Tottenham Hotspur

Antonio Conte claims it will be 'very hard' for Tottenham to win FA Cup

Jude Summerfield
Conte won the FA Cup with Chelsea
Conte won the FA Cup with Chelsea / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Antonio Conte has warned Tottenham it will be difficult for them to win the FA Cup this season ahead of their fifth-round clash with Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Spurs haven't won a trophy since 2008 and heavy-hitters Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea remain in the competition, but Conte has a good record in the tournament.

He only lost two FA Cup games during his time with Chelsea, winning the 2017/18 trophy, and admitted he wanted to keep Tottenham's tradition in the competition going - though they haven't won it since 1991.

He said: "I’m not desperate, but you know very well I want to win. But I'm not desperate or it would be very hard to continue. For sure it's a great competition and previously I was lucky to reach the final two years in a row.

"I’d like to continue this tradition for Tottenham, especially for my players, especially the fans and the club, not only for me.

"But you know this trophy is not simple or easy, and tomorrow we have to face Middlesbrough, a tough game. Middlesbrough eliminated Manchester United from this competition. I want to see continuity in the performance and result of my players. We need continuity to show that in defeat we are learning something more. I hope tomorrow to see a good game, good football, at the same time with a great desire to go to the next round.

"To win trophies in England, as I said before, is very difficult. At the moment it’s easier to win in Europe than England. When you start to play the quarter-final, semi-final, final, you have to fight against a top, top team that probably could play the final of the Champions League. It’s important to continue to go through in this trophy."

Conte also confirmed Oliver Skipp, Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Moura and Japhet Tanganga will miss the game at the Riverside Stadium due to their injuries.

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