Antonio Conte will not be riding on stats when Tottenham come visiting Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge and wants his players to forget about the long unbeaten home run against the Spurs.
The last time Tottenham beat Chelsea at the Bridge was way back in 1990 and last season’s 2-2 draw was a heated contest.
The blues recorded a comeback draw against the White Hart Lane outfit, to crush their hopes of winning the EPL trophy.
“I don’t like the stats, because the stats are old,” the Chelsea head coach said. “You have to live the moment.
“Now, if you speak about our unbeaten run, I can reply that in this championship Tottenham are unbeaten. It’s important to focus on the present. The present now is more important than the past.”
Focusing on the present also means keeping cool come kick-off, according to the Italian, who said: “It’s right to show your passion, but in the right way, not in a bad way.
“I want my players to play with great intensity, with great passion, but always in the right way.”
Pochettino admitted in the spring that his Spurs side “didn’t set a good example” during a game of repeated flashpoints resulting in a ban for eye-gouging for midfielder Mousa Dembele.
But Conte says Spurs did not lose the title on that game alone and wants his own side to show they are challengers over the course of a whole season.
“For sure, you don’t lose a championship in one game,” Conte said. “In my experience you lose or win a championship over many games. Precisely 38.
“I always told that to my players. Don’t find an excuse and fight, because you lose or you win for 38 league games, not for one game.”