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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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According to The Sun Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to Manchester United this week.

The Swedish striker is recovering from a serious knee injury and he will carry out his rehabilitation programme at Carrington‘s training ground.

Ibrahimovic’s aim is to sign a new contract with Manchester United as soon as he will be fit to play again.

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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has admitted he didn’t suffer extra pressure despite replacing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their 2-1 victory over Chelsea today.

“It’s not so much stepping up to the plate in Ibrahimovic’s absence, everyone is together and we grafted to put the work in to get the result – the Man of the Match told SkySports after the game – It was a clever pass from Herrera, we made eye contact and he put the ball exactly where I want it. It’s something we need in this team.”

“Today took a lot of discipline to carry out the game plan and actions,” Rashford ended.

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MANCHESTER UNITED – De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Darmian, Fellaini, Herrera, Young (c), Pogba, Lingard, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Shaw, Blind, Carrick, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic.

Manager: José Mourinho

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Eduardo, Zouma, Terry, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

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Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic put his thoughts ahead of Red Devils’ clash against Chelsea.

“We have one month to go, it’s many games we play, – the 35-year-old told the Daily Telegraph – I have been playing almost all the games. But we are still grinding, we are still pushing because we have this Europa League and the end of the Premier League. We fight for it.”

About Chelsea Ibrahimovic added: “I think they are a good team. Overall a good team and then of course they are playing once a week which makes a difference also because at the end of the season, I don’t know how many games we have in total but I think we have much more than them”.

“They haven’t been playing in Europe this season and they went out from the League Cup early. But they have a great team, or else they would not be number one.”

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Chelsea defender David Luiz told the club’s official website that Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a massive player in the Premier League.

“Zlatan is great player, a great personality, everybody was talking bad about him before he came here but he has showed everybody already he has quality. I had a great opportunity to play with him, it was great for me – the Brazilian star said – I learned a lot with him and we won a lot of titles but now he plays for Man United and me for Chelsea, and for sure I try my best and he tries his best”.

 

Chelsea scored several times from free-kicks this season so far, with David Luiz himself, winger Willian and wing-back Marcos Alonso.

About the Spaniard, David Luiz added: “That shows the free-kick potential of the team. Lots of players have qualities,”

“At Liverpool I had the idea to see the referee when he whistled and to take a quick free-kick. Willian had the idea because he saw the space, that was a bit different, it was a different angle and position on the pitch and normally the players cross the ball, so he tried to surprise the goalkeeper in a different way. That was good, especially somewhere where it is so difficult to play like Stoke”.

“I said to Marcos in the Bournemouth game to take the ball because he has been taking free-kicks very well in this position. I said today you are going to score now and he did, and it was great for us because it was an important game and an important moment in the game”.

Chelsea Alonso Willian Luiz

 

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Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimvoic was the key-man for the Red Devils during this season, with 28 goals scored in 49 games played so far: a super achievement for a 35-year-old at his first campaign in the Premier League.

The Swedish striker claimed he’s like Benjamin Button, meaning he’s getting better while growing older and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who will visit Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, says he has to agree with him:

“I agree, I’ve always told this, he’s in the top of his form, his career. He plays for the team, it’s always good to have this kind of players, he plays a lot for the team, for me he’s one of best players in the world.”

When asked if he’s got any plan on how to stop Zlatan, Conte replied:

“We must have a good defensive organisation, when he attacks the ball he’s very dangerous, and also when he receives the ball, my players must play great attention and concentration to stop him.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claims Old Trafford clash against Manchester United is a game like another one in this title race, where the Blues could get crucial three points.

First of all, the Italian manager revealed he’s a couple of injury concerns:

“I’ve got no injury for this game, just I couple of situations we must value, of course I cannot say which ones.”

Conte was asked what does he think about Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante making the shortlist for PFA Player of the Year award:

“It’s great for them to be in the shortlist for the best player of the year, it’s important for them but the most important thing for the team, it means we did a good job.°

Asked which of the two Chelsea players desevers to win the award more, he replied:

“I don’t like to make a choice with my players, I think it’s not fair, they are having a good season, all my players are having a great season and they deserve the best. I’m pleased because it’s a fight among my players, I want to see who is the winner.

Conte also recalled the only time he visited the Theathre of Dreams against Manchester United ( he played also a Champions League final there with Juventus, against AC Milan, with the Rossoneri winning at the penalties)  in 1999 when he played a Champions League semifinal with Juventus, scoring also the goal that gave his team the temporary lead:

“I played a semifinal at Old Trafford, I scored and then Ryan Giggs equalised at last, then we lost 3-2 in Turin and they won the Champions League.

Speaking about Sunday’s clash, he said:

“I think this game is like another game, the most important thing for us is the 3 points, we face a really strong team, they are very good technically, we have to pay great attention. I think both United and Chelsea will put both their best team to try to win the game.”

Asked if he would steal any player from Man United squad, he said:

“I think my players are the best in the world, they got a lot of good players, top players°

Red Devils star Zlatan Ibrahimvoic claimed he’s like Benjamin Button, meaning he’s getting better  while growing older and Conte said the Swedish striker was right:

“I agree, I’ve always told this, he’s in the top of his form, his career. He plays for the team, it’s always good to have this kind of players, he plays a lot for the team, for me he’s one of best players in the world.

