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Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham is impressing at Bristol City, where he has scored 21 goals in the season so far but the 19-year-old is not convinced about a Chelsea return, that can be possible next summer as Diego Costa has chances to leave and Michy Batshuayi failed to impress in this first season at Stamford Bridge.

Abraham has revealed he wants to play Premier League football but first team opportunities will be hard to come under Antonio Conte, who prefers to play with more experienced players:

“It’s something that’s played with my mind,” he told the Bristol Post.

“I’ve asked myself the same question and I’ll ask my parents and see what my agents are saying but I think I need to get through this season first and finish on a high.

“It would obviously be a dream for me to be playing in the Premier League but I have to focus here first.”

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Antonio Conte wants to bring back Andreas Christensen to Chelsea: the Danish defender has been loaned to Borussia Monchengladbach in a two-year-deal and he’s impressing in the Bundesliga side.

The German club, anyway, are not really keen to let him return to Stamford Bridge and would like to sign him with a permanent move.

Christensen is still not sure what his future will be, but he claimed that he would like to participate to U21 European Championship:

“I really want to play the finals, but it depends on what happens at club level.

“I have not had a holiday in a really long time. If I’m going back to England I would like to impress my new coach in preseason, so it will not do that I am completely smashed and miss the first week of a training camp.”

The U21 Euros will played in Poland from 16 to 30 June and Denmark are included in a group along with Italy, Germany and Czech Republic.

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Chelsea star Diego Costa admits he pushed for Atletico Madrid return last summer but he was forced to stay at Stamford Bridge since the Rojiblancos didn’t wait for him.

“Atletico knows I have a special feeling for the team, I lived the best moment of my career there. El Cholo [Diego Simeone] knows it wasn’t impossible for me to come back to Atletico,” Costa told to Spanish media El Larguero.

“The relationship with Conte didn’t start well because when he arrived I told him I wanted to go to Atletico. Chelsea’s fans love me a lot, even more than in Atletico, figure that!

“When Atletico had to wait for me they didn’t, there was still a month to go in the transfer market.

“I’ve done everything to come back to Atletico Madrid but I wouldn’t fight the same to return. When Atletico didn’t wait for me, I had to go to Conte with the tail between my legs.”

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CHELSEA - Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

MANCHESTER UNITED – De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling (c), Rojo, Darmian, Herrera, Pogba, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata

Manager: José Mourinho

 

Referee: Michael Oliver

Kick Off: 7.45 GMT

Venue: Stamford Bridge

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Team News

Chelsea

– Conte claimed he has full squad available with no fresh injuries

– John Terry can start tonight, as well as Asmir Begovic and Kurt Zouma

–  Pedro has scored in each round of this season’s FA Cup, scoring a total of four goals (also registering two assists).

– The Blues have won 15 of their 16 home games under Antonio Conte in all competitions, including the last 12: the only defeat was Liverpool back in September

– Chelsea have reached the FA Cup quarter-finals 12 times in the 21st century – more than any other side.

 

Manchester  United

– Red Devils travelled to London without all their main strikers yesterday: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended for three games after elbowing Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings in Premier League. Wayne Rooney, who was supposed to start after not travelling to Russia for Europa League match against Rostov last week, got injured in the last training before travelling to the English capital in an accidental clash with Phil Jones. Anthony Martial was reported injured, while Marcus Rashford is ill.

– José Mourinho could move a winger or another midfielder to the centre of United attacks, like Young, Fellaini, Mata, Lingard or Mkhitaryan but to face such an important game without all the four main strikers is surely a major blow for Mourinho’s side who are looking for “revenge” after last October 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

– Bailly is back to Manchester United squad after missing Europa League clash against Rostov for suspension

– The last time United lost an FA Cup tie away from Old Trafford was their 1-0 defeat by Chelsea in 2013.

– Jose Mourinho has never lost an FA Cup quarter-final.

– This will be United’s 46th competitive game of the season, but only Chelsea’s 34th.

 

Predicted Line Ups

CHELSEA - Courtois, David Luiz, Cahill, Azipilicueta, Moses, Matic, Kante, Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Diego Costa.

MANCHESTER UNITED - De Gea,  Bailly, Rojo, Jones, Valencia, Herrera, Carrick, Pogba, Shaw, Mkhytarian, Mata.

 

 

 

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho thanks the fans for their support during the game against Porto © Francesca Ceciarini

Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho spoke about next Monday clash against his former club at Stamford Bridge, where he will be back for the second time as a rival after being appointed as the Manchester United manager.

The Red Devils played the first Europa League last 16 game against Rostov Thursday night in Russia and travelled back after the game, but Mourinho reckons this was not the best condition for a team that have to face such an important match:

“We have three days and we have to travel,” Mourinho told MUTV.

“We have to go to London. It’s really hard. We don’t have Zlatan, of course not, but we go with everything we have. We don’t put a [weakened] team out like some clubs sometimes, Manchester United cannot do that.

“We know this Europa League is very important for us, and the FA Cup is beautiful. We cannot go there with a [Reserve] team, we’ll try to manage it within our squad and get a good team to compete with them.

“Manchester United is Manchester United; it’s the winner of this competition. It’s not Chelsea’s fault we were given this Monday match. We’ll make changes, as we played on Thursday, but we cannot go to Chelsea with a [Reserve] team.”

“We want to keep two doors open,” Jose added.

“We have to keep getting points in the Premier League to keep our chances open and if we get through the knock-out round here, we’re in the quarter-finals and feel the door is open, so we have to try.

“We have a trophy in our pocket, which is a good feeling for everyone. Now we have the Premier League for the fight for the top four and we have the Europa League fight for Rostov.”

On the topic of his latest return to Stamford Bridge, the United manager added:

Chelsea? It’s no different. Obviously before the game and after the game, I’ll meet some fans and some people I like. The relation with the fans was always good but, for me, it’s just professional.”

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Chelsea will face  in the Fa Cup quarter-finals: this the outcome of the draw which took place few minutes ago.

Antonio Conte’s team will play at Stamford Bridge between 10th and 13th March. The Blues have qualified for the Fa Cup quarter finals after defeating Wolverhampton Saturday afternoon with two goals from Pedro and Diego Costa.

Jose Mourinho’s team, however, played Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round today and won his match 2-1, after trailing the Championships’ side due to Daniel Graham early goal.

In the other quarter finals Middlesbrough will play the winner of Manchester City-Huddersfield; Tottenham will face Millwall in a London derby; and Sutton-Arsenal’s winner will host Lincoln.

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo dismissed speculations on Diego Costa‘s return to the Spanish side.

When asked if the Blues striker could be back to Colchoneros next summer, he replied:

“He is at a great club.

“They say he is going to China, but I don’t see Chelsea letting him go,”added Cerezo.

The Spanish chairman was also asked if Manchester City star Sergio Agüero could join back after leaving the club in summer 2011, this is what he replied:

“If he had left in a normal and cordial manner then there would have been no problem, but I don’t know what happened to him.”

 

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Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford returned to London after ending his loan spell at Burnley.

The Clarets announced it with a tweet:

“Patrick Bamford has ended his loan spell with Burnley after being recalled by parent club Chelsea”.

The 23-year-old failed to break into Sean Dyche‘s first team plans during his time at Turf Moor founding himself behind Sam Vokes and Andre Gray in the pecking order.

The Blues are likely to attempt to find a new club for the English forward, with Middlesbrough a possible destination.

Bamford was already loaned out to the Teesside club in the 2014-2015 season during which time he scored 17 goals but in his following loan spells he always failed to reach expectations.

 

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