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United will be Cup final favourites, says Conte

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte says Chelsea will be underdogs when they face Manchester United and his old rival Jose Mourinho in the FA Cup final.

Conte’s side cruised to a 2-0 win over Southampton in Sunday’s semi-final to set up a heavyweight clash with United at Wembley on May 19.

Chelsea face Manchester United in FA Cup final as Giroud sinks Saints

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London (AFP) – Chelsea booked an FA Cup final showdown with Manchester United as Olivier Giroud tormented Southampton again with a sublime strike in Sunday’s 2-0 win at Wembley.

Giroud has made a habit of scoring against Southampton and the France forward was their nemesis in a one-sided semi-final.

Chelsea: Alvaro Morata Apologises For ‘Furious’ Reaction To Being Substituted Against Burnley (Video)

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With a top four finish not entirely out of the question just yet, Chelsea seized three potentially vital points with a 2-1 win over Burnley away at Turf Moor on Thursday evening.

Despite Antonio Conte opting to start with a brawny front two of Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata, the tandem target men once again drew dual blanks as Victor Moses and the ever-dependable Owen Goal scored the decisive goals for the Blues.

Maurizio Sarri now Chelsea’s no.1 target to replace Antonio Conte

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Chelsea keep Champions League hopes alive at Burnley

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London (AFP) – Chelsea kept their outside chances of chasing down Tottenham Hotspur for a place in next season’s Champions League alive as a much-changed side secured a 2-1 win at Burnley.

At the other end of the table, Southampton crept closer to relegation as a 0-0 draw at Leicester leaves the Saints still four points off safety with just four games remaining to save themselves.

Chelsea keep Champions League hopes alive at Burnley

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London (AFP) – Chelsea kept their outside chances of chasing down Tottenham Hotspur for a place in next season’s Champions League alive as a much-changed side secured a 2-1 win at Burnley.

At the other end of the table, Southampton crept closer to relegation as a 0-0 draw at Leicester leaves the Saints still four points off safety with just four games remaining to save themselves.

Chelsea’s Conte says Man City could dominate for years

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte says Manchester City could dominate English football for years after Pep Guardiola’s side dethroned Chelsea as Premier League champions.

City were crowned champions last weekend with five games of the season still to go and boast a 16-point lead over second-placed Manchester United.

Maurizio Sarri linked with Chelsea

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Arsenal keen to land discarded Chelsea winger in the summer

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Nobody has ever wanted Antonio Conte to leave Chelsea, except Antonio Conte.

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This is a multifaceted nightmare of a season. It is not all "The Board's" fault. My God, yes, the people up top have to take some of the responsibility. But. BUT. For some, "The Board" has become this bogeyman-like spectre that takes the flak for everything now that Emanalo has gone. Does our board need revamping?

Hernandez leaves Chelsea’s top-four bid in tatters

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London (AFP) – Chelsea’s faint hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League suffered a potentially fatal blow as Javier Hernandez’s late equaliser gave struggling West Ham a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Antonio Conte’s side went ahead through Cesar Azpilicueta’s first-half strike at Stamford Bridge.

Hernandez leaves Chelsea’s top-four bid in tatters

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London (AFP) – Chelsea’s faint hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League suffered a potentially fatal blow as Javier Hernandez’s late equaliser gave struggling West Ham a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Antonio Conte’s side went ahead through Cesar Azpilicueta’s first-half strike at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal alerted as Juventus boss claims he’ll ‘certainly’ work abroad in future

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Antonio Conte’s representatives in talks with PSG

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Olivier Giroud admits key fault since joining Chelsea from Arsenal

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Martinez Agrees – Hazard Is Not A ‘False Nine’

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Roberto Martinez has rejected the idea of following Antonio Conte's lead and deploying Eden Hazard as a 'false nine'.

Hazard has been asked to operate through the centre by Chelsea at times this season with Alvaro Morata out of form and Michy Batshuayi out of favour.

