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Chelsea winger Willian spoke ahead of his side’s FA Cup Final against Arsenal.

The Brazilian star told Standard Sport: “It has been the toughest season of my career. Everyone knows what happened to my mother. It was very hard to play football after my mother passed away. I was so emotional and physically I didn’t feel good”. 

“I lost weight, around 4kg. – he added – I was still eating similar things, but I didn’t know what was happening. Of course there were occasions I didn’t want to eat because I was thinking about things so much. It was the stress of what I’d been through, mentally I didn’t feel well”.

“Now it feels like there have been two sides to the past year. One was very difficult, but the other side has been amazing because Chelsea have won a trophy and we hope to add another. I feel like the sun is shining again. I still have to go day by day, but I always try to look forward, not behind.”

“But my team-mates and everyone at the club were great with me also. They did so in little ways, with a hug or just by talking to me. They would give me the words to help me be strong and it was important for me.

“I spoke with the coach and he was very supportive. He sent me a message when it first happened and did other things to get me through it. 

“I was given the time to come back, to recover. After one or two months I started to play again, started to play well. I want to thank everyone so much.”

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Tianjin Quanjin has turned down rumors linking them with an agreement reached over the signing of Chelsea star Diego Costa. It is understood they are considering to lure the Spaniard from Stamford Bridge next summer, but some reports suggested the club have already started negotiations with his representatives.

Anyway, an official statement from the Chinese Super League outfit read: “For the past six months, our club have not involved in any form of communication and negotiation with Diego Costa nor his representatives.

“Our club will draw up a rational transfer plan as an aim to improve the spectator experience of the Chinese Super League and meet its sustainability demands.

“We won’t take part in any unhealthy competition, thus preventing all overpriced signings.”

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Sam Allardyce announced he has quit as manager of Crystal Palace after five months in charge as he is considering a retirement from professional football.

The manager wrote: “I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the Club in the Premier League.

“But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take – and that’s been the simple part for me.

The Eagles came from behind to beat Chelsea on 1st of April, with Sam Allardyce who secured Crystal Palace a stay in the Premier League despite 21 defeats from 38 games.

“I want to be able to savour life while I’m still relatively young and when I’m still relatively healthy enough to do all the things I want to do, like travel, spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager.

“This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.

“I would like to thank everybody for their messages of support since the news broke. I’ve no doubt I will miss management but I certainly have no regrets at this decision.”

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Chelsea won the FA Cup in 2012 after beating 2-1 Liverpool at Wembley, before the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. David Luiz and Cahill, who played in defense at the Allianz Arena, did not feature against the Reds as John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, both suspended for the incoming Champions League final, played that game.

David Luiz reckons he was “was trying hard to get fit for the Champions League final”.

“In the end, everything was good. I came back to play the most important game of my life with the worst physical condition to play it, but that made it even more magical. I was watching the FA Cup final with Gary,’ ‘and then afterwards we could celebrate on the pitch with our team-mates and the fans”.

“You have to go with your heart supporting your friends and giving your energy for them. It’s a team game, a collective sport. When you are not on the pitch for some reason – the option of the coach, or injury or suspension – you have to have a collective mentality and that means you enjoy every single situation”.

Then Luiz ended: “It feels the same even if you don’t play, of course. To win a title is not just about winning one game. It’s all the season. You prepare yourself, you train hard every day, you are together every day, and then sometimes it’s possible to play and sometimes it’s not. If you want to play for a big club you need to understand one thing – you need to have a collective mentality”.

Cahill added: “I was always going to miss the FA Cup final, so that was disappointing but obviously the bigger picture at that moment was the Champions League”.

“I have been fortunate enough to have all the trophies in England but it is the one I have wanted to do again for the obvious reason I would have loved to have played in the final”.

“One hundred per cent the FA Cup means a lot to me. I don’t know why people talk about it as if the shine has gone off it. For me it is the big cup competition in England and it always has been since I have been a kid, the one that everyone wants to get to and everyone wants to win, the one everyone watches as a kid so there is no shine off it for me. It is still huge”.

“I cannot remember watching a cup final when it has not been a nice day so hopefully it will be the same – Cahill added –It is all teed up to be a great game – two big-name clubs going head to head. Arsenal have a big reputation in this competition in the past few years and there is no motivation needed. It is a cup final and we are preparing well this week to be ready for that, and we hope we can finish the season on a high”.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was rewarded with the Golden Glove award, which is given to the goalkeeper who keeps the most clean sheets, the club’s official website have announced.

“I have to thank all of the team, you don’t do it alone, – the Belgian star said – Of course there were key saves that kept a clean sheet but all of the team defended well, it was a great year for everybody”.

Courtois probably made the best save against Sunderland in December at the Stadium of Light, where Patrick van Aanholt went close to scoring the equalizer in the extra-time.

He added: “Not only was it a clean sheet but that kept our winning run going, if that would have gone in maybe we would have had a bad feeling”.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill also celebrated John Terry speaking after the win against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

‘”It was all about celebrating – Cahill said – Celebrating a great player in John and celebrating the title. He’s such a great player and an idol at the football club”.

Then he added: “He gave me the armband and it’s been a great honour to be captain for a large part of the season, but we all know he’s the club captain. He holds that honour and he has that respect among the fans and players”.

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Premier League’s last fixture saw Chelsea against Sunderland, in a memorable game as John Terry played his last game with the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea captain lifted Premier League title alongside with Gary Cahill and the entire squad after beating 5-1 the Black Cats, which are officially relegated.

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Outstanding moments from Stamford Bridge, after Chelsea‘s home win over Sunderland in their last game of the season.

It was an emotional game for Blues’ captain John Terry, but also manager Antonio Conte was celebrated by fans and players. The Italian manager got ‘icebucket treatment’ from Chelsea players!

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after Blues’ captain John Terry today in the final speech at Stamford Bridge. He said: “It’s an mazing moment for us, we have to celebrate this win. For me, for the players is fantastic to celebrate with you. Today we have to celebrate all around the world! Come on Chelsea”.

Then Conte told SkySport Italia: “We had to work a lot to win this title, I found committed players and great fans, it has been a very tough season in every way”.

“We had to change several things this season, now we are celebrating and this is great, but since tomorrow we must be concentrate and focused on the FA Cup final against Arsenal”.

When asked about John Terry, Conte added: “John has been a vital player for me, he helped me during the season giving some advice. He started playing from the 1′ minute and then he suffered an injury, we changed our defensive system and he didn’t play every game. Anyway his behavior has always been great, he behaved like a captain but we must remember that he’s a legend”.

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“Today is one of the most difficult days of my life,” said John Terry after his last game at Stamford Bridge today, when Chelsea cruised to a 5-1 win against Sunderland.

“I have been very fortunate to play with unbelievable players and managers in career, thankful to every one of you. We all have to thank Roman Abramovich, I’d like to thank him and the board, the best in world football. He loves this club from the U8s up, year in year out, to give us best opportunity. On behalf of myself and fans, thanks”.

“I’d like to thank my wife and kids for supporting me on amazing journey I have had, I love you. Lastly you guys the fans, best supporters in the world without a shadow of a doubt. You have given everything from the age of 14, picked me up when I was down, sung my name when I have had bad games and disappointed you”.

“Thank you will never be enough, but I will be back here one day, – Terry ended – I will always be supporting the team and players from the bottom of my heart”.

Terry also paid tribute to departing first-team coach Steve Holland and manager Antonio Conte, who praised the Blues’ captain in his last day at Stamford Bridge


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