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Diego Costa’s goal against Wolverhampton last Saturday helped Chelsea to qualify for the Fa Cup quarter finals, but it can prove itself very useful in the Blues Premier League’s title race.

The Spanish stiker’s team-mate Asmir Begovic believes it:  “Yes, it’s good for him”. – says the keeper – “He’s had a couple of tough, frustrating games. It wasn’t for the lack of trying but his previous goal had been against Hull. He is obviously a talisman, a leader, someone who leads from the front. He’s crucial to us so it’s great that he’s back firing and hopefully that will lift his confidence again and he will kick on. Do we need a confident Costa for the run-in? Yes, of course. Any successful team has to have a top goalscorer and that’s what he is. He leads by example.”

Diego Costa at the moment is third in the Premier League’s top scorers table with 15 goals but he last scored on January 22 against Hull City and now he trails Alexis Sanchez (17) and Romelu Lukaku (16).

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Chelsea struggled to get the lead as home side Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a great performance in the first half with goal attempts and several chances created.

At 6′ former Chelsea youngster Saville struck the post as Kurt Zouma did not control a high ball into the penalty area.

Willian went close to scoring a few minutes later with a lob, well scrambled away by Wolves keeper Ikeme.

In the second half Diego Costra tried to score first: the Spaniard twisted but his shot crashed into the side netting.

Pedro Willian Chelsea

Chelsea unmarked winger Pedro found a crucial goal at 65′ taking advantage of a wonderful ball from Willian. Then Diego Costa didn’t waste his second chance and scored with a low clinical shot after receiving the ball from Fabregas.

Chelsea win a tough game, which means that Antonio Conte goes through next stage reaching FA Cup Quarter-Finals.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Begovic; Zouma, Terry (c), Ake; Moses, Fabregas, Chalobah, Pedro (Azpilicueta72); Willian (Kante 80), Diego Costa, Hazard (Loftus-Cheek 85).
Unused subs: Eduardo, Cahill, Kenedy, Batshuayi.
Scorers Pedro 64, Diego Costa 89
Booked 
Pedro 48

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Ikeme; Coady, Batth (c), Hause, Doherty; Price, Saville (Saiss 83); Costa, Edwards, Weimann (Wilson 74); Bodvarsson (Ronan 83).
Unused subs: Burgoyne, Stearman, Evans, Saiss, Rona, Enobakhare
Booked 
Saville 20, Weimann 32

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 30,193

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Chelsea are struggling to get the lead as home side Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a great performance in the first half with goal attempts and several chances created.

Former Chelsea youngster Saville struck the post as Kurt Zouma did not control a high ball into the penalty area.

Willian went close to scoring a few minutes later with a lob, well scrambled away by Wolves keeper Ikeme.

Good performances from Victor Moses and Cesc Fabregas so far, while both Nathaniel Chalobah and Kurt Zouma seem to be in trouble when they cope with Wolves’ counter-attacks.

 

 

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 

Wolves

Chelsea – Begovic; Zouma, Terry (c), Ake; Moses, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs:  Eduardo, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Kenedy, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Venue: Molineux Stadium

Kick-Off: 5.30 BST

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the incoming F.A. Cup clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Italian manager said: “When you are in a great team the target is to win, not to try to have 21 players all happy and you don’t win anything. The owner does not ask for this, to make 21 players happy”.

“We are in his great competition to try to win, not just to find a solution to make someone happy, I have to show always respect to my players and make the best decisions for every game and today for sure I will try to do this”.

Conte, speaking at press conference yesterday, confirmed that he will extend FA Cup rotation by resting some starters at The Molineux today.

“When a player does not start he is not happy, – he stated – But I don’t want him to be happy because I want the player to try to fight to give me problems to solve to find the best selection for the team”.

“I am pleased to have a group of players that are growing very well in all aspects – technical, tactical and mentality, feeling the right responsibility for the season. Believe me, it is not easy to have those type of groups, and we have grown a lot in these seven months. We must continue to improve and put the team above all. Honestly, I am very pleased to observe this”.

“I was a footballer and for this reason I know what happens in the changing room, for the players that are used to playing every game, for the players who are not playing a lot, for the players who are not playing”.

“The most important thing is always to have great respect for all, not only to pay most attention to 11 players. For me every single player is the most important. I try always to pay good attention to every single player, I want to give them great respect because I demand this and I think this is the way to have a good dressing room”.

“The best way is to leave your door always open and if I have to make a choice, it is not important to always explain this choice but if the player wants to ask me, the player knows very well that my door is always open to explain the reason why I made this decision. When you are honest in your choices you can always look your player straight in the eye”. 

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Despite past week rumours suggested a new deal for him was close to be agreed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte continues to be evasive on Diego Costa’s future at Stamford Bridge

“I don’t know about Diego Costa’s new contract situation, I think now it’s very importat to look at the present and not to look so forward, all people at Chelsea must focus on the present, then we will see the situation.

“I am confident for him to stay, but now it’s important to keep a great concentration for the present, and the present is tomorrow’s game against Wolves, we must go through the next round.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke today before the FA Cup against Wolves.

The Blues manager revealed that the whole squad is fit for this crucial game but, anyway, he will give rest to some players:

“John Terry is fit for this game, he is ok.

