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Ghanaian full-back Baba Rahman has been in-and-out of the Chelsea squad since Guus Hiddink took charge but has seemingly impressed the interim boss because he has started the last three games for the Blues.

Hiddink told supersport how impressed he was with Rahman‘s ability to use both feet and that he has been testing the left-footed defender in the right back position during training. Hiddink thinks the 21-year-old is a very skillful player and he could handle the position with ease but he needs to be more aggressive on the pitch.

“When you come in you have your impressions of players, and from Baba I had the impression after a few days that he was too quiet but very skillful in both legs.

“He has his left foot from nature but he can handle very well his right foot, which is unusual for left-footed players. This week I played him in some [training] games in the right-back position, because I was curious to see if he could do it. He did it without any problems.

“He’s a skillful player but to survive also in the Premier League, he must make it difficult for a manager to take him out of the team. He has the skill but he must also be able to be dominant defensively. He’s working on that. He’s a very nice person and I said to him: ‘Be a nice person outside the pitch but be less nice on it.

“With experience I hope he can make the next step, because he has the skill. He has to get the attitude of: ‘This is my area and whoever comes in, I kill them.’”

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Spanish club Real Betis signed Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda in January on a loan deal that keeps him there until the end of the season.

However, after 11 impressive appearances for Betis, the club are interested in extending the deal beyond the summer.

According to Marca, Real Betis‘ club president Angel Haro is already in talks with Chelsea and Musonda over a possible extension and seems keen on the keeping the player for as long as he can.

“There are interesting players that we are trying to keep, for example Musonda, for which we have already spoken with Chelsea and there is optimism.”

The Spanish clubs vice president, Jose Manuel Lopez Catalan, believes that Musonda‘s happiness is key and that Chelsea are delighted with the 19-year-old and his progress.

“The signals from the meetings are positive. Chelsea is also pleased with the progress and we are considered a serious club.”

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While a guest to Sky Sports program Monday Night Football Cesc Fabregas spoke also about his former boss Pep Guardiola, that next year will come to Premier League to manager Manchester City:

“What he [Guardiola] wanted to do is change formation,” said Fabregas about the Spanish coach playing style.

“I think after three years playing at a fantastic level and winning many things, he felt the other teams were catching the way of playing against Barcelona on a 4-3-3.

“He wanted to play a different system with three at the back, four in midfield plus Lionel Messi dropping deep – he wanted to dominate midfield more than anything – and to have two wide players always open and threatening to go in behind defenders.

“Yes, [I enjoyed it] because I had a lot of freedom. They tell you play wherever you feel you are dangerous and I love this kind of thing, because it’s like a number 10, but with the mentality of the goalscorer.”

Fabregas also revealed why he left Barcelona:

“There’s a little thing with Xavi in 2010 before the World Cup he told me ‘you have to come, my Achilles, I will not last too long’ – and then I came and he still played for five years and that didn’t help,” Fabregas said, joking.

“But 100 per cent it didn’t help there were so many midfielders and there was one less spot than when I came under Pep.”

Cesc also gave his opinion on Guardiola being next Manchester City boss:

“You always want to play against the best, 100 per cent Pep will bring new things to the Premier League, to Man City.

“They will be a force next year, they are already this season, you see they are in the semi-finals of Champions League and fighting to be in the top three. All the teams will have to be even stronger.”

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Cesc Fabregas is sure that next Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the right man to bring back the club to stability and glory:

“That’s what we need,” he said while he was a guest to Sky Sports’ MNF.

“Someone that will always be on our back to push us and make us work hard, teaching us new things; the things he wants to do and achieve.

“All I know is that he wants to win straight away. No more transition, no more excuses. He wants to win and for that we’ll have to be prepared from day one.”

On Conte’s playing style he said:

“I love football and I’ve been studying a little bit what he does with his previous teams. I played against his Italy recently and it’s really interesting.

“You can see that he loves offensive football and you can see that tactically his teams are so well organised.”

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Cesc Fabregas revealed why this was a disastrous season for Chelsea that was forced to sack half-way through the season the manager that brought them the Premier League title seven months before, José Mourinho, since the team was just 1 point from relegation:

“I have huge respect for him – we still keep in touch right now,” Fabregas said a on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football about his ex boss.

“The biggest problem was he trusted us too much, gave us more holiday because we were champions and we let him down.

“That was the main reason he had to go – and for that myself and the team feel bad for it.”

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Cesc Fabregas was a guest of Sky Sports program Monday Night Football tonight, commenting the game between Spurs and Stoke City, that Pochettino’s side won 4-0 with braces by Harry Kane and Dele Alli, reducing the gap from Leicester from 7 to 5 points, having the Foxes drew 2-2 with West Ham yesterday.

The Chelsea midfielder revealed he doesn’t want Tottenham to win the league:

“Hopefully not, I don’t want Spurs to win it to be honest.

“For what they’ve done through the season I’d love Leicester to win the Premier League.”

Chelsea can be decisive in the title race since they will host Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Monday 2 May, with three games to go, and Leicester in the last fixture, on Sunday 15 May.

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Chelsea legend, and now club ambassador, Carlo Cudicini backed Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, that didn’t have a very good season and was linked with an exit from the club next summer:

“I think he is a very talented goalkeeper despite being very young. He has already won La Liga with Atletico and the Premier League and has been to a Champions League final,” Cudicini said to Goal.com.

“He might not have had the best season but that is part of the process. When the entire team struggles then it is easy to be involved with that.”

Courtois recently revealed he preferred to play with Belgium‘s defense, and Cudicini said about this:

“I don’t think it is the right idea to point out the defenders and I think people point fingers at goalies even more so that might be why he said those things.

“Courtois was out for a while at the start of the season and has done OK, but in a team that overall struggled. I guess every goalkeeper isn’t happy when the team concede goals but it is a team effort from the whole team when you defend.”

Cudicini then gave his opinion also on Asmir Begovic, that played many games in the first part of this campaign, when Courtois was out for an injury:

“Begovic played very well when Courtois was injured. I was really impressed with Asmir when Courtois was out. He had to show everyone he deserved the step up after moving from a smaller club and without a pre-season.”

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Chelsea U19 confirm themselves as the best young team in Europe winning the Youth League for the second year in a row.

Viveash’s boys beat PSG 2-1 with goals by Tomori (10′) and Palmer (63′).  PSG’s goal was netted by Meite a couple of minutes before Palmer’s winner.

Chelsea goalkeeper Collins saved a penalty to PSG’s Augustin in the first half, right after Tomori’s goal, and provided other two-three fundamental saves but all the team made a huge effort in this final, showing their quality and fighting spirit.

CHELSEA - Collins; Sterling, Tomori, Clarke-Salter, Aina; Colkett (c), Ali; Maddox, Scott, Palmer; Abraham.

PSG – Descamps; Georgen, Toure, Eboa Eboa, Coucoure; Demoncy, Nkunku, Bernede; Meite, Augustin, Bernede

 

Scorers: Tomori 10′, Meite 60, Palmer 63′

Yellow Cards: Tomori 12′, Meite 75′

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