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It will be difficult for Chelsea to win the FA Cup - Conte

Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte had stated that winning the FA Cup will be difficult this campaign.

Fifth place Chelsea face Southampton at the Wembley on Sunday in the semi final.

Yesterday  Manchester United defeated Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday and secure their place in the FA Cup final.

The FA Cup seems to be the only silverware left for both Manchester United and Chelsea this campaign .

"I must be honest and I think that last season we missed a great chance to win the FA Cup and, also in the Community Shield this season, we missed a great chance," Conte told reporters.

"This season, I think that if you can win against Southampton and to reach the final it will be more difficult against Tottenham or Manchester United. Last season, we were in the best condition to win the FA Cup and I think we missed that chance last season and it was our fault.

"I remember that some refereeing decisions weren’t good. The first goal that they scored with Alexis Sanchez was handball. Then we finished the game with 10 men. Despite this we managed to draw level but we conceded a goal at the last moment because of our mistake. Last season Arsenal did a great job to win the FA Cup.

"For sure, [Arsene Wenger] has a great capacity to prepare his team. His career speaks very clearly. You can win only once because you are lucky, but if you win many times then that means you are a winning man. When you are a winning man, you transfer your winning mentality to your team.

"Last season, I repeat, the final of the FA Cup, we could have done better. We had a great chance to win the FA Cup because in that moment we were stronger than them. This season it will be more difficult.

"You have to know that I play only to win. I don’t play to enjoy. I play only to win. I try to transfer this mentality to my player. Every season I start with only one idea in my mind. [Even] if you know that maybe it will be impossible to win something during the season. In my mind, heart and soul there is always this mentality and I try to transfer this mentality to my players. If I win something, I did my job, not something special.

"When I don’t win, I am very angry with myself but at the same time I am ready to work harder to try to win something in my next chance."


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