Antonio Conte calls this season best work of his career

They return to Premier League action on Tuesday against middling Southampton with an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points before Spurs are in action on Wednesday.

However, Conte disagrees, per Allan Valente of Sky Sports: "The first target for every great champion is to play for the team and to put your talent in the team". A top achievement for the coach, the players and the club.

United face Spain's Celta Vigo in the semi-finals and the Portuguese said: "We can not give the club the Premier League, we have a 25 per cent chance to win the Europa League and we have to put everything on it".

Chelsea prevailed against Spurs despite Conte surprisingly dropping playmaker Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to the bench.

"Now, to win the title in England is a great achievement".

"We must know that now it's a good season".

"It will remain a good season - but we want it to become a great season, a fantastic season". It's very important for me and also for the players, to understand that.

"In this season, we have lost Ivanovic, Mikel and next season we lose John Terry".

Southampton, meanwhile, are in ninth place and will be determined to fare significantly better than they did in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City last time out.

"Otherwise, in this League, this season the name of the team wasn't Chelsea or Tottenham or Arsenal or Liverpool".

Antonio Conte calls this season best work of his career

Asked if he expects the Manchester giants to spend heavily again this summer, Conte replied: "Yeah, but like every year".

"If you have to spend money, try to spend that money in the right way to take players with the right characteristics for your idea of football".

A great afternoon for Nathan Ake and David Luiz will give Antonio Conte hope going into the closing matches of the season, but Chelsea's team display was not exactly emphatic.

Cahill, Chelsea's on-field captain for much of this season, missed the Wembley clash due to gastroenteritis, but returned to full training on Sunday and Monday. "To become a real power in the future".

While Lloris acknowledged Chelsea now have renewed confidence they can hold off Tottenham's challenge in the final six games of the season, the France goalkeeper is convinced his club won't surrender without a fight.

The France global was named PFA Player of the Year on Sunday and his manager hailed the 26-year-old as a quietly influential figure.

"If you compare our team with Tottenham's, (Spurs boss Mauricio) Pochettino has worked for three years".

"In every situation it's important to find the right balance".

Yet Fabregas has emphasised his team-mate needs to be more of an individualist in the final third: "I've played with many players and sometimes when we have a counter attack and it's two against two and he passes the ball, I tell him: "You have the capability to score by yourself".

  • Julie Sanders