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Spurs v Chelsea - opposing manager's view

Posted on 4 January 2017  - 12:01

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been looking back over his side's 2-1 victory against us at Stamford Bridge as he prepares for tonight's (Wednesday, January 4) return clash at White Hart Lane.

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The 47-year-old Italian saw his charges come back from a goal down with strikes either side of half-time to claim all three points back on November 26.

Having reviewed that encounter, Conte expects his league leaders to face another stern test on our patch and admits we’re in “great form” as we chase a fifth straight win.

“I watched it again,” said the Blues’ boss of November’s meeting. “In 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.

“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.”

On the 10-point gap that currently separates us from Chelsea at the top of the table, Conte, who has masterminded a record-equalling 13-game domestic winning streak leading into tonight’s game, added: “In this part of the season (Spurs) 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.”