is to win games”.

“The way we play can be better. But it was a good win against a great team. It’s always a real battle when you play against Man City. In the first half we did everything. The result is 2-1 and we’re happy today”.

The Belgian star shined in Chelsea clash at Stamford Bridge as he scored a crucial brace: “I try to do my best and help the team to win games. – he said – We have eight games to play and we want to win the title. That’s our target”.

“We are nearly there but there’s a long way to go. We are ready for everything”.

 

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Tottenham won an incredible game against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium tonight, when Mauricio Pochettino’s side bounced back from a disappointing first half with three late goals from Alli, Son and Eriksen to avoid an unexpected defeat.

Spurs completed a massive turnaround in the extra-time, while Swansea probably thought they had won the game after Routledge’s opener.

Tottenham remain 7 points behind Chelsea, but the gap could have been even bigger.

Schermata 2017-04-05 alle 23.16.12

 

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Chelsea won a crucial game in the title race with a confidence-boosting victory at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Antonio Conte beat Manchester City 2-1 at home thanks to Eden Hazard‘s brace; the Belgian star opened the scoring after 10′ while Argentine star Sergio Aguero leveled the game at 25′, before Hazard again converted to goal a penalty well saved by Caballero.

Then Chelsea managed to maintain their gap despite Pep Guardiola‘s men had great chances to equalize also in the second half. Thibaut Courtois made some great saves but his goalkeeping mistake secured Manchester City the equalizer. Courtois himself denied a goal for the Citizens a few minutes later, when Leroy Sané went close to scoring from a counter-attack.

Defender John Stones missed a clear chance kicking the ball over the bar in the extra-time.

Chelsea bounced back from their last home defeat against Crystal Palace.

 

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Chelsea are leading the game after a tough and intense first half at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte side is one goal ahead thanks to Eden Hazard‘s brace as the Belgian star converted to goal a penalty rebounding Caballero’s save after Sergio Aguero’s goal.

Hazard opened the scoring with a curled shot before the Argentine star found the level at 25’. Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois made some great saves but his goalkeeping mistake secured Manchester City the equalizer.

Courtois himself denied a goal for the Citizens a few minutes later, when Leroy Sané went close to scoring from a counter-attack.

 

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Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola hailed ‘superb’ Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ahead of Citizens’ trip to Stamford Bridge.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager said: “My opinion about my colleague Conte is that he’s superb, maybe he’s the best. How he was able to make Italy play beautiful football, Juventus too, in a culture where it’s so defensive”.

“He’s an excellent manager. I learn a lot when I see his teams – Juventus, Italy and now. Their teams control a lot of aspects. It’s a good lesson for me to see his teams and learn.”

When asked about Conte’s first season in Premier League, the Spaniard said: “In my case I had to win the treble and change English football. Expectations were quite high, that’s why I’m going to fall short. Definitely, I cannot have success this season”.

“I knew from the beginning they’d have a good season. They started the season so-so but after that they settled the way they want to play and the fact they have a week to work on many things helps a lot. It’s a big advantage if you have time.

Guardiola added: “I think a lot of games we’ve played a lot of good football – I didn’t expect that high level – but then also we were not solid.”​

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte lost the title when Lazio won the Serie A on the final matchday in 1999/2000 campaign.

“This experience is very important, – Conte said – For this reason, I try to keep concentrated from the start until the end. Football is wonderful because anything can happen”. 

“I lost this title against Lazio, but then we won the title against Inter in the last game. If Inter won their game they would have won the title. Instead they lost, and we beat Udinese and won the title”.

‘Football, I repeat, is wonderful. It gives a lot of joy but sometimes it’s not always simple” Conte added.

Chelsea are currently 7 points clear at the top and are set to face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge tonight.

The Italian manager found out for himself the agony of defeat: “When you play for these teams it’s normal to have positive and negative experiences. – Conte said – To win one Champions League final and lose three Champions League finals is the same”.

“You don’t sleep. It’s not easy to accept the defeat, but defeat is a part of our job, of our culture. You must accept that, but also try in the future to avoid it. I know only one way: this is hard work. I don’t know another way”.

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Antonio Conte has confirmed that Chelsea defender David Luiz is still receiving treatment on his knee despite the Brazilian star is regularly playing with the Blues since he suffered injury against Manchester City five months ago

“David Luiz now is better than before, – Conte said today speaking at press conference in Cobham – But he needs to receive some treatment on his knee”.

About Sergio Aguero’s late tackle on Luiz, Conte added: “What happened in the past is not important,

“When there’s a game and someone is losing that game, is something that can happen, Aguero is a really good player and I have great respect for him”. 

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“I don’t like to speak about the other players or other clubsChelsea manager Antonio Conte claimed today, when asked about Alexis Sanchez future – This is not respectful for my club and my players because this is not the right moment [for transfer market speculations]”.

It is understood Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez could leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of this season due to his troubled relationship with manager Arsene Wenger.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of his side’s clash against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

Here’s what the Italian manager had to say about the incoming game against Pep Guardiola’s men: “With 27 points available anything can happen in the league – Conte said – I think that we are in a very good position and nobody thought we could have been here at this stage. I hope who win this league will deserve to win the league”. 

About Manchester City squad: “When you have to face the Premier League and European competitions you must have a very strong squad with 22-23 players and Chelsea this season have less players. Anyway we have good young players which are growing very well”.

“When you play against Manchester City is important to keep attention high, they are very good in counter-attacks with Sané, Sterling, De Bruyne, Aguero and Silva”.

“Pep Guardiola has never lost twice against the same team this season? This is good for him, but I think tomorrow is a game that we want to win and also Manchester City will try to win”.

“We don’t have many days to prepare the game but also Manchester City have the same problem, we tried to exploit the two days we had”. 

Conte was appointed as new Chelsea manager one year ago: “Time flies, – he said – This is a great experience, to stay here and after one year to talk about winning the league”.

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