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Stoke City centre-back and captain Ryan Shawcross has confirmed he’s pleased to play alongside with Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma, who is coming back stronger following the ankle injury suffered by the Frenchman two years ago: “For them to let him go to us is fantastic for us, but surprising. – Shawcross said – He’s quick, he can jump really high, he can pass the ball, he can shoot, he doesn’t get beat one-v-one. He’s like the ultimate defender. I think him and [Toby] Alderweireld are the top two centre halves in the country at the moment.”

Then he added: “I think Kurt has done brilliantly. He’s played a lot of games previously and it’s a great test for him to come here.

“He’s experienced things he probably hasn’t done at Chelsea, tough losses. I don’t think he will ever get beat by seven goals at Chelsea, so it’s difficult, but it’s good for his character and experience as a footballer.”

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Chelsea are in FA Cup Semifinal against Tottenham Hotspur, rival also in the Premier League only 4 points behind Antonio Conte‘s men so far.

Rumours of the Italian manager resting Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were confirmed.

 

Official Line Ups have been announced:

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1) Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), David Luiz, Ake; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro.

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Chalobah, Fabregas, Hazard, Diego Costa.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (3-4-2-1) – Lloris (C), Trippier, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Dembele, Son, Eriksen, Dele, Kane.

Subs: Lopez, Davies, Walker, Wimmer, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Janssen.

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

 

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Kick-Off: 5.15PM BST

Venue: Wembley Stadium

 

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Pedro scores twice as Chelsea go through to FA Cup Fourth Round

Chelsea went through the third FA Cup 2017 round after beating Peterborough  4-1 at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Pedro opened and closed the game with a brace, with the two goals scored at 18′ and 75′, the 2-1 was scored by Michy Batshuayi, that started today, at 44′ and by Willian at 56′.

Blues captain John Terry saw red for a professional foul on Peteborough’s Lee Angol at 67′ on his return since October.

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FA CUP - THIRD ROUND: Chelsea 4 - 1 Peterborough United

Chelsea 2 – 0 Peterborough United

  • Pedro (18′minutes)
  • Batshuayi (43′minutes)

In today’s FA Cup Third Round at home Chelsea lead 2-0 with a Pedro goal after 18 minutes followed by a second by Batshuayi.

Pedro almost scored a second goal but clipped the top corner of the cross bar after a lovely attacking move which saw him have an easy clear chance.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has emphasised the chance for Michy Batshuayi to make an impressive impact. And after 44 minutes Batshuayi “staked his claim” in the team as the manager wanted by scoring Chelsea’s second goal. It was a late goal approaching the half-time mark just as Peterborough were trying to get back in the game after a missed chance by the Blues.

Chelsea Zouma

By: Samuel Georgewill

 

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Chelsea (3-4-3) – Begovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Cahill, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi, Willian.

Subs: Eduardo, Azpilicueta, Aina, Kante, Moses, Hazard, Diego Costa.

Manager: Antonio Conte

Peterborough (4-4-2) – McGee, Hughes, Tafazolli, Smith, Bostwick, Maddison,  Edwards, Forrester,  Angol, Lopes, Nichols 

Subs: Tyler, Taylor, Ball, Inman, Chettle, Binnom-Williams, Samuelsen

Manager: Grant McCann

 

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 3PM BST

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Cesar Azpilicueta signed a new contract until June 2020 yesterday and his teammates wanted to show their support, speaking to the club’s official website this morning.

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante sorely praised the Spaniard: “Firstly, he’s a very good man. He helped me when I arrived here and gave me a lot of confidence. On the pitch, he’s a very good defender; strong, intelligent and a good passer”.

“He speaks English, Spanish and French and when I first came here he explained a lot about the club to me. It’s much easier for me when somebody speaks French because I can understand better. I’m very pleased he’s signed a new contract and I’m glad he will be at the club for a long time”.

Defender Gary Cahill said: “He’s a fantastic footballer and possesses a lot of quality. On and off the pitch he epitomises what being a professional is all about, how you work and how you train. He’s so consistent in terms of his performances, which is why he plays at the top level. It’s vitally important to keep players like him”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is warming up for the Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge tonight, when the Blues will face West Ham.

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New signings Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante will likely feature tonight (the Belgium international will probably start from the bench since Diego Costa is expected to lead the Blues’ attack) with Kurt Zouma still recovering from the knee injury he suffered last season.

Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas will fight for a place in the midfield, with the Serbia International who is said to be more likely to play.

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West Ham

Slaven Bilic has to replace Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini but Dimitri Payet is said to be fit and will play at Stamford Bridge.

Also Diafra Sakho and Doneil Henry are both injured and not expected to feature in the Premier League opener against the Blues.

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PREDICTED LINE UPS

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Kante; Willian, Oscar, Matic, Hazard; Costa

West Ham: Adrian; Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Kouyate, Nordtveit, Noble; Feghouli, Carroll, Ayew

 

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Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma is confident the Blues will challenge for the Premier League title under new manager Antonio Conte.

The 21-year-old reportedly said: “Last season was not good for us. No-one is happy about that. The new manager wants to do much better and he will bring in new players. That is not a problem.”

“Of course Chelsea must be much better next time. Last year we did bad. Tenth in the league is not good for Chelsea.”

“I am confident we will be back challenging for the title. Chelsea has a big team. We have to bounce back and be ready to fight.”

“But not being in Europe will not help us. We are used to playing in the Champions League. The target now is to be back in that competition as soon as we can. It’s a very important competition for the club.”

The Frenchman is currently recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in February.

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