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Slaven Bilic has welcomed the draw against Chelsea in the EFL cup fourth round and is looking forward to the game after a shaky start to their season.

The Hammers luckily saw off Accringhton Stanley with their talisman Payet helping them scale through with a 1-0 win and have been drawn against the Blues at home in the fourth round.

“Chelsea at home is a great game,” Bilic said.

“Let’s say that it’s a very good thing for us is that we’re playing at home and that it’s a one-off tie.

“I’m expecting us to make improvements in the meantime. We have to earn a couple of good results and then the confidence will come back to us.”

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Tammy Abraham impressed in his first month on loan at Bristol City, where he scored 9 goals in 11 appearances.

Last night the Chelsea loanee scored the winner against Fulham at Craven Cottage at the last minute, letting his team going through the next round of the EFL Cup. By the way, the Whites‘ goal ( the Robins won 2-1) was scored by another player on loan from Chelsea, Lucas Piazon.

After the game Bristol City boss Lee Johnson praised the young striker:

“He’s a lovely lad who loves his football. That’s the bit you can’t change. He’s got to love his football and not love being a football.

“If he continues that in his career, the world is his oyster. He is top class. He could into Chelsea’s team now.

“He’s a poacher. His movement is very sharp and when he’s energised and got the buzz he’s a handful. He’s got stuff to learn.”

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Chelsea have been drawn against West Ham United in the fourth round of the EFL cup.

The ties for the EFL fourth round are to start from October 24.

The irons will host Chelsea at their new Olympic Stadium and it’d be the first time the blues visit the arena this season.

Full Draw

EFL FOURTH ROUND DRAW

West Ham vs Chelsea

Manchester United vs Manchester City

Arsenal vs Reading

Liverpool vs Tottenham

Bristol City vs Hull City

Leeds vs Norwich

Newcastle vs Preston North End

Southampton vs Sunderland

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David Luiz has paid tribute to a young fan he gave his shirt to after the Blues overcame Leicester in the second round of the EFL cup.

The amazing gesture shown by Luiz has attracted a lot of plaudits and admiration from fans and football lovers alike.

The blues star took to his social media handles to disclose his history with the passionate young fan.

“Great comeback lads! But I really want to say thank you, for this little boy in the pic! First time I saw him, he was running from the stadium until my hotel to say hello to me 5 years ago, and many others times until my home! He always was so respectful with me and many times he just want to say ” congrats for the game and good night ” , so last week after the game against Liverpool I was totally in shock, when I arrived at the hotel,I saw one guy running screaming my name and telling me to wait, and when I saw the ex little boy, now so big ,making the same action just to say to me, “we support u and the team, good night David” ! I just said tks God,to give me this job and opportunities to met people like this little boy,now a big guy! So, in Leicester the beautiful action was not my action to give him the shirt , the beautiful action was from him , to be there supporting us like always ! True Blue! Tks bro! God bless u and ur family#thebeautifulgame”. 

Luiz posted this image to accompany his heartfelt message.
Luiz posted this image to accompany his heartfelt message.

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Speaking to ESPN Kostas Manolas agent Yannis Evangelopoulos spoke about the contract extension with Roma.

The contract extension with Roma? It’s possible, but we have to speak to the club to understand their intentions,” the Greek defender agent said.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City were really keen on him last summer and  I am sure these clubs won’t give up on signing him.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte expressed all his satisfaction in going through the next EFL Cup round after a thrilling game against Leicester that was sealed only at extra time, with a brace by Cesc Fabregas:

“It was a typical English game,” Conte said in his post-match press conference.

“It’s incredible that after 30 minutes you are 2-0 down and then have a great reaction to score four goals and to go in the next round.

“If you ask me if I’m happy with the goals we conceded, I am not happy, but I saw a great reaction from my players and my team. This is very important because they showed a great heart and a will to win and go in the next round. It wasn’t easy at 2-0 and after a defeat in the last game in the league.

“We know that we can improve, I repeat this. The only way I know is to continue to work very hard and to improve on different aspects. I am sure we can improve and I will try with all my strength to do this.”

