ANTONIO CONTE IS WARY OF FACING A ‘QUALITY’ SOUTHAMPTON TEAM.

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Chelsea travel to Southampton on Saturday for a must-win Premier League clash against the Saints.

The Blues must win against the Mark Hughes’ side  to maintain their very slim chances of booking a Champions League spot at the end of the season.

Here are some talking points from Chelsea boss – Antonio Conte’s press conference on Friday.

 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HOPES

It’s difficult. At the same time we have to try and get points and see what happens. It’s not simple. It would be very difficult but we must try until the end.

FA CUP SEMIS

We have to go game by game. Tomorrow is the most important for us against Southampton.

DIFFICULT SOUTHAMPTON

This team has great quality in the squad. It’s a great surprise to see them in this position. We must pay great attention tomorrow.

IS YOUR CHELSEA JOB SAFE?

This is not my job to answer this type of question. My job is to work with the players and finish the season strongly. There’s always speculation around our positions. This is not only for me. This is our job. The most important thing is to be focused on Chelsea.

ON RUMOURS IN THE MEDIA

I’m not curious. I don’t read the papers. I’m not interested in this.

DRINKWATER’S DEBUT SEASON

I think he’s had an unlucky season. He started the season with a problem in his calf and then he continued to have problems. It’s not a lucky season but we are talking about a good midfielder, a good player. I trust him.

Now is not the right time to talk on one player. We have to think about the team and improve our performances.

THIBAUT COURTOIS’ CHELSEA FUTURE

My answer is always the same. We are talking about a really good goalkeeper. This is a problem to solve between the club and Thibaut.

CHRISTENSEN BENCHED AGAINST WEST HAM

Don’t forget we’re talking about a young player who is playing at this level for the first time. You lose a lot of mental energy. He can be a bit tired under this aspect. The chance to play Gary Cahill was right. He’s an important player for Chelsea and the country.

At this moment I have four centre-backs. From now until the end of the season I will make rotations.

 

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