Conte considering Terry recall for Chelsea's FA Cup clash with Wolves

They have to play Liverpool at home four days after that game and then they go to Arsenal and Chelsea.

A combination of a lack of European football and a 13-game win streak in the Premier League has meant the Italian's starting lineup has remained largely unchanged this season.

Despite reports earlier in the week that striker Costa had in theory agreed the terms of a new contract with the club, Conte said: "I don't know about this situation".

Aguero is a great player but he takes too many touches for Pep Guardiola and doesn't work hard enough to close people down.

David Luiz and Marcos Alonso are set to be rested for the game but Chelsea are expected to put out a strong line up against the team that has knocked both Liverpool and Stoke out of the competition.

"If you ask me whether I want to win a competition, of course yes; it's important to have that winning mentality when you are a Chelsea coach or a player".

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Luiz has been carrying a knee injury since Chelsea beat Manchester City at the start of December, and had his leg strapped in Sunday's Premier League draw at Burnley, but Conte said there was no cause for concern. Cesc Fabregas has been similarly sidelined. In the league there are six teams who can fight until the end to win the title. "For the players that are used to playing every game, for the players that are not playing a lot".

"One of the greatest bits of advice I ever had was from Ottmar Hitzfeld".

I'm not sure foreign managers like Guardiola really get how important the FA Cup is to people here and it certainly won't be high on his list of priorities.

The Spanish worldwide, who played all but one of their 38 league games last season, has averaged the most tackles per game of any defender at the club (2.2), while he's the one most often than not in the way of opposition attacks and goal-scoring efforts, given he averages 2.2 interceptions per game, which is more than the rest of the Chelsea backline.

"I don't want my players to stop for 14 days and then restart, which could be very risky".

"I think that the best way is to leave your door always open". I like to speak with the player and explain.

  • Tabitha Byrd