Chelsea boss Conte takes aim at Man Utd and Man City

Antonio Conte claimed on Sunday that winning the double for Chelsea this season would be a greater achievement than the club's previous Premier League and FA Cup success under Carlo Ancelotti.

Conte arrived at Chelsea having steered an unfancied Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 - a post he took having won three consecutive Serie A crowns with Juventus.

The defenseman featured in Chelsea's preceding FA Cup triumphs over Brentford and Wolves before in the contest and is poised to confront Spurs at Wembley.

Asked if the title would be his best achievement, Conte said: "Yes, for sure". "We have six games to play in the league, and we need to win five if Tottenham win all of theirs, so we will see". They are winners. Another thing is to win titles. The club's restricted transfer budget and limited wage structure means they might have to look for players that are past their best but input off the pitch could be just as valuable as the contribution made on it.

"To do it in England these days is not easy".

Chelsea have already lost at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this month, however, with Crystal Palace securing a 2-1 victory when they travelled to the league leaders on April 1. If we'd scored first maybe it would have been our game.

"It will remain a good season. Then we can congratulate everyone and try next season". "This is a crucial week for us".

Hugo Lloris starts in goal for the 38th time this season, despite conceding more than two goals for the first time this season on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will reconvene for the Manchester derby on Thursday, with City a point and a spot above fifth-placed opponents United, who hope to have world-record signing Paul Pogba fit and available.

Conte, whose side play Southampton on Tuesday night, said: "This season it's very important to understand that it's not always about who spends more money who wins".

"But we have trained very well this season and we have a lot of energy to face this type situation", Conte added.

The 26-year-old Belgian and his teammates will have to refocus after the delight of beating main title rivals Tottenham 4-2 in their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, perhaps at the same time landing a psychological blow. Or you might need more players and you have to spend a lot more money.

"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". "And to build, also, slowly to become a real power in the future". Earlier in the week Puel said Romeu was "not far off" recent PFA Player's Player of the Year recipient N'Golo Kante.

However it is Conte's men who top the table, with the Manchester sides scrapping it out for a top four berth.

  • Julie Sanders