Chelsea boss Conte tells Spurs to ditch underdogs tag

Yesterday, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino attempted to take some of the pressure of of his young Spurs side ahead of their FA Cup semifinal by saying that opponents Chelsea were clearly the favorites to win.

Lampard spoke to the BBC about his former side's upcoming clash with Tottenham, and picked the Spurs star out as the man who could cause the Blues problems.

"We know the league is not over, that it will be hard, but we know we are more than capable of doing it".

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Spurs are four points behind the Blues at the Premier League summit with six games remaining after Chelsea's loss at Manchester United last Sunday. "I think this is the right moment", Conte said.

Also on the local scene watch the Super Eagles as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Fortunately for the Blues, their road looks to be a lot safer than Spurs', playing three teams now in the top half of the league in their remaining six matches.

"We are talking about a team that has won a European competition, has a manager that won the league with Juventus in Italy".

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"If some clubs are interested in some players, it's very clear they need to go and knock on the door of Daniel Levy", Pochettino said.

"We are not going to get the trophy just because we have done well for the majority of the season". But we're in a good moment too, a hungry team.

"It's a big thing that people include Tottenham in the same level as United, Chelsea, City, Arsenal and Liverpool", he said.

Spurs last lifted the FA Cup in 1991 and haven't won the league since 1961.

There's no doubt which of the two teams has the momentum.

"Three years ago when I started this project, the idea was to reduce the difference between us and the top four".

The onus will be on Tottenham at Wembley and a win for Pochettino's side may just blow open the title race, despite the tie not having a statistical effect on the Premier League title race.

For Chelsea, Eden Hazard has miraculously re-found his very best form, Tottenham's Christian Eriksen has been one of the very best players in the division, Kevin de Bruyne is the midfield metronome for Guardiola's City and Mesut Ozil remains a world-class creator.

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