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Gary Gahill was seen giving Chelsea‘s armband to John Terry, who replaced David Luiz for the closing stages of the Middlesbrough game.

The Blues’ defender, speaking about his teammate and compatriot, explained to Chelsea’s official website the reason why he wanted to hand over the armband to Terry.

“I offered it to him last time he came on but sometimes he’s a bit superstitious and he didn’t want it, which was fair enough – Cahill explained – He’s obviously the club captain and he deserves the armband, it was great to see him out there”.

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Chelsea are in FA Cup Semifinal against Tottenham Hotspur, rival also in the Premier League only 4 points behind Antonio Conte‘s men so far.

Rumours of the Italian manager resting Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were confirmed.

 

Official Line Ups have been announced:

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1) Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), David Luiz, Ake; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro.

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Chalobah, Fabregas, Hazard, Diego Costa.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (3-4-2-1) – Lloris (C), Trippier, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Dembele, Son, Eriksen, Dele, Kane.

Subs: Lopez, Davies, Walker, Wimmer, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Janssen.

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

 

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Kick-Off: 5.15PM BST

Venue: Wembley Stadium

 

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Chelsea (3-4-3) – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Chalobah, Oscar, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Tottenham (4-2-3-1) – Lloris (C), Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Wimmer, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane

Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Winks, Onomah, Nkoudou, Janssen.

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 5.30PM BST

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has fully recovered from his knee ligament injury suffered against Manchester United in February last season.

“I am very pleased to play another 90 minutes. I need to play, keep going and to work because I was out for a long time, – claimed Zouma – I am very happy to play (for the Under-23s), I need game-time. I am used to being with the first team, but I am so lucky because I can play with the Under-23s and with a very good team”.

The French star is currently playing with Chelsea’s Under-23 team in order to find the right shape and played alongside John Terry, Cesc Fabregas and Michy Batshuayi against Southampton’s kids in a 3-2 victory on Monday.

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of Blues‘ next clash against Southampton.

The Italian manager gave an injury update: “The situation is the same, Fabregas is not able and Ivanovic has fully recovered. So we have all the players available and I have to take the best decision for the starting XI”.

About captain John Terry, who received unfair criticism following his poor performance against West Ham in the EFL Cup Round Four last night: “I don’t like to talk about individual players for the performances, we win and lose together”.

“John came back from an injury and it’s not easy to find the right shape quickly, but I’m satisfied with him and the team”.

“I know that Terry is an important players for us, if he plays or if he doesn’t play, also for the changing room and the club – Conte added – I have always to take the best decisions for the team and not for a single player”.

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte took a view on next clash against Arsenal.

The Blues are set to face the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and the manager is confident that his squad can overpass the last disappointing dome defeat to Liverpool.

When asked about the opponent, Conte said: “I am sure this is a big game between two big rivals, it’s important to play a good game after a defeat against Liverpool”.

“We are set to face a good team, good rivals. I am sure that Arsenal will fight until the end to win the title, they have young players, great players with good physical potential, they show good football and good organization”. 

The manager confirmed he’s very happy with the level the team reached since his arrival this summer: “I am sure we are working to reach a level always high and I see that this team can improve a lot. When you start a work in a team and you bring a new idea of football is normal to need time, but we trust in our work and we all know we can improve a lot”.

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Chelsea won the clash against Bristol Rovers in their EFL Cup second round at Stamford Bridge thanks to Victor Moses‘ goal and Michy Batshuayi, who scored a brace.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek tried to score with a right footed shot from outside the box, but Bristol Rovers’ goalkeeper blocked the ball brilliantly.

Victor Moses and Michy Batshuayi both had three clear chances before the Belgium international scored the opener with a left footed shoot from the centre of the box, assisted by Nemanja Matic.

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A few minutes later Victor Moses managed to score the 2-0 but Paul Hartley’s header reduced the gap for the visitors at 35′.

Then, with 5’ left to go, Michy Batshuayi scored his own brace into the penalty area and led Chelsea to the 3-1 at the half time.

In the second half Bristol Rovers got a penalty, converted into a goal by Harrison, while Chelsea winger Pedro was shown a yellow card.

The clash became tough, Chelsea tried to score but the visitors showed determination and strength on the pitch.

Then Pedro was substituted for Belgium international Eden Hazard and John Terry replaced Ola Aina, while Oscar came in for Loftus-Cheek at 82′.

In the extra time Batshuayi had the chance to score a hat-trick but he was caught offside and the flag was up just before the final whistle: 3-2 for Chelsea, Conte won his first EFL Cup’s game under his management.

Chelsea 3-2 Bristol Rovers

Michy Batshuayi 29′, 41′ Victor Moses 31′, Peter Hartley 35′, Harrison 48′

Chelsea: Begovic; Aina, Cahill, Ivanovic, (c), Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi, Moses.

SubsCourtois, Terry , Chalobah, Oscar, Hazard, Solanke, Diego Costa.

Bristol Rovers: Mildenhall; Leadbitter, Lockyer (c), Hartley, Brown, Sinclair, O Clarke, Bodin, Lines, James, Harrison.

Subs: Puddy, J Clarke, Montano, Easter, Broom, Gaffney, Taylor.

Referee – Keith Stroud

Venue – Stamford Bridge

Bookings: Pedro 48′, Easter 71′, Taylor 86′

 

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, speaking about John Terry‘s contract extension with the Blues, told Goal.com: “We were buzzing when we found out he signed again, he has been here for so long, he is such a good leader.”

“I think if we had lost John, we would have a lot less leadership in the dressing room. So we are buzzing to have him here still.”

“He brings experience with what he has done and he is such a nice person as well. He brings everyone together, everyone has respect for him.”

The 20-year-old added: “They listen to him, he is the captain of Chelsea, we respect him for that and he is such a nice person. He will help you and try and sort things out. He is just a top man really.”

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic spoke about John Terry after the captain signed a new deal to stay at Stamford Bridge one more year.

Begovic believes the one-year contract offered to Terry is a good move by the club and told Sky Sports News HQ: “It’s very important. John’s a legend and always will be, and is a great person to have around.”

“He has presence, and we will look forward to having him around the dressing room next season.”

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