Although Antonio Conte is widely expected to depart Stamford Bridge next month after a turbulent campaign on and off the pitch, the Italian coach is aiming to finish this season on a high.
The Blues set up a mouthwatering FA Cup final clash against rivals Manchester United when they overcame Southampton in the semi-final last weekend, and its seems their 48-year-old manager has not given up hope of catching Spurs and finishing in the top four in the Premier League.
Conte’s side currently sit in fifth place in the table five points behind Mauricio Pochettino’s, although speaking ahead of his sides away game against Swansea tomorrow the former Juventus coach has urged his players to secure victory and keep the pressure on their London rivals.
“We have to try. First of all, we have to try to get three points tomorrow.”
“It won’t be easy because we are going to play against a team fighting to avoid relegation. In the last five games at home, Swansea won four games and drew only once. That means they are in good form.”
“We must pay great attention. But if we want to continue to have hope of a place in the Champions League we need to get three points and try to put pressure on the teams ahead of us.”
“As you know very well, it won’t be easy. But at the same time we must try to get more points between now until the end. We have to play very difficult games. But if we want to continue to have hope, we need to get points.”
“Now the reality that Tottenham have a big advantage is that they have five points more than us. This is the big advantage. The only way to try and put a bit of pressure on Tottenham is to get three points tomorrow.”
“Otherwise it will be very difficult to put pressure on them.”