Antonio Conte praised Chelsea for maintaining a Premier League top-four challenge that once looked "impossible" by beating Liverpool 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. "It's a big win so we can try to be in the top four at the end of the season".
Liverpool will be aiming to continue their positive momentum when they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Sunday.
The Chelsea fans were delighted with the result against one of their main rivals and were pleased with the display of one of their players, with whom they have been critical off since his arrival.
When Chelsea suffered a 3-1 defeat at home to Tottenham on April 1, Antonio Conte's team found themselves eight points adrift of the top four with just seven games to play.
While both Chelsea and Tottenham have two games remaining, Liverpool only has one game left and could be relying on its superior goal difference to secure a place in the Champions League - unless Liverpool beats Real Madrid in the May 26 European final. The Reds are without a win in their last three EPL games.More news: A tale of two Quail Hollows at Wells Fargo
Liverpool played in midweek against Roma, though, while Chelsea had a full week to get ready for their visit.
The game was cagey for the most part and Liverpool were only afforded a couple of openings in the first-half, forcing a couple of good saves from Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal.
"I hate the result". They've scored 70 goals with these three players and reached the final of the Champions League. "I hope to recover him, also because today, on the bench, we had no strikers". I was not sure.
"Chelsea has to win as well".
Speaking to The Sun, the PFA Player of the Year revealed that during a game against league-strugglers Norwich in May of the same year, his future at the club was sealed. That's not a holiday trip - I certainly don't think it is a holiday trip.More news: Former Coal Executive Takes Swipes at "Cocaine Mitch" in Ad
"Brighton is a very important game for us, but we've had a few of them in the past and they haven't been too bad".
Moments later, the Belgian had to be called upon again to thwart the Senegal star.
But despite their pressure, Liverpool were caught with a sucker punch in the 32nd minute as Giroud justified Conte's decision to select him at the expense of the out of form Alvaro Morata.
Olivier Giroud was the man to make the breakthrough, with the ex-Arsenal man heading home from a Victor Moses cross, after the much-maligned Tiemoué Bakayoko had started the move with a fine cross-field pass.More news: Erdoğan vows fresh military action against Kurdish militants