Antonio Conte says his players will not lose motivation despite seeing their grip on the title further loosened - but he will be holding talks with the Chelsea board to ensure they have a squad capable of meeting new year trophy ambitions.
"If there is the possibility to improve the squad on the numerical aspect, I think it would be a good choice", Conte said.
Conte was understood to be frustrated at missing out on so many players during those months but suggested on Saturday that the club's transfer process remains the same as in the summer. I am very happy to work with my players, and if then if the squad is big enough to play all these games in all competitions, then only time will tell. "It is not important to say this with the press, I must say this to the club in the right moment in the right place". "Like in the summer and it will be the same in January and then we divide the responsibility between me and the club. I look at Kante and Bakayoko - they're very similar... when can one of them really break into the box and score a goal?" "In this period there are a lot of rumours". Some rumours are true. "Yes, but I think this consideration must be done with the club", said Conte. "We have to play every three days and we can't let these rumours disturb us". The Londoner added: "Instead you had three guys, in Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian, who want to come out wide and deep".
"Whether you work with the best players in the world or lower down, it's always hard to transfer your footballing philosophy".
"I think that we have to analyse more the games that they are playing against teams that are playing with our system".
"You have to try to put every team in the best situation to be competitive in all competitions". Arguably the best centre-back in the world, the Italian has reportedly got disenchanted with AC Milan and is ready to make a move to the Premier League.
The 30-year-old could be seen as a replacement for Javier Mascherano, who is reportedly set to leave the Catalan giants for the Chinese Super League next month. "He's shown great maturity and great personality, great calmness and composure before and during the game and, for sure, after the game".