Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Beating Spurs in FA Cup has no bearing on league, says Conte

Beating Spurs in FA Cup has no bearing on league, says Conte

Antonio Conte praised the character of his Chelsea players after they came through a tough examination against Southampton with a 4-2 win to take them a step closer to the Premier League title.

But the Italian does not expect Chelsea's progress to the finish line to be quite as serene with Tottenham only four points behind heading into the final six Premier League matches.

With six games to go and a four-point lead, Chelsea's task is very simple: win all four home games we have left (Southampton, Middlesbrough, Watford, Sunderland) and collect at least two points from the two away games (Everton, West Brom) to guarantee the title.

"We played in the way we wanted to play, and that's the most important thing".

"The motivation is always there and we will find it again because it's our passion to play football", the Argentine said. From the beginning we ran after the game, we ran after the score.

Conte stopped short of confirming he would restore both Hazard and Costa to his starting team on Tuesday, saying: "I have another day to decide best 11 - they are in good condition, good form".

The Belgium global has bounced back with some style from his poor last season and is once again a key player in the Blues' title race and charge for the FA Cup trophy.

Beating Spurs in FA Cup has no bearing on league, says Conte
Beating Spurs in FA Cup has no bearing on league, says Conte

"It was a crucial moment because it was just before half-time and in your mind, especially in Chelsea's minds, they got an advantage".

"We just to have win our games".

"If you play like we did today then you can't be anxious. we gave our best".

Hazard scored Chelsea's first following a Fabregas through-ball and Costa lay-off.

"I repeat, if you ask me last [summer], after our 10th place, that this season we stay on top of the table and reach the FA Cup final, but didn't change a lot, I think it's great. I know the history but I believe this is an exciting team", Pochettino said. We knew before that this game can have maybe an impact for the rest of the season. "In the way we play, we try to push but it was not enough".

Tottenham appear to have a more hard run-in, with fixtures against Palace, Arsenal, West Ham, Manchester United, Leicester and Hull.

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