The champions go into Sunday’s derby 5 points behind Tottenham with both clubs left targeting a top-four surface and the FA Cup from the run-in to a draining campaign. Conte has actually recommended in the past that Spurs have benefited in recent years without the very same levels of expectation loaded upon supervisors at Stamford Bridge, though he acknowledged they have made considerable progress under Mauricio Pochettino.
“I believe they have started before us,” he stated of Spurs’ development. “I am speaking about my period, my era, at Chelsea. We are discussing a group who, in the last couple of years now, have actually been competing to win the title. Don’t forget that, 2 years back, they were extremely near winning the title when Leicester won it. Last season they tried to take on us. Always remember that our encounter to the season was incredible. We won eight of our last 10 video games, otherwise Tottenham were prepared to win it.
“So for sure, now, they are ahead of us in terms of that advancement. However, regardless of this, last season we were still able to win the title and reach the final of the FA Cup. This season, we want to aim to go one better because competitors.”
For all Spurs’ quality under Pochettino, they are still to win a trophy under the Argentinian. “Every manager desires to win a prize,” added Conte, who has invited Andreas Christensen back to training after a groin complaint and will examine Thibaut Courtois’s hamstring problem on Sunday. “But, if you just wish to win trophies, perhaps for important managers it’s simpler to go to another nation.
“In England, if you remain here, never ever, never ever will it be simple to win prizes. To be a coach in this league is a fantastic achievement for a manager, since the tournament is so tough. The club judges the work of its manager.”