Wembley victory no impact on battle for title, says Cesc

"It would be nice for both teams to be in a better position but we are where we are and we need to focus on getting a win which will give us some big momentum", Cattermole told the Sunderland website.

Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, but Fabregas is wary of Mauricio Pochettino's men, who sit four points behind them in the league table with six games to play.

And afterwards Cesc Fabregas stated his belief that Hazard was second in ability only to Barcelona's Lionel Messi and can improve if he is more "selfish" and shows a greater "killer instinct".

However, having seen a commanding 10-point lead eroded to just four, Conte's players can not afford a slip up at home to Southampton.

Eden Hazard is integral to Chelsea's present and future and Conte wants him to continue to put the team before himself.

"I think it's the choice of the manager".

GARTH CROOKS has named four Chelsea players in his latest team of the week.

"I have in my mind the starting 11 but Tuesday I want to check the physical condition of every player because our game [against Tottenham] was an intense game and we're still [low on] energy".

"But I understand that is football".

And Conte is uncertain if his team have struck a psychological blow by beating Spurs. To win this league is hard, so we must be proud in our work.

Arsene Wenger was proud of how Arsenal stepped up to the occasion and silenced critics to reach the FA Cup final. And for us it's great.

"This week is crucial for us because in this week Tottenham have the advantage", Conte said. "I'm trying to win games, to create some chance, to score some goals, and I did".

Chelsea host ninth-placed Southampton in Tuesday's league clash before visiting sixth-placed Everton on Sunday.

Tottenham came into the FA Cup tie looking to heap more pressure on the Blues in the Premier League.

Now we're just building and we need time.

Nathan Ake could keep his place in the back three after stepping in to deputise for Gary Cahill, who was admitted to hospital last week with gastroenteritis.

Eden Hazard scored an wonderful goal for Chelsea in their 4-2 win against Tottenham at Wembley on April 23.

Conte considers Bayern Munich boss Ancelotti "the best Italian coach" but insists winning the Premier League and FA Cup would carry a different significance for a Chelsea squad that has lost established figures Branislav Ivanovic and John Obi Mikel this season, and is set to see captain John Terry depart in the summer.

  • Julie Sanders


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