Conference Call: Important for our confidence
news Mon 12 Feb 2018
Antonio Conte watched his side return to winning ways as an Eden Hazard brace and a Victor Moses goal saw off West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.
In the end, it was a comfortable victory for the Blues against the bottom-of-the-table Baggies, and the result ensures we move back above Tottenham into fourth, just one point behind third-placed Liverpool.
‘We must be satisfied to win the game and get the three points,’ said Conte. ‘I think we can play better, with more confidence, and after two bad defeats our confidence went down. We started the game with a bit of difficulty but after we scored we controlled the game and created many chances.
‘To get three points, show the will to fight and keep another clean sheet was important and we must continue in this way.’
The home supporters sang Conte’s name throughout the evening and he praised them for their support
‘I have to say thanks to the fans, they showed me great support because I think they are reading speculation and rumours about me. For sure I’m grateful to the fans for supporting me in this way. It means that maybe in one-and-a-half years they understand my passion and will to defend this colour, this shirt and this badge, so I want to thank them.
‘To feel this atmosphere around me is very important, it’s very important to feel the people are appreciating my work at Chelsea. Myself and the players are trying to do our best to give them great satisfaction. Sometimes we are able to do it and sometimes we are not, but the will is always present.’
‘We must be pleased with Giroud’s performance, it was the first time he played from the start with us. For sure, he needs to improve to go into our idea of football but to have a point of reference, like Olivier, is very important.
‘We must be pleased because on the same night we found Morata who played very well in the last 30 minutes, with great personality and spirit. Now we need these two players to find the best physical condition.
‘Morata missed one month with a pain in his back and I hope we’ve solved the situation. For Giroud it’s the same, he’s coming from a muscular problem and for us it’s very important for him to go into our idea of football and understand the right positions, for example the first goal was a clear example of our idea.’
The Blues boss said Giroud, who required medical treatment on a couple of occasions, should be fine for Friday’s FA Cup game against Hull City
‘He was unlucky but he is ready for the game against Hull. Now it’s very important for him and Alvaro to play games, they need to find the best physical condition. Training is okay but games are better and more important.’
Conte also praised the returning Christensen, who was withdrawn for the final 10 minutes
‘We are talking about a player who is only 21, he is showing great maturity, calmness and great personality. He’s been performing well from the start of the season. Defensively he’s very good, he needs to improve with the ball, to find solutions with the ball, he has the right potential to do this but we are talking about a player who is only 21. For me, he has a brilliant future.’
We now only have a few days to prepare for the visit of Hull on Friday
‘Now it’s very important to rest tomorrow. Tonight it was very important to get the points because only after a win can you consider the game easy. For our confidence it was very important to win and keep a clean sheet.
‘Now we must prepare for another game in the FA Cup, we want to try to go to the next round and then prepare for the games against Barcelona, Man United and Man City, three massive games for us.’