Conte: I Have No Problem With Mourinho

"Obviously they are ahead of us, they're playing for the title and, for them, it's important to win this game, for us as well, because we're playing for the top four as well, so it's going to be a game that's really important for each team".

The defensive solidity that provided the foundations for their initial romp to the summit may have ebbed away slightly - their last clean sheet in the league came nearly three months ago - but there is a grinding savvy about Antonio Conte's side that makes them worthy pace-setters. We try to give the players the best conditions to recover but, honestly, on the pitch there are no conditions to work. He's not only a finisher, he plays for the team.

Antonio Conte understands where Jose Mourinho is coming from, and not just in terms of the current Manchester United (i.e. the enemy) boss's shared history with Chelsea. We believe we will get better.

"When they have somebody that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I become number two", he said after. "We concentrate on ourselves".

"The draws are killing us".

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It is disappointing if you are not creating but we are looking risky and I am sure it will come.

"But going on a run like we have done shows we have a bit of steel and have a bit of character about us".

The 35-year-old was as frustrated as his manager about the lack of cutting edge against Anderlecht, but is sure the goals and wins will come.

"There are an terrible lot of good things that we can take from it and an bad lot of good signs". His movement was as poor as usual and he seemed to give the ball away nearly every time he got it.

"Well, this season Chelsea have beaten us two times and, obviously, we don't want that to happen a third time - we want to win", Pogba told MUTV.

In addition, Mourinho reported that goalkeeper David De Gea is available to face Chelsea at the Old Trafford stadium here, while defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will not return "until mid-May".

  • Joanne Flowers