Antonio Conte: Chelsea proof that spending doesn't guarantee success

Chelsea 4 Southampton 2: Risk, Cahill and Costa transfer Conte´s guys a step nearer

Chelsea 4 Southampton 2: Risk, Cahill and Costa transfer Conte´s guys a step nearer

Chelsea have gone 10 Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet for the first time since a run of 13 matches in December 1996.

Antonio Conte expressed discontent over his team being back in actions three days on from the 4-2 FA Cup semifinal triumph over Spurs and Claude Puel's Saints were certain to ask lots of questions of these despite falling behind early to Eden Hazard's 17th goal of the season.

"Otherwise, in this league, this season the name of the team [at the top] would not be Chelsea or Tottenham or Arsenal or Liverpool".

I am focused on the last month, and we will talk later.

Cedric Soares could become the first Southampton player since Kevin Davies in 2001 to receive a yellow card in four consecutive Premier League matches.

United face Spain's Celta Vigo in the semi-finals and the Portuguese said: "We can not give the club the Premier League, we have a 25 per cent chance to win the Europa League and we have to put everything on it".

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.

"Ability wise, there is only one player above Eden, and we all know who that is: Messi".

"For sure, to score the second goal at the end of the first half was very important for us".

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And Conte said: 'I think that we passed a big, big step. "We have to continue to work and try to improve our mistakes".

Puel has compared Romeu, who is expected to start against his former club after missing Saints' last two games through suspension, to Kante and the manager feels both men are nearly equals in terms of quality.

It's likely that one of Terry's last acts of a 22-year association with Chelsea will be to lift the Premier League trophy.

"For me, it is very important to develop our football", Conte said.

"It was a good win".

"After two wins it is normal to do this consideration that my decisions were right but it is not easy for the coach in this situation to make these strong choices", he told Sky Sports.

Conte juggled his team again on Tuesday starting with Costa and Hazard, who came off the bench at Wembley, and his tactics were rewarded.

A big psychological step after the defeat against Manchester United.

"I must be pleased because I have a squad of great men and great players".

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