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Kurt Zouma came back after 11 months featuring in the FA Cup clash against Peterborough at Stamford Bridge last time out.

The Frenchman told the club’s official website: “It was a proud moment, an amazing moment to be back and playing 90 minutes”,

“I’m really happy because it was a long time I was out for and now I’m back at the Bridge with the lads”.

“I played four games for the development squad and in two of them I played the full 90 minutes. I played one for 45 minutes and one for 60 minutes but that was a long time ago, two months ago”.

“The medical staff have been brilliant with me, they did a great job and I thank them a lot. They were all behind me and they prepared me very well”.

About manager Antonio Conte, who praised Zouma after the game, he added: “He talked to me like he talks to everyone, ‘recover well, because when you are back I want you to play.’”

“In August I went on the tour with the squad, so I was next to the players, close to them, and that helped a lot. The manager explained his tactics to me because we did not know them before”.

“At that time we were playing four at the back but now we play a five with three central defenders”.

“The manager likes to do a lot of tactical work and he put me in there with the other players to help me learn and understand. It was good. He worked to make me understand it in my head even though I was not fully fit”.

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Chelsea winger Pedro underlined the importance of passing through the next FA Cup round after beating 4-1 League One side Peterborough at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

The Spaniard told the club’s official website: “It was a good win for us in the third round of the FA Cup, especially at home in front of our supporters, there was very good teamwork and we’re very happy with the result”.

“Peterborough are a good team, every game in England is very tough, it doesn’t matter which division you’re in. They fought to win”.

Pedro played in a wing-back role, which is a new position for the former Barcelona star: “I had once chance in the first half which was unlucky, I shot very hard and it went up, but I’m happy to have scored two goals,”

“It’s a new position for me but it means the same in terms of work. I had to run a lot but it was good for me and a good performance”.

Chelsea bounced back from the last disappointing defeat against Tottenham in Premier League at White Hart Lane, as Pedro remarked: “Against Spurs it was a different game, we lost, but no problem, we just continue taking it game by game”.

“Next we face Leicester, a very difficult team, but we will prepare all week and go for the win”.

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Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi scored once in the Blues’ rampant victory against Peterborough this evening.

“Michy played a good game. During the game he stayed with our philosophy and idea of football – manager Antonio Conte said after the game – He showed me great commitment and work-rate and it’s always important for a forward’s confidence to score”.


Then Conte added: “He has to continue to work in this way. He’s young, he’s improving and he showed that today. It’s important for him to give me the opportunity to have another solution.’

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said he’s ‘pleased with the performance and the result’, speaking at press conference after the FA Cup clash against Peterborough today.

“I’m pleased because we’re in the next round of this competition. Today we changed nine players because I had the opportunity to see some players who haven’t played a lot”.

“I saw a lot of positive things, we faced a good team but we showed great commitment and showed we were a team. That’s the most important thing because when you change nine players it’s not easy to quickly find your idea of football. Now it’s important to continue”.

About defender Kurt Zouma, who came back from a terrific knee injury: “Zouma came back after 11 months and played 90 minutes, which is fantastic for him, his family and the club”.

“The young players [Chalobah, Ruben and Aina] showed me they are growing. Michy played a good game and scored a goal, so there were a lot of positives”.

Chelsea Zouma

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claimed that captain John Terry did not deserve to be shown a red card against Peterborough in the FA Cup third round today.

“I think it wasn’t the right decision, – Conte told journalists speaking at press conference – Behind John there was [Branislav] Ivanovic. It’s a pity because a red card is not good. Maybe we’ll do an appeal because he didn’t deserve this.”

When asked about Terry’s future at Stamford Bridge, Conte added: “Now we are in January. First of all, these decisions need to be made with the club, not alone”.

“I’m pleased for John because he’s shown me great commitment when I’ve asked him to play and also when he doesn’t. He’s helping me a lot in the changing room. He’s proving himself to be a good player and, above all, a good man.’

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FA CUP - THIRD ROUND: Chelsea 4 - 1 Peterborough United

Chelsea 2 – 0 Peterborough United

  • Pedro (18′minutes)
  • Batshuayi (43′minutes)

In today’s FA Cup Third Round at home Chelsea lead 2-0 with a Pedro goal after 18 minutes followed by a second by Batshuayi.

Pedro almost scored a second goal but clipped the top corner of the cross bar after a lovely attacking move which saw him have an easy clear chance.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has emphasised the chance for Michy Batshuayi to make an impressive impact. And after 44 minutes Batshuayi “staked his claim” in the team as the manager wanted by scoring Chelsea’s second goal. It was a late goal approaching the half-time mark just as Peterborough were trying to get back in the game after a missed chance by the Blues.

Chelsea Zouma

By: Samuel Georgewill


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Chelsea (3-4-3) – Begovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Cahill, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi, Willian.

Subs: Eduardo, Azpilicueta, Aina, Kante, Moses, Hazard, Diego Costa.

Manager: Antonio Conte

Peterborough (4-4-2) – McGee, Hughes, Tafazolli, Smith, Bostwick, Maddison,  Edwards, Forrester,  Angol, Lopes, Nichols 

Subs: Tyler, Taylor, Ball, Inman, Chettle, Binnom-Williams, Samuelsen

Manager: Grant McCann


Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 3PM BST

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Cesc Fabregas is impressing with Chelsea as he featured 11 times in Premier League scoring once and providing 5 assists so far.

“Cesc, we all know him, and I’m very pleased with his attitude, his commitment and for his work-rate in training sessions, – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said before the next clash against PeterboroughAlso, when I call him during the game, it’s important for me to see the right spirit”.

“Before the game, I have to take a decision on only 11 players who can start. For sure, some players have to start on the bench, but it is important for me in every game to see which is the best solution for the team”.

Then Conte added: “It is also important to have all my players with the right spirit, with the right will to fight and to win – if you start or if you don’t start. Cesc has shown me great commitment always and I am pleased for this”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte underlined the importance of Fa Cup clash against Peterborough as his side needs a win to bounce back from the last disappointing loss to Tottenham Hotspur.

“I think in England, the FA Cup is really important because it is the oldest competition in the world and it is important to respect the tradition,” Conte told the club’s official website.

“The FA Cup is a good tradition in England and it is important to find the right solution. For us now, to give the opportunity to young players or some players who are not playing a lot is important, but it is also important to continue because we want to win and go forward to the next step”.

“We have a cup in Italy and it is a good competition, – Conte added – Once, when I was at Juventus, we played a small team and in the first game we drew 1-1. In the second game at home we won”.

“These types of games are always very difficult if you don’t arrive with the right attention and the right focus. Also, we all know it is a really important game for them and for this reason we are preparing in the same way as all the other games in the league – the same as we prepared against Tottenham – because it’s important to have the right mentality”.

“A winning mentality is to prepare for every game in the right way – not because you are playing against a small team or another team that is playing now in League One and you think this game is easy. No, in England, easy games do not exist, also not in the FA Cup”.



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