Chelsea meet Mauricio Pochettino's team at Wembley in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final and Conte believes Tottenham challenging for the Premier League title for the second year in a row shows they are not to be underestimated.
According to Telegraph, skipper Cahill has spent the last two night at the hospital getting treatment for a mystery illness and is a major doubt for the Spurs clash. They have the meanest defense around and arguably the hottest striker in Harry Kane. Now after three years not only have we reduced the gap to the top four we are fighting for the Premier League and to win titles.
Whatever Conte decides to do regarding Costa, he will keep his own counsel to avoid giving Pochettino the chance to adjust his game plan until as late as possible. Despite missing a chunk of the campaign through injury Kane has scored 20 goals - a tally bettered only by leading scorer Romelu Lukaku. Tottenham and United also played wing backs in those matches to negate the threat of Chelsea's wide players.
And Brazil defender David Luiz is full of admiration for the fitness levels of the Spurs players, calling for Chelsea to follow the lead of midfield dynamo N'Golo Kante to match their opponents' prodigious energy.
Spurs last lifted the FA Cup in 1991 and haven't won the league since 1961.
Two years before that, Portsmouth beat them 2-0 after extra time at the same stage of the competition and at the same stadium.
Clement made an approach to Terry's former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard in January before the former England midfielder announced his retirement.
He said: "We are playing one of the best teams in Europe and their manager has won lots of things in the last five years and I think they are the favourites".
"We are talking about a team that has won a European competition, has a manager that won the league with Juventus in Italy".
Title rivals Chelsea and Tottenham have four players each in this season's PFA Premier League Team of the Year, a tally matched by promoted Brighton in the Championship.
"For us he's a good captain and the problem is that John wants to play regularly".
If Chelsea are to beat Tottenham, Conte can not afford to gamble.
Gary Cahill was treated this week for gastroenteritis, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said on Friday.
You can make a case that this is the real, genuine FA Cup final as you have the top two teams in the league squaring off against each other.
Pochettino's men were in the race last season but came unstuck in the final stretch with a draw at Stamford Bridge handing Leicester City their first championship. Winning the FA Cup in 2014, for his first trophy in nine years, might have persuaded him to stay on as manager and history could be repeated three years later. As if a berth into the FA Cup final isn't enough incentive, the semifinal victor will have an immeasurable psychological advantage going into the Premier League's stretch run. United was eight points clear in 2012 with six matches to play, but pressed its self-destruct button and Manchester City became champion on goal difference.
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