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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits no relax in this crucial part of the season: with 8 points gap on the second sitting in the Premier League table ( Manchester City) and next FA Cup quarter finals against Manchester United, that will visit Stamford Bridge in the middle of Europa League last 16 ties, the Blues seem in a good position to end their season with some silverware glory, but the Italian doesn’t admit complacency:

“If someone thinks the Swansea game is easy, they make a great mistake,” Conte suggested after the game at Wolves.

Questioned about the future of some important players, like John Terry, the ex Juventus manager said:

I like to reply this question for John. But also for all the players, for us it is very important to be focused on the present.

“Because I repeat we stay now in a good position, we stay in the top of the table, in the quarter-final of the FA Cup, the most important thing is now, the present, to work and build a good future.

“Then yeah for sure we will see the situation of every single player and we try to make the best decision for every single player… I want to be very clear, no, because I think every player deserve… if every player deserve to play, I’m pleased to give the opportunity but not because there is a sentiment, or because I think the right way to give every single player what they deserve.

“If, I think John Terry deserve to play this game and he played, played very well, very happy for him. For me, he’s a very important player, my captain and he’s important in and off the pitch.

“I repeat, he’s helping me a lot, and I’m very pleased to have him in my squad and also to know this type of person.”

 

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Ivan Perisic was one of EURO 2016 stars with Croatia but has also been one of the Serie A best players in the last two seasons with Inter, this is the reason why the ex Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund player was targeted by Premier League top teams like Chelsea and Manchester United.

But Inter sport director Piero Ausilio quenched their enthusiasm claiming the Croatian winger won’t move from the Nerazzurri:

“I do not think it is either Perisic’s or our intentions for him to leave.

“He is part of a massive project and we do not want to sell our players. We cannot envisage an Inter without Perisic.

“We are not going to get rid of our best players.”

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic reveals he is not sure captain John Terry will be his team-mate next season:

“I can see him continuing to play and while he is playing like this, I don’t see why he should quit,” Begovic told the London Evening Standard.

“He trains every day, he’s as fit as a fiddle and you don’t get the sense that he is coming to an end. 

“What he has in his mind and what he is planning to do is something only he can answer. 

“But if he collects two trophies, maybe that’s a great way to go out. Who knows?”

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho spoke after his side’s away win against Blackburn Rovers, a result which led the Red Devils into F.A. Cup Quarter-Finals where they’ll face Chelsea.

When asked about the Blues, he is quoted to have said: “Probably Chelsea can only think about the FA Cup because I think they are champions and they have nothing else to fight for,” 

“The FA Cup is something I believe is important for them. I have to play St Etienne, I have to play the League Cup final, I have to play hopefully another opponent in the Europa League”.

Then Mourinho ended: “I have to fight for a top-four position in the Premier League. I have so many things to think about.”

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Chelsea will face  in the Fa Cup quarter-finals: this the outcome of the draw which took place few minutes ago.

Antonio Conte’s team will play at Stamford Bridge between 10th and 13th March. The Blues have qualified for the Fa Cup quarter finals after defeating Wolverhampton Saturday afternoon with two goals from Pedro and Diego Costa.

Jose Mourinho’s team, however, played Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round today and won his match 2-1, after trailing the Championships’ side due to Daniel Graham early goal.

In the other quarter finals Middlesbrough will play the winner of Manchester City-Huddersfield; Tottenham will face Millwall in a London derby; and Sutton-Arsenal’s winner will host Lincoln.

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FA Cup 2017 quarter finals draw is scheduled for tonight at 6.30 pm GMT.

Let’s see which teams are in the race and what their ball numbers are:

1    Lincoln City

2    Tottenham Hotspur

3    Blackburn Rovers or Manchester United

4    Sutton United or Arsenal

5    Middlesbrough

6    Chelsea

7    Huddersfield Town or Manchester City

8    Millwall

We will update you with the results after the draw.

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Chelsea skipper John Terry revealed the importance of FA Cup for British players, something a foreign footballer cannot fully understand:

“The FA Cup is part of the club’s history. I’ve won it five times personally and Cesc Fabregas knows what it’s all about,” the Blues captain told BT Sport after the win at Wolves.

“For us it means an awful lot, we’ve grown up with it and we’ve seen with the results today [Saturday] that the foreign guys don’t really understand because in other countries that doesn’t happen.

“Both sets of fans were different class and wherever you go it’s always difficult.”

 

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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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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta was asked to name his Premier League idols after the Blues crucial win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in FA Cup fifth round yesterday.

The Spaniard said: “Very much [Frank] Lampard and [Didier] Drogba. I like the way they played and even more so when I came here and I had the chance to have them in the dressing room”.

Azpilicueta joined Chelsea from Olympique Marseille in 2012 lifting the Europa League trophy in 2013.

He played only 18′ against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux, as he replaced Blues’ winger Pedro.

 

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Chelsea defender Nathan Ake spoke after his side’s away win against Wolverhampton at the Molineux yesterday.

The Dutchman, who has been recalled from Bournemouth, made his second start for Chelsea in this season’s FA Cup

“I’m really happy to get another start, playing with great players, – Ake told the club’s official website – I can only learn from that and hopefully I can push on and get better every time. We’re really pleased with the win, a bit less so with the performance, but we knew it was going to be a difficult place to come”.

“The first 30 minutes, for sure, they were on top. They pressed us high, we couldn’t play out and it was really difficult. The crowd was behind them, so we just needed to get through that”.

“I think in the second half we came out much better, we kept the ball and created more chances and I don’t think they created anything”.

About Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, he added: “The manager told us to push more and give more energy because it looked like they gave more in the first half. They won second balls and things like this”.

“We needed to match that, and get better than them, and I think in the second half we did – we won first and second balls and we were more confident on the ball as well. Places like this are difficult. It’s always going to be physical and hard, and you need to match that”.

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