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After a difficult first part of the season at Chelsea, Michy Batshuayi‘s performances were impressive during his loan at Borussia Dortmund.

The striker scored 10 goals and now he wants to earn a place in Belgium‘s squad before making his choice for next season between the two clubs:

I don’t have a preference; they’re two beautiful clubs. My focus is on the World Cup right now and I don’t want to think about what happens afterwards.” Batshuayi said.

What is for sure is that the Belgian striker during his loan in Bundesliga regained confidence in his skills:

Dortmund was a great experience for me,” Batshuayi explained. “They welcomed me very warmly. I was in a good environment and you could see that on the pitch. It was a while since I had played so much. I can’t remember being allowed to play two games in a row at Chelsea. It was good to gain confidence”.

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On Saturday, Chelsea will face Manchester United in the Fa Cup final at Wembley and the Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois knows very well Jose Mourinho will study something special to beat his former team and lift the trophy.

He always has surprises in the games he has played against us,” Courtois told the London Evening Standard. He has different systems to play. Sometimes he played three at the back, sometimes four. He will always find something. I think it’ll be a good game, lots of familiar faces on both sides. I hope it’ll be a good game with Chelsea as the winner. We can know a little bit how he set up in the last two years against us, but that’s it.”

Chelsea gained just one point in their two last Premier League games, but Courtois thinks these results are not having a negative effect on the Blues’ confidence: “The confidence is all right,” the Belgian goalkeeper added. “It was not a good performance from us. But we’ve showed we can bounce back the game after. This is a different cup, different to the Premier League and we just have to go for it. That’s most important. After a season of ups and downs, we can finish on an up.”

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard is confident the Blues can have a great end of the season and reach their goals, especially if the team play as they did yesterday vs Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

It is not in our hands”. Hazard said. “It does not only depend on us but we will play, we will hopefully win, and then we will see the results of Tottenham and Liverpool and we will give everything”.

Hazard also claimed not only the result, but also the performance, gave Chelsea players a good feeling: “Beating Liverpool was a massive result. Now the target is just to win and be in the top four at the end of the season, and if we play like this the last three games, we can have something special at the end of the season. Let’s hope for something big. We all work together and when we play this kind of game, it is a good feeling after the game.”

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Antonio Conte insisted his team deserved more from the derby against Spurs: the Italian boss claims his team lost confidence and, despite showing good performances, cannot get the same results of the past season, where they were champions:

“The performance has been good, especially in the first half,” insisted Conte.

“We played good football. We scored only one goal but I think we deserved to be 2-0 or 3-0.

“Instead we conceded a goal in the last minute of the first half and this goal gave us a bit of a problem in our mind and we lost confidence.

“Despite this, in the second half, we started the game very well.”

But defensive lapses contributed to both of Dele Alli’s goals, with Andreas Christensen, Willy Caballero and Cesar Azpilicueta all playing their part.

“We conceded a goal that you can avoid,” Conte admitted.

“That was a freak goal, I think we made a mistake for the second and third goal. For the third goal you have to kick this ball in the stand and not concede.”

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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 to Wembley: I don’t remember the last time I scored with my head!  But I’m very happy to score the goal and for the team to get the win”. Pedro told Chelsea official website. It’s great to pass through into the next round and it’s very important for us to get the confidence and to fight from now until the end of the season. We want to get into the top four and we also want to win this trophy [FA Cup], so we will fight until the end. I’m very happy for Alvaro to score again and hopefully that will give him the confidence to score more. Alvaro is a very good player and an important part of our team. It’s important for him to score and to help the side and hopefully he can continue to do that until the end of the season. He had a back injury but now he’s in a very good condition and it’s a good time for him. I think his back is perfect now and hopefully he can keep scoring, because we all know just how good he is.”

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Michy Batshuayi admits he was lacking confidence at Chelsea while now, at Borussia Dortmund, he plays full of it.

The Belgian striker arrived to Stamford Bridge in summer 2016 and despite playing an important role in last title campaign never had full trust by manager Antonio Conte, who rarely started him in the 18 months he coached him.

However, Batshuayi has been showing all his qualities since he moved on loan to Borussia Dortmund, where he has already scored 5 goals in only 3 games.

The 24-year-old forward took a swipe to his former boss, Conte, claiming he just needed more playing time:

“I don’t know if Conte was watching my game,” said Batshuayi.

“Sitting on the bench, score a goal and then back to the bench is quite difficult to deal with for an attacker.

“It wasn’t always easy at Chelsea. I’m now playing with a lot of confidence.

“They are focusing on the Premier League and have an important Champions League tie next week. I hope it turns out well for them.”

 

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After tonight win against WBA Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was relieved to have found some confidence before some important clashes like the upcoming ones against Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City:

“What I know is that tonight was fundamental to get three points back, to win this game, especially to find again some confidence, because when you lose two matches in a row in a bad way the confidence decreases,” the Italian coach claimed after the final whistle.

“It was also important for us to have some rest and we rested for two days.

“We started the game with a few confidence, we made some mistakes, West Brom could have scored but we were back in the game, we scored and we could have scored even more goals.

 

“It was important to overcome this hard moment.

“Now we have important clashes, like the one against Barcelona, and we had to find our confidence again before facing them.”

 

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Chelsea gained a point yesterday night vs As Roma at Stamford Bridge in a Champions League group stage game and they are top of the table in their group.

However, Cesar Azpilicueta admits the Blues need a win, after this draw, and two consecutive defeats in the Premier League to boost their confidence. “The mood at the moment is not the best,”  – Azpilicueta told the London Evening Standard. –It’s true that we are not in our best moment. We came into the game after two consecutive defeats in the Premier League.  We had the game in our hands when we were 2-0 up, but we also had it lost when we were 3-2 down. We managed to get a point, we are top of the group and we will keep fighting. To come back into the game to get a point against Roma is big for the team, to show the character and that we won’t give up. But the reality is that we have gone three games without a win and we will try to get back to winning ways on Saturday.”

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Victor Moses is shining this season with Chelsea with the Nigerian international playing regularly at wing-back since Chelsea’s switch to a 3-4-3 formation in October.

Moses himself thanks and praises manager Antonio Conte for his performances: “I’ve never doubted the ability that I’ve got,” he told Sky Sports. “Chelsea is one of the best clubs in the world and I’ve always believed I have the ability to get into the team. I’ve proved that this season. I just kept working hard and kept believing in myself. I’ve moved on from the difficult times now. This is a season I am never going to forget. We’ve got a manager now who gives everyone the opportunity to express themselves. I felt that from the start, right from the first day of training. He was talking to all the players. There was no favouritism. Everyone was the same to him. As long as you went out and proved yourself, he would give you the opportunity. I was very pleased to see that. It gave me confidence.”

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Spurs star Harry Kane believes his team fine league form can boost their chances against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi final this weekend:

“We’re feeling good, we’re feeling confident,” the Tottenham strikers is quoted by the Mirror.

“Every game we go into we feel like we’re going to score goals and defensively we’re keeping clean sheets, so that’s what we’ve got to try to maintain until the end of the season.

“It’s a big game now against Chelsea and we’re all looking forward to that, bring it on!”

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