'Stupid' dropped points ruined Chelsea's season, says Conte

  • 'Stupid' dropped points ruined Chelsea's season, says Conte

'Stupid' dropped points ruined Chelsea's season, says Conte

Should Chelsea defeat both Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United before the season is out, nothing less than three points will do for Liverpool against Brighton if they are to return to Europe's top table next term. If not, they will be depending on the results of Chelsea and Tottenham.

"I think and I'm sure that I am Chelsea's coach and my focus is only on this", he told reporters. Our job is not easy.

"As I said before it is very hard to comment on any speculations because there have been speculations around me from the start of the season, after the first game against Burnley and I think you understood that this speculation is not important for me".

The Spain striker has had an indifferent first season in England.

Antonio Conte intends to freshen up his lineup against Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, potentially offering Álvaro Morata a route back into the team after injury.

"I don't like to comment on speculation. It is not right now for everyone", he said.

Conte also praised match-winner Giroud for the impact he has had since arriving from Arsenal in January.

The Blues haven't conceded a goal in their last three games in all competitions.

And Giroud believes the club can still snag a top-four place despite the odds, pointing to his experience of mustering late surges at the Gunners as cause for optimism. They have two games at home.

At 31, he is not going to play every game every week and though he might be a game changer in the league, he is just not what they need at the moment.

"I don't know if this will be enough at the end of the season but we have to try".

But with a fortnight between the Brighton game and Real showdown, Aldridge feels treating Sunday's clash as a warm up for the final will only bolster Liverpool's hopes of lifting the trophy.

"For me, (there has been) awesome progression", Pochettino, who revealed that midfielder Eric Dier would miss the Magpies fixture, told reporters yesterday. Thank you for all the support over the course of the season. With two games left, to finish third I think is a massive success.