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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of FA CUP Everton clash

FA CUP TO RESCUE THE SEASON – It’s a very important cup to go for but i don’t to undervalue the classification in the premier league, we had to come out from the zone, so I think it might be difficult to qualifyy for European position, of course now we go for the clash with Everton

EUROPEAN CUPS QUALIFICATION- There are some teams like West Ham that are doing very well, they are knocking on that door, if not 4th they can finish 6th, but we cannot say the season is over, if we have a big failure tomorrow….. but I think we also have to think to go as far as we can in th PL

PSG KO -” We lost and we were disappointed, also psychologically there is always a setback, now the players have to respond.”

HAZARD – “I think his father made a fair judgement, he was very humble, when you play on an injury you are not fully fit and you miss some freshness. He will be ok and available for the weekend. He’s desperate to participate in the team performance, we haven’t’ spoken yet about what happened on Wednesday, I don’t want to overvalue that because in some countries that is normal. He hasn’t given me his explanation yet.

“Every now and then I see that he’s capable of beautiful things some players have difficult times, that is what he’s doing in training as well…sometimes if I see he doesn’t feel well I tell him to train individually.

“Most of the players ask for a little bit of help, we did it with everyone, we help them to find a path, we try to help him to arrive as soon as possible at the level he’s expected.”

SPECULATION - “I don’t like to speculate, but I guess the club is doing a serious project, I think Chelsea is a very attractive club to play for, some clubs have one good performance for one year, that doesn’t mean they have a good project, so they are not so attractive to players.”

TERRY - “He worked well in the past days, He will be included in the travel list for today, he intensified his training in the last two days. I like him to travel to Liverpool.”

BENITEZ/NEWCASTLE - “Rafa has big experience, not just in Premier League, he’s done a lot of experience, also in Madrid, I know which kind of club is that, it’s a beautiful club every day you feel the heat on you.
About Steve McLare, it’s always sad when a colleague has to go.”

TECHNOLOGY on the PITCH –  “Yes, I am a fan, finally we had it. We experimented that in the 80s when I was at PSV, we were looking for offsides by video control.”

“It will help the referees as well, we could see it also in the last Spurs v Arsenal, with the ball still two inches touching the line, so it will help everyone, big help. I think it’s very good, we have to learn also from more modern sports.”

FA CUP- “It is important not just for me, but for the club, for England, there is a lot of attention on this trophy from all over the world.”

DIEGO COSTA - “He had some problems, he rested and had treatment, I cannot say if he can be fit, he’s got a hip injury as well.”

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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has refused to sign a contract extension with Chelsea and three Chinese clubs seem to be really interested in bid for him.
John Shittu says the midfielder has told the club he need to wait before he takes a decision on his future.
He told naij.com: “Chelsea approached him for an extension of his contract but he said after the season he will decide. He has so many teams interested in him, almost three Chinese clubs want him.”

The 28-year-old is at his 10th season with Chelsea and promised to end his contract before Mourinho was sacked. Then, with the arrival of Guus Hiddink the Nigerian international has found a regular place in the starting line up of Blues.

Interviewed by Matt Smith for BT Sport former Chelsea boss José Mourinho revealed he will be back on charge next July.

The Special One didn’t reveal the club where he will be appointed, but the Manchester United and Van Gaal’s difficult situation let think that he will sign for the Red Devils.

Here are the tweets where the English journalist revealed these details:

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Antonio Conte is the most serious candidate to become the next Chelsea permanent manager.

The Italian coach is understood to have met the Blues directors several times in the past month and is scheduled to meet the boss, Roman Abramovich, during the next week.

Conte will sign a three-years-contract and he is in talks with the club also to define his backroom staff.

Chelsea told him he can bring four full-time assistants, and the Italian manager would like to bring his long-time assistants Angelo Alessio and Massimo Carrera along with Mauro Sandreani and Gianluca Conte- his brother- as scouts.

Steve Holland is understood to stay in the technical staff regardless of who will be appointed as Chelsea next manager.

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Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli expressed his opinion on next Blues permanent manager and thought that to continue the Italian Chelsea tradition with Antonio Conte should be good for the club:

“I think that probably 50-60 per cent of the trophies won by Chelsea in the last 20 years have been won by Italian manager so I think going for an Italian manager is definitely a good choice.

