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Marcus Rashford claimed Manchester United are ready to exact revenge after Premier League 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in October.

José Mourinho’s side will face Chelsea on 11th March.

Rushford said: “At this stage of the competition you’re going to be facing a good team no matter where you go, I think we’ve just got to take it game by game”.

“We’re on a good run of form and so are they, so I think it’ll be a good game”.

The England international added: “We’ll go there confident and to win the game”.


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Manchester United manager José Mourinho spoke after his side’s away win against Blackburn Rovers, a result which led the Red Devils into F.A. Cup Quarter-Finals where they’ll face Chelsea.

When asked about the Blues, he is quoted to have said: “Probably Chelsea can only think about the FA Cup because I think they are champions and they have nothing else to fight for,” 

“The FA Cup is something I believe is important for them. I have to play St Etienne, I have to play the League Cup final, I have to play hopefully another opponent in the Europa League”.

Then Mourinho ended: “I have to fight for a top-four position in the Premier League. I have so many things to think about.”

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta was asked to name his Premier League idols after the Blues crucial win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in FA Cup fifth round yesterday.

The Spaniard said: “Very much [Frank] Lampard and [Didier] Drogba. I like the way they played and even more so when I came here and I had the chance to have them in the dressing room”.

Azpilicueta joined Chelsea from Olympique Marseille in 2012 lifting the Europa League trophy in 2013.

He played only 18′ against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux, as he replaced Blues’ winger Pedro.


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Chelsea defender Nathan Ake spoke after his side’s away win against Wolverhampton at the Molineux yesterday.

The Dutchman, who has been recalled from Bournemouth, made his second start for Chelsea in this season’s FA Cup

“I’m really happy to get another start, playing with great players, – Ake told the club’s official website – I can only learn from that and hopefully I can push on and get better every time. We’re really pleased with the win, a bit less so with the performance, but we knew it was going to be a difficult place to come”.

“The first 30 minutes, for sure, they were on top. They pressed us high, we couldn’t play out and it was really difficult. The crowd was behind them, so we just needed to get through that”.

“I think in the second half we came out much better, we kept the ball and created more chances and I don’t think they created anything”.

About Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, he added: “The manager told us to push more and give more energy because it looked like they gave more in the first half. They won second balls and things like this”.

“We needed to match that, and get better than them, and I think in the second half we did – we won first and second balls and we were more confident on the ball as well. Places like this are difficult. It’s always going to be physical and hard, and you need to match that”.

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Chelsea defender John Terry captained the squad in the F.A. Cup clash against Wolverhampton last time out.

The England star told the club’s official website after the game: Wolves started very well and made it difficult for us, especially in the first 20 minutes which we expected before the game,”

“It was pretty much a wake-up call seeing the other results on the day and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy coming here, it is a tough place, but I thought we did well in the end”.

About former Chelsea youngster George Saville, who missed a clear chance to score in the first half: “It would have been nice for him but it wasn’t to be, – Terry added – But the main thing for our team, especially for the likes of me and Cesc Fabregas who haven’t been playing regularly, is when we get the opportunity to play, we come in and keep winning and we keep that momentum”.

“We have to give the manager food for thought as well because the other boys have been superb. As a group we have been training well and they have been flying in the league. All we can do as a group is keep winning football matches and make it difficult for everyone else”.

Then Terry added: “As you see when we went away to Burnley last week, everyone expected us to pick up three points. This year, especially in the Premier League, everyone is beating everyone. It is not like five or 10 years ago when you could look at a fixture and think we can go there and pick up three points and move on to the next match”.

“Everyone is set up really well and the quality of players has increased over the years as well. It is a long, long way to go but the most important thing this weekend is we are in the hat for the FA Cup draw”.

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Chelsea struggled to get the lead as home side Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a great performance in the first half with goal attempts and several chances created.

At 6′ former Chelsea youngster Saville struck the post as Kurt Zouma did not control a high ball into the penalty area.

Willian went close to scoring a few minutes later with a lob, well scrambled away by Wolves keeper Ikeme.

In the second half Diego Costra tried to score first: the Spaniard twisted but his shot crashed into the side netting.

Pedro Willian Chelsea

Chelsea unmarked winger Pedro found a crucial goal at 65′ taking advantage of a wonderful ball from Willian. Then Diego Costa didn’t waste his second chance and scored with a low clinical shot after receiving the ball from Fabregas.

Chelsea win a tough game, which means that Antonio Conte goes through next stage reaching FA Cup Quarter-Finals.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Begovic; Zouma, Terry (c), Ake; Moses, Fabregas, Chalobah, Pedro (Azpilicueta72); Willian (Kante 80), Diego Costa, Hazard (Loftus-Cheek 85).
Unused subs: Eduardo, Cahill, Kenedy, Batshuayi.
Scorers Pedro 64, Diego Costa 89
Pedro 48

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Ikeme; Coady, Batth (c), Hause, Doherty; Price, Saville (Saiss 83); Costa, Edwards, Weimann (Wilson 74); Bodvarsson (Ronan 83).
Unused subs: Burgoyne, Stearman, Evans, Saiss, Rona, Enobakhare
Saville 20, Weimann 32

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 30,193

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Chelsea are struggling to get the lead as home side Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a great performance in the first half with goal attempts and several chances created.

Former Chelsea youngster Saville struck the post as Kurt Zouma did not control a high ball into the penalty area.

Willian went close to scoring a few minutes later with a lob, well scrambled away by Wolves keeper Ikeme.

Good performances from Victor Moses and Cesc Fabregas so far, while both Nathaniel Chalobah and Kurt Zouma seem to be in trouble when they cope with Wolves’ counter-attacks.



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Wolverhampton Wanderers 


Chelsea – Begovic; Zouma, Terry (c), Ake; Moses, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs:  Eduardo, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Kenedy, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Venue: Molineux Stadium

Kick-Off: 5.30 BST

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, when asked about the development of Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Stamford Bridge so far, said: “We trust a lot in him. I don’t want a loan for Ruben, I don’t want this. I want him to stay because he’s ready to play for the first team. If he shows me that he wants to play, he knows he plays”.

When asked about Conte’s words, the U-21 starlet told the club’s official website: “At my age I just want to be playing so for him to say he wanted me to stay gives me confidence that the chances will come, and when they do I just need to make sure I take them”.

“I look to improve and learn as much as I can, and it doesn’t matter to me which position, I’ll always give my best”.

 Conte Ruben small

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that he’ll always leave doors open for his players, as some decisions made by the Italian coach could be misunderstood.

When asked about the importance of backroom bonding, Conte said: “The best way is to leave your door always open”

“If I have to make a choice, it is not important to always explain this choice but if the player wants to ask me, the player knows very well that my door is always open to explain the reason why I made this decision”.

Then he ended: “When you are honest in your choices you can always look your player straight in the eye”. 


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