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Francesca Ceciarini


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Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will have to face a battle to make the France squad for Russia 2018 World Cup, but the former AS Monaco has claimed that he is ‘just as good’ as the players currently ahead of him in the pecking order, including his team-mate N’Golo Kante.

“I am disappointed. I believe in this World Cup, it remains my goal. I play in a big club, I think it can play in my favour,” Bakayoko told reporters.

I think [Adrien] Rabiot, Kante, [Blaise] Matuidi, [Corentin] Tolisso are no better than me. I respect the choices of the coach and I also respect the selected players, they are talented, they are friends. I am proud that they are selected, I would like to be with them. But I’m not worse than them.”

Bakayoko has scored twice and provided three assists in 15 appearances for Chelsea so far in this season after signing for the Blues in last July.

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Football - Chelsea Training - Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Holland - 14/5/13 Chelsea's Juan Mata (R) with interim manager Rafael Benitez during training

Juan Mata and Rafa Benitez will be rivals next weekend when their current clubs, Manchester United and Newcastle, will face each other in the Premier League.

Speaking ahead of this clash the Spanish midfielder claimed he was lucky to work under his compatriot when they were both at Chelsea in 2013, a short spell for Benitez that ended with the win of the Europa League in Amsterdam.

“Today, we return to training with the mindset on the Newcastle match and the importance of the months that lie ahead, as they come loaded with games, especially during the Christmas period”, Mata wrote in his blog.

“These are moments in which good form of the team can be decisive for the second part of the season.

“Returning now to our game against Newcastle on Saturday, everyone knows they are newly-promoted but they are still a big club with several Spanish players.

“Among them Rafa Benitez, a manager with whom I was lucky to work with in the past.

“It will be nice to see him again.

“We hope to play a good game that allows us to get all three points, and continue showing that strength in Old Trafford.”

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Carlo Ancelotti could be back to Chelsea, this is what Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport reports today.

According to the Rome sport newspaper the ex Milan, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss is pleased with the idea of a Stamford Bridge return.

The Italian has also been linked with the Croatia job, although the daily newspaper state that is only a ‘hypothesis’ for now rather than a concrete link.

While Antonio Conte seems determined to stay at Stamford Bridge, we’ll have to wait and see how the current campaign will end, as Chelsea have struggled to replicate last season’s form, currently nine points behind leaders Manchester City after just Premier League 11 games.

Anything outside of a top four finish will undoubtedly be heavily punished by the Blues owner Roman Abramovich, and the longer Chelsea remain in their current position, the tougher it will be to ignore the stories surrounding their manager’s future.

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Chelsea are concerned about Eden Hazard fitness ahead of  trip to West Bromwich Albion after the winger sustained a knock during Belgium’s 3-3 with Mexico on Friday.

The winger started and scored in the draw, but was on the receiving end of some rough challenges in the Brussels friendly.

According to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, the Blues star did not train with the rest of the Belgian squad on Sunday morning, and is a doubt for the upcoming international friendly clash with Japan.

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The Times revealed the reason why David Luiz was punished by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last weekend, when the Italian manager left the Brazilian defender out of the squad who faced Manchester United and sent him to the stands to watch the game. Luiz was also told to train alone the morning of the game.

According to the English newspaper the relationship between Conte and Luiz was ruined because of the ex PSG player close friendship with former Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

The Blues boss was also upset with Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas‘ conduct following last week heavy defeat to Roma, but Luiz was the player most seriously punished.

The report suggests that the former Paris Saint-Germain ace is concerned that his close association with the current Atletico Madrid striker played a big part in his manager’s decision, having attempted to play peacemaker between the two men earlier this year.

Conte informed Costa via sms at the end of last season that he was no longer in his plans at Chelsea, which is said to have left certain squad members, including David Luiz, unhappy.

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Michael Emenalo has resigned as Chelsea technical director, this is the breaking news The Indipendent reported exclusively.

While speculation has been raging over the future of head coach Antonio Conte, Emenalo has decided to bring his 10-year association with the club to an end.

The move may be viewed in some quarters as a victory for Conte, but Emenalo has remained supportive of the Italian who he helped to appoint last year.

Emenalo’s decision is a huge blow to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who counted the 52-year-old among the few people he trusts and takes advice from.

We read in the exclusive report by Matt Law, that continues:

“With his help, Chelsea have won the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League while Emenalo has been at the club.

Conte is the 10th manager Emenalo has worked with and the former Notts County player has been a vital element of the Abramovich era.

Abramovich visited Chelsea’s Cobham training ground last week, when it is likely Emenalo will have discussed the matter with the Russian.”

The sudden decision comes just one day after the important win Chelsea obtained against Manchester United last Sunday, a success that gave Conte and the team more confidence and trust.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (centre) after the final whistle as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (centre - left) loos to head down the tunnelduring the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 5, 2017.

José Mourinho commented his-ironic- way Antonio Conte missing handshake after Chelsea v Manchester United final whistle:

“You want me to go and chase him in the middle of the pitch?” the Portuguese claimed.

“I was there. I shook hands with the people who were there.

“I think one of them was his brother, the assistant, so I feel that by shaking the hands of his brother and the other assistants that I did my duty. I cannot go and run to chase him.

“Why should I wait [in the tunnel]? He doesn’t have to wait. There is no problem with it at all. You are always worried with these things… no problem.”

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Alvaro Morata scored the winner against Manchester United today, a goal that gave Chelsea the three points and ended a forty days goal-less period for him.

Asked if it was his most important goal for the Blues, Morata told Sky Sports:

“For sure. It is important that we won. We had a very good chance today to come back to winning ways.

“We are happy now with the international break we can go with three points.”


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Antonio Conte sent David Luiz to the stands today claiming it was not a discipline issue when questioned about this after the win over Manchester United:

“It was a tactical decision,” the Italian coach revealed.

“And for me today Christensen played a fantastic game with focus and spirit.”

Conte claimed he is not sure if the Brazilian defender got a future at Stamford Bridge:

“He is 22 but shows a great personality for sure. Christensen is the future for Chelsea. Ampadu is only 17. I trust in these two young players.

“I don’t know. He has to work really hard otherwise they are on the bench or in the stands.”



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Antonio Conte ignored José Mourinho‘s handshake after winning 1-0 over Manchester United tonight: the Portuguese went toward Chelsea dugout after the final whistle but he snubbed him and ran onto the pitch to celebrate his team’s success with the players and fans.

Mourinho shook hands with Conte’s staff instead and when asked to comment the episode he said:

“Conte disappeared. I shook hands with his assistant, which for me is basically the same.”

“It’s not important,” said the Italian coach about his behaviour.

“It’s important to win the game. You have to have the respect on the pitch not outside the pitch.”

“It’s important to have respect on the pitch.”



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