Conte tells Chelsea to accept share of the blame

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       Mark Selby won a second world title minutes after Leicester City won the Premier League
Expand Mark Selby won a second world title minutes after Leicester City won the Premier League
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18 March, 2018

Mark Lawrenson is tipping Leicester City to ease to a slender win against Chelsea FC in the FA Cup quarter-final at the King Power Stadium on Sunday evening.

Conte, however, is adamant that he will not prioritise the remainder of the Premier League campaign over the chance for more silverware.

Asked by Italian reporters whether or not he can save his Chelsea job by winning the FA Cup, Conte replied: "Its' not an issue of winning a trophy or not". As is perceivable in the comparatively low percentages, there's generally quite a bit of good, old palpable discord about who should start against Leicester and I've got a feeling that the boss might surprise us in some capacity.

"We have to try to win this competition. On Sunday I will try to make the best decision because I want to go to the next round".

"It was a pity to go out of the Champions League, especially after two good performances against Barcelona, but this is football, this is life". "We must have great confidence to trust in our strength and to try to move on". And then the short competitions, like in the World Cup. In the last game we played at home we suffered against them.

The highlights show on Saturday will be presented by Dan Walker who will be joined by three-time FA Cup victor Martin Keown and former Manchester City keeper Shay Given. It won't be easy. It won't be easy because Leicester is a good team.

"To win a trophy in England is always very tough". Then [we have to] do our best also in the league, to find a place in the Champions League.

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Federer's flawless year continued thanks to his 7-5 6-4 victory over Jeremy Chardy en route to the quarter-finals on Wednesday. I was very happy that I was able to win the tournament there, not just get to the semis and get world number one.

"I think this is not a question for me, it's a question for the players".

Leicester have also never won the FA Cup, having last reached the quarter-finals of the competition against Chelsea in 2012, where they lost 5-2 against the Blues.

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The Foxes got the better of Peterborough and Sheffield United on their way to this clash and have every reason to believe that they can push Chelsea to the edge in the competition. "This must be our target".

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident there will not be an exodus of his star players should his side fail to finish in the Premier League top four.

A Champions League last-16 defeat by Barcelona has helped to narrow the focus at Stamford Bridge, with just one trophy left up for grabs.


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