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Antonio Conte had a wonderful first season in England and was close to winning the double last term with Chelsea but narrowly missed out after being beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup final, and Conte spoke about the challenges teams face when trying to win a cup having been ousted in the Carabao Cup semifinal, as we prepare to face Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday night.

“I think that I reached many finals, last season with Chelsea as well, but as you know, in the cup competitions the team who deserves it doesn’t always win,” he explained.

“In the league the team who deserves it wins, the team who performs with consistency all season to be the best.

“In the cup there are different factors. You can face a team in a difficult moment and beat them, or the opposite can happen. To win a cup is different to winning the league. In the league you must have consistency. In the cup you make a mistake once and you lose.”

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