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Former Liverpool midfielder and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp praised Chelsea striker Diego Costa, claiming the Spaniard is the best in his role in the Premier League:

“Could you imagine the backlash if Costa had gone in for a challenge as bad as Aguero’s on David Luiz? We all see Sergio as the saint and Costa the sinner but this was the complete opposite,” Redknappp wrote in his column in the Daily Mail.

 “I was up in the stands on Saturday and could even see Costa acting as peacemaker during the fracas at the end.

“We are blessed with the quality of centre forwards in our league. Earlier in the season I would have said Aguero was the best of the bunch but now I have to pick Costa. He is the perfect all-round centre forward.”

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Cesar Azpilicueta hails Cesc Fabregas, that was a key man in the win against Manchester City and was back to the starting XI after two months, also thanks to Nemanja Matic‘s injury:

“The passes he did during the win against Manchester City were amazing,” the Spaniard said about his compatriot.

He provided the assist for the goal which got us back into the game. Diego [Costa] scored a very good goal. Not a lot of players can do that kind of pass.

“I have seen him do things like that for years, with Spain as well. The skill that he has is very special. He can see passes before anyone else and is so accurate from such a long distance. Obviously, it is a really difficult thing to do and for others to stop.”

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Gary Cahill reveals which is the main reason of Chelsea success, the Blues are top of the league after winning eight games in a row and don’t want to stop:

“Every time we go out on to the pitch it’s like we can’t lose but it’s a nice pressure to have on ourselves,” the English defender told the club’s official website.

“We’re going into a period which is going to be busy for everyone and during those games we need to keep going.

“We’re in a good moment so we need to keep that momentum, keep everyone fresh, keep everyone on the pitch and keep getting results.”

“We’ve worked well together and we know how to play that system.

“A lot of changes to the team maybe disrupts that a little bit, but at the same time we’ve seen the quality we have.”

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David Luiz had his say on Sergio Aguero‘s brutal tackle on him yesterday, an awful foul that could have seriously hurt the Brazilian defender, who said:

“I don’t like to publicise things. This is not part of the beautiful football.

“Aguero is an amazing player, he scores a lot, he wins a lot. It is better when you talk about Aguero to talk about good things rather than bad things.

“It is quite normal frustration when you don’t win the game and I don’t like to speak about negative things.

It is normal in football – when you win you be happy, when you lose you be sad.”

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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola thinks the most important thing in the Blues incredible eight consecutive wins run is not just winning but the way the team does it, with  lots of character:

“They won [but] it was the way they won, it’s very important,” the former Italian player said to Sky Sports.

“There were moments when Manchester City were on top. They probably deserved to score another goal.

“But they never gave up. In the end, the freshness and the physical condition of the players came out.”

 

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Nathan Ake showed to have a Blues heart today, sinking Liverpool with a last minute winner.

Liverpool were up 3-1 until 76′ at Bournemouth and the three points seemed in the bag, so that the Jurgen Klopp’s could keep the same pace than Chelsea and follow the Blues in the table at one point, sitting second.

But when Fraser scored the 2-3 at 76′ the Reds lost their mind: Cook equalised after three minutes and the Chelsea loanee scored with a tap in the last minute, with the complicity of Liverpool’s keeper Karius, that couldn’t keep the ball in his hands after a cross.

A big disappointment for Reds fans but a great joy for the Chelsea ones: now the Blues are top of the league with 34 points, 3 clear of Arsenal ( second with 31) and 4 from Liverpool and Manchester City, third and fourth with 30.

 

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Antonio Conte did not speak in the Etihad Stadium press room after the win over Manchester City.

The Italian manager only spoke to the TVs and did not appear for his post-match press conference, leaving the English press infuriated.

A club source said the reason was a train back to London was expecting the squad and they would have missed it if Conte did his press conference, but the journalists waiting for the Blues boss in the press room didn’t like this excuse and left the stadium furious.

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Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry lauded Chelsea for their win at the Etihad stadium and for their impressive form in the Premier League: the Blues obtained eight wins in a row and keep leading the table,, now with 34 points:

“What we saw from Chelsea is that they are a team,” he told Sky Sports.

“We saw Eden Hazard, yes he scored a goal and could have scored another one, but what I liked about his game is the way he defended, his work rate and what he did for the team. 

“He was tucked in with Pedro, and then at the end you get your reward because you have a plan, a structure and you believe in what you do.”

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola analysed his team’s defeat against Chelsea.

First of all, he gave his opinion about Aguero’s horrible challenge on David Luiz in the injury time:

“It was not intentional, I don’t think so. If it’s a red card, it’s a red card. We accept that,” Guardiola said in his post-match press conference.

It’s a pity it finished like this. It’s the way the referee decided but it’s a pity. I don’t like that, I apologise for what happened. Fernandinho went to defend his team-mate.”

“We didn’t win because we missed a lot of chances, not because of the referee. Never in seven years have I blamed that referee,”

“My team have to be proud of what they did and the way they tried to play. In the box we are not strong enough. We arrive in the box and don’t score, the opponents arrive and they do score.”

 

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