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A five star performance for Chelsea, with five goals, five consecutive clean sheets and five consecutive wins.

That’s why Antonio Conte was radiant in the press room after tonight’s tremendous display against Everton:

“When you have this type of performance you are very happy, I’m pleased above all for my players. It’s important to win but when you win in this way it’s great. It can improve our confidence and I’m very pleased tonight.

“When you see every day the players’ commitment and work rate it’s important to have this type of performance. We can continue to work very hard and trust in our work.

“We don’t want to send a message to other teams, we want to send one to ourselves. It’s important to be focused on our work. We want to improve and we are working a lot. This is the right way and the players are recognising that. Everton is now the past and after the international break we must start again in the same way we’ve left it today.

“What was important was to win, play good football and bring our principles to the pitch. When you play five in a row and don’t concede you can be satisfied.

Everton changed their formation and system, they tried to find a solution where it was man to man in every zone of the pitch. Every coach uses a system with different ideas.

“We have good players with great talent and we have to put them in the best situation to exploit their talent. There was a fantastic atmosphere with our supporters and we must continue to work together.’

Eden Hazard is playing great football and showing his talent, but the most important thing I’m seeing is that he’s fantastic with the ball and also without the ball. Him, Diego Costa and Pedro are working very hard for the team.’

The boss also spoke about the players’ quick adaptation to his new system:

“My players have adapted very quickly to this system but the principles are the same. We changed something defensively and offensively. I’m very happy because when the players produce this type of performance it’s important for my work. I’m sure we can improve and we need to.

Kante is a great player in the same way Matic is. They are very strong and protect our three central defenders, who are also playing very well and staying focused in every moment of the game. David Luiz is playing good football with great concentration, Azpilicueta and Gary the same, when John Terry came on it was the same, and also Moses and Alonso.

Gary Cahill is playing very well with great attention. It’s not easy when you make a mistake like he did in the game against Swansea, but he’s shown me great personality. I’m pleased for him.”

Conte admitted that the absence of European competitions helps him and the team to rest better between games and prepare better the following ones:

“It’s important because we have more days to work. When you arrive at a new club you need time to work if you want to bring your methods, ideas and philosophies, but I’d prefer to play in the Champions League, it’s a great tournament and a team like Chelsea must play in it.”

About the fans singing his name at Stamford Bridge he said:

 

“It was fantastic because I didn’t recognise our supporters were singing my name, and then Paolo Bertelli (first team fitness coach) told me. It’s good and I said thanks because it’s important for me. It’s important to support me but above all my team in every minute of the game.”

 

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It was a happy Antonio Conte the one that spoke after the fourth win a row, and four clean sheets, in the Premier League, today against Southampton:

“I’m delighted, for sure, I  saw a lot of positive things, above all because we played against a strong team also in a good moment of form. To come here and win wasn’t easy, I said that on Friday.

“I’m pleased with the commitment and work-rate. The players worked very hard during the game with and without the ball. This is the right way to reach great satisfaction in this championship.

“We created many chances, and also for four games we have kept clean sheets. It means our confidence is increasing. The players deserve this. I see them every day, the way they are working. It’s important to arrive at this type of result because they can trust the work more, but we know the road is long and it’s important to continue to work very hard to improve.

‘It wasn’t an easy game today but to stay close to first place is good. It gives us great confidence.’

Conte praised his forwards:

“When you see Eden and Diego, and Pedro, working very hard during the game, you are happy. They are strikers and usually it’s a bit difficult for the strikers to work for the team, but their commitment and work-rate is fantastic.’

The Italian boss analysed again the performances of the two full-backs, Alonso and Victor Moses:

“This role is very important in this system. You must have good stamina and quality to play as wing-backs. I ask my wing-backs to do offensive and defensive work. Moses is a great surprise in this aspect. We know Moses as a winger, but he’s playing in a fantastic way. Also Alonso, it wasn’t easy to go in to the English league and play in this way, and I’m pleased.

“In this role, Pedro also can play, in the same way as Moses. Ivanovic or Aina can play a more defensive role as wing-back.’

Conte had nice words also for the 3000 travelling fans:

“Today I want to thank our supporters. They were fantastic from the first minute until the end. It was fantastic and I want to thank them, from me and the players. I hope to continue always together.’

