Antonio Conte has risked one other row with Jose Mourinho by claiming he has achieved ‘nice’ issues in 100 video games at Chelsea whereas it was extra ‘easy’ for his rival.
Conte marked his century with a 2-1 victory over Burnley on Thursday evening, which means he has secured 65 wins, in comparison with Mourinho’s 72 in his first spell on the membership.
Nevertheless, Conte believes he has succeeded in harder circumstances.
Antonio Conte claimed he has achieved ‘nice’ issues in 100 video games at Chelsea
Each managers gained the title of their first season, however the Italian took over a group who completed 10th within the Premier League in 2016, whereas Chelsea have been runners-up within the high flight the season earlier than Mourinho joined.
Mourinho’s Manchester United are getting ready to play Tottenham of their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, earlier than Chelsea face Southampton at Wembley on Sunday.
Requested about his file, Conte stated: ‘I might do higher. That is my mentality. We might have carried out higher. Mourinho gained 72 within the first 100 video games? We’re speaking about a fantastic supervisor. Don’t neglect the primary 100 video games with Mourinho have been a few years in the past.
Conte marked his century with a 2-1 victory over Burnley on Thursday evening
‘Now, it isn’t easy to have this run of outcomes, on this current Chelsea. I’m happy for the gamers, for the membership, however we might do higher.
‘For Mourinho, it was a distinct period within the membership’s historical past. I gained a title with Juventus after they completed seventh twice earlier than I arrived. It’s a nice, nice achievement. Not a easy achievement.
‘Final season we gained a title after a 10th place. It’s a fantastic, nice achievement. Not a easy achievement. I don’t just like the stats. I solely came upon after the sport that it was my 100th recreation with Chelsea.’
Eden Hazard was among the many Chelsea stars who skilled forward of their conflict with Southampton
Conte is basically anticipated to depart on the finish of the season and, when requested whether or not he would need to keep for one more 100 video games, he prevented the subject. ‘It’s very tough,’ he stated. ‘Previously you could possibly have a narrative like Arsene Wenger or Sir Alex Ferguson. It’s essential to dwell the current in soccer, since you don’t know what is going to occur tomorrow. And even at present.’
Whereas Conte was refusing to theorise concerning the future, Southampton boss Mark Hughes was seeking to the previous for inspiration.
The previous Chelsea striker instructed his gamers to faucet into their boyhood desires and lead Southampton to an FA Cup closing tomorrow.
Hughes gained 4 FA Cups as a participant however the semi-final would be the first time he has led a group out at Wembley.
Conte watches on as his facet are put by their paces earlier than FA Cup semi-final
‘They’ve the prospect to go to a closing, that needs to be the motivation,’ Hughes stated. ‘As a child, that was one in all my important targets. I’d be kicking the ball about in a yard and dreaming of going to play in an FA Cup closing. I used to be in a position to do it and we have now to seize this opportunity.’
Hughes additionally stated his facet will use the ache of final season’s EFL Cup closing defeat by Manchester United to spur them to success.
‘They’ve current recollections to name on and that may assist. I loved larger video games as a participant as a result of they posed larger questions.
Goalkeeper Willy Caballero dives right down to his left to make a save throughout coaching on Friday
‘I wished to be the individual individuals could be speaking about afterwards. That’s what I hope my gamers will suppose, too. That is the best cup competitors on this planet. We want an enormous effort.’
Southampton are struggling within the Premier League and can want a rare restoration to keep away from relegation and Hughes, who could rotate his group, concedes it’s an unsure backdrop.
‘The league type shall be in the back of our minds,’ Hughes added. ‘However we have now to take pleasure in this. For the gamers, cup finals are the place you make your mark. We don’t need to let this chance move us by.
‘We are able to use this as a distraction after which we have to win in opposition to Bournemouth subsequent week. Then the gloves shall be off and we have to go for it. No matter it takes to get the factors.’
Marcos Alonso and Andreas Christensen battle for possession in the course of the session in Cobham
The likes of N’Golo Kante (left) and Cesar Azpilicueta (centre) appeared in good spirits
Pedro (centre) and Alvaro Morata (second from left) prepare with Chelsea on Friday
Danny Drinkwater is put by his paces alongside the remainder of the Chelsea squad at Cobham
English midfielder Ross Barkley dribbles with the ball in the course of the coaching session on Friday
Willian and Drinkwater battle for possession as Chelsea ready for his or her FA Cup semi-final