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Antonio Conte admitted yesterday’s win at Wolves was not as easy as it seemed:

“It was the toughest game we have played in this competition so far for sure.

“But we all knew it would be, above all after the results this afternoon. I tried to warn the changing room about the difficulty of this game, and of this completion. I like to repeat that in England in every game in every competition there does not exist an easy game It is the truth.

Wolverhampton started the game very well with great intensity. They tried to develop the play on the flank and put a lot of crosses in but we defended well. They hit the post early on and we were lucky in this circumstance but in the second half we played our football, scored two goals and created chances, but Wolverhampton deserve my compliments.

“In the league we are doing a great job in staying on top of the table and now we are in the FA Cup quarter-final and I am pleased for this but after this game it is important to understand that nothing is easy. It will be very difficult to win both competitions but we want to try to win some trophies.”

The Chelsea boss also praised John Terry and Cesc Fabregas, two fantastic footballers and professionals that always perform to their best when they have the chance to play:

“They played very well. It is not easy when you don’t play a lot, and John and Cesc and all the players showed me they have good form and it means they are good professionals. It is great to have these type of players in my squad because I can count on them.”

Conte also congratulated Lincoln City on becoming the first non-league side to make it this far in the FA Cup for over a century:

“This is a great achievement for them and for the FA Cup. It is incredible and I think impossible in Italy. It shows anything can happen if you trust in the work and have a great will to fight. I am pleased to live this story with them as we are with them in the quarter-finals.”

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Cesc Fabregas was finally a starter today and the Spaniard fulfilled all the expectations, being the man of the match.

The ex Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder was crucial with his lofted pass in the build-up to Chelsea’s first goal, that was scored by Pedro halfway through the second part of the game at Wolves:

“That first 15-20 minutes they were on top of us,” Fabregas said after the game.

“It’s not easy to come to these places. We knew that we had to be at our best and I think it was a professional performance.

“I want to play, obviously I want to play. But we want to win. There is a great group and a great togetherness.”

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Cesc Fabregas © Francesca Ceciarini

Former England boss Glen Hoddle was particularly impressed with Cesc Fabregas‘ performance at Wolves today.

The Spaniard’s brilliant lofted pass was a key part in the build-up to Chelsea’s first goal, that was scored by Pedro:

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Hoddle claimed:

“What a ball from Fabregas [for Pedro’s goal].

“You’ve got to say he was marvellous today with some of his passing.”

 

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Chelsea captain John Terry was clearly satisfied after the win at Wolverhampton that meant qualification to FA Cup quarter finals for the Blues:

“The team are playing well,” the skipper said after the final whistle.

“I’ve said before it’s difficult for us to get back in.

“When we get opportunities like today it’s important that play well.

“[Fabregas] has been brilliant all season and he’s unlucky not to be playing.

“All we can do as a group of players is to be there for the ones that are playing, pushing them and making sure the manager knows that if needed we are available.”

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

– Charly Musonda Jr not selected since he’s not fit yet

– David Luiz and Marcos Alonso will rest, as Antonio Conte revealed

– John Terry likely to start

– Conte revealed also that he will start some players that are usually subs

 

Wolvehampton Wanderers

– Wolves sit just six points above the Championship relegation zone, but away wins at Stoke and Liverpool to reach the last 16 show they have no fear of top-flight clubs this season and are dangerous in FA Cup.

– Jack Price is back after the midfielder missed the Championship defeat to Wigan in midweek with concussion

– Nouha Diko not sure to start due to hamstring injury

– Joe Mason out for hernia problems

 

Predicted Line Ups

WOLVES - Ikeme, Coady, Hause, Stearman, Doherty, Edwards, Price, Weimann, Saville, Costa, Dicko.

CHELSEA - Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry; Pedro, Fabregas, Chalobah, Ake; Willian, Batshuayi, Loftus-Cheek.

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised midfielder Cesc Fabregas after the Spaniard provided some great performances so far this season.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona star decided to rebuff interest in him showed by a host of European sides despite starting many games on the bench.

Conte said Fabregas has the same speed of thought of Andrea Pirlo: “Cesc is a top player and is a genius at football. - he said - I can talk in the same way about Andrea Pirlo,”

“Cesc if he doesn’t run 100 metres in 10 seconds, I can allow him this, because he’s a genius with the ball. His velocity is in his mind.”

Then the Italian manager added: “Sometimes you must make the decision and to look the balance of the team and sometimes you must make different decisions. For me Cesc is an important player.

“And I try to put him always in the best condition to give us his best for the team”.

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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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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke to Sky Sport Italia after the great win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

The Blues won 3-1 and now, with 9/12 points on the second ones ( depending on Tottenham result at Middlesbrough tonight) they start to feel the Premier League trophy in their hands, even if Conte claims that nothing is over yet:

“It’s not a revenge from the 3-0 at the Emirates back in September, I just think that in this moment we are top of the table and today we had the chance to kill – in a sport way- a direct rival in the title race, because if they won they would have been only 6 points clear and get confidence, and consequently we lose it.

