Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: What I think of Mark Clattenburg exit

Antonio Conte and John Terry arrived at Molineux Stadium knowing that non-league Lincoln City had eliminated Burnley and Millwall had knocked out the crumbling Leicester City.

At the moment he is concentrating on Chelsea’s bid to win both trophies and doesn’t want to provide a possible distraction for the club’s hopes.

With just five minutes on the clock, George Saville came agonisingly close when he struck the post after Kurt Zouma failed to clear. The match was quite even until just after the hour mark where a cross from Willian was met at the back post by Pedro. Pedro often struggled with his defensive duties in the formation, especially after coming up against a tough opponent in Helder Costa and the left side for Chelsea was a notable weakness with Eden Hazard also reluctant to help out the defence.

The goals came from two of Chelsea’s Spanish stars, Pedro and Diego Costa. It was a reward for his tireless running.

“We must continue to put the team above all”.

“Wolverhampton started the game very well with great intensity”.

“We’ll need to punch above our weight, but first and foremost we have to do what we’re good at, not play Chelsea’s way, or into their way of playing”. For me, he’s a very important player, my captain and he’s important on and off the pitch. “I think that’s the right way to have a good dressing room”, Conte continued. “Wolverhampton deserve my compliments for the performance”.

The double is well and truly on and Conte says his inspirational former England captain is a big part of his plans – for now.

Now in the FA Cup we are in the quarter-final, I am pleased for this because it shows that we are working very well. “It is great to have these type of players in my squad because I can count on them”.

Costa sealed a place in the quarter-finals in the 89th minute after defender Matt Doherty inadvertently deflected a pass into his path. However, lack of participation in Europe means that they can conserve their energy and make a run in the league, where they are now eight points ahead of nearest challengers Manchester City. Conte was absent that day.

Wolves are up against odds of 8/1 with Sky Bet to claim another major scalp, with Chelsea 4/11 favourites to progress in 90 minutes while the draw and a resulting replay is a 4/1 chance.

While neither Conte or Terry have confirmed it yet, the veteran centre half is expected to leave Chelsea at the end of the season when his contract expires.

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