Bullish Chelsea coach Antonio Conte heaps pressure on Tottenham ahead of FA Cup semi-final game

simon johnson

Antonio Conte faced the media on Friday as his Chelsea side trained one last time before their FA Cup semi-final clash against London rivals Tottenham.

The Blues made their way to Stamford Bridge to be put through their paces ahead of the derby at Wembley Stadium before Conte was asked about the fitness of his team by the press and whether he thinks Tottenham will be underdogs on Saturday.

After confirming Thibaut Courtois will return from an ankle injury but that Gary Cahill will miss out through illness, Conte then dismissed Mauricio Pochettino's claim that Chelsea are favourites to triumph at Wembley.

"I think that Tottenham must be considered at the top, because Tottenham now is a really great power in English football," he said.

"They have been working (under Pochettino) three years and I think it’s the right moment to not consider them the underdog and have this excuse."

Standard Sport's Simon Johnson reacts to Conte's press conference on Friday ahead of the club's FA Cup semi-final against Spurs.