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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte clarified how important is FA Cup for the Blues, despite Eden Hazard and Diego Costa both started from the bench against Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinal at Wembley.

The Italian manager has pointed out the importance of playing different players during the season, especially in the last month of campaign. “When you arrive in this part of the season, – Conte said - When you know you are to play three tough games. One in the semi-final to reach the final in a top game. This game was top in our priority. Then you have to play again on Tuesday,’ he explained afterwards”.

‘It’s important for the league against a team that has to rest ten days. Tottenham have one more day to rest. They play the day after against Palace”.

Then Conte added: “You must take a strong decision and take the responsibility to take this decision. It’s not easy to decide to start the game without two important players”.

“You must take this responsibility and involve the players in your plan and to operate with this decision is good.”

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Chelsea have now won 11 straight games at home in all competitions: obviosly the team is in a very good form, but behind this run there’s also something else.

According to Eden Hazard this is the “Stamford Bridge factor”: “Yes, it’s significant”. – the Belgian player told Standard Sport – “It’s difficult for the opponent to come here and win games. Do I get that feeling that some teams are beaten before kick-off? Yes. We are playing better than last season”.

“We are in full confidence here on this pitch”. – added Hazard – “You know the fans bring everything, they support us. I remember against Tottenham earlier in the season when they scored, but the supporters kept going, they kept singing. It’s great and we feel very good on this pitch.”

Chelsea’s form this season at the Bridge is very different from last year, when they won just one League game in five months.

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It seems Isco wants to leave Real Madrid at the end of this season:  the 24- year old midfielder has started just 11 of 21 La Liga games so he hopes to find another team which can guarantee him a more regular presence in the starting XI.

Chelsea is one of the Premier League’s teams reportedly keeping an eye on Isco along with Tottenham and Manchester City.

Also Juventus is monitoring the Spanish player’s situation.

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Chelsea will face either Newcastle or Tottenham in the Fa Youth Cup semifinal: Jodi Morris’s side opponent will be decided Monday 27 February when Newcastle will host the Spurs for their quarter-final tie.

The Blues will play the first leg away, then they will host their opponents at Stamford Bridge. Tickets information and dates will be announced after Monday 27 February

Chelsea now have the chance to lift the trophy for the fourth consecutive year after winning the last two finals against Manchester City and, in the 2013/14 season, defeating Fulham.

In the other Fa Youth Cup semifinal Preston-Stoke City quarter final tie’s winner will face Aston Villa-Manchester City winner.

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Schurrle had an 18 month spell at Stamford Bridge

Tottenham are set to place a bid to sign ex Chelsea player Andre Schürrle.

The German winger left Stamford Bridge in January 2015 for £22m to join Wolfsburg but he wasn’t able to make an impact there.

The 25-year-old is said to be unhappy with life under head coach Dieter Hecking and he wants out.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino would like to give him another chance in the Premier League but they have to be aware of Borussia Dortmund, that is really keen on the ex Chelsea attacking midfielder as well.

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Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly said that he is not interested in the “rumours” linking him with the vacant job as the Chelsea manager in the summer. Reports have linked him and a series of other managers with the job currently held on an interim basis by Guus Hiddink. The current Tottenham Hotspurs manager has lead a young side to 4th in the Premier league so far this season and has transformed them into title contenders.

He said “No I don’t mind, we are supposed to receive the rumours and we are in a media that all is about rumours,” after being asked if links to the Chelsea job has affected his current club.

“But I don’t care about that.It’s the same with any rumours about players, there’s a lot of names in the media now. My focus is here, to try for success at Tottenham and to work hard. That’s all about rumours.

“I always work for the present and the future. I’m very happy here. We’ve created after 18 months a very good group, with a strong basis for success in the future and I’m very happy. My job is to be focused, not to hear rumours. The most important thing is that I’m focused on my job.”

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho revealed that his relationship with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is really good.

The two coaches have known each other since their time in Spain, when the Argentinian manager was in charge at Espanyol while Mourinho was managing Real Madrid:

“We respect each other, we’ve known each other for a long time.We cannot be close friends because, to be close friends you have to have a certain kind of relationship. But we are friends. We have good feelings for each other.

“Also his technical staff and my technical staff have known each other for a long time too, so relations are very good. It’s the kind of match where the fourth official will have a peaceful time because we are very happy to be seated almost together.

“We met a couple of times after he left Espanyol, when he was preparing himself for the next step. In that period we met a couple of times, but nothing important.”

The two also met last March, in the Capital One Cup final in Wembey, that Chelsea won:

“In that cup final I was so happy with the victory, but I could feel a little bit of time to think about him. Tottenham hadn’t won a title for a long time. Mauricio is still waiting for his first title as a manager. I could imagine that he was very disappointed. So I had a little bit of time to feel for him and to give him a nice word.

“But the team is really good. They kept the players they wanted to keep. I think they brought the right players in. The squad is very good and has a lot of potential. There is no pressure on them, like there is on the other four or five top teams to reach important positions. So they have great conditions to do the magnificent work they are doing.

“When I was in a team where the objective was not to be relegated, in December I was third and it was fantastic. You could go into every match and you know that you can lose. You can bring in young players without problems, even if they’re not ready. You go to play the top teams and if you win you’re a hero. If you don’t win, it’s something very natural. And to be fair, I enjoyed it.”

Mourinho also explained that everything is ok with Diego Costa, after a little discussion they had in Haifa at half time:

“Everything is okay, there is no problem. In the game I told him from a distance, with gestures, that I was not happy with the movement he did. He told me also a few nice words from where he was,” Mourinho laughed. “Nothing happened. Nothing happened at all.

“He’s not reading the game properly in these actions. That was my opinion. As a striker you must read it. You have to play not just when you have the ball, but also when others have the ball. You have to try to anticipate things. It’s just a question of reading the game faster. Everything is an accumulation (of confidence). It’s not because you score one goal against Norwich that suddenly you are again on fire. It will be a process.”

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