Cahill pushing for return for Chelsea against Southampton

Chelsea's Eden Hazard vies for the ball with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama center right during their English FA Cup semifinal match at Wembley stadium in London Saturday April 22

Substitute Eden Hazard edged Chelsea into a 3-2 lead before Nemanja Matic's long-range strike wrapped up three points for the Premier League leaders.

Conte believes this is a crucial week for Chelsea and the title race, with games against Southampton and Everton.

Chelsea face a Southampton side who have had 10 days to prepare while Tottenham, who have the benefit of one more day of rest than Chelsea, play a Palace side who were in action on Sunday against Liverpool.

"It could be that one team needs, for example, only one or two players because they already have a very strong squad".

"Maybe it has been a little bit of an advantage because we didn't have to rotate as much". When you arrive in a great team like Chelsea it's very hard to try to speak and lead.

The Italian has already discussed Chelsea's plans for the summer with the director, Marina Granovskaia, and the technical director, Michael Emenalo, with the leaders hoping to strengthen significantly themselves before their return to the Champions League next season. "We will see for the future, we are confident in him and, for me, he can look to getting in the selection with Spain, for example", via BBC Sport. "In the last 30 minutes I chose to put on Eden and Diego and then Cesc who was also very important for us", he added.

Costa is now on a five-match run without a goal in the Premier League; his longest goalless streak in league competition since a six-game run between December 2012 and January 2013 in the Spanish Liga with Atl├ętico de Madrid.

But Conte's bold moves proved inspired as Hazard's replacement Willian put Chelsea ahead early on and then restored their lead in the second half after Harry Kane's equaliser. It's not easy to start without two really important players in Diego and Eden but you have to take responsibility.

Tottenham's latest failure on the big occasion raised renewed questions about a talented team's ability to turn potential into prizes.

A seventh successive FA Cup semi-final defeat sent the Tottenham fans home with a familiar empty feeling, although the club could still be on the verge of something special.

"I can't change the past".

"Honestly I don't know".

Conte maintains Kante, a Premier League victor with Leicester last season, can get even better.

Pochettino did his best to accentuate the positives of a enterprising display and refused to acknowledge a lack of killer instinct had derailed his side.

Fabregas added: "To have these kind of players and then when we are struggling at 2-2 in the second half we can bring these type of players it's fantastic and it worked very well".