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Liverpool legend and current Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp had his say about Chelsea fantastic moment under Antonio Conte and shared his opinion on what is the key-point of this impressive run of seven wins in a row:

“The Arsenal defeat was the catalyst for Conte,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“He’s now got a system he knows extremely well.

“He used it while he was Italy manager and he knows it inside out.

“I think it helps that Chelsea haven’t got Champions League or Europa League football.

“He knows he can play pretty much the same XI week in, week out.”

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Chelsea are lining up a January move to sign Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash in order to loan him back until the end of the Championship, according to reports in England.

The People claimed that the Premier League leaders are set to offer a fee in the region of £1.5m for the 19-year-old, despite his ownership is currently esteemed around £5m.

Cash, who spent last season on loan at Dagenham and Redbridge, played just 4 games in the league so far, scoring once.

 

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Chelsea are set to offer winger Victor Moses a new and improved deal, following his great performances on the pitch, according to reports in SkySports.

The 25-year-old Nigeria international is contracted at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2019 but Chelsea manager Antonio Conte considers him a key player in his long-term plans.

It has been reported that also general director Michael Emenalo has been really impressed by Moses, who scored 3 times in Premier League so far.

The former West Ham loanee has been even linked with a move to Barcelona in recent weeks.

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Victor Moses challenging Spurs star Harry Kane in November 2016 game at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp thinks Tottenham are on the same level as Chelsea as a team and that if Pochettino would have had his full squad available yesterday ( Rose, Lamela and Alderweireld were missing) the result could be different:

“I think when they have got a fully fit team, I would not want to be swapping anyone in Chelsea’s best team for Tottenham’s.

“Maybe Chelsea are top of the league, but you do not stop the league today. The back four, you get Alderweireld back, you get Rose back, you get a fully fit squad, and I think Tottenham are excellent.”

Redknapp is convincend Spurs won’t give up in the title race:

“In the first half I thought they completely outplayed Chelsea today, Chelsea got the goal at the right time and it brought them back into the game, second half they were much better, but I still think Tottenham will be bang in there at the end of the season.

“In terms of squad, you would take Chelsea, but the actual starting eleven, I would not swap any of that Tottenham team personally.”

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses was named Man Of The Match following his great performance against Tottenham last time out.

The Nigerian star picked up a cross to the far post from Diego Costa and scored the winner in the second half.

“I’m very pleased with the goal but the most important thing was the three points, – Moses told the club’s website – I thought they started well, they scored a beautiful goal and there was nothing we could do about it, but we got ourselves back into the game, we got the three points and we’re very pleased with that”.

“I’ve definitely found a home here, it’s my club. I’m pleased to be playing this season, the manager has given me an opportunity to express myself and I’m relishing it at the moment”.

Then Moses ended: “I just want to keep on playing football and enjoying myself whenever I’m out there.”

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Chelsea winger Pedro spoke after his side’s home win against Tottenham, when the Spaniard leveled the game with a brilliant curled shot into the top right-hand corner of the net.

“It was a very difficult game for us but we’re really happy with the win and we want to continue in the right way, – Pedro told the club’s website – We must take it game by game”.

“I scored to help the team, which is good. Now we have great stability and high confidence, this was another important win”.

“It was a good goal and in the second half the team were really strong. The second goal from Victor came from a beautiful combination and the team are in the right way.”

Pedro revealed what Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had to say at halftime, just a few minutes after the Spaniard’s great goal.

He told us to press high and concentrate between the lines. – he said – He told us to mark more aggressively and that was the most important thing. It was a good game for us and the supporters.’

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Victor Moses challenging Spurs star Harry Kane in November 2016 game at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is really satisfied after obtaining the seven win in a row in the Premier League, three points that let his team stay on the top of the league before going to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City next weekend:

“I’m satisfied because this type of game is very difficult,” Conte told BT Sport.

We played against a very strong team, a tough game with high intensity.

“Tottenham started very well, then there was our reaction and I’m happy for this because it’s not easy to go 1-0 down at home in this type of game. Now it’s important to continue to work.”

