Antonio Conte: 'Chelsea players have a top mentality'

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The Blues, who drew 1-1 with Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, are in the hunt for a top four spot in the Premier League.

"Honestly, I don't think that my passion was less against Watford".

'My wife and my daughter start to be anxious when they don't see me very active, ' Conte confessed. When you have to play these massive games, you must hope to have all players available.

'He can also become the captain of this team in the future'. A lot of times, at the end of the games, I had to say sorry.

'He was the owner, the coach, the kit man, the groundsman. "I started very young". You finished the game with your voice (normal, not lost); it's not for you, this.' You must have passion in every game, if you play against Barcelona or with a low team.

"And I think his own heart is more important than my advice because my advice is purely by the career point of view". For this reason, I have to thank him for this passion, for the passion I have for this sport. "When I put Willian on the bench?"

"Willian deserved to start in the previous game, and played well".

"I don't think that my passion was less, my passion must always be the same way when we play against an important team or a team that's less important". I don't see what happens [anywhere else]. "I did a fantastic choice, and I want to take credit for that". Maybe last season we won the title, or did I forget something?

"And I don't have any bad feeling in relation to Chelsea Football Club to say, "Oh, I'm going to play against my former club, I am going to prove this, I am going to prove that".

The Danish defender has enjoyed a sensational season for Chelsea, breaking into the side in August and subsequently replacing David Luiz as Conte's first-choice centre-back.

The Blues boss, as quoted by Goal, addressed the media today ahead of his side's game against Manchester United at the weekend and he highlighted Christensen's importance to the side.

"I think this type of game is the ideal game for top players because they want to show something", he added.

However, Conte still believes that his star man has another level to get to despite being impressed with his recent displays, pointing out Sunday's game against Manchester United as a good chance to show his quality. He is scoring, he can score more, he can improve things.

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