Chelsea still a team in transition, says Antonio Conte

Tottenham, though, face a tough challenge on Wednesday when they travel to fellow London club Crystal Palace who have in recent weeks seen off Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Just 10 minutes after Chelsea defeated Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final, Antonio Conte was already thinking about tonight's game. "He's in Doha (playing for Qatari club Al Sadd) and he was a Barcelona player - he's my enemy", the former Espanyol coach said with a smile. It's normal (ity). It's right for them to do this, to reinforce their teams, if they think this is the right way to win the title.

"To win in England these days is not easy".

"Now it's a good season". He averages 3.4 yellows a game and has sent off just two players in 21 matches this season.

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Jose Mourinho's United bought Paul Pogba for a world record fee of £89million and Pep Guardiola's City made big outlays on players including £50m defender John Stones.

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge in London on April 25, 2017. I was pleased, he played a really good game and he is important for us. "Look at the past".

Asked if he expects the Manchester giants to spend heavily again this summer, Conte replied: "Yeah, but like every year".

"Gary trained yesterday and also today", Conte said.

"He added: "(We want) to build, also, slowly slowly to become a real power".

His decision to start Hazard, Costa and Fabregas on the bench against Spurs was vindicated, as was the call to restore the trio - and Cahill - to the starting line-up here.

The psychological damage inflicted on Tottenham's players can't be underestimated and they have little time to recover as the title race heats up this week. It is understood the players involved are predominantly from the youth teams. I don't want to go into the situation of the other teams, other clubs, other managers. "C'mon, lets try to win the next game".

Arsenal has slipped to seventh place, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City but has games in hand on the sides above it. Manager Arsene Wenger was encouraged by the character his side showed to come from behind to defeat Manchester City in their FA Cup semifinal at Wembley on Sunday.

Chelsea won the reverse fixture 2-0 at St Mary's.

Conte allayed fears over the integral pair's fitness and confirmed that they are both fit and ready for the visit of Claude Puel's men. It was admittedly unlikely they were going to keep one against the side that is officially the second best in the country but Conte will be working overtime trying to work out how a side that kept six consecutive league shut-outs (across October and November) has gone so cold.