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Thibaut Courtois revealed what is Antonio Conte’s secret to make his team perform at this incredible level.

Chelsea obtained seven wins in the last seven games, in six of which they maintained a clean sheet and have been top of the league for two fixtures:

“The saves I made today were not too hard. We found strength inside the team and the changes of the manager helped us win the game,” the Belgian goalkeeper said after the game.

He then went on explaining how Conte’s passion is helping them to keep this kind of performances:

“He’s like that every session. When we do tactics he’s very passionate and demands. He keeps the team sharp.”

 

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Pedro celebrating equaliser with Cahill right before half time © Francesca Ceciarini

Antonio Conte revealed how half-time pep-talk changed Chelsea game, with Blues helped by Pedro’s stunning equaliser in the end of the first part of the derby against Spurs:

“It was a big test for sure. Tottenham is a really good team with great organisation and today they started better than us,” the Italian said in his post-match press conference.

“They started very well and also they scored a fantastic goal. Then I liked our reaction. It wasn’t easy to react in this way.

“I think the goal Pedro scored gave us the right confidence and after the first half we spoke. I always speak to my players.

“It is right to see the right things and the wrong things you are doing. Sometimes it can happen that the opponent starts better than you.

“I think together we found the right solution to win the game and in the second half we exploited situations we didn’t exploit in the first half.”

“When you win this type of game – a special derby – you must be pleased. We won against a really strong team,” Conte added.

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It was a London derby scheduled at Stamford Bridge on a Saturday evening when Chelsea hosted bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

There has been bad blood between the two London rivals after Chelsea ended Tottenham’s title dream following a feisty clash which was labeled “battle of the bridge” in the 2015/2016 season.

Well, things wouldn’t go well as Chelsea expected after a sloppy start as Tottenham dominated and went into the lead in the 11th minute courtesy of a Christian Eriksen stunner. Tottenham continued to dictate play as Harry Kane went close with a powerful shot straight at Thibuat Courtois, but towards the dying moments of the first half, Nemanja Matic found Pedro just outside the box, as the spaniard curled in a stunner past a helplesss Hugo Lloris as Chelsea equalized and took the 1-1 scoreline into the half-time.

Spurs were looking to end their 26-year-old hoodoo at Stamford Bridge but things got worse for them when Diego Costa wriggled his way through and found Victor Moses in space who calmly slotted the ball past Hugo Lloris to take Chelsea 2-1 up.

Chelsea should have ended the game minutes later when Marcos Alonso fired over from close range. The summer signing was given the freedom of the penalty area to convert Costa’s pull back, but he somehow hoofed his effort over the bar.

Spurs continued to press for an equaliser with Kane, Eriksen, and Dele Alli going close, Mauricio Pochettino also brought on Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Vincent Janssen to restore parity but Chelsea were strong enough to hold on as they extended their unbeaten run to go top of the table.

CHELSEA 2-1 TOTTENHAM

Pedro 44, Moses 51 (CHE) Eriksen 11 (TOT)

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c), Moses (Ivanovic 80), Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro (Oscar 83), Diego Costa, Hazard (Willian 76).

Unused subs Begovic, Fabregas, Chalobah, Batshuayi.

Booked David Luiz 18, Willian 85

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Wimmer; Wanyama, Dembele; Son (Winks 65), Alli (N’Koudou 73), Eriksen, Kane.

Unused subs Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Trippier, Onomah, Janssen.

Booked Dembele 26

 

Referee Michael Oliver

Crowd 41,513

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Chelsea remain top of the Premier League table until next game with Manchester City after winning 2-1 over Spurs this evening.

Tottenham had a great first half and scored with Eriksen after just 10′ but the Blues were able to equalise right before halt-time with a stunning shot of Pedro from outside the box that went to the posts crossing.

Victor Moses sealed the match and gave back to Chelsea the top of the table scoring the winner at 52′, Spurs then were not able to equalise and still stil fifth in the table with 24 points, while Conte’s side lead with 31.

Liverpool and Man City, who bot won in the afternoon, keep their second place with 30.

Full match report to follow soon.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had his say about Tottenham clash, after speaking at press conference in Cobham yesterday.

