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Chelsea will face Southampton in the Fa Cup semifinal, and this afternoon the Football Association have confirmed when the two teams will meet at Wembley.

The game will be played on Sunday April 22, with a 3pm kick-off.

The Blus advanced to the semifinal after beating Leicester City, while the Saints defeated Wigan in the quarter finals.

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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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Few years ago, Willy Caballero helped Manchester City when they won the League Cup at Wembley vs Liverpool.

Now the Argentinian goalkeeper is performing very well in the Blues’ run in the current Fa Cup and he hopes to lift another trophy at Wembley in just a couple of months.

For me, it’s a fantastic competition and I don’t have this trophy, so for sure I want to win the FA Cup,” Caballero told Chelsea official website.  “Everyone at Chelsea and our supporters want this too. Southampton will be a tough game for us, like Leicester were. We will head to Wembley to play them and have to fight as we did against Leicester and then hopefully we can reach the final. I think we now have a good break [the international break] but the most important thing for the team would be to finish in the top four and get into the Champions League. But of course we have the chance to win a trophy in the FA Cup and that is what we want to do. So we will go to Wembley for the semi-final and hopefully we can do both things – finishing in the top four and winning the FA Cup.” 

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New Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez reveals that Chelsea made Leo Messi cry.

It happened in 2012, after the Champions League semifinal the Blues won on a 3-2 aggregate, before flying to Munich to lift the trophy.

With a 1-0 lead from the first-leg, Chelsea produced a great defensive display in the second-leg in Barcelona. After seeing captain John Terry sent off early in the game, the Blues managed to draw 2-2 at Camp Nou with Fernando Torres scoring late in the game for Chelsea.


“You might cry during a game if you lose a final,” said Sanchez.

“That’s all part of football. In the Barcelona dressing room after the Chelsea game, I saw Leo Messi cry.

“That’s because players demand so much from themselves. People don’t see that.”



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In his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s night Premier League game vs BournemouthChelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed three players are not fit and they won’t be included in the team.

David Luiz is suffering an ankle injury; Alvaro Morata returned to Spain for the funeral of a close friend; Willian is still recovering from the injury he suffered last week vs Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semifinal.

On the other hand, Thibaut Courtois and Cesc Fabregas are now fit and they will be back on action tomorrow night.

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After yesterday’s defeat vs Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semifinal, Cesar Azpilicueta believes Chelsea now have to focus on the Fa Cup fourth round if they want a chance to get to Wembley.

This was a big chance to get to Wembley after the disappointment against Arsenal in the FA Cup and Community Shield. We were looking forward to going back but we couldn’t make it. We have to keep working hard to do it [in the FA Cup].” Azpilicueta told the Evening Standard. “After defeat you need to bounce back and show the answer from the team in the next game. We have to look forward. We must get a win for our confidence. We are disappointed and it hurts. We can do better. On Sunday we have another chance in the FA Cup to get closer to that trophy.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is clearly disappointed after tonight’s defeat vs Arsenal, but he believes there were factors other than the Blues performance which determined this bad result.

There is big disappointment. When you arrive at this point you want to reach the final. Conte said. We had a good run, we had a great will to play at Wembley. We started well, scored, but conceded two strange goals. We were unlucky in circumstances”.

And one of these circumstances was Willian‘s injury:  “I think Willian’s injury was decisive. We don’t have many players to make substitutions. Morata was out. Conte went on. “I was a bit forced to play with Barkley. He’s a really good player and important or Chelsea but needs bit of time to get used to playing for Chelsea”.

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A well deserved pass for Carabao Cup final earned by Arsenal tonight after beating a Chelsea, who gave the impression they never really believed in reaching it.

Gunners were far more motivated than the Blues and despite conceding the first goal to Antonio Conte‘s side after only 7’ – Eden Hazard scored it – they immediately reacted and equalised thanks to an unlucky deflection by Marcos Alonso first and then Antonio Rudiger in their own goal.

Chelsea were actually in the game until Willian got injured after 27′ and was forced to limp off the pitch with a suspected hamstring injury, being replaced by Ross Barkley, who made his official debut for the Blues, his first game since last May. However, he didn’t impress.

From that point onward Arsenal took the control of the game despite the Blues trying to take the lead again with a couple of chances threw by Hazard.

The second part saw Arsene Wenger side being dominant and finding a deserved goal with Granit Xhaka at 60′.

Chelsea weren’t able to react or create dangerous chance, they only tried with the strength born of desperation in the last minutes of the game.

Conte now has to deal with an injury emergency and a way to refresh confidence and physical form in his players before Newcastle clash in FA Cup next Sunday.

Arsenal will Manchester City, who beat Bristol City last night, in the competition final at Wembley in one month.

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Ahead of tomorrow’s night game vs ChelseaArsenal‘s boss Arsene Wenger claims the match will be more spectacular and exciting than the one the two teams played one week ago at Stamford Bridge.

“We want to go to the final, the two teams know each other very well,” Wenger said. “The second leg will be more open. It should be much more spectacular than the first one.”


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Tomorrow night Chelsea will face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup semifinal’s second leg.

After the goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, Antonio Conte expects another difficult game for the Blues.

When you play against Arsenal for sure you must be prepared to suffer without the ball. They like to bring many players in the box and find combinations”. Conte said. “For this reason we must pay great attention. We have to be compact with the ball but at the same time dangerous when on the ball. Last season we saw two different games. The first one was a disaster, we lost 3-0. The second game at home we won 3-1. In this season the first game in the league ended 0-0 and 2-2 in the second game. We are showing to be at the same point, with the same value. Tomorrow there is not another game and we don’t have another possibility and we need to try to reach the final.”


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