It is not a role he enjoys, however, and Martinez promised his star man:

'Eden is not a false nine for me.

Four things we learned from the FA Cup

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London (AFP) – Chelsea dug deep to reach the FA Cup semi-finals and ease the pressure on Blues boss Antonio Conte, while Manchester United’s progress to the last four did little to improve Jose Mourinho’s mood.

Here’s what we learned from the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend:

Chelsea’s show of strength

Antonio Conte has often complained this season of the hand given to him by the Chelsea hierarchy in the transfer market.

Four things we learned from the FA Cup

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London (AFP) – Chelsea dug deep to reach the FA Cup semi-finals and ease the pressure on Blues boss Antonio Conte, while Manchester United’s progress to the last four did little to improve Jose Mourinho’s mood.

Here’s what we learned from the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend:

Chelsea’s show of strength

Antonio Conte has often complained this season of the hand given to him by the Chelsea hierarchy in the transfer market.

Pedro keeps Chelsea in the hunt for FA Cup glory

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pedro Rodriguez came off the bench to keep Chelsea’s chances of silverware this season alive with an extra-time winner in a 2-1 victory at Leicester on Sunday to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

Alvaro Morata’s first goal since Boxing Day on his return to the Chelsea starting line-up put the visitors on course to bounce back from their Champions League elimination at the hands of Barcelona in midweek.

Luis Enrique favours Arsenal job over position at Chelsea

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Barcelona vs. Chelsea, 2018 US Open Cup, and more: Freedom Kicks for March 15, 2018

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Messi is amazing and other soccer news

Hellooooooo folks. It was cool to see some of you at the watch party this Sunday! I also had an amazing waffle which is my main memory in part to block out the actual soccer result. Anyways!

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Barcelona v Chelsea | Hazard, Willian and Alvaro Morata to start?

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Antonio Conte and his Chelsea team face Barcelona tonight knowing that they need to score. I believe he will start the game with a 3-4-3 formation with Alvaro Morata up front.
I have been torn all day trying to decide whether or not we will play with a three-man midfield with Tiemoue Bakayoko coming into the side in place of Willian, alongside Cesc Fabregas and N'Golo Kante.

Why have Chelsea struggled this season?

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August's opening-day defeat to Burnley was a shock at the time, but it has proven to be symbolic of a season in which Chelsea have struggled to match the heights of the last campaign. Defeats to Watford, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and West Ham have followed, and more recently, Antonio Conte's men have also slipped out of the top four.

Functional Barcelona to play Conte’s Chelsea at their own game

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Barcelona (AFP) – Antonio Conte’s Chelsea will aim to frustrate Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday but they may find an opponent less expansive than they expect.

Barca have set the standard in recent years for the most glittering style of football but Ernesto Valverde has instilled a new style this season, built on resilience, organisation and hard graft.

Hazard should aim to copy “genius” Iniesta – Conte

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Barcelona (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has described Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta as a “genius” and challenged Eden Hazard to emulate the Spaniard by winning major trophies.

Iniesta faces a race against time to be fit for Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Camp Nou, with the tie delicately poised following a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

Conte and Valverde go head-to-head as Chelsea look to upset Barca

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Barcelona (AFP) – Antonio Conte has said he will consult his players ahead of Chelsea´s Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday and after the game he might do better to seek out Ernesto Valverde.

Both coaches faced chaotic starting points this season but only Valverde heads into this last 16 second leg at the Camp Nou with his domestic campaign still very much intact.

Conte and Valverde go head-to-head as Chelsea look to upset Barca

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Barcelona (AFP) – Antonio Conte has said he will consult his players ahead of Chelsea´s Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday and after the game he might do better to seek out Ernesto Valverde.

Both coaches faced chaotic starting points this season but only Valverde heads into this last 16 second leg at the Camp Nou with his domestic campaign still very much intact.

