Antonio Conte: Big test passed for Chelsea in win over Southampton

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"It shows my choices were right for the game against Tottenham and for the game against Southampton".

Whatever Antonio Conte said to his players in the dressing room proved effective as the team emerged from the half-time break more determined and decisive. "A big psychological step after the defeat against United".

The Belgium playmaker made a decisive impact as a substitute as Chelsea beat Tottenham 4-2 in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.

The Denmark worldwide believes the trip to west London will arguably be Southampton's "toughest" game of the season, but sees no reason why Claude Puel's side can not spring a surprise.

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"I think that in that moment we have had a really important test, psychological test". I was pleased for his performance.

"Yes, I think that we passed a big, big step". After a rampant first season in England in 2014/15 when he scored 20 league goals for Chelsea, Costa was among the players who most openly clashed with then manager Jose Mourinho last season and angry fans booed him after Mourinho was sacked. "We are ready to fight until the end". But now it's normal.

With defender Branislav Ivanovic and midfielder John Obi Mikel leaving Stamford Bridge earlier this year and captain John Terry set to leave at the end of the campaign, Conte said his side needs suitable replacements heading into the next season.

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The Blues' 4-2 victory at Stamford Bridge took them seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham, who play Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

However, Southampton managed to equalize in the 24th minute through former Chelsea player Oriole Romeo, after a defensive move inside the Blues Zone.

"But we have trained very well this season and we have a lot of energy to face this type of situation". But to be able to do that, first of all we have to work very hard. The first target for every great champion is to play for the team and to put your talent into the team.

"In this part of the season, we are totally involved in the game".

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"We will see for the future, we are confident in him and, for me, he can look to getting in the selection with Spain, for example".

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