Conte: Missing out on Champions League won't hurt Chelsea's transfer plans


ESPN has published a piece on Conte's thoughts regarding the possibility of an upcoming transfer window in which Chelsea isn't able to offer the strong lure of Champions League football, an undeniably important factor in the process of recruiting new players for the 2018/19 season.

"I just have a feeling that they will absolutely fly at Chelsea and we know they have got the quality to beat them".

"Don't forget two years ago Chelsea finished 10th with many players of this season.they chose to continue to play for this club", Conte told reporters at Cobham on Friday.

Mark Lawrenson is tipping Leicester City to ease to a slender win against Chelsea FC in the FA Cup quarter-final at the King Power Stadium on Sunday evening.

The Italian's side were eliminated from the Champions League after a 3-0 Nou Camp defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday and the defending champions are also fifth in the Premier League, four points behind Liverpool.

"There is only one way: to work hard and show you deserve to play", Conte said.

"I don't know if it's a problem to attract a great player or not [without Champions League football]", he added.

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It is expected that most of the attention will be focused on the Foxes number nine Jamie Vardy, but Conte thinks Iheanacho and Shinji Okazaki are also risky and warned his players not to let their guards down against the duo.

"Like last season when we won the title and reached the final of the FA Cup, it's always the same", he said.

"I think this is not the most important thing, if you win or stay in the Champions League". Last season we won the title.

Leicester have been eliminated from their last three FA Cup quarter-final ties (2000/01, 2004/05 and 2011/12) and haven't reached the semi-final since the 1981/82 season, beating Shrewsbury in the quarter-final that year.

"Leicester is a good team. On Sunday I'll try to make the best decision, because we want to try to go to the next round". In the last game we played at home, we suffered against them.

Conte has rotated his options in previous FA Cup rounds, but will field his first-choice line-up against the Foxes. "This must be our target".