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Chelsea star Willian,  after 2-2 draw against West Ham, told SkySports: ” We played very well in a really open game, especially in the second half when we fought doing our best. We have to continue playing every remaining game with the power we showed in the second half. We started it very well, but in our best moment Andy Carrol scored.”

The Brazilian international added: “It’s difficult to play when you have not chances to win the league but we have to do it and do our best to end the season in the best way.”

Then, about Fabregas first score: “He trained a little bit in the training ground, even if I usually take the free-kicks I’m glad for his two goals. He brought us to the draw.”

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Starting XI

Courtois 6 – Played well in goal and made some good saves. Couldn’t do much about the goals.

Ivanovic 7 – Got down the wing well in an attacking sense and put some quality balls into the box.

Cahill 6 – Held the line well. Made some good tackles.

Terry 6 – A good partnership with Cahill and seemed solid at the back despite the team conceding 2 goals.

Azpilicueta 7 – Got forward well and played well defensively.

Mikel 6 – Didn’t have much impact on the game.

Fabregas 8 – Scored 2 goals. A fantastic free-kick and a calmly struck penalty.

Willian 7 – Did well in the game but couldn’t influence with a goal or an assist.

Oscar 6 – Made some good attacking runs and found himself in some good positions.

Kenedy 5 – Struggled to get into the game. Replaced at half time after a blow to the face.

Remy 6 – slightly isolated upfront for some parts but did hold the ball up well when asked.


Pedro 6 – Good control on the ball but couldn’t influence the game much.

Traore 6 – Played well and made some good runs on the ball. Also saved a goal after a goal-line clearance late on.

Loftus-Cheek 7 – Won the penalty for the equaliser after a winding run into the box. Could have won the game with an opportunity late on.


Guus Hiddink 7 – Did well to change his tactics after West Ham seemed to control the game early on.


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Chelsea take on Everton at Goodison Park in the FA Cup quarter final. As the Blues come off the back of a disappointing defeat in the Champions League to PSG.

The FA Cup, now the only piece of silverware Chelsea can compete for the Blues fielded their strongest possible side. Hazard the only absentee from the side that played PSG and he was replaced for Nemanja Matic, as Fabregas pushed slightly further upfield.

After a very stop start first half hour, in which there were few chances created. A yellow card was given to Costa for a challenge on Barry. Soon followed by a nasty tackle by Coleman on Pedro in which the Spaniard took his time in returning to the action.

A half chance soon came for Everton after a long looping ball in from the right found Lukaku who managed to pull away from his defender but was always stretching and couldn’t get enough on his header to trouble Courtois.

Chelsea had a sustained period of pressure in the Everton third of the pitch, easily passing the ball around, but unable to create any real chances of note. A quicker tempo was needed to break the well organised Everton defence.

It took till the 43rd minute for Chelsea to have their first shot on target. After Jagielka fouled Fabregas 30 yards from goal and was booked for his challenge. Willian went on to take the free-kick and fizzed a strike in that was tipped over by Robles.

The second half started just as slow as the first half had finished. Funes Mori found space at an Everton corner but could only head over.

But just as we approached the hour mark, Fabregas picked the ball up and drove into space to slide in Diego Costa who managed to round Robles but at an extremely tight angle rolled the ball across the Everton goal line. Just like on Wednesday Costa looks like the man to make something happen for Chelsea tonight.

Everton then came back in to the game, looking quick and precise on the counter attack and with Lukaku leading the line, he was nearly played in one on one with Courtois and just managed to get a toe to it, but the Belgian keeper managed to smother it away. One of Everton’s clearest sights of goal.

After his first half chance, Lukaku then went one better. An incredible run by the Belgian forward, beating off Ivanovic and Azpilicueta driving in to the box past Mikel and then dummied Cahill twice to strike low in to the far corner of the goal and make it 1-0 to Everton.

Lukaku soon had his second of the night, sinking Chelsea’s season. He was played in behind the Blues defence with Kenedy playing him onside and struck it with his right foot, through the legs of Courtois and make it 2-0.

The game had been threatening to boil over, and a frustrated Costa was fouled by Barry, got up and put his head into Barry’s and both were booked but it was a second yellow for Costa and subsequently got sent off. Just two minutes later Barry was booked for taking out Fabregas and both were down to 10 men for the final 5 minutes.

This poor performance from Chelsea has essentially brought an early end to a terrible season. The quicker it is over the better.

EVERTON – Robles, Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka (c), Baines, Cleverley, Barry, Lennon (Stones 88′), McCarthy, Barkley (Besic 90+2), Lukaku (Niasse 90+4)

Unused subs: Howard, Osman, Deulofeu, Kone.

Yellow cards: Jagielka, Barry

Red card: Barry 87′

Goals: Lukaku 78′ 82′

Manager: Roberto Martinez

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Kenedy (Terry 83′); Mikel, Matic (Remy 81′); Willian (Oscar 73′), Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa

Unused Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Traore.

Yellow cards: Costa , Fabregas 

Red cards: Costa 84′

Manager: Guus Hiddink

Referee: Michel Oliver

Venue:  Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

The line ups for today’s game at Goodison Park.

