Conte: Building something important

Antonio Conte says his only focus right now is on ensuring his players maintain their impressive form and win the Premier League title.

The Blues face 10 more league matches between now and the end of the campaign, starting with today’s visit of Crystal Palace, and with a 10-point lead at the top of the table our fate is firmly in our own hands.

Talk, at this time of the season, inevitably turns to the summer, and potential incomings and outgoings, but Conte wants all of that to be put on hold until the campaign comes to a conclusion.

‘The most important thing is to try to win the league,’ said the Italian. ‘When the season finishes, myself and the club together will talk about the right way to try to improve the team and squad.

‘It will be very important but I don’t see any problems because this club has great ambition, it has in the past and it will in the future. I’m very happy to be coach of this club.

‘Now I think we are doing very well, every single player is giving me 120 per cent and it’s great. For sure, when the moment arrives to talk about next season, together we will look for the right solution to improve and be stronger than this season.’

There have been reports in the media this week regarding the future of Eden Hazard, who Conte hopes to have available for today’s game after the Belgian was forced to miss our match against Stoke, as well as the international games, through injury.

The Blues boss, however, believes there is no reason for any of our players to be looking elsewhere given the level of ambition within the club.

‘I think in a situation it’s always very important to understand whether it’s just speculation or if it’s true,’ said Conte. ‘In this situation, what’s very important is the will of the player because if the player is happy and the player wants to stay at a great team with great ambition, I don’t see any problem.

‘I think it’s very important to feel you are staying at the right place. When you arrive to be a top player then you want to fight to win, and to be competitive for every trophy. I think together we are building something important and we have just started our building work, we are putting the foundations in place. If we are able to win the league this season we are building an incredible path.’

Conte will come up against Sam Allardyce this afternoon when we welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge, and the Italian believes his experiences playing against teams managed by Englishmen this season will benefit him looking further ahead.

‘I’m learning a lot when we play against English teams and English coaches, I’m finding new solutions in these type of games,’ said Conte. ‘I have great respect for English coaches and for me it’s been very important, I feel more complete.’