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Despite losing 4-2 to Chelsea in today’s FA Cup semifinal Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is proud of the display of his team at Wembley:

4-2 looks like a big result for Chelsea but it’s a game I feel proud of,” he said after the game.

“We gave all that we had. It’s true we lost but it’s the way we wanted to play.

“We respected our philosophy. The team showed great personality and character.

“If you see the game without emotion you will see that Tottenham played much better but they were clinical.

“We are disappointed but now we move on and try to be calm.

“We forced them to play deeper and play the counter attack.

“Congratulations to them and we will try to fight for the Premier League.”

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He was the game changes, as it often happens: Eden Hazard, who started from the bench today, entered at 61′ on 2-2 and after ten minutes – with Spurs pushing to find the 3-2 and trying to control the game- he found an incredible surgical shot that found the opposite corner of the net: 3-2 for Chelsea and Blues on the lead, with Tottenham giving up their hopes to come back to Wembley in one month for the final.

After the final whistel, Hazard commented what happened:

“It is always good to win this game, this sort of game – a semi-final against a London team – so the following from the fans is good.

“We reached the final, which will be my first final in five years with Chelsea for the FA Cup, so I hope to win this cup.”

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Nemanja Matic’s stunning finish sealed the game ( 4-2= with Spurs and the access to FA Cup final when ten minutes where left in today’s derby at Wembley.

Speaking to BBC One after the final whistle, the Serbian midfielder commented:

“It was a nice goal but, first of all, I want to say we are very happy because we are in the final.

“Congratulations to Spurs, they are a great team and it was very hard today. When you score four goals against them you have to win the game, so I’m very happy for the team.

“They are a great team. They are one of the best teams in the Premier League and, like I said, it was very hard today. We scored the first goal, they equalised, we scored the second and they didn’t give up.

“So congratulations to them. They played good football and that is why we are so happy today.”

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Conte celebrates at the end of the FA Cup semifinal against Spurs © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after reaching the FA Cup final with the Blues after beating Tottenham 4-2 at Wembley this afternoon:

“I am proud for this achievement. It is great for the players for me. This is my first season in England and it is great to fight for the title and reach the final of the FA Cup, a great competition. I am pleased for my players and for our fans. Today they were great from the start until the end. Now we have to continue, on Tuesday have another tough game, I hope our fans push us a lot,” he told BBC Sport.

During the season there is a moment as a coach you must take a strong decision. You have to take a risk. If you win the plan worked, if you don’t the responsibility is on you. I think today our plan worked very well.

 “I am very happy for my players and for Michy Batshuayi, he played from the start in an important game. I am happy for Nathan Ake, a young player from our academy. I am happy for Willian, two goals today in a difficult season. For me it is a great achievement.

“Today I also showed I trust all of my team. Eden and Diego knew very well my plan because in this situation it is important to be clear to all of the players. Now I hope on Tuesday to get a great performance from Eden and Diego and the other players.”

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Chelsea are in the FA Cup final after beating Spurs 4-2 this afternoon at Wembley.

It was a spectacular match in North West London, with the Blues finding the lead after just 5 minutes with a wonderful free-kick by Willian, Kane equalised with a perfect low-header ( 18′) and Willian again take Chelsea to lead 2-1 right before half-time ( 43′) with a penalty conceded after a foul of Son on Moses.

Tottenham leveled on 2-2 with Dele Alli in the beginning of the second half ( 52′) but Eden Hazard, a real game changer, found a perfect shot from outside the box minutes after entering the pitch ( 75′).

Matic sealed the match and the qualification with a stunning shot from 30 mt that found the post crossing.

Chelsea will come back to Wembley on Saturday 27 May to try to lift the cup against the winner of Arsenal v Manchester City, that will be played tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm UK time.

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Before the FA Cup semifinal against Spurs Blues boss Antonio Conte was asked if he was concerned about Diego Costa’s lack of form of the last two months.

The Spaniard was outstanding in the first part of the season but now he’s facing his longest run without goals in his Chelsea career: six games and one month and half without scoring for the Blues.

Conte, anyway, thinks that the Brazilian born striker is saving his best for the end of the season:

No, no. I am not worried about his form. I think he is keeping the goals for the finale of the season. It is the right moment to score.

About the pressure the team and him are having in this end of the season, he said:

The pressure is normal in our job. When you arrive at the end of the season and you are in a good position to reach a good target, or a fantastic target, because a good target is to reach the Champions League and a fantastic, extraordinary target is to win the league.

“It is normal to have this pressure, but I prefer to have this pressure instead of fighting for sixth, seventh, eighth place and to have this pressure.”

Chelsea will have a tight calendar in this last month of the season, with seven or eight games to be played in one month:

 

It’s not a simple situation now for us, because you have to consider that you have to play a semi-final in a great competition and then after two days and a half you have to play against Southampton, and Southampton have rested for 10 days.

“But sometimes it is very strange to face these types of situation, because I think the FA Cup is a great competition. There is a great tradition for this competition, it is the oldest competition in the world, and we want to respect this.

“I think also when you get to quarter-final, semi-final and there is a clash with a game that you have to play in the league, this is a situation very clear for us, that we are in trouble, to face this situation.

“Anyway, we are ready, and then also I have to take the best decision, to find the right balance. Don’t forget we have to play Saturday against Tottenham, Tuesday versus Southampton and then against Everton. This week is very heavy for us and I think it’s very important for us.”

