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Former Chelsea target Ryad Mahrez has today joined Manchester City on a five-year-deal, as the club’s official website confirmed.

Mahrez, who left Leicester City after winning the title with the Foxes in 2016, said: “I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola. Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding”.

“They’re redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it. I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management.”

The 27-year-old has opted to take the number 26 shirt.

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Nigeria has obtained their first win at Russia 2018 World Cup by beating Iceland 2-0 in Volgograd.

Now the African team are back in contention to qualify for last of 16, with a decisive match against Argentina ( who has got just 1 point) next week.

Nigeria won thanks to a brace by Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa.

Chelsea winger Victor Moses played all the the 90′ (as well as Blues’ loanee Kenneth Omeruo) and was one of the best performers of his team after providing the assist for Nigeria’s opener in the 49th minute.

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Antonio Conte has confirmed he trusts Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who struggled to find regular game time following a couple of injuries to keep him out of the squad since he joined the Blues in January transfer window.

The England international is currently coping with a calf problem and will be not available for today’s trip to Southampton, as the Italian boss confirmed: “Danny is having an unlucky season,” Conte assessed, speaking at a press conference yesterday.

“He started this season with a problem in his calf, then he continued to have problems. Now he is struggling with a problem in the groin. We are talking about a good midfielder, a good player. I trust him”.

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Chelsea will face Southampton in the Fa Cup semifinal, and this afternoon the Football Association have confirmed when the two teams will meet at Wembley.

The game will be played on Sunday April 22, with a 3pm kick-off.

The Blus advanced to the semifinal after beating Leicester City, while the Saints defeated Wigan in the quarter finals.

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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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Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) celebrates with Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (C) after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Chelsea at the John Smith's stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on December 12,

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte explained reasons behind his decision to take off Willian and Tiemoue Bakayoko earlier in the second half. The Spanish winger scored a vital goal in yesterday’s 1-2 win over the Foxes at King Power Stadium.

About Willian, Conte said: “He was very tired, he played a fantastic game with and without the game. He is in a fantastic physical condition. I am very pleased with him, but we decided to take this decision”. 

“The same for [Andreas] Christensen. After the Barcelona game we spent a lot of energy and played 120 minutes tonight.”

And about Bakayoko: “Baka got a yellow card, and we are talking about a player with great physicality. In a game like this, you have to prevent a second yellow card. For this reason, I decided to change him.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte commented the win in the FA Cup semifinal over Leicester City.

The Blues needed extra time to beat the Foxes, who fought with the determination until the end: only a goal by Pedro in the end of the first extra half gave Chelsea the pass to Wembley for the semifinals:

“It was a tough game but we knew this. The last game at home we suffered a lot against Leicester, he told BBC Sport.

“We must be pleased today. I saw a good performance and great character from my team. After the game in the Champions League when we spent a lot of energy they showed good heart to beat Leicester.

On the semifinal draw, who put Chelsea against Southampton, Conte claimed:

 “When you arrive at this point, every game is difficult. Southampton have just changed coach but now it is important to be happy and to go for another game at Wembley. We will try to do our best to reach the final. We want to give satisfaction to our fans.

“I think that for us our target is to try and do our best. To work hard with the players. I must be pleased with the commitment of the players. If you can win a trophy it is important for a team like Chelsea. But the most important thing is for us to fight until the end in every competition. We will try to reach the final.”

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Chelsea hero Pedro spoke after scoring the winner against Leicester tonight, a goal that gave the Blues the pass for FA Cup semifinals at Wembley in one month, where they will face Southampton:

“It was a very difficult game. It was good for me to score for my confidence and to get to the next round,” he told BBC Sport.

“It was hard to find the pass in between the lines. Leicester defended very well and pressed high. It is difficult to win against this team.

 “The most important thing for us was the teamwork and to make it through to the next round. We have to fight in the next few games. It is a difficult situation for us in the league but we have to fight.

“We have a good opportunity to go to the final and fight for a place in the top four [of the Premier League]. But now is the moment to relax and enjoy this win.”

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After the draw, that took place one hour ago after Leicester City v Chelsea final whistle, FA Cup semifinals schedule was announced.

Thefixtures will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22.

Chelsea will face Southampton, while Spurs and Manchester United will play for the final in the other clash.

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Chelsea are going to Wembley for the second year in a row: the Blues gained the pass to FA CUP semifinals after beating Leicester City away for 2-1 at extra time, Pedro scored the decisive goal at 105′, after Morata and Vardy netted the two goals in the 90′.

It was a tough game, with the Foxes believing in it in every minute of the game and showing the same passion and determination that allowed them to win the title two years ago.

Alvaro Morata was back to score when in the end of the first half he netted the ball with a fantastic finish after a great assist of Willian in a counter-attack.

Vardy equalised with 15′ to go after a series of rebounds in Chelsea box and this meant extra time.

It was Pedro to get Chelsea the pass to Wembley scoring with a header in the end of the first exta time after Kasper Schmeichel didn’t choose the right timing coming out of the goal.

Now Conte’s side will face Southampton at Wembley in one month.

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