Conte expects Chelsea great Terry to play on


Antonio Conte has challenged his Chelsea players to make history by beating Sunderland on the Premier League’s final day after a 4-3 win over Watford on Monday secured the Blues a record-equalling 29th victory in the competition this season.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has hailed John Terry’s positive influence and stressed the centre-back has been key to their success this season. “As a player that’s all you want”, he said.

After clinching the Premier League title last Friday night, Chelsea are in party mode – that party being a seven-goal thriller against Watford at Stamford Bridge.

Conte made nine changes to his starting XI and having kept faith with the same tight group of first-teamers for the vast bulk of the season, it was little surprise their understudies looked a little undercooked.

The “great” was John Terry, the Chelsea legend, who leaves the club next month after 22 years of loyal service.

I think there’s only one other team in the league that could put out a B team as it were that would be just as good as their A team, or getting towards that, and it’s Man United“. I wish for him and his family the best.

The Blues are already halfway to that achievement after wrapping up the Premier League title ahead of their FA Cup final against London rivals Arsenal on May 27. “It’s good to play against Watford again and they played a good game”.

Beaten manager Walter Mazzarri played down an on-pitch argument between Okaka and his captain Troy Deeney that occurred late in the game, but said he would speak to the pair about the matter.

In the same media conference, a reporter made known to Conte that Diego Costa ventured to the press room at half time for snack.

“Having played in Spain, watching a lot of football as I do, Germany, France and Italy, this is the best league in the world; maybe not the best players in the world, but it’s the most competitive and most hard league to win, for sure”.

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