Champions League

PSG Take Aim For Juventus Boss To Replace Emery

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According to various reports in the media, Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri has moved to the top of Paris Saint-Germain's managerial wish list as the Ligue 1 leaders plan to replace coach Unai Emery at the end of this season

Chelsea's Antonio Conte and Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino have been the two names most frequently linked with the PSG job after the French side crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid.

Barcelona vs Chelsea: How do you think that Chelsea should approach the game?

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Antonio Conte takes his Chelsea team to Barcelona and the Nou Camp knowing that we need to score to have a chance of going through to the next round having drawn the first leg 1-1.

I must be honest, as we prepare for the game tomorrow evening I am undecided as how we are to approach the game.

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Coaching Italy would be extraordinary – Mancini

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Rome (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini has revealed in an emotional interview how coaching his native Italy would be “extraordinary”.

Mancini, 53, is among the favourites to lead the four-time World Cup winners, with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti also being touted as candidates.

Coaching Italy would be extraordinary – Mancini

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Rome (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini has revealed in an emotional interview how coaching his native Italy would be “extraordinary”.

Mancini, 53, is among the favourites to lead the four-time World Cup winners, with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti also being touted as candidates.

Embattled Emery still believes in PSG blueprint

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted Friday he still believed in the Qatari owners’ blueprint for the club but refused to speculate whether he would be part of their plans.

In his first press conference since PSG’s limp exit from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid, Emery faced a barrage of questions about his future.

Embattled Emery still believes in PSG blueprint

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted Friday he still believed in the Qatari owners’ blueprint for the club but refused to speculate whether he would be part of their plans.

In his first press conference since PSG’s limp exit from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid, Emery faced a barrage of questions about his future.

Kante fit after fainting incident, says Conte

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said Friday that midfielder N’Golo Kante has trained all week and is showing no ill-effects after passing out briefly in the dressing room last week.

The French midfielder missed Sunday’s match against Premier League leaders Manchester City after the incident, which shocked teammates.

Kante fit after fainting incident, says Conte

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said Friday that midfielder N’Golo Kante has trained all week and is showing no ill-effects after passing out briefly in the dressing room last week.

The French midfielder missed Sunday’s match against Premier League leaders Manchester City after the incident, which shocked teammates.

Chelsea not in crisis, says Giroud

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London (AFP) – Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has played down talk of a crisis at the club after the reigning Premier League champions slumped to their fourth defeat in five league matches against Manchester City.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat, courtesy of a Bernardo Silva goal, left Antonio Conte’s side five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with nine games to play, heaping further pressure on a manager whose long-term future was already uncertain.

Conte concedes ‘unstoppable’ City too good for Chelsea

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte conceded his side were powerless against an “unstoppable” Manchester City who opened up an 18-point Premier League lead with a 1-0 home win on Sunday.

Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the match 35 seconds into the second half at the Etihad Stadium when he prodded home at the back post from David Silva’s low cross.

Manchester City

Chelsea star speaks out and re-iterates everyone remains together.

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Olivier Giroud has been speaking to the media since our defeat against Manchester City to re-iterate that the players remain focused on finishing in the top four and are behind the manager.

Now I have to say that my last post may have seemed to be way over the top and a complete change of approach towards Antonio Conte.

Eden Hazard: I wouldn't have got a touch even if we played for three hours.

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Eden Hazard, as expected, has given his opinion of the decision to play with a false-nine formation against Manchester City.

Surely now, after Antonio Conte looks back at the game, he will understand that we need to bin this formation for the remainder of the season.

The Rest

Thursday Kickoff: Low favorite to replace Wenger, PSG interested in Conte and more

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Two major jobs could reportedly be up for grabs this summer, and candidates are beginning to emerge before a move has been made.

Germany's Joachim Low is reportedly the favorite to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal should the club make a move. (REPORT)

PSG has reportedly contacted Antonio Conte to discuss the club's managerial position.