Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the Blues’ trip to Goodison Park, where they’ll face Everton.
“Everton are a strong team with great players in their squad, good quality with a good manager. A physical team, also. This game could be tough for many different reasons” he said.
“It will be a very tough game for us, for sure, but at the end of the season, every game becomes tough for many different reasons”.
Everton won 8th games in a row at Goodison Park and are still unbeaten in eight games at home.
“We all know Everton are a strong team, when they play at home they’re stronger. It’s very important to look at ourselves, prepare very well and arrive to play this game with great physical condition, good organisation, to know our tasks defensively and offensively.”
Champions League qualification is getting closer for Chelsea, as the Blues would confirm their participation to the competition with a draw or win: “I think we are very close to reach a very important target for the fans and players [the Champions League] - Conte said - When we started this season, our first target was to play in the Champions League next season but, for sure now, we stay in a position to try also to win the league”.
“In this league when your team is able to reach this target is a good achievement, don’t forget that only 4 teams can play the Champions League every year. Obviously, with six teams between Chelsea, Tottenham, City, Arsenal, United, Liverpool, two strong teams won’t play next season in the Champions League.”
Then Conte gave an injury update ahead of Everton clash: “All my players are available, they’re in good fitness” he said.