Spurs major obstacle to record bid
 
, Posted on 04-Jan-2017


Spurs major obstacle to record bid

London : Spurs represent a significant hurdle to overcome if Chelsea are to equal Arsenal's Premier League record of 14 successive wins, said Blues manager Antonio Conte on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old Italian -- who took over after he had guided Italy to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals -- has steered Chelsea to 13 consecutive victories and a five point lead over Liverpool at the top of the table.  

Victory over fifth-placed Spurs on Wednesday would emulate Arsenal'srecord set over two seasons -- winning the last 13 matches of the 2001/02 season and their first game of the following campaign. 

"It is a great achievement for us," said Conte of their record-equalling 13th successive win in a single season.

"To win 13 games in a row is not easy. We are pleased for this.

"Tomorrow (Wednesday), we know that we have a tough game against Tottenham. It is a good team. For this reason we need to continue our run!"

Conte, who made his name as a manager at Juventus a club he also served with distinction as a player, admitted going on their previous clash earlier in the season Spurs would be tough opposition.

"Against Tottenham (previously when Chelsea came from 1-0 down to win 2-1) was a tough game," said Conte, who coached Juventus to three Serie A crowns.

"I watched it again. In the first half they played well and put us under a lot of pressure. 

"In the second half we played very well but Tottenham showed great form.

"For me, Tottenham are better than last season. They have a good manager who is working very well. It is right to compliment (Mauricio) Pochettino."

 

 

AFP


Related News

Mourinho sets sights on Liverpool and Arsenal
Apr 28

Mourinho sets sights on Liverpool and Arsenal

Manchester : Jose Mourinho identified Liverpool and Arsenal as Manchester United's chief rivals for Champions League qualification following his side's 0-0 draw at fellow top-four contenders Manchester City. Thursday's stalemate at the Etihad Stadium left United just a point below local foes City,...

Read More
Japanese fans banned over 'Nazi' flag
Apr 28

Japanese fans banned over 'Nazi' flag

Tokyo : Japan's Gamba Osaka have banned dozens of fans indefinitely after a flag similar to the Nazi SS insignia was waved during a J-League football match. The flag, which bore a double 'S' in the style of the Nazi paramilitary force, was seen during Gamba's 2-2 draw against city rivals Cerezo Osaka on April...

Read More
Xavi hungry for elusive first Qatar trophy
Apr 28

Xavi hungry for elusive first Qatar trophy

Doha : In 17 golden years at Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez won some 25 trophies playing for the Catalan giants, including eight La Liga and four Champions League titles. But as the midfielder approaches the end of his second season with Al Sadd he has yet to win a single trophy in Qatar. That however...

Read More
Man Utd drumbeat booms for flagging Guardiola
Apr 27

Man Utd drumbeat booms for flagging Guardiola

London : Jose Mourinho has an opportunity to score a seismic victory over his old foe Pep Guardiola when his Manchester United side visit misfiring Manchester City on Thursday. Guardiola oversaw a one-sided 2-1 win when he and Mourinho resumed hostilities in September and was generally felt to have made a bigger...

Read More
Toure lets fly at referee as Manchester derby looms
Apr 24

Toure lets fly at referee as Manchester derby looms

London : Yaya Toure has said he would "prefer" Thursday's Manchester derby to go ahead without a referee after claiming his City side had been on the wrong end of decisions in their FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal. Referee Craig Pawson was in the spotlight after City were denied what appeared to be a...

Read More
Injured Hummels out of Bayern clash with Real
Apr 10

Injured Hummels out of Bayern clash with Real

Berlin : Bayern Munich's German international defender Mats Hummels is out of Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final home clash with Real Madrid after injuring his ankle in training. Hummels, who suffered a tear to the ligament in his right ankle on Sunday and faces a race to be fit for the return...

Read More
Man City confirm deal to buy Uruguayan club
Apr 06

Man City confirm deal to buy Uruguayan club

London : Manchester City's owners have confirmed their purchase of Uruguayan club Atletico Torque as the Abu Dhabi-based investors add to their growing portfolio. City's parent company, City Football Group (CFG), announced second tier Atletico will become part of their global network of clubs. They already own Major...

Read More
Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010
Apr 06

Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010

Zurich : Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in seven years on Thursday, made all the sweeter as it usurped great rivals Argentina. It caps a terrific week for forward Neymar and Brazil -- last week they became the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their...

Read More
China's Hisense to sponsor 2018 World Cup
Apr 06

China's Hisense to sponsor 2018 World Cup

Zurich : Consumer electronics giant Hisense has become an official sponsor of the 2018 World Cup, becoming the second Chinese company to join hands with FIFA as it looks for new sponsors after the scandals of the Sepp Blatter era. Hisense, a television and white goods manufacturer, follows Chinese conglomerate...

Read More
Ronaldo, Bale left out of Leganes trip
Apr 05

Ronaldo, Bale left out of Leganes trip

Madrid : Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rested Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for Wednesday's trip to Leganes ahead of a huge week for the European champions. Madrid host local rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday before travelling to face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their...

Read More