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But Moses is an honest player and, if there was this situation, he was tired and he did not want to cheat the referee.feedback
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He came for three days to watch our training sessions, to watch the video analysis, to stay with us. He supported me. He never showed me he was angry. I think the club always saw my job, during pre-season and in that period, and trusted in my job. I never thought the club was thinking about sacking me. Honestly. It was very difficult to think about celebrating winning the league after the Arsenal defeat. To think we'd arrive at the end of the season and be celebrating winning the league. Honestly, that felt very difficult.feedback

The low from a defeat is longer than the high after a win. I don't smoke, but tomorrow I'm hoping to smoke a cigar if we win. I'm ready to do this.feedback

He had a great season. Now, I hope [for more], we have another game to go. I spoke with him and we have to finish this great season and make it a fantastic season.feedback

I think he's one of many players who has been a key player for us. When we changed and started to play with him in the middle of the three centre-backs, this choice was very good. I think this suited him perfectly.feedback

Not only for him, but also for me and the club. But I think David showed himself to be a great player.feedback

I don't like a lot the Champagne. I celebrated, for sure, with my staff. We had a dinner together, and we had 'cheers'. It's right to enjoy this moment because if you win after a strong season like this, it's right to enjoy it.feedback

He's one of the best players not only in Italy, but in the world.feedback

He put the ball on my head. Francesco Totti, he's a fantastic player, a great player and I knew he wanted to continue his career.feedback

Modern football is dangerous and our job depends a lot on the result. The only way that I know to convince the club to stay for a long time is to work. For sure it is my hope.feedback

But if you stay for many years and improve your club it is the best solution to build something important.feedback

He has done a good job and only this season they missed the Champions League. Sometimes you can undervalue this, they played 19 years in a row in this competition, it shows that his work is very good.feedback

When you stay for so long time in a great team, we must consider him one of the best managers in history.feedback

I heard a lot of bad things when he arrived, that he was 'not a defender'. But we were sure we were signing a really good player we could lift up again to be one of the best defenders in Europe and, I hope, in the world. He has good technique, he's strong, he starts our possession and has the personality to do this.feedback

N'Golo is a fantastic guy and a fantastic player. Great commitment, great behaviour, a great example to everyone else.feedback

I hate this word 'relaxed'. I prefer they use the word 'enjoy' instead. Enjoy your achievement.feedback

In this situation, you must have a plan. We play FA Cup finals on the Saturday after that and you don't start preparing for the game on Monday. You prepare for the final 10 days before, and for this reason, in my mind, I have a plan to play the finals in the best condition for my players.feedback

I think maybe to buy a house in Italy. Yes. Yeah, in Lecce I have all my parents and, for sure, I hope to spend a bit of time in Lecce on my holidays, to go to Turin and also to Italy.feedback

It's not all happiness and light. The arrival was, but the journey wasn't. With my wife Elisabetta in January we decided that Vittoria would finish school in Turin, even if she was already registered to start in London.feedback

My objective is to lay the foundations so Chelsea can continue to win. This is already a big club, but it's inconsistent. They won the Champions League, then went out in the first round. They won the Premier League and then finished 10th. Chelsea need to find stability at the top. However, if I am to stay, then they will come and stay with me. It will be a great opportunity for my daughter to live in a foreign country. I'll tell you one thing for sure, I won't have another year on my own.feedback

Money is important only at this level to give the real value of a player or the coach. If you show you deserve it, you have earned the money. I think this. When you stay at this level, the money only explains to you your value. It tells you your value. Money is not the most important thing, but money is important to understand the real value of a person.feedback

Every day, I saw a captain - a captain on and off the pitch. His thoughts were always for the team, and then for him. For this reason, he helped me a lot to convey my ideas, my concepts [on to the team]. I have a great opinion about John.feedback

I think this is a great achievement for him. It's incredible to have played so much, and I hope he finishes the Sunderland game in the right way. To have a player who has played every minute of the season in the league is great. It's not easy.feedback

But it means that Azpi is a great player, a champion, on and off the pitch. Because when you do this and you haven't injuries, haven't nothing (suspensions), and can play every single minute, it means you are great on the pitch and, above all, off the pitch.feedback

He can be a good manager. He has the right personality, has great experience with many managers and has won a lot. It's important to start your career [in management] with this at your back. Then it's also very improtant to take your time to understand which is the best way for you when you finish playing football. But I think it's right, this situation, in his mind, mustn't finish. Chelsea will always be his house. Now he wants to play regularly, so it's right for him to go and play. Chelsea will always be his house for him.feedback

John has all the possibility to continue his career. We all know that he is preferring to play regularly and, for this reason, he's decided to leave. For sure, Gary has good prospects of being captain, but now it's important to finish the season. To start to think about next season is very dangerous because we have different targets still to reach.feedback

We won our 29th game this season, so it's great. A great achievement. We have the possibility to win 30 games. We have to fight to try and reach this target now. It's important for the players. The most important thing is to win the League, but then you can write some records - that's important for the history.feedback

Next time I will tell him to think of me as well and share.feedback

We are really focused on [the double]. We have worked really hard to be in this position.feedback

It's been a massive season for him. Azpi played in a fantastic way. When you have this type of player it's great for the coach. If I ask him to go and put on the gloves and stay in goal he's ready.feedback

Chelsea will always be his home because John, first of all, is a great man and a great legend and player for Chelsea, and in future for the team he decides to play for.feedback

About John, first of all, I am looking forward to see him lift the trophy after the game against Sunderland on Sunday and I think all the players want to see this. This is the right final for John. John wants to continue to play. I wish for him and his family the best.feedback

I think it is a pity for me, but I have to respect his decision because I think, when you arrive at this moment and your head and body tell you to continue to play, then it is right to carry on and continue to play, to try and play regularly every game. No, he should absolutely not retire. John wants to continue to play. I wish for him and his family the best.feedback

About John, first of all, I am looking forward to see him lift the trophy after the game against Sunderland on Sunday and I think all the players want to see this. This is the right final for John. John helped me a lot in my first season, on and off the pitch. He always sends the right message to the players in every moment of the season. John took this decision to continue to play regularly and play every game, and for this reason he preferred to leave Chelsea and to play every game I do not know where. For sure, for us, this is a big loss next season.feedback

I take advantage to congratulate Chelsea on what they've done but you see as well when they play in Europe it'll be a different story. They've done well but in the last two seasons the team that won the league hasn't played in Europe. It will be a different season because they will have to play on Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday but, look, I don't know what will happen next season.feedback

We share the same ambition at this club and for this reason we try to keep the best players. But it is too early to talk of next season. We have the opportunity to win the Double and we must be ready to fight to do this.feedback

I think the change after the Arsenal game was the key moment for us. There were other important points in the season, such as the win at Manchester City, but every single player found in the new system the best way for them.feedback

I was unhappy. I could not see any results from my work. The Arsenal result hurt, but there's no doubt it was the turning point.feedback

Now it's important to celebrate, to enjoy this moment. This season was very difficult for us. It's great to reach this target and also to enjoy it with my players. I have to say thanks to my players for their commitment, for their work rate. Yes, rest for you. They know we have to work during the training session to prepare in the right way these two games against Watford and then Sunderland. To enjoy and to celebrate because it's very important.feedback

I think the club want to fight to win every competition. We have the same ambition. For this reason we try to keep the best players. Thanks guys.feedback

That's when we said that we can win the league.feedback

It's amazing to celebrate with the fans. The game was so difficult. We are very happy. We talked a lot about the manager already, he is fantastic and we work a lot in training. Full credit to him and the players. We lost to Arsenal and then we went on an unbelievable run.feedback

We won this title together. We fought a lot to win this title. Our fans were fantastic. Now I want to celebrate!feedback

