Conte: Rest and regroup
news Mon 29 May 2017
After a wonderful first year in English football Antonio Conte has explained what lies in wait for him and the team in the immediate future as well as next season.
The boss masterminded our Premier League triumph and also guided us to the FA Cup final where we ultimately came up just short on Saturday.
Many of the squad will be back in action representing their countries next week but Conte has no such fulfilments as he looked ahead to what he will be up to now the campaign has ended.
‘It’s very important to take two or three days to rest and also to be a bit relaxed after this season,’ Conte said.
‘This season was very tough for me in many aspects, and for this reason now the best way for me is to take three days with my family, to stay with them, to rest and then to try to prepare for a new season.’
Conte has regularly spoken about the need for reinforcements in time for next term as European football returns to the Bridge, and he is well aware the challenge will be even tougher when the competitive actions returns in August.
‘It’s very important to analyse very well our season. Our squad that we had this season reached an incredible target with players that performed 120%.
‘But we didn’t have injuries this season, we were very good with our work but also we were very lucky. You can have traumatic injuries and it doesn’t depend on the work. We must not forget that.
‘Next season will be another tough season for all the teams. Don’t forget this season we haven’t had a squad like United’s or City’s or Tottenham’s or Arsenal’s. This season we won the league and we start next season as champions.’
Victor Moses will be suspended for the first game next season after his red card at Wembley. Conte revealed his thoughts about the incident that led to the Nigerian’s second yellow card.
‘There is a lot of tension in these moments and sometimes you could be tired. I don’t think if my player dived he did it with a real intention of doing it. We have arrived at the end of the season and many players are tired, and then there is a lot of pressure.
‘It’s not a good situation to dive, for sure, but Moses is an honest player and if he did this it’s only because he was tired. He didn’t want to cheat the referee.’