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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke about his experience with derbies during his footballer and manager career, especially when he was at Juventus:

“I liked these types of games, for sure. They are not normal.

“In Italy, when we played the derby against Torino it wasn’t easy. I remember a lot of games like that when I was a footballer, not only as a manager. These games are unpredictable.

“‘It’s normal in Italy too to have very tough games when you play against the big teams: Juventus-Inter, Juventus-Milan, against Roma.

“In Italy, I can tell you about it from my experiences in these types of game against Torino, and when I played with Lecce against Bari – these games are very tough and the supporters feel this.

“For sure there is a fantastic intensity during the game.

“In London there are a lot of teams, but this game is special for our fans. It’s not important to look at the past and I hope it’s not difficult to keep focus.

“We are working a lot to improve our football, to play good football, and I think during the game we must be focused on the game, and then to put our right passion in. I want my players to play with great intensity and great passion, but always in the right way.”

Spurs haven’t won at Stamford Bridge for almost thirty years, their last success in the West London stadium was in February 1990:

“I don’t like the stats, because they are cold. You have to live the moment. If you speak about our unbeaten run I can reply to you that in this championship Tottenham are unbeaten, and for this reason it’s important to play with good intensity, to try to win, and to change that situation.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the clash against Tottenham Hotspur, which is set for this evening (5.30PM).

The italian head coach told the club’s official website: “I liked these types of games, for sure, they are not normal”.

“In Italy, when we played the derby against Torino it wasn’t easy. I remember a lot of games like that when I was a footballer, not only as a manager. These games are unpredictable”. 

“It’s normal in Italy too to have very tough games when you play against the big teams: Juventus-Inter, Juventus-Milan, against Roma. In Italy, I can tell you about it from my experiences in these types of game against Torino, and when I played with Lecce against Bari – these games are very tough and the supporters feel this: for sure there is a fantastic intensity during the game”.

Speaking about the Premier League: “In London there are a lot of teams, but this game is special for our fans. It’s not important to look at the past and I hope it’s not difficult to keep focus”.

“We are working a lot to improve our football, to play good football, and I think during the game we must be focused on the game, and then to put our right passion in. I want my players to play with great intensity and great passion, but always in the right way.”

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Team News

CHELSEA 

– John Terry picked up a gluteus injury after recovering from ankle injury a couple of weeks ago

– John Obi Mikel suffered a muscular injury as well

– Kurt Zouma still needs to be 100% fit to return to first team squad

– Cesc Fabregas might return to match squad after missing a couple of games for a minor injury

 

SPURS 

– Pochettino will miss both his left-back as Danny Rose is suspended and Ben Davies is suffering ankle injury

– Erik Lamela still out for a hip problem

– Toby Alderwereireld recovered from his knee injury but he still not fit to play

– Tottenham last win as Stamford Bridge was in February 1990 ( 2-1) but have won more points in Premier League London derbies since the start of last season than any other side (20 points – W5 D5 L1).

Possible Line Ups

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Matic, Kante, Marcos Alonso; Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Pedro.

SPURS – Lloris; Walker, Dier, Wimmer, Vertonghen; Wanyama, Moussa Dembele, Son Heung-Min; Dele Alli, Kane, Eriksen.

 

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses spoke ahead of the clash against Tottenham, with the Blues currently top of the table and the Nigeria international who has become a key player in Antonio Conte‘s tactical plan.

He told the official Chelsea website: “It was a big boost for me but the most important thing is the team,” 

“We all worked very hard and enjoyed the game against Middlesbrough. It was a match in which we had to graft in order to get the three points because we knew we would go top of the league if we won”.

“We just have to keep believing in ourselves. I’m enjoying my game at the moment and I just want to keep on improving.”

About his teammate Pedro, Moses added: “He has been playing really well, he’s getting used to the Premier League and he understands the game very well. He’s enjoying his football, scoring a few goals and helping out defensively as well. I like playing with Pedro, we have a great understanding between us and it’s working well for the team”.

“He’s a great player and he’s won everything so you have to respect his achievements, – the Spaniard added – When you come to a new country it can be difficult but he’s got to grips with it now and he’s doing well. The fans are enjoying what he brings to the team and we’re all pleased for him.”

Moses pointed out the importance of next game against the Spurs: “We know it will be a difficult game and we know how good Spurs are,”

“They have quality players but we just need to concentrate on ourselves. We’ve been working very hard in training and we know what we need to do individually. Hopefully it will all come together on Saturday and we can get another three points.”

