Conte focused on winning trophies, not keeping players happy
- Author: Julie Sanders May 07, 2017,
May 07, 2017, 1:32
"This game is very important". This group of players have shown character and great ability this season. It is the same for us - we have to win.
Defender David Luiz and defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante are struggling with injuries, but with Chelsea not playing until Monday, Conte has not ruled out either player recovering in time for the game.
Manchester City will expect to get back to winning ways, after three games without a victory, when they host Crystal Palace on Saturday.
"Then, if you are happy or unhappy, I don't care".
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that Antonio Conte would have his support if he joins Inter Milan this summer.
The Brazil worldwide has started only 19 matches in all competitions since Conte's arrival in London, the last of which came in Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham. I see my players every day and I can see the right concentration, the right focus, about my players.
Inter were taken over by the Suning Group past year, and although Stefano Pioli has led a mini-revival this season, they will miss out on Champions League football and remain in a real battle for Europa League qualification with four games to go. We must be ready, ready to fight and find the way to take the points.
However this season under Antonio Conte, he last lost his starting place to Pedro and has been restricted to 13 Premier League starts, making a further 17 appearances from the bench, scoring seven goals.
When asked by Sky Sports if he had matured this season, Luiz replied: "You have to, and also as a person".
The former Juventus coach added regarding the speculation over Costa: "It's normal in this part of the season". Everyone at the club has experience to face it. Middlesbrough have to win, and for us it's the same. "We're getting there but just missing out on the final hurdle - and we have to get ourselves over that final fence and over the finishing line".