Antonio Conte has a message for all of us: “This is what I want from Chelsea fans”
It’s not often you see a boss turning to face supporters, then gesturing wildly at them by raising both hands into the air, with palms upwards.
Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho was furious when the Italian did it towards the end of Manchester United’s 4-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge last month, feeling it was disrespectful.
But Conte was at it again with his men 2-1 up against Spurs, thanks to goals from Pedro and Victor Moses, after they’d gone behind to a Christian Eriksen strike.
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The lack of noise and enthusiasm at some stadiums in the top flight is something most managers dare not mention, although Jurgen Klopp also furiously demanded more from Liverpool fans as they struggled to break down Sunderland on Saturday.
And Conte is also ready to tackle it. “It is important that our crowd live the game with great intensity and passion, because they can transfer this to the players,” he said.
“And Stamford Bridge is perfect if we are able to create the right atmosphere.” Note the use of the word “if”.
He may have to work on the crowd, but Conte seems to have done the trick with his players.
After a shaky start to life under the Italian, this was Chelsea’s seventh win on the trot in the league.
And he was glad his men will face title rivals City at the Etihad this Saturday, rather than earlier in the season.
“City are a fantastic team and for us it is a good test, but Tottenham were also a good test,” he added.
“Let’s be honest, if you look at those Liverpool and Arsenal defeat, now we are a different team.
“If we were the same team as two months ago, today it would have been very difficult to win the game. “I love this mentality of my players.
“I saw a great attitude and commitment, of all of them and I see the will to change things, compared to the past.”
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino looks like he needs to change things.
This defeat followed one by the same scoreline on Tuesday that saw them dumped out of the Champions League at Monaco.
It also ended their unbeaten league record and they have just one win in ten in all competitions.