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Chelsea U18 coach Jody Morris share his satisfaction after leading the young Blues to win their fourth Youth Cup in four years, the sixth of the past eight editions.

Morris’ kids obtained their success after winning 6-2 on aggregate on Manchester City:

The big players turned up for us when we needed them to,” Morris told the official Chelsea website after the game.

“Winning breeds winning and we’re lucky enough to have a first team that set the standard in that respect. We’ve had teams before us in this competition that have performed and won on many occasions so it’s nice for us to emulate them and with some special performances at the Bridge against Tottenham and Man City as well.’

On the game, he said:

“We started quickly but the most pleasing thing for me was that we finished our chances.

“We’ve been cursing often this season that we should have scored more goals in games but we put them away at the most important time. We knew City had to come forward to chase the game and we’ve got players that can hurt teams, which we did.”

Morris and his guys are also in the race to win the U18 league:

“The reason we’ve done so well in every competition and improved game after game is because we put such a focus on our league results. We’ve been on fantastic unbeaten runs and beaten records this season because we expect to win every game. That has definitely played a part in us winning the Youth Cup again but we want to finish the job in the league now and win on Saturday.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte took a swipe at the two Manchester clubs claiming a lavish transfer market don’t automatically bring you wins.

Manchester City splashed nearly £ 200m on the market last summer while Man United spent around £ 160m ( Chelsea spent around £ 130m… anyway) and the Italian manager commented on this:

“I think this season it’s very important to understand that it’s not always about who spends more money who wins,” said Conte.

“Otherwise, in this league, this season the name of the team wasn’t Chelsea or Tottenham or Arsenal or Liverpool. You understand?

“Look at the past. It’s normal for them. It’s right for them to do this, to reinforce their teams, if they think this is the right way to win the title.

Manchester City and Manchester United will face each other in a derby tonight that won’t mean anything for the title race, as many were expecting at the start of this season: the two sides will fight for

Asked to comment what Conte said, Citizens boss Pep Guardiola replied:

“I played with Barcelona and won the Champions League with eight guys growing from the academy. Zero cost to win the Champions League, that happened.

“But all the clubs are going to spend a lot of money and you cannot forget all the players that Chelsea have that cost a lot of money.

“People think that just City spend money but all the clubs around the world, in Spain, Germany, England and Italy, they spend a lot of money.

“This summer it is going to happen again. Here spends more money than the other countries because of the media, who pay a lot of money to decide when we are going to play. That’s why there is a little bit more here.”

“But all around the world there is a lot of money to spend, even Chelsea.”

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Four points with five games left to play seem like a good enough amount to stay very positive, even if two weeks ago Chelsea were 10 points clear of Tottenham. To relax would be a mistake, and it’s a concept that does not exist in Antonio Conte’s world. But the Blues have everything to take the title, after leading the table for three quarters of the season.

The four points become a larger and larger advantage as the games become fewer and fewer. Every single one of these points become heavier by the minute, keeping Spurs at that same distance. Looking at the games left to play, Chelsea can smile even more. The Blues have to face Everton at Goodison Park, that seems the toughest encounter left, in front of Romelu Lukaku, who could lead Conte’s attack next season. The remaining games will need concentration and solidity, but seem much more at hand than Spurs’ fixtures.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have to travel to the King Power Stadium to face the champions, then host Arsenal at White Hart Lane in what should be the last North London derby at the historical ground. Another London derby awaits Spurs, as they travel to the London Stadium in West Ham’s home. Before the season ends, Tottenham will also have to host Manchester United and play away to Hull City, desperate in the relegation battle. Nothing points in Spurs’ direction.

What we saw in the game against Crystal Palace, though, is that the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Harry Kane have no intention of dropping out of the title race. Eriksen’s beautiful winner against Palace gave Spurs three points a lot of teams have had to say no to. Sam Allardyce’s men have recently beaten Chelsea, of course, as well as Arsenal and Liverpool. After crumbling in the decisive moment of last season, missing out on lifting the trophy, Spurs have confirmed the development under Pochettino and have added a number of ugly wins to their season. They will not give up.

