Antonio Conte insists that hard work is the key as the Blues look to put the disappointment of defeat to Burnley behind them and prepare for Sunday’s fixture against Tottenham.
The head coach saw his team finish with nine players after Gary Cahill’s harsh first-half red card before Cesc Fabregas was dismissed late on for two bookable offences. That made it three competitive matches in a row that the Blues have had men sent off.
‘I think it’s right to see very well if there is a fault of the players, but if the decision of the referee is good or not, it is very strange, because in the last three games, to finish twice with 10 men and then nine men, I think it is maybe a record if you look at the past,’ he said. ‘It’s very difficult to find this kind of situation.’
Cahill and Fabregas will both be suspended for the trip to Wembley, although Victor Moses will be available for selection again after serving his one-match ban for a red card in the FA Cup final.
Conte admits the loss of our captain and the Spanish midfielder is a blow, but he is focused on working with his squad to go into our next match with the right mind-set, looking to replicate our second-half performance against the Clarets for the whole 90 minutes.
‘Honestly, now there is a great disappointment that we don’t have these players for the next game, but we have one week to try to find the right solution,’ he said. ‘It will be a really tough game but we must be ready, and show the same will and desire to fight that we did in the second half. We need to show that from the start.
‘I’ll show the players the game, the positive and negative situations and we will work again to try to improve to avoid the mistakes we made against Burnley and prepare in the right way for the Tottenham game.
‘I’m not worried because it is normal during the game to have different situations – positive and negative. It is important for me that we don’t close our eyes, but to focus on our mistakes and try to work and improve.
‘We have to put all of ourselves into the job,' Conte added. 'If you do this every day, you must be happy. Sometimes the results can be good, sometimes bad, but the most important thing is that I am seeing from my players the right commitment, the right will, the right desire to work and try to improve.
‘It is the same from my staff and from me – I repeat, we have to give all of ourselves and get 120 per cent from every single person.’