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FA has confirmed Michael Oliver is the referee appointed for the cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United scheduled for next 19 May at Wembley.

Oliver – who directed the recent Champions League quarter final between Real Madrid and Juventus, awarding a disputed injury-time penalty before also sending off Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for his furious protests – will be assisted by Lee Betts and Ian Hussin, with Lee Mason appointed as the fourth official.

I was very proud and humbled to receive the phone call. When you start out, taking charge of the (FA) Cup final is not something you even think about,” Oliver said on the FA’s website.

As your career progresses it becomes a realistic target, but it’s not a call you ever expect to take, but it is a great one. This opportunity only comes around once in a referee’s career.”

The FA also confirmed the video assistant referee ( VAR) would again be in place, with Neil Swarbrick and Mick McDonough watching from Stockley Park.

Chairman of the FA Referees’ Committee David Elleray backed Oliver to be able to handle what is announced to be a sparkling encounter on the touchline between rival managers José Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

“Over a number of years, Michael has shown that he has a wise and calm head on relative youthful shoulders and he is an excellent role model for young referees,” said Elleray.

“Michael has shown that he is capable of controlling the most important matches in Europe, and in England, and we have every confidence that he and his team will enhance what promises to be an enthralling encounter.”

 

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Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock with a superb slalom as he danced past Saints’ defenders beating their goalkeeper in the 2-0 win at Wembley Stadium today. The Frenchman told BT Sports his “second passion is actually skiing” when asked to describe his stunning goal.

Giroud said: “My second passion is actually skiing! Eden Hazard gave me good ball, I saw a lot of players in front of me, I just tried to dribble a little bit and had a bit of luck but that’s what I wanted to do so at the end of the day I’m very pleased for the team”.

“We are in a very good momentum and we want to keep it up. I told the team I really want them to enjoy the FA Cup because I know what kind of feeling it is. Wembley? It is like my garden and I love to play here. Hopefully for the final we’re going to keep it up.”

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte speaking after today’s 2-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final, also provided a comment on the final against Manchester United, which will take place on 19th of May.

The Italian manager said: “This final will be a game between two great teams.

Last season we arrived in the final as favourites, while this season we will arrive not as favourites, but last season we lost the final despite being favourites at that moment”.

Chelsea suffered a 2-1 defeat in 2017 FA Cup final against Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey denied Antonio Conte’s team a league the double following Premier League title.

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Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud secured Chelsea a comfortable 2-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

The Blues will face Manchester United in the final clash of competition as Red Devils have beaten Tottenham Hotspur yesterday evening.

Antonio Conte’s men will need just one more step to lift the title on 19th May at Wembley Stadium, where they lost against Arsenal in 2017

More to follow…

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Chelsea Under-18s win their a fourth successive southern title following a dominant 1-5 win at West Ham United on Saturday. The Blues, who got their seventh successive FA Youth Cup final (they’ll take on either Arsenal or Blackpool) earlier last week, impressed all over the season earning 17 wins from 20 league games.

Chelsea will face Manchester United in the national final as the Red Devils won their regional group on Saturday as well. Manager Jody Morris enjoyed goals from Billy Gilmour, Anjorin, Gallagher and Charlie Brown’s brace in the first half.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE TABLE – CHELSEA 53, ARSENAL 38, SOUTHAMPTON 36, SWANSEA CITY 31, LEICESTER CITY 30, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 28, FULHAM 27,…

 

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For the fifth consecutive year, Chelsea will play in the International Champions Cup as part of their pre-season preparations.

The Blues will know next week their opponents and the dates and venues in which they are going to play: the International Champions Cup will announce all the fixtures in Miami and former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien will attend the “ceremony”.

Other Premier League clubs as Manchester UnitedTottenham and Arsenal will be involved in the competition.

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Speaking to BBC Sport Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne described his relationship with José Mourinho when they both were at Chelsea in the end of 2013 as “distant”.

De Bruyne made just nine appearances during a two-year stint on the books at Chelsea before being sold to Wolfsburg in the January of 2014.

“I would say distant,” he told to BBC Sport’The Premier League Show about his relation with the Special One.

“I’m not really somebody who speaks a lot with coaches. I think if the coach wants to speak with you then you just do it.

“He’s the boss. You can be good with each other but still there’s a distance between a coach and a player.

“I only spoke with him twice. That was [firstly] when I wanted to leave for Borussia Dortmund at the beginning of the summer.”

De Bruyne and Mourinho will face again in the Manchester derby next weekend, with the Pep Guardiola‘s side that could secure the Premier League title with a win over the Red Devils.

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Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins died today following a cardiac arrest at the age of 61.

Wilkins had been treated in St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, since last Friday.

An officialstatement from Chelsea read:

“Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed.”

Wilkins was a regular pundit on on talkSPORT and Sky Sports and had worked there shortly before suffering the cardiac arrest, and was taken to St George’s Hospital on Friday.

In a club career of almost 700 appearances, he played for 11 clubs in total, including Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris St Germain, QPR ( twice) Millwall, Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient. He was capped 84 times by England and sent off in the 1986 World Cup.

As assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, he played a part in Chelsea’s first Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010, leading to the Italian describing Wilkins as “a real blue-blood” in his autobiography.

After leaving Stamford Bridge, Wilkins worked on the coaching staff at Fulham and Aston Villa and also managed the Jordan national team before latterly moving into TV work.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ashley Western - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Ahead of Sunday’s London Derby Chelsea vs Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, Blues legend Dennis Wise claimed Spurs may have a better position in the Premier League table now, but Chelsea will always be better than the rivals as a club and as far as winning trophies is concerned.

“I think Spurs have built well, but I don’t think they’re near Chelsea as a club at the moment. Wise told Standard Sport.  “Where do I class Spurs? They are batting above their weight. They haven’t won anything and haven’t spent a fortune on personnel. They have kept the nucleus of the squad and, from the outside, it looks like resources have been saved for the stadium. But as a player you want to win things – at Chelsea you do that. They may miss out one year but they’re back the next.  It is more important for Spurs to push Chelsea out of the Champions League, Chelsea will always be there competing for honours. But for Spurs they’re at more of a crossroads of which way they’re going to go. They’ve already lost in the Champions League and if Manchester United beat them in the FA Cup semi-final and they finish fifth, then it’s another season where they have failed again. That’s the problem they have. There is more pressure on them. They always seem to get themselves in a nice spot but fall short.”

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BBC pundit Garth Crooks has accused Chelsea manager Antonio Conte of “exceptionally poor judgement” in transfer market, especially in the deal that brought former Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic to Manchester United.

After winning the league last year Chelsea made the surprising decision to sell Serbia international Nemanja Matic in a £40m deal to José Mourinho‘s side.

Matic has already become a key player for the Red Devils midfield, while Conte’s side have struggled without their Serbian enforcer.

Manchester United are in second place and nine points ahead of the defending Premier League champions.

Former Spurs forward Crooks admitted that he still can’t understand Conte’s decision to offload Matic given his obvious importance.

“Can anyone explain why Antonio Conte sold Matic to one of his main rivals?” Crooks, now a pundit at BBC Sport, said.

“I didn’t understand it at the time and it makes even less sense to me now. Against Brighton the Serbia international was imperious.

“Matic is not a star and refuses to crave the limelight in the same manner as Paul Pogba for example – although there is nothing wrong with that if you are performing.

“However Matic joining United has left Chelsea, and more importantly Conte, exposed and placed United in a much more favourable position. Exceptionally poor judgment by Conte.”

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