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Chelsea Under-18s team beat Leicester City in the FA Youth Cup and go through the last-four after a 1-0 win.

Next Wednesday sees Aston Villa host Manchester City, then Tottenham Hotspur travelling to Newcastle United and Preston North End facing Stoke City on Monday 27 February.

Ike Ugbo‘s goal secured Chelsea an away win which means that the Blues could lift their third successive FA Cup youth title.

Chelsea (4-3-3) Jared Thompson; Reece James, Marc Guehi, Trevoh Chalobah, Josh Grant; Jacob Maddox, Mason Mount (c), George McEachran (Tariq Uwakwe 58); Dujon Sterling (Martell Taylor-Crossdale 81), Ike Ugbo, Callum Hudson-Odoi (Conor Gallagher 90+2)
Unused subs 
Richard Nartey, Jamie Cumming
Scorer Ugbo 66
Booked Sterling

Leicester City Cameron Yates (c); Simran Thandi, Alex Pascanu, Darnell Johnson, Calvin Ughelumba; Morgan Brown, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Lamine Sherif; Layton Ndukwu, Kairo Arlott-Edwards, Kanya Leshabela (Harrison Myring 76)
Unused subs 
George Heaven, Adam Harrison, Cal Templeton, Conor Tee
Booked Sherif

Referee Mark Haywood

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Chelsea winger Pedro told the club’s official magazine that ‘this is the best moment at Stamford Bridge’ since he joined the Blues from Barcelona.

“It’s also the best moment for the whole team since I’ve been here, – he added – Always, in training, it is about hard work, especially with this coach, when we have to work on many aspects we will need during the games”.

“We are running more, working hard on different situations that will come up and also working on shooting. So we are doing all these things in training, but the most important thing is that everybody is putting in the hard work”.

‘We are working together for the same things and it’s easier to focus in the games when you are playing with confidence.’

Then the Spaniard added: “I understand the Premier League more now,’ he says. ‘It’s very different compared to Spain but now I’m in my second year here and I understand the football. It’s quicker, more intense and more competitive”.

Pedro

When asked about the differences between Premier League and La Liga, Pedro claimed: “Spain is different. It’s more tactical, it’s more about passing the ball and developing something. Here it’s quicker when you attack, and everything is different”.

“You have to change mentally and it’s difficult to adapt at first, but I have changed, I have done that now”.

He ended: “Then, when you go back to play for the national team, you really feel this difference, you can see an improvement from the physical side. Spanish football is more about technique, about the touch of the ball and the way you play, but here in England you can add pace and power to your game”.

 

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Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso was interviewed by the club’s official website. The Spaniard, when asked over his relationship with former Barcelona winger Pedro, claimed: “He is a very good friend and I like to catch up with him after training”.

They attended together a NBA game in London last month: “I didn’t know Pedro before I came here but he’s been a great help since I arrived, – Alonso pointed out – We go for dinner quite regularly and we went to the NBA at the O2 together. I’m not a massive basketball fan but I follow some of the Spanish players. Pau Gasol, who plays for San Antonio Spurs, had a great year, and I always keep an eye out for him. Him and Rafa Nadal are probably the greatest Spanish sportsmen of all time”.

 

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has accepted a new and improved contract to stay at Stamford Bridge, according to exclusive reports in The Sun.

The Spaniard reportedly put the pen to paper on a deal which will see the striker as the Blues’ highest earner above Cesc Fabregas.

The 28-year-old was linked with a lucrative move to Chinese Super League last month before he decided to stay.

Anyway, Costa has allegedly agreed a five-year contract worth £220,000-a-week plus add-ons.

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Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie claimed that Chelsea‘s interest in him ‘proves that he’s ‘having a good season’, anyway the Ivorian star does not want to go ‘too fast‘.

When asked about real chances to join Premier League next season, the 20-year-old told So Foot: “I don’t know if my club has received any offers. I’m under contract. We’ll see if we need to discuss anything”.

“I like Bergamo, – Kessie added – The city is nice, quiet, and I appreciate life in Italy, where I was well received”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will play John Terry in central defense against Wolverhampton, according to reports in England.

The Blues’ captain is fit despite missing last Premier League match at Burnley on Sunday due to an ankle injury and could replace David Luiz.

It is understood the Brazilian star is still recovering from a knee problem since December.

Terry featured against West Ham in the EFL Cup and in the FA Cup wins over Peterborough and Brentford in January.

 

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, speaking after his side’s away win against Bournemouth, doesn’t see chances to catch Antonio Conte’s side as their gap with Chelsea is ‘too big’.

He told Sky Sports: “The gap is still so long, so you do not expect them [Chelsea] to lose games and it is so, so difficult to win all the games.

“So the gap is too, too big. Yesterday they did not win, but they played so solid, so it is so difficult to create chances.

Then Guardiola added: “So the important thing is to focus, from the last month and a half we have talked about that – just focus on our game, game by game, and improve our performance.

“And my feeling is that in the last games, our performance is much, much, much better.

“The only regret today is we created so many chances and it is so important to score goals. But in general I am so, so happy for the performance.”

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Ex Liverpool defender and now Sky pundit Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher, when asked if Manchester City can still catch Chelsea in the title race, said the Citizens ‘just need to keep winning games’.

The former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports: “When Pep Guardiola’s asked that question, he doesn’t really want to talk about it because he’s so pleased with how his team is performing, just thinking there is a big gap there but we don’t need to concentrate on that”.

“He’ll be thinking we just need to keep winning games and see how close we can get. I totally get why Guardiola’s not getting involved in that kind of talk because he’s just pleased his team are playing well and winning games”.

Then Carragher added: “If Chelsea do something stupid that’s down to them but he’s now putting things in place, maybe even more for next season. And they are getting confidence and belief looking forward to next season.”

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Chelsea central defender David Luiz posted on his Instagram official account a picture of him in hospital with the message ‘Let’s do it’.

It is understood Luiz is still recovering from the knee injury suffered against Manchester City at Etihad.

Anyway, according to Telegraph, Chelsea have played down concern about the Brazilian star, who will reportedly be rested against Wolverhampton in next F.A. Cup round.

David Luiz

 

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Former Valencia manager Gary Neville says Chelsea rivals in the title race will have to ‘produce the greatest run in Premier League history’ if they want to catch Antonio Conte‘s side this season.

Neville told Sky Sports MNF: “I don’t think it’s so much about whether Chelsea will drop points – they will”.

“It’s whether the others are capable of putting together, potentially, the greatest run in Premier League history to win 14, 13 games on the bounce on the way in”.

“You’re still relying on Chelsea losing three or four matches and winning 13 or 14 games. I’m not sure we’ve got the trust in the other teams yet to think they can do that”.

Manchester City have now 52 points following their last victory against Bournemouth, while Chelsea are leading the table with 60 points so far.

“The fact that Europe’s starting again for many of the teams will make it even more difficult – Neville added – I think Chelsea are strong favourites, it could happen, but Chelsea would have to get injuries to key players – that’s the one thing that would cause a big problem to Chelsea,” 

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