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No Willian? Antonio Conte explains Chelseas starting XI vs Manchester United

No Willian? Antonio Conte explains his starting XI vs Manchester United
Antonio Conte defended his team selection at Wembley (Picture: Getty)

Antonio Conte has explained his team selection for Chelseas FA Cup final clash with Manchester United.

The Italian has made a number of changes to his Chelsea team which lost 3-0 away at Newcastle last weekend, but Willian remains on the bench for the Blues at Wembley.

Conte has decided to name the same starting XI which defeated Liverpool 1-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier this month and he is confident his players can get a result against Jose Mourinhos men.

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Asked about his team selection at Wembley, Conte told BBC Sport: We have worked very hard to prepare for this game and for sure the final result in the last game was not positive, but we have to play in a better way if we want to win the final.

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This is the same team we played against Liverpool two weeks ago and I think it is the best formation for us today.

Willian hints at rift with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte ahead of FA Cup final
Willian is among Chelseas substitutes against Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Conte defended Chelseas season but stressed that his side are desperate for a result at Wembley following their disappointment in the final last year.

Do you think this is a disappointing season? I dont think so, he snapped back at BBC Sports Gabby Logan.

I have worked with these players very hard. I dont think this is a disappointing season.

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This is our second final in a row to play this important competition which is a great achievement.

Now we have to change the result from last season.

Willian hints at rift with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte ahead of FA Cup final
Willian stormed down the Wembley tunnel after he was replaced in the semi-final at Wembley (Picture: BT Sport)

Willian hinted at a rift between him and Conte in the lead-up to the FA Cup final.

Asked how happy he is with Conte, Willian told ESPN Brasil: Oh boy! Do you really want me to tell you?

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Both Willian and the interviewer laughed, before he added: Well, some other… lets save it for one next interview.

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