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Spain national team Julen Lopetegui spoke ahead of the game against Italy and confirmed Chelsea striker Diego Costa will feature tomorrow night.

“Tomorrow Diego Costa will play, – he said – We decided we must play our strongest team in a game like this,”

“We have not paid much attention to what happened in the Italy-France match in September to make decisions. That was a friendly”.

About Chelsea target Alvaro Morata he added: “He is a great player who is familiar with the high demands of playing at Madrid, Alvaro gives us options.”

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Chelsea backup goalkeeper Eduardo is one of the best 50 penalty stoppers in the world, according to Reddit.com.

The Portugal international ranked 9th on the list, with a save ratio of 37.14%, while Valencia star Diego Alves is top of the table with a 48.84 percentage.

Eduardo joined the Blues from Dinamo Zagreb this summer and is facing competition from both Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic so far.

Anyway, he could be a key player as he will bring in a lot of experience, also given that he recently won the Euros with Portugal despite he did not play a single game of the tournament.

Here’s the full table:

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill pointed out the right way to see past the disappointment following England national team’s exit at Euro 2016 this summer.

“It will be good to get back to Wembley – he told medias this afternoon - After the disappointment of the summer the first game was very strange. To get the first game out of the way and get the performance and the win was a good feeling for us.”

“Coming to this game it makes it slightly easier for us to put in a performance for the fans and put on a performance we should be proud of and get a result.”

“We know the summer was disappointing and it hurt a lot of us but it’s in the past now. You’re always looking forward to playing at Wembley — it’s a fantastic stadium.”

Cahill was selected in Gareth Southagate‘s 23-man squad to face Malta on Saturday after featuring in all the Premier League games with Chelsea under new manager Antonio Conte so far.

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Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the Serie A giants have rejected an huge £58m offer from Chelsea for Kalidou Koulibaly earlier this summer.

“They offered to me £30, 35, 40, 45, 50 [million], – he told SkySports – Mr. Conte I said, ‘The marina is behind me, follow me’, I offered him that.”

“Last moment, two days before the closing of the market, I hear £58 milion, or something like that.”

Koulibaly’s agent Bruno Satin recently declared to Radio CRC: “Premier League? Kalidou doesn’t think about it anymore”.

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Chelsea vice-captain Branislav Ivanovic claimed that he will be “happy” to sit on the bench, as it happened in the last Premier League clash against Hull City, if the manager’s decision will help the team:

“I was maximum ready and healthy for the match with Hull, but I never got the chance,” the Serbian defender said.

“I’ll always put myself below the interests of the team, be that the national side or club.

“It’s been a while since I was a back-up, but I do not mind. I’ll sit on the bench whenever the coach decides, and not for the first time in these eight years at Chelsea.

“It is normal to be on the bench, especially in clubs that over and over again are going a step further.”

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Chelsea loanee defender Nathan Ake confirmed that he is struggling to break into Bournemouth starting XI  so far, after being loaned to the Cherries this summer.

He declared to Voetbal International: “I wanted to draw a line under last season, but that has not yet happened and the competition at my club is great.” 

“For now I’m still on the bench – It eats you, I want to play every week” Ake ended.

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Chelsea loan player technical coach Eddie Newton confirmed Tammy Abraham is firmly on the radar of the club while on loan to Bristol City and believes the striker’s mentality could see him break into Antonio Conte’s plans at Stamford Bridge.

Abraham is impressing in the beginning of this loan spell, having scored already 10 goals in 13 appearances:

“We are keeping a close eye on him but the thing I like about Tammy is that he takes on board good advice, works and puts it into action as well. I see a bright future for the young man, I really do,’”Newton said about the young striker.

“Tammy is a very driven young man. The way he articulates himself, you can tell that this boy knows what he wants and where he wants to go to. He knows he has to be patient, but he is not patient at the same time.

“You’re always confident with certain players because of the way they mentally apply themselves toward training and to games, he just wants to score goals and to win. He’s a winner.

“Our job is to guide him because he will have dips. He’s a young player and will have a dip during the season. He has started on fire at Bristol City and we are very pleased.

“We are also very aware that it is not going to be plain sailing all the way through the season.”

 

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Diego Costa had words of encouragement for Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who was not selecyed by Spain boss Julen Lopetegui for the World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Albania after losing his starting spot in the Chelsea midfield under Antonio Conte this season:

“He knows that he has the chance to come back to the national team one day.

“It’s always important to be called back by the national team.”

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Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is struggling to settle in Antonio Conte‘s squad so far and could consider a comeback to former side Olympique Marseille on loan, according to Le10Sport.

Anyway, the Belgium international recently claimed: “I have a perfect relationship with the coach,”

“I already feel like I am progressing a lot under him. I am still young, 22, and I am happy to have a great coach who will make me improve.”

The Chelsea manager will reportedly make Torino striker Andrea Belotti a top target should Batshuayi leave the club after just a few months at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a great admirer of new Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart, according to the Daily Star.

Also Goal.com hinted at the possibility of a further move for the England internaional star, who is on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

With Thibaut Courtois reportedly willing to join back his former side Atletico Madrid in a near future, Hart could be a potential replacement for  the Belgian star.

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