Date: 19th March 2018 at 12:56pm
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As far as FA Cup ties go, the quarter-final against Leicester City was hardly a rip-roaring affair.

In fact, at times, it`s fair to say it was a dour battle interspersed with the odd moment of excitement.

Nevertheless, it`s game like this whereby the result can be far more important than the game, a point borne out by the fact the victory gave Chelsea a semi-final tie against Southampton and the likelihood of another FA Cup Final appearance.

For Antonio Conte, the result was a god-send after the Italian saw his side crash out of the Champions League in midweek, with the gaffer remarking to the media,

‘It was a tough game but we knew this. The last game at home we suffered a lot against Leicester.

‘We must be pleased. I saw a good performance and great character from my team.

‘After the game in the Champions League, when we spent a lot of energy, they showed good heart to beat Leicester.’

They did but whilst there was a lot of endeavour on display there were very few moments of quality football.

As for the opposition, Leicester looked the more likely team to push for a winner after they`d equalised and their boss, Claude Puel can feel slightly aggrieved at seeing his side exit the competition.
After the game, Puel had this to say,

‘I’m a bit upset at the moment because I think we deserved another result.

‘They found a good, clinical edge. Morata’s goal was the only chance of the first half, it was harsh to concede just before half-time. But we came back with more calm and more quality.

‘I’m proud of my players because it was a game with a high level against a good team. We improved and we deserve another result.

‘I think since the beginning Kasper has been a fantastic goalkeeper.
In goal there is always a mistake but he has been fantastic.

‘I can’t say anything wrong about him – he’s a fantastic keeper. We were unlucky.’

As a supporter of a side that suffered, in midweek, from goalkeeping errors, I have sympathy for Puel, but that`s football I`m afraid.