“All the players are available but there are situations that is better to keep under control, Marcos Alondo and David Luiz will rest, we gave him [Luiz] a week to recover well and prepare for next game, all the players are in good form and I will make the best decisions for the game.

“Luiz is better, his knee after Man City game was bad compared to now, it’s normal to control the situation, but he’s good,  he’s working with te physios and the situation is under control.

“I don’t know about Diego Costa’s new contract situation, I think now it’s very importat to look at the present and not to look so forward, all people at Chelsea must focus on the present, then we will see the situation.

“I am confident for him to stay, but now it’s important to keep a great concentration for the present, and the present is tomorrow’s game against Wolves, we must go through the next round.

“Would I like to win the double? I like to win, I like to win with my team, every competition, in every season, it won’t be easy to win the league and the cup, of course I will like to win both, because when you are at Chelsea you need this winning mentality.

“There are six teams in the title race, all very strong, and in the cup there are 16, but tomorrow it won’t be easy, don’t forget Wolves won against Liverpool and Stoke away, we must pay attention because this team showed in the past they can beat great teams like Liverpool and Stoke City, I hope tomorrow the other side will be different and Chelsea going to the next round.

Conte was asked if it would be possible to see him to manage in the Premier League at 67, like Arsene Wenger is doing, but the Italian manager was evasive in his answer, where he praised the Gunners boss:

“I have great respect for him, I think he did a great job in 20 years for Arsenal and he’s still doing it, he’s one of the best in the world, we all know that in some moments the results are not good, but it’s important to not forget the job that a manager, and players, did in the past.

About Mark Clattenburg quitting his referee role in English football, he claimed:

“It’s a pity Clattenburg is leaving because he’s a really good referee, it’s a pity that he wants to go and he took this choice, it’s not a good news for us, because it’s important to have the best [referees], and he’s one of the best referees in this country and seeing him go away it’s a pity. I am a bit sorry for this.

Dominic Solanke’s contract with Chelsea is expiring next June and the striker allegedely asked 50.000 pounds per week, an amount that the Blues director believe is outrageous for a young kid with no much first team experience:

“I don’t know his future,” Conte said”We should have a crystal ball to predict it, he’s a Chelsea player now, I wish him and his family the best.

“I am not sure he will leave, but I think this is his will. I think it’s better to ask this question to him. I’ve been here only for seven months, I think to stay in a team like Chelsea is a great opportunity, but we have to respect every decision by the player, anyway, I don’t know his future. I spoke to him to try to understand his will but, I repeat, we must have a great respect for every decision a player can take. His contract expires in June.

Wolves manager Lambert was playing in Borussia Dortmund when they beat Juventus, Antonio Conte’s team, in 1997 Champions League final, even if the Blues coach didn’t play because he was recovering from a knee injury:

“I remember that game very well, it was one of the three finals I lost: they were underdogs but they won very well, Lambert was playing for them and he was a great midfielder. I don’t think the result would have been different if I played, they played a really good game and had many great players, some of them ex Juventus players like Kholer, Paulo Sousa, Moller.

“And no, there is no revenge[in tomorrow’s game], I wish for him the best, after this game, of course, tomorrow it’s an important game for us, for Wolves. For me it would be a great pleasure to shake his hand.

Conte also revealed he will play some reserves’s in tomorrow’s clash:

“FA Cup would be a good opportunity to see some players that didn’t play so much, but we want and must go to the next round, for the club, for the fans and the team.

Chelsea U21 progressed in the Youth Cup during the week and when asked abou the great job that has being done at the Blues academy, Conte said:

“The academy is doing a great job in these years, we got players like Chalobah, Ake, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ola Aina, it’s important to have this link betweenfirst team and academy and to exploit their good job.

“These players stay with me, with the first team, because they deserve it, not because I want to give them a gift.

Conte reveales that Charly Musonda is not selected for tomorrow’s game and explained why:

“Musonda is not in the squad for tomorrow, he is working very well, very hard in the training sessions but he is having supplementary work with a fitness coach, probably he will be with us in the next games, if he deserves to stay with us.

The Italia manager also explained the importance of a football coach mental job:

“Every manager has to do a mental job on his squad, not justo n th e physical, technical and tactical aspect. It’s important to work on the mentality, during the game, during training sessions, it’s an important aspect of our job.”

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Barcelona star Arda Turan, who missed the loss to Paris St-Germain due to a thigh injury, is rumored to be planning a Premier League move.

Chelsea could be next club for the Turkish star, after Turkish Football revealed that the former Atletico Madrid attacking-midfielder made a big-money purchase by buying a new house in London, very close to Stamford Bridge.

The 3-year-old star has previously been linked with a switch to Premier League and was spotted with Chelsea striker Diego Costa in a restaurant last week.

Diego Costa Turan Arda

 

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Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso explained how Blues‘ manager Antonio Conte tried to create ‘an amazing atmosphere’ in the backroom by organizing bonding activities even with John Terry‘s help.

The Spaniard told Chelsea’s official website: “We have been going out for dinner once a month all together as a group, just enjoying each other’s company off the pitch as well,” 

“It’s been a great help and the atmosphere within the squad is amazing. You can see that when we’re on the pitch.

“It’s organised by the manager and the captain and it’s good fun for everyone,” Alonso added.

 

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