“In Italy they call him the Italian Mourinho because he’s got that kind of personality.

“His teams aways play in a very humble way with a lot of humility and pride and tactically they are always well placed on the pitch.

“He is a winner, he won three consecutive titles with Juventus so I think if he’s the guy signing the contract he will be a great choice.”

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PSG manager Laurent Blanc praises his players after the good performance at Stamford Bridge that let them go through the Champions League round of 16.

The French coach especially had nice words for Angel Di Maria and Zlatan Ibrahimovic:

“We had to think of a way of giving Chelsea problems,” Blanc said in his postmatch media conference.

In tight matches such as these you have to win the midfield battle, and pose a tactical problem to the opposition in midfield.

“Angel Di Maria did that well and Adrien Rabiot can do that when he plays higher up the pitch. It allows us to keep the ball with greater ease. Di Maria gave Chelsea a problem from start to finish, they never knew where he was — but we did, and could give him the ball. That tactical aspect worked very well.

Zlatan performed at the level he has been performing throughout this season,” Blanc added.

“You [journalists] often have doubts about whether he can perform at other levels, because it’s Ligue 1, it’s true. He showed tonight that he can produce this in the Champions League.

“He has terrific attributes. He keeps centre-backs occupied, he has great vision, he can steer the game, come short and can set up our play which is very important.”

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“I think the big thing to come out of today other than the result and the disappointment of going out of the Champions League is the injuries,” Ferdinand told BT Sport

“Hazard limped off, Costa limped off. It was Costa’s best performance since last season when he was banging in all the goals so how they get themselves back up lifted for the remainder of the season and the FA Cup is important.

“It’s character, people in the changing room have they got the guys in there to really build them back up again?

“Hiddink’s come in and done very well getting them back on track, he has, but he’s got to do it again now.”

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Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink analysed the knock-out against the PSG in the press room:

“I am disappointed,” the manager started.

When you analyse the game we started too respectfully in the first 10 or 15 minutes, but they are a team who know the short possession game very well and you must be careful not to be outplayed in the first part of the match.

We were too respectful but later on, at 1-0 down, we lost that wrong respect and we tried to defend more forcefully, we won duels and we got a deserved equaliser.

There were chances both ways after that in the first half. In the second half we pushed, we tried to make it 2-1. We had chances to score in the 65′ minute, we didn’t do so and in the 67‘ minute with a little attack they killed the game.

Hiddink also provided an update on Hazard and Diego Costa’s injuries:

We will see if there is big damage tomorrow. Hazard has a little problem with his latest hip injury. Diego was desperate to play today although he was not 100 per cent fit. He was desperate. I don’t know if that has become worse, we will see. I hope it isn’t worse than before the Stoke game, because in two days we will have to play another game.

The defeat means it is highly likely that next season Chelsea won’t  be playing Champions League football for the first time since 2002/03

In my opinion, Chelsea are now in a transitional period from where they have to see how to go on, and to try to regain the lost terrain where Chelsea used to be. That’s true.

It’s difficult to get in to fourth position, there is a very big gap. Chelsea must consider its short-term future on how to handle this, but they knew that beforehand.

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Pato‘s agent Gilmar Veloz spoke about the situation of his player at Chelsea: the Brazilian striker arrived in the last days of January transfer window but he still hasn’t played any minute in the official games.

Many people are wondering what’s going on with him and he explained it Brazilian network Radio Bandeirantes:

“England is not like Brazil, where you sign someone and immediately have to play them.

“The manager was clear and said two or three times that Pato has to wait until he’s reached the [fitness] level of the other players.

“He had four weeks of special training. After the third, he was already starting to get up to speed and waiting for his moment to be in the squad .

“But since he arrived, the team has been winning, with the attackers scoring goals.

“There’s no issue, it’s a normal situation. We have to wait.”

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According to Express Sport, 14th July is the date that has been set for Italian coach Antonio Conte to become Chelsea boss.

This date is just four days after the Euro 2016 final. Giving him just four days to prepare for the job if Italy make it to the Euro 2016 final.

The Blues expect Conte, 46, to sign a three year deal worth £18 million.


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