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boss Antonio Conte is pleased that the January transfer window is over so he can now focus on coaching the players at his
The Blues extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table
to nine points despite only drawing 1-1 with Liverpool on Tuesday night.
Tottenham were held to a 0-0 draw by Sunderland and Arsenal suffered
a shock 2-1 defeat to Watford.
After their match at Anfield - where David Luiz's 24th minute goal was
cancelled out by a 57th minute Georginio Wijnaldum goal - Conte was
elated with both the result and the fact that he didn't lose any of his
"We have the same players that we play with at the start of the
season, we haven't changed and I am very happy," Conte told the media.
"The transfer window has closed and now we can keep them in this second part of the season.
"I am happy to work with my players.
"Our market is finished - not buying or selling and I am pleased
because now we have a squad and it is important to be focused and
concentrated for the second part of the season because this is the part
to win the title or a place in the Champions League."
Chelsea had the opportunity to leave Merseyside with all three points
after being awarded a second half penalty, but even though Diego Costa
missed a spot kick, the Italian was satisfied with the result.
"It is not easy to play against Liverpool in this moment after three
defeats. It is not easy to play in this atmosphere," he continued.
"I am very proud of my players for the personality they showed. It is a good point, for sure.
"When you have a good chance with a penalty in the 76th minute then
you think you could win and take three points but (Simon) Mignolet made a
"It wasn't easy to play with the same intensity of Liverpool so we
must be pleased. I am pleased for the performance of all the players."