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Aston Villa

Gabby Agbonlahor is suspended by the club after pictures of him smoking shisha in Dubai last week emerged. He will join back the squad once the internal investigation is over.

– Three injured players are back: Micah Richards (groin) Jack Grealish (ankle) and Adama Traore (foot)


Eden Hazard is still injured and was not selected

Diego Costa recovered from his injury but, anyway, he is still suspended ( last game of two)

– Long term injured Kurt Zouma still out

Willian, Oscar and Bertrand Traore not sure to be fit and fresh because they came back from their international duties only yesterday ( Friday 1 April).



ASTON VILLA – Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Cissokho, Veretout, Westwood, Gueye, Gil, Gestede, Ayew.

Manager: Erick Black

CHELSEA – Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Obi Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Oscar, Willian, Remy.

Manager: Guus Hiddink


Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Kick Off: 12.45 pm

Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham, UK


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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Aston Villa game at Villa Park

ASTON VILLA SITUATION – “Now I’m not surprised about their situation anymore, they have been struggling all season, yes, they are one of the biggest club in England so it’s kind of shocking to see them there.

“It’s a difficult situation, you cannot compare it to our situation, but in December – when I came in- we were very close to them, so we were in a similar situation, when you are in trouble it’s difficult to manager that. Fortunately I haven’t had that experience, but of course it will affect the confidence of the team and everyone.

“It’s very important to have consistency, stability in a club, if you are stable in your philosophy to buy and sell players, you can do well.

“I saw the last Villa game with the old manager, I saw that they were playing with a lot of ambition, they were looking very fresh. ”

TERRY/ENGLAND – “I think it’s a little bit over, I think there was no issue for either of them, John is doing to do his job for Chelsea and he decided four years ago to end his international career, whatever the reason can be. You should ask him if he is interested about that, we didn’t talk about it.”

TERRY’S CONTACT – “It’s not up to me in this moment, I think about his contract you should ask to the directors.”

“In every club there are legends, of course he is and he will be a leader, but for me it’s difficult to give a judgement. I like to have players that are leaders, I like- as a manager- to have players that help you to do your game plan. He can be one of those players that help you in the game plan, that are tactically prepared.

“In my younger career I had some of those players too, you could see also on the pitch, like Ronald Koeman and Quique Sanchez Flores, they were leaders and tactical leaders on the pitch, now they are good managers. Of course also these players need extra courses to become managers, but they got what they need.”

TERRY FUTURE CHELSEA MANAGER – “Of course, but he needs time. Maybe he can be an assistant before…some players they think they can do it overnight, but I think the best thing is do practice and make experience. To be on the other side is different.”

PATO – “He can be involved, we’ll see tomorrow. We have eight games coming up, we have not much to win anymore, but we can do some experiments.

“When I started we had just Diego Costa, that is one of the reasons why Pato came on loan, but meanwhile Bertrand Traore progressed very quickly and there was space for him. Then Loic Remy came back from a long time injury, but in these games there might be some options.”

HAZARD’S INJURY – “I have to talk to the medical staff today, but he’s not available for tomorrow. Eden is training on the pitch with physios, not with the group.”

DIEGO COSTA’S INJURY – “Diego is not injured anymore, he trained very well and with enthusiasm.”

CLASICO –Real Madrid v Barcelona is huge, all the country is involved, it’s also a political thing. I think also the death of Johan Cruyff will bring emotions, it will be a special clasico.

CRUYFF – “Cruyff was among the top three- four of all time players. I met him when I was in Spain, for professional reasons, but also privately. He renewed the way of playing and thinking football, what I liked very much is that he was very accessible for everyone. That’s why for me he was a very nice person, I liked him.”

COURTOIS – “I don’t know about what he recently said , he and his family like to be in London, in the club. I don’t know if something was mis-translated.”

“When I talk about an issue, it can be tricky, I think some times things can be mis-communicated.

AGBONLAHOR SUSPENDED – “I haven’t read of that, but if the new manager thinks this is the right thing to do…It’s dififuclt for me to comment facts I don’t know.”

CHELSEA REST OF THE SEASON – “Not having targets it’s difficult, not having the chance to enter Champions League is not good, but we have to have to joy and the pride to play for what it’s still a big club. I am trying to motivate them, but I see all of them are enthusiastic to play, they don’t play just by obligation but also by heart.

“I would like to be here to break my head to understand how to get players fresh every three days for Champions League and FA Cup games, so this situation is not preferable.”

BRAZILIANS PLAYERS – “Today the Brazilians, Oscar and Willian,  and Traore came back, we see if they are fit and fresh, but after a long journey we have to see if they can play tomorrow.”



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There were Chelsea players involved in World Cup qualifiers while another in an Olympic play-off.

Willian and Oscar failed to win their crucial match and are now struggling with going through the Final Stage. Brazil are now 6th in the table and the top four teams automatically progress to the finals, with the fifth-placed side entering a play-off.

Brazil scored two goals in the last 11 minutes to earn a point away from home against Paraguay in World Cup qualifying; Willian played the full game even scoring the first goal, while Oscar remained on the bench.

Juan Cuadrado, on loan at Juventus, played with Colombia in the impressive 3-1 win over Ecuador.

Michael Hector, who is on loan at Reading, played the full game for Jamaica as they were beaten 3-0 by Costa Rica.