NOTE: Eden Hazard is out for a small injury in the tendon area of his hip.


EVERTON – Robles, Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka (c), Baines, Cleverley, Barry, Lennon, McCarthy, Barkley, Lukaku

Subs: Howard, Stones, Niasse, Besic, Osman, Deulofeu, Kone.

Manager: Roberto Martinez

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Kenedy; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa

Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Terry, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Remy.

Manager: Guus Hiddink




Referee: Michel Oliver

Venue:  Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

Kick Off : 5.30 pm GMT




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Chelsea winger Willian expresses his disappointment after the Blues were knocked out from the Champions League by PSG with a 4-2 aggregate result.

With no doubt the Chelsea number 22 has been one of the best players in this season so far, but his efforts last night weren’t enough to help the team go through this Champions League phase:

PSG had more possession but we created so many chances to score,” the Brazilian said to Chelsea website after the game.

But after they scored the second goal it was more difficult for us. We tried to the end to score more goals but it was not possible. We had to score the next goal [when it was 1-1] but they scored and it was difficult because we had to score three more goals.

We want more in the Champions League and everyone is disappointed but we have to think about the weekend. The pitch was full of top players, and attacking players from both teams, and they have dangerous players but so have we. 

“At 1-1 it could have gone either way. We had a few good counterattacks but they had their chances as well and unfortunately for us, they got an important goal. It is a shame Diego [Costa] had to leave the game [due to injury].

“He was lively when he was on the pitch, he scored a great goal and looked a threat so that was a big blow for us. At 1-1, the next goal was massive and unfortunately they got it. We are gutted we are out. It was a changing room full of disappointment.”

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Chelsea crashed out of this seasons Champions League losing 4-2 on aggregate to Paris Saint Germain in the round of 16, for a second consecutive year. Their fate was sealed by a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge last night.

Chelsea needed to start strong. After getting the away goal in Paris they needed to capitalise on it with a quick tempo, giving the French Champions no time to settle in to the game. An early goal would have worked wonders and put the Blues on the front foot from the off.

But a slow start ensued, with interim boss Guus Hiddink described it as ‘showing to much respect’ to the Parisians. The Londoners were 1-0 down within twenty minutes, thanks to a goal from 20 year-old Rabiot after poor defending from Gary Cahill. Meaning Mikel’s away goal three weeks ago now counts for nothing. This soon drew a positive reaction, Chelsea seemed to up their tempo, pressing Paris high up the pitch and causing them to make mistakes on the ball, and allowing the likes of Willian, Pedro and Costa to have a run in on goal. This is what caused Costa’s brilliant goal, after a tackle from Pedro in the PSG half the ball broke for Willian who played in Costa.

The match was on a knife edge and Chelsea really looked on top, playing at a fast paced tempo and carrying on their high pressing game for the early parts of the second half. But Paris’ midfield trio of Rabiot, Matuidi and Thiago Motta began to take over. As I mentioned in my pre match article, the Blues needed to win the midfield battle. But with only Mikel holding and Fabregas pushing forward looking for a winner they began to get overrun. PSG developed into the game in the closing stages. And after brilliant build up play and a great cross from Di Maria, Ibrahimovic settled the tie.

The midfield battle was key, but with just Mikel up against the three men of PSG the Blues were never going to come out on top within the ninety minutes. I personally, was worried from the start with the Blues only natural holding player being Mikel, while Matic was left on the bench. Matic starting could’ve made all the difference. But in hindsight that’s very easy to say.

Diego Costa’s injury was another huge moment in the tie. It seemed to sap all of Chelsea’s energy. He was the driving force for the team. He was unstoppable on the night. His goal was fantastic, but when he went off and young Bertrand Traore replaced him, the Blues seemed to think that was their final chance gone. And just ten minutes later the tie was over.

This highlights just how important Costa is to the next manager to be brought in. The fear will be when he’s not fit. Last season Remy came in and scored some vital goals, but has barely had a kick of the ball under Hiddink. Traore looks promising but on a stage like yesterday Chelsea needed someone who was ready for the big time.

Now, with only the FA Cup to play for, and the possibility of a Europa League spot, Chelsea must pick themselves up and play for what is left in the season and show the new manager, whoever that may be, what he has at his disposal.

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Starting XI:

Courtois 5- Made the saves he had to, but couldn’t do anything about the goals scored against him.

Azpilicueta 4- At fault for the vital second goal, allowing Di Maria in behind to pick out Zlatan.

Ivanovic 5- Solid performance from the Serbian strong in the air and looks more comfortable at centre back then at right back.

Cahill 4- Majorly at fault for the first goal allowing Zlatan space out wide right to easily pick out his man Rabiot in the middle.

Kenedy 6- Didn’t put a foot wrong on the night, looked much more at home higher up the pitch. But played well in the unfamiliar left back role.

Mikel 6- Broke up the play well but couldn’t do enough and was overrun in midfield up against Matuidi, Rabiot and Motta.

Fabregas 7- Played well going forward always picking out the best pass available to him.

Willian 7- Looked quick on the counter and played a great ball in for Costa’s equaliser.

