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Chelsea hero Pedro spoke after scoring the winner against Leicester tonight, a goal that gave the Blues the pass for FA Cup semifinals at Wembley in one month, where they will face Southampton:

“It was a very difficult game. It was good for me to score for my confidence and to get to the next round,” he told BBC Sport.

“It was hard to find the pass in between the lines. Leicester defended very well and pressed high. It is difficult to win against this team.

 “The most important thing for us was the teamwork and to make it through to the next round. We have to fight in the next few games. It is a difficult situation for us in the league but we have to fight.

“We have a good opportunity to go to the final and fight for a place in the top four [of the Premier League]. But now is the moment to relax and enjoy this win.”

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After the draw, that took place one hour ago after Leicester City v Chelsea final whistle, FA Cup semifinals schedule was announced.

Thefixtures will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22.

Chelsea will face Southampton, while Spurs and Manchester United will play for the final in the other clash.

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Chelsea are going to Wembley for the second year in a row: the Blues gained the pass to FA CUP semifinals after beating Leicester City away for 2-1 at extra time, Pedro scored the decisive goal at 105′, after Morata and Vardy netted the two goals in the 90′.

It was a tough game, with the Foxes believing in it in every minute of the game and showing the same passion and determination that allowed them to win the title two years ago.

Alvaro Morata was back to score when in the end of the first half he netted the ball with a fantastic finish after a great assist of Willian in a counter-attack.

Vardy equalised with 15′ to go after a series of rebounds in Chelsea box and this meant extra time.

It was Pedro to get Chelsea the pass to Wembley scoring with a header in the end of the first exta time after Kasper Schmeichel didn’t choose the right timing coming out of the goal.

Now Conte’s side will face Southampton at Wembley in one month.

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Chelsea face Leicester City in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals and official line-ups have been announced:

CHELSEA – Caballero; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard

Subs: Eduardo, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Fabregas, Pedro, Giroud

Manager: Antonio Conte

LEICESTER – Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Iborra, Mahrez, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Vardy

Subs: Hamer, Fuchs, Dragović, Silva, Gray, Okazaki, Diabaté

Manager: Claude Puel

Kick-Off: 4.30 BST

Venue: King Power Stadium

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Antonio Rudiger spoke ahead of FA Cup clash between Chelsea and Leicester City at King Power Stadium.

The German defender, who has been recently nominated for the German Football Ambassador 2018 award, believes Chelsea fans can play an important role tomorrow (4.30PM BST): “That amount of people is very big support for an away game and it’s important for us to give something back to them” he told the club’s official website.

Chelsea faced the Foxes twice in the current campaign, collecting a win (1-2) and a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in January. Rudiger added: “First of all, it’s going to be a battle. Leicester will try to give us a tough time and we will have to be mentally strong but we won’t be looking for excuses. Yes, we played a few days ago and of course there may be some tiredness, but we have to go there and show the right mentality”.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed he will do everything to play another semifinal and final at Wembley this season.

Last year his team beat Spurs in the semifinal and then was defeated by Arsenal in the final:

This is a great competition one of the most important in the world,” the Italian coach said.

“Last season we were very good to reach the final at Wembley, playing the quarter finals against Manchester United and semifinal against Spurs. Now we will try to do the same.

“To win a trophy in England is always very tough, before winning it you know that you have to face strong teams. In this competition there are United and Tottenham but also other teams that want to try to make the history in the cup

“I think every trophy is important for us, we started the season to try to fight until the end for every competition, in the Carabao Cup we were in the semifinal, in the Champions League we reached the last 16, if we win we can play another semifinal at Wembley in this competition, this must be our target.

“To try to go to next round to reach the semifinal in the FA Cup won’t be easy, Leicester are a good team, in the last game we played agains them at home we suffered. We will do our best to qualify for the next Champions League, we still have targets.”

Asked who is the favourite goalkeeper to start on Sunday, Conte replied:

“I think that we’re talking about two good goalkeepers, Thibaut [Courtois] and Willy [Caballero], tomorrow I will try to make the best decision, because we want to go to next round.”

Eden Hazard has failed to score in the last three games:

“Maybe he could score on Sunday,” Conte replied.

On tomorrow’s rivals:

“We’re talking about a team that two years ago won the title, they want to fight a lot, we suffered a lot in the last game, we ran a lot, they are dangerous, we must pay great attention to them.

“Special plans are to try to defend well, we all know Vardy‘s characterstics, he’s very clever, he’s good in finding the right time to attack the space. They have other dangerous players like Ineacho and Okazaki.”

Speaking about the Champions League knock out against Barcelona he said:

“It was a pity to go out, especially because we made two good performances, we have to try move on.

“It’s true we played against Barcelona the other night, but we could rest, so I will pick up the best solution for Sunday’s game.”

 

 

 

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Leicester City will host Chelsea at King Power Stadium as Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Blues are kept apart in the draw. The Premier League champions went through the next stage after beating 4-0 Hull City at Stamford Bridge with goals from Willian, Pedro and latest signing Olivier Giroud.

Here’s the FA Cup quarter-final draw in full:

  • Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea vs Rochdale or Tottenham
  • Man Utd vs Brighton
  • Leicester vs Chelsea
  • Wigan or Man City vs Southampton

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Leicester City boss Claude Puel welcomes rumours linking Riyad Mahrez to Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Algeria international seems keen to move to London, or even to Liverpool, as the Reds are looking for a talented player to replace Philippe Coutinho, who transfered to Barcelona for a £ 140m record fee.

After the Watford game, Puel was quizzed about Mahrez’s future.

“It is a good thing people always ask me about Riyad because it shows he is playing well.

“I get asked about his future and it is a good thing because we have a good feeling.

“He gave an assist and scored a goal, and he is showing good consistency with and without the ball. He is a good player.

“Because he is an experienced player with good maturity and he can give a good example with his play also.”

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Chelsea difence didn’t concede a goal in their last three games, but, also, the Blues weren’t able to score vs NorwichArsenal and Leicester.

Speaking to Chelsea official website, Antonio Rudiger admits Antonio Conte’s side cannot be happy with the last three goalless draw.

Honestly, I prefer that we win this game and concede a goal, at least we would have the three points. Of course we are disappointed with the performance and I think we are lucky that Leicester did not score in the first half”. Rudiger said. “We cannot be happy with the last few weeks. It is difficult weeks for everyone and there are lots of mistakes that we are doing. It is like this sometimes. You just need that one moment. At the moment it is difficult, but we have to go for it.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claims his team today were tired but he also admits the display they offered against Leicester today was not pleasant.

The Blues obtained the third goalless draw in a row after the ones against Norwich City in Fa Cup and Arsenal in the League Cup, failing to create dangerous chances again.

Alvaro Morata again struggled in front of goal and has now scored just twice in his last 10 matches, but Conte insists other players need to start sharing the burden:

“I don’t think it is only Morata’s problem, also the other players, because we are not scoring goals, we are not conceding, but we are not creating chances.

“I think we played with a lot of top players against Arsenal, and then again today against a very good team. I think a lot of our players were tired.

“In the first half Leicester ran more than us, they played better than us. But we knew we were playing against a good opponent, maybe the worst opponent we could have played in this moment. We suffered a lot in the first half.”

 

 

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