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Diego Costa’s goal against Wolverhampton last Saturday helped Chelsea to qualify for the Fa Cup quarter finals, but it can prove itself very useful in the Blues Premier League’s title race.

The Spanish stiker’s team-mate Asmir Begovic believes it:  “Yes, it’s good for him”. – says the keeper – “He’s had a couple of tough, frustrating games. It wasn’t for the lack of trying but his previous goal had been against Hull. He is obviously a talisman, a leader, someone who leads from the front. He’s crucial to us so it’s great that he’s back firing and hopefully that will lift his confidence again and he will kick on. Do we need a confident Costa for the run-in? Yes, of course. Any successful team has to have a top goalscorer and that’s what he is. He leads by example.”

Diego Costa at the moment is third in the Premier League’s top scorers table with 15 goals but he last scored on January 22 against Hull City and now he trails Alexis Sanchez (17) and Romelu Lukaku (16).

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Marcus Rashford claimed Manchester United are ready to exact revenge after Premier League 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in October.

José Mourinho’s side will face Chelsea on 11th March.

Rushford said: “At this stage of the competition you’re going to be facing a good team no matter where you go, I think we’ve just got to take it game by game”.

“We’re on a good run of form and so are they, so I think it’ll be a good game”.

The England international added: “We’ll go there confident and to win the game”.

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits no relax in this crucial part of the season: with 8 points gap on the second sitting in the Premier League table ( Manchester City) and next FA Cup quarter finals against Manchester United, that will visit Stamford Bridge in the middle of Europa League last 16 ties, the Blues seem in a good position to end their season with some silverware glory, but the Italian doesn’t admit complacency:

“If someone thinks the Swansea game is easy, they make a great mistake,” Conte suggested after the game at Wolves.

Questioned about the future of some important players, like John Terry, the ex Juventus manager said:

I like to reply this question for John. But also for all the players, for us it is very important to be focused on the present.

“Because I repeat we stay now in a good position, we stay in the top of the table, in the quarter-final of the FA Cup, the most important thing is now, the present, to work and build a good future.

“Then yeah for sure we will see the situation of every single player and we try to make the best decision for every single player… I want to be very clear, no, because I think every player deserve… if every player deserve to play, I’m pleased to give the opportunity but not because there is a sentiment, or because I think the right way to give every single player what they deserve.

“If, I think John Terry deserve to play this game and he played, played very well, very happy for him. For me, he’s a very important player, my captain and he’s important in and off the pitch.

“I repeat, he’s helping me a lot, and I’m very pleased to have him in my squad and also to know this type of person.”

 

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho spoke after his side’s away win against Blackburn Rovers, a result which led the Red Devils into F.A. Cup Quarter-Finals where they’ll face Chelsea.

When asked about the Blues, he is quoted to have said: “Probably Chelsea can only think about the FA Cup because I think they are champions and they have nothing else to fight for,” 

“The FA Cup is something I believe is important for them. I have to play St Etienne, I have to play the League Cup final, I have to play hopefully another opponent in the Europa League”.

Then Mourinho ended: “I have to fight for a top-four position in the Premier League. I have so many things to think about.”

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta was asked to name his Premier League idols after the Blues crucial win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in FA Cup fifth round yesterday.

The Spaniard said: “Very much [Frank] Lampard and [Didier] Drogba. I like the way they played and even more so when I came here and I had the chance to have them in the dressing room”.

Azpilicueta joined Chelsea from Olympique Marseille in 2012 lifting the Europa League trophy in 2013.

He played only 18′ against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux, as he replaced Blues’ winger Pedro.

 

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Chelsea defender Nathan Ake spoke after his side’s away win against Wolverhampton at the Molineux yesterday.

The Dutchman, who has been recalled from Bournemouth, made his second start for Chelsea in this season’s FA Cup

“I’m really happy to get another start, playing with great players, - Ake told the club’s official website – I can only learn from that and hopefully I can push on and get better every time. We’re really pleased with the win, a bit less so with the performance, but we knew it was going to be a difficult place to come”.

