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Antonio Conte not getting carried away with 'special derby' win against Tottenham

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Chelsea have finally conceded a goal after 10 hours of shutting out Premier League opponents, which does make it easier to write about the winning streak.  It was always a bit awkward to combine wins with clean sheets in one sentence.  Thanks, Christian Eriksen!

So, it's now seven wins in a row for Chelsea, and a second consecutive weekend atop the Premier League.  Only Liverpool have scored more goals while no one has conceded fewer (Spurs are also on 10 conceded for the season).  Chelsea have the most wins, the least draws, and the best goal difference.  The underlying metrics are good, the process is working, and the 3-4-3 is passing every test thrown at it, whether that's a high press or a low block, home or away, morning, day, or night.

To say that Chelsea are in a good moment and brimming with confidence would be an understatement.

"We must be pleased because this type of game isn't easy. We are a different team compared to the team which lost at Arsenal and Liverpool. We are another team and I'm pleased about this, I'm pleased for the players. We're working a lot and they enjoy this type of football. Its normal in this type of game you cannot dominate the whole game. Today we won and I'm pleased because it wasn't easy."

"This game was right, the behaviour of the players and fans. There was a fantastic atmosphere and I know about this type of football in England."

-Antonio Conte; source: Chelsea FC

But as the winning streak rolls on, it becomes ever more important to say humble, to not lose concentration, to improve, to work hard, fight, and all those other buzzwords we've come to expect from Conte since the summer.

"Today in this period it is not right to talk about winning the league. We have to improve and we have a long way ahead. We have to wait to speak - not to write things - and it is important to stay humble."

"We won a game against a really strong team and on Saturday we have another really strong team."

It certainly doesn't get much harder than Manchester City away.  Winning that one will require an ever greater individual and team effort.  Win together, lose together has been a major theme since the start of the season and that will need to continue.

"I always speak with my players after the first half, it's right to see the right things and the bad things we are doing. Sometimes it can happen that the opponents can start better than you, especially a team that last season fought until the end to win the title. We have to continue, but must be pleased."

"I didn't consider making changes for second half. We had to improve as a team, not as a single player. We had to exploit situations we didn't exploit."

"After the first half we spoke and we found together the right solution to win the game. Second half we exploited situations we didn't exploit in the first half. From tomorrow we have to think about City."

-Antonio Conte; source: Sky

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