Antonio Conte said he would be happy for Chelsea to play catch-up in the Premier League title race following their clinical 2-1 victory over Spurs.
Chelsea were torn apart 3-2 by Burnley in the opening game of their title defence, but calmed heavy pressure to ruin Tottenham’s Wembley house-warming party on Sunday thanks to left wing-back Marcos Alonso’s brace.
“It’s not important if we are not favourites in this league,” said the Chelsea manager, whose preparations for the season were hampered by his club’s failure to significantly strengthen their squad.
“It was the same last season. We know we are trying to improve our team, our squad, and the club is trying to do its best in the transfer market.”
“But I’m very happy when I see this type of game. I’m not speaking about football, but this spirit, this heart, this desire.”
“I must be satisfied because my players gave me everything today. They did the same last season.”
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