Before we start I want to send my, the players and the club’s condolences to Ugo’s family. When there is this sad news, it is never good.
Will Ehiogu passing affect the atmosphere?
“When this type of situation happens, football is not important. It is not easy to speak about this situation, because this situation hit everyone of us.
“Tomorrow there will be a strange atmosphere, it’s a pity because he is very young, only 44, a former player and when it happens you start to think a lot of things in your mind. For sure not good things, we are very sad for this. We can remember him tomorrow and that is the minimum for us, Tottenham and fans.”
“This period is not a lucky period for us. When we started to have the training on Tuesday, he arrived at the training ground with a bit of fever. Our doctor preferred to take him to hospital to check his condition, it is not a serious problem. Gary is getting better, he is improving a lot. If you ask me for tomorrow, my answer is it is very difficult.
“He had fever, he had a problem but not serious. The doctor preferred to take him to the hospital to solve the problem. I don’t know the right words in England.”
Terry to come in?
“This is a semi-final and in this season we try to have every in position two options. Usually the player that usually players and another. The right position for John when we play with three it is more central position, but that is David Luiz. I have to make the best decision and we try different solution.”
Surprised by the reaction to Terry
“I am not surprised about this [the reaction]. I am repeating that John for me in my first season is very important, he is helping me on and off the pitch. For us he is a great captain, the problem is that John wants to play regularly and for this reason I think we have to respect his decision.
“I was a footballer and when you arrive in this point of your career, and your mind and body tells you to continue because you feel you can continue it is right because when you’re finished. We have to respect his decision, if you ask me if next season it is a serious loss…yes, I think so. I am seeing what John is doing this season in the changing room. We are building a foundation a player like John Terry is very important to this.”
Courtois and commercial work
“The most important thing is that Thibaut recovered from his injury and he trained with us this week. This is the most important thing, then I speak with my club but when I do I think it is best to keep the conversation private.
“Commercial work is important to a club, it is very important. It is important always to have a good link with all and then have the best decision to improve.”
Costa to China rumours
“(Conte laughs) The most important thing for us is to be focused on the present and continue to do what we are doing until now, to be focused and keep the concentration and to finish a good season for us and then want to do something extraordinary, for me the players and the club.
“In this moment it is very important for the club because we started to build a foundation. To fight for the title and play in the semi-final it means together we are doing a great job, but we are only at the start of this job.”
“Tottenham must finish to be considered to be underdog, Tottenham are a really great power in English football, they are working for three years. I think it is a right moment to finish to consider them underdog and find this excuse. They are a great team, they are showing for the second year to fight for the title.
“Last year they missed this, they are trying it again and in the future they will stay to fight for every title because they are full of great players, strong players. They are building something important. There is the third year and there is a moment you have to finish to be considered yourselves underdogs, this is the moment.”
“No. They are two different competitions. This is the oldest competition for the country and very important for the club, and then there is the Premier League. They are two different competitions, I don’t think one team win or loses will affect the other competition.”
Carlo Ancelotti record
“You must always work to reach this target, but I think if you compare my situation to Carlo’s it is totally different. We started to build something important, I think in that moment there was this foundation.”
What it’s like to lead at Wembley and Spurs’ problems there.
“I don’t know about this. I think for sure to play in your stadium is an advantage, it is the same for us. It is one thing to play at Stamford Bridge, it is another thing to play at Wembley, it is the same for Tottenham. It is important to have your stadium, your home and to feel this and have your opponent to feel this when they come to play this.”
Leaders in the team?
“It is not easy because don’t forget this season some players very important for this team that wrote a lot of history with this club.
“Ivanovic, Mikel and next season also John. It is not easy to find the right replacement. It is for this reason that I have continued to speak that we have to build and start to build and embrace these players to stay here for many years and achieve many great results for this club.
“Now we have to find the players to replace these great players and then write again the history for the club. But this task won’t be easy and I hope everyone understands this.”