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Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta commented the win over Chelsea at Camp Nou last night:

“It’s what we always talk about. Leo makes the difference in every game. It’s a blessing,” he told beIN SPORTS.

“I hope we can get closer to this Champions League. We’ve taken another step.”

Iniesta believes Ernesto Valverde‘s side are capable of winning the trophy for a sixth time this season.

“It’s always a motivation to win the Champions League but it’s always complicated. A bad game leaves you out,” he said.

“The challenge is to minimise the mistakes because I think we have the team and the form to win it.”

 

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In the press conference with the media ahead of tomorrow’s night Champions League game vs Chelsea, Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said the Spanish side’s task against the Blues will be difficult, but they will try to qualify for the next round using their classical style of play.

It is going to be a hard match, this is the Champions League. We are playing against a very good team with a defensive play. We will try to get the ball, they are well prepared and it will be hard”. Busquets said. “We will try to play hard to get the win, but 0-0 could be a good result. If they score we could be really suffering for that. Chelsea has lots of resources to do what they do and play compact at the back. They are also good on the offense and counter attack. They are going to have this plan then they will do one thing or the other. We will try to be clever and not speculating. 0-0 is a good result, but we shouldn’t speculate”.

And then, when asked about Willian, the Catalan midfielder went on: “We have to pay special attention to him, but Morata, Pedro or Hazard. They have specific attack profiles. They are a good team”.

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Chelsea lose 2-1 against Manchester United after being the best team in the first 45′ and taking the lead with Willian after 32′: the Red Devils respond with Lukaku ( 39′) and Lingard ( 75′) so, eventually, it’s José Mourinho that wins the duel with Antonio Conte after the war started in the press room a couple of months ago.

The Blues start better and Alvaro Morata hits the crossbar after only 5 minutes, an effort that would have deserved more luck after Marcos Alonso put in a great volée assist.

Conte’s lads are dominant in the first game but not able to produce serious dangers to David De Gea, who doesn’t have to save any ball, while United seem strained.

At 32′ Chelsea take the lead after a counter-attack brilliantly finished by Willian, with Man United goalkeeper that could have done better on the shot on his pole.

This is the episode that wakes Romelu Lukaku the Red Devils up: the Belgian, until then one of the worst on the pitch, finally controls a ball and, after great play by Pogba and Sanchez, scores the equaliser.

In the second half Mourinho’s boys enter with more determination and will to win: after a few minutes Lukaku, always him, almost net the ball again with a superb volée: Courtois miraculously saves hits and deflects in corner.

It wasn’t long, however, before the striker impacted the match – with his cross being headed into the back of the net by Lingard with 15 minutes to go, the English midfielder had entered some minutes before to replace an evanescent Martial.

Morata thought he had equalised in the 85th minute, but his goal was ruled out for offside, though replays showed the striker was onside. However, the referee ruled him offside before he even controlled the ball.

Manchester United were able to hold on to take all three points and consolidate their place in the top four while Chelsea now languish in fifth place with a crunch match against Manchester City to come next Sunday.

 

 

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante spoke to the club official website ahead of this afternoon clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford:

“It’s important to win,” said the 26-year-old.

“The Premier League is another competition, we are fourth in the table and if we want to play Champions League next season we have to win these type of games.

“We know Man United have good players but it’s one team against another, our tactics against their tactics. We did well against them at home, I think it will be a little bit different but I hope we can win.’

“I’ve never won at Old Trafford but at Chelsea we’ve beaten them three times.

“I hope I can win my first game against them away.

“We are playing Manchester United and if we win we will be level on points with them.

Liverpool are four points in front of us [having played a game more], Tottenham are fifth but only one point behind so it’s very tight.

“We have to keep winning and hopefully we will be in the Champions League next season. Second place is still possible, we have to fight for it and see what we can do at the end of the season.”

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Today Chelsea‘s manager Antonio Conte spoke to the media at Cobham ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford vs Manchester United.

The Italian is aware of the importance of the game and he said his team will do everything they could to win.

We have to look at ourselves and understand that from now until the end of the season every game is very important,” Conte said. “To get three points will be important for ourselves and United. The fight for the Champions League is open, there are many great teams and someone has to miss out. This is not a simple game, especially when you play at Old Trafford, but at the same time after playing Barcelona this test will be very important for us, to see our reaction and approach in a difficult atmosphere. You have to start the game with only one target in your mind, to try to get three points.  This is very important for the mentality. If you have a winning mentality you try to reach only one result, to win. During the game a lot of situations can happen. If you draw against United it could be a good result but only after you’ve played to try to win. Last season we lost the game so we must pay great attention.  They have a lot of fantastic players, their team is also very physical. We must pay great attention because when you play against United anything can happen. It’s a massive game for us and we have to put 120 per cent of our strength into it, we want to try to get three points, it will be difficult but we must try.”

