Antonio Conte: Chelsea proof that spending doesn't guarantee success

And maybe they have more experience than us.

"There's winners in this team and we have to keep it up".

Conte emphasised his huge respect for Ancelotti, describing Ancelotti as the greatest Italian manager, but believes that his players are on the brink of a bigger achievement. "I want our fans to be the 12th player".

He added: "The good thing this season is that every time we had a defeat or draw we bounced back very quickly".

"It's great to know when after a week we finish the championship we have to play a final in the FA Cup. We played much better than them today, but it's true they were clinical".

Chelsea's success this season also owes to the fact that they bought specifically the players they most needed.

Fernando Llorente's header and Tom Carroll's deflected strike ended Swansea's six-game winless run. While the Blues were able to bring on Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas to change the game, Tottenham had to rely on the unproven Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Kyle Walker - the latter's introduction forcing fellow right-back Kieran Trippier to switch to the left.

"I have another day to decide our best eleven but they are in good condition and in good form, and for sure tomorrow I hope to see a good performance from all my players", he said. But Claude Puel's team will have to have perhaps their best match of the season if they're going to get that result, because Chelsea looked fantastic in taking down Tottenham in the FA Cup semifinal this weekend.

"It is true we are fighting to play and win games but it is all relative after this type of situation", Pochettino said.

"Two years ago it was hard to imagine we could fight for the Premier League but it is a reality".

"Don't forget that Ake was playing every match with Bournemouth, and he needed to come and also to remain with us to make an effort to work collectively and also to help us to fight for the title".

Tottenham's next match comes against in-form Palace on Wednesday. If you have to spend money, try and spend that money in the right way to take players with the right characteristics for your idea of football.

"I think he's a silent leader, and a leader on the pitch by example".

Chelsea are four points ahead of second placed Spurs with the chance to increase that gap to seven when they play Southampton tonight/on Tuesday.

"I think that now at Chelsea we're in a period of transition", he said.

"Of course, we'll do everything we can to win the league for him - we wanted to win today for him and for ourselves as well".

"We have a lot of players in the squad".

It secured a 4-2 victory and potentially a psychological blow on the final stretch of the English Premier League.

They have won only two out of eight league games against Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, as well as losing to Liverpool and Chelsea in both domestic cup competitions.

  • Leroy Wright