Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Fight To Catch Tottenham Hotspur, Antonio Conte Tells Chelsea

Fight To Catch Tottenham Hotspur, Antonio Conte Tells Chelsea

And one of his charges, Manchester City and Arsenal target Jean Michael Seri, is apparently one of the names on the club's list with Chelsea keen to complete a £35 million deal for the Ivory Coast midfielder regardless of who their manager is next season.

"They have the possibility to do this. It was important to improve their confidence but they showed during the season that to play against Burnley is very tough, not simple".

"We saw on Saturday Chelsea didn't even want to be there in the first 70 minutes against Southampton, it was only when Olivier Giroud came on did they look energetic and urgent".

"There are a lot of things in the right place".

His position remains under enough scrutiny but if Burnley are defeated the gap to fourth-placed Tottenham will narrow to five points. We started to play this game with a guy [Jeremie Boga] that was then sent on loan in the Championship.

Chelsea face Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Antonio Conte says Sean Dyche has an easier job at Burnley compared to those managers competing at the top end of the table and backed by bigger transfer budgets. But we must have the will to fight until the end and the desire to reach this target.

The Italian coach is preparing his struggling Blues side for their trip to Burnley, with the boss knowing a loss on Thursday will further dampen their chances of finishing in the top four this season.

"A great difference", Conte told reporters when asked about what impact a potential break could have on the Premier League.

The Clarets are unbeaten in 11 of their 16 games in the Premier League this season at Turf Moor.

"Tomorrow Emerson will play. he's ready in the physical and tactical aspect", Conte said.

"As you said back in the day people didn't really know about Chelsea". You arrive in March and the physical condition of your team can't be good, especially if you go forward in competitions like the Carabao or FA Cups.

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