“It will be tough but we believe in ourselves and we know we have the players who can score goals and make a difference.”

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Kurt Zouma recovered from his terrible ACL injury and now he’s ready to come back, but Antonio Conte wants to be careful and wait for the French defender to be fully fit and confident.

Zouma is getting playing time with Chelsea youth sides and when ChelseaNews24 asked Conte if the French centre-back is ready to play for the first team and if he can have a chance now that John Terry is injured again if someone is needed in the defence:

“Kurt is playing with continuity with the youth team and he’s training with continuity, now it’s important to find the right form and to let him understand this new idea of football and tactics. It’s important to go day by day.”

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Rumours coming from Spain were claiming that FC Barcelona eyed Victor Moses, who has been impressing in these last six games at Chelsea, since they are looking for a new right full-back.

Antonio Conte was asked today if he thinks to give the Nigerian a contract extension, so to prevent him to accept offers from other clubs, this is what he answered:

“It’s important to be focused game by game, now we are doing very well, I like to think that my players look at the present, not at the future or so long-term, after a tough period we won six games in a row, now it’s important to work and to think about the present, not to the future. There is the right time for everything.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead the important derby against Spurs and revealed that he’s got a couple of players in the “medical room”, since John Terry and John Obi Mikel picked up muscular injuries during the week:

“Terry got a muscular injury, it’s in his gluteus, and he will be out about two-three weeks. John Obi Mikel got a muscular injury as well.

“Is JT’s injury frustrating for the team and me? It’s important for him to recover from his injury. It’s a pity because he recovered really well from last injury and now he has to restart again. It was during the U23 game or the day after.

“I watched the match Chelsea and Tottenham played in May at Stamford Bridge, it was a very strange game because in the first half Spurs played very well, on the second half it was another game and Chelsea played very well.

“For us it’s very important to think about the present, last season they [Spurs] fought until the end to win the title, and their squad improved respect to last season. I am pushing my players to be focused.

“Tomorrow it’s important to win the game, to play a good football, the passion has to be present in the right way. I hope tomorrow we can see a good game with two good teams.

“My players must be very focused because the game is very tough, Tottenham is one of the strongest teams of this league.

“Our behaviour in the dugout has to always be perfect, as the manager I have different view and attitude during the game, but always in the right way, always respecting the game, the fans, and the other team.

Rumours claimed that Barcelona are keen on Victor Moses, since they are looking for a new right back.

The Italian manager was asked if he wanted to give the Nigerian player a contract extension to prevent him to accept other clubs’ offers:

“It’s important to be focused game by game, now we are doing very well, I like to think that my players look at the present, not at the future or so long-term, after a tough period we won six games in a row, now it’s important to work and to think about the present, not to the future. There is the right time for everything.”

Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from played football yesterday, here’s Conte’s opinion about him:

“Gerrard was a fantastic player, a legend for Liverpool and national team, it’s a logical when a player retires we’re all a little sad, but he showed how to be a great player.

“We know that tomorrow we will have a tough game against a strong team, tomorrow it will be another game, in the league, it will be a special derby for both teams.

Willian has to find a good form again, in this period he was unlucky, and it’s important now to be focused on the work, in the training session, he’s important for us, I count on him.”

Fabregas, Terry and Zouma played in the Chelsea Under 23 side during the week and Conte was present at the game:

“I saw a great attitude of the senior players in the U23 game.”

Conte was asked about John Obi Mikel’s future, since many rumours put the Nigerian midfielder out of Chelsea already in the January transfer window:

“I don’t know his future, but as I’ve already said we must focus on the present.

I see the players very happy to play this way, it’s important to continue to work and to improve.”

ChelseaNews24 asked Conte if Kurt Zouma is ready to play now and if he can have a chance now that John Terry is injured again if someone is needed in the defence:

“Kurt is playing with continuity with the youth team and he’s training with continuity, now it’s important to find the right form and to let him understand this new idea of football and tactics. It’s important to go day by day.”

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho is still keen on Chelsea attacking-midfielder Willian, according to exclusive reports in the Daily Star.

It is understood the Special One is a great fan of the 28-year-old and has reportedly tried to land the Brazilian star in January without success.

Willian has put the pen to paper on a new four-year deal in July but is struggling to break into Antonio Conte‘s XI lineup since he changed system.

 

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