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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte regrets missing the chance to get three points at Anfield, but the Blues manager is happy anyway since his team maintained a huge gap on the chasers after both Tottenham and Arsenal dropped points tonight, with a draw and a defeat:

“I think at the end of the match we could have won. It was a very tough game, both games tried to play with intensity. I’m pleased. We saw a different game to when we played Liverpool and lost at home,” Conte told BT Sport after the game with Liverpool.

“It’s a pity Diego Costa missed the penalty because he played very well. We had different chances to score goals, but we must be happy with the result and the performance because it is not easy to play away at Liverpool.

“The best thing is to see ourselves, not the others. We stay top of the table and that is a great achievement but it is important to focus on ourselves.

“There are 15 games remaining and 45 points. It’s important to draw against a really good team and now we must focus on playing Arsenal next week.”

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Chelsea second keeper Asmir Begovic is considering an offer from Bournemouth in this transfer window and this is the reason why Celtic goalkeeper Ryan Gordon was linked to the Blues as a possible substitute.

Asked about this situation in today’s press conference, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte commented:

“I don’t know about many names I read, for sure there is this situation about Begovic and Bournemouth, but he is an important player for us, also in the chaning room, I like his commitment, if we get a player to substitute him he can go, otherwise he can stay here.

“Begovic will play tomorrow? Yes, he starts, he is a Chelsea player and people have to understand this, and for me he stays.

“I understand why he [Begovic] has to leave, but also the players have to understand me and the club. We are open to help him, if there are the conditions he will leave, otherwise, this is the situation.”

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Swansea boss Paul Clement hopes to keep his star, Fernando Llorente, despite Chelsea interest in this January transfer window:

“He played very well today,” the ex Chelsea and Ancelotti assistant  said of the striker, whose brace at Anfield took his tally to seven in the last ten league games.

“Am I afraid to lose him? I want to keep him here and the reason I want to keep him here is what he showed today.

“I think his performance was very good. The first time I was involved in this team was Crystal Palace and he showed all the qualities he had in that game.

“If you get the right kind of service into him he is a goalscorer but you have to give him service.”

 

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Nathan Ake revealed why Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wanted to end his loan spell at Bournemouth, calling him back at Stamford Bridge:

“He’s happy for me to come back,” the Dutch midfielder told Chelsea TV after his move back to the Blues was confirmed.

“He wants to see me here, how I’ll do in this team and, yes, to learn different positions.

“I’m looking forward to training and learning a lot under this coach.”

 

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims that after Chelsea’s defeat against Spurs at White Hart Lane Premier League title race is open again now, with six teams possibly fighting for the victory:

It looks like a six-team title race,” Wenger said previewing his side FA Cup match against Preston North End.

Chelsea are quite comfortable but this defeat raises hope for others. They have to restart again.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte left further comments after the defeat at White Hart Lane:

“We are disappointed but also we must be pleased for our run as 13 wins in this league is not easy,” the Italian manager said in his post match press conference.

“Today we lost against a good team, a really strong team and don’t forget Tottenham fought last season for the title.

Mauricio Pochettino has worked with his team for many years and they are improving, and they are one of the six teams that can fight to the end to win the title, or a place in the Champions League.

“Now we have to restart, to continue to work and this defeat is totally different if you compare with our defeats in September, because at that moment we were not a team. Tonight we showed we are a strong team and this is important.’

Conte claimed the nature of the match showed the Blues were not below their normal level physically:

“I saw a good game with great balance between two teams very strong. There was good intensity in the game. Tottenham and Chelsea created chances to score a goal but Tottenham scored in the best moment for them and the worst moment for us.

“At the start of the second half we started very well and created chances to score but then we conceded the second goal. They were two similar goals but I was a footballer and that can happen in a game. We have to continue to work and improve and it is normal. This is a process and we started this process only five months ago and with time we can improve, and we will improve.’

Conte smiled at a suggestion he might now consider changing his formation after this defeat:

Every day we work on this system and try to give different solutions with or without the ball and we have found good balance.

“My priory is to come back to winning. We are working together only for five months and to see we are on top of the table with the same players as last season, we must be pleased with this.”

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino reacted to his side win over Chelsea, that interrupted the incredible 13-wins-run of the Blues:

“To cope with that type of game, not only to play well,” the Argentinian manager said after the game.

“But to be competitive is a thing only you can learn with time and experience.

“Maybe we missed a little bit to fight for big things last season.

“The most pleasing thing was we showed big character against a team fighting for big things.

“We are in a good position, third in the table, but it is a long way to finish the season.”

 

 

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Antonio Conte spoke to Sky Sports minutes before Spurs derby kick-off, this is what the Blues boss said:

“This will be a tough game, for sure, but I hope we can continue our wins run, it’s important to do a good performance here.

“The record? No, it’s important to win to continue our run and 3 points that would be really important for our table. 

“Of course 13 wins in a row is a great achievement for us and we want to continue but we also know that Tottenham are a really strong team.

“Looking at the players in Tottenham line-up I think they could play with a 3-4-3 like us, but we will see on the pitch which will be their real tactical system.”

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Antonio Conte admitted that his captain’s help is really important, despite the Blues skipper having skipped most of this season’s game due to a couple of injuries.

Terry doesn’t miss a game, despite don’t being able to play, and always travels with the squad in the away games to be a good captain with his team-mates:

“I want to mention John Terry also, because John is very important for us,” Conte said speaking to Chelsea official website.

“Even when he’s not playing, he helps us a lot in the changing room and in the training sessions, and I want to say thanks to him as well because his support is very important.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hails again his players, that were able to win 13 games in a row in the Premier League, being the undisputed leaders of the English championship:

“You see your players are very good at adapting to different situations,”Conte told to Chelsea official website.

“The Stoke game was different to the last one because they played long balls to [Peter] Crouch. For us it was very difficult to stop this situation, above all the second balls, and the free-kicks and corners to find him, but I’m pleased because I saw my players ready to face this situation. You have to fight every game to win, and the Stoke game was another great example of that.

Speaking of the derby against Spurs, he said:

Tottenham is another challenge, another type of football to face. They like to play from the back, they like to put a lot of pressure on when you are in possession. We have to prepare very well because this game will be very tough, for us and for them.

Tottenham are a great team. Last season they could have won the title, and this season they have a stronger team. For sure we will see a good game.

“We only have three days to prepare for this game, but we also have a lot of work we did in the past and we need that in this moment because we haven’t a lot of time to find a solution for this game.”

The Italian boss didn’t lose another chance to praise one of his top players, Diego Costa:

“Diego, together with his team-mates, is playing very well.

“Don’t forget we are a team. That’s important, to show you are together when you win and when you lose. I’m pleased when I see my striker scoring a goal, but I’m also pleased if Cahill scores a goal.

“Diego is a good guy and with him it’s important to joke, and when it is the moment to work, he works. He is always happy and he wants to show this. When you have this type of player who keeps the atmosphere always with good positivity, it’s important.

“I want to mention John Terry also, because John is very important for us, even when he’s not playing. He helps us a lot in the changing room and in the training sessions, and I want to say thanks to him as well because his support is very important.”

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