Conte hints at Cesc stay

Defeat at Chelsea relegated Middlesbrough
Defeat at Chelsea relegated Middlesbrough

12 May, 2017

"In Italy it's very, very hard to see a team getting relegated and the players receive (applause)". "Players, staff, myself. We've got to put that right", he said.

The Blues won the title in similar circumstances two years ago when a 1-0 win at home to Crystal Palace captured the crown with three games to spare.

'To arrive at this moment, in this position, to have this great opportunity we worked very hard for the whole season. A big win. Now we need to do another step.

And that bid will be boosted by the resumption of Kante's campaign, which has again proved to be pivotal having helped Leicester City win the title last season.

"It could go to a tribunal but our club would rather try and sort a deal out with Leeds if we're going to do it instead of going to tribunal".

We have the possibility to do this on Friday against West Brom. It won't be easy.

"For sure this moment is a really good moment for us as we are so close to reaching a fantastic target for us".

Chelsea can secure their crown by beating West Brom on Friday, but Wenger has no plans to change. "At this stage it was important to win and exploit Tottenham's defeat", Conte said during his post-match interview.

"I know we're not there yet, but we're very close and it will be very enjoyable after previous year".

"If you think in the last 10 games Tottenham won nine and lost only one".

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"Now we are very close but we need to take another step. We have to rest well and prepare for West Brom".

Fabregas created Chelsea's third which Nemanja Matic converted as the hosts laid siege to Boro's goal, with the final whistle bringing contrasting emotions.

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

"This development of Cesc is our development, because we started the season with a lot of problems". Now Cesc is showing himself to be a fantastic player.

"For this reason I felt in my heart to go and clap these fans and wish every one of their players good luck for next season".

Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 3-0 on Monday.

"Everyone is devastated", he admitted. We've pulled up short. "I've left a very silent dressing room".

Albion are now lacking in depth within the centre-back position with just Jonny Evans, Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley the only recognised players. We've not won enough games or scored enough goals.

Boro are the second team to be relegated from the English Premier League to the Sky Bet Championship this season, following Sunderland.

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