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Despite losing 3-0 against Chelsea, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku seemed in good spirit after the game at Goodison Park last night.

The Belgian forward has rejected the most lucrative contract in Toffees history as he eyes a move away from Everton to play in the Champions League.

Lukaku was spotted speaking and joking to Chelsea sport director Michael Emenalo in the dressing room area after the clash.

The pair know each other since the Toffees striker was a Blues player until three years ago and they seemed to have a good feeling, as we can see in the video posted by Canal + journalist Claude Atcheba.

Emenalo has a prominent role in transfers at the Bridge and the pair were in deep conversation following the match.

This is the period when contacts for the next transfer window are starting to grow and they could have talked about a potential move to Stamford Bridge for Lukaku next summer.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked how close the title is after the win at Goodison Park today,    But he refused to admit the race is over:

“I don’t know. It is a great win but at this part of the season every win is a great win for us,” the Italian tactician said after the three points gained against Everton.

“For this reason we must celebrate in the right way, with my players, with the staff, with our fans.

“We have to have great enthusiasm and great patience because I think we are having a great season but to become a fantastic season we must win.

“Now it is important for us to prepare the right way the next game. If we don’t win against Middlesbrough (a week on Monday) then you lose this great win.

“It is very important after this crucial week for us because we played against Tottenham in the FA Cup and then on Tuesday against Southampton and now against Everton.

“I think we finished a crucial week very well. We all know there is this part of the season that is more important.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reckons the Blues deserved to win at Goodison Park today, a crucial win for their title race:

A good win. Everton are a strong team and they prepared the game well, so we must be pleased,” the Italian coach told Sky Sports.

Pedro’s goal, the 1-0 for Chelsea, arrived only with 24 minutes to go, but for Conte was just the right award for his guys’ effort:

We had a lot of patience for the right moment to hit, and we deserved the win.

“In this type of game it’s easy to lose your head, lose your balance. For this reason at half-time I told them to be calm and to stay in the game.

“We scored an amazing goal with Pedro, then the second and third, but it was not so easy. This gives us lots of confidence. Now it is important to prepare the final rush.

“If in the next game against Middlesbrough you don’t win you lose this victory. We must look step by step.”


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Conte celebrates at the end of the FA Cup semifinal against Spurs © Francesca Ceciarini

Antonio Conte was beaming in front of Goodison Park away end after the final whistle.

Blues legend Frank Lampard says it’s great to see a manager like that.

Chelsea fans have seen this from Conte all season: passion and a feeling of togetherness.

“The players seem to want to play for him. I know he works them hard on the training field, which can be very repetitive.

“Sometimes it’s hard to keep players interested. But Conte has found the perfect balance.

“You can’t help but respond when you have a manager like that.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill scored a crucial goal against Everton at Goodison Park today.

The England international, who found the net following Pedro’s goal after 66′ in the second half, said after the game: “We are speaking about it every week. We get a result and it feels massive and then they [Tottenham] respond”. 

“We’ve done what we needed to do. A great victory, we knew this was a cup final for us and the form Everton have been in at home proves that, so for us to win 3-0 today is fantastic.”

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Chelsea beat Everton 0-3 at Goodison Park and are back 7 points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who will face Arsenal in North London Derby today.

Pedro, Willian and captain Gary Cahill all scored in the Blues’ crucial win against a strong side. Everton went close to scoring several times in the first half before Pedro’s stunnin striker gave Chelsea the lead.

Chelsea (3-4-3):  Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz ( Ake 81), Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro ( Fabregas 81), Diego Costa, Hazard (Willian 84).
Unused subs: Begovic, Zouma, Chalobah, Batshuayi
Scorers Pedro 65, Cahill 78, Willian 86
Cahill 34, Azpilicueta 39, Diego Costa 59, Hazard 74

Everton (4-3-3): Stekelenburg; Holgate, Williams, Jagielka (c), Baines; Gueye, Davies, Barkley; Valencia (Kone 71), Lukaku, Calvert-Lewin (Mirallas 71).
Unused subs: Barry, Pennington, Lookman, Kenny.
Calvert-Lewin 37, Valencia 57, Gueye 77

Referee Jonathan Moss

Chelsea Pedro Everton

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Chelsea are set to face Everton at Goodison Park today. Official lineups have been announced:

EVERTON –  Stekelenburg, Holgate, Jagielka (c), Williams, Calvert-Lewin, Baines, Gueye, Davies, Barkley, Valencia, Lukaku.

Subs:  Robles, Kenny, Pennington, Barry, Lookman, Mirallas, Kone

Manager: Ronald Koeman

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

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Chalobah, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.

Manager: Antonio Conte

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David Moyes failed to avoid the relegation of Sunderland ending their 10-year stay in the Premier League.

The Black Cats suffered a crucial defeat losing 0-1 against Bournemouth on Saturday, when Joshua King’s late winner punished the home side.

Sunderland have picked up only 21 points in 34 games, 23 defeats and 60 goals conceded so far. Jermaine Defoe is the best goalscorer of the team with 14 goals.

Black Cats’ chairman Ellis Short released an official statement yesterday: “We need to improve, both on and off the field, and despite the bitter disappointment of today there is a strong determination to do so throughout the club. There is significant work to be done over the summer and when the season is concluded, we intend to share our plans to move forward with our supporters.”

Chelsea will host Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on 21st of May after beating them at the Stadium of Light on 14th of December.


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Eden Hazard against Everton last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea travelled to Goodison Park as Antonio Conte’s men will face Everton today (Kick-Off: 2PM BST).

Team News


  • Maarten Stekelenburg could feature today after playing the last game against West Ham;
  • Seamus Coleman (leg fracture), Yannick Bolasie and Funes Mori (knee injury), James McCarthy (Hamstring injury) and Aaron Lennon (Muscular injury) are all ruled out of the clash.
  • Muhamed Besic could be set for a comeback despite Tom Davies, Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye are expected to feature in midfield today.


  • “All my players are available” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte confirmed speaking at press conference on Friday.

Predicted Line-Ups

EVERTON (4-3-2-1) Maarten Stekelenburg, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Mason Holgate, Tom Davies, Idrissa Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin, Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku.

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1)Thibaut Courtois, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, César Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fàbregas, N’Golo Kanté, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Willian, Diego Costa.



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...