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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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N’Golo Kante, Chelsea’s defensive midfielders since 2016 and bought for £32m, is one of the best midfielders in Europe. During this season, the French player has attracted interest from several clubs, especially from PSG who has confirmed his wish to bring him back in France but Blues’ number 7 explained his will to stay in London with Blues: “I am at home. It is my club, I am a Chelsea player”

“This is my second year at Chelsea. After what happened last season, it was a very good one for us because we got to celebrate winning the title.

He also commented Chelsea’s season and Blues’ goals: “In the second season, I have got to play in the Champions League and we are going again to finish in the top four.

“We will fight until the end to finish in the top four and to get in a Champions League position.

“We also have the FA Cup to play for – it is a good competition. Last season we failed in the final. It is the only trophy we can win this season, so we have to give everything to get to the final and win it.”

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Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) celebrates with Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (C) after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Chelsea at the John Smith's stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on December 12,

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte explained reasons behind his decision to take off Willian and Tiemoue Bakayoko earlier in the second half. The Spanish winger scored a vital goal in yesterday’s 1-2 win over the Foxes at King Power Stadium.

About Willian, Conte said: “He was very tired, he played a fantastic game with and without the game. He is in a fantastic physical condition. I am very pleased with him, but we decided to take this decision”. 

“The same for [Andreas] Christensen. After the Barcelona game we spent a lot of energy and played 120 minutes tonight.”

And about Bakayoko: “Baka got a yellow card, and we are talking about a player with great physicality. In a game like this, you have to prevent a second yellow card. For this reason, I decided to change him.”

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Chelsea face Leicester City in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals and official line-ups have been announced:

CHELSEA – Caballero; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard

Subs: Eduardo, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Fabregas, Pedro, Giroud

Manager: Antonio Conte

LEICESTER – Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Iborra, Mahrez, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Vardy

Subs: Hamer, Fuchs, Dragović, Silva, Gray, Okazaki, Diabaté

Manager: Claude Puel

Kick-Off: 4.30 BST

Venue: King Power Stadium

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Antonio Rudiger spoke ahead of FA Cup clash between Chelsea and Leicester City at King Power Stadium.

The German defender, who has been recently nominated for the German Football Ambassador 2018 award, believes Chelsea fans can play an important role tomorrow (4.30PM BST): “That amount of people is very big support for an away game and it’s important for us to give something back to them” he told the club’s official website.

Chelsea faced the Foxes twice in the current campaign, collecting a win (1-2) and a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in January. Rudiger added: “First of all, it’s going to be a battle. Leicester will try to give us a tough time and we will have to be mentally strong but we won’t be looking for excuses. Yes, we played a few days ago and of course there may be some tiredness, but we have to go there and show the right mentality”.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, as well as forward Alvaro Morata, (Spain) has not been selected in the England squad to face Holland and Italy next week. Antonio Conte believes the defender deserves to be called in Gareth Southgate‘s final selection to play the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Conte told Chelsea’s official website: “For sure you are talking about a really good player, with great quality as a player and also human qualities. It is difficult for me with my past to speak about the decisions of the manager of the national team. We have to respect, also because this is not the final call for the World Cup. Maybe the manager wants to try or find out new solutions. There are a lot of thoughts in the mind of the coach before preparing the final list, and you have to try to have a very clear mind”.

“This is the last opportunity for the managers of the national teams to explore new situations. Gary is a player who for his experience and for the quality of the player and the person, I hope he goes in the national team and plays another World Cup. Usually with the national team, you can call also players who are not playing with regularity. When I was coach with the national team, it happened because I trusted in the players and it can happen that when a player is with a great team with a lot of competition, you can stay on the bench”.

Also Alvaro Morata has a clear chance to be included in Spain National Team again, according to the Italian manager: “I understand it is a hard time but there is only one way, to work hard and show that you deserve to play for the national. team That is the only way, not to complain, and I can help them to improve and to work very hard and show that they deserve to go”.

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Latest Chelsea signing Olivier Giroud believes his decision to leave Arsenal to join the Premier League champions was “definitely the best choice” for development and professional career in English football.

The Frenchman told Standard Sport: “I am settling in quite well. I am very pleased with my understanding with the boys. Obviously, not everything is perfect but I try to be that target man that the boss asks me to be. To be a link with the number 10s, tonight it was Hazard and Willian. It is not easy to sign in winter for a new club so I try to adapt myself as quickly as I can.

“I think there’s always room for improvement but I am quite happy with what we are doing on the pitch. We have good team cohesion. I think if we play with the spirit we did tonight we can achieve got things at the end of the championship”.

“I want to be at my best level now, I am working hard in training to be ready. Of course, sometimes you can close your eyes and score and sometimes the goal gets smaller like the other game against Palace. Trust me, I keep working hard and I am doing my best to reach my targets. So you can count on me to do my best, to be at my best level as soon as I can.”

The Frenchman, when asked if Chelsea are targeting the FA Cup as their main goal ahead of next clash against Leicester City, added: “I did well in the FA Cup with my old team Arsenal. I had a good past, but I want to arrive in the final with Chelsea. When I first came to England I knew the FA Cup was very special for the fans. It’s basically the oldest competition in football so it’s massive and I’ve been lucky enough to win three of them.

“I am unbeaten at Wembley and to win the FA Cup there is massive. Wembley is an amazing stadium and the atmosphere is always special, the pitch is fantastic, so everything is there for you to have a good game. Hopefully, we can get there again this year. I’m at Chelsea to win trophies and the FA Cup is the one we can win.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gave a positive update on his contract situation at Stamford Bridge after some reports suggested a possible move to La Liga giants Real Madrid, with also PSG reportedly interested in placing a bid for the 25-year-old. The Belgian’s deal currently expires in June 2019, as Courtois himself confirmed: I have a contract until next year and I will be here. I will do my best for it, I am committed to Chelsea” he told Standard Sport.

“Obviously there is no extension signed but I don’t think now is the moment to do it. I think it is better to wait until the end of the season. All I can say is I’m committed to Chelsea and also committed for next year. I have no other thing to say. It’s easy when you have only one year remaining that other people might say something”. 

Then he added: “I’m a bit annoyed by it because it’s a talking point and it’s a thing people went to dwell on. But I think the focus now should be on winning our League games to get a top four finish and back in the Champions League for next season as well as going through in the FA Cup. That’s the most important thing and is what we have to do”.


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