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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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Here is another extract of Antonio Conte‘s post match interview to BBC Sport:

“Now, it’s important to celebrate the arrival of the new year, then to think of the next game,” the Chelsea manager said after the 4-2 win against Stoke City on New Year’s Eve.

“Numbers are not important if you do not win the title. Now, they are fantastic and we are proud, but we must concentrate on the second part of the season.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte rely on youngsters and despite have chosen a standard starting XI for his team, he claims every player can become important, especially in a busy period like the one Chelsea will have in the next weeks.

Asked about young players in today’s press conference, the Italian coach said:

“We have a lot of young players and I trust in them. Ola Aina, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah, and also we have Zouma returned.”

Conte spoke also about two youngster who came back from their loan experience, and he explained why:

Kenedy and Charly Musonda came back from their loans at Watford and Real Betis because they didn’t play a lot and for this reason it is important for them to stay with us these weeks to evaluate the best situation for them and the team.

“It is important also to work with these type of young players to try find the right solutions at home, and if this is not possible, it is important to look around to find the solution.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke to the media before the Premier League leaders clash against Stoke City today.

The Italian manager dismissed speculations about Thibaut Courtois moving to Real Madrid, that have been keen on the Belgian keeper for months:

“Thibaut for me is one of the best, if not the best goalkeeper in the world,” the Blues manager said.

“He is working very well and is a fantastic goalkeeper and he stays with us, this is the most important thing and the other situations are only speculation.”

Always speaking about transfer market, Conte talked about Oscar’s possible replacement:

“In January it is always very difficult to buy because every team thinks to keep their best players, not to sell but with the club we are thinking about the best way to face the rest of the season. For sure we are thinking about our situation and our squad.”

Conte also spoke about Oscar’s super deal:

“When you have a good group, a new player can arrive into the group in a simple way, and for sure we have sold Oscar and we have money to spend, but it is important to spend money in the right way. I prefer to buy players adapted to our system that can come into our team and pass, but I repeat, it is not easy in January to find these type of players but with the club, we are working on this aspect.”

The Italian coach also spoke about Chelsea youngsters, that are ready to perform in the first team in case of need:

“We have a lot of young players and I trust in them. Ola Aina, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah, and also we have Zouma returned.”

Conte spoke also about two youngster who came back from their loan experience, and he explained why:

Kenedy and Charly Musonda came back from their loans at Watford and Real Betis because they didn’t play a lot and for this reason it is important for them to stay with us these weeks to evaluate the best situation for them and the team.

“It is important also to work with these type of young players to try find the right solutions at home, and if this is not possible, it is important to look around to find the solution.”

 

 

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It’s no news Antonio Conte brought Chelsea passion and determination again, and we also know the Italian coach loves to join his players during training exercises to improve the feeling and remain fit.

But the unexpected can happen, and it’s understood the Blues boss picked up a calf injury while doing a running exercise with his squad.

Who knows if this we will stop him to be so passionate in the touchline during Stoke’s game tomorrow, as we could see in these first months at Stamford Bridge.

But when you are pursuing the 13th win in a row and you are in the title race, nothing can basically stop you, especially if you are an ardent guy like Antonio Conte.

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