Conte gives Mourinho a dose of his own medicine

Antonio Conte

REUTERS Antonio Conte is set to leave Chelsea within 48 hours

Although Antonio Conte enhanced his reputation as "a serial winner" by winning his first ever domestic cup competition in the 137th FA Cup final, his future at the London club remains uncertain after he failed to guide Chelsea to Champions League qualification next season.

In what is still widely expected to be Conte's final game in charge, the Blues withstood a second-half onslaught from United after Hazard's 22nd-minute spot-kick to ensure Jose Mourinho's men end the season trophyless.

Asked if he could have tried harder to enjoy a more stable relationship with his Chelsea superiors, Conte answered: "It's not simple, it's not simple to answer this question".

Antonio Conte
PA Antonio Conte steered Chelsea to FA Cup glory on Saturday

"My opinion on my team's performance is that every defeat hurts, but for me personally the ones that hurt less are when you give everything and you go without any regrets", he said. I can't change. My way is always the same. "If we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, because today we played defensively".

But after two years, the club knows me very well.

The acquisition of Hazard would make the City attack even more formidable and send a message to the Premier League that City mean business as they look to retain their title next year - something that hasn't happened since Manchester United threepeated from 2006/07 to 2008/09.

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"I think that the transfer market has gone pretty insane".

"You see how Manchester City and Manchester United are spending and working".

Thibaut Courtois may not know where his or manager Antonio Conte's future lies, but the goalkeeper is sure that Chelsea need to spend big to compete in the Premier League next season.

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"I don't think they deserved to win", Mourinho said.

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill said the Blues' FA Cup final triumph against Manchester United was a huge relief because it saved his side's troubled season.

Mourinho won two in 2016-17 - the Europa League and League Cup - so he will be bitterly disappointed he has not taken any silverware back to Old Trafford this time. I congratulate [them] because I am a sportsman and they scored one more goal than us and they get the Cup. Chelsea will have to sack him. The general consensus is that the players will feel much better under new guidance. Signing someone like Willian will surely be a good solution to that with the Brazilian a proven Premier League customer.

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