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Guus Hiddink press conference after the win against Manchester City in FA Cup.

On the game:

We knew we would play against a team with some changes but it’s not always easy when youngsters are coming in.

“They had a back four with experienced players, and youngsters in midfield and attack, but they caused a threat at the beginning and did well with the equaliser.

“You have to be very aware to not make stupid mistakes or get sloppy or complacent. We got sloppy with our organisation when they equalised but we had a very good reaction in the second half. It was key that we started well in the second half and got an early second or third goal.

“When the team does the job it has to do – tactical disciplined and organised defensively, and pressing high – then automatically the quality will show.

“If you win 5-1 last week, if you have an okay performance and result in Paris, and now today 5-1 against Man City then of course it’s a boost for the confidence of the players. It’s good to see that.’

Everton next rival, like in the 2009 FA Cup final:

It was a long time ago. I have good memories but that’s the past. They will remember that as well. Some might still be in the team so they’ll go for revenge. We had a difficult game against them here. We hope to maintain our flow in the FA Cup when we play them there. It won’t be easy.”

On the importance of the FA Cup in England and abroad:

“On one hand the programme for many clubs is rather harsh, on the other hand you can play every three or four days, especially if your squad is broad quality-wise.

“We mustn’t forget the tradition of English football. I remember watching the FA Cup as a youngster on TV, it’s the temple of football. Winning the FA Cup is beautiful worldwide. We must be careful not to devalue it.”

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Stupid things still happen in 2016 football and today some Chelsea fans threw coins at Manchester City players at the end of the FA Cup clash.

The club, through head of communications Steve Atkins, claimed that they will condemn those individuals – if able to identified them- and ban them from Stamford Bridge:

“We condemn such idiotic and dangerous behaviour and if we can identify those responsible then we will ban them from Stamford Bridge,” Atkins said.

“It’s worth noting it’s a criminal offence, too and we will support any police prosecution if we can identify, along with the police, those individuals responsible for that behaviour today.”

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard spoke to BBC Sport after today’s win against Manchester City revealing what are the Blues targets for this season:

“We did very well in the second half.

“The target is to win this FA Cup and if we want to win, we have to beat the best teams.

“OK, today they played with their second team but we did very well and we deserved to win.”

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Manager Guus Hiddink has shared his views on Chelsea being drawn against Everton in the quarter-final of the FA cup at Goodison Park. Hiddink was the Interim manager of Chelsea when they faced Everton in the 2009 FA Cup final. He will have to beat them again if he is to stand any chance of winning the trophy for the second time in his second reign as the manager.

Hiddink told the BBC: “It was a long time ago. They are longing for revenge. We hope to maintain the flow we are in in the FA Cup.”

The Chelsea boss also shared his views on the game they played tonight,”Manchester City made changes but that doesn’t make it easy because the youngsters that came in were dangerous. It was key that we started well in the second half, got an early second and third goal.”

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says the reason why his side lost 5-1 to Chelsea is that they “played against a very good team”. He also explained why he had to field a very young side in the FA cup tie.

The Chilean told the BBC:

“I feel we had a very good 45 minutes but after the five minutes after half time we threw away the game. There was a counter-attack and set-pieces. Chelsea played well and scored the goals.

“We were forced to select that team, we couldn’t play another day and didn’t have any more fit players. We knew it was a difficult chance to carry on in the FA Cup. We cannot do anything more.

“If we play on Saturday, it is better for us, then we play in the Champions League for England. We have six players injured and cannot take any more risks. We played against a very good team and that’s why they won.”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes that his side are playing “better and better” after beating Manchester City 5-1 at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup. The man of the match also said that he was “surprised” by Manchester City’s team selection.

Speaking to Match of the Day, he said, “You can see straight away we are playing better and better. The confidence grows when you are winning and that is football, that is life.

“We have big games coming up and the Champions League is a big challenge, we need to be ready for anything.

“I must admit I was surprised by the team selection. For us, it was a negative because we would be humiliated if we lost against them.

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Starting XI:

Courtois 6 – Did what he had to making some good saves but nothing really troubled the Belgian.

Azpilicueta 6 – Looked strong as ever defensively and much more comfortable on his favoured right side.

Cahill 6 – The centre back took a few big hits early on but defended well in the make shift partnership with Ivanovic.

Ivanovic 5 – The Serbian played well and looked solid, but he was slightly suspect for City’s only goal.

Baba Rahman 7 – Always looking to go forward and looks as though he has a dangerous ball in. Backed up his performance in Paris with another solid outing.

Mikel 6 – Did what he had too, breaking up City’s play and always finding a player in a blue shirt with his accurate passing.

