He’s not the type of player who likes to speak out. “The last couple of days have been tough”.
“I can not guarantee anything in life”.
Despite this, Tottenham were the better side for much of the first 60 minutes of football as the north Londoners sought to take the game to their opponents to pin them inside their own half.
“I think that in that moment we have had a really important test, psychological test”.
“We will see for the future, we are confident in him and, for me, he can look to getting in the selection with Spain, for example”.
And with Palace having to play at Liverpool on Sunday before taking on Tottenham, Conte is concerned Mauricio Pochettino’s team will be able to make their extra rest pay off.
“Trust in the club that we will take the best decision for the club to achieve, to improve next season again, that’s most important”. It’s the first time in a long time that we’ve played (before Tottenham) so we knew how important it was to get the win.
“I’m not sure but from the beginning we ran after the game, we ran after the score”, Lloris said.
“If you play like we did today then you can’t be anxious. we gave our best”. “In this season we have lost Ivanovic, Mikel and next season we lose John Terry”.
While Lloris acknowledged Chelsea now have renewed confidence they can hold off Tottenham’s challenge in the final six games of the season, the France goalkeeper is convinced his club won’t surrender without a fight.
“We have a lot of players in the squad”.
“Honestly, I don’t know”, Conte said.
“Of course we’ll do everything we can to win the league for him”. Not to arrive, sign 10 players, put out another 12. And for us it’s great.
“The mentality is fantastic – to win always”.
“I must be pleased because in this game I involved all my players in our idea, in our football”. Chelsea use this formation to overload while they are attacking with their front three in Costa, Hazard, and Pedro applying pressure on the opposition’s defense, which most teams use a four in the back system, so four defenders.
Antonio Conte’s side bounced back from a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United as they edged the Saints in the closely-contested first half before turning on the style after the break to secure a comfortable victory, which extended their lead at the top of the Premier League standings to seven points. The Brazilian caught his chance securely with a first half brace, whereas it was Conte’s defensive experiment with Nathan Ake in the backline’s spirit that proved hard as Blues granted twice to bring this semifinal match into nailbiting close periods.
“We worked together with the national team”, Conte said.