Antonio Conte said: “We celebrated with my players, I think it is normal after a great achievement like this. But we have to organise a good lunch or a dinner to excuse me for the whole season.”
Change of clothes?
“They wet me after the celebration with the fans. They put me with champagne and beer and I think I have to change my suit because it is a disaster now.
I am wearing the tracksuit, but I am leaving a moment very important and enjoying this moment a lot because when you put in your work a lot of passion, a lot of hours and time you don’t sleep, arrives this time it is right to enjoy with my players, the fans, the staff and the club. It is great, this is a dream that is coming true. For sure it is a dream.
“It is great, I must be pleased for him. We all know the difficulty he has found in his first season for him, it is not easy to play in this league. This league is very strong, this league is fantastic to play in and be a manager.
“For him I’m pleased, because he has scored two goals this season and this goal was very important for him and for us. My substitution was very good, it is great because it is not easy in one moment of the game to change Pedro and Eden and put Michy and Willian and I did this to try to win.
“Michy repaid me a lot for this choice, we had an impact that was very good. It means that i trust in my squad. this season we have had three competitions and for this reason some players didn’t find a lot of space by worked very hard. Today Michy is a great example and i am very happy for him, because to score an important goal like that is important to him.”
“I hurt myself a bit. Anything can happen, I don’t remember. During the Euros with italy it happened and they put a bit of stitch in the game against Belgium when Zaza scored. i don’t remember if it was a head or a punch, but it is not important this.”
“Now it is important to savour this moment and enjoy this win. I repeat, winning in england is not easy for me, and for my players as last season was a bad season. For the club the players the fans and to only one year later to celebrate this win in a league where there are big, big teams it is important to celebrate.
“Now we also have another target to try to reach, because we worked very hard to reach the final of the FA Cup and it is important to prepare in the right way for next season.”
System change key
“Yes, because after two bad defeats, against Arsenal this game was frustrating for me because I saw nothing of my work, my idea of football so it was frustrating for me.
“I found the strength to change, take the responsibility to change system and I think it was the key moment for us. Every single player found this system the best for them.”
“If you had asked me in my first season to have this final type of season, I don’t know. Our season started not in the right way for many problems.
“When you arrive after a bad season it means you have a lot of problems and to find the right solution quickly it wasn’t easy. For this i want to say thanks to my players, they trust in the new work, new idea of football. This result is for this behaviour of my players.”
Aiming for title?
“In July also my club asked me to try to fight for the title, to get into the Champions League but we all know the difficulty of the season. In England there are six big teams that fight for the title, the Champions League and Europa League.
“Also in this season, two big teams has to play Europa League and not Champions League. To have this is a great achievement and it means that we are working very well.
“The players, I and the club and I want to say thanks to our fans because they pushed every game. Home and away and they deserve this type of satisfaction.”
Heard from Abramovich?
“Up until this moment, no. I had a message from Michael [Emenalo]. I am very happy for the club, because they trust me and to repay the club is very important.”