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Tonight, at City’s Academy Stadium, Chelsea and Manchester City will play the first leg of the Fa Youth Cup final. (kick-off 7,45pm)

The Blues have won the last three editions of the competition and, in 2015 and 2016 they have defeated Manchester City.

The second leg will be played next Wednesday at Stamford Bridge. Both matches will be televised live on ITV4.

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Former Real Madrid star Robinho has revealed why he joined Manchester City from Real Madrid in 2008 despite Chelsea were desperately trying to lure the Brazilian winger.

Manchester City paid Real Madrid £32.5m in a transfer which became the most expensive of history for the Citizens.

“My main goal was to move to Chelsea – Robinho told FourFourTwo magazine – Big Phil Scolari had said I could make the difference for him as his squad, according to him, was not creative enough,”

“But Real Madrid had fallen out with Chelsea – they didn’t like them selling shirts with my name on before the deal had been done” he added.

“I am pretty sure that this error was one of the main reasons why the transfer failed, as it was a matter of pride for Real Madrid”.

“And they were also reluctant to let me move to a club that was playing in the Champions League the same season – Chelsea were, but City weren’t.” 

Robinho, who scored 41 games scoring 14 goals at Etihad Stadium, ended: “I moved to a great club and they welcomed me in the best way. 

“I had one-and-a-half years of joy in Manchester, despite the city being a lot colder than Madrid!”

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After the defeat vs Crystal Palace the game vs Manchester City at Stamford Bridge was crucial for Chelsea in their title race.

According to Cesar Azpilicueta The Blues victory not only han guaranteed them 3 points, but has proven they are also mentally strong.

“It was a massive game after the defeat on Saturday. I’m sure our rivals were waiting for us to drop that mental strength and lose points again”. – the Spanish defender said – “We feel the pressure because we know it’s only a month and half to the end of the season and we are in the best position to be in. We were disappointed to lose three points at home to Palace but we recovered and coped really well. We came back in a strong way against a really tough team. We showed our character and we worked really hard.”

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After Christian Eriksen, also Jan Vertonghen admitted that Spurs are not giving up on title race:

Chelsea is looking very strong but we can’t stop pushing and dreaming of the league,” Vertonghen said after the important win over Swansea last night.

“They had a big win [2-1 against Manchester City] but they have a couple of difficult games coming up.

“We have to keep winning and hopefully they get a bit stressed.”

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Gary Cahill is becoming the new leader of Chelsea game after game in this incredible season and the current pitch captain commented the important win over Manchester City last night:

“We created some good chances and we defended very well when we had to,” the English defender said after the game.

‘It was a close game and I thought there was some fantastic football being played out there by both teams. Ultimately we were delighted with the result.

“Things don’t always go to plan and that was the case in the Crystal Palace game, but we needed a response and this was a huge game. It is a massive result against a very, very good team. It is probably physically one of the hardest I have worked at Stamford Bridge for a long time, which shows you they asked a lot of questions. The concentration level had to be high, and they gave us a tough game.

“Naturally as the game goes on, Man City are going to be pushing and committing more men forward, and we are going to try to see the game out, and it worked fantastically well for us. It was a fantastic response from us.”

The Blues centre-back revealed that in his half-time speech Antonio Conte reinforced the importance of paying attention to the key areas where Man City were trying to get on the ball:

“It is very difficult sometimes with the ability that they have, they drift everywhere and it is difficult to keep hold of them. That was where they were going to unlock us if they could so it was important to be aware of that.”

On title race, where Chelsea still maintains seven points over Spurs, Cahill said:

“We expect that Tottenham are going to push us all the way. They are never going to give up and we know that, so we just have to look after ourselves. We need to look at what we are doing and win our games. 

“We have to show the same commitment and work-rate as against Manchester City, and also the ability. We match everyone doing the dirty stuff in the game – the hard work, the running back and the concentration. Our ability should take care of itself. We have some great players, we need to keep focused, we need to worry about what we are doing and try to get the job done.”

