It has been business as usual at Cobham in the early part of this week as Chelsea look to bounce back from the Crystal Palace defeat when we take on title rivals Manchester City on Wednesday night.
That was the report from Antonio Conte in his media conference on Tuesday afternoon when asked if he had changed anything in his preparations since the first loss suffered for three months.
‘If you win or if you lose or draw, it doesn’t change our idea, our philosophy or our method,’ the manager responded. ‘It is the same. We have watched the Palace game for the positive and the negative situations to try to improve for the next game.
‘When you play against Man City, it is really important to have a good contribution without the ball, and you must pay great attention also when you attack because they have good players to counter-attack. We are talking about a great team with a great coach.’
Conte emphasised this part of the season is very important not only for his side but for many teams that are fighting for the title or fighting in the relegation zone.
‘We have to continue in the same way,’ he added, ‘working very hard and preparing the right way for every game, keeping the concentration. But at this point I am pleased with my players because I am always seeing great commitment. It can happen that you can lose a game and I think we did not deserve to lose the game against Crystal Palace. But football is always wonderful for this type of result and tomorrow is another game.
‘With 27 points available, it is normal that anything can happen in this league,’ Conte said, ‘and for sure we need 21 points to win the league mathematically, but we are in a really good position and nobody thought Chelsea could fight this season for the title. We want to keep this position. We know there are many teams that want to win the league, but it's normal this. I hope that who wins this league will deserve to win the league.'
Victor Moses, who missed Saturday’s game due to injury, will have his fitness assessed tomorrow before a decision is made on his availability for the Man City match.
‘I don’t know if Victor will be able to play tomorrow,’ said the boss. ‘We have another day to check the situation in the right way. We have a couple of situations to check and then make the best decision for the starting 11 tomorrow.’
Conte explained further a comment he made in a previous conference when he said he believes Man City and Man United have the strongest squads.
‘I told a normal thing because when you have to face the Champions League or like United, the Europe League, it is normal you have a squad with 22 or 23 players very strong. Chelsea this season is not playing in Europe and for sure in our squad we have less players but we have good young players that are growing very well.’