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Conte plotting FA Cup redemption

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte is hoping to win this season’s edition of the FA Cup after last year’s defeat to Arsenal in the Wembley showpiece. The Blues were favorites to defeat The Gunners in the final but lost to Arsene Wenger’s team.
Chelsea were looking to win the Double but were crushed by a spirited display by Arsenal, a situation Conte will be desperate to avoid. Chelsea booked a semi-final spot after beating Leicester City in the FA Cup sixth at The King Power Stadium.

The FA Cup represents the only chance of the Blues winning silverware this term after making a mess of their title defence as well as crashing out of the Champions League to Barcelona in the Round of 16 stage.

Goals from Spanish duo, Pedro and Alvaro Morata helped Chelsea defeat the Foxes on Sunday, though the league champions had to take the extra time to confirm qualification. Chelsea have now set up a last 4 clash with Southampton with the game to take place on the penultimate weekend of April.

Speaking after the Leicester game, Conte said, “This trophy is very important,’. ‘Last season, it was a pity to lose the final. This season our target is to try and do our best and reach the final again this season. ‘We must be ready to fight to try to reach the final at Wembley for the second time in a row.

It will be very important for us, but we have to know that Southampton have the same idea as us. It will be very difficult. ‘When we are able to reach the final, I want to try to change the final result compared to last season.’

Chelsea are expected to defeat Southampton in the semifinals but face a difficult final as the other game sees Tottenham face off against Manchester United. Chelsea have won the FA Cup seven times but were beaten by Arsenal in last year’s final, a defeat which denied Conte the Double in his first season in English football.

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