Sunday, 29 October 2017

Full Interview: Conte gives update of Kante injury, Morata’s lack of goals, Premier League and more

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Thoughts on the Bournemouth win

“For sure, we played a good game. Good football. I must be pleased for this game, for the performance. For a big part of the game we played very well, with maturity and good possession, and tried to create and find the right ball between the lines, or to switch the play.


“We created many chances to score. We could have been more clinical in the first half. In this type of game, you must be able to kill the game. If you keep the result in the balance, you risk drawing in the end.

“But I think, tonight, we deserved to win. A good win for our confidence, a good win before another tough game against Roma in the Champions League. I think I saw a lot of positive things tonight.”

Could have won by more?

“When we have chances to score, it’s vital to take these chances. If you keep the result only at 1-0, you risk drawing in the end.

“For us, a win was very important. Important to build on the win against Watford and against Everton in the Carabao Cup. Now the best way to prepare for the game against Roma in the Champions League.”

No more mistakes?

“I said the only negative aspect is when you create so many chances to score, you have to take them. Tonight, that was the only negative aspect. But for the rest, I’m very happy.

“We played good football against a very good team, with great organisation, a good coach. Don’t forget Manchester City only won here in the last minute of the game, and they played a very good game against Tottenham away.

“Honestly, last season we won 3-1 here but today we played better than last season. We controlled the game. Last season we conceded more during the game and, in one part of the game, we were lucky.”

Worried about Morata’s lack of goals?

“Honestly, I’m happy with his commitment, his desire, his will to fight. For sure, he can do better but, don’t forget, he is recovering from a muscular problem.

“When you have this type of problem, it needs a bit of time to come back to the best physical condition. But I’m very happy with his performance. He recovered very important balls a lot of times in transition.”

You seemed to be more animated than before

“I think that, during the game, I try to give my support to the players. You have to give advice, to the players. Not only today. For us, it’s very important to overcome this period.

“We started this season with a lot of problems: starting in the summer with Hazard’s surgery (he’s a top player, and was one of the best players last season); then an injury to Pedro; then two red cards for our players and an injury for Kante with the national team; then Moses.

“We faced a lot of problems. But we stay there. We try to do our best in every moment. Today it was important: a good win, also because the other teams all won, apart from Tottenham who lost. The other top teams won.”

Are you still chasing the title?

“At this moment we must be realistic by going game by game. We have 19 points and we deserve to have 19 points. We are first in our group in the Champions League.

“We went into the next round of the Carabao Cup after going out in the second round last season.

“I’m very happy for this group. There are players who are very honest, players who want to fight until the end for something important. Are we able to do this? I don’t know. But we will try to stay there.

“I know very well that, in England in this league, there are six top teams, very strong. Four go into the Champions League. Two have to stay out and play Europa League. Last season we saw this. It was very, very, very difficult.”

Kante fit for Roma?

“I hope. I hope. He could be ready. But you know very well the importance of this player. I want to be sure he is ready. Honestly, I hope to have him in this game. But I’d prefer not to take a risk. If he’s ready, he plays.”

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