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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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French striker Olivier Giroud believes Chelsea is not in crisis even if the Blues lost their last two Premier League games vs Manchester United and Manchester City.

I don’t even question myself about that — it is not a crisis,” Giroud said. “We have played (Manchester) United and City away. Obviously we could have done better but these are not small games. We are not happy with that (but) it is not the day and the moment to question whether we are behind the boss or not. Obviously we are behind him and we are all sticking together.  It is not a good weekend for us because our opponents in the Champions League race won, but we still have nine games to go. We will believe until the end and keep the faith in our game. Some top teams will play against each other — you never know. We need to keep the focus on this and win the next game and go step by step. We need momentum to reach fourth place.”

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On Sunday Chelsea will face Manchester City: Pep Guardiola‘s side are top of the league and they are just few weeks away from winning the Premier League title.

On the other hand the Blues are fighting for a spot in the top four and in the next Champions League, but Chelsea manager Antonio Conte want to be closer to Manchester City beginning from next season and so he invites the London club to share his ambitions.

It is not a question for me about ambition, the club has to show ambition. The coach works every day every hard, but the club has to show ambition”. Conte said and then added about Manchester City:  “We must have great admiration for them, because they are having a fantastic season, it is very difficult to find a weakness in this team. When you work very well and there is great feeling, then you can work the way you want to improve your team. Also City have chance to spend a lot of money, and when you link a good manager and that much money, this is the final result.” 


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Speaking to the press ahead of Sunday game vs Chelsea, Manchester United’s manager José Mourinho claimed that, even if neither the Red Devils nor the Blues are fighting for the Premier League title, the clash between these two teams remains always very important:

For the past 10-15 years, Manchester United versus Chelsea are big matches. This is one more – different circumstances because many times these were matches for the title and this time I think us and them would agree that’s not the case. But we both play for the top four and it’s a big game regardless of what’s at stake. Last season, they were fighting to be champions and we were not even fighting to be in the top four but it was still a big game.” Mourinho said. “To play against Chelsea means less and less and less over the years, so of course I left already a couple of years ago and next season three years ago and the year later four years ago. So, I hope step by step that feeling of ‘I was the Chelsea manager’ or ‘I was their manager’ for them disappears. The real meaning of it is that it’s two of the best teams in England and two of the biggest clubs playing one more match.”

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard belives the Blues must change their strategy in the next summer transfer window if they want to compete to win the Premier League.

In particular, Lampard claims, Chelsea have to follow the two Manchester’s clubs example. “It is very evident that in terms of strengthening, they didn’t [last summer]. They lost big players in [Nemanja] Matic and [Diego] Costa and they did buy some but I think the manager wasn’t that happy with that”.  Lampard said. “There was a downturn in performances from the players as well, which can happen having won a league, which is disappointing. It is important for Chelsea, for continuity, to come in the top four. We are not going to win the league this year so they have to come in the top four and try to have a Champions League run. There need to be some serious questions in the summer, to say: ‘Ok, everyone else is recruiting around us, the Manchester clubs in particular’ and you are going to have to match that to a degree to stay in the game. That’s the way football has gone.”


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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was very frustrated this afternoon after his team’s defeat vs West Ham.

According to Conte himself it’s impossible for the Blues to think to confirm their Premier League title and their goal is now to finish in the top four of the table.

This is the fourth defeat in 16 games. When you have these stats it’s impossible to think you are in the title race. If you want to stay in the race for the title in the first part of the season you can only lose once or twice.” – Conte said – “Today it was very difficult, our start was bad and it was difficult to come back. We created chances but didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat. Many of the players were tired. It’s normal. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are playing almost always. Today our ideas were not so clear. We made a lot of mistakes from the final pass. We can do better.”


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Speaking to Sport Review on BT Sport, Jermaine Jenas made his predictions for the Premier League season that has just started.

The former Spurs midfielder believes both Manchester sides and Chelsea will make it to the top four, but Pep Guardiola’s team will win the title:

“I think both Manchester clubs will be in the top four along with Chelsea, Jenas claimed.

“Then it’s almost a battle between Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal.

“I think Spurs will do it and end up in the top four. They’ll have enough and get used to Wembley.

“And I think Manchester City will win the league. Those are my predictions!”

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Chelsea second goalkeeper Asmir Begovic revealed what is the team target in this new season under Antonio Conte:

“The main goal is the top four and we can do it,” Begovic is quoted as saying by The Daily Mirror.

“Of course we want to win the title but getting back in the Champions league is crucial.”

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Nemanja Matic in action © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is optimistic and believes that the Blues, now 10th in the table with 40 points – 10 points under Manchester City that occupies the fourth spot with 50 points and one game in hand- can still finish in the top four.

“We’re a big team and we want to be closer to the top four,” the Serbian midfielder stated after the draw with Stoke City.

“It’s very difficult to catch them but we will try our best to win every game.

“We can certainly be in the top six and who knows what happens if we keep winning.

“It’s difficult – and maybe impossible – but in football anything can happen.”

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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel stated that Chelsea is a better place since José Mourinho has gone:

“We’ve moved on and the atmosphere has improved since the change of manager. It’s fine now, we’ve just not been getting results. José is a fantastic manager and will always be a fantastic guy. But sometimes football is a cruel game and you have to move on. He came back to the club a second time and won two trophies but now he’s gone and we have to move on. Is it the right decision? Who knows? We’ll only see in the future.

“He [Hiddink] hasn’t changed much yet but he was here before and he knows the place and all the staff. The players are different – only me and John Terry were here before – but he knows what to do. We’re down there in the table for a reason so he can’t come in and perform miracles but we want to get out of there and climb the table. We’ve had three games now without losing so are making the right steps.”

Mikel cannot explain why Chelsea went through such a bar run:

“I’ve been as confused as everyone else. It’s difficult when you’re not playing, as you don’t really know what the problems are. I wasn’t playing that much under Mourinho so couldn’t put my finger on what was going wrong. It was a collective thing – the players and the manager were not performing.”

Sometimes you could see in the game that they had chances to attack but were a little bit skeptical or hesitant. Maybe they were a little bit scared.

“I don’t think they were really scared but just a bit cautious. They were playing not to lose as well. Because of the fast players we have up front, who can break, they were cautious and approached the game not to lose. Both teams are not in the right place right now to attack, attack, attack, attack. Sometimes you have to be smart and settle for a point.”

On Rooney and Oscar tackle he said: “I didn’t see the tackle but from what I’ve heard it was a bit high. The other players were talking about it at the end and they said he should have been sent off. Oscar is fine though.”

For the midfielder the top four is still possible:

“I don’t think it’s gone yet. We’ve got a lot of games left to play and points to catch up. If we keep going in this direction and keep keeping clean sheets then we’ll definitely score goals.”



Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero made his 1st appearance for Argentina in the 2-0 win over Italy at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester last night. The 36-year-old was sensational...