Antonio Conte claimed that it is "stupid" for coaches to try to create a siege mentality at top clubs, insisting that his Chelsea players do not need the "other stimulation" of believing the world is against them in order to win.
Speaking in a news conference on Friday, Conte denied that his complaints are intended to motivate his players. "No, we are working under this aspect to create a strong mentality," Conte said. "Not because you have to feel under attack [to win]. This is a stupid thing. Do I have to transfer to my players, 'Oh, we are under attack from the referees, from the journalists and the other teams'? This is not the right way. We are in a great team. I work with great players. Great players working in a great team must have a strong, winning mentality. They don't need to have other stimulation, or other situations to push themselves to create this mentality. You have to create this mentality because every player playing for a great team must have a strong, winning mentality." Conte maintained that Willian was unfairly penalised and insisted that Alvaro Morata also had a case for a spot kick, though he admitted that Pedro Rodriguez made a "mistake" by going down with no contact in the box. "I think, during the game, the player can be tired, but Pedro's reaction was to stand up quickly," Conte added. "I think the player understood, at that moment, the mistake [he had made] and wanted to stand up and admit it was a mistake. But sometimes we can make mistakes. The most important thing is to try and recognise the mistake and try and avoid repeating it next time." "Now we are talking about diving, but why aren't we talking about the big mistake?" he asked. "We tried always to move the attention on to the mistake of the player, and not the big mistake of the referee -- not the one on the pitch, but the referee in front of the video. I always accept a referee's mistake, and I don't want to speak about the mistake. But if we decide to use the VAR, then you have to use it in the right way. If there is a penalty, you wait a moment, you see it and you don't book the player.
Loris Karius’ performances convinced Jürgen Klopp to install the German as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper ahead of last Sunday’s victory over Manchester City.
“How I said, it’s a very difficult job to be a goalkeeper or a centre-half at Liverpool because nobody forgives you one mistake, obviously. Since I’m in it feels like ‘wow, if our goalkeeper makes a mistake it’s a disaster’ and if any other goalkeeper makes a mistake then it’s ‘he’s still a fantastic goalkeeper and we should buy him.
So I’m really fine with our goalkeeper situation. Yes, Loris Karius could have made a save around the first goal against Man City, even when I think it was a world-class finish in this moment. It was very surprising, very hard, stuff like that.
We changed a lot of positions through the year and only with the goalkeeper it looks like we have to stick to our opinion for 20 years if we’ve made a decision one time, so I changed not my opinion, but I changed the situation now, that’s all.
Of course Loris has to deliver, he knows that, but now he is the No.1 and that means he can play a game and he can concede a goal like he conceded against Manchester.
It’s not that we want that but it’s still possible, but all the good things I’d like to see again. I saw a lot of good things in the games he played in the last few weeks. That’s why he’s in.”
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Mourinho has announced that Michael Carrick will retire at the end of the season and join the coaching staff. Wow, this will be hard to suck in, after all these years, a legend will retire. 😭🔴