Pedro 7- Worked extremely hard, getting about the pitch and helped the Chelsea attack on the counter.

Hazard 5- Still can’t find his best form, very few glimpses of brilliance we saw last season. Limped off with 15 minutes left.

Costa 8- Chelsea’s best player on the night. Scored a brilliant goal and worked the line throughout. The game was lost when he came off injured.


Traore 5- Very little chance to impress. Barely got a kick of the ball.

Oscar N/A

Manager: Guus Hiddink 7- Everything looked good until Costa came off. The game plan was working and Chelsea looked the more likely team to go on and win. But they couldn’t turn it into a positive result. Nothing more Hiddink could have done.

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Chelsea take on Paris Saint Germain in their eagerly awaited Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are looking to overturn the 2-1 deficit after the first leg in Paris.

After an even start to the game the first half chance came to Chelsea as Diego Costa received the ball on the edge of the box and managed to shift it on to his left foot, but his shot was palmed away by Trapp in the PSG goal.

But PSG soon took control of the game and were able to get in behind Chelsea. With a ball over the top Ibrahimovic managed to lose his marker Cahill and had far too much time to pick out Rabiot at the back post to tap into an empty Chelsea net to make it 1-0 to the French Champions.

Chelsea then managed to wrestle back the initiative, putting pressure on the all Brazilian PSG back four and giving them no time. And after a brilliant tackle high up the pitch from Pedro which found Willian in some space to play in Diego Costa who turned Silva and managed to stroke the ball past Trapp with his left foot and level up the score to 1-1 on the night.

The Blues now looking to press a nervy looking PSG high up the pitch and winning the ball back in strong positions. As one challenge found Hazard in space as he tries to bend one in to the far corner but it was a comfortable stop in the end for the German keeper Trapp.

And on the verge of half time Costa found more space on the edge of the box and after his driving run and low shot was parried by Trapp, Pedro was inches away from touching in the rebound only for Silva to clear it away for a corner.

In to the second half and Chelsea keep with their high pressing game. Putting the French side under pressure high up the pitch, and great pace down the left from Willian making a driving run all the way to the byline and manages to pick out Costa, but his shot is brilliantly blocked by David Luiz.

But on the hour mark Chelsea’s star man on the night Diego Costa pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury and had to be bought off for 20 year-old Bertrand Traore.

And just five minutes later the Blues had their best chance to draw the tie level. Willian shifted the ball on to his right foot, beating two men and drives it low at goal only to have his strike parried away and in to the path of Eden Hazard but a good double save from Trapp keeps the Parisian’s ahead on aggregate.

The telling blow was then given by PSG just a few minutes later, a ball out wide to the left found Di Maria in space, as he drives the ball across goal to find Zlatan Ibrahimovic in space to tap the ball home and effectively kill the tie. Chelsea now need to score four goals on the night to progress.

With just 15 minutes to play there was more bad news for Chelsea as the lacklustre Eden Hazard was taken off injured to be replaced by Oscar. With very little left to play for the game petered out and finished 3-2 on aggregate to PSG.

Chelsea now out of the Champions League and only have the FA Cup to play for In which they take on Everton on Saturday.

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The official line-ups for tonight’s Champions League clash

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Kenedy; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Remy.

Manager : Guus Hiddink



PSG – Trapp, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva (c), David Luiz, Maxwell, Thiago Motta, Rabiot, Matuidi, Di Maria, Lucas Moura, Ibrahimovic.

Subs: TBA

Manager : Laurent Blanc


Referee: Carlos Velasco ( ESP)

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick Off: 7.45 pm GMT

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Gary Cahill before Paris Saint Germain: ¨I think it’s a big week, a very important week, everyone knows our league situation in this season, so this can be a big achievement”.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC – “I think Zlatan is first of all a top player, he can be very dangerous. Revenge? I don’t know, we’ve played them in the last two years, last time was a negative experience for him, but positive for PSG. So this tie is perfect he’s very vocal on the pitch, he’s a top player, he’s got a winning mentality”.

WILLIAN – “I think Willian has improved a month after months since he’s been with us, this season especially, he’s very good on the pitch and I’m sure the PSG defenders will keep a special eye on him, but tomorrow night is full of top players out there.”

TERRY – “We want all the best players fit, but unfortunately he cannot be fit for this game, of course we will try to win also for him”

THIAGO SILVA/ DIEGO COSTA – “I respect both players, they are bot top inter nation footballers, the duel would be interesting, everyone knows Diego, he always play with motivation.”

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – I think in football is very dangerous to loook too much ahead, we have to look game after game, we do realize is a big games, we want to enjoy it, we want to enjoy top players, big games, it’s a great tie. We know what we have to do, we play at home.”

HIDDINK – “Of course he’s got experience, he brought the right atmosphere and he knows how to handle the pressure, we know when the pressure is there, we have to relax and try to enjoy the game”.

“I think all feel the responsibility to gout an perform, we have the responsibility to play for a club like Chelsea, to go out and achieve the most we can achieve. We hope to do our best tomorrow night, for the fans and for Chelsea.”


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