On Fabregas performance, with the Spanish midfielder scoring the decisive brace, he said:

“I am pleased for Cesc. He played a good game and he showed me in this period great attitude and commitment during the training sessions and when I call him during the game to come on. I’m satisfied when I see this behaviour.

“This is the right way. I want my players to create good competition in the team and game by game give me the opportunity to choose the best line-up.”

Asked if the Spain international can start on Saturday, he claimed:

All the players in my squad have the possibility to play against Arsenal.

“There are three days before the game and they have the opportunity to show me during the training sessions, to have a good shape, and convince me to put them in the line-up.

“I want to win. My choice is done to win. I don’t care what the surname is. It’s important when I call someone to play to show me my choice is not wrong.”

The Italian manager also spent some words for Nathaniel Chalobah, that was at his Chelsea debut tonight:

“I want to have the whole squad, not only 11, 12, or 13 players, and create good competition.

“For example, today I’m pleased for Chalobah. It’s his first game. He is a product of the Academy and I am very happy for him. I want to show if someone deserves, he plays.”

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Already transferred to other leagues by some journalists in the past weeks for the next transfer window, Cesc Fabregas was the protagonist of Chelsea win at Leicester tonight, scoring a brace at extra time that allowed the team to go to next stage in the EFL Cup.

The Spanish midifielder removed some pebbles from his shoes speaking to Sky Sports after the game:

I was happy to play first of all from the start, and secondly if I can help the team then fantastic. 

“Hopefully this will shut up a few journalists, a few dailies, a few whatever, who are talking rubbish all the time and focus on what’s important, Chelsea winning.

“I’m focusing on playing well and when I have the chance I’ll show what I can do, because I know what I can do and it’s a lot for this team.”

 “I think we played quite well, to be honest,” Fabregas said.
 “We know they are a dangerous team on the counter, which is what they did, but I think we showed great character, as I think we’ve been showing during the whole season.”

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It was an evening and a venue with all the right ingredients to create a spectacle, Chelsea went into the game hoping to return to ways but things didn’t seem to go as expected when Okazaki broke the deadlock in the 17th minute, after a defensive mix up allowing the Liecester man to head the ball in although Azpillicueta attempted a clearance but the ball had already crossed line.

Going down one nil Chelsea tried to surge forward to get an equalizer but the Leicester striker scored once again from a similar position to double their lead in the 34th minute but towards the twilight of the first half during added time, stand in captain Gary Cahill got one back for Chelsea, to take the scoreline 2-1 into the second half.

In the second half, striker Michy Batshuayi went close with a long range shot, and Victor Moses was also a menace on the right wing and threatened on a couple of occasions but the equalizer came from an unlikely source when Azipllicueta hit an impressive volley from outside the box,before Marcin Wasilewski picked up a second yellow for a foul on Costa and was eventually sent off.

But the winner couldn’t be secured until extra time, with Eden Hazard coming on to assist Fabregas to slot home a fine finish and later the spanaird sealed the win for Chelsea firing high into the roof of the net to make the scores 4-2, securing Chelsea’s passage into the next round.

Scenes from the game
Scenes from the game

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It’s been quite an entertaining first half with Chelsea really not up to speed, conceding a 17th minute goal as a result of a defensive mix up allowing Okazaki to head the ball past Begovic, with Azpillicueta attempting to clear it off but the ball already past the line.

Leicester doubled their lead again the 37th minute with Okazaki again from a similar spot where he scored the first.

But Chelsea came back in the final minute of added time from a corner by Fabregas which was nodded in by Cahill.

More exciting action to come after the break.

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Chelsea XI
(GK)Begovic,Azpillicueta,Cahill(c),David Luiz,Alonso,Moses,Fabregas,Matic,Pedro,Loftus-Cheek,Batshuayi.

Subs: Courtois,Aina,Chalobah,Kante,Willian,Hazard,Diego Costa.

Manager: Antonio Conte

Liecester XI
(GK)Zieler,Simpson,Morgan(c),Wasilewski,Chilwell,Gray,King,Drinkwater,Schlupp,okazaki,Musa.

Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Amartey, Kapustka, Mahrez, Vardy, Ulloa.

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

Venue: The King Power Stadium

Kick Off: 7.45 BST

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