‘Belief’ – Conte reveals why things are different for Spurs this time vs Chelsea

Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has claimed the situation at Tottenham is completely different compared to when the club lost thrice in a row to Chelsea in January.

Thomas Tuchel’s men humiliated their London rivals seven months ago, beating them thrice in quick succession in a Premier League clash and two legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final.

The Lilywhites failed to score a single goal in those three games, with Conte stating at the time that there was a big gap between the two clubs (Guardian).

That gap seems to have narrowed since then, with the Lilywhites ending last season impressively and strengthening their squad significantly during the summer transfer window.

Tottenham have a chance to show how much they have progressed over the last seven months when they head to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and Conte admitted that the situation at the club now is completely different compared to January.

When asked if the players feel embarrassed about their performances in January and want to set the record straight, the Italian told Football.London: “To feel embarrassed, I don’t think so. You have to be embarrassed if you don’t work.

“If you are lazy. If you don’t give 100 per cent. For sure, I can assure you, that last season we tried to give everything in the three games that Tottenham played against Chelsea with me as a coach.

“Honestly, last season, it was the period when I was really frustrated because for me it was not normal to lose three games in a row in only two weeks, against the same team.

“My players tried to give everything but for injuries and a lot of situations, we had only been working together for two months, it was very very difficult to reach a good result against Chelsea.

“Now on Sunday, the situation is different. We worked for eight months together. We improved the team because we finished in the top four and to do that wasn’t easy but we showed we deserved it. We play Champions League. The belief now is different.

“We don’t have the injuries we did last season, but for sure we are going to play against a top team. We want to try to show that we are going in the right way to face this type of team with ambition – not only to fight. With ambition. It will be very important for us.”

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Even though Conte might not admit it publicly, he would have felt a little humiliated back in January at the ease at which Tuchel’s men overcame Spurs. The Italian will certainly be licking his lips at the prospect of beating Chelsea on Sunday and sending a message to the rest of the Premier League.

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