Fabregas 9 (MOM) – Found space in the middle of the park and was able to pick out some key passes. The playmaker looks back to his best in a crucial period for the Blues.

Pedro 7 – Fantastic running in behind from the winger as he hit the post with one opportunity, but looked very lively throughout, creating chances before being brought off.

Willian 7 – Chelsea’s player of the season kept up that reputation with another good performance sealed with an important goal after half time to make it 2-1.

Hazard 9 – His best game of the season, two assists and a goal, hopefully the sign of things to come before now and the end of the season.

Costa 7 – The Spaniard got the ball rolling with a brilliant headed finish. With good build up play and running in behind Costa looks back to his best.

Subs:

Traore 7 – Looked lively when he came on, won a penalty and scored with a clever header before the end.

Oscar 4 – Missed a penalty when the game was already won. Gave the ball away a lot, but put in a neat cross for Traore’s goal.

Manager:

Guus Hiddink 9 – The Dutchman over saw another win in the FA Cup from the Blues. He played his strongest team and rightly so. Chelsea were on top throughout and produced a brilliant performance.

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Chelsea started their FA Cup 5th round clash against Manchester City as firm favourites as they look ahead to a Wednesday night Champions League clash in Kiev, the Citizens handed out debuts to five players.

With a lively start to the game, it took until the twelfth minute for the first clear cut chance as Pedro played a brilliant one-two with his Spanish team mate Cesc Fabregas to put Pedro in on goal as he tried to dink the ball over Willy Caballero but was denied, only by the post.

After dominance from the Blues in territory and possession, it finally told as Fabregas found a ball over the top of the City defence to find Hazard who looped it into Costa who headed in to make it 1-0 in the 35th minute.

But just 2 minutes later City equalised against the run of play after good build up play, Iheanacho found space in the Chelsea box and Azpilicueta’s attempted clearance rebounded off Faupala for it to go in the back of the net to make it 1-1.

With the game in full flow now the Blues had another golden opportunity  after more brilliant build up play with Fabregas at the heart of it Pedro found space but was stopped by a fantastic save from Caballero.

Soon after the restart the Blues were back on top, after a quick break Eden Hazard was able to slide Willian into space in behind the City defence and the Brazilian placed the ball past Caballero’s far post and make it 2-1.

Just five minutes later, after yet more Chelsea pressure, a deflected cross and a kind bounce found Gary Cahill in space just inside the box to smash the ball home and extend the Blues lead to 3-1.

Past the hour mark called for Eden Hazard to add to his two assists with a goal. After his driving run the Belgian was brought down by Demichelies. And Hazard went on to take the kick, he struck the ball towards the keepers side, and with pace and power wrong footed Cabballero for the ball to be nestled in to the bottom right corner to take the score to 4-1.

Within 5 minutes of his introduction Bertrand Traore won a penalty for the Blues after being barged over by Demichelies in the box. Only to have the ball taken off him by fellow substitute Oscar to take the spot kick. The Brazilian took a stuttering run up only to have his penalty fantastically saved by Caballero high to his right to keep the score at 4-1.

After more brilliant build up play, Hazard found yet more room in the City box to pick out Bertrand Traore but the forwards stretched shot could only find the far post and bounce clear. Just one minute before the end of normal time though Traore got his goal, after the ball found its way out wide left to Oscar the playmaker whipped the ball in towards Traore and the Burkina Faso international managed to loop his header over the City keeper and in off the far post to make it 5-1 to Chelsea.

A brilliant performance from the Blues sees them sail through to the FA Cup quarter finals with a 5-1 victory over Manchester City.

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Chelsea started their FA Cup 5th round clash against Manchester City as firm favourites as they look ahead to a Wednesday night Champions League clash in Kiev, the Citizens handed out debuts to five players.

With a lively start to the game, it took until the twelfth minute for the first clear cut chance as Pedro played a brilliant one-two with his Spanish team mate Cesc Fabregas to put Pedro in on goal as he tried to dink the ball over Willy Caballero but was denied, only by the post.

After dominance from the Blues in territory and possession, it finally told as Fabregas found a ball over the top of the City defence to find Hazard who looped it into Costa who headed in to make it 1-0 in the 35th minute.

But just 2 minutes later City equalised against the run of play after good build up play, Iheanacho found space in the Chelsea box and Azpilicueta’s attempted clearance rebounded off Faupala for it to go in the back of the net to make it 1-1.

With the game in full flow now the Blues had another golden opportunity  after more brilliant build up play with Fabregas at the heart of it Pedro found space but was stopped by a fantastic save from Caballero.

The Blues will be hoping for more of the same in second half but will need to take their chances in order to win this cup tie.

 

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