Chelsea Fc Fa Cup Titles For Essays

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte paid tribute to the performances of his back-up players as his in-form team moved a step closer to a league and cup double.

The Italian made seven changes for Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at second-tier Wolverhampton Wanderers, which the Premier League leaders won 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Pedro and Diego Costa.

With Chelsea eight points clear in the Premier League and with at least two sides from outside the top flight having reached the FA Cup quarter-finals, the Londoners’ chances of a second domestic trophy double in seven years look good.

Conte said it was too early to be thinking about the “double”, although he acknowledged to reporters his team were doing “a great job” in both competitions.

“But after this game it is important to understand that nothing is easy,” he said. “It will be very difficult to win both competitions, but we want to try to win some trophies.”

With 13 league games remaining -- including matches against both Manchester City and Manchester United -- Conte knows he will need positive contributions from all his squad.

He was pleased with the performances of those he called up for the tricky encounter with Wolves, including Cesc Fabregas and former captain John Terry, who have become fringe players under the former Italy head coach.

“Don’t forget today I made seven changes and I trust in my squad and my players,” he said. “It’s important that when I put them in the starting 11 that I have a good reply from my players who are not playing a lot. Today they give me great answers.

“It is not easy when you don’t play a lot, and John and Cesc and all the players showed me they have good form. It means they are good professionals. It is great to have these type of players in my squad because I can count on them.”

Young squad players Nathan Ake, Kurt Zouma and Nathaniel Chalobah also made rare starts, while Pedro scored for the third FA Cup tie in succession, playing in an unfamiliar wing-back role.

“I am pleased for Pedro, for the team, and now we must continue in this way,” Conte added.

Conte said Wolves presented his team with their most difficult FA Cup tie so far this season, following their 4-1 win over third-tier Peterborough United and a 4-0 success against Brentford, who are four places above Wolves in the Championship.

“I like to repeat that in England in every game in every competition there does not exist an easy game,” said Conte.

Chelsea are the champions after clinching the three points they needed to be an unassailable 10 points clear of Tottenham at the top of the table.

Monday night's victory over Middlesbrough appeared to completely end Tottenham's hopes of claiming an inaugural Premier League crown.

And now the job is completed after their Friday night trip to West Brom, leaving the Blues with two home games to celebrate.

But when will the trophy be lifted? Will there be an open top bus parade? And who gets a medal?

Here is everything we know so far...

When will the trophy be lifted?

With Chelsea playing at home on the final day of the season, the trophy presentation will be reserved for their home crowd at Stamford Bridge.

Monday night's game with Watford will simply be a procession for them.

Then the following Sunday, when they host Sunderland for the last game, the match will be followed by the awarding of the trophy.

Who will lift the trophy?

Club captain John Terry has announced that he is leaving at the end of the season, so it is highly expected that this will be his farewell treat.

Some fans will no doubt ask for Antonio Conte himself to lift the trophy, given the stunning turnaround that he has inspired at the Bridge.

Gary Cahill, who has acted as captain when Terry hasn't been on the pitch, could also grab a handle.

Vote on who you think should lift the Premier League trophy in the poll at the bottom of his piece.

Who will get a winners' medal?

The Premier League's ruling states that you have to play five games for the title-winning team to claim a winners' medal.

That means that Oscar, who left for the Chinese Super League at the halfway stage of the season, will claim a medal (but no doubt in the post) after appearing on nine occasions.

Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake will miss out on a medal, with only one appearance to their name so far.

Ola Aina will win himself a medal if he appears in all three of the remaining games this season. Come on, Antonio. Do the kid a favour.

Every other player who has appeared for Chelsea this season has played six or more times.

Will there be a bus parade?

Everybody loves open-top bus parade day, don't they?

Locked down streets, travel chaos and rammed tubes - but it will all be worth it to celebrate an incredible first season under Antonio Conte.

Sunday May 28, the day after the FA Cup final, has set aside for the celebrations to take place and plans will now be finalised with open top buses leaving from Stamford Bridge at 12pm.

It could, of course, be a double celebration should the Blues defeat Arsenal in the cup final at Wembley.

If Arsenal come out on top, they will hold their own bus parade on a similar date, with one of the two teams compromising and moving their parade to Monday May 29, due to the bank holiday.

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