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Sport Conte: Spurs are not underdogs

20:30  21 april  2017
20:30  21 april  2017 Source:   skysports.com

Conte wants to stay with Chelsea for a long time

  Conte wants to stay with Chelsea for a long time Inter are reportedly keen on offering Antonio Conte a mega-money return to Serie A but the Chelsea boss is happy at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is keen on a long-term stay at Stamford Bridge as a brilliant first season in the Premier League looks set to end in glory.

Antonio Conte says Tottenham are a "great power in English football" and insists they can no longer be considered " underdogs ". Spurs are four points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League after seven wins in a row helped them to cut the gap to Conte 's side

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte rejects claim that Tottenham Hotspur are underdogs in their FA Cup clash. Spurs are four points behind leaders Chelsea in the table, and it has been suggested this result could impact the league momentum.

Antonio Conte says Tottenham are a "great power in English football" and insists they can no longer be considered "underdogs".

Spurs are four points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League after seven wins in a row helped them to cut the gap to Conte's side, who have suffered losses to Crystal Palace and Manchester United this month.

Chelsea meet Mauricio Pochettino's team at Wembley in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final and Conte believes Tottenham challenging for the Premier League title for the second year in a row shows they are not to be underestimated, disagreeing with the Argentine's assessment on Thursday that Spurs were underdogs for the clash.

Conte: I hope to stay at Chelsea for a long time

  Conte: I hope to stay at Chelsea for a long time Inter are reportedly keen on offering the Italian a mega-money return to Serie A but the Blues boss is happy at Stamford BridgeChelsea head coach Antonio Conte is keen on a long-term stay at Stamford Bridge as a brilliant first season in the Premier League looks set to end in glory.

Antonio Conte says Tottenham are a "great power in English football" and insists they can no longer be considered " underdogs ". Read the rest of this post (external).

Conte : Spurs are not underdogs anymore. "We have this problem," he added. "There is only one captain in Chelsea now and it is JT, if he plays or doesn’t play.

The Italian said: "Tottenham are a really great power in English football, they are working for three years.

"They are a great team, they are showing for the second year to fight for the title. Last year they missed this, they are doing it again and are full of great, strong players.

"They are building something important. There is a moment you have to finish to be considered underdogs, this is the moment."

Elsewhere, Conte says the most important thing is that Thibaut Courtois has recovered from his ankle injury after missing the defeat to United.

Sky Sports News HQ understands Courtois sustained the problem while playing basketball in a commercial shoot, with the 24-year-old replaced for the Old Trafford defeat by Asmir Begovic, but Conte was only concerned with the goalkeeper's recovery rather than how he picked up the injury.

"The most important thing is he recovered and he trained with us this week. This is the most important thing, then I speak with my club, the conversation is kept private," Conte said.

"Commercial work is important to a club, it is very important. It is important always to have a good link and then have the best decision to improve."

Conte: My changes worked .
Antonio Conte felt vindicated in his decision to rest Diego Costa and Eden Hazard in the FA Cup after they starred against Southampton. Costa scored twice and Hazard opened the scoring as Chelsea tightened their grip on the title with a 4-2 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.The win stretched Conte's side lead at the top to seven points.Conte restored Hazard and Costa to his line-up after starting them on the bench at Wembley on Saturday for the 4-2 semi-final win over Spurs and the Italian feels his changes were justified.

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