I think it's great throughout the season the fans have always stayed behind us, at home and away. My staff did a fantastic job. We didn't have a lot of injuries and that isn't just luck. Now it's important to rest, and for it to become a fantastic season we have to win the FA Cup.feedback

And now, after this win, we must be happy and pleased for the whole season. I think tonight [Eden] Hazard and Pedro were a bit tired and I wanted to give more energy with Michy and Willian. I think that Michy paid me back a lot! It's great for me in my first season. It wasn't easy to arrive in England and try different habits and a different language and also after Chelsea's bad season. This win is for the players. They showed great commitment.feedback

I think the decision [to switch to three at the back] changed our season. Before, we didn't have the right balance. After the bad defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal, I wanted to change and find a new system, and in my mind there was this option to play with a 3-4-3 because I know the characteristics of the players would allow it, and give us more solidity. It's a great achievement for the players. I have to thank them for their commitment, their work rate at the beginning of the season, they showed me great attitude, great patience, great desire to try to do something great this season.feedback

I don't think my physical abilities are the best – I'm not the quickest, I'm not the strongest, I'm not the sharpest, so you have to be ahead of the game if a player like me wants to succeed in football. That's what makes me very proud because right now every day you see less talent and more power, and players running around. Today it's more difficult for the more talented players to succeed.feedback

To be a football player today, if you are very strong or you run a lot or stuff like that it's easier. That's why I'm grateful and that's why I try to get even better because football is growing in a way that before I don't think it was.feedback

Our work is a bit of a secret because we don't have a lot of injuries. For this reason, I have to say thanks to my staff.feedback

I think this season we are very good, and also we are also a bit lucky to have the possibility to avoid a lot of injuries. We didn't have a lot of injuries this season. When you have this type of situation, without a lot of injuries, usually you try to play not with the same players. To use 15 or 16 or 17 players. I think this season we worked very hard, but we are also very good and we are also very lucky. I think that all this season we worked very hard on the physical aspect, and the tactical aspect, to try to avoid this type of situation. To avoid having a lot of injuries.feedback

We started this season with three wins, but honestly... I wasn't calm. I wasn't calm, or tranquilo. I didn't see what I was wanting to see. It was very important, after two defeats to Liverpool and above all against Arsenal, against Liverpool after three wins and one draw, that loss could happen. But another defeat, a bad defeat against Arsenal, after that defeat I understood we had to change something in the tactical aspect.feedback

I don't see a moment. I saw my team improving, increasing game by game and step by step. For sure, when you play against City and win the way we did, the confidence improved. When you play and win against United at home in the way that we did.feedback

Or when we drew against Liverpool and missed a penalty 10 minutes from the end... yes, the confidence improved a lot. These are moments that you understand you can fight for the title, but to win it or not? It's very difficult to understand.feedback

Now we have to take three points because, otherwise, we'll have to fight until the end.feedback

To find the right solution, also to improve our work, our tactical work. Then I saw my team improving game by game and increasing confidence, increasing confidence in the work. In what we were doing. If you ask me a proper moment, I don't see one. I always like to tell you this title, until the end we have to fight to win this title. Now there is a good opportunity because Tottenham's defeat was, for us, a good opportunity to take three points and try to win the title before the end of the season.feedback

I have to say thanks to the club, players and staff to work very hard to change this. I have to say thanks to my players because it is not easy to adapt to a new method, philosophy and work very hard if you compare the work of this season to the past.feedback

I like to underline this season, at the start it was not easy because we faced a lot of problems. We had to solve a lot of problems. When you arrive 10th in the league, it means the problem is not only one, but there are a lot of problems. You must divide the fault of this, for this reason we started this season to solve problems and to find the right solution to change the situation that was created in the last season.feedback

It is important to win and to write the history of the club. Money is important, but not all.feedback

You work in football as a footballer, stay at the top level for many years, then become a top coach I don't think money is as important.feedback

The most important thing is to win, not the money. But what the money does explain is your value; the real value of a player or a coach. If you show you deserve it, then you have earned [your] money.feedback

We started this season with three wins but, honestly, I wasn't tranquillo. I wasn't calm. I didn't see what I was wanting to see. After three wins and a draw, you can lose one game like Liverpool, but a bad defeat against Arsenal ... after that defeat [3-0 at the Emirates], I understood we had to change something and find the right solution. We had to improve our tactical work. But, after that, I saw my team improving game by game, increasing their confidence in the work. In what we were doing.feedback

Also the draw at Liverpool in January, when we missed a penalty 10 minutes from the end. The confidence had improved a lot. These are moments when you understand you can fight for the title. But to win it in the first season? That's difficult, and we are not there yet. We are building good foundations for this team at a transitional moment when we are losing players who wrote the history for this club. To build those foundations you need time.feedback

It's impossible to win this title without suffering. When you work very hard, it's normal to suffer. I've never seen a player who, during hard work, doesn't suffer. I think that when you suffer you become stronger and then you are ready to face every situation, above all problematic situations during games.feedback

I felt in my heart to go and clap the fans and also wish every single Middlesbrough player good luck for next season.feedback

Cesc is one of the best examples of our season. This season he didn't play a lot at the start. Then, through hard work, he improved a lot and now he is playing in every game. This development of Cesc is our development. We started the season not in the right way, with a lot of problems, and only through hard work and finding the right solutions together have we found the right way. I think Cesc is showing he is a fantastic player and I'm pleased for him. I saw this season he put himself in this team in every moment if he played, or if he didn't play. Now he is deserving this.feedback

It's great, it's great to have this atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. It's great to hear your fans with this enthusiasm and passion. It's great for me, my players, for the club to see this atmosphere.feedback

Now we are very close – we must be honest – but we need another little step. But we need to take another step and only then to celebrate. This step was big, a big step for us. A big win. At this stage of the season, to win is great. Now we need to do another step. We have a possibility to do this on Friday against West Brom, but for sure it won't be easy.feedback

To clap these type of situations. I think this situation only happens in England, I think. I don't remember it in Italy. It's very difficult to see that in Italy. It's great to see and it was a beautiful scene for football in the world. For this reason, I felt in my heart to go and clap these fans and also to say good luck for next season to every single player. Last season was very bad and this season, don't forget, we started with a lot of problems. Now we were very good to find the right way and have a fantastic season.feedback

In this case, it's important to celebrate your win because for us to win today means we are very, very close to win the title. To have a great achievement. For me, in the first season, it's great if that happens. But, at the same time, I think it's great to see a team that has been relegated and see the fans clap their players, and the players to clap their fans. It's important to have great respect.feedback

West Brom are a really good team, a physical team, and we must pay great attention. But we took a big step today. We must be honest – it wasn't easy, but we did this. I must praise the performance, the commitment, the desire and the will my players put on the pitch. It's great to score three goals and create many chances to score more, and to keep another clean sheet. Very, very good. I'm satisfied.feedback

I think this was important for us after the Tottenham defeat, the chance to take three points and make the gap seven points, it was very important to win. Honestly this is a big step because now there are three games and we need to win one to win the title. It is big and this is our answer to Tottenham because they won nine games and lost only one in their last 10 games. In this situation we showed a great will and desire to win the title. Now we are very close but we need to take another step.feedback

I think we are doing a fantastic job and now we need to have another step, another win, and celebrate. It is important to rest and prepare well for the next game.feedback

It's important to win it ourselves, we have the possibility to win it and not wait for the Tottenham result. We must focus and prepare well and West Brom away won't be easy. But we are in a good moment and with concentration and a good attitude we will try to win. For sure, a game against West Brom will be very tough. We all know Cesc and he improved a lot this season. I'm pleased for him because he put himself in the team.feedback

At the start of the season it wasn't easy because he didn't play a lot but he showed me he is performing well. I'm pleased for him because it shows from hard work you can succeed.feedback

