Chelsea are set to meet Tottenham Hotspur tonight for the second time this season, in a clash which will have both teams confident of winning. In the Blues' camp, the mission is to extend our current winning streak in the league to 14 games; meanwhile Spurs will want to be the one club to stop us from doing so.
Rivalries aside, the two managers have plenty of respect for each other — Pochettino’s sideline antics last time out notwithstanding — and their similar philosophies of play should make for an intriguing encounter once again that, just like the previous match, will be decided by whoever executes better on the night.
"[Chelsea and Tottenham] like to play from the back, to play with possession and to prepare different solutions to go and score goals. After every action, there is always the work behind it. My players must be clinical, not me on the bench, because they have the opportunity to score and do the movements you prepare during the week."
"Tottenham in this part of the season were unlucky in some games. Now there is this difference in the table only because we did an incredible run. We have great respect for them and we showed this in the first game against them. Then it’s normal during the game you want to beat your opponent. It will be so [today]."
Thanks to the winning streak, Chelsea are on pace at the moment to finish the season with 98 points, which would be a new Premier League record, breaking the 95 set in 2004-05 by Mourinho’s Chelsea. But while Conte once reached triple digits in points in the Serie A, he knows that things won’t be that easy in England, especially in the second half of this season.
"In the last season [at Juventus] we finished with 102 points, a record in Italy. It was a fantastic championship. At that moment in the Italian league there was only Roma to try to fight for the title."
"Here [in England] there is a different situation because there are six very strong teams that last season were placed above us, and also spent a lot of money. For this reason, I think it’s more difficult here now to keep this position [at the top of the table]."
-Antonio Conte; source: Chelsea FC
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