Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has claimed that his side’s future doesn’t rely on staff and players but on favours from elsewhere.

The Blues, who won the league title in the 2016-17 season, have struggled to defend the title this season.

But Conte’s side still believe to secure the top four finish at the end of the season as they kept their hopes alive following a 1-0 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues would still wait for either Tottenham or Liverpool to drop more points during the remaining games. They will also have to win their final two games as they are still two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

“We must be pleased because the players played a really good game. Usually, when you have to play a must-win game it is not easy because it is normal to be a bit nervous, and today it was a must-win game. But not with a simple opponent, against Liverpool – a team that has just reached the final of the Champions League,” he told reporters at his post-match press conference.

“They are very dangerous with these three strikers, and it is impressive the way they attack the goal. The way they defend the ball, the way they have the combination between them. I think today we must be pleased because we showed a great will to keep our hopes alive for a place in the Champions League. I don’t know if this will be enough at the end of the season to reach a place in the Champions League, but we have to try.”

“Now we have to prepare in the right way for the match on Wednesday against Huddersfield, another tough game against an opponent who is playing to avoid relegation. Today they drew against [Man] City. I will try to get three points. I will probably make adaptations on Wednesday because today we spent a lot of energy, and we will see what happens. It is important to face the situation with great pride and the will to fight to show that we are still alive.”

“One month ago it was impossible to imagine fighting for a place in the Champions League. Now there is the hope because we are getting three points every game and our opponents are dropping points. Our future is not in our hands, but we have to try to get three points and to put pressure on. For sure we are putting pressure on the teams ahead of us.”

Antonio Conte reveals how Chelsea shut down Liverpool and talks top-four hopes. Conte said: “For sure it’s a big win, today this game was a must-win game for us and the only possibility to keep the top four open was to win and get the three points. We did this and we played a good game, we had great commitment from the players to follow the plan and great effort from the strikers. Now we have to recover well and play an important game on Wednesday against Huddersfield. We must be ready to get three points because it won’t be easy. Today was a must-win game against a really good team, but it was a good game and a great show of will to keep our hope of finishing in the top four alive. As I said previously our target is to finish the season in the best possible way and to give the best satisfaction to all the fans. I think in spite of the difficult season we are still alive and are fighting until the end. In this league it’s very tough and in the past, in the present and in the future, and it could be even more difficult in the future. You start the season with the six top teams and anything can happen. We have to prepare in the right way and try to make as few mistakes as possible.” #BlueIsTheColour #CFC #CFCFans #CFCFamily #CFCTillIDie #BPL #EPL #PremierLeague #PreSeason #CFCTour #Champions #ComeOnYouBlues #PremierLeagueChampions #ChelseaFC #COYB #KTBFFH #IfItsNotBlueItWillBe #CFCArmy #TheBlues #Chelsea_KTBFFH #ChelseaFans #ChelseaKWT #CFCNews #CFCTransfers #CFCTour #AntonioConte #Conte

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Chelsea will play Huddersfield at home on 9 May before travelling to Newcastle United on 13 May for the final game of the season.

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