It was a great performance and an important win to exploit Tottenham Hotspur's defeat [against West Ham United last week]. This was a big, big step for us. A big win. Last season was very bad and this season, don't forget, we started with a lot of problems. Now we have done very well to find the right way and have a fantastic season. But we need to take another step and only then to celebrate. Now we are very close – we must be honest – but we need another little step.feedback

Our worst moment was last month after the defeat to Manchester United because Tottenham won, and to see your closest opponent only four points behind was very bad. Then we had to play against them in the FA Cup semi-final. In that moment, I think we had a lot of pressure, a lot of pressure. But my players showed me great commitment, great focus, will and desire to overcome this moment. Now the pressure is a good pressure. A pressure which much bring in our heart excitement because the target is very close. We must have enthusiasm taking this target. My players deserve to win the league.feedback

Don't forget that Tottenham dropped at the first group stage, and then dropped in the first game in the Europa League. If you consider our games and their games, there is a difference of what, eight games? But if you consider the squads, the numbers in each squad, you can see the difference: one team prepared to play the Champions League with 25 or 26 players, and another who prepared to play the league, the FA Cup and the League Cup.feedback

Don't forget Oscar, who went in the transfer market when we sold him. Now it's very difficult to face this problem [Costa leaving] and I don't want to think about this problem. I want to focus on the present and be prepared to face every situation and find the right solution.feedback

I think every team risks losing big players. I understand, but this is a process. I think no one person thought this season that Chelsea could fight to win the title and could fight to be in the final of the FA Cup. For sure, we are in a moment of transition. We are losing a lot of top players who have written the story, the history, of this club. This season we lost [Branislav] Ivanovic, we lost [John Obi] Mikel and, next season, we'll have lost John (Terry): three players.feedback

Every coach is different. For sure in England, I looked at the past and saw that many Italian managers won the title. It's great for us and our school.feedback

It's logical to be proud. Last season I supported Claudio Ranieri a lot to win the title. In Italy we celebrated this win in a great way. He deserved it for his career. It's not important the country they have arrived from. In England now, there are top managers from different countries and really good English managers. In Italy there is a good school but honestly when you arrive and face this league, you must change your mind in a lot of things and adapt very quickly.feedback

It's right to have joy if an Italian manager wins the title, not only in England.feedback

Yes. I think it's logical to be proud [of Italian coaches]. Last season I supported a lot Claudio Ranieri to win the title. In Italy we celebrated this win in a great way. I think Claudio deserved this for his career.feedback

Next season we play the Champions League, and it's great for us. Great for us. A team like Chelsea, the Champions League must be Chelsea's home, and to try and play in it every season.feedback

Yes, I think it's right to have joy if an Italian manager wins the title in England, but also for example with Carlo Ancelotti in Germany. We have another coach who I know very well, , who is winning in Russia.feedback

A Ferrari? First of all, I hope to win the title with the players and the club. Last season he worked with me as an assistant coach, and now he's winning the title in Russia. It's great. Every single person must have joy for this type of result.feedback

I think now it's very important for every single player, for every single person at Chelsea to focus on the present. The present is very important for us, now it is more important than the future to be focused, to be concentrated, to prepare in the right way for these five games [including the FA Cup final] from now until the end. But I'm not worried about this because I see my players every day and I'm seeing the right concentration, the right focus about them.feedback

There isn't a tiny detail he isn't aware of. We all know that he trusts in our ability and one of his best qualities is that he treats everyone equally.feedback

I like the pressure, I live off pressure. I think pressure gives you the best of yourself.feedback

It is not easy to be used to play every game for Bournemouth and to arrive at Chelsea and stay on the bench and sometimes understand.feedback

I didn't speak with the doctor about his [Luiz's] injury but I don't think it is a serious for him.feedback

I think Cesc is a player in this part of the season is showing to be decisive in every moment. If he starts the game [or if] he came on during the game. Also Willy, I know very well that it's not easy for a player who is used to playing every game and to come on during the game. But I must be pleased with them because they are showing me to be great men and fantastic players. And he's a great player, he's having a fantastic season. But for sure, he must continue on this way and finish this season to win.feedback

We showed great enthusiasm and great patience. We are having a great season but, to become a fantastic season, we must win [the title]. What did I say to my players afterwards? The message was not with words but great hugs.feedback

This was a crucial week for us and we finished it very well. We all know there is a part of the season that is more important and it is now. To win away against Everton is not easy and it was a great result but we have to continue in this way – go step by step. If we don't win against Middlesbrough, then we lose this great win.feedback

But I think, also Eden is very happy to stay in Chelsea, to stay with us and work with us. Yes. I can tell this. But in the future? I haven't got a crystal ball, no.feedback

I don't think that this idea [to sell Hazard] is in the mind of the club. I think we have to improve the team, to reinforce the team. But you know that, in football, there is also the will of the player.feedback

You must understand that there are different wills to compare, and then to take the decision. I think Eden is very happy to stay with us and work with us. I think his family is very happy to stay here and play for this team, for this club. The fans love him and I think there are a lot of positive things that bring him to stay here and to try to reach the best with this club. Don't forget, the target of this club is to try to win in every competition we play in.feedback

I think that it's impossible for me to take this responsibility, but not only for Eden but for every single player. In this situation, it's the club who have the final decision. I can say my opinion about this situation, but I repeat: the club has the final word about this situation. I think that everything is possible, everything is possible in football. But not only for Eden, but for every single player.feedback

It's important to look at ourselves and then to face it game by game, go step by step. On Sunday, for sure, we have a very strong step.feedback

We watched the game together. It's always good to see Mr Abramovich and to stay together, also to enjoy the game and to see our team winning for the fourth time in a row.feedback

I think that, in this league, two teams are having a great season. Chelsea are having a great season, but also Tottenham - a great season.feedback

We must pay great attention [to him]. But it's always the same. We study the opponents and we try to find the best solution to stop them - for single players and about the team. We must pay great attention to Lukaku and the other players. They have a lot of good players, good technique, good finishing. In my team? As I said before, for me my players are the best in the world. I don't change my players with other players.feedback

Yes. My heart is always in Italy. Haven't the new owners come in now?feedback

This season isn't the only season both Manchester clubs have spent a lot of money. Look at the past.feedback

I continue to repeat this concept: it's important to be focused on the moment because the moment is very important for all of us. In this period, I'm reading a lot of speculation about every one of us. It's right to be focused. I'm sure my players are focused on our targets. It's normal at this part of the season to have someone who wants to put problems in your team, to create also disorder, but we must be stronger than this speculation. We must be compact and think our target is really important than the other teams.feedback

It is important for us to look at ourselves. These are the most important things for us. This race will continue until the end of the league and for this reason we must be ready.feedback

For sure it was a good win and I think I have to be pleased for the great effort from my players. It wasn't easy to play two-and-a-half days after a tough game against Tottenham and to face this type of team. Southampton showed today they are a really good team, very strong with good personality and play good football with good players. We must be pleased for the win. I am pleased for my players because they deserve this win for the great effort they showed me. In this part of the season it is not easy. I was a footballer and I know what happens in every single player.feedback

It's right for them to do this, to reinforce their teams, if they think this is the right way to win the title. You've seen the past – every season, they spend a lot of money. If you have to spend money, try to spend that money in the right way to take players with the right characteristics for your idea of football. But, for us, this season is very important because we are trying to build something for the present, to put down the foundations, and be stronger for the future. To become a real power in the future.feedback

I think that we passed a big, big step. A big psychological step after the defeat against United. Because, against United, we lost three points and then you had to prepare a semi-final against Tottenham. And then another tough game in the league. I think that, in that moment, we have had a really important psychological test, and our answer was very good. For this reason I must be pleased.feedback

Yes, he's a silent leader. N'Golo also is young. He can improve in this aspect but, for sure, when you arrive in a great team like Chelsea and, for you, it's the first season, it's very difficult to try and speak and lead. I think he's a silent leader, and a leader on the pitch by example. With a good example. He's not the type of player who likes to speak out. He's not John [Terry] in terms of his personality. He's different.feedback

