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Few years ago, Willy Caballero helped Manchester City when they won the League Cup at Wembley vs Liverpool.

Now the Argentinian goalkeeper is performing very well in the Blues’ run in the current Fa Cup and he hopes to lift another trophy at Wembley in just a couple of months.

For me, it’s a fantastic competition and I don’t have this trophy, so for sure I want to win the FA Cup,” Caballero told Chelsea official website.  “Everyone at Chelsea and our supporters want this too. Southampton will be a tough game for us, like Leicester were. We will head to Wembley to play them and have to fight as we did against Leicester and then hopefully we can reach the final. I think we now have a good break [the international break] but the most important thing for the team would be to finish in the top four and get into the Champions League. But of course we have the chance to win a trophy in the FA Cup and that is what we want to do. So we will go to Wembley for the semi-final and hopefully we can do both things – finishing in the top four and winning the FA Cup.” 

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A well deserved pass for Carabao Cup final earned by Arsenal tonight after beating a Chelsea, who gave the impression they never really believed in reaching it.

Gunners were far more motivated than the Blues and despite conceding the first goal to Antonio Conte‘s side after only 7’ – Eden Hazard scored it – they immediately reacted and equalised thanks to an unlucky deflection by Marcos Alonso first and then Antonio Rudiger in their own goal.

Chelsea were actually in the game until Willian got injured after 27′ and was forced to limp off the pitch with a suspected hamstring injury, being replaced by Ross Barkley, who made his official debut for the Blues, his first game since last May. However, he didn’t impress.

From that point onward Arsenal took the control of the game despite the Blues trying to take the lead again with a couple of chances threw by Hazard.

The second part saw Arsene Wenger side being dominant and finding a deserved goal with Granit Xhaka at 60′.

Chelsea weren’t able to react or create dangerous chance, they only tried with the strength born of desperation in the last minutes of the game.

Conte now has to deal with an injury emergency and a way to refresh confidence and physical form in his players before Newcastle clash in FA Cup next Sunday.

Arsenal will Manchester City, who beat Bristol City last night, in the competition final at Wembley in one month.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte analysed the Blues win at Brighton and, of course, he noticed his team improved respect to the performances of the last month, where they barely scored a goal:

“[It was] A good game, a good result for us. In the last period, we didn’t score a lot. Instead today we scored four goals, we created other chances to improve the final result,” the Italian claimed.

“We kept another clean sheet, which is very important for us, despite Brighton creating chances to score. Before the game, a lot of people had a lot of apprehension for suspensions and injuries.

“But, during the game, we showed a great personality to be a team. We started the game very well, scored twice quickly with good combinations between our strikers. This is very important and we must be happy for this.”

Speaking about man of the match Eden Hazard, he said:

Eden Hazard scored twice. For us, it’s important Hazard, Willian and Moses all score. But, from tomorrow, every single player that scored today has to forget he scored and must try and score again against Arsenal.

“This is the most important thing: to be happy for today’s performance but, from tomorrow, to think about another important game against Arsenal, another important situation to try to help the team to win.”

Then, his answer to the people who said that Chelsea were in a “crisis”:

“Whoever said this has to pay attention to the stats. We’re unbeaten in 14 games. It’s normal that the press try to see the negative aspect and don’t see the positives.

“But this team, with many problems, are unbeaten in 14 games in every competition. This means means we are performing important work with these players to win in this way, despite five players less: Fabregas, Drinkwater, Courtois, two suspensions in Pedro and Morata. Despite this, we won 4-0.

“That means that every player deserves his chance, and every player has to fight to play. Now we have to continue in this way. I’m pleased with the responses of all the players today. You could see on our bench there were Charly Musonda and Sterling and Ampadu, the present and future of Chelsea.

“The club has committed to work with the young players to improve, and I’m doing this. Christensen is only 21 and playing every game. We are doing an important job for this club. We have to continue in this way. Every player today showed a great responsibility.

“For this reason, I’m very happy because every player felt this responsibility. To grow in this aspect is very important for us.”

Conte also explained why Danny Drinkwater was ruled out of the game:

“Danny had a kick on his ankle in the game against Norwich. He’s not so lucky this season (with injuries).

“He’s having many problems from the start of the season. I hope to recover him very quickly.”

About the two penalties that referee Jon Moss didn’t concede to Brighton when the score was still 0-2, Conte said:

“I think that, in England, seeing a penalty is not simple. It’s very difficult to see a referee whistling for a penalty. You can see what happened in the last game against Norwich.

“In this league, there is this type of valuation for one team, for another team. I don’t know because I didn’t see these two situations, so I can’t give an evaluation about this.

