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Chelsea can win the double this season if they beat Arsenal in the Fa Cup final at Wembley.

So this match will be emotional for all The Blues’ players, but it will be special especially for Cesc Fabregas who spent eight years with the Gunners and was also their captain.

“It will be emotional. It’s not as if I like to play against Arsenal because they are a club which is in my heart and they always will be. I have to put those feelings aside. You have to be professional”. – Fabregas told the Evening Standard – “Of course, it means a lot to me, it’s not an ordinary game for me. But this is football and this is what we have to do, it can happen and hopefully we can win the double. That would be a fantastic season for Chelsea and for us. It will be a tough game. They are winning and that’s important for them. Their belief is higher. But our belief is high, hopefully, we can hurt them in the way we want.”

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Chelsea became champions yesterday night thanks to a goal from Michy Batshuay who came off the bench at The Hawthorns.

Cesc Fabregas comments in this way his team-mate goal: “A player who didn’t play a lot got the goal. Football is f***ing unbelievable.” – the Spanish midfielder claims – “To be honest I thought at one point it was going to be one of those days. In the first-half we had too many chances. We played really well but we didn’t take them. In the second-half they had chances but they didn’t take them. We were a bit nervous as we had the pressure of being champions, but that is the beauty of football”.

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WBA – Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom; Brunt, Livermore, Fletcher (c), Field, McClean; Rondon.

Subs: Myhill, M Wilson, Yacob, Morrison, Chadli, Leko, Robson-Kanu

Manager: Tony Pulis

 

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Matic, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Ake, Kante, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

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Cesc Fabregas © Francesca Ceciarini

Cesc Fabregas guaranteed tonight another solid performance at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea defeated Boro 3-0.

The Spanish midfielder knows this win is crucial for The Blues title race:  “Tonight was a big step forward, it was as a difficult game”. – Fabregas said – “It’s not done yet but we need just one more push. We’ve been the best team this year.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed his players and him are focused just on the present, to fight for the title and the FA Cup.

Monday night clash against Middlesbrough will be especially tough because Boro are fighting to survive.

Speaking about injuries he revealed that he’s got a couple of concerns with important players when asked if Courtois was ok for the next game:

“Courtois trained today and I don’t see any problem about him. We are trying to see the situation, also about David Luiz and Kante, I have time to make the right decision. I have to check the situation to take the best decision.

“Kante has got a muscular injury, in his thigh.

“Our plan is to continue to work very hard to prepare for these final games, and also for the FA Cup final against Arsenal. This part of the season is not easy, every game is very tough, there is a lot of pressure, it’s difficult to recover. We are ready to face these four games.”

Asked if he will watch Tottenham match against West Ham tonight, he said:

“I don’t know if I will watch the game [ Spurs] because my wife and my daughter are in London, so maybe we will have a dinner together.”

Asked about Diego Costa’s future, he said:

“I don’t know about this, now it’s very important for every single person to be focused on Chelsea, the present is more important, we have 5 games until the end and we have to prepare for those.

“We haven’t discussed his future, because it’s not the most important thing now.

Speculations can distract players in this delicate moment of the year:

“I am not worried about this, I see my players every day and I can see the right concentration, the right focus, you have the chance to reach a fantastic target for us, to win the Premier League and play the FA Cup final, two big targets for us, they are very important. Speculations or news are not important.

“I repeat the same concept about him and about every single player for the future.”

Asked if these speculations were unsettling, he said:

“This part of the season it’s normal to cope with these speculations. Sometimes you can find the truth, other times it’s not.”

Speaking about Middlesbrough clash, he said:

“We must play a great game to try to get the three points, because this game is very important. With only three games to go it’s important to win, it won’t be easy because boro are fighting to survive in the league.”

“It’s normal when you stay in a great club to try to win the title and you must cope with pressure, every single player or the coach or club have good experience to face this moment.

Conte was also asked if, should he win the Premier League title, this will this be the greatest achievement of his career

“For sure to reach this result is a great achievement for sure, I hope to arrive to the end of the season with my players and club to celebrate something important for this season.
It won’t be easy until the end.

Middlesbrough are in the relegation zone and desperate to survive in the Premier League, asked if this game will be particularly tough for this reason, the Italian tactician said:

“In this case there are two teams with desperation to find the result. For us it’s the same, we have to win because Spurs are very close.”

