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Chelsea hero Pedro will suspended for next clash against Stoke City, that will be played this Saturday, on New Year’s Eve.

The Spanish striker, who was on fire today against Bournemouth scoring also a brace, picked up his 5th yellow card of the season against the Cherries four a late tackle over a rival.

In the same game against the Potters Antonio Conte will find again N’Golo Kante and Diego Costa, that today missed the Boxing Day match for being suspended as well.

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Antonio Conte hails Chelsea and Pedro after the important win over Bournemouth in the Boxing Day clash:

“We played a good game, we could have scored more, but I am happy with the attitude of the players.

“We played without two important players [Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante, who were suspended] but I think we played very well.

Conte preferred to play Pedro instead of a real number 9 like Michy Batshuayi, and his choice was correct, as the Spaniard was the Man of the Match and scored a brace:

“This is the first time we played without a real forward, we tried this in training and I think for us at the moment this situation is the best, but I don’t forget Michy [Batshuayi] because he is a young player with great talent.

“He is adapting to this league and it is football, in the future I trust in him.”

After this victory the Blues have made it an unprecedented 12 wins in a row to stay clear at the top of the table.

“We played a good game, we could have scored more, but I am happy with the attitude of the players,” Conte said analysing the game.

“To win 12 games in a row is not easy in this league. It’s a fantastic run but it’s important to continue that now.

“In four days we have another tough game and we have to prepare very well. Because now, every team wants to beat you.”

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Chelsea won 3-0 over Bournemouth in their Boxing Day clash and obtain the 12th win in a row since the beginning of October, remaining top of the league, this time with 46 points, 9 points clear of Liverpool and Arsenal, who follow with 37, with the Reds having one game in hand to be played tomorrow against Stoke City, while the Gunners won this afternoon 1-0 over WBA.

Pedro scored a brace, even if both shots were deflected by a Cherries defender, while Eden Hazard scored the 2-0 with a well deserved penalty.

Full Match Report Coming Soon.

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Team News

CHELSEA

– John Terry still out for a muscular injury at his gluteus

– Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante suspended

– Michy Batshuayi and Cesc Fabregas are the favourites to replace them

 

BOURNEMOUTH

– Lewis Cook is a long term absentee

– Junior Stanislas and Andrew Surman are closing in on a return to fitness.

– Nathan Ake will be unavailable to play against his parent club due to the nature of is loan agreement.

 

Predicted Line Ups

CHELSEA – Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Fabregas, Matic, Marcos Alonso, Willian, Hazard, Batshuayi

BOURNEMOUTH – Borus, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Arter, Wilshere, Ibe, King, Pugh, Wilson

 

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Chelsea’s manager and players on Wednesday show acts of festive goodwill

Conte and his Chelsea players visit hospitals for Christmas

Chelsea’s manager and players on Wednesday show acts of festive goodwill.
On Wednesday Chelsea Manager ANTONIO CONTE and his CHELSEA FC Players visited the hospitals of both Chelsea and Westminster. As CONTE prepares for his very first Christmas festive holiday fixture on Boxing Day against Bournemouth, he led his players to show their festive acts of goodwill.

Blues players included: David Luis (pictured), Victor Moses, Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta. CHELSEA FC have done annual Christmas visits to the hospitals especially where their young fans are and given out presents. Defender, AZPILICUETA, says that the annual visits to children’s hospitals have importance. He (Azpilicueta) emphasised his love for visiting children in hospital who are unfortunately going to be in hospital for Christmas. On the official club website AZPILICUETA said: ‘I am a parent myself and I know how special this time is. Christmas is normally a very happy time but for these kids and their families it is very difficult so it is nice for us to come here, give them presents and to spend time with them. It is also nice for us to be able to do this and to make people’s day nicer,’

After Christmas celebrations are just about done with, ANTONIO CONTE and his players will then have to wake up bright and early to strive for another 12th straight consecutive win as they take on Bournemouth at home. Stamford Bridge will indeed be full of festive cheer of both young fans and older fans all hoping the suspension of DIEGO COSTA, their key main front-man striker will not be felt at all. CONTE has expressed his positive attitude towards his main striker (Costa) but has also made sure that his team continue to push victoriously.

By: Samuel Georgewill
Supported By: Light Of The World FC
23/12/16

 

 

 

 

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe claims Chelsea won’t suffer Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante‘s absence in the Boxing Day clash, since the Blues got other men in the squad able to substitute them:

“Yes, Chelsea have a few suspended, but they have a very good squad and players of equal ability will come in,” Howe said while previewing the game with the press.

“I saw Cesc Fabregas come on against Crystal Palace and he was excellent, so it will be a very difficult game regardless of who plays.

“Every Premier League game was daunting for us when we were first promoted. Now we’re accustomed to the pressures of this league.” 

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher claimed Chelsea star N’Golo Kante is, in his opinion, the best Premier League midfielder for 2016:

“His performances at Leicester last season were just phenomenal,” the ex Liverpool player said.

 “I have never seen a player cover so much ground and work so hard for his team, never waste a ball, and play with so much energy.

“You can see the impact he is now having at Chelsea, he has had some 2016. He did not cost that much money either, but what a player. A superstar.”

 

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was at Stamford Bridge to watch his ex team-mates training last night, but Blues boss Antonio Conte explains Super Frank was just there as a friend, with no plans for the imminent future at Chelsea for him:

“It was very good and very nice to see him, he’s a legend for this club, it’s very nice when he comes to see the training session, also spending time with his old mates, I found him in a very good form.”

Asked if Lampard can be a coach, Conte said:

“We didn’t talk about this, I think Frank wants to continue playing football, he’s in a good form to do this, I think it’s better to ask him for his future.”

 

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After the win against Crystal Palace, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte gave his guys three days off, asked if this break wasn’t too long, he replied:

“I gave three days off because I thought my players deserve this after a really intense period, we played three games in only six days and I thought the best day to recover was to have three days off. When you give three days off, you don’t know the destination of your players, it’s the best way to recover, not only for you body but also for your mind.

The Italian manager also explained that Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante, both suspended Bournemouth, had one day off more:

“We know that for this game Kante and Costa cannot play, for sure they are two important players for us, this is clear. We are working very well, this week to find a good solution. We all know that against Bournemouth won’t be easy, because they are good team with a great organization. I gave them one day more.”

 

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