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Antonio Conte likely to leave after delivering parting gift to Chelsea | Dominic Fifield

Italian coach is set to depart Stamford Bridge despite winning the FA Cup, as he remains at odds with the club’s hierarchyBy the time talk turned to Antonio Conte’s future on Saturday night, the Italian’s hair was lank with champagne, silverware was ac…

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Nemanja Matic calls for Manchester United to recruit more experience

• Midfielder says United have improved but can be better• ‘When you don’t win the next year is always more pressure’Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United must make major signings this summer if they are to challenge for the Premier League and Champi…

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Thibaut Courtois stands tall to grant Antonio Conte a glorious swansong | David Hytner

Gutsy backs-to-the-wall show delivers a triumphant end to Italian’s stormy season – and perhaps his Chelsea tenureAntonio Conte remained in a state of agitation. The Chelsea manager had seen Eden Hazard put his team in charge of the FA Cup final with a…

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‘I’m a serial winner,’ says Antonio Conte after FA Cup triumph – video

Following their 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte defended himself against criticism of their poor performance in the Premier League by calling himself a “serial winner”. Eden Hazard scored the only goal …

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Marcus Rashford’s toils show up José Mourinho as a man without a plan | Barney Ronay

Isolated outing for forward in the cup final was dismaying proof that skilful attackers are being left to regress at Old TraffordOn a sweaty, heavy, oddly gruelling Wembley day Manchester United’s sweaty, heavy, oddly gruelling season was finally eutha…

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Antonio Conte: ‘I showed in a difficult season that I’m a serial winner’

• Chelsea manager issues ‘back me or sack me’ message• ‘If they want to continue to work with me, they know me‘Antonio Conte warned Chelsea they would be losing a “serial winner” if they chose to sack him and said that, whatever the future mi…

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Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: FA Cup final player ratings

Eden Hazard was Chelsea’s star of the show as Ander Herrera struggled to stifle him and Paul Pogba had a day to forget for Manchester UnitedThibaut Courtois Preferred to Willy Caballero, he had little to do but made a brilliant left-hand save to deny …

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard spot-on to sink Manchester United and win FA Cup

If this turns out to be Antonio Conte’s final game as Chelsea manager, as all the evidence suggests, at least he has gone out on a high.For all the politics at Stamford Bridge, all the discontent and the impression of a manager who knows his time is up…

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Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: 2018 FA Cup final – as it happened

Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty was enough to seal an eighth FA Cup for Chelsea 7.40pm BST Antonio Conte continues to cavort on the field, waving what could be some valedictory silverware. So there’s no word from him. Yet. No doubt there will be more …

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Ander Herrera: My future is the FA Cup final. I want to be here next season

Manchester United midfielder has struggled for an automatic place in the first team but he scored the winner in the semi-final and is keen to continue in that veinAnder Herrera has a self-possession that allows rare honesty when he is asked how Manches…

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Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas seeks FA Cup winner’s medal to replace one he lost

• Midfielder admits mislaying medal won with Arsenal in 2005 • ‘If you are a bit of a romantic, the FA Cup is very special’Cesc Fàbregas will have an extra incentive to claim the FA Cup for a second time in his career after admitting he has mislaid his…

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Antonio Conte: Chelsea’s born winner who lost his mojo | Dominic Fifield

A year ago he was hailed as a genius for turning Chelsea from a shambles into champions, and yet today’s FA Cup final is expected to be his last game. What went so wrong, so quickly?Antonio Conte, clean‑shaven on the eve of the FA Cup final, digested t…

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Romelu Lukaku’s fitness only cloud on José Mourinho’s horizon before final

• Striker has until ‘last moment’ to recover from ankle injury• Manager says he is ‘curious’ about Antonio Conte’s futureThe fitness of Romelu Lukaku is José Mourinho’s sole matter of concern as the Manchester United manager prepares for the FA Cup fin…

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Mourinho will wait until ‘last moment’ to decide if Lukaku is fit for FA Cup final

• Romelu Lukaku to get last-minute fitness check, says Mourinho• Mourinho promises ‘entertaining’ final against ChelseaJosé Mourinho has said Romelu Lukaku will undergo a last-minute fitness test on an ankle injury before deciding whether Manchester Un…

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Forget artist v mechanic: Mourinho and Conte’s midfield duel holds key | Jonathan Wilson

José Mourinho’s dig at Antonio Conte has diverted attention from the FA Cup final’s pivotal confrontation in which Chelsea’s midfield could be overrun by Manchester United“I’m not,” José Mourinho said after Manchester United’s home win over Liverpool i…

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Antonio Conte may be latest to find how little FA Cup glory means now

A Cup triumph used to really matter but Roberto Mancini and Louis van Gaal were sacked regardless and Chelsea’s manager seems set to go whatever happens at Wembley“I didn’t bring the magic, it’s always been here,” Bob Stokoe said modestly after second …

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