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Conte: FA Cup Win Over Tottenham, Does Not Help Chelsea In PL

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Montrelle Montesinos | 26 Abril, 2017, 02:09

Eric Dier has brushed aside suggestions that Tottenham's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea could have an impact on the Premier League title race.

The Blues are four points ahead of Spurs in the table, though Antonio Conte's side likely has an easier final stretch than their London rivals.

Tuesday in England will be the match of the 34th round of the Premier League, where "Chelsea" will take "Southampton".

Hugo Lloris starts in goal for the 38th time this season, despite conceding more than two goals for the first time this season on Saturday.

Chelsea have previously been accused of buying success during the Roman Abramovich era, but they were comfortably outspent by the Manchester teams this season.

"But we try to make a good balance".

Pep Guardiola is already resigned to finishing trophyless for the first time in his stellar managerial career and will not want fourth-placed Manchester City to give ground to Manchester United, who are now just a point behind them.

With six matches remaining in the League, Chelsea lead Spurs by four points.

Mauricio Pochettino has stressed the importance of Tottenham Hotspur at least nailing down a spot in the top four if they can not catch Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. I prefer to lose a game than to have a selfish player. Costa, who has scored twice in his last three games against Southampton and has 17 league goals this season, has not scored since March 6 at West Ham United - a run of five Premier League games. Caley said it well last week when he reviewed Real Madrid's Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich.

Provisional Chelsea squad: Courtois, Begovic, Fabregas, Zouma, Alonso, Kante, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Pedro, Costa, Matic, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Luiz, Eduardo, Aina, Ake.

However, having seen a commanding 10-point lead eroded to just four, Antonio Conte's players can not afford a slip-up at home to Southampton.

Sam Allardyce:"It's our spirit, our mental resilience and our belief now that means even when we go a goal or two goals down we don't think we're going to get beaten". It has left Pochettino again relying on a small group of players and, crucially, without enough flexibility or firepower to call upon during games. We try to give our best for our club and he tries to help me with his intelligence for football to improve my football so I am very happy to work with him.