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Chelsea need to sell Willian this summer to maximise his value, former Premier League goalkeeper and current ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop has claimed.

The Brazilian winger has been linked with a potential exit this summer after he struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in Chelsea FC team in the last campaign under Italian manager Antonio Conte.

Willian was in and out of the Blues starting team in their title-holders campaign after they won the Premier League crown in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge of the west London side.

The South American forward, now in Russia with Brazil to play the World Cup, was left out of the Chelsea starting line up the 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley one month ago.

After that, he published a celebration team photo cancelling boss Antonio Conte from it, showing his disappointment with the manager choice.

Anyway, Conte’s days at Stamford Bridge are counted, as former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is very close to become new Chelsea manager, as reported in Italy.

Willian has been linked with a controversial switch to Manchester United in the current transfer window to reunite with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, with whom he’s got a strong friendship.

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Chelsea player Willian had just few words to say yesterday in Wembley‘s mixed zone after the Blues win over Manchester United.

As reported by Manchester Evening News, when asked by reporters to comment on the game and Chelsea’s win, the Brazilian player just said “I have to go” and left the mixed zone.

Yesterday Willian played just few minutes in stoppage time and started the game on the bench; moreover, according to various speculations he is a Mourinho‘s target for the next summer transfer window and the relationship between the Brazilian and manager Antonio Conte is not very good.

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José Mourinho insisted his side was the one who had to lift the FA Cup today.

The Manchester United manager reckons that pundits would have destroyed him if his team had played like Chelsea did today:

“I think we deserved to win, we were the best team but that’s football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can’t imagine what you will say.

“My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything.

“We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don’t have presence so they knew they’d dominate direct football.

“They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn’t touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net.

“I congratulate them.”

 

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José Mourinho was clearly disappointed after his team lost the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Eden Hazard‘s penalty was decisive to bring the trophy to Stamford Bridge

“If we deserved to lose? You have to ask me why I lost…I don’t think my team deserved it, we gave everything…

“I think we missed a bit of luck, sharpness and presence in the box that we couldn’t have without Lukaku and Fellaini.

“We tried everything we could with Martial, Rashford, Pogba, we missed strong players in the area, we needed them against strong players like Bakayoko, Rudiger, Cahill… I’m curious to know what the pundit will say in the next days about this game.”

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Chelsea have won their 8th FA Cup with 1-0 win over Manchester United thanks to a penalty converted by Eden Hazard in the first half.

A very tight game, tactically well-played by both teams were also Thibaut Courtois was among the protagonists, with at least 3 crucial saves that denied the equaliser for the Red Devils, especially on Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.

The penalty chance came from a master-class pass by Cesc Fabregas to Eden Hazard, who went beyond Phil Jones with a speedup of his: the England international tried to stop before he kicked the ball in the goal but he ended up committing a clear penalty foul.

The Belgian scored with a perfect shot and this, eventually, was the goal who gave Chelsea the cup.

 

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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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Hernan Crespo believes today’s FA Cup final against Manchester United will be crucial for Chelsea future, since also Antonio Conte’s Stamford Bridge career will depend on the result of this important clash:

“I hope tomorrow Chelsea win because ‘once a Blues, always a Blues,” the former Inter and Chelsea player said to ChelseaNews24 after legends game at Stamford Bridge last night.

“It will be a great match because it’s a face to face with Mourinho and Conte, Mourinho against his past…so it will be great, the atmosphere will be great in Wembley.

“I think that something can change in the future of Antonio Conte, it all depends from tomorrow´s [ today´s] result, then…it could be a great match!”

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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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Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas reveals he’s got huge respect for José Mourinho, actually, he really loves the current Manchester United manager.

Mourinho was the one who brought the Spaniard to Stamford Bridge in summer 2014 and Fabregas won’t ever forget that:

“I love him,” the former Arsenal and Barcelona player said.

“I owe him a lot because he brought me here and I will always remember that. 

“Arsene [Wenger] always treated me like a son and it was amazing but the closest anyone else has been to him was Jose. 

“The way he treated me, the way he made me feel, how he let me be a leader of the Chelsea team from day one and believed in me, this was fantastic and will always stay with me. 

“It [this experience at Chelsea] is thanks to him. Our history, what had happened between us before I came, made it even more remarkable. 

“When I played for Arsenal, he was with Chelsea. When I was at Barcelona, he was with Real Madrid. We were confronting each other but then we humbled ourselves and started a good relationship.”

Speaking about his second spell at Barcelona between 2011 and 2014, he said:

“I was happy at Barcelona but there were players who were there for many years before me and the fans had them in their heart. 

“For me, it was different because I left and came back, they paid money for me. It is more difficult. I never had the same love that the other players had. That’s also because they were such fantastic players. 

“When Mourinho brought me to Chelsea, he brought back a lot of energy and fire inside of me. It was a fantastic year with him to be honest.” 

Speaking about Mourinho tactics for the FA Cup final, that some Chelsea players might know really well, Fabregas said:

“We have played a few games against them and he has changed the system many times. 

“I am sure he will change something again on Saturday. You can expect that, for sure. Mourinho prepares for finals very, very well. 

“This year at Manchester United we played well, went 1-0 up, could have had more and in one moment they scored. In the second half, it was not good and we tried to change things around but maybe it was a little bit too late.”

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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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