Chelsea fans desperate to beat Southampton

Hazel Gray
April 25, 2017

Asked if beating Spurs in the FA Cup gave his side a psychological edge for the title run-in, Conte replied: "I don't think so. I think, for us, it was important this win, because you reach the final in the FA Cup, a great competition, and for us it's great to know that a week after we finish the championship, we have to play a final in the FA Cup", Conte said at a news conference.

"The decision was to be more offensive, play in a way to win the game always".

Hazard scored his 15th goal of the season after coming off the bench as Chelsea beat Spurs 4-2 at Wembley, underlining his importance to Conte's double-chasing squad.

Conte reckons players can only be great by playing as part of a team.

"[Gabbiadini] is a really talented player with a fantastic left foot, one of the best in the world because it is unbelievable the way he kicks the ball".

"I think that every team must understand which are their priorities, and then try and understand which are the problems they are facing now, and the problems they could have in the future", he explained. I want a big effort in the last three or four weeks to try to achieve. We are focused. For sure we are disappointed, but that is football.

"Saturday's team selection was a gamble for Antonio Conte but what he was saying was: 'If I win the FA Cup it's a bonus but I'm here to win the Premier League'".

"We have six games to play in the league and we need to win five if Tottenham win all of theirs, so we will see".

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Defender Gary Cahill is Chelsea's only doubt after he missed the cup semi with gastroenteritis, but Conte said the England worldwide has returned to training and could feature.

Referee: Lee Mason - this will be Mr. Mason's first Chelsea match of the season; we last saw him in the 2-1 win over Norwich City back in March of 2016. On the other hand, the Blues have come unstuck in two of their previous four, but did react with the FA Cup semi-success over Tottenham to somewhat stop the blip.

"This season isn't the only season the Manchester clubs have spent a lot of money". We played well but it's hard to win, that's football.

'We will take the best decisions to achieve things and improve next season again.

However, the Chelsea manager is of the view that his players need to put the team ahead of themselves, as do all great players around the world.

Chelsea will face the Saints with midfielder N Golo Kante having been named the Professional Footballers Association player of the year on Sunday.

Conte maintains Kante, a Premier League victor with Leicester last season, can get even better. "It's a great achievement", the Chelsea boss added.

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