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Maurizio Sarri will becom new Chelsea manager very soon: according to Calcio Napoli 24 the Blues will pay SS Napoli a 5 million compensation, while the Italian coach will sign a two-year contract with Chelsea with also an option for the following 12 months.

On the other hand, it’s still unclear how much Chelsa will pay Antonio Conte to fire the manager who won a Premier League and an Fa Cup at Stamford Bridge.

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Eden Hazard is waiting for Chelsea to choose their next manager before deciding on his future:

“At the moment I only focus on the World Cup,” he claimed speaking to Sky Sports before heading to Russia with Belgium.

“We had a bad season with Chelsea. We won the FA Cup at the end, so it was a little bit better but I’m only focused on the World Cup.

“Then I let the board manage Chelsea the best way that they can,” he revealed.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the main candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, Spanish outlet Marca claims.

The French manager resigned after winning three Champions League in a row, an all time record, for personal reasons.

The Spaniards were pursuing Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, but he just signed an extension of his deal with the North London club.

According to Marca, Conte is now in pole position for the job, as his relationship with Chelsea directors has fallen out in the past year.

Despite winning the Premier League at his first attempt and the FA Cup in his second season, Conte and the board keep disagreeing on transfer market and club strategy.

 

Chelsea still have to finalise the deal with former PSG manager Laurent Blanc, despite agreeing terms several days ago, as they continue to wait for ex Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, who is trying to close his contract with the Italian side without paying a penalty.

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Italian TV  Premium Sport reports that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will part ways with the club in the next few hours.

Conte joined Chelsea in the summer of 2016 after having managed the Italian national team at Euro 2016: he won the Premier League during his debut season but failed even to reach the top four in this one, a frustration partially mitigated by the success in the FA Cup final against Manchester United in the past weekend.

According to Premium, the termination of the manager’s contract is a contentious issue though, as the club wants to end it by mutual consent but Conte intends to get sacked to cover also the year left on the deal or to get a good payout.

It’s well known that the Italian boss’ relationship with Chelsea board fell out in the last months, mainly because Conte reckons it wasn’t given enough credit to his work and also because he wasn’t trusted during transfer market negotiations.

Possible substitutes to replace him are former AS Roma and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, as Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri seems keen to join Zenit St. Petersburg at the moment.

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Chelsea finished their season with a high note, winning the Fa Cup last Saturday vs Manchester United.

A day to remember also for the Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta: “I really enjoyed that, for our last game of the season it was a great effort to win the FA Cup,” Azpilicueta told Chelsea official website. “We had to defend well and we did just that to ensure it was a great final day of the season”.

It was important to win this trophy because Chelsea had some difficult weeks during the Premier League campaign this year: “I think for the first part of the season we were really good, but then we had a couple of weeks where we weren’t at our best and we dropped off a little”. Azpilicueta admitted. “So it was very important for us finish the season and to win a trophy for the club and for the fans. They deserved this.”

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Marcos Alonso lifted his first FA Cup title of his career since joining Chelsea from Fiorentina in June 2016.

The Spaniard told Chelsea’s official website: ‘I think it was well-deserved. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer but the team defended very well and we scored one of the few chances we had”.

“We felt comfortable, even if we suffered a little bit, because 90 minutes defending against good players. We stayed compact during the whole game and we helped each other out, so I think it was a much-deserved win”.

Manchester United manager and players believe the Red Devils were ‘better by far’ in the final. Marcos Alonso responded: “It was hard, not only in the second half but in the first half as well. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer and we had to defend a lot but I think we did a great game. We had a plan we executed very well and I’m very happy for the title”.

“I’m happy for my first FA Cup win, it feels good to go on our holidays with a title. The fans will be happy after the win, it was a good game and a title for them. I’m very grateful to them for their support during the whole season. Now we will have a good rest and come back stronger next season”.

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Gary Cahill is over the moon after lifting his first trophy as Chelsea captain.

“We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years… it’s not bad is it?” the Blues skipper said after winning the final against Manchester United today.

Speaking of Eden Hazard, who scored the penalty that gave the win to Chelsea, he said:

“He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi’s been superb all season, we’re buzzing, got the job done. We’re delighted.

“It’s a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I’m delighted I’ve won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn’t play in and it’s not the same if you don’t put everything on the pitch.”

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All ready for 137th Final of FA CUP, the third one final between Chelsea and Manchester United, it’s Mourinho against Conte: it’s Conte’ future face to face with Mou’s future.

These are guys chosen from two coaches:

Manchester United FA Cup Final XI:

De Gea; Young, Smalling, Jones, Valencia (c); Ander Herrera, Matić; Alexis, Pogba, Lingard; Rashford.

Substitutes: Romero, Bailly, Darmian, Mata, McTominay, Lukaku, Martial

Manager: José Mourinho

Chelsea FA Cup Final XI:

(3-5-1-1) Courtois; Rüdiger, Cahill (c), Azpilicueta; Alonso, Bakayoko, Kanté, Fàbregas, Moses; Hazard; Giroud.

Substitute: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Out Christensen, who he has suffered a back problem, as Conte reveled few minuts ago

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has his say ahead of tomorrow’s Fa Cup final at Wembley.

Many believe Paul Pogba can make the difference in favour of Manchester United, but the former Blues’ midfielder thinks in a different way.  “I don’t know what Pogba is. He makes bad decisions but then does fantastic things which must wreck Jose’s head”. Lampard said as reported by The Mirror. “Pogba is naturally more talented than I was, he would run all over me and has better feet, but there’s no point dribbling in your own half. All that ‘flick and roll of the studs’, I’m not an advocate of that. A lot of young players see it on YouTube and think it’s amazing but I don’t like it.”

So, according to Frank Lampard is another player who can shine tomorrow at Wembley. “If the right Eden Hazard turns up he can be the match-winner.” the Blues legend said.

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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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