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Chelsea skipper John Terry revealed the importance of FA Cup for British players, something a foreign footballer cannot fully understand:

“The FA Cup is part of the club’s history. I’ve won it five times personally and Cesc Fabregas knows what it’s all about,” the Blues captain told BT Sport after the win at Wolves.

“For us it means an awful lot, we’ve grown up with it and we’ve seen with the results today [Saturday] that the foreign guys don’t really understand because in other countries that doesn’t happen.

“Both sets of fans were different class and wherever you go it’s always difficult.”

 

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Antonio Conte admitted yesterday’s win at Wolves was not as easy as it seemed:

“It was the toughest game we have played in this competition so far for sure.

“But we all knew it would be, above all after the results this afternoon. I tried to warn the changing room about the difficulty of this game, and of this completion. I like to repeat that in England in every game in every competition there does not exist an easy game It is the truth.

Wolverhampton started the game very well with great intensity. They tried to develop the play on the flank and put a lot of crosses in but we defended well. They hit the post early on and we were lucky in this circumstance but in the second half we played our football, scored two goals and created chances, but Wolverhampton deserve my compliments.

“In the league we are doing a great job in staying on top of the table and now we are in the FA Cup quarter-final and I am pleased for this but after this game it is important to understand that nothing is easy. It will be very difficult to win both competitions but we want to try to win some trophies.”

The Chelsea boss also praised John Terry and Cesc Fabregas, two fantastic footballers and professionals that always perform to their best when they have the chance to play:

“They played very well. It is not easy when you don’t play a lot, and John and Cesc and all the players showed me they have good form and it means they are good professionals. It is great to have these type of players in my squad because I can count on them.”

Conte also congratulated Lincoln City on becoming the first non-league side to make it this far in the FA Cup for over a century:

“This is a great achievement for them and for the FA Cup. It is incredible and I think impossible in Italy. It shows anything can happen if you trust in the work and have a great will to fight. I am pleased to live this story with them as we are with them in the quarter-finals.”

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Cesc Fabregas was finally a starter today and the Spaniard fulfilled all the expectations, being the man of the match.

The ex Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder was crucial with his lofted pass in the build-up to Chelsea’s first goal, that was scored by Pedro halfway through the second part of the game at Wolves:

“That first 15-20 minutes they were on top of us,” Fabregas said after the game.

“It’s not easy to come to these places. We knew that we had to be at our best and I think it was a professional performance.

“I want to play, obviously I want to play. But we want to win. There is a great group and a great togetherness.”

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Chelsea captain John Terry revealed that Conference Premier side Lincoln City feat, that knocked Premier League’s Burnley out of FA Cup today, was a wake-up call for the Blues that were about to face Wolves in the moment Sean Ragget scored the winner at Turf Moor:

“It was kind of a wake-up call that we didn’t need,” Terry said after the win at the Molineux.

About the chance to win the FA Cup again, the Blues skipper claimed:

“It’s a massive part of the club’s history. I’ve won it five times. The main thing today was to come here, play well and get ourselves into the next round.”

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Antonio Conte rested some regular starters like David Luiz, Alonso, Courtois, Matic and Kante today but his team was succesfull anyway, proving both the Italian is doing a great job with his squad and that the Blues have got a great group, where every player is ready to fight to help the team:

“I trust in the squad and these players. Today they gave me good attitude,” the Chelsea manager told BT Sport after the final whistle.

“Our target was to get into the next round. In the first half we suffered a bit but in the second half we scored two goals and we deserved to win the game.

“It’s important to understand that every game in the FA Cup is not easy.”

 

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Chelsea struggled to get the lead as home side Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a great performance in the first half with goal attempts and several chances created.

At 6′ former Chelsea youngster Saville struck the post as Kurt Zouma did not control a high ball into the penalty area.

Willian went close to scoring a few minutes later with a lob, well scrambled away by Wolves keeper Ikeme.

In the second half Diego Costra tried to score first: the Spaniard twisted but his shot crashed into the side netting.

