Rudiger talks up FA Cup importance as Chelsea chase down final trophy

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The Blues won the Premier League and reached the FA Cup final in 2016-17, Conte's first season as boss, and have won trophies with regularity despite a high turnover of managers.

Chelsea have won just five of 17 matches in all competitions since the turn of the year, and the nature of their defeat to Barcelona has raised fears that they may be unable to regain momentum in the final weeks of the season, but Conte said his players do not have time to dwell on their disappointment.

Kelechi Iheanacho is averaging a goal or assist (9 goals, 1 assist) every 55 minutes in the FA Cup in his career, and has scored four goals so far this campaign.

Chelsea did manage to sign Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta, though star midfielder Nemanja Matic was controversially sold to United, while star duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois continue to be linked with Real Madrid.

"The culture of winning is so important but to create that culture, you need to work a lot and take many steps to arrive there".

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.

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Mauricio Pochettino is refusing to get distracted by the clamour for Tottenham to win trophies, insisting the long-term development of the club is more important.

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Leicester will fancy its chances of knocking off Antonio Conte's Chelsea, but Brighton, Swans, and Wigan all know their status is that of underdogs. We will see. I don't know.

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Conte has rotated his options in previous FA Cup rounds, but will field his first-choice line-up against the Foxes. We can do better in every aspect. "The FA Cup is still on for us, we have to go for it and that starts on Sunday".