“But, at the same time, I can tell you that the new system – if we learn to use it very quickly – can help a lot to avoid big mistakes if there are big mistakes. This system will be very important for every team because, in this way, you won’t have doubts.”

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History was involuntarily made at Stamford Bridge today by Chelsea and Antonio Conte.

In fact, the Premier League champions have now recorded three consecutive goalless draws in all competitions for the first time in their history after 10-man Leicester escaped West London with more than a deserved point.

The Foxes became the third consecutive team to stop the Blues coping comfortably with everything Conte’s side could muster, even after Ben Chilwell was sent off midway through the second half.

Before today Chelsea collected other two goalless draw against Norwich in FA Cup third round and against Arsenal in the first leg of League Cup semifinal.

 

 

 

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After the 2-2 in Premier League ten days ago, Arsenal and Chelsea got another draw tonight, but this time without goals.

After the game Antonio Conte was asked if the teams, who will meet again in two weeks, are too familiar:

“To play three times in three weeks is very strange,” the Italian manager claimed.

“It is more simple to prepare the game because you know the team and the way they are playing. When you reach the QF or SF of this trophy in England you must be prepared to face big teams.”

Asked if Arsenal, who will play the second leg at home, are favourites, the Blues boss replied:

“I don’t think so. We have the same possibilities to go through to the final. Not to concede could be very important for the second leg. To play at the Emirates is not easy or simple. We deserved to be in the semi-final and be very happy to do this.”

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Willian already won the League Cup in the 2014/2015 season when Chelsea defeated Tottenham in the final.

Now the Brazilian player wants to repeat this experience and win another trophy with the Blues, but first Antonio Conte‘s side must beat Arsenal in the semifinal whose first leg will be played tonight at Stamford Bridge.

We are confident,” Willian told the official Chelsea website. “It’s another semi-final for us and a great opportunity to reach the final. It’s a big game, an important game, and of course we want to get through to Wembley. There are two legs and we have to make sure we’re ready for each match. If we win at Stamford Bridge we can go to the Emirates in a good position. Arsenal are strong at home, they have a lot of possession and play with the ball but I think if we play well over the two legs and do a good job we can reach the final. We are really strong at Stamford Bridge and we have to continue in that way. You always have to try to win when you play at home and hopefully we can do a great job against Arsenal.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte analysed the win against Bournemouth after the final whistle:

“I think at the end we deserved, it wasn’t easy because we fought with a good team, I made many rotations and I had a good response from my players,” the Italian tactician told after the game.

“We played a great first half, we conceded too much in the second part but we were able to score the second goal and it was a great feeling.

“It’s good to reach the semifinals, last season we were knocked out by West Ham in the second round.

“We have to fight for all competitions in this season, every competition has only one winner and we have to fight to win.

“Last season we lost the FA Cup in the final, we have to try to win something this season, we will try to win a domestic cup.”

Asked about the chances to challenge Manchester City in the title race, he said:

“I think we have to work on ourselves, we have to think game by game, Man City are doing something fantastic, they always win, they deserve a lot of respect because they are doing something incredible.

On Ethan Ampadu, who started again in the Carabao Cup tonight:

“Ampadu played a great game, I am happy for him because he’s young, I guess players like Cahill helped him, but I also believe Christensen and Ampadu can do something special in this season.”

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Thibaut Courtois doesn’t give up in Premier League title race and believes Manchester City can slip up, so to re-open chances for Chelsea and the other chasers:

“It’s important to try to keep on winning and pushing forwards,” the Belgian keeper told Chelsea TV.

 “At the moment City is winning. They are far ahead. But you never know in football. You can have a bad month, three or four games you lose, you lose points.

“We have to be there winning our games, to maybe have a little chance. The season is still long.

“Our main goal, if we cannot be champions, is to be second. We have to keep on winning.”

The Chelsea goalkeeper also valorizes the national cups, where the Blues are always in the race:

“It’s important to win in the League Cup, to go through to the semi-final. The FA Cup will start in January.”

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Chelsea beat Everton 2-1 in the Carabao Cup 4th Round and go through the next stage of the competition.

Antonio Conte decided to play many substitutes – even Ethan Ampadu, a class 2000, that made his first team debut tonight with an impressive performance – but he was able to overcome Everton, who sacked manager Ronald Koeman two days ago, anyway.

The goal were scored by Tony Rudiger at 26′, Willian at 90′ and Calvert-Lewin for the Toffees at 92′.

Round Five draw will be streamed live on Twitter from 4pm GMT on Thursday 26th October.

 

 

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