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After John Terry’s departure in the end of the season Chelsea will have to find another leader in the dressing room and, according to Blues boss Antonio Conte, that will a tough job:

“It’s not easy. Don’t forget this season some very important players for this team, people that made history here, like Ivanovic or Mikel, left and the next season also John Terry will be gone.

“It’s not easy to find the right replacement, for this season I say we are starting to build something important, now we have to find together the right players to replace these players and write again the history for this club. It’s not easy, people have to understand this.”

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Thibaut Courtois skipped Manchester United‘s clash after an ankle injury he picked up during a commercial shoot, but it seems the Belgian keeper will be able to play tomorrow in the FA Cup semifinal against Spurs:

“He recovered for his injury and trained with us in this week, this is the most important thing.

“I spoke about what happened with the club, I keep secret what we said, commercial is an important part for the club, we have to find the right solution.”

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Gary Cahill was hospitalized for two days after falling ill last Tuesday: a club spokesperson revealed the English defender had a bad gastroenteritis that wasn’t related, anyway, to the bug that affected Marcos Alonso, Diego Costa and Victor Moses in the past weekend, with the Spanish full-back forced to skip the game against Manchester United at last minute:

“For sure this period it’s not lucky for us,” Conte claimed speaking about Cahill’s illness.

“When we started to train back on Tuesday he arrived to training ground with a bit of fever and our doctor preferred to bring him to the hospital to check his condition, now he’s getting better, but for tomorrow he’s a doubt. His problem was that he got gastroenteritis, but we are controlling the situation.”

His physical condition is not good after two days in hospital and not training the whole week, that’s why the Blues centre-back won’t be probably selected for this crucial upcoming clash.

Due to Cahill’s illness, Conte could be forced to choose another defender in the three back and John Terry can be a possible candidate:

“This is a semifinal, in this season we tried to have two options in every position, John’s position is in the middle in the 3 back, usually where David Luiz play, I have to think for tomorrow, we have different solutions.”

Nathan Ake and Kurt Zouma are the favourite candidates to replace Cahill in tomorrow’s starting line-up.

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Antonio Conte started his press conference ahead of Spurs FA Cup semifinal giving his condolences to Ugo Ehiogu‘s family after the Tottenham coach passed away this morning.

The Italian manager seemed very touched by this sudden tragedy and added:

“When this kind of situations happen football is not important, it’s not easy to speak about this, this situation hits everyone of us, for sure tomorrow there will be a strange atmosphere.

“It’s a pity, because he was very young, only 44, in these situations you start to think about many things, not good things, we are very sad for this, we can remember him tomorrow, it’s the least we can do.”

About Gary Cahill’s illness, he said:

“For sure this period it’s not lucky for us. When we started to train back on Tuesday he arrived with a bit of fever and our doctor preferred to bring him to the hospital to check his condition, now he’s getting better, but for tomorrow he’s a doubt. His problem was that he got gastroenteritis, but we are controlling the situation.”

Due to Cahill’s illness, Conte could be forced to choose another defender in the three back and John Terry can be a possible candidate:

“This is a semifinal, in this season we tried to have two options in every position, John’s position is in the middle in the 3 back, usually where David Luiz play, I have to think for tomorrow, we have different solutions.”

On John Terry leaving Chelsea at the end of this season he said:

“John has been very important for me in this season, he’s helping me on the pitch and off the pitch, he’s a great captain for us. He wants to play regularly and we have to respect his decision, I was a footballer and I know that when you arrive at this point of your career and your body tells you you can continue to play, you have to do it, your body tells you when it’s over. I think it will be a big loss for next season, for the changing room, in this moment his loss is very important.”

Thibaut Courtois skipped Manchester United‘s clash after an ankle injury he picked up during a commercial shoot, but it seems the Belgian keeper will be able to play tomorrow:

“He recovered for his injury and trained with us in this week, this is the most important thing.

“I spoke about what happened with the club, I keep secret what we said, commercial is an important part for the club, we have to find the right solution.”

Diego Costa apparently received a new huge offer from a Chinese side:

“The most important thing for us it’s to be focused on the present,” Conte replied.

“We have to keep the concentration, we have to finish in a great way, I hope we do something extraordinary. This moment is very important for the club because we’re building foundations, we’re doing a great job together.”

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed that his side are still underdogs, but Conte tried to put some pressure on them claiming this is not the truth:

“They have to finish to consider themselves underdogs, they are a great power in English football now, they are a great team, it’s the second consecutive year they fight for the title. They are building something important, there is a moment where you have to finish to consider yourself an underdogs, this the right moment.”

Asked if a win or defeat tomorrow can affect the title race, Conte replied:

FA Cup and Premier League are very different competitions, if one team win or lose doesn’t affect title race.”

Asked if he wanted to win a double in his first season at Chelsea and in England like his fellow-Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti, he replied:

“Of course we aim to the double, but my situation it’s very different from the Ancelotti’s one. He had the foundation, we’re building them.”

Asked if it will be more difficult to play in a neutral venue like Wembley, he replied:

“I don’t know about this, to play in your stadium of course it’s an advantage, for us it’s the same, it’s different play Wembley and Stamford Bridge, the same it’s for Tottenham. You feel you play in your house, and the opponent feel the same when they come to your house.”

After John Terry’s departure in the end of the season Chelsea will have to find another leader in the dressing room and that will a tough job:

“It’s not easy. Don’t forget this season some very important players for this team, people that made history here, like Ivanovic or Mikel, left and the next season also John Terry will be gone.

“It’s not easy to find the right replacement, for this season I say we are starting to build something important, now we have to find together the right players to replace these players and write again the history for this club. It’s not easy, people have to understand this.”

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