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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he really appreciated the welcome received at Stamford Bridge tonight: “Thanks to the Chelsea fans. It was fantastic to see the Italian flag in the crowd. It was emotional.” the 47-year-old said.

It was fantastic, especially because my wife and daughter were here. I hope through our work we can repay the welcome.”

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Then, speaking about the importance of the fans during a game, he ended: “I want to say thanks also because they followed the team to the end. It was a physical game but today I’m delighted.”

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Antonio Conte revealed his main goal in this first season at Chelsea is to make again the Blues fans proud of their players and manager.

After a bad season like the last one, where the Stamford Bridge outfit finished 10th in the League and failed to qualify for any European competition, the Italian coach reckons Chelsea have to go back into the title race, so to obtain also qualification for the next Champions League, that was the club’s “natural environment” for many years:

“We must work a lot, we come after a bad season, after a 10th place and we need to come back very soon in the right position because Chelsea is a great team in England and in the world , we must come back to fight for the title, I know it’s not easy because we have many teams competing in the Premier League,” Conte said last night after the 3-0 win over RZ Pellets WAC in a pre-season friendly match in Klagenfurt, Austria.

“Usually when there are these bad seasons it means there are many problems but the past is not important for me, for the club, for the players, what is important is the present, we have to fight together to come back and fight for the title, it’s important to stay together and overcome this bad period for Chelsea, to come back to play the Champions League, because it’s Chelsea’s home. I want our fans to be very proud about the players and the manager, it’s very important.”

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Paris Saint-Germain should close part of their stadium for next season Champions League’s games.

Last April Sportsmail  had revealed that five Chelsea’s disabled fans have suffered horrific abuse while watching the first leg of last Champions League round of 16 at Parc des Princes in Paris.

Supporters were spat, and they had coins, bottles and chewing-gum thrown at them by PSG crowd.

Following these shameful facts UEFA opened disciplinary action against PSG for ‘alleged offences concerning racism, other discriminatory conduct and propaganda.’

PSG will defend themselves at a hearing scheduled for this Friday and the matter will then be decided by UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body on July 17.

 

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A disappointed Guus Hiddink spoke after the bad defeat against Manchester City:

“Chelsea are a difficult situation this season. We managed to get out of the relegation zone but Chelsea need to be in the first four places,” the boss said to BBC after the match.

“We were knocking on the door but we didn’t create open chances. They outplayed us on 60-70 yard counters.

“The fans have had a very disappointing season. We’ve got out of near the relegation zone in a relatively short period of time.

“I told the boys you cannot let it slip away. Man City you have to recognise they are having a very good season.

“Man City are a rather strong opponent and have a lot experience playing in semis and finals.

“To win silverware you have to be in very good shape in April.”

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Chelsea win 4-0 at Villa Park and climb up to a temporary 9th place in the table with one game in hand ( the one against Liverpool that will be played on 11 May).

It was a quiet afternoon for Hiddink’s lads in Birmingham, with the Dutch coach doing some – announced- experiments and letting three players debut in the Premier League: Matt Miazga, who started along with captain Branislav Ivanovic in the centre of the defence, Alexandre Pato, who entered in the 23rd minute as a substitute for Loic Remy who got injured, and another academy youngster, Jake Clarke-Salter, who entered in the 74th minute to replace Pedro, who was on fire and scored a brace in the first minutes of the second half.

Instead, it’s hell for Aston Villa: a season to forget for them, two sacked managers and the first relegation in their glorious history that is coming closer and closer every fixture: the Villans can be mathematically relegated in two weeks if they don’t get any points like in the last six games.

Of course Villa’s fans are really disappointed and a protest went on throughout the entire second half, with banners against the current directors “Proud of our History, but which future?” said one, while another one read: “No Fight, No Pride, No Future”.

Hiddink made a lot of changes to the starting XI, giving his trust to youngsters like Matt Miazga, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Baba Rahman and Kenedy and was repaid by them, but the English midfielder- today a playmaker- made a real impact, basically being in every dangerous Chelsea attack.

The youngster scored after 25 minutes, after good play by Obi Mikel, Pedro and Azpilicueta: he was found alone in the middle of the box, shooting on the near post: the ball had a decisive deflection by Joleon Lescott.

