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Martin Keown, former Arsenal defender, believes the Fa Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United will be very thrilling and both managers have different reasons to try to lift the trophy at Wembley.

We are in for a cracking final. There is so much at stake for these two managers,” Keown told the Daily Mail. Jose Mourinho likes to count his trophies and point to his success. ‘Antonio Conte, on the other hand, is yet to win a domestic cup competition having lost last year’s FA Cup final and the final of the 2012 Coppa Italia with Juventus. ‘His team won 30 of their 38 league games last season but for some reason he is yet to find a way to be successful in one-off showpieces. ‘If this is to be Conte’s final game in charge at Chelsea, he will want to go out a winner. A Premier League and an FA Cup in two years would be a very good return. During Chelsea’s semi-final with Southampton, Conte did not sit down for the whole match. There is still plenty of fight left in him. ‘Eden Hazard was electric against Southampton and in Alexis Sanchez, United have a player who scores at Wembley every time he plays there. ‘I just hope that this final does not become a tactical war of attrition. I would like to think the brilliance of the individuals on show will shine through.”

 

 

 

 

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During his press conference ahead of the Premier League game vs Manchester United, Antonio Conte was asked about the Blues opponents and in particular about two players: the new signing Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Paul Pogba.

Speaking about the striker, Conte said: “When you add a great player like Sanchez you are stronger. But our situation doesn’t change. We have to prepare for the game and my expectation is to see him on the pitch with Lukaku, then I don’t know if they will have another midfielder or a number 10″.

Then, about the chances Pogba will be parte of United’s Starting XI, the Italian coach added: “We are talking about a top player, a fantastic player. My expectation is to see him on the pitch. If he stays out it will be better. We are talking about a top player and every coach has to try to find the right way to manage him. He is showing at United he is a top player.”

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New Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez reveals that Chelsea made Leo Messi cry.

It happened in 2012, after the Champions League semifinal the Blues won on a 3-2 aggregate, before flying to Munich to lift the trophy.

With a 1-0 lead from the first-leg, Chelsea produced a great defensive display in the second-leg in Barcelona. After seeing captain John Terry sent off early in the game, the Blues managed to draw 2-2 at Camp Nou with Fernando Torres scoring late in the game for Chelsea.

 

“You might cry during a game if you lose a final,” said Sanchez.

“That’s all part of football. In the Barcelona dressing room after the Chelsea game, I saw Leo Messi cry.

“That’s because players demand so much from themselves. People don’t see that.”

 

 

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Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson revealed the main reason why Chelsea haven’t tried to hijack Alexis Sanchez‘s move to Manchester United in the past week.

The Chilean striker is set to move to Old Trafford in a swap with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who will sign for Arsenal, and he’s going to receive a wage of £500,000-a-week AFTER tax.

Merson believes handing a player that sort of money at Chelsea would have caused problems with the likes of Eden Hazard – who is in talks with the club directors to extend his contract and increase his wage- Cesc Fabregas and Willian.

“They needed Sanchez,” the pundit said.

“If they would have got Sanchez I think they get in the top four.

“But if you go and get Sanchez, you bet your bottom dollar come what two days later, Hazard’s agent’s knocking on the door, Willian’s is knocking on the door, (Cesc) Fabregas, (N’Golo) Kante.

“They’re all knocking on the door and before you know it, that £100m signing for his package turns into £200m.”

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During his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game vs Norwich City, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was asked about Alexis Sanchez and the Italian said he doesn’t believe the Blues will compete with Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to sign the striker.

I don’t know, I don’t think so,” Conte said. “About the transfer market – I prefer to talk to the club and give an opinion and I repeat that I don’t want to give my opinion on that.”

 

Chelsea are ready to make a late bid on current Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, who is understood to have agreed personal terms with Manchester United for a move to Old Trafford yesterday.

Blues manager Antonio Conte has been critical of Chelsea’s lack of signings and is desperate to add more firepower to his squad, but fans are not convinced about the latest transfer talk.

Manchester United are believed to pay £20million to Arsenal plus a further £15million to Sanchez’s agent to get the deal across the line, with the Chile international enthusiastic to join Jose Mourinho’s side.

Chelsea have also asked about his terms and cannot be ruled out, although they are behind United currently.

The Blues are desperate to sign a striker and can’t agree a fee for Andy Carroll with West Ham.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident that Manchester City will beat United in the race to land Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

The Blues’ manager, speaking at a press conference ahead of Leicester clash today, claimed: “If they want Sanchez, they sign Sanchez. I think it would be a good investment, we’re a talking about a top-player in a good moment where the price is not so high”.

“In the past Man City showed that if they want a player, they go and buy it” Conte added.

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Speaking after the Carabao Cup semifinal’s first leg at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims his team deserve to draw vs Chelsea tonight.

It was a game that was physical and two teams that defended very well. It was the first leg of a tie but we had great solidarity. It was a deserved 0-0, we couldn’t take our chances. But we will try to do out job in the second leg. We have played so many games against Chelsea”, Wenger said.

The Gunners’ manager spoke also about VAR (“There were only two opportunities to intervene, the second one was strange with the game going on for so long. With it coming back after a corner, it’s strange for it going on after two minutes”.) and Wilshere‘s injury (“He has an ankle strain, first look is it is not too bad. But for Sunday it might be too short, it is a ligament. It’s a shame”).

Moreover, Arsene Wenger gave some updates on Arsenal’s strategies during January tranfer window: “I do not have to justify every decision, I have managed over 1000 games. I want him [Sanchez] to stay for longer. He is an important player for us.”, Wenger said, “He is completely focused to play football. He warmed up like that and he wants to play football. Coquelin goes to Valencia, he didn’t get enough games. I let him go. The best way to replace him is getting Ramsey and Ozil back. Then we’ll see. We have players injured”.

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It was confirmed Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will miss the game. Returning captain Gary Cahill will start, as long as Willian and Fabregas.

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Hazard, Batshuayi.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

ARSENAL – Cech, Mustafi, Koscielny (c), Monreal, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette.

Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Sanchez, Walcott, Giroud

Manager: Arsene Wenger

 

Kick Off: 1.30 pm BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Referee: Michale Oliver

 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea puts pressure on Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England.

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater suffered a calf injury and won’t be back until mid-October, after international break

– Captain Gary Cahill is back after a 3-match-suspension

Eden Hazard can start his first game for Chelsea in this season

 

Arsenal 

Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are out for this game.

Theo Walcott is a doubt after limping off against Koln in Europa League on Thursday night

– Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette rested against the German side but will all return to the squad at Stamford Bridge.

Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are both doubts, as Arsene Wenger revealed.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger; Zappacosta, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Morata, Hazard.

Arsenal– Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Sanchez, Welbeck, Lacazette.

 

Kick Off – 1.30 pm BST

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Referee – Michael Oliver

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