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Antonio Rudiger spoke ahead of FA Cup clash between Chelsea and Leicester City at King Power Stadium.

The German defender, who has been recently nominated for the German Football Ambassador 2018 award, believes Chelsea fans can play an important role tomorrow (4.30PM BST): “That amount of people is very big support for an away game and it’s important for us to give something back to them” he told the club’s official website.

Chelsea faced the Foxes twice in the current campaign, collecting a win (1-2) and a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in January. Rudiger added: “First of all, it’s going to be a battle. Leicester will try to give us a tough time and we will have to be mentally strong but we won’t be looking for excuses. Yes, we played a few days ago and of course there may be some tiredness, but we have to go there and show the right mentality”.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, as well as forward Alvaro Morata, (Spain) has not been selected in the England squad to face Holland and Italy next week. Antonio Conte believes the defender deserves to be called in Gareth Southgate‘s final selection to play the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Conte told Chelsea’s official website: “For sure you are talking about a really good player, with great quality as a player and also human qualities. It is difficult for me with my past to speak about the decisions of the manager of the national team. We have to respect, also because this is not the final call for the World Cup. Maybe the manager wants to try or find out new solutions. There are a lot of thoughts in the mind of the coach before preparing the final list, and you have to try to have a very clear mind”.

“This is the last opportunity for the managers of the national teams to explore new situations. Gary is a player who for his experience and for the quality of the player and the person, I hope he goes in the national team and plays another World Cup. Usually with the national team, you can call also players who are not playing with regularity. When I was coach with the national team, it happened because I trusted in the players and it can happen that when a player is with a great team with a lot of competition, you can stay on the bench”.

Also Alvaro Morata has a clear chance to be included in Spain National Team again, according to the Italian manager: “I understand it is a hard time but there is only one way, to work hard and show that you deserve to play for the national. team That is the only way, not to complain, and I can help them to improve and to work very hard and show that they deserve to go”.

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Bad news for two important Chelsea‘s players: striker Alvaro Morata and midfielder Cesc Fabregas have not been included by coach Julien Lopetegui in the Spain squad who will face Germany and Argentina in two friendlies.

On the other hand Marcos Alonso has been selected and he can collect his first cap with Spain.


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Latest Chelsea signing Olivier Giroud believes his decision to leave Arsenal to join the Premier League champions was “definitely the best choice” for development and professional career in English football.

The Frenchman told Standard Sport: “I am settling in quite well. I am very pleased with my understanding with the boys. Obviously, not everything is perfect but I try to be that target man that the boss asks me to be. To be a link with the number 10s, tonight it was Hazard and Willian. It is not easy to sign in winter for a new club so I try to adapt myself as quickly as I can.

“I think there’s always room for improvement but I am quite happy with what we are doing on the pitch. We have good team cohesion. I think if we play with the spirit we did tonight we can achieve got things at the end of the championship”.

“I want to be at my best level now, I am working hard in training to be ready. Of course, sometimes you can close your eyes and score and sometimes the goal gets smaller like the other game against Palace. Trust me, I keep working hard and I am doing my best to reach my targets. So you can count on me to do my best, to be at my best level as soon as I can.”

The Frenchman, when asked if Chelsea are targeting the FA Cup as their main goal ahead of next clash against Leicester City, added: “I did well in the FA Cup with my old team Arsenal. I had a good past, but I want to arrive in the final with Chelsea. When I first came to England I knew the FA Cup was very special for the fans. It’s basically the oldest competition in football so it’s massive and I’ve been lucky enough to win three of them.

“I am unbeaten at Wembley and to win the FA Cup there is massive. Wembley is an amazing stadium and the atmosphere is always special, the pitch is fantastic, so everything is there for you to have a good game. Hopefully, we can get there again this year. I’m at Chelsea to win trophies and the FA Cup is the one we can win.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gave a positive update on his contract situation at Stamford Bridge after some reports suggested a possible move to La Liga giants Real Madrid, with also PSG reportedly interested in placing a bid for the 25-year-old. The Belgian’s deal currently expires in June 2019, as Courtois himself confirmed: I have a contract until next year and I will be here. I will do my best for it, I am committed to Chelsea” he told Standard Sport.

“Obviously there is no extension signed but I don’t think now is the moment to do it. I think it is better to wait until the end of the season. All I can say is I’m committed to Chelsea and also committed for next year. I have no other thing to say. It’s easy when you have only one year remaining that other people might say something”. 

