Premier League Conte lauds Chelsea for passing Saints test

Nathan Ake reveals what David Luiz told him before FA Cup semi-final

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said his side had overcome a psychological hurdle in their pursuit of the Premier League title after they dispatched Southampton 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham, who Chelsea beat in last Saturday's FA Cup semi-final, play their game in hand on Wednesday at Crystal Palace.

As damaging as Chelsea's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United felt, the 4-2 win over Southampton on Tuesday night, coupled with the FA Cup semifinal victory against Spurs by the same scoreline, restored belief and confidence in their ability to stay the distance.

'We passed a big step, a big psychological step after the defeat against United, ' said Blues boss Conte.

"We have six games to play in the league and we need to win five if Tottenham win all of theirs, so we will see". After a rampant first season in England in 2014/15 when he scored 20 league goals for Chelsea, Costa was among the players who most openly clashed with then manager Jose Mourinho last season and angry fans booed him after Mourinho was sacked. "For this reason I must be pleased".

"I think it was a good performance on the pitch, but without the good result, and without being clinical enough in both the boxes, offensively and defensively", he told reporters after the match. And we can safely assume his team will be ready next season when they roll around.

Costa's two goals were his first in eight matches - a barren run which has coincided with reports that the striker is keen to make a big-money move to China. Goals are their life. "Sometimes he was unlucky in hard circumstances, but I was always confident about him". Now he must continue'.

Costa showed his very best qualities to shoot down Saints at Stamford Bridge, passing inside for Eden Hazard to net the opening goal with a brilliant finish before outmuscling Ryan Bertrand in the second half to head in Chelsea's third after Cahill had put the Blues back in front moments before the break, cancelling out Oriol Romeu's equaliser.

After scoring 15 goals in his first 20 Premier League appearances of the campaign, Costa had contributed just two goals in 10 top-flight games prior to the Southampton clash. "We must be confident for the future".

But manager Claude Puel, whose side remain on 40 points, drew encouragement from the moments of discomfort they caused Chelsea.

"When you keep a clean sheet, it's a great achievement for your team", Conte said.

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c), Moses (Terry 86), Kante, Matic, Alonso, Fabregas (Pedro 77), Diego Costa, Hazard (Willian 90).

"It was a lost opportunity for Tottenham and I couldn't understand his comments about how he was delighted with the players".

Related News:

  • Disney sets May 2019 release for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

    Disney sets May 2019 release for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

    That's rather interesting considering Bell hasn't officially signed on to reprise her role in Frozen 2 as of yet. Meanwhile, Han Solo standalone movie is now filming and set to be released on May 25, 2018.
    Powell scores 25 as Raptors beat Bucks

    Powell scores 25 as Raptors beat Bucks

    There was a skirmish with 4:11 to play in the third quarter with Monroe and Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas given technical fouls. It clearly bothered him during the game - when he wasn't on the court, he was lying on his back in front of the bench.
    Trump to mark 1st trip to NYC as president aboard the Intrepid

    Trump to mark 1st trip to NYC as president aboard the Intrepid

    In a statement after the White House confirmed the event, Mr Turnbull said he was "delighted" to be meeting Mr Trump. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said Australian troops will remain in Iraq and Afghanistan for a long time.
  • Drunk Man Assaults Security Robot in Silicon Valley

    Drunk Man Assaults Security Robot in Silicon Valley

    The robot was not seriously damaged . "Not a single wire" was left inside, and "all the things are broken", the researchers said . Jason Sylvain, 41, was reportedly arrested by Mountain View police after he knocked out the 300-pound robot.

    Coulter backs out of Berkeley event

    The University of California, Berkeley says it's preparing for possible violence on campus whether Coulter comes to speak or not. Berkeley suggested the conservative commentator could speak at the school on May 2 but Coulter was unavailable that date.
    Vin Diesel was not first choice for Fast & Furious tough guy

    Vin Diesel was not first choice for Fast & Furious tough guy

    The Fate of the Furious was rebranded in China to Fate of the Furious 8 , to make the connection to the prequel clearer. And I think that there is, and you'll see that when you watch this movie.
  • Monday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers and NHL Playoffs Open Forum

    Monday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers and NHL Playoffs Open Forum

    They will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final and it will be a close match but the final will be in the Wild favor, 3-1. The victor of this series will have a Round 2 date with the Anaheim Ducks , who swept the Calgary Flames in the first round.
    Seoul: North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary

    Seoul: North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary

    Envoys from the US, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, with a senior Chinese official due to arrive later in the day. Seoul lies only 25 miles from the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, well within artillery range.
    Chris Pine in talks to star in 'Outlaw King'

    Chris Pine in talks to star in 'Outlaw King'

    Pine would play Robert the Bruce, and Foster would play "James Douglas, the Scottish knight who became the king's chief adviser". Deadline reports that the film has been a passion project for Mackenzie for a number of years, as he himself is a Scotsman.
  • Student critically hurt in Kenosha school stabbing

    Student critically hurt in Kenosha school stabbing

    According to a FOX 6 report, an initial investigation found that a student stabbed another student shortly before 8:30 a.m. We have been and will continue to work closely with the Kenosha Police Department on this incident.

    Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' director, dead at 73

    Born Robert Jonathan Demme on New York's Long Island, Demme began his directing career working for famed producer Roger Corman. Jonathan Demme, director of " The Silence of the Lambs " and " Philadelphia ", has died at 73 in NY .
    President Trump brags of 'higher TV ratings' than 9/11 coverage

    President Trump brags of 'higher TV ratings' than 9/11 coverage

    The president will reach the 100-day mark on April 29, for which John Dickerson of " Face the Nation " is scheduled to interview him. "It's a tremendous advantage".


Most liked

Monte Carlo Masters wrap: Nadal destroys Zverev as Murray, Wawrinka crash out
But the Spaniard roared back into the match to take the second and played some sparkling tennis for much of the decider. But instead of accepting his fate, Ramos-Vinola clawed his way back into the tie and took it on his second match point.

Trump drops border wall funding demand as shutdown threat looms, reports say
With the Friday midnight government shutdown deadline approaching, President Trump appears ready to compromise with Democrats. But he will lose an opportunity to display serious progress on accomplishing his agenda since taking office on January 20.

China jails American businesswoman for spying
Sandy Phan-Gillis, a naturalised USA citizen, has been detained in China since March 2015 after being accused of espionage. The United Nations has criticized the detainment of Phan-Gillis, and the USA has pressed China repeatedly for her release.

Mexico wins U.S. commercial battle for tuna
Last year, Washington amended its tuna labelling guidelines, applying the tougher standards applied to Mexico to all importers. Mexico rejects the U.S.'s accusations, maintaining that its fishermen follow all the rules of the global community.

Travis Green: Canucks announce Travis Green as head coach
While Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin are still productive National Hockey League players, they are no longer franchise players. The Canucks will promote Travis Green from the AHL to serve as the team's next head coach, TSN reported .

'Bachelor' Star Chris Soules Issues Statement Following Deadly Car Crash
He is now charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, but could face additional charges as the investigation continues. March 18, 2001: Soules was found guilty of failing to maintain control of his vehicle and paid a fine.

'Call of Duty: WW2' Coop Mode, Story Details, Release Date Revealed
Previous "Call of Duty WWII" leaks claimed that its release date is due in November 2017 just before Christmas. The leak also indicated other details of the game, including a private beta and story description of some sort.

Marissa Mayer to rake in $184m from Yahoo sale
Earlier this month Verizon said it would combine its AOL subsidiary and Yahoo into a new business called Oath. The deal between Yahoo and Verizon has definitely managed to draw a lot of media attention.

US criticizes Turkey for striking Kurds in Iraq, Syria
A medical helicopter flies over the site of Turkish airstrikes near northeastern Syrian Kurdish town of Derik on April 25, 2017. Turkish Armed Forces hit terrorist PKK targets in northern Iraq and northeastern Syria on early Tuesday, the military said.

Chelsea still a team in transition, says Conte
Lloris believes Chelsea's superior experience may have made the difference on Saturday. Then Chelsea were very clinical.

North Korea carries out 'large-scale' artillery drill, South Korea says
Regardless, North Korea has carried out nuclear and missile tests in defiance of successive rounds of United Nations sanctions. In Tokyo , top nuclear envoys from South Korea, Japan, and the U.S. were meeting to discuss the North's nuclear programme.

Red Sox-Yankees game postponed due to weather
Sandoval missed 195 of a possible 324 games over his first two seasons of a five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox. The Red Sox hope the trend will continue in a three-game series against the Yankees starting Tuesday night.

Jimmy Butler calls out Boston's Marcus Smart in postgame
That's the first, the last time too. "It's just something that we're gonna have to get through", Green said. He was in the weight room yesterday getting a good session in there.

Fast Facts About The New Founders Detroit Taproom
One of the most iconic craft brewing companies in West Michigan is reportedly looking to expand to the east side of the state. The award-winning brewery's best-selling All Day IPA (4.7% alcohol by volume) is a tasty, easy-drinking session beer.

Flood alerts issued for 3 rivers in state
Duke Energy reported Tuesday afternoon that it had restored power to all but about 1,000 customers who lost it in North and SC . According to the Associated Press, about 5,000 Duke Energy customers were still without electricity Tuesday morning.