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Conte wary of Liverpool backlash

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 01:12

Wary Conte keen to turn screw on fragile Liverpool

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SHOWS: COBHAM, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 30, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANTONIO CONTE, CHELSEA MANAGER, SAYING: "This week we face two great opponents. Tomorrow against Liverpool it will be a very tough game, we know this, because it came after three defeats and we must pay great attention, because Liverpool is a really, really good team and is in the six teams that can fight until the end to win the title, or to find a place in the Champions League. "It's a week very important but also I know that after two of these games we have to play 14 games to finish the championship. For this reason it's an important result but it doesn't finish the league after these two games." STORY: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hopes to shatter Liverpool's fragile confidence by inflicting a fourth successive home defeat on the Merseyside club when the Premier League leaders travel to Anfield on Tuesday (January 30). Liverpool have lost three home matches within a week to exit the two domestic cup competitions and leave them fourth in the league table, 10 points behind Chelsea. "It's always important to win because when you face teams on your same level it's important to win for the confidence. For sure the difficulty is high when you face this kind of opponent but for sure it's important, it's important to beat, to win, this type of game because it increases your confidence, takes three points from your rival, and it's very important this," Conte told reporters on Monday. Conte also stressed the importance of the next two games against Liverpool and second-placed Arsenal but urged his side not to let the results define their season. "This week we face two great opponents. Tomorrow against Liverpool it will be a very tough game, we know this, because it came after three defeats and we must pay great attention, because Liverpool is a really, really good team and is in the six teams that can fight until the end to win the title, or to find a place in the Champions League. "It's a week very important but also I know that after two of these games we have to play 14 games to finish the championship. For this reason it's an important result but it doesn't finish the league after these two games."

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Conte wary of Liverpool backlash

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 01:12