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Leicester City will host Chelsea at King Power Stadium as Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Blues are kept apart in the draw. The Premier League champions went through the next stage after beating 4-0 Hull City at Stamford Bridge with goals from Willian, Pedro and latest signing Olivier Giroud.

Here’s the FA Cup quarter-final draw in full:

  • Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea vs Rochdale or Tottenham
  • Man Utd vs Brighton
  • Leicester vs Chelsea
  • Wigan or Man City vs Southampton

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Leicester City boss Claude Puel welcomes rumours linking Riyad Mahrez to Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Algeria international seems keen to move to London, or even to Liverpool, as the Reds are looking for a talented player to replace Philippe Coutinho, who transfered to Barcelona for a £ 140m record fee.

After the Watford game, Puel was quizzed about Mahrez’s future.

“It is a good thing people always ask me about Riyad because it shows he is playing well.

“I get asked about his future and it is a good thing because we have a good feeling.

“He gave an assist and scored a goal, and he is showing good consistency with and without the ball. He is a good player.

“Because he is an experienced player with good maturity and he can give a good example with his play also.”

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Chelsea difence didn’t concede a goal in their last three games, but, also, the Blues weren’t able to score vs NorwichArsenal and Leicester.

Speaking to Chelsea official website, Antonio Rudiger admits Antonio Conte’s side cannot be happy with the last three goalless draw.

Honestly, I prefer that we win this game and concede a goal, at least we would have the three points. Of course we are disappointed with the performance and I think we are lucky that Leicester did not score in the first half”. Rudiger said. “We cannot be happy with the last few weeks. It is difficult weeks for everyone and there are lots of mistakes that we are doing. It is like this sometimes. You just need that one moment. At the moment it is difficult, but we have to go for it.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claims his team today were tired but he also admits the display they offered against Leicester today was not pleasant.

The Blues obtained the third goalless draw in a row after the ones against Norwich City in Fa Cup and Arsenal in the League Cup, failing to create dangerous chances again.

Alvaro Morata again struggled in front of goal and has now scored just twice in his last 10 matches, but Conte insists other players need to start sharing the burden:

“I don’t think it is only Morata’s problem, also the other players, because we are not scoring goals, we are not conceding, but we are not creating chances.

“I think we played with a lot of top players against Arsenal, and then again today against a very good team. I think a lot of our players were tired.

“In the first half Leicester ran more than us, they played better than us. But we knew we were playing against a good opponent, maybe the worst opponent we could have played in this moment. We suffered a lot in the first half.”

 

 

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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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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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Another disappointing game for Chelsea, another goalless draw, the fourth one in a row if we consider the FA Cup and the League Cup, where the Blues obtained two 0-0 against Norwich City and Arsenal.

Stamford Bridge boos its disappointment after the final whistle after witnessing another deplorable performance and thanks Thibaut Courtois for keeping a clean sheet against a team that, especially in the first half, played for the three points and had more chances: his save on Ndidi in the first part was unbelievable.

Antonio Conte even tried a desperate move when, with no substitutions left after Gary Cahill was forced out with a hamstring injury at 33′, when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, both irritating and lacking of pace in this game, with Willian and Pedro trying to give a boost to the team.

Chelsea also had the advantage to play 11 vs 10 for more than 20 minutes after Ben Chilwell was sent out for double booking at 68′ but  hey didn’t use it.

The only real dangerous chance of their game in the last seconds of injury time, when Marcos Alonso tried the match-point on a free-kick that was brilliantly saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

A very nervous Alvaro Morata failed to impress again, seeming to have lost his feeling with the goal.

With this draw the Blues maintain third position in the league with 47 points but should Liverpool win against Manchester City – still leading with 62 points- they will catch them.

Manchester United, now second with the Blues same points, will play against Stoke City on Monday night.

Chelsea will have their chance to redeem themselves in front of their fans in FA Cup third round replay against Norwich City on next Wednesday night.

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WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on April 29, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

After missing the Fa Cup third round game vs Fleetwood Town, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has recovered from his injury and he will be available for tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Chelsea.

He will be available, [there is] no problem with Jamie,” the Foxes manager Claude Puel confirmed. “He has trained well this week and he’s available for the game.”

On the other hand, however, defenders Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson will not be available tomorrow at Stamford Bridge“I don’t know for the moment how long [Morgan] will stay out of the squad,” Puel added. “When I have news – I hope good news – I can speak about the injury. [Danny] can run a little, not fast, but he can run which is good news. We’ll see when he can come back.”

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Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater made his debut with the Blues in the last game against Everton.

The England international told ChelseaTV: “The last few months? I don’t think they could have gone any worse. I have been trying to take the positives out of it. My calf feels good now but I was massively frustrated. The waiting game was killing me”.

Drinkwater suffered a calf injury in training after joining Chelsea on Deadline Day from Leicester City.

“It’s been good to watch the team and it has helped me to settle in as well. It has given me a feel for how they actually play. But the sooner I can get more involved now, the better for me.”

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SkySports journalist Bryan Swanson confirmed earlier this morning that FIFA has definitively rejected Leicester’s request to sign Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon.

The former Premier League champions had targeted the Portugal international as a replacement for Danny Drinkwater, who left the club on Deadline Day to join Chelsea. A final decision from FIFA had been suspended due to a delay in forwarding documents and papers, provided to request an extra-time to complete the deal.

Chelsea managed to finalize a £40m deal to sign Drinkwater, while Leicester City failed to land Silva from Sporting CP for a few seconds.

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