Antonio Conte fires warning to his Chelsea players ahead of Southampton trip

Antonio Conte looks ahead to Chelsea's trip to Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon

Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea players that they must get their heads down and work hard if they want to beat Southampton in the Premier League this weekend.

Conte has been handed the task of lifting his troops after the Blues suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss to West Ham United in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.

Chelsea have been in good form in the Premier League in recent weeks and thrashed Manchester United 4-0 in their most recent top flight outing last weekend.

The Blues have won all three of their last Premier League outings to leave them trailing leaders Manchester City by just one point after nine games of the new season.

Speaking at his post-match news conference on Wednesday, Conte warned his players that they must now knuckle down and get back to business as they prepare for their trip to St Mary’s.

Conte said on Wednesday: “Usually you learn more after a defeat than a win but we must continue to work.

“I’m optimistic because I saw the right spirit and that’s very important. You can lose or win but you must have the right spirit. If I see that, I see a clear future.

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“Tomorrow we start to work for Sunday’s game. We know we will play a very tough game against Southampton, who are in a good moment.”

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