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Speaking ahead of WBA game at Premier League restart after the international break Antonio Conte immediately gave an injury update:

Bathsuayi has a problem in his ankle, Musonda has a problem in his knee, Moses will be back next week.”

Asked if David Luiz is in this game squad after being left out in the clash against Manchester United, the Italian boss replied:

“Yes, he is in the squad, it was my decision to leave him out a couple of weeks ago,” Conte revealed.

He added: “I think the most important thing is to prepare the next game and to pay great attention, not to speak about a single player.”

Chelsea won the title at The Hawthorns last May, so to go back there must be a special feeling for Conte and his guys:

“It was a fantastic moment for me, for the players, for the club, for the fans.

“We won the league and it was great, I remember that moment very well and I am proud for what we did last season.

“Now we have to look at the present and this will be a really tough game because also last year WBA played a great game, two great games, because they were strong at Stamford Bridge as well. We want to try to continue to win.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham are doing very well while on loan at Crystal Palace and Swansea, Conte was asked if it was the right decision to send them on loan instead of including them in this season first team squad:

“I think we are talking about two young players, they will be the future of Chelsea, it’s right for them to play regularly. I read RLC’s interview: this experience is important for him, for his development, for his maturity. It’s the same path that Christensen followed when he was loaned two seasons at Borussia Monchengladbach.”

About Danny Drinkwater‘s fitness he said:

“Against Manchester United he suffered a knock in his calf, he started to work with us only this week, he was intelligent to stop.

“I think this is not a great moment for Italy, for my country, to miss the World Cup after 56 years it’s a half disaster for us, because you know how important football is for Italy. I hope the federation will work to improve the situation.”

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Despite facing some issues and many up and downs in this start of the season Chelsea dressing room is more compact than ever, as also Victor Moses claims before Premier League will restart next weekend after international break:

“I think we have done well,” the Nigerian stated.

“We as a team, whatever happens, we stick together and do the best we can. I think people have been a bit too harsh but we don’t need to think about that or concentrate on what people have been saying.

“These criticisms are the kinds of things that makes a player stronger. We know we just need to believe in ourselves and prove them wrong then win as many games as we can. We are 100 per cent together. We are like brothers here.

“Even after losing to Roma, we believe in ourselves collectively and individually. We just take each game as it comes.

 “We beat Manchester United in our last match and now everyone is saying we’re the best. Football is like this.”

He added: “Why can’t we compete with City, United or any other club? Our players are good enough to compete with anyone. We have a lot of games to go so you can’t tell who’s going to win the league. 

“We are nine points from Man City but we believe in ourselves and we believe that something can happen further down the line and that we will find ourselves back at the top.

“We still believe in ourselves and in the manager we have got so we will keep working hard and see where it takes us.”

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Speaking to the Evening Standard and looking at current season Chelsea form former Blues midfielder Gustavo Poyet claimed that winning the title is like a virus:

“Winning the title, it’s a virus. After you win it the next year something goes wrong for [Jose] Mourinho, [Carlo] Ancelotti and Conte [at Chelsea]. It’s tough and when you’re champions everyone wants to kill you.

“For Chelsea it was a very strange summer, a mess inside the club. The Diego Costa situation was tough and so was replacing him. The new players need time to adapt and prove themselves.

“Last year, with all respect to the squad players, the team was [stable]. This year you make one team, I make one team, he makes one team, Conte makes another team. That consistency is why they won the league… not just of selection but formation and style of play.”

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Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham, now at Swansea, is happy after his second cap with England major team against Germany last night.

Speaking after the clash he claimed he’s sure his future will be at Stamford Bridge:

“Yes, it’s been amazing, obviously to make two senior caps is a big achievement for me,” the current Swans striker said after the Wembley game.

“It proves that I am doing the right things. I just have to keep focused and working as hard as I can.”

Chelsea’s academy staff know all about his ability but also mention his love for the game and his unbounded enthusiasm for it :

“Yeah, for me I live football,” Abraham agreed.

“Football has always been in my heart. And every time I step out on that pitch I always want to prove myself and do the best that I can.”

Asked if he can make it to Russia 2018 World Cup:

“Definitely,” was his instant response.

“I’m a person who believes massively in myself, and like the (England) coaches just said to us – we have to go back to our clubs and give 100 per cent and hopefully see what happens.”

Abraham, while focused on his loan club sees his England future at Stamford Bridge:

“Yeah, definitely,” he replied.

“Hopefully that will be the dream really. Like I said, I have to do everything right this season and we will see what happens next season.

“Right now, I’m literally just focused on Swansea. Last season I was focused just on Bristol and this season focused on Swansea. So I just have to keep proving myself and hopefully I’ll get my opportunity.”

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Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is in pole position to become new Italian coach after the Azzurri were incredibly eliminated by Sweden at Russia 2018 playoffs amid a Chelsea return rumours.

FIGC are trying to convince Ancelotti to join, as the Italian looks to move on from his sacking at Bayern Munich.

A four-year project till the Qatar World Cup of 2022 can be offered to Ancelotti, who rejected two big offers from China as he believes that he can still coach at the highest level.

While it won’t be easy to convince Ancelotti into joining the Azzurri, Chelsea have already drawn links with their former boss. AC Milan too will look to get him, depending on whether Vincenzo Montella holds onto his job or not.

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Chelsea and his fans can stop to concern: Eden Hazard has nothing serious after rumours has spread yesterday about another injury since the Blues star hadn’t train with Belgium after a knock in the friendly game against Mexico last Friday.

Speaking ahead of another friendly clash, this time against Japan, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said:

“Hazard did not train on Sunday but there is nothing serious.”

Eden missed the beginning of the season recovering from an ankle injury that he picked up while playing for his country at the end of the previous campaign.

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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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