Chelsea's Courtois expects Mourinho 'surprises' in FA Cup final

Virgil van Dijk

Chelsea's abject 3-0 capitulation against a very ordinary Newcastle United side at St James's Park all but extinguished the last flickering flames of support among the fans for beleaguered boss Antonio Conte.

"I believe that, for a club like United, even second place is simply not enough", he told United Review, per the Metro.

They will no doubt raise their level for the final, but United have been the better team overall this season and are in better shape to secure the trophy, so Mourinho's men get the nod.

"Sometimes when you're at a club like Chelsea you feel sorry when you see a player move on". I hope it'll be a good game with Chelsea as the victor.

"Growing up in another country, when you look at England there are so many competitions that it's hard to understand which is the most important, but once you move here you quickly find out which ones are the best and the FA Cup is a big one". I think we have to continue to improve for next season.

On top of that, United made the last 16 of the Champions League and have the final of the FA Cup to look forward to this weekend.

Conte went on to add that the Stamford Bridge faithful deserve some joy and Chelsea need to change their approach in the coming few days, "We have six days to change our approach and desire and will to fight..."

"I really don't think we're far away".

'They've competed nicely in each recreation and gained video games the place you are pondering they in all probability would have drawn. Chelsea last time failed to win against United in the Premier League so to win this time they've to come up with some better team plays.

Jones, who is likely to be in England's squad for the World Cup, said experience had toughened him up so nerves will not be a problem at Wembley.

"Every single one of us has got to stay focused, do what the manager asks of us to do on the pitch and try to win", he said.

"They've got some very strong players and he's used to winning this competition".

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