The manager said this is the right way to have a positive season:

“Game by game, I am seeing a lot of positive things after games. I have confidence because we can improve a lot. The only way we must continue is to work and don’t look at the table. Now it’s very difficult to talk about a prediction. Many games must pass, above all the first part of the season, then you can see if you can stay up and fight for the title.”

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Antonio Conte explained how he’s trying to improve Chelsea players life-style and performances also looking at small details, like healthy nutrition:

“In my career, near the end, I started to eat very well and I felt the benefit of this.

“So when I started a new career as a coach I wanted to bring this idea to my players. It’s a good solution. You don’t ban anything, you tell them the right balance. It can prevent injury, you recover very quickly, and you are more fresh mentally.  

“In pre-season we explained the right balance about what you eat, with carbohydrates and protein and fat, but not to ban something, just explain the right balance.

“I pay great attention to my food, I prefer always healthy food. I prefer to avoid carbohydrates, I prefer to eat protein with vegetables and fruits. When I am with my family, spaghetti is very good! I like pasta, but I try to avoid it because it has a lot of carbohydrates!”

The Blues manager also explained that he likes to remain fit despite not being a player anymore:

“Sometimes when I have time to run I do, I run for 30 or 40 minutes. In the training ground we have four pitches and I run around the pitches. Sometimes I try to involve my staff too!”

Conte also gave some injury updates on Cesc Fabregas and Kurt Zouma:

“Fabregas stayed with us in a part of the training session on Friday, when we tried offensive movements, and I think he will be ready next week,” the Italian coach revealed.

Zouma played a game with the Under-23s and the physical answer was good. Now we prefer him to play another game on Monday and if it’s all okay he will come back to us.

“I am very happy because I can have another central defender and a good central defender, a young one with great potential.”

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Chelsea legend John Obi Mikel doesn’t fit in Antonio Conte‘s plans: the Nigerian midfielder spoke with the Italian manager about his future and they agreed that an exit could be the best solution for both parts.

According to OwnGoalNigeria.com, Mikel asked to leave the club in the next January transfer window.

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Former Chelsea boss José Mourinho claimed that slow Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s adaptation to Premier League football reminds him of the same issues that Willian had in 2013 when he signed for the Blues:

“I don’t like to speak about players from other clubs because I don’t want to be misinterpreted, but I don’t think he’ll mind,” the Portuguese said.

“A player who had a problem to play when he first arrived was Willian.

“He went through a process and then, after a few months, he became a top player. Then, when we won the championship, he was phenomenal and still is. That is just an example.”

Mourinho went on explaining the situation of the new Manchester United player:

“Sometimes this is what happens. It happens with defenders, but it is often easier for them to adapt than attackers. Some go straight to success and others it takes more time.

“In Micky’s case the process was interrupted by injury, which does not help the process of evolution.

“Being out for a month meant he has had to go through the process of getting match fit, then once he has that he needs the competitive level to do it.

“We believe in him and, sooner or later, there will be no problem.”

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2016/10/28/jose-mourinho-henrikh-mkhitaryans-start-at-manchester-united-reminds-me-of-chelsea-star-willian-6221017/#ixzz4OPF6CczE

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West Ham striker Simone Zaza knows Antonio Conte really well, having worked under him  in the Italian national team.

The Italian striker spoke about the Chelsea boss before facing him in the EFL Cup derby tonight:

“It was an honour and a pleasure to play under Mister Conte for Italy,” Zaza told West Ham Official Website.

“He is a coaching genius and a tactical expert and it is interesting to play for him because he is so obsessed with tactics and the movement of players around the pitch.

“For him, it will be different coaching in England, where tactics are not the most important thing about the game of football. 

“He will have to battle against the footballing culture of this country, but I think he will do well here.

“I am happy because this is a big match against a big team on a big stage, and I like playing against big teams! I am also happy because I will be reunited with Mister Conte.”

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During the press conference to preview the EFL Cup derby against West Ham Blues boss Antonio Conte was asked again about what happened with Jose Mourinho at the final whistle on the touchline he said:

“I think in this moment is not important to talk again about a game that for me, the players and the club is the past, Manchester United is the past, now it’s important to be very focused on tomorrow’s game, I think we played a good game, with a good intensity, now it’s important to continue. We have to build something important for the present and for the future

“I think that everyone must show respect for me, for my work, I think that in every game I show myself, I have a history, and you can see it also in my past, this was my behavior on the touchline, I am a passionate man, I want to play with the players and help them, but I always show respect for other teams and clubs, and my history speaks for me.”

