FA Cup Quarter Final Draw: Big Guns Avoid Each Other as Foxes Welcome Chelsea in Tie of the Round

?Leicester City will meet Chelsea in the last eight of the Emirates FA Cup, after being drawn together out of the pot on Saturday night in the pick of the ties for the next round.

The draw, taking place in Stratford, east London, also saw Saturday victors Manchester United get Brighton, while Wigan or Manchester City will welcome Southampton to their respective grounds should they win their last 16 tie.

Rochdale or Tottenham, who play on Sunday, will also meet the winner of the tie between Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea. The latter pair ?fought to a 0-0 draw at Hillsborough in Saturday’s early kick off.

United managed to beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 on Saturday evening thanks to a double from Romelu Lukaku, but the match was not without its controversy. A seemingly legitimate Juan Mata goal was ruled out for offside on the stroke of half time, despite ?television coverage showing that the call was marginal at best. 

Leicester and Chelsea each won their games on Friday night against Championship opposition, while Southampton beat West Brom and Brighton emerged victorious over Coventry on Saturday.

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The quarter final fixtures will take place on the weekend of the 16th-19th of March.


Report Claims Chelsea Could Use Michy Batshuayi as Makeweight in Deal for BVB Wonderkid

Chelsea could be tempted into selling Michy Batshuayi to Borussia Dortmund this summer if it means the Blues get a headstart in the race to sign Christian Pulisic, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old winger has suitors from across Europe and has been linked with a move away from Dortmund for some time. However, no transfer of the Hershey-born attacker has ever materialised.

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Chelsea’s Batshuayi has hit the ground running since arriving in North Rhine-Westphalia on a short-term loan, and the Dortmund hierarchy are already thinking about making the move permanent.

Although the German side do have plenty of money in the bank after selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal, a big offer for their American starlet will be difficult for a club in Dortmund’s position to turn down.

The Mail’s report claims that Chelsea have been tracking Pulisic for over a year and seem eager to complete a deal ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

Although a move for Pulisic before the competition in Russia kicks off doesn’t seem to make too much sense – the USMNT failed to qualify for the World Cup – Chelsea’s desire to get a deal done early could actually be linked to Batshuayi.

Should the former Marseille striker have a stellar competition, or a disastrous one, his transfer value could change dramatically and Chelsea could lose the upper hand in the race for Pulisic.

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Chelsea Star Pedro Claims UCL Meeting With Barcelona Will Be a ‘Special Game’ for Him

?Chelsea star Pedro claims the Champions League clash against ?Barcelona will be a ‘special game’ for him as he comes up against his old club.

Pedro left the Nou Camp back in 2015 and since then has gone on to win the Premier League with the Blues. 

Chelsea face the Catalan giants in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie on Tuesday, and speaking ahead of the game Pedro has claimed that the game will be extra special for him as he comes up against his old team, as reported by ?Goal.?

“We are back in a good form, with confidence before this huge game as you say against Barcelona.

“For us it is good to be back in that sort of form. We’ve had two very good games now. We have to continue like this and prepare for the game against Barcelona in the same way.

“It will be strange for sure at the start but it will be good to see my old team-mates again who I played with for so many years. It will be a special game for me for sure. They are the same every year. They are playing great football in La Liga, they are in the cup final as well.”


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Pedro then responded to questions about his former teammate Lionel Messi, and the Spaniard stated that his friend and former colleague is still ‘the best in the world’.

“He’s always the same,” he added. “What can I say of him that I haven’t before? He is the best in the world, he always makes the difference and it will be very difficult to stop him.”

Chelsea rested the majority of their key men on Friday as they beat ?Hull City 4-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and therefore with the likes of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata fresh for the game on Tuesday the Blues will be going all out to pull off a shock and knock the La Liga leaders out of the competition. 

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Russia Bound: Brazil Boss Tite Reveals Which PL Stars Are Already on the Plane to the 2018 World Cup

?Brazil head coach Tite has let slip 16 members of his 23-man party ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Brazilian news outlet ?UoL Esporte has claimed that the boss of La Canarinha has already pencilled in around two-thirds of the squad that he will select for the international tournament due to take place this summer.

Among the names mentioned are Barcelona stars Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho, Paris Saint-Germain quartet Neymar, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Daniel Alves, Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino, and Manchester City pair Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho.


The other players who are in line to receive call ups – and who play in Europe or China – are Inter’s Miranda, Roma goalkeeper Alisson, Real Madrid left-back Marcelo, Beijing Sinobo Guoan superstar Renato Augusto, and Chelsea winger Willian.

The last two names to be listed by Tite are Corinthians star Jadson and Cruzeiro right-back Edilson – the duo both plying their trade in their homeland.

It is unclear who the other seven potential members of Tite’s squad could be, but places are certainly up for grabs in the 56-year-old’s squad and whoever can make a late push for inclusion will have to have performed admirably for their team in the next three months.

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Of those selected who have been capped before, 34-year-old defender Alves leads the way with 105 appearances for Brazil, with Neymar (83) and Thiago Silva (67) someway off Alves’ haul.

Gabriel Jesus is the least capped among that contingent with only 13 caps to his name, but the Manchester City wonder kid’s seven goals in those games mean he is a surefire starter in Russia.

Neymar and Paulinho have the most goals from their appearances for Brazil – 53 and 11 – respectively – and it’ll be up to the other members of Tite’s squad to weigh in with their fair share in the near future.

Brazil will face Russia and Germany in friendly matches in late May ahead of the tournament kicking off on Thursday 14th June.

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Frank Lampard Believes Chelsea Starlet Is on the Same Level as £75m Rated Virgil van Dijk

?Frank Lampard believes Andreas Christensen would have been good enough to keep Virgil van Dijk out of the team, had ?Chelsea signed the defender.

Christensen got his first big chance when loaned out to Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach for a two year period; during which the youngster played 82 competitive games for the Bundesliga club.

With the Foals, the 21-year-old became a familiar figure in the line-up, missing only six league games, while also gaining invaluable experience in the Champions League.

Now back in London, Christensen has become a key set-up in Antonio Conte’s team, which, like Gladbach, encompasses a back-three formation – featuring in twenty Premier League games.

Frank Lampard is so convinced by the Dane, he believes Virgil van Dijk would have been kept out of the picture (as quoted by the ?Express).

“Even if van Dijk had come in, the player Christensen is, he’d have handled anything. You put a team around those players even at his age. He wouldn’t have had a problem whoever they signed.”

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Van Dijk shattered the record for most expensive defender when moving to Liverpool in January.

The Dutchman scored the winner in the Merseyside Derby and has looked a calming presence in an otherwise nervous Liverpool defence.

Lampard claims Christensen’s potential was apparent at a young age when still playing for Chelsea.

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“I trained with him a fair bit when I was still there [Chelsea]. We were all very aware of his abilities.

“He came over to join in senior sessions when he was sixteen and was very impressive.

“But, even at that young age, you could see he had a composure and an awareness about him that made him fit straight in.”

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