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News Fri 29 Dec 2017
Antonio Conte spoke to the press earlier today to preview the clash with Stoke City at Stamford Bridge, here’s a recap of the main topics that were discussed…
No fresh injuries
‘There is no news, all the players are available. The same players from the last game are available.
Antonio did hint that he may make a few changes to his side, with such a busy period of fixtures on the horizon…
‘We must go game by game and it’s normal when you play every few days to make rotation and give some rest to those who have been playing every game.
‘At the same time, all my players deserve credit, I trust in all of my players and it doesn’t matter if there are changes to the starting 11.’
Top four challenges
Conte insisted that finishing in the top four would be a success, in what he accepts is a very difficult Premier League…
‘In this league to finish in the top four is always a success. This is the only league with six top teams fighting for the title every season.
‘There are only four places for the Champions League and two for the Europa League, so you have to fight. When your competitor is doing so well, like Man City, it’s difficult to fight for the title until the end, but we must give everything, try to get three points in every game and improve our work.’
Preparing for the Potters
The Italian has been paying great attention to tomorrow’s visitors to Stamford Bridge and said he expects a tough Premier League encounter…
‘Tomorrow we have a game which is very difficult against Stoke City. Last season, at the same time of year, we suffered a lot to beat them at home. I remember the game very well and we must pay great attention.
‘We must go game by game and pay great attention to Stoke but for sure, this will be a difficult game.’
Baba recovering well
Antonio ended his press conference by speaking about Baba Rahman, who he says is recovering well from a bad injury and may still have a part to play this season…
‘This player is coming back from a bad injury and he’s struggling a bit to recover the best form. I must be honest, I don’t know what will happen with Baba. From a human aspect, I’d like to give him an opportunity to come back strong like before.
‘Now he has to face his recovery. He’s showing great patience because he’s struggling a lot. If I can help him I’m ready to help him because there is the player, and then there is the human aspect. For him it’s good to stay here and recover.'