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'There are games and then there are games. "I finish the game exhausted, but I need this".
Former Italy manager Conte is allegedly not happy with the 29-year-old for opting to represent Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where he helped the national Under-23 team win bronze (Nigeria's only medal at the competition). But for me it's impossible because I live the game with great emotion, with great passion.
"We had a London derby two weeks ago against Crystal Palace, we have Spurs, we have Arsenal we have Chelsea, you can even call Watford a London derby".
Antonio Conte may well view the tournament with greater significance, given Chelsea's absence from European football, but nonetheless made seven changes from the XI which humbled Manchester United 4-0.
"At the end of the day it is not like we are playing Millwall, we are playing Chelsea".
"In these last three games we played very well, and it's important when you play with the same players, they take confidence in the role to play together", Conte said.
Goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes earned West Ham a third consecutive win to put them in the quarter-finals of the competition while Gary Cahill's stoppage time consolation went nearly unnoticed as trouble brewed. "Above all in England, we are used to see (ing) the right atmosphere".
Conte handed a full debut to Nathaniel Chalobah, as well as another start to Ola Aina, and he was at least able to reflect on some positives from the defeat, which came on the heels of Sunday's 4-0 Premier League thrashing of Manchester United.
Deep into additional time the visitors pulled back a consolation through Cahill after a defensive mix-up.
A scintillating derby cup-tie in the capital saw the Hammers score early goals in each half, courtesy of Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes. This changed our plan.
"It's a pity. When you lose, it's normal you see bad things".
"For this reason I have to play with my players, and I hope also to give sometimes the right behaviour, to suggest the right movements or the right positions to find a ball for a teammate, or if someone is not seeing this type of situation".
For the most part the 45,000 crowd were boisterous but orderly until, with victory virtually secured for West Ham, rival fans began surging towards each other behind the goal guarded by home keeper Darren Randolph.