Here’s what he had to say in the pre-match programme notes: “The last few weeks have been very good for us, but it’s still very early in the season – Conte stated - We are not yet at the end of November and we have a lot of work ahead of us” 

“It will be a passionate match at a very high level and we are prepared for that. We have to continue to work hard, to concentrate and to play with the same intensity and the same trust in each other and in our system.” the Italian manager ended.

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Chelsea skipper John Terry did not feature in the London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur this evening, anyway the centre-back wanted to share the Blues’ pre-match with the squad.
Terry travelled with the squad today getting to Stamford Bridge with his teammates, as usual, despite gluteal muscle injury.
“For tomorrow I don’t have available John Terry – Conte said speaking at press conference yesterday – John has a muscular problem”.
It has been reported the England defender could face more than two weeks out due to his latest injury: “Gutted to be out injured for a few weeks” he wrote on his official Instagram account.
Terry

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Chelsea (3-4-3) - Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Chalobah, Oscar, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Tottenham (4-2-3-1) - Lloris (C), Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Wimmer, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane

Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Winks, Onomah, Nkoudou, Janssen.

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 5.30PM BST

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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola told SkySports that he is pleased with Antonio Conte‘s great start to the season with the Blues as ‘he is creating an atmosphere at Stamford Bridge so far.

“Antonio has done exceptionally well, he is creating an atmosphere and a good basis to keep this form for a long time”.

“I am pleased because they play well and are winning games deservedly, – Zola added – I had no doubts about the value of Antonio, because I know his qualities. My only question was whether the players would buy his philosophy straight away because he can be a very intense and hard-working coach”.

“With what the league is like now, it is very uncertain and there are five or even six teams who could win it, and the team of the moment will be changed”.

Then Zola ended: “It seems to me that three teams look like they have the consistency that might be necessary to win the league – this could be Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester City. But we will see because you also have Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United who can all come back.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke about his experience with derbies during his footballer and manager career, especially when he was at Juventus:

“I liked these types of games, for sure. They are not normal.

“In Italy, when we played the derby against Torino it wasn’t easy. I remember a lot of games like that when I was a footballer, not only as a manager. These games are unpredictable.

“‘It’s normal in Italy too to have very tough games when you play against the big teams: Juventus-Inter, Juventus-Milan, against Roma.

“In Italy, I can tell you about it from my experiences in these types of game against Torino, and when I played with Lecce against Bari – these games are very tough and the supporters feel this.

“For sure there is a fantastic intensity during the game.

“In London there are a lot of teams, but this game is special for our fans. It’s not important to look at the past and I hope it’s not difficult to keep focus.

“We are working a lot to improve our football, to play good football, and I think during the game we must be focused on the game, and then to put our right passion in. I want my players to play with great intensity and great passion, but always in the right way.”

Spurs haven’t won at Stamford Bridge for almost thirty years, their last success in the West London stadium was in February 1990:

“I don’t like the stats, because they are cold. You have to live the moment. If you speak about our unbeaten run I can reply to you that in this championship Tottenham are unbeaten, and for this reason it’s important to play with good intensity, to try to win, and to change that situation.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the clash against Tottenham Hotspur, which is set for this evening (5.30PM).

The italian head coach told the club’s official website: “I liked these types of games, for sure, they are not normal”.

“In Italy, when we played the derby against Torino it wasn’t easy. I remember a lot of games like that when I was a footballer, not only as a manager. These games are unpredictable”. 

“It’s normal in Italy too to have very tough games when you play against the big teams: Juventus-Inter, Juventus-Milan, against Roma. In Italy, I can tell you about it from my experiences in these types of game against Torino, and when I played with Lecce against Bari – these games are very tough and the supporters feel this: for sure there is a fantastic intensity during the game”.

Speaking about the Premier League: “In London there are a lot of teams, but this game is special for our fans. It’s not important to look at the past and I hope it’s not difficult to keep focus”.

“We are working a lot to improve our football, to play good football, and I think during the game we must be focused on the game, and then to put our right passion in. I want my players to play with great intensity and great passion, but always in the right way.”

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