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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wants to make Christian Atsu‘s move permanent when the transfer market window reopens in January, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.

 

The Chelsea loanee joined the Magpies in the summer and is impressing at the St. James’ Park so far despite facing competition from Matt Ritchie.

It is understood the Spanish coach is a great fan of the 24-year-old, who is under contract at Stamford Bridge until June 2018.

 

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Speaking to German publication Kicker, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “It’s harder to predict [who’s gonna win the league] than it was for many years.

The Scottish added: “I think there are five potential candidates: Manchester City as favourites, Tottenham and Liverpool, but also Man United are still there if we get some consistency soon”.

“Even when you are trailing by six, eight points, it’s still possible to catch one or two teams – he revealed – The rivalry and the experience of Guardiola and Mourinho makes for an exciting competition, and you shouldn’t forget Arsenal.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte revealed the team ‘is in the right way’ despite losing against West Ham in the EFL Cup Round Four tonight

“This cup was important to check the development of the young players – Conte said – We have good young players and they need to play”.

“Tomorrow we start to work for the game on Sunday. We know we play a very tough game against Southampton, who are in a good moment”.

He ended: “We are in the right way and must continue”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after his side’s 2-1 loss to West Ham in the EFL Cup Round Four tonight.

“We didn’t expect the second goal so early – he said – This changed our plan and then we tried to change the situation with substitutions. We created many chances to score but scored only at the end of the match. Today we were a bit unlucky in this aspect”.

Then Conte added: “We knew these types of game are very difficult, but I think we played with good intensity and created many chances”.

“I saw good spirit in my players. They tried until the end to change the result and created many chances. Usually you learn more after a defeat than a win. I am optimistic because I saw the right spirit, it’s very important”.

 

 

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Chelsea went into their EFL cup tie on wednesday night against West Ham United at the new London stadium for the first time season at the back of three consecutive victories in the Premier League.

Rare starts were handed to youngsters Nathaniel Chalobah,Ola Aina.

But West Ham went into the lead in the 11th minute after Mark Noble whipped in a cross into the 18 yard boxwith Kouyate heading past Begovic for the opener,there were a couple of chances for Chelsea to equalize,chances fell to Michy Batshuayi who blazed the ball over the bar, Chalobah also attempted a shot from range and Oscar also went agonizingly close to getting a goal at the closing stages of the first half.

But Chelsea fell behind to an Edimilson Fernandez in the 48th minute,Chelsea came out trying to get a goal back with the introduction of Pedro, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa,but the further Chelsea pressed West Ham stood their ground,there were chances for Diego Costa who went one on one with the goalkeeper but failed to find the net, Willian also missed a good chance after Costa teed him up,other chance fell for Chelsea to score but West Ham were ressillient enough to hold back until a late willin free-kick found Gary Cahill in the 90th minute but that wasn’t enough as Chelsea crashed out of the EFL cup.

WEST HAM 2-1 CHELSEA

11′ Kouyaté, 48′ E.Fernandes (WHU) 89′ Cahill (CHE)

Bookings: Noble, Reid, Kouyatè (WHU)

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Chelsea are struggling at the Olympic Stadium as West Ham got the lead with Kouyate’s fine header which still makes the difference at halftime.

Batshuayi and Kante had great chances to level the game but goalkeeper Randolph saved, while both Oscar and Willian tried to create goal attempts during the first half.

Also Dimitry Payet went close to scoring but Chelsea’s Asmir Begovic scrambled the ball away for a corner kick.

Chelsea West Ham

WEST HAM 1-0 CHELSEA

11′ Kouyate

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West Ham – Randolph, Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna, Fernandes, Obiang, Noble (c), Cresswell, Lanzini, Payet, Antonio

Subs: Adrian, Nordtveit, Feghouli, Zaza, Collins, Ayew, Fletcher

Manager: Slaven Bilic

Chelsea –  Begovic; David Luiz, Terry (c), Cahill; Azpilicueta, Kante, Chalobah, Aina; Willian, Batshuayi, Oscar

Subs: Eduardo, Alonso, Matic, Hazard, Pedro, Diego Costa, Solanke

Manager: Antonio Conte

Venue: Olympic Stadium

Kick-off: 7.45 BST

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West Ham striker Simone Zaza knows Antonio Conte really well, having worked under him  in the Italian national team.

The Italian striker spoke about the Chelsea boss before facing him in the EFL Cup derby tonight:

“It was an honour and a pleasure to play under Mister Conte for Italy,” Zaza told West Ham Official Website.

“He is a coaching genius and a tactical expert and it is interesting to play for him because he is so obsessed with tactics and the movement of players around the pitch.

“For him, it will be different coaching in England, where tactics are not the most important thing about the game of football. 

“He will have to battle against the footballing culture of this country, but I think he will do well here.

“I am happy because this is a big match against a big team on a big stage, and I like playing against big teams! I am also happy because I will be reunited with Mister Conte.”

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Chelsea are set to face West Ham in the EFL Cup round four at the Olympic Stadium tonight.

Team News

CHELSEA

Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic, John Obi Mikel and Marco van Ginkel all won’t feature tonight;

Kurt Zouma has almost recovered from his knee injury and made an appearance for the under-23 side on Monday, anyway is expected to be dropped;

Antonio Conte speaking at press conference said the players are ready to play in both 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 and 3-4-3.

WEST HAM 

– Aaron Cresswell should be ready to feature;

– Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Gokhan Tore, Sam Byram and Arthur Masuaku won’t feature tonight as they are all recovering from injuries;

– On the other hand Andre Ayew is set to return to the squad after suffering a thigh injury last month.

Ayew

 

Predicted Line Ups

CHELSEA

(3-5-2) – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Terry, Luiz; Aina, Chalobah, Oscar, Loftus-Cheek, Willian; Solanke, Batshuayi

WEST HAM 

(3-4-3) – Randolph; Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna; Antonio, Noble, Oxford, Cresswell; Lanzini, Calleri, Payet

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Roma centre-back Antonio Rudiger, who is currently recovering from an injury, has been targeted by Manchester United, according to reports in England.

It is understood also Chelsea recently tried to sign the German international before he suffered a knee injury last June.

Anyway, according to Record, the 23-year-old defender has been targeted also by Porto.

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