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Conte commends Chelsea after Leicester city win


Antonio Conte commended his team’s character as Chelsea advanced to the FA Cup semi-finals after battling to a 2-1 win at Leicester.

The Blues needed extra-time to get past their opponents with the winning goal coming via the head of substitute Pedro.

Earlier, Alvaro Morata gave Chelsea the lead on the stroke of half-time after latching onto a neat through ball from Willian before clipping the ball into the net.

However, Jamie Vardy’s finish from close range levelled the tie but the runners-up of last year’s competition would prevail.

The west London club shook off a midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona to book their place at Wembley and Conte claimed he felt his players deserved to beat the Foxes.

The Italian said: “I think we must be pleased with the character that we showed.

“It wasn’t easy to play against Leicester because I think they are a good team with great players and we must pay great attention, especially when we are attacking because they have very good players who attack the space and the defensive line.

“We played with great concentration and great desire.

“I think my players deserved to reach the semi-finals.”

Morata’s strike was his first since Boxing Day, but the out-of-form striker looked a changed man in this game and his boss was very happy with the Spaniard’s performance.

Conte added: “It’s important [Morata’s goal] to score and if you score your confidence starts to go up otherwise you are not happy.

“I’m very happy with Alvaro’s performance with and without the ball. He worked hard for the team.”

The Blues will take on Southampton at Wembley for a place in the final, while Manchester United face Tottenham in the other tie.

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