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Marcos Alonso celebrates


Chelsea win Emirates FA Cup 4th round tie with Newcastle to go through to FA Cup 5th round 

Chelsea goals: Michy Batshuayi 31, Michy Batshuayi 44, Marcos Alonso 72

Despite complaints that seem to indicate the end of manager Conte’s time at Chelsea, his side continues to play well. In today’s victory against Newcastle, Michy Batshuayi scored the first goals with two shots on target, and Marcos Alonso sent in a trademark free-kick at Stamford Bridge as Conte’s side went through to the FA Cup 5th Round and comfortably avoided a second cup exit inside five days, keeping alive the prospect of competing in May’s FA Cup Final. After winning the Premier League last season, champions Chelsea were denied 'The Double' in that fixture in his debut season.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez says he is not against signing a new contract or contract extension. The former Liverpool boss has told Mike Ashley what he needs to do in order to get him to ink the paper.

“I told Mike what I thought about that,” said Benitez. “He knows my opinion, and we don’t have to talk now. I don’t have any problem with my future. I’m really pleased to be here and I love the city, the fans, the potential, everything. I can give my opinion in terms of football operations. But everything is subject to the financial position of the club. I give names, have some information, feedback from managing director Lee Charnley, and then give my opinion. The main thing is that we have to be on the same page. That’s pretty simple."

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Willy Caballero, Chelsea goalkeeper

It is almost 12 years since Benitez’s only FA Cup trophy with Liverpool. Benitez knew Chelsea could be beaten following their Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal that drove a further wedge between Conte and his board, Benitez’s players barely gave them a pushed hard, forcing mistakes. Massadio Haidara skipped past Davide Zappacosta down the left and crossed for Jonjo Shelvey in the 25th minute, and Willy Caballero had to repel a near-post volley. Newcastle were undone six minutes later thanks to one of the assists of the season, a defense-splitting 40-yarder perfectly into the path of Eden Hazard. Hazard found Alonso, who gave Batshuayi an easy finish unmarked in front of goal. The goal failed to settle Chelsea and Dwight Gayle tested Caballero, who came to the rescue again when Danny Drinkwater presented the ball to Shelvey. Marcos Alonso bends the ball into the net  Pedro, Hazard and Batshuayi combined again a minute before the break with another lightning raid that saw the latter’s finish go up off Jamaal Lascelles and into the net. Shelvey and Ciaran Clark were both denied again by talented Chelsea goalie Caballero. The second half featured Pedro firing over, Alonso producing a spectacular volley that came close but deflected off Javier Manquillo, and Drinkwater dragging wide. Chelsea scored again 18 minutes from time when Alonso curled a wonderful free-kick under the wall and past Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow. Final score Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle.

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Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea, scored twice


Chelsea: Caballero; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill ; Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Batshuayi, Hazard. Subs: Eduardo, Ampadu, Moses, Fabregas, Barkley, Musonda, Hudson-Odoi.

Newcastle: Darlow, Manquillo, Mbemba, Lascelles, Clark, Haïdara; Shelvey, Saivet, Hayden, Ritchie; Gayle. Subs: Woodman, Yedlin, Dummett, Diamé, Atsu, Murphy, Joselu.

Referee: Kevin Friend

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Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea

After Michy Batshuayi’s outstanding performance in the FA Cup, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to keep him at the club until summer. The talented Blues striker has been second to forward Alvaro Morata at Stamford Bridge, and has been linked with a loan move away during the January transfer window. Conte has insisted to the Chelsea management that they cannot afford to offload striker Batshuayi. 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

“Bat Man” who struck twice in Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth-round win over Newcastle, is lined up for a loan move to Sevilla this week if the Blues complete the signing of superstar striker Edin Dzeko from Roma. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted he would be open to keeping 24-year-old Michy Batshuayi until the summer. The loss of the Belgian striker will leave Conte’s Chelsea side too light in the striking department with his team still fighting on three fronts – England Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup.

“If you see our squad we don’t have three, four or five strikers, we have two, Morata and Batshuayi,” stated Conte. “I don’t know what happens. But when you play in the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup, three strikers is the minimum. We have to see what happens in the market. If we are able to take another player, it doesn’t mean Michy has to go on loan. We have a lot of competitions. Three strikers is the minimum. I don’t know if Michy wants to stay or go on loan — it will be the player’s decision, not my decision.”

Batshuayi now has ten goals in all competitions for the Blues this season. The former Marseille man could depart Stamford Bridge if the club bring in another forward. Batshuayi’s double and Marcos Alonso’s seventh goal of season sink sad Magpies. Batshuayi’s brace helped Chelsea win their second leg of the FA Cup fourth-round tie - Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle.

“I’m ready to continue to work with these players. I’m very happy. But I don’t know what happens with the transfer market.”

Batshuayi, 24, has scored ten goals this season, despite making only ten starts — but he was left out of the starting line-up for last week’s Carabao Cup semi-final defeat at Arsenal.

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Marcos Alonso

Marcus spoke about his goal against the Magpies at the weekend, as well as his ability to provide a goalscoring threat.

“I have to set the ball first,’ he said, when asked if he knows what type of strike he will attempt to produce as soon as a free-kick is awarded. I spoke to the referee and told him to put the wall back the right distance, because against Arsenal the wall was five meters away and there is no way you can put a free-kick in, but if the wall is right you have the space to put it over the wall, and it went in. The gaffer always wants bodies in the box so if I can get there and then get back to defend, I obviously try to be in a position where I can score in order to help the team. We only have one striker and then two players playing in between. If we need people in the box and I see I can get there, I try.”

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Bat Man bagged crucial Emirates FA Cup goals for Chelsea, with the Belgian striker scoring a brace in the Blues’ 3-0 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.