I will never buy a selfish player for Chelsea - Conte

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Chelsea gaffer, Antonio Conte does not think their 4-2 FA Cup win over Tottenham will do them any good in the premier league.

Conte even bemoaned the idea top players have to be selfish on the pitch to achieve greatness: "For me, it's sad when I listen to this, that one player must be more selfish to reach the top level".

Chelsea spent £123.45 million on four players last summer, of which three - N'Golo Kante, David Luiz and Marcos Alonso - have become key contributors to a team that remains on course to win a Premier League and FA Cup double this season. The Saints have little to play for in the remainder of the campaign, but Claude Puel will be desperate to secure a top-half finish in his first season in English football; an achievable aspiration given they have two games in hand over eighth place West Brom.

"I think this season it's very important to understand that it's not always about who spends more money who wins", said Conte. For me, for the players, for the club.

Chelsea prevailed against Spurs despite Conte surprisingly dropping playmaker Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to the bench.

"N'Golo was a target, and we were very pleased to reach this target in our transfer market", said Conte.

Tottenham, though, face a tough challenge on Wednesday when they travel to fellow London club Crystal Palace who have in recent weeks seen off Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

It was billed as the battle of the best two teams in England given their respective league positions, and after two league defeats in August, many wondered whether Antonio Conte's Blues could respond against an in-form Spurs team.

Harry Kane, who scored Tottenham's first equaliser on Saturday, revealed his team have dedicated their title chase to former England defender Ehiogu.

Fabregas claimed Chelsea's Belgium ace could be in the same league as Argentina and Barcelona ace Lionel Messi if he went for goal himself more often.

He considers Manchester United and Manchester City the big spenders and expects them to launch another summer of heavy trading.

"This season isn't the only season both Manchester clubs have spent a lot of money".

"Sometimes, you can see players with great talent, with great talent to score goals, these players are important".

Southampton manager Claude Puel believes it will be hard for his team to win against Chelsea.

"It's important to win for us and to look at ourselves", he added.

"I think we must be proud", he said. "We knew before that this game can have maybe an impact for the rest of the season. It's normal (ity). It's right for them to do this, to reinforce their teams, if they think this is the right way to win the title".

"It will remain a good season - but we want it to become a great season, a fantastic season".

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