Yes, I think N'Golo was a target. Our target. We were very pleased to reach this target in our transfer market. I think we spent this money in the right way. And, also, it's important to understand that, sometimes, you can see players with great talent, with great talent to score goals... these players are important.feedback

Yes, for sure it would be my greatest achievement. To win the title in England is a great achievement – for the coach, the players and the club. To win in England these days is not easy. To win this league is difficult, so we must be proud in our work. We must know that, now, it's a good season. It will remain a good season. But we want it to become a great season, a fantastic season. To become a great or fantastic season there is only one way: to win [the title]. This is a crucial week for us. This season isn't the only season the Manchester clubs have spent a lot of money. It's normal.feedback

Yeah, I think this season it's very important to understand that it's not always about who spends more money who wins. Otherwise, in this league, this season the name of the team wasn't Chelsea or Tottenham or Arsenal or Liverpool. You understand?feedback

Honestly I don't know. I think, for us, it was important this win, because you reach the final in the FA Cup, a great competition, and for us it's great to know that a week after we finish the championship, we have to play a final in the FA Cup. It's a great achievement for us but if you ask me if this win over Spurs means more - I don't think so. These are two different competitions and we have six games to go and it's important to start this rush very well to try to keep this four points [lead]. It's important to win for us and to look at ourselves. This is the most important thing.feedback

No, absolutely no; I don't think that a player like Messi is a selfish player. The first target for every great champion is to play for the team and to put your talent in the team, because the best players don't exist without the team. For me it's sad when I listen to this, that one player must be more selfish to reach the top level. It's sad because it's not my idea of football. I will never understand this, never. In my team I don't want a selfish player, I would prefer to lose the game than have a selfish player. I don't want this and I can't accept this and I don't want it in my club.feedback

If you compare our team with Tottenham's, Mauricio Pochettino has worked for three years. I started to work only seven or eight months ago. If we are able to take the right players to improve this squad and to continue to work with these players, we can improve for sure.feedback

I think it was great for football because in this semi-final I saw two teams very strong and a really good game – not only for Chelsea but also for Tottenham.feedback

I think that to see this type of game, England must be proud to have this type of football with this intensity and this level of players.feedback

In this week they have an advantage – we have to play after two days and a half; they have to play against Crystal Palace and Crystal Palace have to play Sunday. Tottenham have one more day to rest. We have to play in two days and a half against a team who can rest for 10 days. This is a very crucial moment for us. Sometimes it is very difficult to accept this dynamic of the officials but we have to accept it.feedback

In this situation it is not easy to understand why. In this part of the season, at the end of the season, you must try to have balance to try to understand the situation and put both teams in the same condition to fight.feedback

Costa is saving his goals for Chelsea's season finale!feedback

No, no [I am not worried about his form]. It's not a simple situation now for us, because you have to consider that you have to play a semi-final in a great competition and then after two days and a half you have to play against Southampton, and Southampton have rested for 10 days. But sometimes it is very strange to face these types of situation, because I think the FA Cup is a great competition. There is a great tradition for this competition, it is the oldest competition in the world, and we want to respect this.feedback

But I think also when you get to quarter-final, semi-final and there is a clash with a game that you have to play in the league, this is a situation very clear for us, that we are in trouble, to face this situation. But we are ready, and then also I have to take the best decision, to find the right balance. Don't forget we have to play Saturday against Tottenham, Tuesday versus Southampton and then against Everton. This week is very heavy for us and I think it's very important for us.feedback

It's the right moment to finish talk of them being underdogs and [using] this excuse. Tottenham is a fantastic team, this year [they are] trying again [for the title]. I think in the future Tottenham will stay to fight every game for the title, they are full of great players, strong players. They are doing something important, this is their third year. There is a moment you have to finish considering yourself an underdog. I don't know, these are two different competitions.feedback

They brought a lot of history to this club and I'm talking about [Branislav] Ivanovic, [John-Obi] Mikel and, next season, also John.feedback

The FA Cup is a great tradition, the oldest one in the world. Then there is the league, they are two different competitions, so I don't think one team winning or losing can affect other competitions.feedback

This is a semi-final and in the season we tried to have in every position two options. I think the right position for John when we play with three centre-backs is in the centre and the player playing there now is David Luiz. I have to make the best decision for the starting 11, we tried different solutions.feedback

We have to respect his decision. If you ask me next season is it a serious loss, I think so.feedback

I'm not surprised about this. I am repeating in every press conference that John, in my first season, is very important, he's helping me on the pitch and off the pitch. For us he's a good captain and the problem is that John wants to play regularly. For this reason, I think that we have to respect his decision because I was a footballer and I know when you arrive at this point of your career, and your mind and body told you continue, you feel you can continue and can play regularly.feedback

The most important thing is that Thibaut has recovered. He trained with us this week. This is the most important thing, then I speak with my club [about the circumstances of Courtois' injury]. When I speak with my club I think it is important to keep the conversation secret, and to improve every situation. Commercial work is very important for the club. For a great club, commercial is very important but I repeat it's important always to have a good link with everyone, and then to find the best solution to improve.feedback

Our system needs to find stability. The largest investments that are made in Italy are often targeted at players, which does not allow to invest wisely on youth sectors and structures.feedback

These two games were totally different because against Crystal Palace I think we didn't deserve to lose the game. Instead, today I think we deserved to lose the game. We have to think that there are six finals from now until the end. The league is open and we have a 50 percent probability to win the league.feedback

There are six finals until now and the end. The league is open. We have a 50 per cent probability of winning the league. The pressure is normal - I prefer to have the pressure rather than not fight for the title and to joke in every moment. We are lucky to have the pressure. Last season Chelsea had no pressure as they were 10th place. Something important is happening this season. We are doing a quick job, a miracle this season considering the problems last season.feedback

This is a game between two teams that are in contention to win the league this season. It will be an interesting game. We have five days to prepare for this game and then play to win.feedback

Tottenham is in good form and playing with enthusiasm, we must find the same.feedback

For sure, I have concern because we have to work together and find quickly the right ambition to win this title. If someone thinks it's normal for Chelsea to win the title, we started as underdogs after 10th place last season.feedback

For us it is a fantastic target. For me if we were able to reach this target it would be a miracle. We must understand this and find the right motivation. We stay in a great position, but Tottenham are in good form and playing very well and with enthusiasm. We must have the same. We all know you either go to the final or you don't and so we must put 200 per cent to reach the final. It won't be easy because Tottenham now are the best team. They are in great form and they have a lot of enthusiasm because they are feeling the possibility of writing history.feedback

I was worried at the start because it's not easy and when you arrive and find a situation totally different. To transfer your ideas, your philosophy, to the training sessions, wasn't easy.feedback

I think the difference between Chelsea and Tottenham is this… if you stay in Chelsea and win it's normal. If you stay in Tottenham, if you win it's great but if you lose it's not a disaster, no? Not a disaster.feedback

I hope to stay for a long time here. Coaching is not an easy job and a lot depends on the results. I like to think results are important, but they are not everything. I think for every coach our work is important every day and then to be judged. During the game I think I show my passion and my will to not lose. I don't want to lose. I love football and I think people understand my passion. It's great to know that Chelsea fans are happy with me. We want to reach the target and if we are able to then it will be an amazing achievement for me and the players. We started the season as underdogs.feedback

The league is open. We have to think there are six finals from now until the end.feedback

We lost two games but those games were totally different. Against Crystal Palace [a 2-1 defeat] we didn't deserve to lose. Today we deserved to lose the game. We didn't play a good game and United deserved to win. We have to think there are six finals from now until the end of the season. The league is open and we have a 50% [opportunity] to win the league. It will be good to finish on top of the table and, if so, it means we deserve this. Otherwise we must clap another team.feedback

