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Chelsea winger Pedro says current Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic could be a good replacement should Antonio Conte leave the club in summer. 

The Spanish star told Cadena Ser:“We know there might be some changes, we’re awaiting. We know that he [Slavisa Jokanovic] is a great manager.

“Many names have been mentioned and he is one of them. If a new manager comes, we’ll try to work in the best way possible.”

Moreover, Pedro added he’s feeling “comfortable” at Stamford Bridge after joining Chelsea from Barcelona in 2015.

“Obviously I have a contract at Chelsea and most likely I will stay. I’m good here,” he said.

“I’m very comfortable with my team-mates and, in football terms I’m very happy for having won the Premier League and the FA Cup in three years. I’m happy because it’s always difficult to win trophies in England.

“I’m enjoying my holidays right now, getting some rest and spending time with family, and then start the new season in the best way.”

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Chelsea under-19 squad head coach Joe Edwards was severe when he commented the 3-0 defeat against Barcelona in the UEFA Youth League Final.

“We spoke about the fact there wouldn’t be any shame in losing to Barcelona if we could walk in and say we gave everything we could – he said after the game – Unfortunately we didn’t get anywhere near the standards we normally set for ourselves. It was an absolute disaster from start to finish”.

“We had a message from Frank Lampard before the game, saying that once you get to a final and you don’t win, you wish you hadn’t got there because it hurts so much. Frank is right”.
Chelsea have a huge chance to bounce back from their last disappointing defeat as the Blues face Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup Final at Stamford Bridge on Friday 27th of April and then at the Emirates Stadium next Monday 30th of April.

Edwards noted: “A lot of those players get to go out and play Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Friday,

For some of those who don’t have that option, today will prey on their mind for a long time but sometimes after a setback, the best thing is to get out on the pitch as soon as possible and put it right. Hopefully the boys will be celebrating lifting a trophy on Monday”.

 

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Chelsea today failed to win their third Uefa Youth League in the last four season: the Blues were defeated by Barcelona at Nyon in the final.

The Spanish side scored in the first half with Marques Mendes and, in the second half Chelsea conceded other two goals as Barcelona won the game 3-0.

In the semifinal, played on Friday, the Blues eliminated Porto after winning at the shootout, while Barcelona overcame Manchester City 5-4.

The London club had won two Uefa Youth League in 2015 vs Shaktar and the following season vs Paris Saint Germain.

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Andreas Christensen admitted he is ‘happy with the overall season’ at Chelsea despite his defensive mistake in Champions League clash against Barcelona.

“It’s easy to just look at the recent games – Christensen told Chelsea’s official website – But I try to remember I played probably 25-30 games with no mistakes at all before that. Everyone knows you can’t go through a whole season not making a mistake, as a defender – it’s impossible”. 

“That’s the bad part about our job – when there’s a goal, there’s a good chance you’re the one getting pointed at, but you still have to take responsibility next time you get the ball and do what’s best for the team”.

The Denmark international also praised manager Antonio Conte, who’s been vital in helping him through this difficult time: “It helps when you’ve got good team-mates who take care of you and a manager who believes in you. That’s only made things more comfortable for me, and now I want to progress even more.”

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It seems Real Madrid want to sign Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso during the next summer transfer window, but now according to reports by Don Balon and The Daily Star another Spanish big team is keen on the Blues player.

Barcelona star Gerard Pique, indeed, has told his club to sign Marcos Alonso: is this the start of a big challenge between the two Spanish giants?

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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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Conte had already spoke during his conference after the match, yesterday night before kick off, several Chelsea supporters had problem not only to enter to the stadium but also some of them were allegedly hurt by police and security outside the Nou Camp.

This allegedly violence was emerged after the match when Blues’ fans showed video footage. It would seem that several fans could were hurt and for this reason, Chelsea FC tweeted on official Twitter profile an appeal to all Chelsea’ fans:

“We ask that our supporters contact us with accounts of their experiences of this evening’s arrival at the stadium so that we can take this up properly with the authorities.'”

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After defeat against Barcelona and consequent Champions League exit, Antonio Conte declared himself proud of his guys. He analyzed the match admitting the bad beginning, also spoke about his tactic choices, about referee’s judgments considering penalty the foul on Alonso and speaking about Messi he abounded with praises.

Our start was terrible, to concede after only two minutes, but after we tried to play football and at times we dominated the game and had chances to score. Over the two legs we have hit the post four times and this is very strange. I think a fantastic player moved the final result and the qualification because in these two legs, Lionel Messi moved the final result. He scored three goals and made an assist for Dembele.

It is a pity but I must be very proud of the commitment of my players. They gave everything and we have to continue in this way, with this will to fight and desire to fight together.’

About Messi: ‘When you have the opportunity to make a great complement to Messi, it is right to recognize a super, super, super top player,’ he explained. ‘You are talking about a player who every season can score 60 goals, not just in one season. I am very pleased to have the opportunity at the end of the game to give him my complement. We are talking about an extraordinary player, the best in the world.’

About tactics choices and referee’s judgments: ‘For sure when you take this decision to play with Eden, Willian and a striker as a point of reference, you must be very good to have a great balance and not lose this balance. I saw great commitment from all the players, who wanted to play with all our potential. We were a bit unlucky over the two legs and we showed we can play in both ways. For sure in the first leg, defensively we were more compact. Tonight they scored three times but I think we did not deserve this type of result.

I think there was a penalty for Alonso and if it is 2-1 you can put a bit of pressure on Barcelona and I repeat, in the end I must be pleased with the commitment of my players. I saw great work.’

About the environment situation out of stadium before the match: ‘We are aware of reports of incidents outside the ground before the game where a number of Chelsea fans were hurt. We ask that our supporters contact us with accounts of their experiences of this evening’s arrival at the stadium so that we can take this up properly with the authorities.’

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Marcos Alonso spoke about defeat against Barcelona and consequent Champions League exit:

“We had to take advantage of our opportunities and the pole. Against this type of team it becomes hard when don’t take advantage of the opportunities you have”.

They are a great team and they also have Messi, I think maybe they were the better team even though I think we competed well in both games”

“We could have done better, if we concede these easy goals then we make our chances very difficult against this team. We knew they have top players and we cannot give them one metre because they can create and score”

“They were the better team but we were unlucky. We competed well and we have to improve. When you lose you have to keep training and get better.”

“They were not comfortable in the first half and we just missed the chances.

“It could have been 2-2 at half-time at least but it was 2-0 and in a stadium like this, against a team like this, it is not easy to come back.”

“I think we were a little bit unlucky, also, with the first two goals. We hit the post three times, we had so many chances in both games. Now we have two important matches in Premier and we want to win FA Cup”.

 

 

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All set at Nou Camp as Barcelona and Chelsea will play the second-leg of UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tonight. And official line-ups for the game have been announced:

BARCELONA – Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Dembele, Suarez, Messi

Subs:  Cillessen, Paulinho, Alcacer, Digne, Andre Gomes, Vidal, Vermaelen.

Manager: Ernesto Valverde

 

CHELSEA – Coutois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso, Willian, Giroud, Hazard

Subs: Caballero, Morata, Pedro, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Cahill, Palmieri.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Referee: Damin Skomina ( Slovenia)

Venue: Camp Nou

Kick-Off: 7.45PM GMT

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