Full Interview: Antonio Conte talks about Hazard, Alonso, Morata, Top 4 and more

On the quality of the game

I think that this game was an exciting game for the people who watched the game. Less for us because when you are winning 2-1 and there are two minutes to go, I think that we are here to win, to win the game, especially against a great team like Arsenal.

The final result is a good result because to draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium could be a good result but at the end of the game there is a lot of disappointment because we created important chances to score.

Is he angry with the result?

I’m not angry. Angry is a big word and for sure I know in my players there is a lot of disappointment because we win together, we draw together, we lose together, and for sure my feeling is the same as my players. It was good. It was a good performance. Good intensity.

We played with a good intensity, like Arsenal. As I said before, it was an exciting game but at the same time we must be disappointed for the final result because to get three points today it was very important for us.

Did the referee make the right decisions?

I must be honest, I didn’t see the penalty. I didn’t see the dive of Wilshere. Another journalist asked me if it was fair for Wilshere to continue the game after the dive and a second dive but to be honest I didn’t see and if I didn’t see I do not wish to comment.

But at the same time we must have a great respect for the decision of the referee and for sure there is a lot of frustration for the coach, during the game, after the game, but at the same time we must try to accept every decision of the referee, also sometimes if we do not agree with them, the linesman.

Alvaro Morata’s finishing

But I think this is not a lucky period for him. In the last game against Stoke City I say it is very important for the striker to have the chances to score and here today he had chances to score but this is football and I’m very happy for his commitment, for the commitment of all my players, his effort for the team. He is working very hard for the team.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Gary Cahill of Chelsea celebrates with Eden Hazard of Chelsea after he scores his sides first goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

This is the most important thing for me. For sure, for the striker, it is very important to score, because if you score your confidence is up. In this case, your confidence can go down, but he is very young and must continue to work and improve and he will see that the goal is coming.

Marcos Alonso’s goal record

I think this is the sixth goal for Alonso in this league. I ask our wing-backs to fill the box and try to score. Don’t forget Alonso is also good with his head also and he kicks the freekick and he is in a good period. His confidence is up. I’m very happy for him but especially I am very happy for the team. In that moment, he gave us the lift of the game.

How can Conte fix Morata’s finishing?

The only thing I can tell him are to continue to work, stay calm, to continue to work in this way for the team because if we continue to work in this way the chances are right in this way and for all the other players.

I repeat, I understand for the striker it is not easy when you don’t score but don’t forget for Alvaro this is the first season he’s playing with regularity because in his previous experiences he didn’t play with regularity with Real Madrid and Juventus.

In this case, we are to know that sometimes he can say something about this but I’m very happy for his commitment, the way he’s playing and he has to stay calm and to continue to play in this way and the goal is coming.

Title hopes – is it all over?

No, I think we have to fight for our place in the Champions League. Stay in top four. In this league, this situation is very difficult now. It will be very difficult for teams to fight against teams to win the title.

We must be realistic and we must hope that they lose five games and then for them or Manchester United, Tottenham, to win every game.

I think it will be very difficult also because there is a challenge between us, the other top five teams. We have to fight. It will be a fantastic target to take a place in the Champions League. It is not simple. This league is not simple.

Don’t forget, last season, Arsenal after 19 years they was out. Two years ago Chelsea is out. Finished in the league only 10. Last year Manchester United finished out. We must fight to have a place in the Champions League but it won’t be easy for any one team.

Does the draw feel like a defeat?

As I said before, to draw against Arsenal at the Emirates is a good result. You start the game you want to win but you finish the game, you drew, and it could be a good result. At the end of the game, if we go to see the chances we had to score, I think we dropped two points.

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