I think after a defeat it's not right to go into this situation. Courtois had an injury during the week and then for this reason he wasn't available.feedback

Eden is becoming a complete player, which is great for him. N'Golo is improving a lot, not only to win and recover the ball, but also we are working to improve the last pass. I repeat: I'm pleased for them, for these nominations. But I'm pleased for all my players because they are doing a great job.feedback

David arrived in England and I heard a lot of bad things about him when he arrived, and why was he coming back in Chelsea because, in the past, he had performed bad and he was 'not a defender'. This was a great challenge for him, but also for me. For me. Because I think when you have great ability for your players, and you can work to try and improve some situations, it's great. You can see that David, for sure, is a really strong defender.feedback

He's working a lot to improve. His attitude and work-rate is great. Don't forget that, when Alonso arrived at Chelsea, he wasn't playing. Then he started to play and deserved to start every game.feedback

His contribution [for Chelsea], it's great. But Marcos, I think, is one of the players who has grown this season. He grew this season. He took a lot of confidence.feedback

You are seeing N'Golo performing, Hazard performing... I'm very pleased for this because my task, and also the task of my staff, is to put every single player in the best situation: physical, tactical, technical, so they can give the best of himself.feedback

It's more difficult for the defenders, no? For this reason, Paolo Maldini never won the player of the year award, the best player in the world award. For this reason. The defenders are a bit penalised.feedback

I like, always, to repeat to him that it's very important to have the right concentration. His role is a crucial role for us, and I think he has performed very well. But I want him to perform very well for the rest of the season. We are doing a great job with the players. During the game you can see their commitment, and I think that's great. With or without the ball. Eden is working very well for the team. When we are in ball possession or not.feedback

I think Manchester United have the possibility to arrive in the table in the first four places. But I'm sure United's players know this situation. They want to fight to arrive in this position. It's not right to be concentrated only on one target if you have the possibility with two [options] to reach the Champions League. I have zero problems. It's only a sporting competition between him and me. There is a game of football. I want to try and win with my team. He wants to try and win with his team. It's normal to be a conflict during the game, but only a sporting conflict.feedback

Honestly, I think he's a massive player, Paul. He's a really top player, a great talent, a complete player because he's strong physically, fantastic technique, good stamina, he's fast. He has the whole [skillset] of the modern player, and I think he's a really top player. I know him very well and I know he's a really top player. Very, very strong. I worked with him for three years and he arrived in Juventus very young.feedback

But we understood very soon the capacity of this player. For this reason, only after three or four months, he was playing in the starting XI. Then he learned a lot that season, and also he's a player who likes to work and to improve himself.feedback

Yes, I think. I think so. I'm sure that, in the future, this amount of money... someone can pay more than for Paul. I'm sure about this.feedback

If you ask me about him, I can tell you that, I repeat, he's a massive player because I know him very well. Then the amount of money that United spent on him, I don't know if it's right or not. But, for me, he's a top player. When you go to buy a top player, you must be able to pay a lot of money.feedback

There are many great players with great techniques, but that is not enough. You must have a good impact physically and technically, and have the right mentality too.feedback

I don't like it. I prefer to be more focused on my team. If you ask me if I like it or not, I don't. I'd prefer to be focused on my team and the game during the match, so I can find the right solution if my team is in difficulty.feedback

When Zlatan arrived at Juventus, I finished my career in 2004. It was a pity because I'd like to have played with him. Look, many coaches try to manipulate and try to [get into] your thoughts, but that's not important for me. It's important to continue to work and have our idea of football. My expectations are it will be a tough game. I think, when I talk about tough games, I involve tactical aspects, physical aspects, mental aspects... not only one aspect. It's not right to concentrate on only one of these aspects.feedback

I think every coach has to work to prepare the team – tactically and physically, and psychologically – because when there are these types of games it's important to prepare your team to face every situation. Tactical, physicial, the mentality to be ready. This is our task.feedback

We hope in the future to play the great competitions like the Champions League. I prefer this.feedback

I listened to this story from when I was the coach at Juventus in my first season. I can tell you Liverpool are the same. For sure, we had more time to work with the team. This is my first season with a new club, and it's important to have more time to work and transfer your ideas of football. But if this is the only reason you [think Chelsea] stay on top of the table, it's a great mistake. We are doing a great job.feedback

I think he's a great player now, a top player. Not only a finisher, but he plays for the team. It's good to have this type of player because it's very good to play for the team. It's great. For me, he's one of the best players in the world, Zlatan. We must have good defensive organisation, and we must pay attention because, when he attacks the box, he's very dangerous. Also when he receives the ball, he's dangerous. He's a dangerous player. For this reason, I think my players must pay great attention and great concentration tomorrow to stop him, and not only one player, but the team.feedback

We are trying to find the best solutions for this game because, don't forget, this game will be very tough for both teams and the result is very important for us and United. I didn't prepare anything for this situation for Eden.feedback

It's time we stopped being c--p. Every single person here has performed badly over the last couple of seasons. Turning around this ship is not a polite request. It's an order, a moral obligation.feedback

I think Manchester United for sure will have good motivation because they are playing against Chelsea. Every team wants to beat the team at the top of the table.feedback

The most important thing is on the pitch. For us, it's always important to control our emotion because we are playing and fighting to win the title. It's important now in every game to try and take three points, including at Old Trafford. We know this game will be very tough, but we are in good form and the players have the right confidence. If you compare these two games – we face United away and Tottenham face Bournemouth at home – I think that it's easier for Tottenham to take points in their home stadium.feedback

We know our schedule is not easy. We are having a good season but we want it to become a great season. To become a great season and to write history you must win.feedback

I like the pressure, I live with pressure. If I don't see pressure, I put pressure on.feedback

I don't smell the victory, because there are seven games to go. We don't have an easy schedule, we know this. It's important to go game by game. In this case, after the defeat against Crystal Palace which we didn't deserve, we played [Manchester] City when we could have dropped points, and today we could have dropped points, but instead we won both games. We have to continue in this way to play game by game and be focused and concentrated, because for sure Tottenham have a great desire to win the title. We must have the same desire.feedback

N'Golo has to improve. If he is able to improve this situation, he is a top, top player. Every good coach, their real function is not only to win, but improve his players and to find the right way to work with them to improve physical and tactical aspects.feedback

Don't forget last season Tottenham fought for the title until the end which means they are a really good team. Last season Chelsea played for 10th place. Now we are on top of the table. Tottenham reinforced the team this season with two or three good players, and I think they are stronger than last season. It's important to understand this to compare the teams in the right way.feedback

I think that the first goal, Diego provoked it and he played a good game and fought a lot for the team with good commitment. He fought a lot for the team and he is important - it is important for the team that we won against a strong team. Now it is important to rest and restart and prepare for the game against Manchester United. Then we conceded and lost a bit of confidence but then we managed the game and scored another with Marcos Alonso.feedback

It was a good pressure, I prefer to call it this, but we managed the situation very well. We started the game very well with great attention and focus.feedback

I think Marcos is playing a really good season and it is great for him to show his quality with the free-kick. I'm happy for him but above all for the team.feedback

Victor Moses trained with us yesterday and today. I have to check his situation and then make the best decision tomorrow for the team. But he is available. No other injuries.feedback

We have to stay focused and concentrated because it's sure Tottenham has great desire to win the title. Don't forget that last season Tottenham fought for the title until the end. That means they are a really good team. And Tottenham is stronger than last season. It's important to understand this.feedback

There are seven games to go. Our schedule is not easy. We know this but it's important to go game by game. After the result against Crystal Palace where we didn't deserve to lose, we could have dropped points against City and then against Bournemouth. Instead we won both games. We have to continue this way.feedback

