Authors Posts by Francesca Ceciarini

Francesca Ceciarini


by -

Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois could miss Swansea game this weekend due to illness: in fact, the Belgian stopper  recently pulled out of a media appearance due to a bout of gastroenteritis, as confirmed by the Tweet below, and is now a doubt for the game against the Welsh side.

Schermata 02-2457806 alle 22.23.36


Courtois has three days to recover before the crucial match, that will be played this Saturday at 3 pm at Stamford Bridge: should he miss the game, Asmir Begovic is ready to replace him.


by -

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits no relax in this crucial part of the season: with 8 points gap on the second sitting in the Premier League table ( Manchester City) and next FA Cup quarter finals against Manchester United, that will visit Stamford Bridge in the middle of Europa League last 16 ties, the Blues seem in a good position to end their season with some silverware glory, but the Italian doesn’t admit complacency:

“If someone thinks the Swansea game is easy, they make a great mistake,” Conte suggested after the game at Wolves.

Questioned about the future of some important players, like John Terry, the ex Juventus manager said:

I like to reply this question for John. But also for all the players, for us it is very important to be focused on the present.

“Because I repeat we stay now in a good position, we stay in the top of the table, in the quarter-final of the FA Cup, the most important thing is now, the present, to work and build a good future.

“Then yeah for sure we will see the situation of every single player and we try to make the best decision for every single player… I want to be very clear, no, because I think every player deserve… if every player deserve to play, I’m pleased to give the opportunity but not because there is a sentiment, or because I think the right way to give every single player what they deserve.

“If, I think John Terry deserve to play this game and he played, played very well, very happy for him. For me, he’s a very important player, my captain and he’s important in and off the pitch.

“I repeat, he’s helping me a lot, and I’m very pleased to have him in my squad and also to know this type of person.”


by -

Ivan Perisic was one of EURO 2016 stars with Croatia but has also been one of the Serie A best players in the last two seasons with Inter, this is the reason why the ex Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund player was targeted by Premier League top teams like Chelsea and Manchester United.

But Inter sport director Piero Ausilio quenched their enthusiasm claiming the Croatian winger won’t move from the Nerazzurri:

“I do not think it is either Perisic’s or our intentions for him to leave.

“He is part of a massive project and we do not want to sell our players. We cannot envisage an Inter without Perisic.

“We are not going to get rid of our best players.”


by -

Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic reveals he is not sure captain John Terry will be his team-mate next season:

“I can see him continuing to play and while he is playing like this, I don’t see why he should quit,” Begovic told the London Evening Standard.

“He trains every day, he’s as fit as a fiddle and you don’t get the sense that he is coming to an end. 

“What he has in his mind and what he is planning to do is something only he can answer. 

“But if he collects two trophies, maybe that’s a great way to go out. Who knows?”

by -

FA Cup 2017 quarter finals draw is scheduled for tonight at 6.30 pm GMT.

Let’s see which teams are in the race and what their ball numbers are:

1    Lincoln City

2    Tottenham Hotspur

3    Blackburn Rovers or Manchester United

4    Sutton United or Arsenal

5    Middlesbrough

6    Chelsea

7    Huddersfield Town or Manchester City

8    Millwall

We will update you with the results after the draw.

by -

Chelsea skipper John Terry revealed the importance of FA Cup for British players, something a foreign footballer cannot fully understand:

“The FA Cup is part of the club’s history. I’ve won it five times personally and Cesc Fabregas knows what it’s all about,” the Blues captain told BT Sport after the win at Wolves.

“For us it means an awful lot, we’ve grown up with it and we’ve seen with the results today [Saturday] that the foreign guys don’t really understand because in other countries that doesn’t happen.

“Both sets of fans were different class and wherever you go it’s always difficult.”


by -

Antonio Conte admitted yesterday’s win at Wolves was not as easy as it seemed:

“It was the toughest game we have played in this competition so far for sure.

“But we all knew it would be, above all after the results this afternoon. I tried to warn the changing room about the difficulty of this game, and of this completion. I like to repeat that in England in every game in every competition there does not exist an easy game It is the truth.

Wolverhampton started the game very well with great intensity. They tried to develop the play on the flank and put a lot of crosses in but we defended well. They hit the post early on and we were lucky in this circumstance but in the second half we played our football, scored two goals and created chances, but Wolverhampton deserve my compliments.

“In the league we are doing a great job in staying on top of the table and now we are in the FA Cup quarter-final and I am pleased for this but after this game it is important to understand that nothing is easy. It will be very difficult to win both competitions but we want to try to win some trophies.”

The Chelsea boss also praised John Terry and Cesc Fabregas, two fantastic footballers and professionals that always perform to their best when they have the chance to play:

“They played very well. It is not easy when you don’t play a lot, and John and Cesc and all the players showed me they have good form and it means they are good professionals. It is great to have these type of players in my squad because I can count on them.”

Conte also congratulated Lincoln City on becoming the first non-league side to make it this far in the FA Cup for over a century:

“This is a great achievement for them and for the FA Cup. It is incredible and I think impossible in Italy. It shows anything can happen if you trust in the work and have a great will to fight. I am pleased to live this story with them as we are with them in the quarter-finals.”

by -

Cesc Fabregas was finally a starter today and the Spaniard fulfilled all the expectations, being the man of the match.

The ex Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder was crucial with his lofted pass in the build-up to Chelsea’s first goal, that was scored by Pedro halfway through the second part of the game at Wolves:

“That first 15-20 minutes they were on top of us,” Fabregas said after the game.

“It’s not easy to come to these places. We knew that we had to be at our best and I think it was a professional performance.

“I want to play, obviously I want to play. But we want to win. There is a great group and a great togetherness.”

by -

Chelsea captain John Terry revealed that Conference Premier side Lincoln City feat, that knocked Premier League’s Burnley out of FA Cup today, was a wake-up call for the Blues that were about to face Wolves in the moment Sean Ragget scored the winner at Turf Moor:

“It was kind of a wake-up call that we didn’t need,” Terry said after the win at the Molineux.

About the chance to win the FA Cup again, the Blues skipper claimed:

“It’s a massive part of the club’s history. I’ve won it five times. The main thing today was to come here, play well and get ourselves into the next round.”

by -

Antonio Conte rested some regular starters like David Luiz, Alonso, Courtois, Matic and Kante today but his team was succesfull anyway, proving both the Italian is doing a great job with his squad and that the Blues have got a great group, where every player is ready to fight to help the team:

“I trust in the squad and these players. Today they gave me good attitude,” the Chelsea manager told BT Sport after the final whistle.

“Our target was to get into the next round. In the first half we suffered a bit but in the second half we scored two goals and we deserved to win the game.

“It’s important to understand that every game in the FA Cup is not easy.”



Chelsea striker Pedro scored the winning goal on Sunday vs Leicester and helped the Blues to qualify to the Fa Cup semifinal. An important win, not only because it sent Antonio Conte's side...