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Davide Zappacosta has already played vs As Roma in Serie A in the last few seasons, and tonight the Chelsea defender will face once again the Italian side at Stamford Bridge in the third game of the Champions League group stage.

“It’s a chance for us to bounce back after the weekend,” – Zappacosta told Chelsea official website – “Roma are a very strong team, I know their manager Eusebio Di Francesco and I know the players. It will be a tough match but at the same time I think this team can do much better than we’ve shown in the last two games. We must stay strong and show a lot of personality. If we do that we can win the match. Roma are a good team in attack, they have some quality players, and defensively we need to be strong and try to keep the ball. We’ve won our first two games and we have to continue in this way because if we beat Roma it will put us in a strong position, which means the game is very important.”

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Chelsea are not happy after losing their third Premier League game of the season at Crystal Palace.

Marcos Alonso says the Blues have to perform better in the next games beginning tomorrow night, when Antonio Conte‘s side will face As Roma at Stamford Bridge in a Champions League group stage game.

“We’ve lost a lot of points already and we cannot lose any more games,” -Alonso said. – “It’s not easy to play always 100%, even more after the international break with lots of trips and hard training to get ready for the next games. We need to quickly change things, we’ve been working very well this week like I said, and tomorrow is a good chance to do anything good performance as we did in Madrid. I mean, we’ve got to try to win every game. At Chelsea, we go out to the pitch to win every game – obviously it’s going to be very hard. There are teams playing very good football and there are so many games still to come and I think we’ve got to think game-by-game and, for now, focus on the Champions League. It’s a very important game tomorrow and then we will have time to get ready for Watford and for the Premier League.”

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Speaking at his press conference ahead of Champions League group stage match vs As Roma, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte reveals he is thinking about including Spanish striker Alvaro Morata in the starting XI.

“Alvaro Morata is in contention for tomorrow’s game. He has been training with us and in contention.” – Conte said – “We have players that are not used to playing three in a row. Kante and Moses, first time to play three games in a row, Morata the first time regularly, Alonso the same. Sometimes you have to take a risk, like Manchester City Morata got injured, but if I don’t start him you tell me I’m crazy. Sometimes the players need to rest.”

Also Chelsea have confirmed how Alvaro Morata came back to training session today, as the Blues are preparing for the upcoming clash against the Serie A giants (click here)

 

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Not only Chelsea is facing major injury problems ahead of Champions League group stage’s game vs As Roma on Wednesday night.

Also the Italian side will be without one of his best players as defender Kostas Manolas has been ruled out for three weeks after he sustained a muscle injury during Serie A game vs Napoli.

On Monday morning Kostas Manolas underwent medical examinations that revealed evidence of a Grade I strain of his left adductor longus (thigh) muscle”. – As Roma wrote on their official website – “The Greek defender sustained the injury in the second half of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Napoli.”

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It was the first Premier League game after the international break, some key players were out injured, but Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois recognises these are not reasons to explain or justify the Blues defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

“The international break is no excuse. We had some injuries, we missed some important players, but that doesn’t explain everything.” – Courtois said – “We lacked intensity and also our way of football. They started well. The first goal  was just bad luck. A ball that bounced from a knee. It was probably just what they needed to get the match in their hands, but we just haven’t played our game. We just have to keep on working. We have an important game on Wednesday against Roma and some important ones after too. We wanted to win against Palace to stay in touch with the top teams in the table. We have to make sure that we start our next games better than we did at Palace.”

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Chelsea will face Crystal Palace at the weekend with the Eagles yet to gain a point and score a goal in the Premier League.

However, duo also to Kante and Morata‘s injuries, the Blues will have to struggle to beat Roy Hogdson‘s side, according to Paul Merson.

“This is a hard game for Chelsea without N’Golo Kante or Alvaro Morata.” – Merson told Sky Sports – “They are two massive players and not having them will make a difference. But Chelsea still have a good defence and Palace don’t have Christian Benteke so it will be hard for them to score. Man City were on fire against Chelsea and still only scored once, and that was a ‘worldie’, so that is what Palace are up against.

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has chosen his starting Xi for his Premier League team of the year.

Carragher named four Chelsea players: Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard: the choice was made considering last season and the first seven matches of the current Premier League.

In particular, Carragher explains Azpilicueta’s pick: “His Chelsea team play a slightly different system with three at the back” – he told the Telegraph – , “but Azpilicueta has to go in there as he is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.”

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Crystal Palace is facing major injury problems ahead of the Premier League clash vs Chelsea.

Not only strikers Benteke and Wickham are not available for the game, but, on the other end of the field also Wayne Hennessey is a major doubt for the Eagles.

The goalkeeper picked up a knock with Wales in a World Cup qualifier and so veteran Julian Speroni could be part of the starting XI, making is first league start in 18 months.

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Spanish defender Filipe Luis in an interview to El Mundo has remembererd his time at Stamford Bridge, admitting that joining Chelsea was a bad choice for him and his career.

“There are workers who take into account various issues before changing jobs, just like anyone. I was wrong and I realized when I arrived in London”. – Filipe Luis said – But I had my reasons: to live the experience of playing in another league, another country, another culture. I immediately realised that I missed the people of Calderon and the team. Atleti came in contact very soon with me to return”.

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Marcos Alonso still hopes to be included in the Spain national team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but he knows he has to perform well and win some titles with Chelsea if he wants to get that chance.

From the moment I arrived here, I have felt great playing as a starter,” – Alonso told Cadena Ser Radio – “We had a great season and we deserved the Premier league title. I’ve continued my development at Chelsea and I have to continue to work in order to improve. It’s not going to be easy to win the Premier League again,” he said. “There are many teams that can opt for the title. We saw it two years ago that even a team like Leicester can compete and win the league. The two Manchester teams have strengthened their sides very well. Tottenham have a solid group that has worked together for some time, Liverpool have a strong side. We will fight in each game to give ourselves a chance to be there in the battle.”

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