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Chelsea will face Slavia Praha in the Europa League’s quarter-final. The Blues’ will play the first-leg on Thursday 11th April away before hosting the Czech side on 18th April at Stamford Bridge.

Should Maurizio Sarri‘s men go through the next-stage, they will play against Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals. Here’s the draw in full:

ARSENAL v NAPOLI 

VILLARREAL v VALENCIA 

BENFICA v EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 

SLAVIA PRAHA V CHELSEA

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Spain beat 1-0 Czech Republic with a late goal by Gerard Piqué, that netted the winner with three minutes to go.

La Roja dominated the game, creating at least ten chances, but they weren’t able to convert them into goals, especially Alvaro Morata that missed at least three clear chances and was substituted at minute 62 by Aduriz.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas wasn’t in his best day and was replaced by Thiago Alcantara at minute 70, while Blues striker Pedro made his way onto the pitch at minute 82 to replace Nolito.

Cesar Azpilicueta remained on the bench during all the 90 minutes.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will start in the debut game for Spain at EURO 2016 against Czech Republic.

The Spaniard will face his ex team-mate Petr Cech, that will defend his national team goal as it happened in the last twelve years.

The other two Blues players involved in this match, Pedro and Azpilicueta, are on the bench.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will start for La Roja: a surprise, as everyone was convinced that Iker Casillas would have started today.

The full line-ups:

 

SPAIN – De Gea, Juanfran, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Fabregas, Silva, Nolito, Morata.

Coach: Vicente Del Bosque

CZECH REPUBLIC – Cech, Kaderabek, Sivok, Hubnik, Limbersky, Plasil, Darida, Gebre Selassie, Rosicky, Krejci, Necid

Coach: Pavel Vrba

 

Referee: Szymon Marciniak ( POL )

Kick Off: 2 pm BST, 3 pm CET

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Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta spoke to Goal.com before the start of his experience at EURO 2016 with Spain.

The Spanish defender analysed the situation at the Blues in the last season, including the sacking of former manager José Mourinho:

You spoke to Goal in one of your very first call-ups to the national team. Now you are a regular and an unquestioned member of this squad for Euro 2016. What has changed for Azpilicueta in this time?

“Three years have gone by. Whether you like it or not, you have to assume more responsibility in that time. I came into a group that had been together for so long. Experience helps. And also, the disappointment of the World Cup. I played two games there and we went through some difficult moments. They help you to grow and to see that not everything is easy, that you have to fight. There are ups and downs sometimes in football, but you have to pick yourself up and get stronger.”

Nevertheless, you are always there: you average around 40 games a season and even after this difficult year at Chelsea, you are at the Euros. What is your secret? How do you do it?

“The secret is work, work, work. I can’t conceive football any other way. I conceive it as a team sport. The most important thing is to help the team win titles and do my little bit. This year at Chelsea we didn’t achieve what we wanted to. It was difficult, although it is when I have played the most.”

What happened at Chelsea during the Jose Mourinho era for things to end up as they did?

“That’s football. After winning the league and the cup the year before, breaking records, leaders from start to finish, the third season together… But we didn’t start well, the results wouldn’t come and in football that’s what’s important. We all hoped to have a great season, because it was the same group. But football is like that.”

Mourinho said that “with 11 Azpilicuetas you could win the Champions League“. What could you say about him now that he is going to coach one of Chelsea’s big rivals?

“I have great memories of him. I will focus on all the positives. I learned so much. Now he is going to be a rival and he will make things difficult for us.”

At Chelsea you haven’t got the No.2 shirt yet, but with Spain you have inherited it after wearing 22 when Raul Albiol was in the squad. What does the number mean to you?

“Well, I made my debut with the No.40 at Osasuna. High numbers! But when I turned professional, I took the No.2 shirt and I have worn it ever since whenever I have been able to. It’s true that Albiol had it, but in the last few matches I have been able to wear it and I like it a lot.”

