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Fabregas: FA Cup win over Spurs gives us no Premier League advantage

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There were four Premier League games on Saturday. I am very happy for the team because we are going to play a final.

Conte reckons players can only be great by playing as part of a team.

If Spurs can not find the back of the net early on, pressure will grow throughout the match away from home as they look to keep Chelsea on their toes.

The win provisionally puts Chelsea seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham with five matches to play, as Mauricio Pochettino's team prepare to face Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Conte did rotate at Wembley, leaving Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Fabregas on the substitutes' bench. And there were two goals in the first half for Willian, Hazard's replacement.

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard says he is only focused on finishing the season on a high and is not thinking about his long-term future. Hazard and Diego Costa only played 30 minutes over the weekend and the team doesn't suffer from any major injuries or suspensions apart from Gary Cahill.

'Last season, we were third, Tottenham's best place in the Premier League, ' added Pochettino.

"It is true we will feel disappointed if we do not win at the end of the season, but it is important to see where we came from".

Tuesday in England will be the match of the 34th round of the Premier League, where "Chelsea" will take "Southampton".

"Yes, for sure it would be my greatest achievement", said Conte, who has a domestic double in his sights having masterminded a 4-2 FA Cup semi-final win against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday.

"I felt as well that what was questioned was answered on the pitch", the Frenchman said, responding to claims by critics that Arsenal lacked spirit.

Arsenal's hopes of maintaining Arsene Wenger's ideal record in qualifying for the Champions League are slim - seven points adrift of City but with a game in hand. "Otherwise, in this league, this season the name of the team wasn't Chelsea or Tottenham or Arsenal or Liverpool".

"This season isn't the only season the Manchester clubs have spent a lot of money".

The fantastic season Conte and Chelsea are having can not be exaggerated. Steve Agnew's' appointment as interim manager last month after Aitor Karanka's dismissal has brought no upturn in fortunes.

They have also only won two of eight league games against the top six so far and Lloris believes that experience is letting them down when it matters. Mourinho replaced Claudio Ranieri, one of football's nice guys and a loveable loser until his Leicester City adventure.

City hoped for silverware in Pep Guardiola's first season as manager but that will not happen. "It's these little details that make you champions or not". When we dominate large spells, Chelsea found a way to win and it was similar a couple of years ago in the cup final.

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