Now all they need to do to get to the final is beat Manchester City.
"It was important, because to go and to play 30 minutes more, I think it was a bit unsafe", Conte said. "My dad always says he's the most successful Bristol City manager so I have maybe pushed him close tonight!"
"But if you look at what's happened over the last 10-15 matches between us, we have had good games too".
"But they played brilliantly, fought like this was the game of their lives, which it probably was, and I think a attractive day for football, because a team from a lower division one".
Manchester United suffered a shock exit from the EFL Cup when Bristol City scored a late victor to make it to the semi-final of the competition, where they will be facing Manchester City. "A big day for them and a big day for their supporters, so I congratulate them". Also in the first half we hit the post twice. The main thing of it is that they won and fought hard for that.
The Blues have won just one of their last five competitive meetings with Arsene Wenger's men - a 2-1 FA Cup final defeat in May denying them the domestic double in Antonio Conte's first season in charge.
"If in that we offend Man United - not just one player, not Jose, not the players - Man United, I apologise".
In this club we know how to win, how to lose, so we lose saying congratulations to them and good luck for the semi-final.
I've been in both positions throughout my career while playing against top sides in the Premier League and there is nothing more soul-destroying than sitting back, playing defensively and losing (un) comfortably.
"But I don't want to blame the players at all because I think they were professional - it wasn't a case of "we don't care about the game" or "we don't have responsibility" or "we don't have pride".More news: Facebook job ads allow age discrimination, lawsuit claims
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