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With an official statement on their website, Chelsea have announced earlier today that plans to build the new Stamford Bridge have been put on hold.

The club, at least at the moment, will not consider any other pre-costruction design or planning work.

The decision” the statement on the official website read “was made due to the current unfavourable investment climate”. 

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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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Cesc Fabregas shared his impressions after the FA Cup final, claiming it was a well deserved trophy for Chelsea but also admits the real target of the season was another one:

“It hasn’t been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it’s important for them.  

“It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it’s more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it’s tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined.”

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Antonio Conte called himself ” a serial winner” after securing his second trophy as a Chelsea manager in two seasons.

The Blues won the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Manchester United today thanks to a penalty converted by Eden Hazard in the first half and the Italian coach thanked his players and the Chelsea fans after this triumph but he”forgot” to thank the club, with whom he hadn’t a great relationship in this last campaign.

“To win in England is never easy, in two years is not easy to win the title and the FA Cup facing really good rivals like Manchester City, Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester United is not easy,” the Blues boss said to Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle.

“I believe today we won because we worked very well tactically and we were committed: I’ve always seen their commitment, there have been rumours since the first half.

“I am really happy for the supporters and the players, they always showed me a great will and sacrifice, I guess this win is really valuable because Manchester United is better than us in this moment. I have to thanks my players and the fans for this success.

“My future? I don’t change my position, it’s always the same. 

“I didn’t want to hear any other offer because my position has been always the same, since January: to continue here

“I showed to be a serial winner winning the title and FA Cup here in UK: it’s not easy to do that, also because here the title is not assigned before the championship starts.”

 

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José Mourinho has got a message for Chelsea fans ahead of FA Cup final today at Wembley.

The current Manchester United manager was once a hero at Stamford Bridge but since he joined the Old Trafford side he became one of the worst enemies of the Blues fans, who arrived also to brand him as “Judas”.

“If the supporters hate me, dislike me or disrespect me, that’s something I cannot control,” said Mourinho, as per The Mirror.

“The only thing I say in relation to Chelsea supporters is that since my first day in 2004 until my last day when I was sacked a couple of years ago, they were with me unconditionally.

“That I will never forget because they did what I think great supporters do, which is to support their manager unconditionally until the last day.

“They supported me every day. They supported me every match. They supported me even on the days I was sacked, twice.”

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Antonio Conte believes tomorrow’s game will not be easy for Chelsea as Huddersfield Town are fighting to stay in the Premier League.

For sure our expectations are to have a tough game. Huddersfield are fighting to avoid relegation. Conte said during his pre-game press conference. “We must pay great attention and we have to play with only two games rest. We spent a lot of mental and physical effort. You have to win over 90 minutes, not the way you start and we must be clever”

Tomorrow’s game will be Chelsea’s last one at Stamford Bridge this season and it could also be last Conte’s game if he will leave the London club this summer. However, the Italian manager refused to comment over the situation regarding his future.

I am very focused on the present and to do my best job for Chelsea”. Conte explained. “As you know very well our job is not simple or easy, but I am totally focused on the present and it is to finish the season in the best possible way. Our fans deserve this”.

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After a great start of the season, Spanish striker Alvaro Morata hasn’t mantained the level of his performances.

Now, the Chelsea player reveals he has been influenced by his back’s problems.

Everything was good until I had the problems with my back,” Morata told Chelsea Tv. “I played with a lot of pain and it probably would have been better if I’d stopped. But I wanted to play with my teammates, for the club and the fans. Now it’s in the past. My first year could have been better, but there are still more games to go and we have a chance to win the FA Cup.”

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Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois slams Blues fans after they booed the team at Stamford Bridge following today’s goalless draw – the third one in a row- against Leicester.

Antonio Conte’s side offered a really discouraging performance in the clash against the Foxes and the people attending the game showed their disappointment after the final whistle booing their own team:

“It doesn’t help when the fans boo and whistle after each misplaced pass,” said the Belgian goalkeeper, who was a protagonist in the match with an unbelievable save on Ndidi’s header in the first half that helped his team to keep a clean sheet.

 

“We didn’t play well but that’s when we need the fans behind us.”

 

 

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Rafa Benitez guided Chelsea for six months and he won the Europa League with the Blues. Tomorrow the Spanish manager will be back for the first team as an opponent at Stamford Bridge and, despite some fans don’t like him for his connections with Liverpool, he expects a good reception from the majority of the public.

“I think the fans will be fine,” – Benitez said –  “The normal fans who you can find on the streets were ok with me. But the rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool changed things and the perceptions of some people. The majority realised I was doing a professional job. Roman Abramovich wanted to qualify for the Champions League and we finished third. We did that and we won the Europa League in the mean time. I think the fans will be happy with that. It was really positive. I have a lot of friends there, the staff was really good and the fans were fine. I tried to take the positives out of things and those are that they realised we did our job until the end and more and we achieved what they wanted which is fine.”

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Nemanja Matic will be back at Stamford Bridge next Sunday: the former Chelsea midfielder move to Manchester United in a £ 35m move last summer and now he is one of the most missed players in West London while he settled really well at Old Trafford, becoming immediately a key-man for José Mourinho’s side.

The Serbian midfielder was important in the last two title campaigns ( 2015 and 2017) for Chelsea as well and, speaking ahead of next Sunday’s clash, he hopes Blues supporters would “respect” his achievements but stresses that he would not be bothered by a frosty reception:

“When I played there I always gave 100 percent and we won two titles together. I’m sure they respect that, but if not I don’t really care.

“I spent a good time there, three-and-a-half years, which is a long time, and of course it’s going to be something special for me to play again in that stadium.

“But now I’m on the opposite side, I have to be professional and do the best for my team. I don’t have to prove to them anything. I just have to prove something to my new club.”

Matic said knowing how much José Mourinho had wanted him brought a “big responsibility” but declined the comment on Chelsea’s transfer strategy.

“I cannot say. The only thing I can say is that I am happy to be part of this club. I’m happy to working with Mourinho. That’s all I can say.”

Chelsea are fourth in the table after losing two of their last four games, but United have not won at Stamford Bridge since 2012.

“It’s always important to win, especially when you’re going to play big games like Sunday, so we want to take all the points,” Matic said.

“But we know we must respect them — they are a good team, they’re champions, and it’s going to be a hard game for us, but we also have our own qualities.

“It’s going to be a big game, it’s difficult to say what’s going to happen before it, but we will try to do our best and take points.”

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