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Speaking to Italian Sky Sport, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident that his side can bounce back from the last disappointing loss to Tottenham tonight.

“We must be happy with our performance – Conte told Gianluca Di Marzio – We lost against a great team but this defeat was totally different from the ones against Arsenal and Liverpool, since we showed to be a tough team tonight”.

“We managed to create some chances, we must be happy and keep on working; I’d have said the same things also if we had lost tonight”,

The Italian manager added: “We come from the 12th position of last campaign. Chelsea was not expected to be leading the league this year but we are on top of Premier League and other teams are maybe a bit bothered, but we want to keep bothering”,

About transfer market, Conte added: “Is difficult to find good targets in January, we could try some youngsters from our Academy”. 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that his side has several similarities to next Blues’ rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

When asked about Mauricio Pochettino, Conte underlined his point of view: “We like to play from the back, to play with possession and to prepare different solutions to go and score goals”,

“After every action, there is always the work behind it. My players must be clinical, not me on the bench, because they have the opportunity to score and do the movements you prepare during the week”.

Then Conte added: “Tottenham in this part of the season were unlucky in some games, now there is this difference in the table only because we did an incredible run”.

“We have great respect for them and we showed this in the first game against them. Then it’s normal during the game you want to beat your opponent. It will be so tomorrow”.

Juventus earned 12 straight league wins under Conte’s management, while Chelsea (13 wins after Stoke City clash) are approaching Arsenal‘s Premier League record with 14 wins in a row.

“In the last season we finished with 102 points, a record in Italy. It was a fantastic championship. At that moment in the Italian league there was only Roma to try to fight for the title”.

Conte ended: “Here there is a different situation because there are six very strong teams that last season were placed above us, and also spent a lot of money. For this reason, I think it’s more difficult here now to keep this position”.

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Chelsea are set to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane tonight, when Antonio Conte will try to continue the Blues’ positive trend so far.

Venue: White Hart Lane

Kick-Off:  8pm BST on Wednesday 4th January

Tottenham

  • Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen, who both missed last clash against Watford, are now available after being suspended;
  • Moussa Sissoko is expected to start in midfield;
  • Erik Lamela remains out of squad due to a long-term injury.

Chelsea

  • Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas will battle for a place in midfield;
  • Pedro is now available after suspension, with Willian in great shape;
  • Marcos Alonso is still in doubt and Conte admitted he’ll make a final decision today.

Predicted LineUps

TOTTENHAM – Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Rose, Dier, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Kane

CHELSEA – Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Moses, Hazard, Pedro, Costa

 

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Chelsea star Pedro has admitted the toughest opponent to face is Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, according to Daily Telegraph‘s journalist Matt Law.

“When I interviewed Pedro last week, – he said – I asked him which player in the PL surprised him. and he said Danny Rose and rates him as toughest opponent.”

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

Chelsea winger Pedro, who won the Goal of the Month trophy today, told the club’s official website that ‘this is the best goal’ in his period at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard scored the equalizer against Tottenham Hotspur, in a game which led the Blues to a great comeback win.

“The game was very difficult, it was a derby, and the goal came at the right moment for us – Pedro claimed – It was important to score before half-time. Thank you to the fans for voting for me. I am very happy with this award”.

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses was named Man Of The Match following his great performance against Tottenham last time out.

The Nigerian star picked up a cross to the far post from Diego Costa and scored the winner in the second half.

“I’m very pleased with the goal but the most important thing was the three points, – Moses told the club’s website – I thought they started well, they scored a beautiful goal and there was nothing we could do about it, but we got ourselves back into the game, we got the three points and we’re very pleased with that”.

“I’ve definitely found a home here, it’s my club. I’m pleased to be playing this season, the manager has given me an opportunity to express myself and I’m relishing it at the moment”.

Then Moses ended: “I just want to keep on playing football and enjoying myself whenever I’m out there.”

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Chelsea winger Pedro spoke after his side’s home win against Tottenham, when the Spaniard leveled the game with a brilliant curled shot into the top right-hand corner of the net.

“It was a very difficult game for us but we’re really happy with the win and we want to continue in the right way, – Pedro told the club’s website – We must take it game by game”.

“I scored to help the team, which is good. Now we have great stability and high confidence, this was another important win”.

“It was a good goal and in the second half the team were really strong. The second goal from Victor came from a beautiful combination and the team are in the right way.”

Pedro revealed what Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had to say at halftime, just a few minutes after the Spaniard’s great goal.

He told us to press high and concentrate between the lines. – he said – He told us to mark more aggressively and that was the most important thing. It was a good game for us and the supporters.’

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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 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.
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