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Conte hints at transfer plans, confirms injury news ahead of Spurs showdown

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The Chelsea boss addressed the media at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference.

Looking to take advantage of dropped points by Liverpool and Arsenal, as well as keeping well clear of Manchesters City and United, Chelsea head to White Hart Lane for a massive Wednesday night showdown under the lights. It’ll be the final fixture of a busy holiday period — though less busy than most other teams, it has to be said, thanks to the vagaries of TV scheduling — and the toughest match Chelsea have faced since the trip to the Etihad exactly a month ago.

Both Chelsea and Spurs are coming off of four-goal hauls against Stoke and Watford, respectively, and confidence will be high in both camps. Spurs especially will see it as their football gods-given mission to stop Chelsea’s record-setting winning streak.

“No, me, the players, we want to win to take three points,. The record, I repeat, is a great achievement above all because after these 13 wins in a row we took 39 points. The other situations are not important for us.”

“This type of game gives you great motivation. Now every team wants to stop our run, not only Tottenham. [...] The league is very open, and we are only in the first game of the second part of the season. Tomorrow we know we will have a really tough game against Tottenham.”

“If after the game we have eight points more than the second team we will be pleased, but this league is very tough and you can lose points any game.”

When you’re in the midst of a 10-match winning streak (in all competitions), there’s not much that should generally concern you, but Conte has gone to great lengths to stay cautious and humble at the halfway point of the season.

“I watched [the first meeting] again. The first half they played very well, they put a lot of pressure on and they scored. We scored with Pedro at the end of the first half. Then in the second half we deserved to win, we played very well.”

“But also Tottenham are showing great form. They are better than last season, they have a good manager who is working very well, and this team is improving every year. It’s right to compliment [Mauricio] Pochettino.”

-Antonio Conte; source: Chelsea FC

A couple injury concerns have also dampened the mood a bit, but the Chelsea boss reassured that everyone’s healthy (or healthy enough) and ready to go, including Marcos Alonso and David Luiz.

“[Alonso] is available for tomorrow’s game and we do not have any injuries.”

-Antonio Conte; source: Get West London Sport

While both Alonso and David Luiz have played very well and have been crucial to the success of the 3-4-3, part of the worry about their injuries stems from the lack of proper cover at either of their positions. With Chelsea increasingly linked with left backs, center backs, and midfielders, Conte reiterated his usual mantra of only buying if the price and the player is right.

“For sure there are some positions where, if we are able to find the right solution, it’s important to take that right solution. But also I know the market is difficult. Finding the right player won’t be easy, but we are talking about it.”

“I answer always in the same way. I don’t like to speak about players that are now playing with other teams. This is respect for players and also for the clubs.”

-Antonio Conte; source: Get West London Sport

There’s plenty of time for transfer market shenanigans. For now, it’s all hands on deck for beating Spurs, increasing the lead at the top of the table, and setting a new Premier League record.