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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke before tomorrow’s clash against Arsenal: the two teams arrives with a different spirit to this really important derby, with the Gunners coming from a home defeat with Watford and nine points under Chelsea in the table, where they sit third with 47 points along with Spurs, and the Blues coming from a good draw with Liverpool away, still leaders with 56 points:

“For sure the result was good but honestly at the end we were a bit disappointed,” the Italian boss said about the recent game against the Reds.

“It´s not easy to get a result in Anfield against a really good team like Liverpool.”

“Arsenal is a great team, for sure they have the chance to fight for the title until the end, now Liverpool game is gone and now it´s important to be focused only on the next game.”

Continuing to speak about tomorrow’s derby, he said:

We must pay great attention because they are a great team, it will be a very tough game.

“We are nine points clear, but if we lose tomorrow the points are six, we are playing good football, with good intensity. Tomorrow we have a great opportunity to show this.”

Asked if something changes with Wenger on the stands for a four-match-ban, Conte replied:

“I don´t know, I cannot reply this question because for sure I prefer to stay in the touchline to push my players and help them in the key moments of the gas, for me it´s very important and I don´t know about the others.”

According to some rumours, Diego Costa continues to receive offers from China, where the transfer window is still open, and many football and market experts reckon the Spaniard can move to Chinese Super League next summer:

“I don´t know, every week I have a lot of news and speculations about Diego, now the important thing is to be focused in this title race. Diego now is with us, summer is far, and it´s important to be prepared for this title race.

Speaking about the possible signing two Celtic players, Moussa Dembele and Ryan Gordon, who eventually stayed at the Glasgow side, Conte said:

“I’ve never talked with my club about Dembele, we tried [to sign] Gordon because we tried to satisfy Begovic and his requests, he wanted to play every game, but I told him he could leave only if we could find a substitute: Gordon was one of the goalkeepers in our list, we tried but when Celtic told us they couldn’t sell him, it was over.”

“During this transfer window we signed three young players: Ake, Kenedy and Musonda.

Ake played very well for one year and half in the league, I think now he´s more mature, he can improve with us and help us until the end of the season, the others are two young players but with good quality.”

Asked about Frank Lampard‘s decision to retire from football, Conte claimed:

“It´s a pity when a great player as Frank Lampard decides to end his career, because you lose a fantastic player, the whole world of football is disappointed when a player like him finishes his career, he played thirteen years for Chelsea, he gave a lot to this team, he played more than 100 times for the national team, but every player knows when it’s the right moment to finish his career. I have a lot of respect for him and what he did.”

About Lampard’s future, the Blues boss said:

“I don’t know his thoughts, it’s important to take a bit of time to make the best decision for you. I think Frank Lampard can decide what is the best decision for him.”

Continuing to speak about the game against Arsenal he said:

“I think if we win the game tomorrow for sure is a good hit for us because to improve your situation in the table, take three points and have a 12 points gap from Arsenal is very good. But tomorrow will be a tough game, we have to pay a lot of attention, Arsenal already beat us and it’s possible to repeat this, so we have to have max concentration, to have the same anger and most important of all we have to look at ourselves, not the others, like I always say to my players.

“I watched the game against Watford and sometimes the results don’t say the truth: I think they were a little unlucky, they had many chances to score, I think they are in a good shape, in a good form, the result is strange.

Conte changed his tactical system during the game with Arsenal at Emirates, a decision than then paid, since Chelsea were almost unbeatable after that defeat and had an incredible run of 13 wins in a row:

“It’s not simple, we know all the work we did in the past and what we are doing now, during the game against Arsenal, after ten minutes, I decided to change our system, because in my mind it was possible, we were seven points from Manchester City in that moment and what happened showed a situation can change very quickly and after twenty games the situation is very different, there are fifteen games and now we have to pay great attention.”

Conte was at London Stadium the other night to watch West Ham v Man City, with the Guardiola side beating the Hammers 4-0 still having Agüero on the bench and with a super Gabriel Jesus:

“When I have the chance I like to go to stadia to watch future opponents, I saw a really good team, but we all know Man City’s potential. I think the strange thing is their current situation, I think they have a great squad, a lot of fantastic players in the team, they played very well, Gabriel Jesus and Sterling played very well, all the team played very well. I am not so sure the league is finished, I know that we must pay great attention, there are 15 games to play and I think we must keep the right tension.

“We have to keep our attention very high, I have experience in this, I want to keep our concentration very high, we know that behind us we have a lot of great teams.”

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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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