“What me and my staff did to the team? We are trying to “Italianise” them, especially in the mentality: everything can happen in a game if you don’t face it with the right concentration, we are bringing our [Italian] determination and sharpness, our concentration.

“I don’t think the league is already ours: we still have 14 games to play, with 42 points to gain, and when you have teams like Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City and Man United behind you, you cannot relax. With 14 games left you have to work even harder, without losing your focus. we still have to keep the tension high.

“I am happy of what we are doing with these guys, not only for the performances but also because I see team-mates that love each other and fight as a team.”

 

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Chelsea confirm to be unstoppable with a sharp win on Arsenal in one of the most important London derbies: 3-1 and the Blues hands that start to touch the Premier League trophy.

Conte’s side are now 12 points clear of the Gunners and Spurs, that still got one game in hand: 59 points to 47. A huge gap that is not easy to fulfill in fourteen games.

Arsenal started better and with more determination and after a couple of minutes they almost score with a Iwobi’s shot that, deflected, goes wide on the goal´s side, but it´s Chelsea to score at their very first occasion: Pedro runs down the right and executes a perfect cross for Diego Costa to attack. He meets it with a firm header but the ball bounces back off the crossbar, Marcos Alonso comes flying in with Bellerin and heads in goal from close range.

Bellerin remains down receiving treatment as he took a fair whack from the Chelsea full-back, who probably committed a foul. The French defender left the pitch after two minutes looking groggy, with Gabriel replacing him.

After some minutes Costa has the chance to net the 2-0, but his shot is wide. The Blues are in control of the game and try to close the game, but at minute 32 is Cech to stop Pedro’s attempt: it seems a signal for Arsenal, that play the last fifteen minutes of the first half with another spirit.

Courtois first makes an important save on Gabriel -almost- perfect header, then stops a shot from Ozil that could have done better after a fine combination between Coquelin and Walcott.

The first half ends 1-0 for the Blues, who enter the pitch in the second part with even more determination to seal the game and they succeed after eight minutes: a stunning goal from Eden Hazard, who dribbles past half Arsenal team after receiving the ball from Costa when he still was in his half of the pitch.

Probably the goal of the year so far, even if Arsenal defence could do better, with the Belgian player beating Cech with a lob when in front of him.

Arsenal, anyway, had a reaction in their worst moment, with Chelsea being dangerous on the break.

The Gunners replace Coquelin and Walcott with Giroud and Welbeck, who instantly made an impact but didn’t have many chances to be dangerous, with Ozil and Sanchez being clearly in a negative day.

Arsenal blow a couple of chances with a coupld of headers from Mustafi and Welbeck, the first one goes wide while the second is saved by Courtois.

Immediately after Willian and Fabregas replace Pedro and Hazard and after five minute the Spanish midfielder definitely seal the game with an impressive lob from outside the box after a mistake by ex Chelsea keeper Cech, who directs a short ball to his team-mate that is intercepted by the ex Arsenal captain.

A fantastic goal and no celebration for Fab who, at the end, was still a Gunner for eight years.

Consolation goal for Giroud at 90, with a great header on a cross from Monreal.

Chelsea leave the pitch triumphantly, knowing that now the job in the title race can be easier.

 

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, speaking at Chelsea TV yesterday, praised his teammate Diego Costa.

“Obviously you know Diego has been a very important player for Chelsea and for Atletico Madrid in the last five, six years and he’s been one of the top strikers in the world, – Fabregas told Chelsea TV – I have a fantastic connection with him, not just only on the pitch but also off the pitch”. 

“I consider him my friend, he’s a great guy. Also, on the pitch I like to play with winners and he’s definitely one of them. Of course, if he is a guy that you understand so well that when you pass him the ball he scores a high percentage of your passes, then fantastic”.

“We played against each other in Spain but we didn’t really know each other and I remember on our debuts actually we had our first connection and we scored a goal.”

Fabregas played alongside several strikers during his experience with Arsenal and Barcelona, but the Spaniard believes that Diego Costa has similarities with Adebayor, Henry and van Persie.

He added: “You have to adapt your game depending on the striker you play with because some of them are quicker, some of them like you to play the ball more to their feet, some of them like short runs when you are in the final third”.

“Someone like Diego Costa likes long runs and we can see in the last two-and-a-half seasons that sometimes they are balls from around my own half, you know a very long ball and he’s really quick and sharp and strong, so you have to really adapt”.

“It’s not the same thing to play with a striker like let’s say Diego Costa or Thierry Henry than David Villa, or Eduardo when I was at Arsenal, they are a bit sharper on the short move, on the shorter run and maybe you have to play closer to them”.

“With Diego, maybe even with Van Persie, Adebayor and Thierry, it was that you could have more distance but you know the feeling that we had set it up”.

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