CONTE: I’M A SERIAL WINNER

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Antonio Conte has hailed himself as a serial winner after guiding Chelsea to the FA Cup trophy.

Conte led the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season in charge of the club last year and has now won the FA Cup trophy in just his second season.

Conte reflected on the win against Manchester United, and the season as a whole after Chelsea defeated United 1-0 to become FA Cup champions.

“I’m very satisfied because today it was very difficult to win the FA Cup against a really great team like Man United so we must be pleased,” said the Italian. “It wasn’t easy but I’m very happy for our fans and my players. They deserve this win, to win an important trophy in a season which was very difficult for many reasons.

“At the start of the season I predicted the difficulty but despite this we finished fifth, won the FA Cup and lost in the semi-final of the League Cup. To miss out on a place in the Champions League is not good for a club like Chelsea and we must be honest to say that, myself and the players, but at the same time you have to know the real situation, to understand this group of players did their best and fifth was the position we deserved. But to finish in this way and to win an important trophy showed great commitment and desire from my players.

“For sure when you are used to winning every season, this type of season can create some problems in yourself because when you have this type of season there are moments when you have a lot of questions for yourself. But also in a difficult season I showed I am a serial winner and this is the proof. To win in this way has given me more satisfaction than my wins in the past.”

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.