Before the FA Cup semifinal against Spurs Blues boss Antonio Conte was asked if he was concerned about Diego Costa’s lack of form of the last two months.
The Spaniard was outstanding in the first part of the season but now he’s facing his longest run without goals in his Chelsea career: six games and one month and half without scoring for the Blues.
Conte, anyway, thinks that the Brazilian born striker is saving his best for the end of the season:
“No, no. I am not worried about his form. I think he is keeping the goals for the finale of the season. It is the right moment to score.
About the pressure the team and him are having in this end of the season, he said:
“The pressure is normal in our job. When you arrive at the end of the season and you are in a good position to reach a good target, or a fantastic target, because a good target is to reach the Champions League and a fantastic, extraordinary target is to win the league.
“It is normal to have this pressure, but I prefer to have this pressure instead of fighting for sixth, seventh, eighth place and to have this pressure.”
Chelsea will have a tight calendar in this last month of the season, with seven or eight games to be played in one month:
“It’s not a simple situation now for us, because you have to consider that you have to play a semi-final in a great competition and then after two days and a half you have to play against Southampton, and Southampton have rested for 10 days.
“But sometimes it is very strange to face these types of situation, because I think the FA Cup is a great competition. There is a great tradition for this competition, it is the oldest competition in the world, and we want to respect this.
“I think also when you get to quarter-final, semi-final and there is a clash with a game that you have to play in the league, this is a situation very clear for us, that we are in trouble, to face this situation.
“Anyway, we are ready, and then also I have to take the best decision, to find the right balance. Don’t forget we have to play Saturday against Tottenham, Tuesday versus Southampton and then against Everton. This week is very heavy for us and I think it’s very important for us.”