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Cesc Fabregas shared his impressions after the FA Cup final, claiming it was a well deserved trophy for Chelsea but also admits the real target of the season was another one:

“It hasn’t been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it’s important for them.  

“It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it’s more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it’s tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined.”

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José Mourinho insisted his side was the one who had to lift the FA Cup today.

The Manchester United manager reckons that pundits would have destroyed him if his team had played like Chelsea did today:

“I think we deserved to win, we were the best team but that’s football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can’t imagine what you will say.

“My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything.

“We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don’t have presence so they knew they’d dominate direct football.

“They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn’t touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net.

“I congratulate them.”

 

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Thibaut Courtois believes the FA Cup was a well deserved for Chelsea players after a weird season with may up and downs.

The Belgian keeper also reveals that the dressing room stick with Antonio Conte, but also stressed that the responsibility to decide on the manager’s future belongs to the club.

“I believe it was a very hard game, I made a couple of good saves,” Courtois said after Chelsea secured their 8th FA Cup today.

“It was a season with many up and downs so we are happy for this achievement.

“Conte won a title and a FA Cup in two years, he did what the club wanted.

“We get along with him and it’s the club that have to take a decision about his future, but we have no problems with him.”

 

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Antonio Conte called himself ” a serial winner” after securing his second trophy as a Chelsea manager in two seasons.

The Blues won the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Manchester United today thanks to a penalty converted by Eden Hazard in the first half and the Italian coach thanked his players and the Chelsea fans after this triumph but he”forgot” to thank the club, with whom he hadn’t a great relationship in this last campaign.

“To win in England is never easy, in two years is not easy to win the title and the FA Cup facing really good rivals like Manchester City, Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester United is not easy,” the Blues boss said to Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle.

“I believe today we won because we worked very well tactically and we were committed: I’ve always seen their commitment, there have been rumours since the first half.

“I am really happy for the supporters and the players, they always showed me a great will and sacrifice, I guess this win is really valuable because Manchester United is better than us in this moment. I have to thanks my players and the fans for this success.

“My future? I don’t change my position, it’s always the same. 

“I didn’t want to hear any other offer because my position has been always the same, since January: to continue here

“I showed to be a serial winner winning the title and FA Cup here in UK: it’s not easy to do that, also because here the title is not assigned before the championship starts.”

 

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Chelsea have won their 8th FA Cup with 1-0 win over Manchester United thanks to a penalty converted by Eden Hazard in the first half.

A very tight game, tactically well-played by both teams were also Thibaut Courtois was among the protagonists, with at least 3 crucial saves that denied the equaliser for the Red Devils, especially on Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.

The penalty chance came from a master-class pass by Cesc Fabregas to Eden Hazard, who went beyond Phil Jones with a speedup of his: the England international tried to stop before he kicked the ball in the goal but he ended up committing a clear penalty foul.

The Belgian scored with a perfect shot and this, eventually, was the goal who gave Chelsea the cup.

 

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N’Golo Kanté reckons Chelsea can beat Manchester United in next Saturday FA Cup final.

Speaking to his club official website about this game on Saturday evening, the French midfielder said:

“Every final is different.

“We have played Manchester United twice this season, we have won once and lost once, and I think we have our chances of winning this game and getting this trophy.”

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard is confident the Blues can have a great end of the season and reach their goals, especially if the team play as they did yesterday vs Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

It is not in our hands”. Hazard said. “It does not only depend on us but we will play, we will hopefully win, and then we will see the results of Tottenham and Liverpool and we will give everything”.

Hazard also claimed not only the result, but also the performance, gave Chelsea players a good feeling: “Beating Liverpool was a massive result. Now the target is just to win and be in the top four at the end of the season, and if we play like this the last three games, we can have something special at the end of the season. Let’s hope for something big. We all work together and when we play this kind of game, it is a good feeling after the game.”

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Chelsea latest results and performances have restored confidence in the Blues players as shown by Thibaut Courtois words to the Chelsea official website.

We have been playing well lately,” Courtois said “Liverpool have been having a great season, they obviously have the Champion League in their mind, but they also know that if they get a good result here against us, they are guaranteed of the Champions League next season as well. For us, we have to win on Sunday, win against Huddersfield and win at Newcastle and then hope that maybe in the last game, Brighton [in their match against Liverpool] can do something for us, but we will see. We can win all of our games and finish on the same points as Liverpool, but we have to score so many more goals than them so it will be hard”.

The Belgian goalkeeper then said he expects a very close game tomorrow at Stamford Bridge:

Lately you can see Liverpool have had very good games, offensively they are very strong, but you see as well that they can concede goals,’ he explained. ‘I think the game we played against them away, they were in a good moment of form then. We played a very good game and we deserved the draw”. Courtois went on. “It was an equal game and it will be an equal game on Sunday I think. When you win a game to put yourself in the Champions League final, you have a confidence and they will be ready to win, so we have to be on point, and hopefully we will get the right result”.

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Liverpool manager, Jurgen Kloop believes tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Chelsea will be very similar to the game the Reds played vs As Roma this week.

Chelsea is a similar situation to the [Roma] game – fighting with all they have, they don’t have anything to lose,” Klopp told Liverpool official website. If we draw it’s not good for them; if we win it’s not good for them. They have to win and they will try to do so. It’s like a Champions League semi-final, to be honest”.

The German manager, so, said his team will do all they can to win tomorrow at Stamford Bridge and guarantee a place in the Premier League top-four.

“We will see what we can do there. The good thing is that we have another game but we don’t think about that at the moment. We need to be ready for the game.” Klopp went on. “We had a few really nice moments already this season but you never have time to celebrate it for a second! There is always the next one. Now we have to play that game – Chelsea are waiting.”

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Speaking during his press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game vs Liverpool, Antonio Conte is aware it won’t be easy to get a win, but also that this will be the only possible result if Chelsea want to keep alive their Champions League‘s hopes.

This could be a good opportunity for us, but as I have said a lot of times if you want to keep the hope alive you have to win. Liverpool are a good team. It won’t be easy, we have to win on Sunday”. Conte said. “For sure we must pay great attention. The first game against Rome, if you give them a lot of space they can be very dangerous and have a lot of trouble. They have three special players, Mane, Firmino, Salah and are very good to attack the space. We must be compact. Now our target is to finish in the best way. The situation is not in our hands and we have to start with three points against Liverpool, then we will see what happens. We have a final in the FA Cup and we want to give satisfaction to our fans”. 

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