During the press conference after the win of the semi-finals of the FA Cup against Southampton, Antonio Conte explains all his happiness for this results, a gift to Blues’ supporters for this season. Despite next and last step is Manchester United, hard opponent, Conte is proud about this final.
‘The most important thing in this type of game is to reach your target, in this case the final of this competition,’
‘It’s very important for the players, for the club and especially for our fans. I’m delighted for them. Always this season they showed great passion and pushed us in every moment, difficult moments and positive moments’
‘This final will be a game between two great teams. Last season we arrived in the final as favourites; this season we will arrive not as favourites, but last season we lost the final despite being favourites at that moment.’
The game was solved in the second half thanks Oliver Giroud and Alvaro Morata, who substituted Giroud two minutes before go in goal.
“I knew we had to play against three central defenders who are very strong physically, so I decided to start with Olivier, but when Morata came on his impact was impressive, in the same way as Pedro and Bakayoko’s impact was.’
About Giroud: ‘He has been a good signing for us, for sure. I needed a player with his characteristics: strong physically, able to hold the ball up allow our no.10 to make combinations with him’.
About Morata: ‘He is an important striker. He is younger than Olivier and has less experience. He is less strong physically, but he is very fast to attack the space. I’m pleased for both of them.’