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Chelsea winger Pedro says current Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic could be a good replacement should Antonio Conte leave the club in summer. 

The Spanish star told Cadena Ser:“We know there might be some changes, we’re awaiting. We know that he [Slavisa Jokanovic] is a great manager.

“Many names have been mentioned and he is one of them. If a new manager comes, we’ll try to work in the best way possible.”

Moreover, Pedro added he’s feeling “comfortable” at Stamford Bridge after joining Chelsea from Barcelona in 2015.

“Obviously I have a contract at Chelsea and most likely I will stay. I’m good here,” he said.

“I’m very comfortable with my team-mates and, in football terms I’m very happy for having won the Premier League and the FA Cup in three years. I’m happy because it’s always difficult to win trophies in England.

“I’m enjoying my holidays right now, getting some rest and spending time with family, and then start the new season in the best way.”

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Chelsea winger Pedro has praised Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic amid reports linking him to become the next Blues manager.

The Spaniard described the Serbian tactician as a “great manager” and expressed an interest in working with him.

“We know there might be some changes, we’re awaiting. We know that he [Slavisa Jokanovic] is a great manager,” Pedro told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.

“Many names have been mentioned and he is one of them. If a new manager comes, we’ll try to work in the best way possible.”

This could be a huge tip about who could be the next manager to occupy Stamford Bridge dug-out next season.

Chelsea are yet to officially announce the departure of current manager Antonio Conte although the Italian is widely expected to leave the club after failing to guide them into the Champions League last season and falling out with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed both goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Spaniard Pedro could be included in the provisional squad for Sunday’s London clash against West Ham United at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager said, speaking at a press conference ahead of the game: “At the moment we have two players out, Luiz and Ampadu. Pedro and Courtois could be back in contention though. We have two days to check the physical condition of the players, so we will see then. But we have David Luiz and Ampadu out, certainly, but Pedro and Courtois we will look at”.

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New Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud admits he’s a little disappointed by his Stamford Bridge experience, with his expectations that were not entirely fulfilled:

“I am happy with my adaptation, the welcome I received, and the relationship on the ground with my team-mates,” the French forward told L’Equipe.

“You have to be demanding with yourself. If I signed to Chelsea, it’s to have a new challenge. When you sign like that in January, it’s never easy because you have to acclimatise to your team, but I really wanted to be ready right away. It was a little paradoxical.

“I could have – should have – scored more goals. In terms of statistics, I am very attached to this; I remain stuck at one goal and three assists in five matches. I’m sure it is not enough,” said the striker, who moved from Arsenal last January.

“But, in any case, the content [of my matches] is very encouraging. In time I will do it. [It’s encouraging] in my relationship with offensive players; whether with Willian, Pedro or Eden Hazard.

“Former football legends like Robert Pires, who is a friend, Freddie Ljungberg or even former Chelsea players, told me that Chelsea’s game would fit me because they always played with a big striker in front.”

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Chelsea striker Pedro scored the winning goal on Sunday vs Leicester and helped the Blues to qualify to the Fa Cup semifinal.

An important win, not only because it sent Antonio Conte‘s side to Wembley: I don’t remember the last time I scored with my head!  But I’m very happy to score the goal and for the team to get the win”. Pedro told Chelsea official website. It’s great to pass through into the next round and it’s very important for us to get the confidence and to fight from now until the end of the season. We want to get into the top four and we also want to win this trophy [FA Cup], so we will fight until the end. I’m very happy for Alvaro to score again and hopefully that will give him the confidence to score more. Alvaro is a very good player and an important part of our team. It’s important for him to score and to help the side and hopefully he can continue to do that until the end of the season. He had a back injury but now he’s in a very good condition and it’s a good time for him. I think his back is perfect now and hopefully he can keep scoring, because we all know just how good he is.”

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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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All set at Nou Camp as Barcelona and Chelsea will play the second-leg of UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tonight. And official line-ups for the game have been announced:

BARCELONA – Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Dembele, Suarez, Messi

Subs:  Cillessen, Paulinho, Alcacer, Digne, Andre Gomes, Vidal, Vermaelen.

Manager: Ernesto Valverde

 

CHELSEA – Coutois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso, Willian, Giroud, Hazard

Subs: Caballero, Morata, Pedro, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Cahill, Palmieri.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Referee: Damin Skomina ( Slovenia)

Venue: Camp Nou

Kick-Off: 7.45PM GMT

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Chelsea striker Pedro signed from Barcelona in summer 2015 and was part of the Blaugrana side that was beat by the Blues in the 2012 Champions League semifinal.

The Spanish striker recalls that tie, claiming it was one of the saddest moments of his career:

This memory stays with me even now, a very sad day for me and my team-mates,” said the Chelsea forward.

“I remember a lot of things: when you control the game and score the first goal, but then Leo [Messi] missed a penalty and then Fernando [Torres] scored with the game’s last touch to finish the tie… I remember it all because it was such a sad day for Barcelona and for all of us.”

“I remember these games so well. Chelsea were always horrible opponents, very difficult in these games: compact, strong in defence, pressed very well. For that reason, we always found it difficult against them.

Speaking ahead Chelsea’s last-16 tie against his former side, Pedro added:

“For the players of Barcelona, they’ll be thinking this tie is going to be very tough, this game for them, because Chelsea are strong. Chelsea are compact, and it’s never easy to play against us.”

“The reality is it’s not impossible for us [to advance to the quarter-finals],” he claimed

.”It’s possible for us to beat Barcelona and go through into the next round. It’s difficult because they’re a very great, big team, but it’s not impossible.”

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An easy job for Chelsea tonight: four goals in the first half to beat Hull City and gain FA Cup quarter finals.

Everything went smoothly for the Blues when after only 160 seconds Willian netted the opener with an amazing shot of his from the box limit that just entered in the posts cross.

The Blues took control of the game and, in only 25 minutes, had the time to miss four chances with Fabregas, Willian, Giroud and Pedro.

The Spaniard, anyway, redeemed himself with a beautiful goal at 27′ and, only five minutes later, Willian sealed the game with his personal brace with another shot from the limit.

Right before half-time Olivier Giroud could score his first goal in Chelsea shirt assisted by Emerson Palmieri, at his official debut tonight.

The game was practically over only after 45 minutes, with the two sides doing something more than a training in the second part.

Chelsea will know their rivals in the quarter finals next week, but now their mind is only at the Champions League clash against Barcelona next Tuesday.

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With today’s brace against Newcastle Michy Batshuayi brings Chelsea to FA Cup fifth round: two goals scored in the space of 13 minutes in the end of the first part and Marcos Alonso that seals the win with a brilliant free-kick of his in the second half.

The Spanish full-back was also the protagonist in the first goal play, since it was him who assisted the Belgian striker after a great play by Pedro and Eden Hazard.

Just before half-time Batshuayi was released again by Hazard in a counter-attack that caught Newcastle out once more but as the striker shoots, the ball loops up off the shins of Jamaal Lascelles and over the helpless Darlow.

In the second half the Blues simply controlled the game but were able to create some dangerous chance as well especially with Pedro, who was the man of the match today.

At minute 72′ Marcos Alonso had the chance to realise his 7th goal on direct free-kick in this season and he succeeded, sealing the game and fixing the score on the 3-0.

 

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