Jose Mourinho has delivered his verdict on Chelsea's success this season and admits that the Blues have been the top-performing team this term thanks to their collective and individual quality.
Conte was of course saying that very tongue in cheek, and has the utmost respect for Jurgen Klopp, with the two exchanging friendly conversation ahead of and after matches.
This will be a crucial week for leaders Chelsea in their quest to become English Premier League champions. In his press conference on Friday, Conte called the question about which United players would get into this Chelsea team "not a good question" and dismissed the rumors about his own future as "not news [.] just noise". Usually an unbeaten streak such as that has a team firmly in first place with a comfortable points gap between them and their rivals.
The Blues managed a 1-0 F.A Cup win over Mourinho on that occasion, though much of the media attention after the game was on a small minority of Chelsea fans who branded the Portuguese manager a Judas.
"Chelsea is home for me", he added.
"I hope for them to be the best player of the year and also I want them to win the league".
The Chelsea clash begins a tough finish to the season for United, who must also face Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham.
"Not every team defends with 11 players and they defend with 11 players".
Mata is expected to miss the remainder of the season, while the two defenders could onll return mid-May. Shaw was an unused substitute in the draw against Anderlecht having played the first 60 minutes against Sunderland last week.
"We had a really good talk and he discussed what he wanted from me and even in a week-and-a-half I have seen a massive change in myself, not just on the pitch but off it as well". "But this time around I dealt with it better. There's a lot of positives to take from our performances for some months now".
"He helped me a lot and then what happened is that the following season didn't go well, these things that happen, but the truth is that Mourinho helped me a lot to improve as a player". There is no way we can give up on the top four.