Then he added: “I’m a bit annoyed by it because it’s a talking point and it’s a thing people went to dwell on. But I think the focus now should be on winning our League games to get a top four finish and back in the Champions League for next season as well as going through in the FA Cup. That’s the most important thing and is what we have to do”.

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Conte had already spoke during his conference after the match, yesterday night before kick off, several Chelsea supporters had problem not only to enter to the stadium but also some of them were allegedly hurt by police and security outside the Nou Camp.

This allegedly violence was emerged after the match when Blues’ fans showed video footage. It would seem that several fans could were hurt and for this reason, Chelsea FC tweeted on official Twitter profile an appeal to all Chelsea’ fans:

“We ask that our supporters contact us with accounts of their experiences of this evening’s arrival at the stadium so that we can take this up properly with the authorities.'”

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After regret of defeat, another bad beating for Antonio Conte, after the match a journalist asked him which team will train at the next interview. Biting question for Italian coach who is at loggerheads with Chelsea’ board and surely this defeat isn’t a good way to improve relationship. Anyway he answered to the question saying “It’s a mean question and I prefer don’t answer”.

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After defeat against Barcelona and consequent Champions League exit, Antonio Conte declared himself proud of his guys. He analyzed the match admitting the bad beginning, also spoke about his tactic choices, about referee’s judgments considering penalty the foul on Alonso and speaking about Messi he abounded with praises.

Our start was terrible, to concede after only two minutes, but after we tried to play football and at times we dominated the game and had chances to score. Over the two legs we have hit the post four times and this is very strange. I think a fantastic player moved the final result and the qualification because in these two legs, Lionel Messi moved the final result. He scored three goals and made an assist for Dembele.

It is a pity but I must be very proud of the commitment of my players. They gave everything and we have to continue in this way, with this will to fight and desire to fight together.’

About Messi: ‘When you have the opportunity to make a great complement to Messi, it is right to recognize a super, super, super top player,’ he explained. ‘You are talking about a player who every season can score 60 goals, not just in one season. I am very pleased to have the opportunity at the end of the game to give him my complement. We are talking about an extraordinary player, the best in the world.’

About tactics choices and referee’s judgments: ‘For sure when you take this decision to play with Eden, Willian and a striker as a point of reference, you must be very good to have a great balance and not lose this balance. I saw great commitment from all the players, who wanted to play with all our potential. We were a bit unlucky over the two legs and we showed we can play in both ways. For sure in the first leg, defensively we were more compact. Tonight they scored three times but I think we did not deserve this type of result.

I think there was a penalty for Alonso and if it is 2-1 you can put a bit of pressure on Barcelona and I repeat, in the end I must be pleased with the commitment of my players. I saw great work.’

About the environment situation out of stadium before the match: ‘We are aware of reports of incidents outside the ground before the game where a number of Chelsea fans were hurt. We ask that our supporters contact us with accounts of their experiences of this evening’s arrival at the stadium so that we can take this up properly with the authorities.’

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Marcos Alonso spoke about defeat against Barcelona and consequent Champions League exit:

“We had to take advantage of our opportunities and the pole. Against this type of team it becomes hard when don’t take advantage of the opportunities you have”.

They are a great team and they also have Messi, I think maybe they were the better team even though I think we competed well in both games”

“We could have done better, if we concede these easy goals then we make our chances very difficult against this team. We knew they have top players and we cannot give them one metre because they can create and score”

“They were the better team but we were unlucky. We competed well and we have to improve. When you lose you have to keep training and get better.”

“They were not comfortable in the first half and we just missed the chances.

“It could have been 2-2 at half-time at least but it was 2-0 and in a stadium like this, against a team like this, it is not easy to come back.”

“I think we were a little bit unlucky, also, with the first two goals. We hit the post three times, we had so many chances in both games. Now we have two important matches in Premier and we want to win FA Cup”.



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Also Davide Zappacosta said his personal opinion about defeat at Camp Nou: “Of course there’s much regret because in the two games we deserved something more. Anyway they were stronger than us, Messi is very strong and Barca as team is really hard to deal with”

Conte? We are all with him, our fans, staff and players. We listen to him and try to always do what he asks”

National Team? All of us aim at calling, for me would be a proud but to make it possible it is important do well with my club. The coach came also to visit us but I don’t now anything about an eventually call”

FA Cup is a goal but we also want return in Champions League places”


Antonio Rudiger spoke ahead of FA Cup clash between Chelsea and Leicester City at King Power Stadium. The German defender, who has been recently nominated for...