Authors Posts by Giuseppe Maiorana

Giuseppe Maiorana


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Earlier today Chelsea midfielder Willian spoke during a press conference ahead of the friendlies Brazil will play in this international break.

The Blues player hopes to get a place in the squad for the World Cup and to do better than he did in 2014.

I will do my best to get better than I was in 2014,” Willian said. “You mature, you learn things. This time I have done specific work and I’ve changed all the food in my house to be in the best condition I can be. Every professional has their way of working. I prefer not to go back in time and talk about 2014,”

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Chelsea will face Southampton in the Fa Cup semifinal, and this afternoon the Football Association have confirmed when the two teams will meet at Wembley.

The game will be played on Sunday April 22, with a 3pm kick-off.

The Blus advanced to the semifinal after beating Leicester City, while the Saints defeated Wigan in the quarter finals.

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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 to Wembley: I don’t remember the last time I scored with my head!  But I’m very happy to score the goal and for the team to get the win”. Pedro told Chelsea official website. It’s great to pass through into the next round and it’s very important for us to get the confidence and to fight from now until the end of the season. We want to get into the top four and we also want to win this trophy [FA Cup], so we will fight until the end. I’m very happy for Alvaro to score again and hopefully that will give him the confidence to score more. Alvaro is a very good player and an important part of our team. It’s important for him to score and to help the side and hopefully he can continue to do that until the end of the season. He had a back injury but now he’s in a very good condition and it’s a good time for him. I think his back is perfect now and hopefully he can keep scoring, because we all know just how good he is.”

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In the last few days Petr Cech not only expressed his frustation on how goalkeepers are selected to play games in different competition at Arsenal, but also he revealed this process was better when he played for Chelsea.

At Chelsea we never decided which competition you play, it was a game by game process.” Cech said as a guest on BBC’s Match of the Day. “If you kept playing well then you were fit and you didn’t need rest then the manager had his choice to pick the goalkeeper for the competitions. Sometimes I would sit a game out or be on the bench but it would not be decided, ‘You play this competition, you play this competition’. I enjoyed that because I love this competition for example, to be involved and play FA Cup games. Any other competition makes it a bit more spicy and special”.

At Arsenal and with Arsene Wengerthings, however, are different: “I had known prior to the season that David would play the FA Cup games. Obviously I would love to play the competition as well but you have to respect the manager’s decisions.” Cech went on. “I ended up playing the quarter-final and semi-final [last season], but then I didn’t play the final so I had some part in the process. It’s about respecting your colleague and your coach’s decision. Obviously you can tell you would prefer the other way but it’s the decision of the coach.”

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Few years ago, Willy Caballero helped Manchester City when they won the League Cup at Wembley vs Liverpool.

Now the Argentinian goalkeeper is performing very well in the Blues’ run in the current Fa Cup and he hopes to lift another trophy at Wembley in just a couple of months.

For me, it’s a fantastic competition and I don’t have this trophy, so for sure I want to win the FA Cup,” Caballero told Chelsea official website.  “Everyone at Chelsea and our supporters want this too. Southampton will be a tough game for us, like Leicester were. We will head to Wembley to play them and have to fight as we did against Leicester and then hopefully we can reach the final. I think we now have a good break [the international break] but the most important thing for the team would be to finish in the top four and get into the Champions League. But of course we have the chance to win a trophy in the FA Cup and that is what we want to do. So we will go to Wembley for the semi-final and hopefully we can do both things – finishing in the top four and winning the FA Cup.” 

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen admitted he sought John Terry‘s advice after his mistakes vs Barcelona in the Champions League last 16.

I try to keep it inside the club and not bring it home with me,” Christensen told Eurosport in Denmark. “My team-mates have also seen all my other performances, so they know that these mistakes aren’t typical for me. I have had a smaller talk with John Terry, he has also experienced setbacks, and it is always nice to talk to someone watching it from the outside and to learn that they have experienced the same. He told me that it is natural to make mistakes. And he tried to put it in perspective for me saying that if a forward misses a chance he can make it good again by scoring when he gets the next opportunity, but we can’t change a goal scored against us. So when we make mistakes it is more crucial and it is easy to point fingers at. I have realized it, looked at it and now I have moved on. It has been difficult to get out of. You are not doubting yourself, but you might get a bit more cautious in what you do, and that can make things even worse. So it is difficult to get out of it; move on from. I’ve been annoyed at myself, and that is difficult to get rid of – especially when there is a week between the matches, because then you have a whole week to think about it. You just want to move on to the next match so that you can play a match without mistakes. I can’t avoid making mistakes, but in some games the mistakes have been decisive, so now I am just waiting for the next games to come, so I can prove that the mistakes aren’t typical for me. I thought about it after making two mistakes in two matches, that I might be out of the next one. But I try to tell myself that before these matches I have played all the other ones almost with no mistakes at all. I hope that is the reason that I get to start, because he knows that – besides the last couple of matches – he can trust me, I haven’t made any mistakes, but been very solid for a long period. I am focusing on all the good games I have played this season.”

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Bad news for two important Chelsea‘s players: striker Alvaro Morata and midfielder Cesc Fabregas have not been included by coach Julien Lopetegui in the Spain squad who will face Germany and Argentina in two friendlies.

On the other hand Marcos Alonso has been selected and he can collect his first cap with Spain.


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Speaking during the pre-game press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League game vs Barcelona at Camp NouWillian has revealed he and his team-mates have one additional reason to perform at their best.

For sure this is a fantastic stadium with a big pitch. I think that every single player needs to play this type of game must be excited, to play this type of game. Willian said. “A lot of my players have never played in this stadium. This is the first time and we want to do our best.”


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In the press conference with the media ahead of tomorrow’s night Champions League game vs Chelsea, Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said the Spanish side’s task against the Blues will be difficult, but they will try to qualify for the next round using their classical style of play.

It is going to be a hard match, this is the Champions League. We are playing against a very good team with a defensive play. We will try to get the ball, they are well prepared and it will be hard”. Busquets said. “We will try to play hard to get the win, but 0-0 could be a good result. If they score we could be really suffering for that. Chelsea has lots of resources to do what they do and play compact at the back. They are also good on the offense and counter attack. They are going to have this plan then they will do one thing or the other. We will try to be clever and not speculating. 0-0 is a good result, but we shouldn’t speculate”.

And then, when asked about Willian, the Catalan midfielder went on: “We have to pay special attention to him, but Morata, Pedro or Hazard. They have specific attack profiles. They are a good team”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his team could have a chance to beat Barcelona tomorrow night at Camp Nou, but the Blues have to make no mistake if they want to go through the Champions League quarter finals. 

We must be very good but when you play against this type of team, which I think is one of the best in the world, you must be prepared to suffer, in the same way we did in the first leg, where we were almost perfect,” Conte told the club’s official website. “This is not a (Chelsea) team with great experience, we have a lot of players who are playing their first or second season in the Champions League. But we have to work as a team and try to be ready to suffer the moments we have to suffer, and in every moment we have to know that we can have a chance to score.“Given our opponents’ ability to dominate possession, especially on home soil, we will also need to show plenty of patience and concentration in waiting for our opportunities and making the most of them when they arrive,”


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