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Chelsea will face Burnley at Turf Moor on on Thursday 19 April, as the club’s official website confirmed earlier this evening.

“Kick-off will be 7.45pm and it will be shown live on Sky Sports” the statement read.

“The home match versus Huddersfield, also postponed, has yet to be given a new date”.

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Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) celebrates with Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (C) after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Chelsea at the John Smith's stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on December 12,

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte explained reasons behind his decision to take off Willian and Tiemoue Bakayoko earlier in the second half. The Spanish winger scored a vital goal in yesterday’s 1-2 win over the Foxes at King Power Stadium.

About Willian, Conte said: “He was very tired, he played a fantastic game with and without the game. He is in a fantastic physical condition. I am very pleased with him, but we decided to take this decision”. 

“The same for [Andreas] Christensen. After the Barcelona game we spent a lot of energy and played 120 minutes tonight.”

And about Bakayoko: “Baka got a yellow card, and we are talking about a player with great physicality. In a game like this, you have to prevent a second yellow card. For this reason, I decided to change him.”

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Latest Chelsea signing Olivier Giroud believes his decision to leave Arsenal to join the Premier League champions was “definitely the best choice” for development and professional career in English football.

The Frenchman told Standard Sport: “I am settling in quite well. I am very pleased with my understanding with the boys. Obviously, not everything is perfect but I try to be that target man that the boss asks me to be. To be a link with the number 10s, tonight it was Hazard and Willian. It is not easy to sign in winter for a new club so I try to adapt myself as quickly as I can.

“I think there’s always room for improvement but I am quite happy with what we are doing on the pitch. We have good team cohesion. I think if we play with the spirit we did tonight we can achieve got things at the end of the championship”.

“I want to be at my best level now, I am working hard in training to be ready. Of course, sometimes you can close your eyes and score and sometimes the goal gets smaller like the other game against Palace. Trust me, I keep working hard and I am doing my best to reach my targets. So you can count on me to do my best, to be at my best level as soon as I can.”

The Frenchman, when asked if Chelsea are targeting the FA Cup as their main goal ahead of next clash against Leicester City, added: “I did well in the FA Cup with my old team Arsenal. I had a good past, but I want to arrive in the final with Chelsea. When I first came to England I knew the FA Cup was very special for the fans. It’s basically the oldest competition in football so it’s massive and I’ve been lucky enough to win three of them.

“I am unbeaten at Wembley and to win the FA Cup there is massive. Wembley is an amazing stadium and the atmosphere is always special, the pitch is fantastic, so everything is there for you to have a good game. Hopefully, we can get there again this year. I’m at Chelsea to win trophies and the FA Cup is the one we can win.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gave a positive update on his contract situation at Stamford Bridge after some reports suggested a possible move to La Liga giants Real Madrid, with also PSG reportedly interested in placing a bid for the 25-year-old. The Belgian’s deal currently expires in June 2019, as Courtois himself confirmed: I have a contract until next year and I will be here. I will do my best for it, I am committed to Chelsea” he told Standard Sport.

“Obviously there is no extension signed but I don’t think now is the moment to do it. I think it is better to wait until the end of the season. All I can say is I’m committed to Chelsea and also committed for next year. I have no other thing to say. It’s easy when you have only one year remaining that other people might say something”. 

Then he added: “I’m a bit annoyed by it because it’s a talking point and it’s a thing people went to dwell on. But I think the focus now should be on winning our League games to get a top four finish and back in the Champions League for next season as well as going through in the FA Cup. That’s the most important thing and is what we have to do”.

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Wissam Ben Yedder was the man of the match in the 1-2 win of La Liga side Sevilla against Manchester United at Old Trafford last night. The Red Devils (despite a more comfortable situation following the 0-0 in the first-leg at Sanchez Pizjuan) conceded a late double from the Frenchman, who came off the bench in the second half to score a stunning brace.

Then Chelsea have a chance to join Manchester City and Liverpool onto the next stage, as both Tottenam Hotspur and Manchester United have been kicked out.

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Chelsea will face La Liga giants Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League second-leg to pass through the Quarter Finals. Here’s some team news for the teams in contention:


  • Nelson Semedo, Yerry Mina and Denis Suarez are all ruled out of the clash due to injuries;
  • Andrés Iniesta could feature against the Blues after being selected in the provisional squad for the clash at Nou Camp.


  • Antonio Conte recently confirmed defender Antonio Rudiger is expected to be fully-fit after recovering from a minor injury, which kept him out of the last Premier League game against Crystal Palace;
  • Ross Barkley (hamstring) and David Luiz (knee and ankle) are out.

Predicted Line-Ups

BARCELONA – Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Paulinho, Busquets, Gomes; Messi, Suárez

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Kanté, Fàbregas, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard

Kick-Off: 7.45PM BST

Venue: Nou Camp

Referee: Damir Skomina

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Former Barcelona and Chelsea defender Juliano Belletti spoke ahead of tonight’s clash against the Spanish giants at Nou Camp.

The Brazilian star told Chelsea’s official website: “The first leg was a top-quality game with great players on both sides, the first game was good for Barcelona, but I think Chelsea can surprise them at the Camp Nou as well, because they have a lot of good players, as do Barcelona, so it will definitely be another great game.

“Of course Chelsea have a chance, but have to give a lot of respect to Barcelona, because they are a good team as well, so there are no favourites for this match. It is just a great opportunity to see a great match”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Barcelona at Nou Camp. The Italian manager also praised Alvaro Morata, who struggled to find the net recently: “I can repeat always the same concept” he said.

“For Morata this is the first full season in his career. In the past, with Madrid and Juve he was on the bench. For this reason we must have great patience and are talking about an important striker.

Then Conte added: “He is a really important prospect for Chelsea. He is in contention for tomorrow’s game, I can tell you this. I saw great will and focus to fight for a place.”

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Manchester City remain unstoppable at the top of Premier League table after beating Stoke City at Bet365 Stadium tonight. David Silva scored a brace to secure the fourth Premier League win in a row.

Chelsea remain 5th in the standings ahead of their trip to Barcelona and FA Cup Quarter Final against Leicester City. Then Antonio Conte‘s men will face Tottenham Hotspur, who are currently enjoying a 3rd position with 61 points. Harry Kane suffered a serious ankle injury, which could keep him nearly two months out.


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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill believes the Blues should remain focused on a top four place as “qualifying for the Champions League is the ambition”. 

The England international told Chelsea’s official website: “We had to show a lot of determination, the three points was all that mattered today, however we got them. In the first half, we could have got three or four. By the end they were throwing everything at it, as you’d expect. They made it difficult late on”.

‘We have to show a lot of courage and ambition to finish the season strongly. Qualifying for the Champions League is the ambition. We have put ourselves in a difficult situation, and we have to work hard to get ourselves out of it”.

Then Cahill added: “Up until the Bournemouth game things were fine, and since then results haven’t gone our way. We have to show the character and work-rate we did yesterday to finish in the top four”.


It seems Real Madrid want to sign Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso during the next summer transfer window, but now according to reports by Don Balon and The Daily Star another Spanish big team...