Chelsea will need everyone to stay at their best until the very end to take the Premier League trophy back to Stamford Bridge. Having rediscovered the firepower of Diego Costa, added to the consistency and class of Eden Hazard, the Blues have everything to even win all remaining games. What will be crucial is to maintain the four points distance for as long as possible: giving Tottenham any extra boost or hope can only be negative for Chelsea.

The Blues deserve this title more than anyone, hence why they now have everything to lose. Conte’s pitch side antics show he definitely has not started relaxing yet, and knows what it takes to stay focused and win the league. Chelsea just need to watch out: Tottenham will not stop the chase.

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For the fourth consecutive year Chelsea win the Fa Youth Cup. After the draw (1-1) in the first leg of the final vs Manchester City, The Blues trashes their opponents 5-1 tonight.

Chalobah, Ike Ugbo, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Dujon Sterling and Cole Dasilva were the scorers for the home team.

Also Roman AbramovicAntonio Conte, John Terry and Frank Lampard were at Stamford Bridge to celebrate with Jody Morris’ side.

 

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Christian Eriksen with a stunning strike out of nothing secured Tottenham Hotspur a 0-1 victory against Crystal Palace after a tight game at Selhurst Park.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now back 4 points behind Chelsea, who restored their seven-points lead for one day.

The title race remains alive as Tottenham will face Arsenal in the North London Derby on Sunday, while the Blues are set to travel to Goodison Park ahead of Everton clash.

On the other hand Arsenal got a crucial win against Premier League leaders Leicester City thanks to Nacho Monreal late goal. The Spaniard, who scored also in the Gunners’ FA Cup Semifinal against Manchester City, put his side 6th with 60 points and still 2 games in hand.

 

 

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Jose Mourinho wants to sign Willian and has instructed United’s vice-chairman Ed Woodward to try to reach an agreement with Chelsea and the Brazilian midfielder.

Mourinho himself brought Willian at Stamford Bridge in August 2013 and now he wants the player back with him. The former Blues manager believes Willian can guarantee pace, goal threat and experience to Manchester United’s midfield.

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David Beckham has just added himself to the long list of football stars and legends who love N’Golo Kante and his way of playing.

“He’s a special talent,” said  the Manchester United legend – “What I love about him, he plays the game in such a humble way. I noticed it, I was at Stamford Bridge a couple of weeks back when United played Chelsea, he just plays the game so humble. He works hard, he can pass the ball, he can tackle, he can score goals like he did that night. But when he was running into players, whether it be an accident or not, he reacts in the right way and that says a lot about him as a personality”.

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As part of their suspected fraud investigation involving Newcastle and West Ham HMRC officials have visited also Chelsea offices this morning.

HMRC officials requested information, but they didn’t take any items from Stamford Bridge offices.

An official statement read: “In connection with its wider investigation, HMRC has requested certain information which the club will provide”. A Chelsea spokeperson said and there is no allegation of wrongdoing vs the Blues.

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According to reports in Belgium, Eden Hazard has already reached an agreement with Spanish giant Real Madrid: the magazine Sports/Football Magazine says Hazard held talks with the European Champions last november, during the international break, in Brussels.

Moreover, the Belgian star Tuesday revealed that contract talks with Chelsea have been postponed until the end of this season.

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It will be Anthony Taylor the referee of the Fa Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Taylor had been fourth official for the 2013 final but on May 27 at Wembley he will be the man in charge.

“The first feeling when I got was the call…I was delighted, excited and very, very honoured and humbled to be appointed to the game,” – Taylor said. –  It’s been a long-standing dream of mine in the 20-odd years that I’ve been a referee to one day officiate The FA Cup Final, it’s the pinnacle of your domestic career. Most people who love football dream somehow of being involved in an FA Cup Final, usually as a player, but every single referee has dreamed of playing in an FA Cup Final so to referee the game is the next best thing.”

 

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