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Richmond Boakye has already netted 23 goals in 28 games with Red Star Belgrade and he is a possible target for Chelsea in the January transfer window as manager Antonio Conte may want a new-back up striker if the London club will sell Michy Batshuayi.

Boakye himself said he will be happy to play in the Premier League and reunite with Antonio Conte:  “Conte wanted me and bought me to Juventus from Sassuolo,” – the player explained -. “For me he represented a great coach and I’ll always thank him. I remember when I was loaned to Elche because there was no room for me, he called me to remind me that I had all the qualities. For a 19-year-old boy, it was very satisfying. If he wants me, I’m so happy to find him again.”

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According to various reports, Chelsea will launch a bid for Crystal Palace‘s player Wilfied Zaha in January transfer windows.

Now Crystal Palace’s chairman Steve Parish claims the club don’t want to sell the winger and they don’t need to do that.

That’s out of the question [Zaha leaving],” – Parish told BBC’s Match of the day –  “We need to keep going, make sure we get as high as we can up this league. Working with Wilf and having Wilf around the club is fantastic. He cares so much about this club. He’s a joy to work with for every manager and obviously he makes a big difference to us on the pitch.”

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Speaking to Chelsea official website, Cesar Azpilicueta says Christamas period will be crucial for the Blues.

The Spanish defender believes Antonio Conte‘s side have to continue to perform well and win games if they want to try to put pressure on Manchester City.

It’s true that what Man City are doing is unbelievable, they are breaking records,” – Azpilicueta said – “In the last 10 games we’ve won eight, drawn one and lost one, and we are further away than we were before those 10 games, so it’s difficult to analyse in that way. We have to look at ourselves and keep pushing. Until there is no possibility to do it we have to believe, in the same way that even when were top of the table by 10 points (last season) you felt if the other teams kept winning they would keep pushing you to win your games. We won the league with two games to go and we were 10 points clear of Tottenham with maybe nine or 10 games left, so we know this season we are in the other position. We just have to keep going and trying to put pressure on them.’ ‘We know at Christmas it’s busy, every few days you play, it’s tough and you have to get a lot of points,’ he said. After this time you are in the second leg of the competition and you start to see there are less games remaining and the position you are in.”

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In their last Premier League game Southampton lost at home vs Leicester and ahead of tomorrow’s match at Stamford Bridge vs Chelsea, Saints’ manaer Mauricio Pellegrino his aware his men have to do a lot better if they want to get a good result.

It’s really important for us because this is our main job and we want to show we are well prepared and be consistent,” – Pellegrino said. – “We want to show our best version. Chelsea is a really difficult side but maybe we can find more space.  We have to do a really good game to have a possibility of winning, but hopefully after a difficult moment we can bounce back. In this club, we want to show we are committed to trying to be competitive, our energy and commitment to the club. I will try to analyse which player is ready in all different aspects to compete. The Premier League is really demanding and with a game every single three days is difficult to keep the level, which is why we have a squad. I am sure we can compete well.”

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Speaking to the press ahead of the Premier League‘s game vs Southampton at Stamford BridgeChelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke about Alvaro Morata: the Spanish striker is better and he can play at least a part of the match tomorrow.

“He’s better, he trains with us, he’s been training with us for two days, he’s in contention for this game.” – Conte said and then he also replied to people who compare Morata, with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba: 

I think they are two different players, they got different characteristics, Drogba wrote the history of this club, he was also very continue in his playing, I guess he was more powerful than Alvaro. Morata has a lot of space to grow, he’s physically strong and he’s a technical player as well.”

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Ahead of Chelsea‘s Premier League game vs Southampton tomorrow at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte admits he has not a lot of power on the club’s decision over the January tranfer window.

It’s right to have a meeting with the club about the transfer market in January,” – Conte said according to Football.London. – “But you have to ask the club which players will come and leave. I can give my opinion to the club and the last word is the club’s. I have to respect every decision.”

According to various reports two players in particular can leave Chelsea in January, Michy Batshuayi and Charly Musonda, but Conte says he is happy to have them both in his team. “He is part of my squad,” – Conte said about Batshuayi -. “Batshuayi was out for three weeks and then he struggled a bit to find the right physical condition. Now he’s in good form. But if you compare to last season, he is playing.”.

And then about Musonda he went on: “I’m happy for him to sign a new contract. The club I think took the right decision for this, and the player the same. Then for his future I think the club and the player will take the right decision.” 

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Spanish striker Pedro, Tuesday night scored the third Chelsea goal vs Huddersfield Town and he caused many troubles to the Blues opponent playing up front with Willian and Eden Hazard.

It’s very good because we all understand football very well,” – Pedro told Chelsea official website -. “Eden is a fantastic player, and there are no worries if he plays as a striker or winger, which is very good for us. I had more chances to score but the most important thing was the team-work and the win. I scored one goal and that’s good for me.”

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Former Chelsea striker Tommy Langley has spoken at Chelsea Tv about Michy Batshuayi: according to him, the Belgian deserves more chances from the Blues manager Antonio Conte.

“The gaffer has got it spot on, but you can’t help feeling sorry for a guy who sees Alvaro Morata, who is his fellow striker, not fit, and you think here is my chance, I’m in, and all of a sudden he goes and plays the three amigos and they play as well as they did” – Langley said – “So he is even further down the pecking order. I thought when he came on against Atletico Madrid he made a difference. I think he is an impact player at the moment.” 

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When, after 79 minutes, yesterday evening Ethan Ampadu replaced Andreas Christensen at John Smith Stadium, the youngster wrote an historic page in Chelsea history.

Ampadu is the first Blues player born in the new millennium who play in a Chelsea’s Premier League game.

Ampadu is Chelsea’s second-youngest ever Premier League player, behind Jody Morris, who made his top-flight debut aged 17 years and 43 days in 1996.

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Willian was one of the best Chelsea players in tonight win vs Huddersfield Town at John Smith Stadium.

The Brazilian scored the second goal and provided the assists to Bakayoko and Pedro.

Then, just after the final whistle Willian said:  “Always when I play I want to play well and make the difference for my team-mates. I want to play every game, everyone wants to play every game but there are only 11 players. ‘I just do my best.”

 

 

 

 

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