“For sure this is an important win. Against a strong team, it is not easy in this point in the season to come here and to play in Stoke against a strong team with a good quality and tactical organisation. We showed from the start a great will to win, from the start to the end. I am very pleased with this, as they showed me a good will to win but that they were prepared to fight to win this game, because it wasn’t easy.”
Diego Costa, worried about booking?
“It is not simple to get a yellow card after a few minutes. Diego is showing, all this season not just this game, that he is very disciplined, great commitment, showed me to think for the team and not for himself and I want this from my players, this type of behavior. He was great, he played a difficult game but he always showed danger for the defensive line for Stoke.”
How did Stoke treat Diego?
“It is not easy to reply to this kind of question. I think that it is normal to try to bring a player to be angry and then to react and to commit another foul. It’s normal this. I think the great news is that Diego is showing to be a great player, also in this aspect. I know in the past sometimes he has received two yellow cards and he has not finished the game, but this season, honestly, I have to be pleased for him and for his behavior.”
Change of system, thinking?
“This is not the first time. This happened against Burnley. When you want to take more risks, to try to take three points and not only one, to try to change. For sure there is the great possibility to score the goal, but also to concede a goal. You must know this but then I prefer to decide and risk to take three points. In other situations I decide to keep the result.”
“In the last training he felt a bit of a problem in his calf, for this reason I decided not to risk him. That is why he didn’t play today.”
How sure are you that you’ll be champions?
“This win is important, honestly. We played two games away, West Ham and Stoke, and to win both games is very important in this part of the season. There are ten games to go. I like to think that now we need to take 21 points to be sure to win the league. But today it is important against a strong team and in a stadium very hot. A stadium with a great atmosphere. In Italy we say molto caldo [very hot].