Coming from their fourth Premier League loss this season at the hands of Crystal Palace last weekend, Chelsea head into tonight's game against Manchester City with the need to recover from the unexpected result. For manager Antonio Conte however, the upset at the Bridge does not mean the Blues should change the approach they have carried throughout the season thus far.
"If you win or if you lose or draw, it doesn’t change our idea, our philosophy or our method. It is the same. We have watched the Palace game for the positive and the negative situations to try to improve for the next game."
"When you play against Manchester City, it is really important to have a good contribution without the ball, and you must pay great attention also when you attack because they have good players to counter-attack. We are talking about a great team with a great coach."
Even though Chelsea still enjoy an adequate lead over their title rivals with 7 points ahead of Tottenham, their advantage could be easily dismantled in the next run of games. But even in their failure to leave the Palace game with a better result, the men in Blue put in the same amount of hard work they have had since the beginning of the season.
"We have to continue in the same way, working very hard and preparing the right way for every game, keeping the concentration. But at this point I am pleased with my players because I am always seeing great commitment."
"It can happen that you can lose a game and I think we did not deserve to lose the game against Crystal Palace. But football is always wonderful for this type of result and tomorrow is another game."
"With 27 points available, it is normal that anything can happen in this league and for sure we need 21 points to win the league mathematically, but we are in a really good position and nobody thought Chelsea could fight this season for the title."
"We want to keep this position. We know there are many teams that want to win the league, but it's normal this. I hope that who wins this league will deserve to win the league.'"
One big absence from Chelsea's line-up was right wing back Victor Moses, whose injury forced Antonio Conte to employ Pedro in his position. Although the Spaniard had a good game overall, the team sorely missed his presence upfront after getting behind in the scoresheet. Unfortunately, Conte was not able to tell if Moses would be apt to return to the pitch in the upcoming game.
"I don’t know if Victor [Moses] will be able to play tomorrow. We have another day to check the situation in the right way. We have a couple of situations to check and then make the best decision for the starting 11 tomorrow."
-Antonio Conte; Source: Chelsea FC
One concern that has emerged from the Chelsea's last run of games in the Premier League is our lack of clean sheets. Since our 1-1 draw to Liverpool at the Anfield back in January, the Blues have failed to protect their goal as effectively as they once did by letting at least one ball go past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in our last 7 league matches.
But in spite of Chelsea's defensive solitude before the Liverpool game, the missing clean sheets are not a major burden for Conte. He prefers instead to focus on maintaining his team at the top of the league table until the end of the season.
"I’m not concerned about this. It’s normal that every team has to find a strategy to play against us, in the same way we try to find a strategy to play against the others."
"Usually when you concede a goal, and not only Chelsea but in general, it means there is not only one mistake but many mistakes. It’s important to analyse these situations to try to improve for the next time. We do this after the game."
"I repeat, you win and you lose as a team. We are a team in every situation. Chelsea was an underdog at the start of the season, but now we stay at the top and we want to keep this position."
-Antonio Conte; Source: Chelsea FC