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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that a strong point is having a good relationship with owner Roman Abramovich.

“It’s always important to have good relationship and be very clear with players and owner – Conte claimed – I like it because Abramovich is a great passionate about football and to discuss with him about football to have a confrontation is great”.

“it’s important to be very very clear, you’ll be always ok” the Italian manager ended.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich attended the Blues’ training session and practice in Cobham, before having lunch with manager Antonio Conte a few days ago, according to The Times.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that is important to focus only on the present to ‘improve and change the story’ this season.

When asked about the suggestion that Chelsea owner Abramovich could help him by giving money in January, Conte replied: “I think that we must think at the present which is more important, I do not see January as an opportunity to spend money, I see the present as an opportunity to improve, change the story of the last season.” 

“It’s very clear, we don’t forget this and we want to use last season as an instrument tu push more.”

“We don’t have to forget the past – Conte added – when you finish 10th it means that you have problems and we are trying to solve the situation, me and the club”.

“In this situation we haven’t the magic wand to change everything, we only have to work, understand, not only win or lose. We can fill the gap that now we have, we faced two teams very strong and for me these teams are top of the table, we have to improve” he ended.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed captain John Terry is still recovering from his ankle injury and won’t be able to feature against Hull City tomorrow.

“He did not recover from his ankle injury – Conte admitted – we’ll see him after the international break”.

“Also Mikel has a small problem, anyway we have all the other players available” the Italian manager ended.

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Chelsea trio Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Cezar Azpillicueta have been left out of Julen Lopetegui’s side for their World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Albania.

Fabregas, has struggled to break into Antonio Conte’s plans at Chelsea this season, was not included in Lopetegui’s maiden squad in August.
His Chelsea team-mate Azpilicueta, was named in the side but has been dropped for Spain’s latest round of fixtures.

Speaking on Fabregas, Lopetegui said: “Fabregas has played a little bit more at Chelsea. We like Cesc, but we have to choose. There are a lot of players and we can’t call them all. I hope he can play more minutes”.

However Costa is the only player of the Spanish Contingent that made the Spain full squad.

Spain squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Pepe Reina (Napoli), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Nacho (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona),  Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)

Midfielders: Koke (Atletico Madrid), Saul Níguez (Atletico Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), SergioBusquets (Barcelona), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid)

Forward: Nolito (Manchester City),  Jose Callejon (Napoli), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid), Vitolo (Sevilla), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid)

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Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has confirmed that Chelsea changed his life as he picked up almost 650 appearances for the club over 13 years.

Speaking about the most important teams in his career: “I guess the obvious is Chelsea – he said – The second one might be slightly obvious, it’s Man City. I never envisaged playing for Manchester City at that point in my career, but I have to say the fans, players, staff…took me in so well in that year I was there.”

“One outsider would be Swansea City which is a club where I went on loan to for two months at 17 years of age” Lampard admitted.

“They were in the old second division at that point, and they’ve come a long way since. And I’ve been delighted to see them come that way.”

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Arsenal and Chelsea are still keeping tabs on Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata despite both failed to land him last summer, according to Don Balon.

The 23-year-old recently told Bild that new manager Antonio Conte placed a bid to make him the most expensive Spanish player of all time earlier in the summer, but Morata rejected the offer as he wants to succeed at Real Madrid this season.

“Chelsea showed the most interest – he claimed – Antonio Conte had already signed me for Juventus.”

“And it was a very good offer this time. I would have been the most expensive Spanish player ever.”

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Pogba stayed at Juventus last summer but hinted an exit soon

Manchester United manager José Mourinho tried to land Paul Pogba to Stamford Bridge when he was in charge at Chelsea, according to the player’s agent Mino Raiola.

The move was reportedly blocked as the Frenchman reached an agreement to stay another year at Juventus: “Paul could have left them last year because Mourinho really wanted him – Raiola told Rai Sport – But Juventus and I had agreement: win the league title and the Champions League, then he can go.”  

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Antonio Conte wants to clear out Chelsea senators to have a better squad to work with, this is what emerges from a report by The Sun.

The Italian manager had lunch three times in the past three days with Blues owner Roman Abramovich at Cobham facilities, revealing him that he identified the problem of the squad, that are the senators.

Conte want to get rid of some of the key players of 2015 title, won under José Mourinho, that according to him are not good anymore for a team with the targets Chelsea got at the moment.

The ex Juventus and Italy’s coach was also a little disappointed with some Blues directors, that failed to sign some key players he wanted to add to the squad: only N’Golo Kante, whose fee was £ 25m, was a player targeted by the ex Juventus and Italy’s coach.

Michy Batshuayi, paid £ 33m, arrived to pacify sporting director Michael Emenalo, while David Luiz and Marcos Alonso ( that costed £ 55m both) were desperate dealine-day transfers in order to add useful players to the squad.

Conte want to renew the roster and asked Abramovich to offload players like Nemanja Matic, John Obi Mikel, Oscar, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, all protagonist in the league won two campaigns ago, while John Terry, now almost 36, won’t probably have his contract extended in the end of this season.

Most of these players represented Chelsea spine in these last years, but for Conte now is time to change to try to build another Chelsea ready to win.

 

 

 

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Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin had his say about Antonio Conte‘s main problem at Stamford Bridge. He claimed that the Blues’ defence has to improve in view of the next Premier League games.

“There is no hiding from the fact that losing 3-0 to Arsenal is a hard one to take for the manager, the players and of course the fans as well, – Nevin told Chelsea’s official website – It is particularly painful as Chelsea have had Arsenal under their spell for such a long time.”

“The magic wasn’t there at the Emirates and there is no option but to get back on the training ground and work out where the problems are stemming from.”

“It will not be an easy task for Antonio Conte, even if most people immediately look at the defence. When you have got into the habit of shipping goals when you didn’t used to (that is nine in four games during September) then the eyes are drawn in that direction. It is of course never that simple.”

Nevin added: “Gary Cahill knows who was at fault for the first goal against Arsenal, but what about midfielders shielding those defenders? How about strikers tracking back when a full-back runs off them and what about overall work-rate compared to the opposition? It can be one, all or a combination of the above reasons.”

“Personally, I do not think many players will have arguments about what Antonio Conte has to say this week. There have been problems, the players know this and it is his job to sort them out.”

“This could be the most difficult season for a while to gain a top-four finish in the Premier League – the Scottish ended – Even Manchester’s red team have embraced the fact you can’t have a Ferrari team without them having top-quality engines in this particular race.”

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Burnley centre-back Michael Keane has confirmed he’s not thinking about a possible move away from the Turf Moor as he is ‘really happy’ with the Clarets.

The defender told the Daily Telegraph: “It’s flattering when teams like that come in, but I am really happy here.”

“I won’t be looking at them in the Champions League thinking that it could have been me, because I tend to think what will be, will be – Keane added – Hopefully at some time in the future I will get to that level anyway. Leicester have done brilliant and I will be supporting them because I was there on loan anyway but I’m not disappointed I am not there.”

It is understood both Leicester and Chelsea are interested in the 23-year-old, who is contracted until June 2018 but has been offered a new deal.

Anyway, Chelsea are lining-up an audacious £25m bid for Burnley centre-back Michael Keane, who scored the second goal in the Monday Night against Watford, according to the Daily Mirror.

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