Published: Wed, April 26, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Chelsea have psychological staying power to win league

Chelsea have psychological staying power to win league

Despite controlling the game for long spells at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, Spurs set an unwanted record by becoming the first team ever to lose seven successive FA Cup semi-finals as Chelsea triumphed 4-2 to stay on the track to do the double. "Our answer was very good and for this reason I must be pleased".

Chelsea have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games at Stamford Bridge against Saints (W3 D3 L1), though this was last time out (1-3 loss in October 2015).

But Conte said: "In my team, I don't want selfish players. But we are ready to fight until the end".

Chelsea could complete the double in Conte's first season in charge after advancing to the FA Cup final where they will face Arsenal, on 27 May.

"I think the most important thing is to look at ourselves".

Chelsea made a blistering start to the Premier League tie and took the lead in the fifth minute when Hazard fired home a brilliant first-time finish from Diego Costa's cut-back. Goals are your life. "But for me I always said that I'm very pleased for his commitment, for his work for the team, because he's always working for the team". Sometimes when it's two against two and he passes, I tell him "Score yourself".

Dusan Tadic worked Courtois with a skidding effort and Gabbiadini hit the side-netting after again being left unmarked at a corner, moving Conte to angrily kick a bag beside the dug-out. If you remember, in the Tottenham press conference I said he was saving his goals for the final part of the season. "We can't put our finger really on why, a bit of luck, a bit of momentum swung their way and it was just hard to come back from that".

However, the 26-year-old feels he does not have the characteristics needed to serve as skipper in the Premier League.

Eden Hazard does not believe that he has the right attributes to succeed John Terry as Chelsea captain next season, despite skippering national side Belgium in the past.

"Gary [on Thursday] trained with us and also [on Friday]", Conte said. "In my team I don't want selfish players".

But the Frenchman rued the concession of goals at crucial periods in the game.

"We've got a big game this weekend, a hard game [at Everton]".

But the Blues were only the Premier League's third-highest spenders last summer, with Manchester City (£174.05m) and Manchester United (£149.55m) both struggling to secure Champions League qualification despite significantly greater investment. "Eden Hazard and Diego Costa played well and they were the difference".

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