Essien Urges Chelsea …To Keep Faith With Conte

Lawrence Cooper
May 1, 2018

Liverpool have a dual focus on both the league and their Champions League semi-final second leg with Roma, but Conte refused to be drawn on whether it would be better for the Reds to win or lose their huge match at the Stadio Olimpico.

Antonio Conte has been saying since the start of the season that he does not have a deep enough squad to compete on all fronts and it has led to a heavier workload for some of the most important players in his set-up.

The Chelsea head coach said it is crucial for Gareth Southgate, the England manager, to have a player of Cahill's experience at his disposal. 'We have to compare Salah of four or five years ago, and not Salah now, ' he said.

The Blues made it three wins in a row in the Premier League on Saturday evening when they claimed a 1-0 victory at Swansea City to move to within two points of Spurs.

Despite their travails this season, there is still plenty to play for as Conte's side are within touching distance Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the Champions League spots. I think for him this season is very important for his development.

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But the French midfielder insists he will be fully fit when the World Cup kicks off this summer in Russian Federation. He said: "If we play with this heart and commitment, we will get the points to stay in the Premier League". He has great experience.

"For this reason I think it's very hard to have this comparison".

"I think then there are, for sure, other situations that we have to improve, but (against Swansea) I think we had good balance with the three midfielders". Christensen is playing an important season, his first for Chelsea in this pressure, and now I think it's right to give an opportunity to Gary to play more.

"But, at the same time, I have always shown great respect for Southgate".

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