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Chelsea produced a strong defensive display mixed with counter attacking football to defeat Manchester United 1-0 and end up being FA Cup champions.

Antonio Conte employed a 3-5-2 formation that stifled the midfield and allowed Manchester United have over 60 per cent of the ball.

Conte has been criticised for his defensive football this season, but the Chelsea boss has insisted that he can’t change his brand of football especially against big teams, and he suggested that Chelsea wouldn’t have missed the Champions League spot if he had played a more defensive football.

“I cannot change my personality, I cannot change my idea of football, but I could find the right way to win this trophy,’ explained Conte.

“For sure, we can play better than this after this game, but right now the real situation was this – we had to play strong defensively if we wanted to win a trophy.

“Maybe we missed the Champions League in this season because sometimes we tried to play very open and, in this moment, you can’t do that, especially against a strong team.

“To concede three goals in seven games this season means you don’t have stability. A great team doesn’t concede four goals against Watford.

Conte then revealed that to change his defensive game, Chelsea have to change their players.

He added: “Now we are in this moment. If we want to change we can change our idea, but we must change many players.”

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