Antonio Conte: 'Chelsea win over Stoke City caps off a great year'

31 December, 2017, 06:53 | Author: Elena Meyer
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"There are only four places for the Champions League and two for the Europa League and you have to fight to qualify for this competition. It is going to be a big ask, because even with our best XI this would be incredibly tough, but we will still go down there, be positive and give it a real good go".

"To finish this year in this way is great for me, great for the players, great for the club and our fans", Conte said.

"We are in a really hard position it is fair to say, and we may be forced into calling upon a couple of our younger players, who will have to come in and do a job for us".

"It is not easy to win the Premier League and doing that this year is a massive achievement for me, for the lads, for every single one of us at the club and I was very delighted".

Referee: Kevin Friend - Kevin not my friend is back for a second time this season (and this month) after Chelsea's 3-1 win over Newcastle at the start of December.

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The defending champions are now just one point adrift of second-placed Manchester United so Antonio Conte will be hoping to leapfrog their rivals with another win tomorrow afternoon.

The Blues coasted to the 2016-17 Premier League title in the Italian's first season in charge, as well as reaching the final of the FA Cup. But for sure against Norwich, Luiz and Musonda will be available. If you compare this season with last season, we have conceded less goals.

Hughes' side have the worst defensive record in the division, conceding 41 goals, while they face a bit of a crisis at the back, as Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi and Glen Johnson are all injured, while Kurt Zouma is ineligible to face his parent club.

Chelsea secured a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in their Premier League game on Boxing Day thanks to goals from Spanish duo Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez in west London.

Chelsea are under pressure to get a result and Mark Hughes' men will be looking to try and avenge that 0-4 thrashing they took earlier on in the season.

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