Published: Sun, March 18, 2018

Leicester City Vs Chelsea - FA Cup quarter final

Leicester City Vs Chelsea - FA Cup quarter final

Chelsea take on Leicester in a quarter-final tie at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon and Conte has indicated he will pick his strongest possible side as he looks for an immediate response to being eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona in midweek.

Antonio Rudiger has talked up the importance of the FA Cup to Chelsea as they set their sights on silverware in 2018.

Asked to explain what he meant by "our level", Conte went on to claim that by winning the title last season, his players overachieved: "They performed 120%, maybe 130%". "To try to go to the next round and to reach the semifinal in the FA Cup".

The defending Premier League champions have staged a forgettable defence of that crown and suffered semi-final heartache against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.

"Do the players need to take responsibility?"

"We have to try to do both", Conte said. We try to do our best in every competition. I think the work of a coach must be judged not on victories, but on the improvement of the squad and the current value of the squad.

Leicester City may themselves be on an underwhelming run with just two wins from their last seven against two very ordinary teams, but to be fair to them, they haven't actually done that badly.

There has been constant speculation this season over the Italian's position, which will only increase if Chelsea fail to beat Leicester in the FA Cup on Sunday and then fall further adrift of the Premier League top-four by not beating Tottenham on April 1.

But just as he has done before each previous round, Pochettino talked down the importance of winning the trophy, saying his 2000 and 2006 Copa del Rey wins with Espanyol changed nothing for him or the Spanish club. Many players, they were here, when they finished 10th.

"We have a lot of young players, a lack of experience against teams like Barcelona".

"If you remember last season we won the title, and then you can see our transfer market". "We have to speak about the club, about the players, and to use "we", not 'I.' [The FA Cup] is an important trophy and we want to fight until the end but as you know, only one team wins this trophy".

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