So it’s not superstition?

“No! Well, at Chelsea I wear the No.28. But it was the only one they had left!”

Talking of the defence, it seems it is one of the strongest areas for Spain looking at the form of all of the players. Has Del Bosque spoken to you to tell you what he expects from you and in what position?

“Spain is an attacking team because we look to control the ball and the game. But in the biggest competitions in which titles have been won, we have been the team that has conceded the least. And that’s fundamental. As defenders we have a bigger responsibility, of course, but the boss demands it from all of us as a team. It’s a team sport and we all have to help in both facets: defense and attack. Personally, I hope to give my maximum to the group. We have been training hard for three weeks and I will be at my peak for whatever the coach needs.”

Have you spoken to your former team-mate Petr Cech ahead of the opener against Czech Republic?

“No, I haven’t spoken to him. Cech is the leader of his national team, along with Tomas Rosicky. Everyone knows Petr’s story – at Chelsea and now at Arsenal. And he helped me a lot at Chelsea.”

You are good friends with Eden Hazard. Have you spoken to him about the Euros and about Belgium’s chances?

“Yes, we have spoken. They have shown they have a great team, a very young team that have had some problems with injuries. But they are a team that, if they show all their potential, will be very dangerous.”

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Today’s the Chelsea day at EURO 2016: in fact, the Blues will have five of their six men participating to the tournament involved in the games.

Spain will play against Czech Republic, captained by Chelsea legend Petr Cech, at 3 pm CET, 2 pm in the UK.

Cesc Fabregas is likely to start, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro should be substitutes, but we will see if Vicente Del Bosque will really prefer to play Juanfran and Nolito instead of them, as many Spanish reporters say.

Tonight we will have a very fascinating game between Belgium and Italy, where three of the main Blues men are involved: Eden Hazard will captain Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and his other fellow-mates against the national team coached by his next boss, Antonio Conte.

The Belgian wizard already stated that he will try to impress his next gaffer, we will see if Gianluigi Buffon and defenders like Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini will be able to stop him.

In this game three other players linked to Chelsea will be involved as well: ex forwards Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne, currently at Everton and Manchester City, and Radja Nainggolan, who can wear the Blues shirt since next season, being one of the main target of Antonio Conte to revamp the midfield.

Surely some games to watch, follow them also on ChelseaNews24.com, we will update you with all the news regarding the Chelsea guys.

 

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Chelsea just announced on their official website that Cech defender Tomas Kalas extended his contract with the Blues for 3 further years.

The youngster is back on loan to Middlesbrough, where he already played in the last season, after spending one year at Stamford Bridge in Mourinho‘s squad in 2013/2014 season.

He played before for Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie, and Chelsea hope he can improve more his playing style with this other year in the Championship side.

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Petr Cech will move to Arsenal this summer © Francesca Ceciarini

This, surely, is not the best moment in Petr Cech’s career: after revealing last week he might leave Chelsea after 11 years on next summer due to the “relegation” to “number 2 goalkeeper” by José Mourinho the Czech player seems to have suffered a small injury that forced him to leave his national team squad.

Czech Republic is scheduled to play Slovakia tomorrow night, but the Chelsea goalkeeper had the permission to leave the camp to reach London after this little muscular problem emerged.

In this moment we cannot understand if this injury would prevent Cech to be selected for next Saturday clash against Stoke City.

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This weekend the Premier League and all the other major European championships will stop for the last international break of the season.

Many Chelsea players are involved with their national teams, let’s see a list of all of them:

 

ENGLAND

-Cahill

SPAIN

– Fabregas

– Diego Costa was selected but he had to go back to London for hamstring injury

BRAZIL

-Oscar

-Willian

-Filipe Luis

COLOMBIA

– Cuadrado

FRANCE

– Zouma

BELGIUM

– Hazard

-Courtois

CZECH REPUBLIC

– Cech

 

 

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