Conte hopes goal is a turning point for Morata

Chelsea FC

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But the early call to replace Bakayoko was simply because he picked up a yellow card in the first half of the FA Cup quarter-final.

However, Conte has claimed that he did not want to take any risks over a potential sending off, with the West Londoners looking to defend a lead after the restart.

Willian was very exhausted, very tired, I think Willy played a fantastic game with the ball, without the ball.

Claude Puel's men started brightly in the first half and had a number of opportunities to go in front, with Marc Albrighton and Wes Morgan have decent chances in the opening 15 minutes.

Conte also replaced Willian and Andreas Christensen during the extra-time win at the King Power Stadium.

Football London report that Conte put the decision to substitute the player down to fatigue.

At a press conference, the 48-year-old told reporters: "Willian was very exhausted, very tired". He is in a fantastic physical condition and I'm very pleased with his commitment and his contribution. "This goal will be very important for the future, for us". It was the same with Christensen. "He was exhausted after a game like Barcelona, when we expended a lot of energy, to play 120 minutes tonight with this weather was not easy". Having reached the final previous year, Conte is hoping his side can go all the way after losing to Arsenal last May.

"He showed great character and showed to be strong".

"Wembley suits us and we've had a good season there".

"For sure, for Alvaro, it was very important to score", Conte said.

Spurs cruised into the last four - where they will face Manchester United - for the second successive season by winning 3-0 at Swansea on Saturday, with Christian Eriksen netting twice and Erik Lamela also getting on the scoresheet. This season our target is to reach the final again.

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