Antonio Conte sends message to Chelsea stars about Tottenham
Antonio Conte insists that Chelsea should be grateful for the fact that they are in a much better position than last season
Antonio Conte says Chelsea should be grateful to be feeling the pressure from Tottenham in the title race – because it means that they have improved greatly from last season.
The Italian manager watched his side slump to a disappointing 2-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday as they suffered a fresh blow to their title hopes.
Tottenham, meanwhile, were 4-0 winners over Bournemouth at White Hart Lane on Saturday as they closed the gap on Chelsea down to four points with six games left to play this season.
Despite Chelsea’s recent blip, the Blues are still in a much stronger position than last season, when they ended up 10th in the table and without a trophy.
And Conte was keen to point out that fact after Sunday’s loss to Manchester United.
Conte told his post-match news conference at Old Trafford: “The pressure is normal. I prefer to fight for the title and have the pressure rather than not fighting for the title and staying calm.
“We are lucky to have that pressure [from Tottenham]. Last season Chelsea had no pressure. You play calm and you’re happy.
“We are doing a great job, a miracle if you consider last season and the problems we had.
“For this reason, we must have great enthusiasm to play these last six games, with passion and a will to fight and win, and if we are able to win we must be proud. Otherwise we must clap another team.”
Chelsea now turn their attentions towards preparing for their FA Cup semi-final clash against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday.