'One More', Conte Tells Chelsea Players Ahead Of Friday Showdown

Asked to compare the successes with Chelsea, the Belgium goalkeeper said: 'It's hard to say because obviously in the first year I came here, I came from winning the league in Spain and straight away we won the league, so that was very nice. "The responsibility of people who make the rules is always to encourage teams who want to play, because that is what you want to see".

"It wasn't like we felt we had to score because the title was at stake".

The Blues travel to the Hawthorns this Friday knowing that another three points will guarantee them as champions for the 2016/17 season. We're looking forward to it. "This was a big, big step for us".

"It could have been 6-0, but the fans didn't stop singing, wherever we've been this season they've been the same", he said. "We have to reflect on what's gone wrong".

He added: "I am convinced you still need to have the ball to create goal chances and that you can not encourage, as well, youth teams to say: "We do not want the ball".

"There are three games to go but always the most important is the next one".

"I wouldn't say we're nervous". That means we won eight games and lost only two.

Can Chelsea win the English Premier League in this game? Another championship could follow at West Brom on Friday.

"Friday we have the first chance, but we must know to play against West Brom is not easy".

Midfielder Nemanja Matic, who scored his first goal at Stamford Bridge against Boro, reckons Chelsea's ability to respond from setbacks has been key.

Cesc Fabregas loves an assist, but he suffered quite a scare after Monday Night Football presenter David Jones claimed he'd had one taken off him against Middlesbrough. And then through hard work, he improved a lot.

Despite his side's total control of the game, the ever feverish Conte prowled the touchline as usual, gesticulating wildly and yelling commands to his players.

Conte added: "Last season was very bad and this season, don't forget we started with a lot of problems". Now Cesc is showing himself to be a fantastic player.

"I must be honest, and I must be pleased for the performance, the commitment, the desire and the will of my players on the pitch".

After Middlesbrough's 3-0 win over Swansea City in December, they failed to win in the following 16 league games.

"Everyone is devastated", he admitted.

"Those fans deserve Premier League football and we haven't given them that". We've pulled up short. I've left a very silent dressing room with everyone, staff and players, absolutely gutted.

"I have never played that position before, but I am enjoying it".

"We can't thank them enough".

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