I'm very satisfied because it wasn't easy to play this game after the win for Tottenham but our answer was very good. When you play after your opponent and you see your opponent very close, it can bring a bit of pressure. I'm very happy to face this type of situation, to play with only four points in front of our opponent. I like the pressure, I live off pressure. I don't see pressure, I put [on] pressure. I think pressure gives you the best of yourself.feedback

Don't forget that last season Tottenham fought for the title until the end. That means they are a really good team. Last season Chelsea were tenth and now we are top of the table.feedback

I think in these situations, you must show a winning mentality. A winning mentality is to face every game with the same concentration, with the same intensity, the same desire to fight if you play against a top team or if you play against a team who are fighting in the relegation zone.feedback

I think that, in England, there are really good managers. Why not, if you deserve to manage a good club, why not [go for an Englishman]? There are big examples in the past. That could happen again in the future.feedback

No, I'm not concerned about this. Yeah, it can happen. It can happen. For me, the most important thing is he is showing me great commitment and behaviour during the games, and is doing what I want.feedback

It's important to get three points and then to reach our target. When we started the season, to come back into the Champions League was our first target. Chelsea must play the Champions League every season. Then, we'll talk with the club, to try for the best solution for next season. But it's important to be focused on this season. I'm listening to a lot of things in this period.feedback

I read this interview about Andrea Pastorello. I don't know why this person has spoken about me. I have two more years of contract with Chelsea. This is the truth. I don't know why [I'm linked with Inter] but it's normal to try to involve my name in this situation. I was in Italy and they want me to come back to Italy. It's not easy to listen to a lot of things in this moment. But it's normal for me. The present is more important than the future. I prefer to be focused on the present and try to finish this season so it is a great season, not a good season.feedback

It's very strange because Andrea Pirlo is playing and he wants to continue to play. I don't know why someone wants to put this type of situation for me.feedback

The respect is always important. I think this is the most important thing in football.feedback

I see two teams, Chelsea and Tottenham, in this [title] race. But anything can happen. There are 24 points and other rivals can get into this race. For us, this is a great challenge. It's not easy to play against City, a big game, big atmosphere, and then play after three days against Bournemouth. They're a really good team, with a good coach, a good idea of football. If we think that it's easy, we're making a great mistake. Yes, I think this was the right decision. It's important to check our players and then to see the improvement.feedback

He trained with us. I have to check his situation and then make the best decision for the team. But he is available. Victor Moses showed this season that he is an important player for us, but in the games against Crystal Palace and City we showed that we can play without him. We are a team, not 11 single players. If you think you can win a game with only one player, you are in trouble, because if you miss this player then it's impossible to win.feedback

I'm pleased when this happens because it means every single player is into our football. During the training sessions, I have 20 players and I train them in the same way, because I know that anything can happen during the season and you must have players available. I think Zouma showed this in a tough game against a great team. I don't think it's an advantage [to play earlier]. If they win, lose or draw, it's the same. It's important to look at ourselves. Tottenham's result is important but ours is the most important.feedback

I don't like it when others speak for me. Pastorello is a friend, I know him well, but I don't like when others speak for me. If someone wants to know something about me, then they must ask me. We're fighting for the title and we want to achieve this goal, then we'll try to build something important together.feedback

I think that the most important thing is to look at ourselves. It is very important, this. We must think that Tottenham can win all the games. For this reason we need to get 18 points to win the title. I think we are playing a great season bit to win the title there is a long way to go. For sure, this is another step, a big step against a great team because I think that Manchester City is a really great team. It's difficult to play against them. They have a lot of qualities and a good idea of football. We showed we can be a great team to win a difficult game after losing to Crystal Palace.feedback

It was not easy to reply in this way and I am satisfied for this.feedback

In Italy it's easier for me to find the right words to motivate my players. I am studying English but I'm not at a great level to give great motivational talks. But I try. I push sometimes with words, sometimes with my hands. Numbers now … six wins. Six wins. There is a long way to go.feedback

For all my players and me, only if you win [the title] do you write the season down in history. If we don't do that, it will have been a good season, but not a 'great' season. So the only message I have given my team is that [to assume] Tottenham must win their last eight games. So we must make six wins and the 18 points we need. If we do this, we win the title.feedback

At this point of the season the pressure is very high, and to drop points would have given hope to your opponents. So this is a good win for us against a top team, with great players and the best coach in the world. When you face this type of combination, it's tough to win, especially after a defeat to Palace. So this was another step – a big step – against a great team with a lot of qualities.feedback

We are still missing Victor Moses and we finished the last game with some problems for some players.feedback

All the teams want to make a counter-attack against us, it's not just control this part of this game. Chelsea are good at set pieces and in the positional game, they are one of the best teams when it comes to using the third man and to set the ball in attack and runs in behind. David Luiz, [Gary] Cahill and [Cesar] Azpilicueta have the ability to play in the play direct to [Eden] Hazard, Willian, Diego Costa and with [Victor] Moses and Marcos Alonso too, they are so dynamic.feedback

So they use the counter-attack, they are good at the positional game, they use all the aspects of the game. That is why they are one of the best teams in Europe by far. Of course the counter-attack with Hazard and Pedro and Willian, they are so so fast, they run with the ball and they are so so clever with the pass.feedback

It's important to see the result tomorrow. This run must give you enjoyment. It must make you proud to be in this run. Also because, I repeat, don't forget nobody thought Chelsea, in this season, would fight for the title. Don't forget this. Because you find a lot of situations to explain a good season. But, I repeat, in this season, us and Tottenham stay in the same level. Chelsea were underdogs at the start of the season, but now we are top and we want to keep this position.feedback

I think the difference between Chelsea and Tottenham is this: if you stay in Chelsea and win it's normal. If you stay in Tottenham, if you win it's great, great, but if you lose... it's not a disaster, no? Not a disaster.feedback

He's a really great player. I repeat: you win and you lose as a team, not as a single player. We are a team in every situation, when we win or when we lose. I'm sure Diego is in good form, great form, and is performing very well.feedback

Diego is performing very well this season. He's a great striker and our point of reference in our offensive situations. Offensively, he is our point of reference. I'm not concerned about this. I believe in him.feedback

Yeah, but I think my players don't need to have this advice. They're showing me great behaviour in every game, I think.feedback

I have to go through what happened, and then to restart.feedback

I think you have to put also Manchester City in this run. It's important to see the result tomorrow. But this run must give you enjoyment. It must make you proud to be in this run. Also because, I repeat, don't forget nobody thought Chelsea, in this season, would fight for the title.feedback

In my first season at Juventus, even, we stayed behind and then we overcame Milan and won the title (late on). I repeat, it was a great season because we started as underdogs.feedback

It's disrespectful for the other club and, above all, for my players. It's not the right moment to speak about this.feedback

I don't know if Victor Moses will be available. There is another day to check the situation.feedback

I have a lot of respect for Aguero. What has happened in the past is not important. Both teams will try to win the game. It will not be easy because City are a very good team. We have not had many days to prepare for the game, but the same goes for Manchester City. These teams have a clear identity. It is normal that teams competing in European competitions have stronger squads. But we have many good young players.feedback

I hope there is a small flame flickering here that can hopefully grow into a blazing inferno.feedback

Yes [everybody is fit to face Burnley], Luiz is available.feedback

I have to check tomorrow if David Luiz is able to play on Sunday [against West Brom] because, after this tackle ... this tackle was very bad.feedback

David is playing in this situation [with pain] after the game against Manchester City.feedback

It's true, I didn't sleep for a week after that but these experiences are very important.feedback

For this reason I try to keep the concentration from the start until the end. Football is wonderful for this reason. Anything can happen. It gives a lot of joy but sometimes … yeah, it's not always simple. I won one Champions League final and lost three. You think that's not the same? It is. It's the same. It's not easy to accept the defeats. But defeat is part of our job, part of our culture. You must accept it but also try in the future to evolve a way from defeats. And I know only one way: work and work.feedback

