Monday, 11 December 2017

Antonio Conte press conference: Chelsea boss on Huddersfield, Barcelona and Morata

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The Blues will be looking to bounce back from the desperately disappointing defeat to West Ham at the weekend and will be hoping they can continue their quest for a top four finish with a win tomorrow.


Conte conceded that the Blues’ chances of winning the Premier League this season may well be over, and now with Manchester City’s win over neighbours United, Chelsea are 14 points off the pace as Pep Guardiola’s side are romping away with the title.

The only thing Chelsea can do is continue to try to pick up as many points as possible and see if they can keep ahead of Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Conte will be discussing the match tomorrow evening, while also reflecting on the West Ham defeat. We’ll also be hearing from the Chelsea boss on the Champions League draw and the illness to Morata during the week.

Barcelona on the agenda and dates
No doubt Antonio Conte will be talking about the Champions League draw, where the Blues will take on Barcelona in the last 16. A cracking two matches in prospect and here are the dates.

Barcelona
It’s a draw and our reaction must be positive. As I know very well you must be ready to face everything and in this case you must ready. The past is the past. Now is the present and it is another story

Hazard v Messi?
This type of game is a good chance for every player to show the right value, not only for Hazard but for every player in the right way

Teams performance from West Ham
The final result. The first thing for us is to change the final result. We dominated the game and controlled the game, shooted 19 times but we lost the game. Tomorrow we have to have a good final result.

Players being tired
It is important to find a solution for the moment and not look too far. In this case it is right to make a rotation.

Players’ condition?
We worked only today with the players that played against WH. When you have to play after two days you have to ready and smart to prepare the game quickly and try to find the best solution for the team. Especially a lot of players are playing a lot of games. It means someone is a bit tired and I have to right the best solution and find the right balance

Are there enough big characters?
Against Newcastle we went down and won, Atletico we went 1-0 down and drew. This team has character to find the right strength and come back if the result is not right

Summer signings, how are they getting on?
I am very happy to work with my players. It is normal when you are starting to change, to create a base and a fundamental for Chelsea it is normal to must be having patience and working with new players. They need a bit of time to adapt in our idea of football and this league, this is not simple. This season we changed. For many reasons a couple of players, Drinkwater and Bakayoko, they started to work with us very late. The most important thing is to have the will to work every day

What is success now?
In 16 games when you lose four games, in my experience you are not able to fight for the title. My English is not so good, I like to see what I tell. We have lost four games in 16, in my experience is that it is impossible. Now we must be focused in the league to go game by game and do our best, fight for a place in the Champions League.

Is it the Champions League that is making you struggling?
Last season we faced the season with 13 players playing regularly. This season we tried to add 2/3 players to try to face every competition. When you are starting a path you must have patience and then put one or two players, it is not simple to face all competitions in a moment where you are building.

Not happy?
I am not happy because we lost. I look at the next game, I am not happy because we lost against West Ham and this must be very clear.

Is it important to play Barca at home first?
I think that we must be ready to play at home and away. It is impossible to see an advantage. Home and away if you want to hope to go to the next round.We have to try to stay up and fight for a Champions League place. When it will be the moment and play Barcelona then we will think about that. We have to be very realistic that this league is very dangerous. We have to go game by game and play with 100 per cent

Morata and Alonso yellow cards, 4 each
This is a part of our job. To receive a yellow card is normal. They stay out with another yellow card and we have to find another solution.

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