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Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) celebrates with Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (C) after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Chelsea at the John Smith's stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on December 12,

Chelsea winger Willian has been voted by his teammates and selected as the best player of the season during last night’s ceremony.

The Brazilian star, who also lifted a trophy for his sensational “Goal of the Season” against Brighton, said: “It’s easy to score goals like that when you have players like we have at Chelsea. For sure this one was a beautiful goal: too much quality. My favourite goal is the one I scored against Tottenham last season”.

 

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been selected  the Yokohama Player of the Year for 2017/18 campaign after picking-up 46 appearances between Premier League games, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and the Community Shield.

The Frenchman, who joined Chelsea from Leicester on a £30m move in the summer of 2016, was crucial in the race for Premier League title under first Antonio Conte‘s season at Stamford Bridge. The Italian manager was delighted to announce N’Golo Kante as Chelsea’s Player of the Year for the current campaign.

The midfielder said: “I am very proud of this award. Thank you to everyone who voted for me!”

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Antonio Conte believes Chelsea have the obligation to win every game with or without a squad rotation. The Italian manager responded to questions regarding his decision to keep Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Gary Cahill on the bench for Premier League clash against Huddersfield. When asked if the rotation was due to the upcoming FA Cup final at Wembley, Conte said: “No, absolutely not. I did the rotation also against Burnley. To make rotation, it means playing with players like Morata, Willian and Christensen, players who usually are in the line-up from the start”.

“It’s stupid if we think rotation was a problem. We are Chelsea. We have a big squad and players who can play the whole game, but they must win. At Burnley we won the rotation was good. We spent a lot of energy against Liverpool. People said that line-up was not good, but we won. This is football.”

 

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Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso believes the Blues clearly dominated the game against Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge before and after conceding ‘a silly goal’ early in the second half.

The Spaniard, who spoke following the 1-1 draw at home, told Chelsea’s official website: “We’re very disappointed. we were so unlucky as we dominated the game and conceded a silly goal and then we couldn’t score”.

On Huddersfield: “They played a bad game, trying to waste time from the first minute and I think the referee stopped it very late. Their goalkeeper was taking a minute over his goal-kicks from the first minute of the game and he only received a yellow card with five minutes to go”,

“I don’t think that’s the right way, he should have stopped that before, but still we conceded the goal and failed to score from our chances”.

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Huge achievement for David Wagner as Huddersfield Town will play in the Premier League also in the next campaign, following their away draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

This result means that only Swansea and Southampton remain in the race to avoid the relegation. On the other hand, West Bromwich Albion will play in the Sky Bet Championship 2018/19 as Manolo Gabbiadini’s late goal sealed a crucial win at Liberty Stadium for Saints. 

Chelsea’s Champions League hopes are further after 1-1 draw against Huddersfield

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Chelsea fail to get a vital win at Stamford Bridge as Huddersfield produced a brilliant defensive display following Depoitre’s controversial opener in the 56th minute. The Belgian striker ran towards the penalty area, with Caballero off the line, and the two collided. Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata had two huge chances missed previously in the first half.

Just an incredible defensive clearance which hit Marcos Alonso‘s face secured Chelsea a very bizarre equalizer. The Blues pushed for a further reaction, but the visitors’ defense has been able to resist until the final whistle.

If Spurs are mathematically qualified for next Champions League’s group stages (thanks to their home win over Newcastle United), Chelsea will need a win against the Magpies at St.James’ Park next week to keep the hope alive. On the other hand, if Liverpool get at least one point against Brighton at Anfield on Sunday, this would mean that Antonio Conte’s men will play in the Europa League next season.

Huddersfield are safe from relegation following away draw against Chelsea

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“It is not in our hands,” said Eden Hazard when asked if Chelsea are still in the race for the 4th spot in the league table. Tottenham remain 2 points above the Blues despite losing at the Hawthorns with a late goal from Jack Livermore last time out.

“It does not only depend on us but we will play, we will hopefully win and then we will see the results of Tottenham and Liverpool and we will give everything”.

“Beating Liverpool is a massive result. Now the target is just to win and be in the top four at the end of the season, and if we play like this the last three games, we can have something special at the end of the season. Let’s hope for something big. We all work together and when we play this kind of game, it is a good feeling after the game”.

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Chelsea defender and captain Gay Cahill remains confident as the Blues are bouncing back from their slow start to the season and hopes to earn a place in the Champions League group stages next season are still alive with two games remaining.

The England international said: “This win keeps the hope alive. We need to just keep winning the games and to see where that takes us and see what happens at the end of the season. The first is against Huddersfield, who did brilliantly at Manchester City, not many teams have gone there and got a point this season, so they will be in high spirits from that vital point for them. I’m sure they will come here on Wednesday and try to do the same”.

‘It was a game plan that worked well. We knew it was going to be difficult, they’ve been in fantastic form of late, so we knew it was going to be tough, but we needed a win badly and we got it, so we’re obviously very pleased”.

“We’ve worked hard this week on our plan, physically we’ve worked hard as well. We’re always prepared for the game and I think that showed against Liverpool, but we had to defend very well at times, especially late on. Naturally, 1-0 down, they were going to push and gamble a bit more”.

Cahill added: “I thought we did very well against a front three who’ve been absolutely fantastic. You look at the amount of goals they’ve scored between them this season, it’s phenomenal, so we’re especially pleased to come away with a clean sheet. I felt we defended fantastically well as a team and to get a clean sheet against those three, who are top players and can hurt you time and again, was great”

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Antonio Conte was also asked to give his thoughts on the terrible news which shocked football last night as Sir Alex Ferguson is seriously ill in hospital because of a brain hemorrhage.

The Italian manager, speaking after his side’s home win against Liverpool, said: “I am very sad. I have had the possibility to know him and his wife, to understand this is a special person. Not a normal person. He won many titles in his career and I appreciate the man”.

“Yesterday the news changed my day in a bad way. We hope to see him recover quickly and our best wishes for this. Now it is very difficult and we want to stay closes”.

Chelsea earned a clean sheet against one of the most prolific attacks in the Premier League as Antonio Conte‘s men secured a crucial win against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager believes the whole team deserves compliments for their defensive clearances: “I think we played as a team, not just one player” Conte said.

“I think he is an important player, but not just him. Firmino and Mane are top strikers. They score 70 goals with these three players, for this reason they stay in this position. You can see a great work and I think it is right also to give them a great compliment”.

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