Speculations of Conte moving to Inter next summer continues in Italy, ChelseaNews24 asked him if this annoyes or distract him:

“It’s the same. It’s the same speech for my players. The same for me. We must stay with great concentration until the end. I repeat: there is this great target, close, and for this reason I think we must think in the present. In the present. At this part of the season there are a lot of speculations about my players, also about me, but it’s not important. Not important, this. The most important thing now is to try and reach our target.”

The Blues boss explained also the importance of Cesc Fabregas:

“Fabregas is playing very well this season, his level is very high. He’s got a great commitment, great work during all the season, he’s playing very well, he’s a top player. Wether he starts the game or enter later, his contribution is important.”

Conte was asked if he can keep Cesc happy by just starting him now and again,  a player of that calibre and if he could  he become a leader in the absence of John Terry:

“Yeah… but I like to underline a concept, that I mustn’t keep the players happy. We must win. Because you can be happy at the right time, and to play every game. If you are unhappy in this season, when you are fighting for the title or to win the FA Cup, I think I don’t like when I listen to this type of questions. No, I don’t like. You speak about ‘happy’. I speak about ‘to win’ and to work very hard. I know that to work very hard is not simple. Players are not always happy to work very hard. But I think my target is to put in the mind of my players a winning mentality, and a winning mentality doesn’t have to keep the players happy. It’s very difficult to keep 20 players happy, above all because I don’t want to. I don’t want this. I want players ready to fight and to try to put themselves in the team, to try to win together. If you are happy or unhappy, I don’t care. It’s important to pass this concept, you understand?”

Conte was also asked if he will take the decision to ban the social media in the 48 hours previous to a game, like Jose Mourinho did at Manchester United:

“In social media I am a disaster, this topic is not simple to face, every single person must uses the social media in the right way, with balance. I think when you don’r have a good balance in using them is always dangerous. Especially when you are on holidays, bulglars can go to your house.”

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Cesc Fabregas celebrating his goal against Swansea © Francesca Ceciarini

Cesc Fabregas has been linked to a move from Stamford Bridge and Chelsea during the summer: Ac Milan, Manchester United and Liverpool are among the clubs which are interested in the Spanish midfielder.

However, Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes the best choice is to keep Fabregas with Antonio Conte‘s side: I wouldn’t like to see him go, Chelsea don’t have enough players like Fabregas,” – Hasselbaink told Talksport. – “He’s somebody who can open defences up, who is very good at giving the final pass and just creating. I know he hasn’t played as much as he would have wanted, because Chelsea have had a really settled side this year. But I do see him playing a lot more next year if he stays because of the Champions League. Things can change all the time in football, so I do see him playing a lot more. I don’t think Chelsea will let him go.”

 

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Despite showing his class onto the pitch every time he steps on it, Cesc Fabregas could leave Chelsea this summer, since he is frustrated for not being a regular started under Antonio Conte.

The Italian tactician seems to favour N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic, who respectively started 33 and 28 games, while Fabregas just started 10 times in this season.

The Spaniard would like to gain more playing time and it’s no secret he maintained a good relationship with former Blues manager José Mourinho, now at Manchester United.

The Portuguese told the Red Devils he would be ready to welcome Fabregas to Old Trafford and Chelsea are asking at least £ 22m to let the 30-year-old go.

Liverpool, who are looking for a player who can take the lead of their midfield, are keen on him as well but Manchester  United seem in pole position to sign the ex Barcelona and Arsenal midfielder should he move from Stamford Bridge.

Fabregas is also tracked by both Inter and Milan but the Spaniard would prefer to remain in the Premier League.

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Cesc Fabregas will reject a transfer to AC Milan this summer, according to reports in English press this morning.

The Spanish midfielder is rumored to be not interested in moving to the Serie A despite Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement to land Monaco’s midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to Stamford Bridge on a supposed £40m deal.

Antonio Conte would be eager to strengthen his midfield, especially following the Blues’ qualification to the next Champions League.

Standard Sport understand that last October AC Milan made an enquire to lure the Chelsea star from Stamford Bridge next season.

Fabregas, who earns around £170,000 in wages, joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £30m in 2014.

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Eden Hazard like Lionel Messi? Many people seem to believe this, especially after the Belgian striker’s goal vs Tottenham at Wembley.

Cesc Fabregas praised his team-mate a couple of days ago, and now it’s Ray Wilkins who compares Hazard to the Barcelona player: “I think he’s a bit off him but not a huge amount. – Wilkins said – “He’s such a talented young man, he can go both sides and is very quick off the mark. They do resemble each other a hell of a lot, I have to say. When put through on goal, he doesn’t often miss. He’s a good goalscorer Hazard”.

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