Conte won't take blame as Chelsea face top-four exile


"You want to be really focused", he added.

So good in fact has Salah's first season back in England been that people are considering whether he could win the Ballon d'Or, an award that has been duopolised by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the past 10 years.

"It was typical of Mo's character that he was so keen to attend, and I don't mean he is greedy for awards but being gracious and well-mannered enough to make every effort to be there in person, " he wrote.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said his future will be "more clear" in the next week, with the Italian boss uncertain about the club's post-season plans.

I can not and I don't want to close the door on him. "There must be other persons to see the situation, to judge the situation, to take the right evaluation after two years of work and understand what the position is of Chelsea in the panoramic of football". "We just want to continue to recruit well", he said.

"A lot of things can happen but we will try everything to make the Champions League".

The Egyptian striker has been nigh unstoppable in the Premier League this season. That would have been three weeks (to the final). "The last week is the best for me because this is where we wanted to be".

Winning the Ballon d'Or may even be on the horizon at the end of this year, though the 25-year-old remains humble and insists his Liverpool teammates have had a huge part to play.

Gomez has suffered the devastating double injury blow after undergoing surgery ankle surgery to address a persistent problem. David Wagner and Chris Hughton should be close.

Gomez had missed the Champions League ties against Manchester City in the quarter-finals and Roma in the semi-finals, and also sat out Sunday's Premier League defeat at Chelsea.

'Chelsea made five or six changes in midweek.

The Reds are unbeaten in their last 21 home league games against promoted sides (W16 D5), since a 1-2 loss vs Blackpool in 2010-11. Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners in the reverse fixture.

"I didn't watch all the games last season of the team but this year we have had an unbelievable year". Furthermore, they've won 13 of their last 14 home games against middle-third sides while scoring more than three goals per game. As you can see we had a great season, now we are in the Champions League final and everyone is excited. Meanwhile Brighton were at around the same mark until January, when they broke their transfer record for Jürgen Locadia, though the Dutch forward has started just two games.