Loftus-Cheek was on fire in the first half, the best player on the pitch without doubt: right before Pato’s penalty, he also went close to scoring his personal brace with a shot similar to the first goal.

Chelsea looked confident and organized in the first half and created dangerous chances, especially with Pedro ( a beautiful shot from outside the box that was slightly high on the crossbar).

Loic Remy got injured around minute 20, and was substituted for Pato a couple of minutes later: the Brazilian finally made his debut at Chelsea two months after his arrival: not a great game in the first minutes, but he then gained and scored a penalty in stoppage time of the first half.

Villa,  looked organised too but with no passion on the pitch, they were dangerous only when Jordan Ayew decided to play: the Ghanian player created a great chance for Carles Gil five minutes after Loftus-Cheek’s goal but Courtois made a great save.

Oscar entered at the beginning of the second half to replace Kenedy and the Brazilian, along with Pato, was the protagonist of beautiful quick play on the left that led to Pedro’s first goal in the 46th minute.

After five minutes the Spanish striker scored the fourth goal after a terrible mistake by Aston Villa’s keeper, Guzan, who spilled an innocuous strike from Pato, with another tap-in right in front of the goal.

Game over and Chelsea had total control of the game, with Villa’s players trying to score at least a goal for their pride. The Birmingham side were actually denied a clear penalty after Azplicueta fouled Grealish in the box.

Chelsea defenders wanted to maintain a clean sheet and despite Villa attacking for all the rest of the second half and their comfortable score they kept the focus on the match and didn’t concede a single goal.

At the end of the game Villa’s fans praised their players, but the protest against the club went on.

Chelsea next week are away again at Swansea: another possible step towards the European competitions next year.

 

ASTON VILLA – Guzan, Hutton, Lescott, Richards, Cissokho, Sanchez (Bacuna 67′), Westwood, Gana (Lyden 82′)  Gil ( Grealish 66′), Gestede, Ayew

Unused Subs: Okore, Sinclair, Veretout, Bunn, 

Manager: Eric Black

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic (c), Miazga, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro ( Clarke-Salter 74′), Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy ( Oscar 46′) ; Remy ( Pato 23′)

Unused Subs: Begovic, Matic, Traore, Falcao

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Scorers: Loftus-Cheek 26′, Pato 45+1, Pedro 46′, 59′

Yellow Cards: Gueye 28′, Fabregas 29′, Cissokho 45′, Sanchez 61′, Hutton 78′, 85′, Westwood 87′

Red Cards: Hutton 85′ for double yellow card

 

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Venue: Villa Park

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After John Terry also Thibaut Courtois takes Instagram to send an apologies message to Chelsea fans after being knocked out from the FA Cup by Everton, losing the last target of this bad season.

The Belgian goalkeeper wrote on his profile:

“Disappointed with the result yesterday! We will do everything to end as high as possible in the league! #CFC”

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John Terry’s 700th game for Chelsea, most of them as a captain and leader of the team, couldn’t be more bitter.

The Blues skipper entered in the last minutes of one of the most disappointing games of this Chelsea disgraceful season and seemed one of the view, not to say the only one, that was really in pain to be knocked out from the FA Cup, the last trophy Chelsea was challenging for in this campaign.

The Chelsea legend took Instagram this morning to thank the fans for their support and to express his feelings after this bittersweet game.

Here is his post:

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In an interview to Canal + Blues legend Petr Cech admitted leaving Chelsea was the right decision:

“I made a good choice,” he is quoted by C+ journalist Matt Spiro:

“I had to decide between disappointing Chelsea fans & being happy. After 10 years thinking of club, I put myself first.

“I don’t know if Wenger sleeps better since he bought me. But when I met him, he explained how the club functions and I liked it.

“I knew Arsenal had team to challenge for title. Just need consistency. Last minute against Leicester changed the season. Now must keep momentum”.

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Guus Hiddink during last year's spell at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink has been doing a fine job since taking over at Chelsea in two different spells as an interim manager.

In 2009 he won the FA Cup winning all the games and lost the Champions League final only for…well, we know what!

After replacing Chelsea legend José Mourinho in December he hasn’t lost a game: actually, he lost just one out of 34 in these two spells.

After the last impressive performances, the fans over the web are asking the club to give the permanent job for the next season since they fell in love with him.

Here are some of the post we found around Twitter:

 

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