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Tony Pulis has been sacked as West Bromwich Albion manager following the slow start to the season and last disappointing home defeat against Premier League champions Chelsea. 

An official statement read: “WBA have today terminated the contract of Head Coach Tony Pulis. […] Assistant Head Coach Gary Megson has agreed to take charge of first-team affairs until further notice”.

 

Pulis himself, a manager who currently maintain the record of never being relegated, leaves his role with the Baggies sitting 17th after picking up 10 points from 12 games. The Welsh manager joined West Bromwich Albion on 31st December 2015.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte complains about Premier League fixtures schedule: the Blues will travel to Anfield next Saturday, an away game after a long journey to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag in Champions League next Wednesday, while Liverpool will play in the same competition in Sevilla one day earlier:

“For sure who prepares these fixtures must pay great attention,” said the Chelsea manager.

“Don’t forget now we have another problem because we are going to play at Qarabag on Wednesday and then we go back to London at five, six o’clock, but we have another great game against Liverpool on Saturday. Is it normal, this? I don’t think.

“If someone wants more balance in this league I think they must pay greater attention before to prepare the fixtures.”

 

 

 

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Several Chelsea players have posted on social media their reactions following yesterday’s away win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. 4 goals for the Blues, who are bouncing back from a slow start to the season as they earned the 4th victory in a row.

CESAR AZPILICUETA – An away win with beautiful goals and a clean sheet which is never bad, is it?

MARCOS ALONSO 

GARY CAHILL Great team performance today

ANTONIO RUDIGER – Great game by the lads today

MICHY BATSHUAYI – Well done today

WILLY CABALLERO Great performance boys. A complete job well done

ALVARO MORATAWe keep adding points! Go Blues!

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Eden Hazard was stunning in Chelsea‘s away victory over West Bromwich Albion last time out. The Belgian star scored a brace, with also Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso among the scorers.

Speaking after the game, Hazard gave his thoughts on the game: “Top, top, from the first minute until the end. We showed great character, we scored four and we didn’t concede. We want this type of game every week”.

‘We had the right mentality. When you come here you know the game will not be easy because they’re physical. But if you keep the ball on the floor like we did then you have the chance to win the game, we did well”.

About his performance: “It’s always good to score. For me it’s not the most important thing but it’s good for the confidence. I scored two goals but the most important thing was to win the game and play well, that’s it”.

Tottenham’s defeat to Arsenal means that Chelsea are currently 3rd on the Premier League table with 25 points, just one behind Manchester United with Manchester City leading thanks to an eight-point gap on the Red Devils.

‘We have to do the same every week, – Hazard reckons – Now we have a tough week because we play Qarabag away and then we go to Anfield. We want to stay near the top”.

‘We know Man City are winning a lot of games but we need to try and close the gap and then we will see at the end of the season. The run last season was unbelievable, it’s not every year you can do that, but why not? We have almost the same players and we have to be ready if we want to stay near the top”.

He ended: “It’s not just him and me, it’s the whole team: when you play with Fabregas, Alonso on the left and Zappacosta on the right you can feel the confidence. Everyone played with the ball and made great movement”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke following his side’s rampant victory over West Bromwich Albion today: “In every game you have to play with focus and concentration or you risk dropping points. – he said – Four wins in a row is good for our confidence, we started the season with many problems but we are slowly starting to find the right solution. I’m very happy with the commitment of my players”.

Last season the Blues produced a 13-game winning streak: “I hope to go on another long winning run,  – Conte added – I hope so because last season we won 13 games in a row and in this league it’s not simple to have this type of run”. 

Anyway, the Italian manager admits Manchester City have a clear edge with nine-point lead: “It doesn’t depend on us because Man City are playing very well and having fantastic results. We have to continue in this way and show this solidity and create many chances to score”. 

“It was another clean sheet for us and it’s important to find the right balance when you have the ball and when you are without it. Slowly we are changing something from last season.”

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed Nigerian right-wing Victor Moses is expected to be available for next Premier League clash against Liverpool.

The defender, who suffered a hamstring injury against Crystal Palace in October, is said to be set for a comeback in official games, as Conte confirmed: Victor Moses is progressing well and I hope to have him back from tomorrow, for the game after Qarabag. – he said – It’s important to have all the senior players in good form without injuries”.

Italian defender Davide Zappacosta is replacing properly the 26-year-old, who was crucial in Chelsea’s title run last season.

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Chelsea moved up the table following today’s 0-4 win over West Bromwich Albion, with the biggest margin of victory for the Blues at the Hawthorns. When asked if Eden Hazard, who scored twice, needs more protection from referees, manager Antonio Conte said: “Today Eden played very well and I think he showed great patience despite some situations which were very strong”.

“I was a player and I understand when you play against these type of players it’s very difficult to stop them and sometimes you try to find a different way”.

“Now he has to continue in this way, he’s 100 per cent fit and he’s enjoying his football with us which is important. This season we started with a lot of problems, Hazard was one of them because he didn’t work during pre-season after surgery. Then he started to play with us after a few games”.

Chelsea earned their 4th win in a row after beating Watford, Everton, Bournemouth and the Baggies.

And Conte admitted: “Today the starting 11 was the same as against United. We played well in that game and we did again today but don’t forget we have to play a lot of games in a few days, so I need all of my players”.

 

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“Last season we won 13 games in a row and in this league it’s not simple to have this type of run.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said speaking after today’s away win against WBA – In every game you have to play with focus and concentration or you risk dropping points. Four wins in a row is good for our confidence, we started the season with many problems but we are slowly starting to find the right solution. I’m very happy with the commitment of my players”.

Chelsea are now sitting 3rd on the Premier League table with 25 points, 9 behind leaders Manchester City: “It doesn’t depend on us because Man City are playing very well and having fantastic results. – Conte admitted – We have to continue in this way and show this solidity and create many chances to score. It was another clean sheet for us and it’s important to find the right balance when you have the ball and when you are without it. Slowly we are changing something from last season”.

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WEST BROMWICH ALBION – Foster; McAuley, Hegazy, Evans (c), Phillips, Krychowiak, Barry, Livermore, Gibbs, Rondon, Rodriguez

Subs: Myhill, Nyom, Robson-Kanu, Yacob, Brunt, McClean, Burke.

Manager: Tony Pulis

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata

Subs: Caballero, Rudigrer, David Luiz, Drinkwater, Ampadu, Pedro, Willian.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Referee: Jon Moss

Venue: The Hawthorns, Birmingham, England

Kick Off: 3 pm GMT

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has warned his teammates ahead of today’s clash agains West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, where Antonio Conte won the title in May last season.

“I have great memories from the game there last season – Cahill admitted – But in the past it’s not always been that way in terms of dominating games and getting convincing victories there,”

“Every time you mention you’re going away to West Brom people pull a face as if to suggest you’re going to have a difficult time, and rightly so, because it’s always a tough place to go and we expect that again”.

Cahill believes Chelsea have to show the right pace and character against the Baggies: “Obviously our most recent memory there was a good one but this is a new season and that almost means nothing now, so we’ll just approach it in the same way we did the Man United game”.

 

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