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Chelsea star Diego Costa will not face any retrospective FA action after appearing to kick out at Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany in last night win over Pep Guardiola‘s side.

There had been suggestions Costa could miss next two-three games in the title race after appearing to kick out at Citizens defender Kompany, but the striker will not face any sanction.

The reason is that match referee Mike Dean saw the second-half incident and dealt with it at the time, meaning FA cannot take any retrospective action.

Neither Chelsea boss Antonio Conte nor City manager Guardiola saw the Spaniard striker catch Vincent Kompany with his studs in midfield.

“I didn’t see it, but during the game it’s very difficult,” Conte said after the game.

“Yes, you see this kind of contact but it’s impossible to tell, to judge this kind of contact.”


Former English referee Mike Webb commented:

“If there was a foul before, and this happens afterwards, then maybe the FA might want to look at it as an act of violent conduct.

“But because this is the foul that Mike Dean penalises, then he has seen it, made a judgement on it and the FA don’t review situations where the referee has seen it.

“Is it violent conduct? It’s a subjective call but he puts his foot and doesn’t really follow through. I think it is worthy of a yellow card but probably just short of violent conduct.”


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The Sun Sport: Eden for title – Hazard: we are close

The Daily Telegraph: Hazard at the double – Spurs’ late win keeps up pressure



The Daily Express: Back in the old routine – Hazard puts Blues on title track again

The Times: City floored by Hazard’s double striker

Mirror Sport: Dirty Diego – Chelsea march on but face losing Diego Costa for three games


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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted that title race is over for his team after tonight’s defeat at Stamford Bridge:

“Today the Premier League has gone,” he said after the game.

“It’s between Chelsea and Tottenham now. Now we have to think about qualifying for the Champions League and finishing in the top four.

“Were we the better side? Absolutely. But they got six points against us [over the two games], and we got zero. And football is about results. But the way we played, I was happier today with the way we played at Arsenal on Sunday – and we got a point less. 

“We created enough more than Chelsea, to win the game. It’s an honour to have the amazing players I have. We came here to Stamford Bridge and play the way we have, with huge personality. I’m a lucky guy to manage these guys.

“It’s encouraging for the future. I’m optimistic. It’s been like this all season but in the boxes we are not good enough. We created enough to score goals. It’s our problem. But my players play in one way and that’s why I want to be here – to help Man City for years.  

“The people who are watching us must be proud of our fans. We did everything.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte praised his guys’ reaction after the defeat with Crystal Palace: the win against Manchester City tonight meant another step toward the title:

At this time of the season it’s easy to be nervous. There’s a lot of pressure. In the last game we lost and we didn’t deserve to,” the Italian manager told Match of the Day.

“Our reaction was very good. Our look was strong. We showed what it is to be a good team. When you face this type of team, it’s not easy. I want to thank to the crowd because they pushed us.

“Now with eight games to go, we know Tottenham can win eight so we need to take 18 points to have it mathematically. 

“I think it’s right to think we will be pushed to the end. When you see your opponents continue to win, you must win to win the title. That’s all we have to do.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after the game against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

“We played against the strongest team in Premier League, – the Italian manager said – A team with an important idea of football”.

“We bounced back from our last undeserved defeat against Crystal Palace and now it’s important to rest because we have to play another game [at Bournemouth] in three days”.

Tottenham won an incredible game against Swansea with a late turnaround from 1-0 to 1-3.

“Tottenham showed today that they can win every game and then we need to earn at least 18 points to be sure of the title”.

Then Antonio Conte has confirmed he’ll stay at Chelsea next season: “I don’t like when someone else speaks for me, now we are fighting gritting our teeth to win the title, then we will try to build something important in view of next season”.


Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero made his 1st appearance for Argentina in the 2-0 win over Italy at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester last night. The 36-year-old was sensational...