Pedro Willian Chelsea

Chelsea unmarked winger Pedro found a crucial goal at 65′ taking advantage of a wonderful ball from Willian. Then Diego Costa didn’t waste his second chance and scored with a low clinical shot after receiving the ball from Fabregas.

Chelsea win a tough game, which means that Antonio Conte goes through next stage reaching FA Cup Quarter-Finals.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Begovic; Zouma, Terry (c), Ake; Moses, Fabregas, Chalobah, Pedro (Azpilicueta72); Willian (Kante 80), Diego Costa, Hazard (Loftus-Cheek 85).
Unused subs: Eduardo, Cahill, Kenedy, Batshuayi.
Scorers Pedro 64, Diego Costa 89
Booked 
Pedro 48

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Ikeme; Coady, Batth (c), Hause, Doherty; Price, Saville (Saiss 83); Costa, Edwards, Weimann (Wilson 74); Bodvarsson (Ronan 83).
Unused subs: Burgoyne, Stearman, Evans, Saiss, Rona, Enobakhare
Booked 
Saville 20, Weimann 32

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 30,193

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Chelsea are struggling to get the lead as home side Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a great performance in the first half with goal attempts and several chances created.

Former Chelsea youngster Saville struck the post as Kurt Zouma did not control a high ball into the penalty area.

Willian went close to scoring a few minutes later with a lob, well scrambled away by Wolves keeper Ikeme.

Good performances from Victor Moses and Cesc Fabregas so far, while both Nathaniel Chalobah and Kurt Zouma seem to be in trouble when they cope with Wolves’ counter-attacks.

 

 

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 

Wolves

Chelsea – Begovic; Zouma, Terry (c), Ake; Moses, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs:  Eduardo, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Kenedy, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Venue: Molineux Stadium

Kick-Off: 5.30 BST

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

– Charly Musonda Jr not selected since he’s not fit yet

– David Luiz and Marcos Alonso will rest, as Antonio Conte revealed

– John Terry likely to start

– Conte revealed also that he will start some players that are usually subs

 

Wolvehampton Wanderers

– Wolves sit just six points above the Championship relegation zone, but away wins at Stoke and Liverpool to reach the last 16 show they have no fear of top-flight clubs this season and are dangerous in FA Cup.

– Jack Price is back after the midfielder missed the Championship defeat to Wigan in midweek with concussion

– Nouha Diko not sure to start due to hamstring injury

– Joe Mason out for hernia problems

 

Predicted Line Ups

WOLVES – Ikeme, Coady, Hause, Stearman, Doherty, Edwards, Price, Weimann, Saville, Costa, Dicko.

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry; Pedro, Fabregas, Chalobah, Ake; Willian, Batshuayi, Loftus-Cheek.

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the incoming F.A. Cup clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Italian manager said: “When you are in a great team the target is to win, not to try to have 21 players all happy and you don’t win anything. The owner does not ask for this, to make 21 players happy”.

“We are in his great competition to try to win, not just to find a solution to make someone happy, I have to show always respect to my players and make the best decisions for every game and today for sure I will try to do this”.

Conte, speaking at press conference yesterday, confirmed that he will extend FA Cup rotation by resting some starters at The Molineux today.

“When a player does not start he is not happy, – he stated – But I don’t want him to be happy because I want the player to try to fight to give me problems to solve to find the best selection for the team”.

“I am pleased to have a group of players that are growing very well in all aspects – technical, tactical and mentality, feeling the right responsibility for the season. Believe me, it is not easy to have those type of groups, and we have grown a lot in these seven months. We must continue to improve and put the team above all. Honestly, I am very pleased to observe this”.

“I was a footballer and for this reason I know what happens in the changing room, for the players that are used to playing every game, for the players who are not playing a lot, for the players who are not playing”.

“The most important thing is always to have great respect for all, not only to pay most attention to 11 players. For me every single player is the most important. I try always to pay good attention to every single player, I want to give them great respect because I demand this and I think this is the way to have a good dressing room”.

“The best way is to leave your door always open and if I have to make a choice, it is not important to always explain this choice but if the player wants to ask me, the player knows very well that my door is always open to explain the reason why I made this decision. When you are honest in your choices you can always look your player straight in the eye”. 

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