On rumours about Lukaku returning to Chelsea next summer, with Didier Drogba claiming the Belgian forward wants to prove himself successful at Stamford Bridge, he replied:

“It’s not the correct time to speak about this, I have great respect for Didier because he’s a legend for Chelsea, I can’t talk about this because we always need to respect the tema, the club the players.

It seemed Eden Hazard was targeted by Manchester United players in the FA Cup quarter final at Stamford Bridge one month ago, asked he will prepare something special to prevent this he said:

“It’s very difficult to prepare this kind of situation, we prepare the game on the tactical aspect, we are trying to find the best solution, the situation can be very tough for both teams. I haven’t prepared nothing.

Manchester United played last night in Bruxelles in Europa League quarter finals against Anderlecht and Conte was asked if this could be an advantage for Chelsea:

“In this part of the season is very difficult to understand when ti’s the right moment to play with one team or another.

Any plan on how to stop Ibrahimovic?

“We must have a good defensive organisation, when he attacks the ball he’s very dangerous, and also when he receives the ball, my players must play great attention and concentration to stop him.

Any unsettled conflict with Mourinho?

“It’s a football match, not me against him, we both want to try to win, it’s normal there are conflicts during the game, but it’s just sport thing, just game conflicts.

It’s common opinion that not being involved in European competitions during this season was a big advantage for Chelsea:

“I’ve been hearing this story since I was Juventus coach in my fist season, but Liverpool are in our same situation, for sure we have more time to work with the team, it’s important because it’s my first season here, but if you think this is the only reason why we’re in the top of the table, this si a great mistake. I prefer to play Champions League.

After his last visit to Stamford Bridge José Mourinho stated that until someone will win four Premier League titles he will still be the N.1 manager in Chelsea history:

“Which was my reaction to this statement of his? Nothing. He won a lot with this team, this club have always showed him great respect for his past, I said the same before and this doesn’t change, I have a great respect for him.

“The game at Old Trafford is important for us because we would get 3 points that are really important in the title race, after this game we have other 18 points to get, for us it will be very important.

AC Milan was sold to Chinese investors yesterday and an Italian journalist asked a comment about this:

“It’s very difficult to reply this question because you know better than me that Berlusconi was a great owner for Milan, they won a lot in Italy, Europe and in the world, another era is starting with this group, they paid a lot to buy Milan, so I hope they will do good.

And when asked about Inter kinks, again he replied:

“Rumours about Inter are just rumours, they are old.”

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Chelsea stars Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante appears in the PFA Player of the Year shortlist that was announced this morning.

Their  efforts in the Blues Premier League title tilt have been recognised with nominations for this prestigious award.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Spurs’ Harry Kane and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku made the list as well.

Tottenham’s Dele Alli, Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Liverpool’s Sadio Manè are the three excellent exclusions in the nominations for this year.

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Team News

Chelsea

– Conte claimed he has full squad available with no fresh injuries

– John Terry can start tonight, as well as Asmir Begovic and Kurt Zouma

–  Pedro has scored in each round of this season’s FA Cup, scoring a total of four goals (also registering two assists).

– The Blues have won 15 of their 16 home games under Antonio Conte in all competitions, including the last 12: the only defeat was Liverpool back in September

– Chelsea have reached the FA Cup quarter-finals 12 times in the 21st century – more than any other side.

 

Manchester  United

– Red Devils travelled to London without all their main strikers yesterday: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended for three games after elbowing Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings in Premier League. Wayne Rooney, who was supposed to start after not travelling to Russia for Europa League match against Rostov last week, got injured in the last training before travelling to the English capital in an accidental clash with Phil Jones. Anthony Martial was reported injured, while Marcus Rashford is ill.

– José Mourinho could move a winger or another midfielder to the centre of United attacks, like Young, Fellaini, Mata, Lingard or Mkhitaryan but to face such an important game without all the four main strikers is surely a major blow for Mourinho’s side who are looking for “revenge” after last October 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

– Bailly is back to Manchester United squad after missing Europa League clash against Rostov for suspension

– The last time United lost an FA Cup tie away from Old Trafford was their 1-0 defeat by Chelsea in 2013.

– Jose Mourinho has never lost an FA Cup quarter-final.

– This will be United’s 46th competitive game of the season, but only Chelsea’s 34th.

 

Predicted Line Ups

CHELSEA – Courtois, David Luiz, Cahill, Azipilicueta, Moses, Matic, Kante, Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Diego Costa.

MANCHESTER UNITED – De Gea,  Bailly, Rojo, Jones, Valencia, Herrera, Carrick, Pogba, Shaw, Mkhytarian, Mata.

 

 

 

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Jose Mourinho will have an headache in his London hotel room tonight trying to figure out how to face Chelsea in crucial FA Cup quarter finals with no strikers available.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is serving a three-game-ban after the episodes occured with Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings in the past weekend but pictures of Manchester United travelling squad while boarding the train to London this afternoon showed all the three other strikers were missing: Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all stayed in Manchester to recover from injury.

The Red Devils captain got injured in the last training session in a collision with Phil Jones, Rashford was taken ill and Martial is injured as well.

Mourinho could move a winger or another midfielder to the centre of United attacks, like Young, Fellaini, Mata, Lingard or Mkhitaryan but to face such an important game without all the four main strikers is surely a major blow for Mourinho’s side who are looking for “revenge” after last October 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

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