Antonio Conte praises Lincoln City for historic FA Cup run

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte celebrates after his side's Premier League victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on January 14, 2017
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Antonio Conte praises Lincoln City for their historic FA Cup run while admitting that news of their progress was used to warn the Chelsea players not to get complacent.

Antonio Conte has revealed that news of Lincoln City's progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup was used as a warning to his Chelsea players not to fall prey to complacency.

Saturday's early kickoff saw the non-league Imps knock Premier League Burnley out of the competition thanks to a 1-0 win, an achievement praised by the Italian.

The result sent shockwaves through English football as it was the first time for over a century that a team outside of the Football League made it this far in the tournament.

Chelsea joined Lincoln in the quarter-final draw as Pedro and Diego Costa scored second-half goals to claim a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, who had beaten Stoke City and Liverpool to reach the fifth round.

Conte told Sky Sports News: "This challenge was very tough, but we all knew [that]. Above all after the result [at Turf Moor]. I tried to warn the changing room about the difficulty of this game, of this competition.

"It's important to understand nothing is easy. If someone thinks in the league Chelsea for sure become the champions and in the FA Cup for sure you can win this trophy... it'll be very difficult.

"This is a great achievement for [Lincoln] and also this is the beauty of football and the FA Cup. I'm pleased to live this story with them. Now we are with Lincoln in the quarter-final. It's fantastic."

The Blues, Premier League leaders by eight points after drawing at Burnley last weekend, are still on for a possible league and cup double.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on the sidelines in the match against Burnley on February 12, 2017
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