Antonio Conte defends his style of play, takes a dig at Liverpool

Antonio Conte defends his style of play, takes a dig at Liverpool

Antonio Conte's side are clinging to the remote possibility of a top-four finish, having belatedly found some form of sorts, with four wins in a row in all competitions.

Jurgen Klopp's side are still on a high following a 4-2 defeat at Roma on Wednesday that clinched a 7-6 aggregate success in the Champions League semi-finals.

The spotlight at Stamford Bridge was on league top scorer Mohamed Salah, facing his old club, but the Egypt forward was booked for diving and had a quiet afternoon - one that was understandable in the circumstances, according to Klopp. However, with no midweek fixtures to unsettle them, it is a chance for Chelsea to technically draw level on points with the team now third should they win their next two fixtures.

Suddenly it was Liverpool on the back foot and Chelsea came agonisingly close to a second moments later when Cesc Fabregas broke down the right channel before delivering a teasing low cross into the box which only needed a touch. Victories over Newcastle and Leicester in their final two matches (both at Wembley) will guarantee them Champions League football next season. Joel Matip, Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out with long-term injuries while Joe Gomez could be back after an ankle injury.

It boosted the Blues' previously wafer-thin hopes of snatching a top-four place, moving them to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham and three of third-placed Liverpool. The have just reached the final of the Champions League.

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"When I woke up this morning I was hoping for a 3-0 win, so we didn't have to care about the Brighton game and could start to prepare the final".

Salah was given a chance to impress in Chelsea's home clash with Norwich City towards the end of the season but Mourinho made a decision to haul his January signing off at the break after a subdued first half.

Hopeful of taking advantage of Liverpool tiredness after their European exploits, Conte said: "This could be a good opportunity for us".

Conte also indicated that Huddersfield will encounter a different Chelsea team to the one that beat Liverpool. "Then we'll see what happens". We have to get three points.

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