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Last months at Chelsea were a nightmare for José Mourinho but, when asked by Manchester United website ahead of his return to Stamford Bridge, the Portuguese manager admitted that spell didn’t help him to become a better manager:

“No, that period came at a period of my career when I was already a grown man. I was already a stable manager, emotionally strong. I was not a kid. It didn’t happen in the first years of my career. It happened when I’d already had so many years, so I think I got it in a positive way.

“I was lucky to have a big club like Man United that focused on my career and not on my last three months. I was lucky enough to have the chance to stay in the competition that I most love and to stay in a big club like Man United, with a big project and a big challenge like I have in my hands. So everything is positive.”

 

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Chelsea legend José Mourinho spoke about his relationship with Chelsea fans ahead his return to Stamford Bridge and he feels it has always been wonderful.

First of all, the current Manchester United boss doesn’t think he will have a negative recepetion:

“I don’t expect a negative reaction, even going with a United badge and going to fight for points. There is no reason for a bad reaction. If they give me a good reception, I don’t know. I’m not their manager anymore. I represent a rival club.

“It doesn’t matter their reaction. I’ll be grateful always. We started so many happy moments, historical moments for the club. When people talked about me being sacked, they always sung my name. I could walk home from  games and never had a bad word said to me.

“We share some unbelievable moments. So many happy and historical moments. What I keep is the bad moments where they stick with me.

“I’m not their manager anymore. I’m defending a rival club. It doesn’t matter their reaction but I will be grateful always,’ reflected the Manchester United boss.

“When the game starts, I’m going to forget it, the fans will forget it. They’ll focus on the match.”

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Former Chelsea boss José Mourinho shared his feeling ahead of his Stamford Bridge return with Sky Sports, admitting he left with no rancour:

“To be sacked is football. Many of the best managers have had their moment to be sacked. Of course there are exceptions, but in modern football especially, it can happen to anyone. If it was a club where I gave nothing, I think it would have been more difficult. 

“When I leave a club when in two different periods I gave titles and gave the fans some of the best moments that they have had then you leave with the feeling ‘I have done my job’.

Mourinho spoke about his feelings after being sacked:

“I just felt ‘I’ve no job’. It is difficult to work in the next couple of weeks and months. Probably the best thing for me was to work only the next summer. So I just tried to enjoy my life immediately,’ added the Portuguese.

“I remember I left the training ground, it was not nice for my family to have so many people at the door for a couple of days but then it was finished. Then I start doing my life in a very normal way.

“I don’t think they want to, but even if they want to, they couldn’t delete me from Chelsea history. They belong to my history too. No bad feelings.

About his relationship with the fans he said:

“The owner, he decided to sack me, the fans, they have no power. They show day by day, match after match, that they wanted me, but in this profile of club, the fans have no power. 

“In some clubs, especially in some Latin countries, the format of the club, the fans have real power on the board and with the president and owners, but here they have no power so Mr Abramovich decided to sack me, but I left with not one bad word about anyone or anybody at the club.

“Then I waited for what I would prefer which was to stay in England in the Premier League and then I was lucky to have a big club like Manchester United.” 

Asked if he would return to Chelsea for a third spell in charge, Mourinho replied:

“I hope not, honestly. Because I would like to stay [at United] for many many years. That would mean probably that I would not be searching for another club in the Premier League, so I hope not.”

“I don’t expect a negative reaction, even going with a United badge and going to fight for points. There is no reason for a bad reaction. If they give me a good reception, I don’t know. I’m not their manager anymore. I represent a rival club.

“It doesn’t matter their reaction. I’ll be grateful always. We started so many happy moments, historical moments for the club. When people talked about me being sacked, they always sung my name. I could walk home from  games and never had a bad word said to me.

‘We share some unbelievable moments. So many happy and historical moments. What I keep is the bad moments where they stick with me.

“I’m not their manager anymore. I’m defending a rival club. It doesn’t matter their reaction but I will be grateful always,’ reflected the Manchester United boss.

“When the game starts, I’m going to forget it, the fans will forget it. They’ll focus on the match.”

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