There is big pressure but it is normal when you are in a great club and you are very good. When you are lucky enough to fight for the title there is the pressure but not only for us, for a lot of teams. Do not forget, the other teams were candidates to win the title but instead we stay top of the table and we try to keep this position. If we were able keep this position it means we deserve this.feedback

This league was not finished before Saturday's game and it is not finished now. There are nine games to play and we have to think step by step and at the end if we deserve to win the title I will be very happy. If someone else deserves to win the title it means they were better than us. I know that Manchester City started the season to win the title and they are a really strong squad, but it is right to think about ourselves and to face it game by game.feedback

No, I don't think so [that Hazard is after a new deal]. I think it's very important to stay, to feel that you stay in the right place with ambition. This type of player, when you arrive at being a top player, you want to fight to win and be competitive in every trophy you have to play for.feedback

Yes, he can improve. He's a young player with a lot of improvement in his path as a footballer. But this must be for him and all the players. Before you finish your career, you can always improve. Always.feedback

Now we are putting the foundations in. If we are able to win the league this season, I repeat, I think we will be doing an incredible path, an incredible thing, because we are at the moment a club in transition.feedback

I'm sure about this, that you'd be staying in the right place, in a great club with great ambition. I can tell this with 100%. I think it's very important to stay, to feel that you stay in the right place with ambition. I think, I repeat, we are building something important together.feedback

Now it's a great challenge to win the Premier League, more difficult a challenge for a player or a coach than other leagues. I think this league is really top in all aspects. Even if this club calls itself Real Madrid. We are in a great club. We have started to build something good for the future, and the ambitions of this club are the same as mine and my players. We stay in the right place if you want to be competitive in the game, be competitive in the future. I hope to play in the Champions League next season.feedback

It's important to be focused, because we have two games at home against Crystal Palace and Manchester City. It's important to be focused.feedback

They trust our football, in our idea. They show in every game a great commitment. Great will to fight. Great will to show we can win the league.feedback

At the start of the season, it wasn't bad after three wins, then we changed a lot. Now we stayed on top of the table, we are deserving to stay there. I have to tell thanks to my players because they are working a lot. Working hard.feedback

We have to always think positive and go game by game. Now there is an international break. There will be a bit of rest for [some] players, the other players go to play with the national teams. Then we start in Cobham. . I think this must be Chelsea's mentality. Don't forget, Chelsea is a great team and must always play to win. For this reason when you play in this type of team you must have, you must build, you must work on this type of aspect.feedback

It is incredible I think what we are doing. For sure at the start of the season it was very difficult to put Chelsea in the teams who fight for the title. The start of the season wasn't bad and then we changed a lot [to a three‑man defence, after defeat against Arsenal]. Then we stay at the top of the table and I have to thank all my players because they are working hard. They are showing me in every game a great commitment and a great will to fight.feedback

For me, Gary, he can play also as a centre forward.feedback

Against Stoke, we showed from the start until the end, the will to win the game, not to come for only one point. We didn't want to manage the situation, we wanted to play the game to try to win, and in the end we deserved to win. It is incredible, our path. It is incredible what we are doing. For sure, if we think in the first part of the season, when we started this league. For sure, we put Chelsea with the teams to fight for the title.feedback

This win is important, honestly. We played two games away, West Ham and Stoke, and to win both games is very important in this part of the season. There are 10 games to go. I like to think that now we need to take 21 points to be sure to win the league. But today it is important against a strong team and in a stadium with a great atmosphere.feedback

Diego I think played very well and also he showed me great discipline because it's not easy to start the game and receive a yellow card. Diego is showing me great behaviours, a great will to fight for the team. I want to continue this way and I think he is a really good player.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

Judas is number one. It's not football for me. I don't think this can be a tactic. This is the truth. Everyone saw this. I think sometimes, when you play against players with great talent, you try and intimidate these players. I think the referee must protect this type of player, otherwise they are put out with a bad injury?feedback

He started receiving kicks, and he finished receiving kicks. No one person can say this did not happen.feedback

In a semi-final it's normal for the draw to be difficult, but also in this quarter-final it was the same, very difficult against United.feedback

But now we go to Wembley and we are ready to play against Tottenham, against a really strong team but now we must be satisfied for the result and for what we are doing in this season.feedback

I think that Hazard started the game and he couldn't play football. All the people can look at this and then judge the situation. When you play against players with great talent, sometimes you try to intimidate them and referees must protect these players because they could go out with a bad injury. It was a good performance against a team that is very strong, with good players. For me, United are the best squad in the league. They have a lot of good players and we must be pleased to go in the next round and to beat a great opponent.feedback

For me, it's not important to think about winning the double. It's important for me, and above all my players, to play game by game and see at the end what we reached at the end of the season. It's important, this. Now, this game is the most important game because either you go through or you stop your run in the FA Cup. For this, it's the most important game for us at this moment. Then, after Monday, our most important game will be against Stoke in the league.feedback

We could play also Sunday, or Saturday, if the federation [FA] decided it. But we are playing on Monday. I think that the federation showed great respect for Manchester United to play the last day available the FA Cup. There are four days to recover, and this game is an important game for us, for them. I think their formation will be very good. Also because, I repeat, United and City have the best squads in this league.feedback

We have to build our way, to try and arrive at the end of the season, to try and celebrate something and to win something. But, until now, I repeat: The way is very long.feedback

I am more central now. I like it when I am in the middle, I am closer to the ball. The manager wants me to pass, to make assists, create chances and I do more because I think the position is more central and I don't ask all the time for the ball at my feet. To come back after last season – this is completely different. We are back to fighting for the title.feedback

For sure, I hope in the future to emulate his wins here. I think Jose Mourinho wrote a good part of the history of Chelsea. He won a lot with the players. He did a great job here - it's important, always, not to forget this.feedback

I have great respect for him because he's a winner. I like his mentality. He has a winning mentality. For sure, he's one of the best in the world and, here, he did a great job. I think every single fan must respect him.feedback

We have this situation because of last season, not because someone invented it. Last season was very bad.feedback

There are four days to recover, and this game is an important game for us, for them. I think their formation [line-up] will be very good.feedback

We didn't play during the week. I don't see the necessity to rest people.feedback

I think that the federation showed great respect for Manchester United, to play the last day available.feedback

It's normal to have this situation with space, so they know what they can do. For me, it's important to train the other aspects: when we have the ball, when we stay almost always in our opponents' half, to prepare when we are attacking.feedback

His history with Chelsea was great. I know very well he's in the heart of Chelsea's fans. It's great, this, because he deserves it. For sure, I hope in the future to emulate his wins here. I have great respect for him because he's a winner. I like his mentality. He has a winning mentality. For sure, he's one of the best in the world and, here, he did a great job. I think every single fan must respect him. I think the counter-attack is an option, above all if you have this type of player, players who are very, very fast.feedback

We are working to try to find the right solution for the whole team, not only for Paul Pogba. It was the same against West Ham, when we played against Andy Carroll, and there were questions about whether we would try and stop him.feedback

They are two different players with different characteristics.feedback

It's very difficult to reply now to this question. I hope with all my heart that, at the end of the season, it will be a Chelsea player. Because it means that, probably, we have won the league. But in this league there are a lot of great players, and not only in Chelsea but also in the other teams. I think you must deserve this title, to be the player of the year. Above all, if you win the league.feedback

No, he's stronger than me. I think I was stronger than him to score goals but, in the other aspects, there is no contest. He is stronger than me. My own work is always to try and improve my players, and I want to improve my players through work. To work very hard to try and improve them. We are talking about great players. He played very well in the past, last season, with Leicester. He's playing very well also this season with us. We are working on some aspects to try and improve him, to make him a more complete players. But we are playing about a great player already.feedback

