Chelsea v Spurs - opposing manager's view
25 November 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte isn't expecting us to suffer any ill effects from Tuesday's loss to Monaco as he prepares his team for action against us at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (November 25).
The 47-year-old, who visited Hotspur Way back in February, 2015, during his time as manager of the Italian national team and chatted at length to Mauricio Pochettino, has masterminded a six-game winning streak for the Blues in the Premier League leading up to this weekend's contest.
While we remain the only unbeaten side in the division, we suffered a big blow in midweek as we were eliminated from the Champions League by Monaco, but Conte is adamant we remain a dangerous proposition in spite of that result.
“Every game is different,” he said at his pre-match press conference today (Friday, November 25). “After the defeat against Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham played a very good game against Arsenal away and drew 1-1.
“For this reason we have to know we have a tough game tomorrow. The last game was a bad result for Tottenham, but tomorrow will be another game in the league.
“This is a special derby for both teams and we are awaiting a great game.”
Above: Antonio Conte with Mauricio Pochettino during his visit to our Training Centre in February, 2015.
While he wasn't in charge when we drew 2-2 at the Bridge towards the end of last season, Conte knows all about what transpired, yet insists it's all about the here and now as we head into our latest meeting with our London rivals.
“It was a very strange game,” he said. “In the first half, Tottenham played very well and scored two goals. In the second half there was another game, Chelsea scored two goals and the game finished in a draw.
“Now it’s important to think about the present. For us, it’s very important to think this game tomorrow will be very tough against a strong opponent who last season fought until the end to win the title.
“Tottenham have a great manager, a lot of talented players, very young, and I think they have improved their squad compared to last season.
“For this reason, we have to pay attention tomorrow. It will be a tricky game and I am pushing my players to be focused."
Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the media ahead of the game yesterday - check out what he had to say...