A laugh and some honesty: How Antonio Conte reacted to Spurs’ dismal record at Stamford Bridge
The only time Spurs have beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League era was in 2018, when Antonio Conte was the Blues’ manager.
Tottenham have won only one league game at Stamford Bridge since 1992, but they will never have a better chance to correct that after a brilliant start to the season.
The Lillywhites had a strong pre-season and showed solid mental fortitude to recover from a goal down to win 4-1 on the opening day of the Premier League season.
In one of the games back in January, a furious Conte admitted that his side were miles off it in quality compared to Thomas Tuchel’s men, and their dominance was a reflection of that the chasm between the two sides.
Things did change quickly and Spurs surged on in the tail-end of last season to snatch Champions League football from Arsenal.
Stamford Bridge though will test their new found confidence, quality and form, having found the ground incredibly tough to crack in the Premier League era.
Ironically the only time Spurs have beaten the Blues away in the Premier League era was in 2018, when Conte was Chelsea manager.
Dele Alli scored twice as the visitors won 3-1 in Conte’s final season in Stamford Bridge.
Conte led Chelsea to a Premier League in triumph in 2016/17, and admitted 30 years with just one win is quite hard to comprehend, but was working to change the story.
What he said about Tottenham’s only league win 30 years
He told the press: “1992 huh? (Laughs) We’re talking about 30 years ago. We know, we know. The truth is this.
“The truth is this and the story is this, not to try. When I arrived in Tottenham, I said: ‘We want to try to write a good story for this club.’
“I know very well that it’ll be more difficult than the other clubs for many reasons, but I think we’ve started to go in the right path.
“For sure on Sunday it will be a difficult game but we want to play this game.
“I want to play this game and my players want to play this game because it will be important to make the right evaluation of our improvement.
“I think this game will be very important for us and then if we win, lose or draw, we have to be good to make the right evaluation about the game, because you can win a game and be lucky and lose a game but be unlucky.
“For me it will be very important to understand and make the right evaluation after the game, the performance, the way we played and to feel our improvement for the future.”
Chelsea hoping to find comfort in a tie that has always favoured them
The Blues looked quite lethargic against Everton but got the job done.
The head-to-head record reads 77 wins for Chelsea, 55 for Tottenham and 41 drawn games.
They will also hope that the signing of England star Raheem Sterling and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly will inspire a strong start to the season.