Authors Posts by Francesca Ceciarini

Francesca Ceciarini


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SINGAPORE - JULY 29: Milan Skriniar of FC Internazionale challenges Alvaro Morata of Chelsea FC during the International Champions Cup match between FC Internazionale and Chelsea FC at National Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Singapore.

Chelsea are set to make a move for Inter defender Milan Skriniar.

The Slovakia international impressed in his first five months at the Nerazzurri and he is attracting the interest of some European top sides, among them the one owned by Roman Abramovich.

The Blues are ready to splash clash on the 22-year-old, who signed for Inter for £ 15m plus bonuses last summer from Sampdoria,  but it won’t be easy to to prise him away from the San Siro as his current deal with Serie A side.

His deal with the Nerazzurri expires in the summer of 2022. So Chelsea will need to place a huge offer if they are to win the race in pursuit of the player.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed he will speak to the club directors regarding the possibility to spend on some new signings in this winter transfer window:

“We have 18 senior players, but I think this consideration must be done with the club. I will give my opinion when I speak with the club,” the Blues manager said after the win against Brighton.

“But in the end the club has always the last word, like in the summer.

“Then we will divide the responsibility with me and with the club. We will do it together.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte commented the Boxing Day win over Brighton with these words:

“In the first half we had the right chances to score but didn’t take them,” the Italian coach said.

For this reason it becomes difficult because your opponent stays with 10 players behind the ball.

“In the second half we settled very well and created many chances. It was a good performance with good intensity.

“It’s the same performance against Everton, against them we showed 25 times we had shots on goal but today we scored twice. We are in a good moment of form and just continue this way.”

Speaking about title race he claimed:

“This season is different to last season. Last season a lot of times we won games and were a bit lucky, like against West Brom here, Sunderland. This season sometimes we could have more luck.

“We have great respect for Manchester City because they are doing an extraordinary thing.”

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Chelsea's Spanish defender Marcos Alonso (R) celebrates with Chelsea's Spanish striker Alvaro Morata after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2017.

A Spanish win for Chelsea, that get 3 points over Brighton in this Boxing Day clash: in fact, the Spaniards Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso score the goals for the win against the Seagulls in the beginning of the second half.

Two fantastic headers at 46′ and 60′, with assist from other two Spaniards – Azpilicueta and Fabregas- who gave Chelsea the lead and the control of the game, with Brighton who couldn’t capitalise their efforts and have to surrender to the Champions of England.

The Blues could control the game for 90′ but weren’t able to create many dangerous situations: eventually they conquered the win they needed to reduce the gap from Manchester United ( 43), still second in the table but with just one more point after getting only a 2-2 in today’s match against Burnley.

Leaders Manchester City will face Newcastle away tomorrow, with the chance to increase their gap on United to 15 points.


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Chelsea and Brighton are still 0-0  in this Boxing Day clash at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues created a couple of dangerous chances but weren’t able to convert them into goals, with the Seagulls producing a good defensive display.

Chelsea still have 45 minutes to try to get three points.


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Manchester City are killing the Premier League this season: Pep Guardiola‘s side trash Bournemouth 4-0 in this 19 fixture and collect their 16 win in a row – a record for the Premier League – with 90 goals scored in only 19 games.

The Citizens won with goals by Sergio Aguero ( brace) Raheem Sterling and Danilo and now are topping the table with 55 points, 14 more than Manchester United ( who sit second) that have to face Leicester City tonight and have the chance to reduce the gap to 11 points, should they win.

Chelsea remain third in the table with 39 points, but after today’s draw at Everton the chances to be back in the title race are really reduced to the minimum.

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Chelsea are dominant at Goodison Park but they end their trip to Liverpool with a goalless draw despite 25 shots on goal.

The Blues are not able to convert their chances so to find three more points to reduce the gap from Premier League leaders Manchester City ( now 13 points up, but with one game in hand to be played against Bournemouth this afternoon).

Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford offered an amazing performance, saving at least three dangerous balls, two by Eden Hazard, that was the best of his team hands down.

Anyway, it was probably Everton that went closer to score with Willian deflecting on the bar a ball kickes by Moses with 15 minutes to go and Calvert-Lewin throws a clear chance in the end of the first-half ignoring Sigurdsson, alone in the centre of the box and in a perfect position to beat Courtois.

A disappointing result for Chelsea that, however, will remain in third place ( 39 points) until after Boxing Day at least, since Liverpool and Arsenal drew 3-3 last night and remain 4 ( 35) and 5 ( 34) points behind.

The Blues will face Brighton at Stamford Bridge in the day after Christmas.


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The first half between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park ended 0-0.

The Blues starting better but the Toffees were able to create a couple of dangerous chances in the end of the first part, especially the latest one with Dominic Calvert-Lewin that didn’t assist his team-mate Sigurdsson, alone in the middle of the box and ready to beat Thibaut Courtois, trying a weak shot after dribbling past Christensen and Azpilicueta.

Other 45′ for Antonio Conte’s side to try to get the three points they need to remain attached to the top of Premier League table.

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Chelsea have reportedly agreed a deal to loan one of their young stars to Premier League side Newcastle.

Brazilian left winger/back Kenedy, in fact, will move to Rafa Benitez’s side next January in order to improve his playing time and performances.

The Northern Echo reports that the two Premier League sides have agreed terms on a deal for the 21-year-old, but like in the past summer Newcastle will have to wait until Chelsea bring in another player to officially close the loan deal.

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Alvaro Morata will miss Everton clash after being booked in the celebration of his winner against Bournemouth the other night.

The Italian tactician showed a clear disappointment for missing the Spanish striker in tomorrow afternoon match against the Toffees:

“It is a big loss of us, but it happened and it is okay. At that moment we were enjoying the goal and I did not see the situation but I knew he tried to celebrate the goal with the ball under the shirt. It is a pity but we have to accept the decision and at the same time try in the future to pay great attention [to this].

“It is very important to see what happened because if the ref only booked him because he put the ball under his shirt, it is a pity and you can allow this celebration as you are showing your joy, but if something different happened after this then the ref judged it in a different way,” Conte concluded.


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