- Antonio Conte does not care if players like Cesc Fabregas or Willian are happy
- The two players are world class players but have not be used regularly as starters
- The Italian only wants his players to be focused on the Premier League and FA Cup
- Chelsea could win the Premier League next Friday and are in the final of the FA Cup
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says his players happiness means little to him compared to their focus on winning the Premier League title and FA Cup.
Conte was speaking at a pre-match press conference when he was asked if the happiness of fringe players like Willian and Cesc Faberas could derail the title challenge.
The Italian said: “I mustn’t keep the players happy. We must win.
“If you are unhappy in this season, when you are fighting for the title or to win the FA Cup, I think I don’t like to listen to this type of question. No, I don’t like it.
"You speak about ‘happy’. I speak about ‘to win’ and to work very hard.
"I know that to work very hard is not simple. Players are not always happy to work very hard. But I think my target is to put in the mind of my players a winning mentality, and a winning mentality doesn’t have to keep players happy.
“It’s very difficult to keep 20 players happy, above all because I don’t want to. I don’t want this.
“I want players ready to fight and to try to put themselves in the team, to try to win together.
“If you are happy or unhappy, I don’t care.”
Cesc Fabregas is a transfer target for AC Milan and Juventus while Willian is attracting interest from Manchester United who are coached by former Blues boss Jose Mourinho, NAIJ.com understands.
Of Fabregas, Conte said: “Cesc is playing very well and his level is very high. If he starts the game or if he comes on during the game, he’s always decisive for us.”
Conte's side could claim the title with wins over Middlesbrough on Monday, May 8 and West Brom on May 12, after Tottenham lost 1 - 0 to West Ham on Friday night, May 5.