Spurs no longer the underdogs, says Chelsea's Antonio Conte
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 21:43
Pedro and Cesc Fabregas have both been world champions with Spain while Pedro, Gary Cahill, David Luiz and John Terry have all won the Champions League.
Swansea City manager Paul Clement says he is interested in signing John Terry when the veteran central defender leaves Chelsea this summer, providing his struggling side avoid relegation from the Premier League.
"I don't think if one team wins or loses it can affect the other competition", he added. "To challenge now this type of club, of team, is a very important thing for Tottenham".
Chelsea are seeking a win over Tottenham which, as well as securing a place in the FA Cup final, would boost morale and confidence for the Premier League run-in.
But when asked whether Ake - who has started just two games since being brought back prematurely from his loan spell at Bournemouth in January - could play against Spurs, Conte hinted he could opt to hand the full-back a surprise inclusion at Wembley Stadium.
"That's the reason why you play for a club like this". They have not won anything, maybe some players have some titles.
"Even with the disappointment of last season we have kept fighting, and this season we are in an even better position. we have to keep improving and get better for next season as well". Full backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker pushed up the pitch into winger roles, but dropping back when needed. "If you don't win, you are the devil", said Pochettino. "He's okay, he's doing well, he's still not with the group but he's at a very good level".
Arsenal great Thierry Henry has shared that he couldn't believe Tottenham celebrated the result which handed the Gunners the league title at White Hart Lane 13 years a go.
Their record at Wembley, however, has been poor.
"Is Wembley an advantage or a disadvantage?"
Responding to questions on the nature of the game on Saturday, Pochettino said at a press conference: "A tough game".
"It's not a simple situation now for us, because you have to consider that you have to play a semi-final in a great competition and then after two days and a half you have to play against Southampton, and Southampton have rested for 10 days". We need to use what happened in the past and try to do better.
It was reported by Sky Italia that the Nerazzurri are willing to meet the £25million release clause in Alderweireld's contract, but Pochettino remains unfazed by the interest.
There have been few setbacks since for Mauricio Pochettino's men outside of a ropey Europa League effort and they seem to be making a perfectly timed run on the two competitive fronts remaining. Players are too quick to move on from club to club now but congratulations to him.