Antonio Conte was in subdued, reflective mood as Chelsea's 13-match winning streak came to an end at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night. He's not a man who likes to lose, especially when the game struck such an even balance on the whole, but he was still quick to credit the strong play by Spurs while also acknowledging the physical effort put in by his own players.
Conte: "It’s a pity to stop this run... after 13 wins in a row it’s difficult to accept a defeat, but this is football." #cfc— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) January 4, 2017
Conte: 'Don't forget we lost to a good team. They are one of the six teams who can fight for the title.' #TOTCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 4, 2017
Conte: 'Our physical levels didn't drop tonight.' He adds it's normal to try and find why we lost, but this wasn't the reason. #TOTCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 4, 2017
While the effort itself might have been there, Chelsea were lacking the necessary cutting edge to finish off chances and not make silly errors in defense and midfield. In a close game such as this one, those errors were always going to make all the difference.
Conte: 'I saw a good game, great balance between two very strong teams, and good intensity.' #TOTCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 4, 2017
Conte: 'They scored in the best moment for them & the worst moment for us. We created chances in the 2nd half but then they scored.' #TOTCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 4, 2017
xG map for Spurs - Chelsea. Tottenham played an excellent game, but there's definitely a universe where Hazard is clinical and Dele isn't. pic.twitter.com/yD4Kspv4J5— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) January 4, 2017
Chelsea haven't lost a game in two months. The reaction to this defeat will be most important, both in the next game on Sunday in the FA Cup, as well as the following weekend, away to Leicester City. Win as a team, lose as a team.
Conte: "After a defeat it is always very difficult to know your reaction. But this defeat is different. We showed we are a team."— Dan Levene (@danlevene) January 4, 2017
Conte says we must be proud of our 13-game winning run. He says we were a team even in defeat, unlike v Liverpool and Arsenal. #TOTCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 4, 2017
Conte says conceding two similar goals in a game can happen. He adds the way we react to this defeat is important. #TOTCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 4, 2017
Onwards and upwards. Always improve.