Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has responded to the insinuation by United manager Jose Mourinho that Chelsea are a defensive side by going further to say that he does not train for counter-attack during training sessions.
The former Italian boss told “The Guardian” “I have to tell you one thing,” “Not only here … but I never, ever, ever train for the counterattack. Never prepare for the counterattack. Never.
Conte who described the counter attack as an option further said that if you have this type of player, players who are very, very fast like Willian, Pedro and Costa, this could happen because these playesr are counterattacking playesr because of their pace.
Conte further said that he prefers to squeeze his opponents high up the pitch if possible, and does not make counterattacking his priority.
Chelsea are arguably the most defensive side this season scoring 57 goals and conceding 20 goals in 27 matches which is an average of 1.35 goals conceded in a match. Of the 57 goals scored by Chelsea so far 4 went to Jose Mourinho’s United at Stamford Bridge.
Conte whose side are on top of the premier league table 10 points ahead of Tottenham would be glad to win a trebble of premier league and FA Cup, the match against United will play a significant role in determining if this feat could be achieved.