Costa, Hazard rested for FA Cup semi

Tottenham dropped a toughie to Chelsea today in the FA Cup, falling 4-2 after coming back twice to tie the match.

"If you win the plan worked, if you don't the responsibility is on you".

Tottenham kept up the pressure and went close with a header from Eric Dier and a curling shot from Eriksen, but they were caught out at the back once again as Son - forced to play an unfamiliar role in place of Ben Davies - fouled Victor Moses in the box.

Eriksen whipped an incredible pass toDele Alli who diverted it past Courtois with a sliding volley in the 52nd minute.

As the game moved into its final stages, Chelsea restored their lead thanks to Eden Hazard's low drive but as their fans leave Wembley, it's very likely that they'll only be talking about one goal. In fact, that was the first goal he had scored all season long, but it couldn't have come at a better time. "Football today doesn't pay what we deserved but I totally understand football and sometimes you play well and don't win". In contrast, Tottenham were virtually at full strength even though they are only four points behind Chelsea in the league and play Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Hazard shot the ball through a crowded penalty area into the net in the 75th minute and then he teed up Nemanja Matic for a powerful strike off the inside of the crossbar.

Blues boss Conte raised eyebrows with his decision to start without the influential Hazard and Spain striker Costa for yesterday's 4-2 semi-final win over Tottenham.

Tottenham have now lost a record seven successive FA Cup semi-finals, while Chelsea have reached their seventh final since 2000 - more than any other team this century.

"We have to be careful how we build the team over the next two years".

With Spurs starting to build some momentum, Conte chose to introduce Hazard and Costa. I think to see this type of game England must be proud - proud to have this intense football, with this level of players.

It was a hard game for the team coming a day after the shock death of Ugo Ehiogu, the 44-year-old coach of Tottenham Under-23s who collapsed on the training ground on Thursday.

"It is not the end of the season with the FA Cup, we try again next season".

"We knew we have three tough games, one a semi-final which was our top priority and on Tuesday we play against a team that has been resting for 10 days", the Italian told reporters.

  • Julie Sanders