EPL: Records important, but titles are better, says Chelsea boss Antonio Conte
Chelsea boss Conte pleased with team's record 12th straight victory in 3-0 win over Bournemouth; says players must use landmark as motivation
Chelsea players celebrate a goal during an EPL match against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in London on Monday. Pic/Getty Images
London: Antonio Conte wants his Chelsea side to build on their club record 12 straight wins by marching on to the Premier League title.
Should the Blues, who beat Bournemouth 3-0 on Boxing Day, defeat Stoke and Tottenham in their next two games, they will equal Arsenal's Premier League record of 14 successive wins.
But statistical landmarks matter little to Conte, who wants his side to win the Premier League trophy. "I prefer to win the title than the record," Conte, who was appointed in the summer, told Chelsea TV.
"Records are important, but not all. It's important to write history only when you win. To be in the history of the club and to win 12 games in a row is fantastic. But with the players we want to continue."
Bournemouth switched to three at the back to try to play Chelsea at their own game until Pedro fired the hosts in front. Eden Hazard added a second from the penalty spot and a late Pedro strike made it 3-0. Conte views teams changing tactics as a mark of respect and says it happened at Juve, who won 33 of 38 games under him in 2013-14. "After 12 wins in a row, every team must play against Chelsea try also to change their formation. It happened also in Italy when I was manager of Juventus. We must be prepared for the formation of our opponent (to change). I think this means great respect for us," Conte said.
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