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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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Chelsea travel to Brighton as tomorrow the Blues will face the Seagulls in the Premier League at the AMEX ArenA. Alvaro Morata and Pedro are both suspended after being shown a red card agains Norwich, while also Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill ruled out for the clash.

Conte said: “I think Ross is in a good physical condition. Yesterday he played 70 minutes. Tomorrow he is in the squad and comes with us. I don’t know if during the game I decide to give him the chance to play or wait, or if the game doesn’t ask this type of situation. He has to work with us in our idea. Now he is in the squad”.

“Cahill and Fabregas also, they are out. I need to check on a couple of other situations”.

When asked to provide further comments on Alvaro Morata’s display against Norwich, Conte added: “For sure in the Norwich game the player knows very well his mistake. There was frustration in the first yellow card. You must learn to control himself, because the second yellow card was for dissent. I agree with the player for the first yellow card, but not with him on the second yellow”. 

“The striker this situation can happen. For Alvaro this is the first season he is playing a full season and that it might be the first season he is having these problems. You can score, the most important thing is to work hard for the team. Before if you stay on the bench you don’t have this type of situation. He has to move on, we trust him”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had his say also on Pedro and Alvaro Morata, who were both sent off during extra-time in FA Cup clash against Norwich City tonight.

The Italian said: “If there is diving it is right to give a yellow card. I don’t want an advantage, especially if you know there is this system. If someone gives a punch or an elbow, you must also pay great attention”.

“I am not happy with the second yellow card for Morata. The first was for a doubtful situation, but I haven’t seen it again”.

Conte added: “The second yellow card was for dissent. You must pay great attention at this moment of the game to stay calm and to make the best decision”.

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Chelsea beat Norwich City 5-3  in FA Cup replay only at penalty shoot-outs after ending 1-1 in the 90′.

After a really disappointing first half, where the only highlights were the crossbars hit by  Danny Drinkwater and …., the Blues were able to take the lead with Michy Batshuayi with 10 minutes into the second half.

Norwich, anyway, didn’t surrender and after hitting the post with Murphy at 61′ they kept attacking, with Willy Caballero saving an effort by Maddison at 65′.

Meanwhile, Pedro received his first yellow card for diving in the penalty box.

The Canaries got their reward in the last minute of injury time, at 94′, when Murphy finally found the equaliser in front of his fans, that erupted in celebration as well as Norwich bench.

The first extra rime started with a doubtful situation: Willian goes down in the penalty box after under a sliding challenge but the referee says it’s a free-kick to Norwich and the Brazilian winger is booked by referee Graham Scott.

However, worst is yet to come for Chelsea: in the last minutes of the second extra time both Pedro and Alvaro Morata are sent out.

The first one after receiving the second yellow card for a foul in the midfield, the second one after being booked for diving in the very last minute of the game and then for shouting in the referee’s face.

After this crazy period the penalty shoot-outs are going to decided who is going through this round.

Willian scores, but Caballero immediately shows his skills saving Nelson Oliveira’s kick.

David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kante and eventually Eden Hazard all score, so the Blues are finally through the fourth round, where they are going to face Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle in ten days.


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