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Tomorrow night, France and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud will try to score his first World Cup‘s goal and help the Blues to reach the final.

However, Giroud himself knows it won’t be easy as the Belgium goalkeeper is his club’s team-mate Thibaut Courtois: Thibaut has an impressive wingspan. It’s hard to beat him on the sides. He can stop balls in any area. Giroud told beIn Sports. “I have scored a few goals against him in training with Chelsea and I hope I can do it on Tuesday”.

Then Giroud went on comparing Courtois with France and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris: “They’re both great keepers”. the striker explained. “And they both deserve to be elected as best keeper of the tournament, even if I have a preference for Hugo. The best is Hugo. Sorry Thibaut”.

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Tomorrow night, in the first Russia 2018 World Cup, Chelsea and Belgium stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois will face their two team-mates Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante who will play with France.

Today, speaking with beIn Sports, Hazard praised Kante and showed a great respect for him: “I play all year with Kante,” Hazard said. “He is the best in the world in his position. When he is at his best, you have a 95 per cent chance to win the game.”


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Liverpool manager, Jurgen Kloop believes tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Chelsea will be very similar to the game the Reds played vs As Roma this week.

Chelsea is a similar situation to the [Roma] game – fighting with all they have, they don’t have anything to lose,” Klopp told Liverpool official website. If we draw it’s not good for them; if we win it’s not good for them. They have to win and they will try to do so. It’s like a Champions League semi-final, to be honest”.

The German manager, so, said his team will do all they can to win tomorrow at Stamford Bridge and guarantee a place in the Premier League top-four.

“We will see what we can do there. The good thing is that we have another game but we don’t think about that at the moment. We need to be ready for the game.” Klopp went on. “We had a few really nice moments already this season but you never have time to celebrate it for a second! There is always the next one. Now we have to play that game – Chelsea are waiting.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte explained reasons behind his decision to start with Olivier Giroud instead of Alvaro Morata as lone striker in the FA Cup final against Southampton on Sunday.

The Italian told journalists: “I decided to start with Olivier [Giroud] because I knew we had to play against the three central defenders, very strong physically, so I decided to start with Olivier. But when Morata came on, the impact was impressive. In the same way as Pedro’s impact, which was important. And also [Tiemoue] Bakayoko”.

“Morata is an important striker. I think he’s younger than Olivier. He has less experience. He is less strong physically but, at the same time, is very fast to act on the space. I’m pleased for both, for both, because in the last game against Burnley we started the game with both players and they showed a great link-up. I’m very pleased to see that, because I have another option now. Another card in my hand during the game”.

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Chelsea today failed to win their third Uefa Youth League in the last four season: the Blues were defeated by Barcelona at Nyon in the final.

The Spanish side scored in the first half with Marques Mendes and, in the second half Chelsea conceded other two goals as Barcelona won the game 3-0.

In the semifinal, played on Friday, the Blues eliminated Porto after winning at the shootout, while Barcelona overcame Manchester City 5-4.

The London club had won two Uefa Youth League in 2015 vs Shaktar and the following season vs Paris Saint Germain.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, believes it is very difficult for the Blues to qualify for the next Champions League, as Tottenham and Liverpool are very good teams and it’s unlikely they will drop a lot of points in their last Premier League‘s games.

I mean, I am not being negative by any stretch, but the games are running out and the teams in there are very good, so if they do let it up it’ll be very, very surprising,” Cahill said after the Fa Cup semifinal vs Southampton“(There is) that gap and the point difference, but the obvious thing is all we can do is win our games. We got a decent result at Burnley and we just need to keep winning.”

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Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud secured Chelsea a comfortable 2-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

The Blues will face Manchester United in the final clash of competition as Red Devils have beaten Tottenham Hotspur yesterday evening.

Antonio Conte’s men will need just one more step to lift the title on 19th May at Wembley Stadium, where they lost against Arsenal in 2017

More to follow…

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CHELSEA – Caballero; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Emerson; Willian, Giroud, Hazard.

Subs: Eduardo, Christensen, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Barkley, Pedro, Morata.

Manager: Antonio Conte

SOUTHAMPTON – McCarthy, Cédric, Hoedt, Yoshida, Bednarek, Bertrand (c), Romeu, Højbjerg, Lemina, Austin, Long.

Subs: Forster, McQueen, Tadić, Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Gabbiadini, Carrillo.

Manager: Mark Hughes

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Kick-off: 3PM BST

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Olivier Giroud scored twice on Chelsea‘s win over Southampton on Saturday and the French striker believes the Blues can reach a spot in the top four of the Premier League table and reach next season’s Champions League.

As long as mathematically it is going to be possible, we are going to believe”. Giroud told Sky Sports“So we take the games one by one and we have maybe five or six finals to play. Let’s do the job and we will see what the other teams do.”

Chelsea FC will take on Southampton in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday as they look to try and reach the final for the second season running.

Antonio Conte will be keen for his team to end a difficult campaign on a high by lifting the FA Cup trophy after having been beaten in the final by Arsenal last year.

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For the third time in four years Chelsea will play the women Fa Cup final at Wembley.

The Blues advanced to the competion’s decider thanks to the 2-0 win vs Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.  The London club knocked out the trophy’s holders with a brace scored by Fran Kirby.

Chelsea will now face in the Fa Cup final Arsenal who defeated Everton in the other semifinal, as the Blues are chasing a season treble: the Blues will play the Champions League semifinal vs Wolsfburg with the first leg scheduled at Kingsmeadow on Sunday April 22nd at 6.05pm, and they also are top of the table in the Premier League.


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