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Signed from Fiorentina last summer, Marcos Alonso was one of the key-men and scored six goals in Chelsea‘s Premier League campaign.

On Sunday at Stamford Bridge he lifted the first major trophy of his career and he expressed all his joy about it:

“It’s my first big trophy, very special,” Alonso told Chelsea official website.

“Also, to get 30 wins is a new record as well. We’ve been working hard all year, the manager has done a great job and he’s had every player focused on our objective, which was the title. I’m very happy for him”.

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During his heartfelt farewell speech at Stamford Bridge Chelsea legend John Terry revealed he won’t retire from played football claiming he will take a decision about his future after a break, so probably in the next month:

“I am going to take a few weeks off now with my family to relax before making a decision [on my future].

“But I want to carry on playing, whether it be for one or two more years.

“And that is the reason I decided to leave the club as I did not want to stand in the way of all the young players.”

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Arsenal lost two key players in Premier League final game against Everton yesterday: Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista.

Both defenders, who started in Gunners’ 3-1 win, could not complete the 90 minutes at the Emirates Stadium due to different reasons: Koscielny received a straight red card for his reckless tackle on Enner Valencia in the 14th minute, Gabriel had to be stretchered off with a serious looking injury eight minutes into the second half.

The French defender will miss the FA Cup final for suspension, while the Brazilian one is rated as extremely doubtful, with Arsene Wenger saying his overstretched knee did not look good.


Two important men missing for the Wembley clash, that’s why Martin Keown reckons Arsenal have almost lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea:

“He’s [Wenger] almost lost the cup final today because there is a big hole in their defence because Koscielny is a wonderful player and Gabriel is an able deputy”, the Arsenal legend said on the BBC’s Final Score programme.

“Honestly, I really don’t know which way it’s going to go now.

“Arsene Wenger looked very low and very down.

“They only missed out very marginally [on the top four] and I think Arsene Wenger not signing his contract created uncertainty.

“The magic power he had was the warmth he gave to his players, the certainty he gave in everything he did – he took that away and he still hasn’t declared what he’s going to do yet.”

Arsenal have faced Chelsea twice this season, winning one game in September and losing the other one in February.

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Ahead of the Fa Cup final vs Chelsea, Arsenal have a lot of problems regarding their defence.

Laurent Koscielny was sent off yesterday so he will not play on Saturday vs The Blues, while Gabriel suffered a knee injury and Shkrodan Mustafi is not certain to be back after missing the game vs Everton at Emirates stadium.

Manager Arsene Wenger has to find “creative” solutions to face Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill also celebrated John Terry speaking after the win against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

‘”It was all about celebrating – Cahill said – Celebrating a great player in John and celebrating the title. He’s such a great player and an idol at the football club”.

Then he added: “He gave me the armband and it’s been a great honour to be captain for a large part of the season, but we all know he’s the club captain. He holds that honour and he has that respect among the fans and players”.

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Speaking after lifting the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge yesterday, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte analysed the season that brought him to the first title in England:

“I dreamed this,” Conte told Sky Sports.

I must be honest, if you ask me, my first day at Chelsea to arrive at the end of the season and to win the league and the final of the FA Cup, it was very difficult for me to imagine this.

“It is right to enjoy this moment with our fans. This moment is very important for Chelsea. We are in a moment when it is right to build something important.

“We lost many fantastic players for Chelsea, for example [Branislav] Ivanovic and [John Obi] Mikel and now John Terry. Players that have written the history of Chelsea.

“Now it is important to create a good foundation and to build something important for the future.”

Then Conte added:

“This league is very tough. It is great to win after the last win with Claudio [Ranieri].

“Claudio did a fantastic job last season. To arrive in my first season and to repeat what Claudio did, I am proud for me and for my family.

“I think it is amazing for me, the players, the club, it is a great achievement. After a very tough season, don’t forget this. But now it is right to enjoy this.”

“This change was very important because we found the right balance and every single player enjoyed this type of situation.

“The key moment for us and then a lot of work. I must be pleased because I found the players who had never played this system and to change totally – a back three is very different to a back four – it was not easy.

“I found fantastic players and great men.”

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Premier League’s last fixture saw Chelsea against Sunderland, in a memorable game as John Terry played his last game with the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea captain lifted Premier League title alongside with Gary Cahill and the entire squad after beating 5-1 the Black Cats, which are officially relegated.

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Premier League is finished but Chelsea season isn’t: the Blues are running for the double, and they will try to emulate 2009/2010 success next Saturday, when they will face Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte‘s major concern is to not decrease the focus and the tension in the dressing room, so to have players with the right motivation at Wembley:

“This is the real danger for us, to think that this season is finished,” Conte said after lifting Premier League trophy today.

“To win the title this season becomes great. This season can become fantastic if we are able to win the FA Cup. We must find the right motivation. It’s important for us to celebrate, but then to find the right fire in our soul to be ready to work very hard this week to prepare and to feel in the right way this game,” he told reporters.

“This is a great opportunity to win and to do the double. If you ask me who is the favourite now, I can tell (you) it’s Arsenal. Arsenal now has only this possibility to find a good season after a win in the FA Cup. For this reason we must pay great attention. We must find in ourselves the right motivation, the right anger. The game will be very difficult.

 “After I don’t know how many years Arsenal missed the Champions League. We must have our antenna very high and prepare in the right way. I’m not talking about tactical game, I’m talking about motivation, right fire in ourselves, in our soul, in our heart. If we have this in the same proportion as Arsenal, or more, we have the possibility to do the double. Otherwise we risk a lot.”

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Outstanding moments from Stamford Bridge, after Chelsea‘s home win over Sunderland in their last game of the season.

It was an emotional game for Blues’ captain John Terry, but also manager Antonio Conte was celebrated by fans and players. The Italian manager got ‘icebucket treatment’ from Chelsea players!


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