Sport Conte: Spurs are not underdogs

20:30  21 april  2017
20:30  21 april  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Chelsea boss Conte tells Spurs to ditch underdogs tag

  Chelsea boss Conte tells Spurs to ditch underdogs tag The Blues manager claimed Tottenham are "a really great power" in England and thinks the club should ditch the underdog "excuse"Antonio Conte says it is time for Tottenham to ditch their underdogs tag and does not feel the result of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final will have a bearing in the Premier League title run-in.

The Blues currently lead the Premier League, a position Conte never envisaged, from second place Spurs by seven points with nine matches remaining. “But, I repeat, Chelsea were underdogs at the start of the season but now we are top and we want to keep this position. “There are 27 points

April 21 (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur should no longer be considered " underdogs " after sustaining a Premier League title challenge for the second consecutive season, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between the two sides. Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs

Antonio Conte says Tottenham are a "great power in English football" and insists they can no longer be considered "underdogs".

Spurs are four points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League after seven wins in a row helped them to cut the gap to Conte's side, who have suffered losses to Crystal Palace and Manchester United this month.

Chelsea meet Mauricio Pochettino's team at Wembley in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final and Conte believes Tottenham challenging for the Premier League title for the second year in a row shows they are not to be underestimated, disagreeing with the Argentine's assessment on Thursday that Spurs were underdogs for the clash.

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“ underdogs ” after sustaining a Premier League title challenge for the second consecutive season, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said ahead of Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs , who lost the league title to Leicester City and finished third last campaign, trail leaders Chelsea by four points with six games

Antonio Conte has rejected the theory that Tottenham might be the underdogs in their FA Cup semi-final by claiming they have to stand up and win something soon. Conte was reacting to Mauricio Pochettino's claims that Chelsea were the favourites at Wembley because they have more experience

The Italian said: "Tottenham are a really great power in English football, they are working for three years.

"They are a great team, they are showing for the second year to fight for the title. Last year they missed this, they are doing it again and are full of great, strong players.

"They are building something important. There is a moment you have to finish to be considered underdogs, this is the moment."

Elsewhere, Conte says the most important thing is that Thibaut Courtois has recovered from his ankle injury after missing the defeat to United.

Sky Sports News HQ understands Courtois sustained the problem while playing basketball in a commercial shoot, with the 24-year-old replaced for the Old Trafford defeat by Asmir Begovic, but Conte was only concerned with the goalkeeper's recovery rather than how he picked up the injury.

"The most important thing is he recovered and he trained with us this week. This is the most important thing, then I speak with my club, the conversation is kept private," Conte said.

"Commercial work is important to a club, it is very important. It is important always to have a good link and then have the best decision to improve."

Conte flummoxed by Chelsea schedule .
The Blues boss thinks his side's short turnaround may hinder their title chancesAntonio Conte does not feel Chelsea's 4-2 FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham will hinder their rivals in the Premier League title race because this week's fixture schedule puts his men at a disadvantage.

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