Fair result or should you have got something?
“For sure there is disappointment for the result, but I think at the same time I’m pleased, I’m pleased for the commitment of my players.
“Today we gave everything and after a game you can win or you can lose, but I think the most important thing is to see that your players give you everything. Today it happened this.
“For sure we played against a really good team. We created chances to score. We didn’t take it. City created a chance and were very good to take the chances to score. In this type of game it’s very important to score first. Great compliments to Manchester City.”
Were the players tired after Wednesday?
“About this issue, I have already spoken. To repeat the same opinion is not good. We could take this as an excuse, but for sure when you have to play another massive game only two days later you must consider the fatigue in the legs of your players. It’s impossible to go to press box to box. You have not energy to continue, to play this game.”
“In this type of game and above all when you play against City or this type of team that like to have the ball, to have the possession, you have to consider two tactical aspects.
“You play and go very high to press and play a game with great intensity, but you must do this for the whole game. In another case you must be disciplined, try to close the space and then try to exploit the space behind the defenders.”
“It’s a muscular problem. I don’t think it’s a serious problem because he stopped before it will become a serious injury.
“He said to me ‘coach I prefer to stop myself otherwise I risk to have a bad injury’. I don’t know. The doctor now in the next days has to check the situation, but I don’t think he’s available for the national team.”
Was it because he played too many games in a short amount of time?
“I have already spoken about this. It’s normal when you play three massive games in only seven days, you must consider this aspect. We needed to take this risk because Morata for us is an important player.”
Annoyed De Bruyne is not a Chelsea player?
“I don’t know, honestly, what happened in the past. But for sure we are talking about a top player. He’s a really good player, a top player, a complete player. He’s good technical, fast and good personality, runs a lot and is a complete player.”
How much damage has this result done to the title race?
I think we have to look at ourselves. We have to try to put in every game everything. Everything. We did this today.
“Damage or no damage, we have to go game by game, to do our best and then we’ll see at the end of the season what happens in the way that we finish the league. When I see that my players give everything, we must be pleased despite the bad result.”
Why Willian and not Batshuayi?
“It was a simple tactical decision. This type of game I thought Willian with Hazard was a good decision, a better decision to try to exploit the space behind the defenders. It’s a simple tactical decision.”
Home form a concern?
“I think you have to consider that in seven games we played with Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and also Everton. I think our start wasn’t so so easy. I think we have the points that we deserve.”
Manchester City, are they stronger now?
“Last season Manchester City was a very good team, very strong. I think after this transfer market they improved a lot. They strengthened.
“I think so. But I repeat, it’s right to compliment them, compliment our opponent. This is football. We have to accept the result, above all because today we know that we gave everything.”