I never spoke to him. Never, never, never. We didn't even shake hands. I can assure you we didn't even look at each other. Each to their own bench. It's better that way.feedback

I prefer every situation – my situation, my players' situation – to be faced at the end of the season when it will be the right time for everyone. I repeat: John is doing great work this season, on and off the pitch. And, for me, he is very important because he is the captain. He is working very well on the pitch and helping me a lot in the changing room, transferring the right message. For sure, he is an important player for us. I have to decide the starting XI and I will try to make the best decision for the team.feedback

We want to go into the next round, in the same way Manchester United do, so I will try and make the best decision for the team. It's normal.feedback

It's the same, the same situation. I think that now we must be focused on the present.feedback

I repeat: John is doing great work this season, on and off the pitch. And, for me, he is very important because he is the captain. He is working very well on the pitch and helping me a lot in the changing room, transferring the right message. For sure, he is an important player for us. I have to decide the starting XI and I will try to make the best decision for the team. We want to go into the next round, in the same way Manchester United do, so I will try and make the best decision for the team. It's normal.feedback

I think Manchester United, with City, have the best squad in the league. They have a lot, a number of great players with great talent and great experience to win. For sure, it can be a really tough game, for us and for them. I think that now, for us, it is better. We have a good identity, a good team. So we are showing good football. But, for sure, it will be a really tough game against United. We are facing a good team, very strong.feedback

First of all, we have to win. We have to win. Now it's very difficult to say this because I think we need 24 points to be sure to win the title. There are 11 games to go. For us, it's important to go game by game in the league, in the championship, but also in the FA Cup. I think that, in 20 years at Arsenal, he did very well. He worked a lot. Every year Arsenal stay in the Champions League. Now, I think, this could also be a good target because, in England, it's not easy.feedback

It's not an easy moment for Wenger, but we are talking about a great manager.feedback

Now we have the FA Cup on Monday, a really tough game. We want to get into the next round, but we all know this game will be very difficult. But we want to try and go into the next round. Then we'll see. Until now, we didn't win anything. Nothing.feedback

You have to fight, this season, with six teams. Next season, seven or eight teams to find the right place. He won in the past with Arsenal. I don't know if it's too much or not, to win, but I think he deserves respect for his past, for his work.feedback

After the game I can tell you. I hope to show we are favourites on the pitch, not only in words.feedback

It's a pity to give away the clean sheet at the end of the game for the second time, after the Arsenal game [when Olivier Giroud scored in stoppage time]. We must work a bit on this aspect.feedback

I know he made 50 passes today, and he made five mistakes, so he has to improve. No, no, I am joking.feedback

N'Golo is a really good player and has great stamina. He covers a lot of the ground. It's a solid step for us. It is not easy to play after your rivals.feedback

Last time wasn't good, not good at all. I hope in this game our fans, the West Ham fans, enjoy totally the game and find the right atmosphere. In England, it's very strange for me to talk about this: usually in every game you find the right atmosphere … I think the players, the club, the country deserves this.feedback

Don't forget, in this six teams, two won't play in the Champions League next season. They have to go into the Europa League, which is a bit different. Now this league is very, very difficult. To win the title and also to find a place to play the Champions League is not easy. This game against West Ham, for us, is very important. In the last away game, the way we played against Burnley, we drew. They played very physical football against us. Maybe it can happen, the same, against West Ham on Monday. But for this reason we are preparing for this type of situation. It will be a really tough game.feedback

All my players are playing very well and deserve the best. But it's important in this case to finish the right way and try to win. Only if you win will people remember you. 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. This was our target. It wasn't easy to start the season and know that six strong teams fight for the title and the Champions League.feedback

I think we played a good game. We controlled the game, we scored and also we had different chances to score other goals. We must improve in this situation, but I am pleased. There was great concentration and commitment from my players and a great will to win. Eden, in the same way as the other players, played very well. It was a good performance for him. He could have scored more goals and I think in this situation it is important to score the first but, if you have a chance to score another goal you must do. But I am pleased for him. He played a really good game.feedback

But I'm pleased for my players. Today was not easy, to play after your opponents and know they have won, so if you drop points you give hope to your opponents in the chase. But we played under good pressure today, and our answer was very good. I'm very pleased for my players. We controlled the game and conceded not a lot. Our central defenders played very well against these long balls for Carroll. I'm pleased with the commitment and the focus.feedback

We must be more clinical to finish the game because, when you are 1-0 or 2-0 up, in England anything can happen. You can see that, had West Ham scored after 85 minutes rather than 92, we'd have been in trouble. For this reason, we have to be more clinical when we create chances and score, score, score.feedback

Yes, last time... Last time wasn't good.feedback

This game against West Ham, for us, is very important. It's very important.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

Our objective is to win the title but also to make sure we are in the Champions League.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

For Victor, he was very, very happy when he listened to my words.feedback

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.feedback

In England an easy game does not exist and the game is very tough if the name of your opposition team is City or another team.feedback

It is another game, I do not know if it is the perfect team for us.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

The kick was in training, on Wednesday. I don't remember this [who kicked him, but it was] nothing at all serious.feedback

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].feedback

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.feedback

I'm not sure [if he would move to China]. For me, I want to stay at Chelsea.feedback

I am pleased for Pedro, for the team, and now we must continue in this way.feedback

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.feedback

I like to repeat that in England in every game in every competition there does not exist an easy game.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

No, I am very well here. I have stuff to finish this year. I have a contract until 2020. Voila, for now I'm here.feedback

I think we deserved at least a draw. We created many chances. But this is football. We must accept this result. We scored our goal after five minutes and then we conceded two in a few minutes. When you concede goals in that way you must understand the situation and improve on those mistakes. In every game in England, anything can happen. The league is so strong. We faced a team today with strong players. I think they showed they were a good team. If we had won we would have been happy but now it is important to focus on Manchester City.feedback

It will be a tough game, but every game from here on will be tough.feedback

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.feedback

But I think he understood I trust him because I put him in the semi-final against Tottenham.feedback

Otherwise for him it's a good season, not a fantastic season.feedback

I think Cesc is a player in this part of the season is showing to be decisive in every moment. If he starts the game [or if] he came on during the game. Also Willy, I know very well that it's not easy for a player who is used to playing every game and to come on during the game. But I must be pleased with them because they are showing me to be great men and fantastic players. I think Pedro is showing to be a great player. But, don't forget Pedro played for Barcelona and he won a lot with this club.feedback

And he's a great player, he's having a fantastic season. But for sure, he must continue on this way and finish this season to win.feedback

In this type of game it's easy to lose your head, lose your balance. For this reason at half-time I told them to be calm and to stay in the game. We had a lot of patience for the right moment to hit, and we deserved the win. We scored an amazing goal with Pedro, then the second and third, but it was not so easy. This gives us lots of confidence. Now it is important to prepare the final rush. If in the next game against Middlesbrough you don't win you lose this victory. We must look step by step.feedback

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.feedback

Forget Real Madrid! Chelsea can give Hazard the success he deserves.feedback

In London, there are many teams. For example, [on Saturday] there is a derby against Crystal Palace. I like to listen to the other coaches, but I prefer to have a great respect for all the clubs.feedback

In my experiences with football, I have won a lot but I think I have lost more. For this reason, I want to keep our feet on the ground. It is very important for me and my players. After this type of season, with a lot of difficulties to overcome the problems, I think we deserve to win. But there are 10 games to go and our opponents don't want to accept that Chelsea are champions. I remember very well playing Crystal Palace. Also in that game [a 1-0 win], we deserved to win but we suffered also because Crystal Palace have a lot of very good players.feedback

I don't know [if Chelsea will listen to offers]. I am repeating always the same things: now it is important to be focused on the present. Don't look too far forward, it's very dangerous.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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