Chelsea coach Antonio Conte was happy the Blues gained a point to extend their lead to nine points clear at the top of the Premier League on Tuesday, as they drew 1-1 with Liverpool at Anfield.
It was a pivotal match for the two big managers with Jurgen Klopp knowing nothing less than a victory would be good enough, if Liverpool were to stand a chance of winning the Premier League title this season.
Liverpool dominated the opening 15 minutes, but Chelsea took the lead in the 24th minute with a terrific free-kick from David Luiz that caught Simon Mignolet off guard, whilst he was arranging his defence. A first goal for Luiz since his return to Chelsea from Paris St-Germain.
Former Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum headed home the second half equaliser in the 57th minute.
In the 76th minute Diego Costa had the perfect chance to earn Chelsea all 3 points after he was awarded a penalty for Joel Matip’s foul. However, Mignolet made up for his earlier mistake after he dived low to his right to save the Spanish international’s penalty.
“It is not easy to play against Liverpool in this moment after three defeats,” Conte told SkySports after the match.
“It is not easy to play in this atmosphere.
“I am very proud of my players for the personality they showed tonight. 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 Mignolet made a great save.
“We had two chances to score the second goal but it didn’t happen but we must be pleased.
“It wasn’t easy to play with the same intensity of Liverpool so we must be pleased.
“Now it is important to recover well as we wasted a lot of energy because the game was intense and there were a lot of mistakes.
“These high-intensity games it is very difficult to see mistakes and try to make corrections but I think today we played a really good game.”