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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte speaking after today’s 2-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final, also provided a comment on the final against Manchester United, which will take place on 19th of May.

The Italian manager said: “This final will be a game between two great teams.

Last season we arrived in the final as favourites, while this season we will arrive not as favourites, but last season we lost the final despite being favourites at that moment”.

Chelsea suffered a 2-1 defeat in 2017 FA Cup final against Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey denied Antonio Conte’s team a league the double following Premier League title.

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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.’

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After Chelsea‘s win vs Southampton at St. Mary’s today, the Blues manager Antonio Conte praised the reaction of his men in the second half when they were down 2-0.

In every moment of the game you must think positive despite the result. I was very angry for our first half. We didn’t show great desire and great will to fight. I was very disappointed”. Conte said. “In the second half we showed great character and a great reaction. We showed the right fire in our eyes. We must be pleased for the second half. It’s not important to win, lose or draw. The important thing is to play with a great intensity and fight from the beginning until the end”.

In particular, Conte commented on Olivier Giroud’s performance and explained why the French striker didn’t start the game: “I’m very happy for him. We changed something in the second half and the difference was the approach and the will to fight. It was a great difference between both halves. We have two strikers. Olivier arrived in January after a bad muscular problem. I tried to make the best decision for the team. In the previous games Morata scored against Leicester and Tottenham. I have two good strikers and I try to make the right decision”.

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Southampton‘s manager Mark Hughes is very disappointed after his team loss to Chelsea this afternoon: a defeat which could cost the Saints the relegation.

It’s a blow. They’ve taken blows all year. We need to stick our chests out and get on with it”. Hughes said. “We had a bad period for eight to ten minutes. Antonio’s got a top reaction from his players. It’s disappointing two games running now. People will say we deserved something out of both of them. It’s a case of understanding the group and games like this. I know now which guys I can trust and use. It simplifies my choice in selection”.

Then Hughes commented also on Marcos Alonso‘s challenge on Tadic: “Poor challenge. Should have been a red card. The officials were all within a 10-15 yard radius. It was a bad tackle and it could have had serious consequences for Shane. Referees have got to get them right. Maybe that’s why they’re not at the World Cup this summer”.

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Earlier today, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Southampton.

The Blues coach revealed his goals for the last part of the season and said he is not worried about the speculations on the name of next season’s manager: “My job is to work with these players and finish the season as strongly as possible. Conte said. “There is always speculation around our position, not only for me but for a lot of coaches. It’s our job. For me, the most important thing is to be focused on Chelsea and finish in the best possible way. We want to improve our position. It’s difficult and we know that, but at the same time we have to give everything to get points and then to see what happens at the end of the season. It will be very difficult to reduce this gap, but we must try to do this until the end of the season.”

During his press conference Conte also spoke about Drinkwater and Christensen: “Danny is having an unlucky season,” Conte said. “He started this season with a problem in his calf, then he continued to have problems. Now he is struggling with a problem in the groin. We are talking about a good midfielder, a good player. I trust him.”

“We are talking about a young player.” – then the Blues manager went on about Christensen. “For him it is the first season playing at this level. Playing at this level means you lose a lot of mental energy. It could be that he is a bit tired in this respect. At the same time, to have the possibility to play Gary Cahill is right. We are talking about an important player not only for Chelsea, but also for the national team. I have this opportunity to make rotations, especially in the defensive line. When I see some situations, I try to change something. For sure Christensen can contribute in the last few weeks of the season. I have four central defenders at the moment. From now until the end I will make rotations and give everyone the possibility to play.”

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Earlier today Chelsea midfielder Willian spoke during a press conference ahead of the friendlies Brazil will play in this international break.

The Blues player hopes to get a place in the squad for the World Cup and to do better than he did in 2014.

I will do my best to get better than I was in 2014,” Willian said. “You mature, you learn things. This time I have done specific work and I’ve changed all the food in my house to be in the best condition I can be. Every professional has their way of working. I prefer not to go back in time and talk about 2014,”

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Speaking during the pre-game press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League game vs Barcelona at Camp NouWillian has revealed he and his team-mates have one additional reason to perform at their best.

For sure this is a fantastic stadium with a big pitch. I think that every single player needs to play this type of game must be excited, to play this type of game. Willian said. “A lot of my players have never played in this stadium. This is the first time and we want to do our best.”


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Speaking to the press ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge, the Blues manager Antonio Conte claimed Roy Hodgson‘s side could be dangerous even if Wilfried Zaha won’t be playing.

I remember in the first game earlier this season when we lost away, he scored and he created a lot of problems. But I think Crystal Palace is not only Zaha. Conte said when asked about the Palace’s winger.  Townsend, for me, is a really good player. There is Benteke. There are many good players in this squad. To see them in this position in the table is a bit strange. Crystal Palace, I think, lost the last couple of games and deserved more, against Tottenham and against United. They lost right at the end of the game. We must pay great attention. We need a good performance and we need to get three points. We are playing against a really good team with good, talented players. For sure, we need to get three points tomorrow.”

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game vs Chelsea.

The Blues have lost their last two games but the fact Antonio Conte‘s side want to react and bounce back could represent one more difficulty for Crystal Palace.

When you come against a team not having the best of times, that can be a very dangerous time to play them. Hodgson said. “They have fantastic players and are a brilliantly run club, a powerful club. Not too many positives I can take. We can only hope that we can reproduce the recent performances against similar opponents, and give them as good a game as we did against Spurs and United. If we can reproduce the performance from the last two games we will have a chance of getting something”.

Also Roy Hodgson revealed that Wilfried Zaha is recovering from his injury and he can be part of the team who will travel to Stamford Bridge.  “He has had a ball at his feet for a while and been training solo, with the physios. He was able to join in with the team today in a modified session, which is enormous progress. We are very happy his progress has been as fast as it has been, but we have to be careful as it was a serious injury. We will see how he feels. He will be with us tomorrow in another light session, but it has been a remarkable recovery and we have to be careful. We can’t think after two light sessions he can be the Wilfried Zaha we have seen before the injury”.

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In his press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game vs Manchester City, the Blues manager Antonio Conte revealed Ross Barkley will be part of the team who will travel to Manchester.

Ross Barkley trained with us this week and now he’s recovered from his injury,” Conte told reporters. “He will come with us and then I will decide if I find a place on the bench for him, or if he will be in the stand for another week.”

However, David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu and Tiemoue Bakayoko are injured and they will miss the big match vs Pep Guardiola‘s side.


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