Antonio Conte makes shock admission after Chelsea win at Everton
By Russell Edge
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte revealed that he did not speak to his players in the dressing room following their victory at Everton.
Second half goals from Pedro, Gary Cahill and Willian secured the 3-0 win which pushed the Blues one step closer to securing the Premier League title.
Antonio Conte, who is in his first season at the Stamford Bridge side, rarely saw his side tested by the Toffees, in what proved to be a very confident performance from his players.
However, Conte made the surprising admission that he chose to stay silent with his own players after their impressive performance.
In his post-match conference, available to read on the club’s official website, he said: “After the game the message was not words, only great hugs, great enthusiasm and great passion.
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“We must celebrate in the right way with my players, the staff and with our fans, and to have great enthusiasm and passion.
“It’s important to win and also have great enthusiasm to reach your target.”
The win at Goodison Park means that Conte’s side remain four points clear of second placed Tottenham, with four games left to play until the end of the season.
The Italian manager knows that his side are within touching distance of securing the title, but insists his side must keep focused and win every game in order to avoid conceding the title to Spurs.
“I must be pleased with the performance,” Conte said in his post-match press conference.
“We have to continue in this way, to go step by step and try in every game to take three points.
“We know this is the most important part of the season.”
Chelsea’s next fixture sees them play host to a relegation threatened Middlesbrough side on Monday, 8 May, and they will know how much pressure they are under with title rivals Tottenham having played on the Friday.
In other Chelsea news, fans reacted after Tottenham beat Arsenal to remain in the title race.