Chelsea players 'bemused' by Conte team selection

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Antonio Conte has reignited his feud with Jose Mourinho ahead of their FA Cup final showdown on May 19. Don't forget two years ago, Chelsea ended the season 10th and not in the FA Cup final, not in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, and they were eliminated in the last 16 against PSG in the Champions League.

The Nigerian is now transfer chief at Ligue 1 club Monaco.

Antonio Conte says he has not been affected by rumours that there is a list of managers who want to replace him as Chelsea boss in the run up to their final games of the season.

The west Londoners are unbeaten in the league since losing 3-1 to Tottenham on April 1, having won four of their next six matches to remain in the hunt for the final Champions League spot.

Asked how important it would be to finish with another three points, he said: "I said that today to my players, that it would be important because it would be a pity to do so well during the season and then go to the end (and not win), especially as we play at home".

"For sure, we worked two years and worked very hard to try to build something, to create a base", Conte told a news conference. Now probably, you finish fifth and you start with an advantage compared to when you finish 10th.

Rafael Benitez is confident Newcastle's first season back in the Premier League has proved they have the potential to be top 10-regulars. We have done this. In any job, after one season, you've learned a lot. This season, until he left, he helped me a lot. If you are clever you continue to learn and improve yourself, to try and be better in the future'.

"For me, the key has been the unity, togetherness between fans, players, staff, everyone, and the work-rate of this group of players".

It really has been an enduring, turbulent time for Conte and Chelsea with the spotlight among both parties over plans for this summer. Conte is expected to depart, regardless, after the team's appearance in the FA Cup final next Saturday. "This season we have the possibility to win another important trophy, and then we'll see". I don't know anything about our end of season. We'll see. The public adore me, I love my teammates, my family are good here. "For sure, in the next week, the situation will be more clear for this".