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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill says Antonio Conte ‘made a great finish’ at the club, whatever is going to happen amid speculations regarding the Italian manager’s future.

Cahill told Chelsea’s official website: “Certainly we feel the sense of uncertainty. That’s obvious to everyone in the last few months. Obviously as players we have no impact on that situation. If I was a betting man, I’m sure the club and the manager will have spoken. Let’s see”.

“All I can say is it’s been a great finish. If the manager stays on then he stays on; if he doesn’t then he’s gone away with an FA Cup. I’m sure the manager will make the best decision for himself and his family and the club will make what they feel is the best decision. It’s totally out of our hands”. 

Conte himself admitted he worked even harder than last season in the last few months to improve the squad and revive Chelsea season.

“I think that’s something that everyone at the club can be proud of, even the people who you don’t see behind the scenes but who work tirelessly every day. It’s a long slog in the season. Everyone feels like we’ve got the reward, and now we’re going to celebrate and have a good time.”

The England international added he would also quiet down rumors as ‘the future is out of our hands’.

“Probably the uncertainty to be put to bed and whatever’s going to happen to happen. We’ll see what happens. It’s out of our hands. We have to try and deliver on the pitch. We fell short in some aspects of the season but today we produced, and the rest behind the scenes is not down to us. A lot of the lads have got big summers ahead.”

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Marcos Alonso lifted his first FA Cup title of his career since joining Chelsea from Fiorentina in June 2016.

The Spaniard told Chelsea’s official website: ‘I think it was well-deserved. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer but the team defended very well and we scored one of the few chances we had”.

“We felt comfortable, even if we suffered a little bit, because 90 minutes defending against good players. We stayed compact during the whole game and we helped each other out, so I think it was a much-deserved win”.

Manchester United manager and players believe the Red Devils were ‘better by far’ in the final. Marcos Alonso responded: “It was hard, not only in the second half but in the first half as well. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer and we had to defend a lot but I think we did a great game. We had a plan we executed very well and I’m very happy for the title”.

“I’m happy for my first FA Cup win, it feels good to go on our holidays with a title. The fans will be happy after the win, it was a good game and a title for them. I’m very grateful to them for their support during the whole season. Now we will have a good rest and come back stronger next season”.

Chelsea winger Willian came off the bench in the FA Cup Final win against Manchester United at Wembley stadium.

The Brazilian star did not look happy as he played just a few minutes in the extra-time after replacing Blues’ goalscorer Eden Hazard.

Willian added fuel to fire by posting a squad-wide image of celebrations hiding manager Antonio Conte with some emojis.

The London Evening Standard reports the former Shakhtar Donetsk star, who has been repeatedly linked with a move to Manchester United, told ESPN Brazil: “Oh boy, do you really want me to tell you [about my relationship with Conte]? ? Let’s save it for the next interview.”

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“It will be sad if Antonio Conte leave us” Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud told SkySports HQ following the FA Cup win at Wembley.

 

The France international, who joined the Blues from Arsenal on a 18-months contract in the January transfer window scoring 3 goals.

Giroud and N’Golo Kante were both included in the 23-man squad to play the World Cup in Russia. He said: “We need to move on – I have got a World Cup and then I will think about next year. I want to win some more trophies with Chelsea.” 

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Chelsea player Willian had just few words to say yesterday in Wembley‘s mixed zone after the Blues win over Manchester United.

As reported by Manchester Evening News, when asked by reporters to comment on the game and Chelsea’s win, the Brazilian player just said “I have to go” and left the mixed zone.

Yesterday Willian played just few minutes in stoppage time and started the game on the bench; moreover, according to various speculations he is a Mourinho‘s target for the next summer transfer window and the relationship between the Brazilian and manager Antonio Conte is not very good.

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Everything has changed for Victor Moses in 12 months: last year the Nigerian player was sent off during the Fa Cup final vs Arsenal and Chelsea lost the game; yesterday, on the other hand, Moses himself played an important role in the Blues win over Manchester United.

I am very pleased. After what happened last year this was different and we are very pleased to win the game,” Victor Moses admitted to Chelsea official website.

Victor Moses also praised the team, their attitude in the first half, and their strenght in the second part of the game: “I thought we were tremendous. Man United kept coming at us second half. In the first half I thought we had done very well and should have scored more goals, but we kept it cool and we were very solid at the back. We know we have the ability to defend”. the Nigerian went on. “All the lads who have never won it before are very happy and we are very happy to win this FA Cup, it is very important for us.”

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Gary Cahill is over the moon after lifting his first trophy as Chelsea captain.

“We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years… it’s not bad is it?” the Blues skipper said after winning the final against Manchester United today.

Speaking of Eden Hazard, who scored the penalty that gave the win to Chelsea, he said:

“He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi’s been superb all season, we’re buzzing, got the job done. We’re delighted.

“It’s a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I’m delighted I’ve won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn’t play in and it’s not the same if you don’t put everything on the pitch.”

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Chelsea face Manchester United in the FA Cup Final at Wembley today. Here’s some team news and our predicted line-ups

Team News

CHELSEA

  • Emerson Palmieri is the only absent for tonight’s clash, as Antonio Conte confirmed when asked to give an injury update during his press conference at Cobham.

MANCHESTER UNITED

  • Romelu Lukaku is still a doubt despite he has travelled with the squad ahead of the game;
  • Also Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial are expected to miss out on the starting line-up;

Predicted Line Ups

CHELSEA (3-5-1-1) Courtois, Rüdiger, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Kanté, Bakayoko, Fàbregas, Moses, Hazard, Giroud

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3) De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young, Pogba, Matic, Herrera, Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his family will snub the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel as “they know the importance of FA Cup Final” at Wembley.

The Italian said: “I hope my family will be more interested in the FA Cup final” said Conte. “I am sure of this also because they know the importance of my job, my work. They’ve always backed me in every moment of my life”.

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