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Francesca Ceciarini


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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa spoke about the end of his professional relationship with Chelsea:

“It is very clear that it was not my fault that I was in Brazil,” Costa said in a press conference in Spain today.

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Chelsea rising star Ethan Ampadu is out for the rest of the season after fracturing his ankle in the Youth League clash against Real Madrid, the London Evening Standard reports.

The injury forced the 17-year-old to withdraw from Ryan Gigg‘s first Wales squad, with the Dragons due to face China and one of Uruguay or the Czech Republic before the end of the month.

Ampadu last represented Chelsea in the 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round and has been given a number of first-team opportunities by Antonio Conte in all competitions this season.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte commented the win in the FA Cup semifinal over Leicester City.

The Blues needed extra time to beat the Foxes, who fought with the determination until the end: only a goal by Pedro in the end of the first extra half gave Chelsea the pass to Wembley for the semifinals:

“It was a tough game but we knew this. The last game at home we suffered a lot against Leicester, he told BBC Sport.

“We must be pleased today. I saw a good performance and great character from my team. After the game in the Champions League when we spent a lot of energy they showed good heart to beat Leicester.

On the semifinal draw, who put Chelsea against Southampton, Conte claimed:

 “When you arrive at this point, every game is difficult. Southampton have just changed coach but now it is important to be happy and to go for another game at Wembley. We will try to do our best to reach the final. We want to give satisfaction to our fans.

“I think that for us our target is to try and do our best. To work hard with the players. I must be pleased with the commitment of the players. If you can win a trophy it is important for a team like Chelsea. But the most important thing is for us to fight until the end in every competition. We will try to reach the final.”

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Chelsea hero Pedro spoke after scoring the winner against Leicester tonight, a goal that gave the Blues the pass for FA Cup semifinals at Wembley in one month, where they will face Southampton:

“It was a very difficult game. It was good for me to score for my confidence and to get to the next round,” he told BBC Sport.

“It was hard to find the pass in between the lines. Leicester defended very well and pressed high. It is difficult to win against this team.

 “The most important thing for us was the teamwork and to make it through to the next round. We have to fight in the next few games. It is a difficult situation for us in the league but we have to fight.

“We have a good opportunity to go to the final and fight for a place in the top four [of the Premier League]. But now is the moment to relax and enjoy this win.”

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After the draw, that took place one hour ago after Leicester City v Chelsea final whistle, FA Cup semifinals schedule was announced.

Thefixtures will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22.

Chelsea will face Southampton, while Spurs and Manchester United will play for the final in the other clash.

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Chelsea are going to Wembley for the second year in a row: the Blues gained the pass to FA CUP semifinals after beating Leicester City away for 2-1 at extra time, Pedro scored the decisive goal at 105′, after Morata and Vardy netted the two goals in the 90′.

It was a tough game, with the Foxes believing in it in every minute of the game and showing the same passion and determination that allowed them to win the title two years ago.

Alvaro Morata was back to score when in the end of the first half he netted the ball with a fantastic finish after a great assist of Willian in a counter-attack.

Vardy equalised with 15′ to go after a series of rebounds in Chelsea box and this meant extra time.

It was Pedro to get Chelsea the pass to Wembley scoring with a header in the end of the first exta time after Kasper Schmeichel didn’t choose the right timing coming out of the goal.

Now Conte’s side will face Southampton at Wembley in one month.

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Chelsea and Antonio Conte are likely to part ways at the end of this campaign.

The Blues heavy defeat against Barcelona at the Camp Nou has confirmed that the paths of the Premier League club and the former Juventus coach will separate once the season is over.

As reported by Italian outlet Tuttosport, the relationship between Conte and the club’s board has been damaged for months due to disagreements on the transfer market and the lack of results this season has done the rest.

So, while Conte is preparing to live the last months as head coach at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea directors have reportedly already chosen former FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique as a replacement for the Italian gaffer for the season 2018/19.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed he will do everything to play another semifinal and final at Wembley this season.

Last year his team beat Spurs in the semifinal and then was defeated by Arsenal in the final:

This is a great competition one of the most important in the world,” the Italian coach said.

“Last season we were very good to reach the final at Wembley, playing the quarter finals against Manchester United and semifinal against Spurs. Now we will try to do the same.

“To win a trophy in England is always very tough, before winning it you know that you have to face strong teams. In this competition there are United and Tottenham but also other teams that want to try to make the history in the cup

“I think every trophy is important for us, we started the season to try to fight until the end for every competition, in the Carabao Cup we were in the semifinal, in the Champions League we reached the last 16, if we win we can play another semifinal at Wembley in this competition, this must be our target.

“To try to go to next round to reach the semifinal in the FA Cup won’t be easy, Leicester are a good team, in the last game we played agains them at home we suffered. We will do our best to qualify for the next Champions League, we still have targets.”

Asked who is the favourite goalkeeper to start on Sunday, Conte replied:

“I think that we’re talking about two good goalkeepers, Thibaut [Courtois] and Willy [Caballero], tomorrow I will try to make the best decision, because we want to go to next round.”

Eden Hazard has failed to score in the last three games:

“Maybe he could score on Sunday,” Conte replied.

On tomorrow’s rivals:

“We’re talking about a team that two years ago won the title, they want to fight a lot, we suffered a lot in the last game, we ran a lot, they are dangerous, we must pay great attention to them.

“Special plans are to try to defend well, we all know Vardy‘s characterstics, he’s very clever, he’s good in finding the right time to attack the space. They have other dangerous players like Ineacho and Okazaki.”

Speaking about the Champions League knock out against Barcelona he said:

“It was a pity to go out, especially because we made two good performances, we have to try move on.

“It’s true we played against Barcelona the other night, but we could rest, so I will pick up the best solution for Sunday’s game.”




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Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta commented the win over Chelsea at Camp Nou last night:

“It’s what we always talk about. Leo makes the difference in every game. It’s a blessing,” he told beIN SPORTS.

“I hope we can get closer to this Champions League. We’ve taken another step.”

Iniesta believes Ernesto Valverde‘s side are capable of winning the trophy for a sixth time this season.

“It’s always a motivation to win the Champions League but it’s always complicated. A bad game leaves you out,” he said.

“The challenge is to minimise the mistakes because I think we have the team and the form to win it.”



Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa spoke about the end of his professional relationship with Chelsea: "It is very clear that it was not my fault...