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I think, first of all, for the young players to train with this type of player – Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Costa, John Terry – is great. You learn every day what it means to be a champion. It's important to stay with this type of player and to learn.
This season he faced a new situation. Cesc, in the past, has always played every single game. It's not easy to change. But, for sure, Cesc showed me that he is not only a great player but a great person.
It's not true. I have a good relationship [with the board], when I need something I speak with the club and we always try to find the right solution together.
Eden is showing great football but also great character and personality in every game. He is a type of player who is very difficult to stop and for this reason you try to stop him with a good or bad way. But I'm not worried about this because Eden is very strong physically, and he's showed me he's able to play in this league. He's not tall but he's strong. During the game it can happen to get kicked, it's normal, but the referee must pay great attention and try to respect the rules because football is a great sport.
He always has a great impact. He's technically very good, and can put the ball where he wants. He's a great player. Often he's decisive with the pass, with the assist, and also to score a goal.
He's showing that he has a great impact for us. I hope to finish in the right way this season, and to try to win, but for sure Cesc, this season, is showing to be a great professional but, above all, a great player.
Yes, last time... Last time wasn't good.
This game against West Ham, for us, is very important. It's very important.
They have to go into the Europa League, which is a bit different to the Champions League. But now this league is very, very difficult. To win the title and also find a place to play the Champions League is not easy.
We started our season trying to fight until the end to win the title, and to try and fight until the end to be in the right position to go into next season's Champions League.
Yes, yes [we miss it]. For me and my players, yes. The Champions League, I think, must be an appointment for us every year. This was our target. Our target. But for sure, it wasn't easy to start the season and know that six strong teams fight for the title and the Champions League. Don't forget, in this six teams, two won't play in the Champions League next season.
We know there are six strong teams to fight for the Champions League places.
Our objective is to win the title but also to make sure we are in the Champions League.
To see eight goals is not simple. We started our season to try to fight until the end to win the title, to try and fight until the end to be in the right position to be in the Champions League next season - this was our target. Don't forget two of these teams won't play in the Champions League and will be in the Europa League, that's a big difference.
For me and for my players we all miss it. The Champions League must be an appointment for us every year. The Champions League must be our house, for this reason we are putting our strength into making sure we are playing in the Champions League next season. It's a great competition for the players, the club and the manager and we want to try and stay there, to try and fight to win. I watched Manchester City v Monaco live because I wanted to feel this type of game and in the future I hope to watch these games live.
I realised it quickly, that Victor could stay with us. I remember during pre-season, when we stayed in America, I spoke with him and told him: 'Victor, you will stay with us.
For Victor, he was very, very happy when he listened to my words.
I'll do some TV bits in that time to keep myself involved and I'm interested in that side of things. It leaves my options open and when you finish, I think it's important to not make a rash decision right away. You have to look at the world, step outside the bubble of a footballer, and make the right decision. Fortunately enough, I have options so it's about taking the right one.
There are no important injuries - apart from a little problem for Eden Hazard. He got kicked. But it's nothing serious. The rest of the team are in good fitness and working very well.
My family stayed in Italy and, yeah, I am working for the future, to bring them here and to stay together because for sure the family is missing me, this is true.
Me personally? No, no. I think my situation is very clear. I have a contract with Chelsea. [I am] trying to build something important with the club, for the present, for the future and I think the situation is very clear. I am happy for sure, the only problem for me this season is the family is missing me for sure.
I am very happy for this experience because for me and my family it is incredible. For sure, in this season my wife and my daughter stayed in Italy but I hope they come and stay here also because I need them. Yes, I hope [I can manage here for years]. Usually, when you start a project with a new team you want to stay many years and to build something important with the club.
The most important thing is the success of the club, the players and the manager. I was sure to arrive here and also to compete in this league with other good managers. Now, it is important to continue in this way because anything can happen until the end but we want to continue to stay on top of the table.
For sure, to build you must work many years to have the opportunity to grow with your players and to try to win also because when you are the manager in a great club, the imperative is to try to win but also to play great football. It wasn't easy for me when you arrive at the start of the season after a bad year. But I am pleased for the players because they showed me great commitment to fight and to come back very soon to fight for the title.
The kick was in training, on Wednesday. I don't remember this [who kicked him, but it was] nothing at all serious.
Now he's working very well for us. He must continue to work and anything can happen. If he shows me he deserves to play, I'm ready to put him in the starting XI. If that doesn't happen, I'll continue this way. The present is the most important thing, to work hard now. At the end of the season we'll look at the situation of every single player [and decide what happens next].
The only problem for me this season was the family missing me. For sure, my family stayed in Italy. I'm working, and working for the future to try and bring them here and to stay together. Family is missing me, this is the truth. I hope they come here and stay here also because I need them.
I am pleased for Pedro, for the team, and now we must continue in this way.
But after this game it is important to understand that nothing is easy. It will be very difficult to win both competitions, but we want to try to win some trophies.
I like to repeat that in England in every game in every competition there does not exist an easy game.
Don't forget today I made seven changes and I trust in my squad and my players. It's important that when I put them in the starting 11 that I have a good reply from my players who are not playing a lot. Today they give me great answers.
We worked very well. I'm pleased for my players because they showed me great commitment. The will to fight to try to win this game because the game was very important. It was very important in one week, in four days to face two tough games against Liverpool and against Arsenal. Now, it's important to celebrate this win but then from tomorrow it's important to think about the next game.
I think this defeat is totally different if you compare it to our defeats in September because against Liverpool and Arsenal at that moment we weren't a team. Tonight, we showed that we are a team and we are a strong team, and it is important this.
We knew that defeat could happen before the game but I think today I saw a game with a good balance and they scored a goal at the end of the first-half and the second goal in our best moment. It is a pity to stop this run, but Tottenham is a good team, a really strong team and I think is for sure one of the teams that can fight for the title until the end.
This is a new chapter for my life, for my career, for me. This league is very difficult. The most difficult in the world because there are 6 or 7 teams that can win the title and Chelsea is a great team.
When people talk about the Italian national team, there is always respect for our history and our tradition, but we want to scare opponents with our performances on the pitch and not only for what we have achieved in the past.
Let's say that our history in this sport is very important. Italy is always considered a very strong footballing nation in terms of clubs and also the national team. But at the moment, we are struggling.
Let's take the number of Italian nationals playing in our clubs: only 34%, because 66% are foreign players. So, you can understand the difficulty in finding and choosing Italian players for the national team. It's a difficult situation and it's also difficult to find new talent in the country. We can use many excuses, but the important thing is to find a solution for this country in order to be competitive again and find world class talent as we did in the past.
Fear, we don't know the word 'fear', but we know the word 'respect. Respect to the opponents, that could be Benfica, or even a second division club. Fear doesn't exist for us, it's not part of our vocabulary.
We knew that by winning we'd have the concrete possibility to pass to the next level in the Champions League and play the last match against Galatasaray and so, it is in our hands. I'll tell you already that we are not making calculations because this team does not need to do that, it is not how I play and it is not in our DNA.
We have come from three successive victories in the championships, great victories, overwhelming. We are hoping to have a game that is very, very good and I reiterate it's fundamental to go through to the next round. And as I've always said, we've got to show on the field, as we did in Madrid.