Full press Conference: Conte talks about Morata, Willian, Ampadu, Man United and more

A relief to win?

“Yeah. The most important thing is that we’re in the semi-fianls. Last season, if you remember, we were eliminated in the second round against West Ham. This season we must be happy to reach the semi-finals of one of the two cups in England.

“It’s great for us. We’ve reached the semi-finals with a lot of rotation. If you remember the first game against Nottingham Forest, I made a lot of changes. I think for this reason I am very happy as I’ve had good a response from my players. I hope to continue in this way.

“Tonight many players had a chance to play from the start and I think I had a good response from them. I am happy about this. I hope this game can improve their physical condition, especially for the players who had injuries and the ones who don’t play with regulairty.

“I am happy with the performance.”

The range of emotions must have been incredible

“It was important to not play another 30 minutes more. I think it was a bit dangerous. We must be pleased as we had great reaction. It’s not good to concede a goal in the last minute of the game. When you’ve this type of reaction it means you have players with a great personality, character and heart. We must be pleased.”

Thoughts on the booking?

“I must be honest, I didn’t see it. It’s a big loss for us, especially because we have to play a tough game against Everton. We have to accept. Tonight many players were booked.”

Impressed with Ampadu?

“I think it’s hard to play this game with the booking. It’s not easy for a defender to play with a yellow card after one minute as you have to play 93 or 94 minutes more. He showed great maturity and personality.

“If you remember, I spoke about this player in an interesting way. I said in the past that this player, despite the young age, has shown great maturity. If he deserves and is ready to play, why not? He deserved to play this game, Everton and Huddersfield.

“Now he needs to stay clam. This player is very humble and I think he could have a great future. He has to continue this way and work. ”

How much of an achievement is it for you to be in all four competitions given your squad depth?

“We must be pleased. It’s an incredible achievement for us. We have to carry on in this way. I am happy for the players who don’t play with regularity. In this cup they’ve shown great commitment.

“These players deserve this night. I am happy, especially for these players. When you have this type of response, you must be happy.”

How big an achievement is it for Bristol City knocking out Manchester United?

“It’s a big achievement. Last season Manchester United won this compeitition. It’s not easy in England to play in the league, FA Cup or Carabao Cup. We must pay great attention in every game. At the same time, this cup is very good for these types of result.

“You don’t know what happens before the game. I knew the final result in the changing room. It’s a surprise. In England it’s difficult to face every team.”

Does Willian lack a bit of sharpness?

“I am very happy for Willy because he scored. He had a good game with great commitment, same as Pedro. This is his third game in a row and when you play three games in seven days, usually you suffer in a physical aspect.

“For 60-65 minutes, Willian and Pedro gave us a lot of quality. I am happy for the performance of both.”

How important is this competition for Chelsea?

“Our target is to try and fight to the end of every competition. To reach the semi-finals this season is a remarkable achievement for us. Last year in the second round we were eliminated against West Ham. We want to reach Wembley and play in the final. The other teams want the same.”

Thoughts on Paul Clement’s sacking

“When a manager is sacked there is great disappointment. Paul is a good person and good coach. Last season he did a fantastic job with Swansea. Our job will depend on results. When the season is not good enough anything can happen with our job.

“We must be prepared for every situation. I am sorry for him and disappointed. I had the pleasure to know him and speak with him. He’s a really good person and good manager.”

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