Antonio Conte hopes to maintain ‘lucky’ FA Cup record against Middlesbrough

  • Tottenham manager has lost only one of 15 matches in FA Cup
  • ‘This trophy is not easy’, says Conte before midweek tie

Antonio Conte takes his Tottenham team to Middlesbrough on Tuesday seeking to extend his remarkable record in the FA Cup – he has lost only once in 15 matches and has never failed to reach the final, a feat Spurs last managed more than three decades ago – but with his confidence deflated by the quality on display on Sunday in the Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool, a match that persuaded the Italian that winning domestic silverware in England has become even harder than doing so in Europe.

“I was lucky to reach the final in two years in a row, and I’d like to keep up this tradition,” Conte said. “But this trophy is not easy. Tomorrow we have to face Middlesbrough, a tough game. You know very well they eliminated Manchester United from this competition. And I want to celebrate the game played by Chelsea and Liverpool. It was exciting to watch this game, it was [like] a final of the Champions League. It also underlines the difficulty of winning trophies in this country. It was fantastic sport. I think England has to be proud about this.

Continue reading…Tottenham manager has lost only one of 15 matches in FA Cup‘This trophy is not easy’, says Conte before midweek tieAntonio Conte takes his Tottenham team to Middlesbrough on Tuesday seeking to extend his remarkable record in the FA Cup – he has lost only once in 15 matches and has never failed to reach the final, a feat Spurs last managed more than three decades ago – but with his confidence deflated by the quality on display on Sunday in the Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool, a match that persuaded the Italian that winning domestic silverware in England has become even harder than doing so in Europe.“I was lucky to reach the final in two years in a row, and I’d like to keep up this tradition,” Conte said. “But this trophy is not easy. Tomorrow we have to face Middlesbrough, a tough game. You know very well they eliminated Manchester United from this competition. And I want to celebrate the game played by Chelsea and Liverpool. It was exciting to watch this game, it was [like] a final of the Champions League. It also underlines the difficulty of winning trophies in this country. It was fantastic sport. I think England has to be proud about this. Continue reading…[#item_full_content]

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