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Antonio Conte: Spurs deserved semi-final loss

Antonio Conte believes that Chelsea "deserved" to reach the League Cup final after cruising past his Tottenham side.

The Italian coach was put to the sword by his old club as Chelsea won 1-0 against their London rivals to complete a 3-0 aggregate win and he felt his team were second best over the course of the semi-final tie.

Conte told Sky Sports: "I think that at the end of the two games Chelsea deserved to reach the final, and we have to be honest about this.

"But in the second half we created chances to score and in the second leg we deserved a result much better than to lose 1-0. At the moment we are talking about two different teams at different levels in every aspect."

Conte previously urged Tottenham to act in the transfer market to close the gap to their London rivals but insists that he is "annoyed" about talking about the gulf between the two clubs.

He said: "I am talking too much. I have to talk with the media and to repeat always the same topic and situation. Honestly, I am a bit bored and a bit annoyed."

Conte was questioned about his decision not to star regular goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as his replacement Pierluigi Gollini made an error for the decisive goal but he defended his selection choice.

He said: "Pierluigi had always played in the Carabao Cup and Europa Conference League [before I arrived]. I think it’s always important to give goalkeepers minutes. I think he deserved to have this chance and play an important game.

"I don’t know about this [frustration at Lloris not playing]. I made the decision and I think Gollini played a good game. In the first game we lost 2-0 and in this game we only lost 1-0. I think we have to think about a situation more important than this one."

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