Conte tells Chelsea to accept share of the blame

Conte tells Chelsea to accept share of the blame

Darren Sullivan
March 18, 2018

The Blues won the Premier League and reached the FA Cup final in 2016-17, Conte's first season as boss, and have won trophies with regularity despite a high turnover of managers. The FA Cup has taken on particular importance for the Italian given his side also languish 25 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League and, with eight games remaining, stand no chance of retaining their status as champions.

"Don't forget that two years ago Chelsea finished 10th, with many players who have featured this season", said Conte. I don't mean that the team that wins the FA Cup or the Copa del Rey doesn't deserve to win it but sometimes you win because the draw is kind to you.

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois admitted he was partly at fault for Chelsea's defeat to Barcelona in midweek and Conte may take the opportunity to give him a rest.

Chelsea FC will make the trip to 2016 Premier League champions Leicester with a place in the semi-finals at Wembley up for grabs.

He told Chelsea's official website: "It doesn't matter what the competition is, if you have the chance to win a trophy you have to go for it".

Asked if Chelsea might be a less attractive destination for top players without Champions League football, Conte replied by pointing to the fact that they fared little better in last summer's transfer window despite dealing from a position of greater strength.

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"In any given fixture, they're well capable of producing something special and I think Leicester will really enjoy this challenge".

We have to try to do both.

"Yes the pressure is on Chelsea", he said, reports the Mail. "I think this is not the most important thing, if you win or stay in the Champions League".

To avoid losing our last hope of silverware, Chelsea should therefore resort to a strong, competitive eleven for Sunday's clash, with rotation kept to a minimum.

"We have a lot of young players, a lack of experience against teams like Barcelona". We will see. I don't know.

Carlos Carvalhal is more concerned with keeping Swans up than winning an FA Cup, but he's certainly not going to betray his club's momentum by giving less than his best against Spurs. "For this reason I'll pick the best solution for Sunday's game".