The Italian manager praised the two goalscorers, Pedro and Moses:

“Pedro played a good game, a good performance and also scored a great goal with great finish. He must continue in this way and he deserves to play, to start in the XI, but now it’s important to continue this way.

Victor [Moses] is a good player. I saw him during the preseason and I wanted to keep him in the squad. Now it’s the same as Pedro. He deserves to play and he’s playing fantastic football. For us he’s very important.”

Speaking about the title race and the chances to win the Premier League he said:

“It’s too early [to talk about the title], above all after this game, because this league is very tough.

“Today Tottenham showed that in this league there are six, seven teams who can win the title. For us it’s important to continue this way to improve the confidence.

“It’s not easy when you go 1-0 down to have a good reaction against a tough team. For this reason I’m pleased but it’s important to think of the next game.”

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Thibaut Courtois revealed what is Antonio Conte’s secret to make his team perform at this incredible level.

Chelsea obtained seven wins in the last seven games, in six of which they maintained a clean sheet and have been top of the league for two fixtures:

“The saves I made today were not too hard. We found strength inside the team and the changes of the manager helped us win the game,” the Belgian goalkeeper said after the game.

He then went on explaining how Conte’s passion is helping them to keep this kind of performances:

“He’s like that every session. When we do tactics he’s very passionate and demands. He keeps the team sharp.”

 

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Pedro celebrating equaliser with Cahill right before half time © Francesca Ceciarini

Antonio Conte revealed how half-time pep-talk changed Chelsea game, with Blues helped by Pedro’s stunning equaliser in the end of the first part of the derby against Spurs:

“It was a big test for sure. Tottenham is a really good team with great organisation and today they started better than us,” the Italian said in his post-match press conference.

“They started very well and also they scored a fantastic goal. Then I liked our reaction. It wasn’t easy to react in this way.

“I think the goal Pedro scored gave us the right confidence and after the first half we spoke. I always speak to my players.

“It is right to see the right things and the wrong things you are doing. Sometimes it can happen that the opponent starts better than you.

“I think together we found the right solution to win the game and in the second half we exploited situations we didn’t exploit in the first half.”

“When you win this type of game – a special derby – you must be pleased. We won against a really strong team,” Conte added.

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It was a London derby scheduled at Stamford Bridge on a Saturday evening when Chelsea hosted bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

There has been bad blood between the two London rivals after Chelsea ended Tottenham’s title dream following a feisty clash which was labeled “battle of the bridge” in the 2015/2016 season.

Well, things wouldn’t go well as Chelsea expected after a sloppy start as Tottenham dominated and went into the lead in the 11th minute courtesy of a Christian Eriksen stunner. Tottenham continued to dictate play as Harry Kane went close with a powerful shot straight at Thibuat Courtois, but towards the dying moments of the first half, Nemanja Matic found Pedro just outside the box, as the spaniard curled in a stunner past a helplesss Hugo Lloris as Chelsea equalized and took the 1-1 scoreline into the half-time.

Spurs were looking to end their 26-year-old hoodoo at Stamford Bridge but things got worse for them when Diego Costa wriggled his way through and found Victor Moses in space who calmly slotted the ball past Hugo Lloris to take Chelsea 2-1 up.

Chelsea should have ended the game minutes later when Marcos Alonso fired over from close range. The summer signing was given the freedom of the penalty area to convert Costa’s pull back, but he somehow hoofed his effort over the bar.

Spurs continued to press for an equaliser with Kane, Eriksen, and Dele Alli going close, Mauricio Pochettino also brought on Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Vincent Janssen to restore parity but Chelsea were strong enough to hold on as they extended their unbeaten run to go top of the table.

CHELSEA 2-1 TOTTENHAM

Pedro 44, Moses 51 (CHE) Eriksen 11 (TOT)

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c), Moses (Ivanovic 80), Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro (Oscar 83), Diego Costa, Hazard (Willian 76).

Unused subs Begovic, Fabregas, Chalobah, Batshuayi.

Booked David Luiz 18, Willian 85

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Wimmer; Wanyama, Dembele; Son (Winks 65), Alli (N’Koudou 73), Eriksen, Kane.

Unused subs Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Trippier, Onomah, Janssen.

Booked Dembele 26

 

Referee Michael Oliver

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