Matt Miazga started for the US Under23 but was sent off when, as the last man, he was adjudged to have denied Colombia a goalscoring opportunity.

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World Cup Qualifier

Brazil 2 – 2 Uruguay 

(Douglas Costa 1′, Renato Augusto 26′, E. Cavani 31′, L. Suárez 48′)

Brazil took a two-goal lead in the first half hour of the match thanks to Douglas Costa and Renato Augusto; Chelsea star Willian was involved in the first goal, crossing for Costa to score from close range with only a minute on the clock. Renato Augusto scored the 2-0 in a short while. However, poor defending from the home side allowed Edinson Cavani and Suarez levelling the match in the second half.

It was Willian’s 33rd cap, whereas Oscar remained on the bench.

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Antonio Conte, the ever more likely Chelsea boss for next season, could be looking to add depth to his squad, looking towards his old club Juventus for players that impressed while he was in charge of the Italian side.

Reports from Tuttosport suggest that Leonardo Bonucci and on-loan Juan Cuadrado are at the top of Conte‘s shopping list.

However, Juventus boss Max Allegri is more than keen to keep hold of both of these players, he see’s them as a big part of the team for next season. Reports also suggest that Allegri is planning a counter offer in the hopes of securing the services of out-of-form Eden Hazard and also Brazilian winger Willian.

It leaves a difficult decision for Chelsea to make because although Conte would want to make his own mark on the team, selling Hazard could prove to be a bad decision. Although he has had a poor season so far, he has the ability which he proved in a spectacular season last year.

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Chelsea players on international duty: the programme


Poland vs. SERBIA (Friendly)

19:45 GMT
Branislav Ivanović, Nemanja Matić


GHANA vs. Mozambique (2017 ACN qualifying)

15:30 GMT
Baba Rahman (17)

DENMARK vs. Iceland (Friendly)

19:00 GMT
Andreas Christensen (2)

Italy vs. SPAIN (Friendly)

19:45 GMT
Cesc Fàbregas (101), Pedro (55), César Azpilicueta (13)

Bolivia vs. COLOMBIA (2018 World Cup qualifying)

20:00 GMT

Juan Cuadrado (47)



NIGERIA vs. Egypt (2017 ACN Qualifying)

15:00 GMT
John Obi Mikel (73), Victor Moses (24)

IVORY COAST vs. Sudan (2017 ACN Qualifying)

16:30 GMT
Victorien Angban (0)

Luxembourg vs. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (Friendly)

19:15 GMT
Asmir Begović (47)

JAMAICA vs. Costa Rica

8pm EST
Michael Hector (11)

BRAZIL vs. Uruguay (2018 World Cup qualifying)

8:45pm EST

Oscar (48), Willian (32)



BURKINA FASO vs. Uganda (2017 ACN qualifying)

18:00 GMT
Bertrand Traoré

Germany vs. ENGLAND (Friendly)

19:45 GMT
Gary Cahill (40)

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Chelsea interim boss, Guus Hiddink has reiterated his desire for the team to finish as high up the table as possible this season despite there being very little to play for.

Hiddink spoke to Chelsea’s Official Website:

‘We want to get the maximum out of the team regarding the league table, to get the best position possible,’ he said.

‘But also we appeal to the players to say hey, you are a big club which has had a very difficult season and is recovering step by step. We are unbeaten in the league so far [since Hiddink took over], and when you play as a big club in a difficult situation, you must have pride as well.

‘We say to them you are champion from last year so play with your heart and play with desire, and I think against West Ham the players showed desire, especially in the second half when they regained their confidence. It is about personal pride.’

Hiddink went on to talk about individual players within the team.

‘Willian doesn’t normally lose many balls and in the first half against West Ham by his standard, he lost some easy balls in possession when not under pressure, but he knows that being a big player he has to react, which he did in the second half and that is the reaction we like to see from players in difficult times.’

‘Traore has progressed since December and we are working daily with him. If you see for instance his lay-off which meant Willian really could penetrate and give the final pass to Loftus-Cheek, you hardly notice it but it was a very soft lay-off, five yards, and we have worked on those things. He progressed very well in January and February and he is proving that now in games.

‘The Premier League is difficult which is why I bring the young players like Traore, Loftus-Cheek and Kenedy in every now and then. It is difficult for them to already be key players. At 19 or 20 years old it is a little too much to ask them to be like those who are years and years here like Lampard, Terry and Drogba. They must be additional to a good team but they can be useful squad players.’ 

The Blues now have an international break this week before taking on Aston Villa at Villa Park.

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Chelsea winger Willian believes the Blues fought until the end in their game agasint West Ham on Saturday and were rewarded with a late equaliser.

Speaking to the clubs Official website the Brazilian said ‘I think we deserved to win. We played well, especially in the second half. In that moment we played very well and they scored a second goal.

We continued to play and we created so many chances to score more goals but we didn’t. ‘I think we fought until the end and we have to continue in that way in our remaining games.

It is difficult when you don’t have chances to win the title, but we play for Chelsea, and we have to continue to play to the end.’

Willian has been a set piece master this season, then went on to talk about his team mate Cesc Fabregas who scored a brilliant free-kick.

‘We trained a little bit at the training ground,’ he said when asked if he had given the Spaniard any tips. ‘I am very happy because he scored two goals for us.’

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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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