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After two bad defeats in the Premier LeagueChelsea have bounced back with the wins vs West Bromwich and Hull City and the draw, with a great performance, vs Barcelona.

However, this is the past, and speaking to Chelsea official website, defender Cesar Azpilicueta claims the Blues must be focused on their next games: first of all the one vs Manchester United on Sunday.

After two tough defeats a few weeks ago the team responded with two wins against West Brom, and then Hull City in the FA Cup,” Azpilicueta said. “Against Barcelona it was also a great performance from the team, nearly perfect. Now we have a tough game on Sunday and we have to turn our heads to the next target, the Premier League, and try to get as high as possible. The next game is always the most important because it’s where you can get the three points. At the moment we are getting closer and closer to the end of the season, so we have to get the points.”

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Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso is thrilled to face Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 and he believes he knows how the Blues can overcome their rivals.

We know they’ve been one of the best teams in the world in recent years, if not the best, and it will undoubtedly be a very tough tie,” Marcos Alonso told Chelsea official website. “I think we’ll have to defend very well and take our chances because, like I said, they’re a very tough team to beat, let alone over two legs. Still, we will prepare as best we can and give it a shot, and we’ll see how the tie unfolds. The general consensus has been that it’s better to be at home in the second leg, but I don’t think it matters much. Obviously, it will be important to acquit ourselves well on home turf in the first leg so that we’re in with a good chance going to the Camp Nou, which is a very difficult place to win.”

Also, Marcos Alonso claimed that the fact Chelsea won the Premier League last season, made him desire to win a trophy also on European stage.

Yes, of course,” Alonso responded, when asked if last season’s title triumph has inspired him to want to achieve even more. “Especially considering how hard it will be for us to win the Premier League at this point. The whole team are raring to do well in the Champions League and we’re looking forward to a fantastic tie against Barça. Now that I know how amazing it feels to win an important trophy such as the Premier League, I’m hungry for more. This year we’ll fight until the end.”

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LINCOLN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Kylian Hazard of Chelsea takes the first penalty during penalty shoot out of the Checkatrade Trophy - Semi Final match between Lincoln City and Chelsea at Sincil Bank on February 6, 2018 in Lincoln, England.Photo by Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Great win for Chelsea development squad in their Premier League 2 game vs Manchester United played on Friday night.

The Blues scored early in the first half with Castillo, then, in the second half found other three times the back of the net with HazardJames and St. Clair as they won the game 4-0.

Thanks to this result Chelsea are now sixth in the Premier League 2′ table.

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An easy job for Chelsea tonight: four goals in the first half to beat Hull City and gain FA Cup quarter finals.

Everything went smoothly for the Blues when after only 160 seconds Willian netted the opener with an amazing shot of his from the box limit that just entered in the posts cross.

The Blues took control of the game and, in only 25 minutes, had the time to miss four chances with Fabregas, Willian, Giroud and Pedro.

The Spaniard, anyway, redeemed himself with a beautiful goal at 27′ and, only five minutes later, Willian sealed the game with his personal brace with another shot from the limit.

Right before half-time Olivier Giroud could score his first goal in Chelsea shirt assisted by Emerson Palmieri, at his official debut tonight.

The game was practically over only after 45 minutes, with the two sides doing something more than a training in the second part.

Chelsea will know their rivals in the quarter finals next week, but now their mind is only at the Champions League clash against Barcelona next Tuesday.

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Bournemouth‘s manager Eddie Howe is delighted after seeing his team defeating Chelsea tonight at Stamford Bridge.

According to Howe the Cherries showed their best performance in their Premier League seasons so far: “I think that has to be our best result and the best performance in getting the result. We had to be at our best against Chelsea and everyone was magnificent,” Howe told BBC Sport. “Our aggressiveness, our work-rate was spot on. It was a game of few chances but we deserved the scoreline in the end. We were desperate for a clean sheet, the last few stages were difficult to watch as the lads tired and we just wanted to get those three points and secure the clean sheet. It’s not a statement to other teams as such but more for ourselves; we’ve beaten Arsenal and Chelsea recently so if we needed any more belief then that has to come now.” 

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