“The first 30 minutes, for sure, they were on top. They pressed us high, we couldn’t play out and it was really difficult. The crowd was behind them, so we just needed to get through that”.

“I think in the second half we came out much better, we kept the ball and created more chances and I don’t think they created anything”.

About Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, he added: “The manager told us to push more and give more energy because it looked like they gave more in the first half. They won second balls and things like this”.

“We needed to match that, and get better than them, and I think in the second half we did – we won first and second balls and we were more confident on the ball as well. Places like this are difficult. It’s always going to be physical and hard, and you need to match that”.

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Chelsea defender John Terry captained the squad in the F.A. Cup clash against Wolverhampton last time out.

The England star told the club’s official website after the game: Wolves started very well and made it difficult for us, especially in the first 20 minutes which we expected before the game,”

“It was pretty much a wake-up call seeing the other results on the day and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy coming here, it is a tough place, but I thought we did well in the end”.

About former Chelsea youngster George Saville, who missed a clear chance to score in the first half: “It would have been nice for him but it wasn’t to be, – Terry added – But the main thing for our team, especially for the likes of me and Cesc Fabregas who haven’t been playing regularly, is when we get the opportunity to play, we come in and keep winning and we keep that momentum”.

“We have to give the manager food for thought as well because the other boys have been superb. As a group we have been training well and they have been flying in the league. All we can do as a group is keep winning football matches and make it difficult for everyone else”.

Then Terry added: “As you see when we went away to Burnley last week, everyone expected us to pick up three points. This year, especially in the Premier League, everyone is beating everyone. It is not like five or 10 years ago when you could look at a fixture and think we can go there and pick up three points and move on to the next match”.

“Everyone is set up really well and the quality of players has increased over the years as well. It is a long, long way to go but the most important thing this weekend is we are in the hat for the FA Cup draw”.

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Chelsea struggled to get the lead as home side Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a great performance in the first half with goal attempts and several chances created.

At 6′ former Chelsea youngster Saville struck the post as Kurt Zouma did not control a high ball into the penalty area.

Willian went close to scoring a few minutes later with a lob, well scrambled away by Wolves keeper Ikeme.

In the second half Diego Costra tried to score first: the Spaniard twisted but his shot crashed into the side netting.

Pedro Willian Chelsea

Chelsea unmarked winger Pedro found a crucial goal at 65′ taking advantage of a wonderful ball from Willian. Then Diego Costa didn’t waste his second chance and scored with a low clinical shot after receiving the ball from Fabregas.

Chelsea win a tough game, which means that Antonio Conte goes through next stage reaching FA Cup Quarter-Finals.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Begovic; Zouma, Terry (c), Ake; Moses, Fabregas, Chalobah, Pedro (Azpilicueta72); Willian (Kante 80), Diego Costa, Hazard (Loftus-Cheek 85).
Unused subs: Eduardo, Cahill, Kenedy, Batshuayi.
Scorers Pedro 64, Diego Costa 89
Booked 
Pedro 48

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Ikeme; Coady, Batth (c), Hause, Doherty; Price, Saville (Saiss 83); Costa, Edwards, Weimann (Wilson 74); Bodvarsson (Ronan 83).
Unused subs: Burgoyne, Stearman, Evans, Saiss, Rona, Enobakhare
Booked 
Saville 20, Weimann 32

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 30,193

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Chelsea are struggling to get the lead as home side Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a great performance in the first half with goal attempts and several chances created.

Former Chelsea youngster Saville struck the post as Kurt Zouma did not control a high ball into the penalty area.

Willian went close to scoring a few minutes later with a lob, well scrambled away by Wolves keeper Ikeme.

Good performances from Victor Moses and Cesc Fabregas so far, while both Nathaniel Chalobah and Kurt Zouma seem to be in trouble when they cope with Wolves’ counter-attacks.

 

 

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 

Wolves

Chelsea – Begovic; Zouma, Terry (c), Ake; Moses, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs:  Eduardo, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Kenedy, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Venue: Molineux Stadium

Kick-Off: 5.30 BST

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