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Team News

CHELSEA 

– John Terry still out for gluteus injury

Oscar out for sickness

– Kurt Zouma still have to find 100% fitness after ACL injury

David Luiz to be valued after hurting his knee in Aguero‘s challenge last week

– Cesc Fabregas could replace Matic again in the starting XI

 

WEST BROMWICH 

– Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill still out for ankle injury

 

Possible Line Ups

CHELSEA - Courtois, Azpilicueta,  David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard.

WEST BROM – Forster, Nyom, Evans, Dawson, McAuley, Phillips, Morrison, Fletcher, Brunt, Yacob, Rondon.

 

 

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Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah appeared on Chelsea TV alongside with teammates Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ola Aina as part of the club’s Friday Night Live show.

“We’re enjoying this momentum - the former Napoli midfielder claimed – Training is tough during the week but, as you can probably see on the training ground, everyone is having fun”. 

Then Chalobah added: “It helps that we’re winning so there is a lot of team spirit. All the lads are mixing in as well.”

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first official goal with Chelsea against Scunthorpe © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek underlined the pleasure as manager Antonio Conte and teammates Diego Costa and Pedro won monthly awards on Friday.

The English star told Chelsea TV: “It’s great for the team and the club, it shows the hard work that is going on at the training ground is coming off during the games”.

“We need to carry this momentum on because we are playing really well”. 

Loftus-Cheek featured once in Premier League so far, while was regularly selected in the starting XI for the last two games in EFL Cup.

 

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admitted he was scared by Sergio Aguero’s insane tackle on David Luiz and is not sure he can select him for West Brom game, as the Brazilian suffered a little injury after the terrible challenge.

“I have to check [today] on his recovery because this tackle was very bad,” Conte said.

“It will be very important for him and for me to decide whether he’s able to play on Sunday. After I saw the replays, that’s when I saw this was very dangerous for David Luiz. I watched the images and I was afraid. I was scared.”

If Luiz is able to play it will assist Conte in maintaining an enviable record. So far the Italian manager has managed to keep his squad largely free of injuries, and as a result Chelsea have made fewer team changes than any other Premier League club.

“Traumatic problems are very difficult to avoid, but to avoid muscular problems is important, to have a method, a philosophy, in training sessions and to work with the players together with the medical staff and try and find the best solution.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the clash against West Bromwich Albion, when Blues will face Baggies at Stamford Bridge.

The whole staff is working very well and the Italian manager won the second Premier League manager of the month award in a row.

Conte said: “I am very pleased to have few injuries for so long because for a season it is important if you are able to avoid muscular problems, the traumatic problems are very difficult to avoid, but to avoid the muscular problems it is very important to have a method, a philosophy during training sessions and to work with the players, together with the medical staff, to try to find the best solution to have few injuries”.

“The number of injuries is always important at the end of the season, and usually when you have many injuries you can lose key players and this is not good for the team.”

Speaking about Sergio Aguero‘s tackle on David Luiz, Conte added: “For sure the tackle was very dangerous for David Luiz,”

“It is normal if you have a soft training session every day that you never have problems with the players. It is the more simple way to be a manager,’ he points out”.

“When you work very hard it is not easy sometimes but with the results, with good condition and good form then the players understand the right way to follow”.  

“The most important thing is to arrive prepared for the game in the right way, then if you can find the right solution for the players to work and also to enjoy the training, this is the best”.

About his way of working with the staff he wanted at Chelsea: “My philosophy with my staff is we continue to work with my method we used with the Italy national team and with Juventus, and with Siena, Bari, Atlanta – all my experience”.

“The analysis statistics are important to check what happened during the training session and during the game, but the most important thing for me is my eyes”.

“It is important to look and understand if someone is more tired than another, or if someone is a bit lazy or not and you can push him. The eye in my job is very important.”

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

Chelsea winger Pedro, who won the Goal of the Month trophy today, told the club’s official website that ‘this is the best goal’ in his period at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard scored the equalizer against Tottenham Hotspur, in a game which led the Blues to a great comeback win.

“The game was very difficult, it was a derby, and the goal came at the right moment for us – Pedro claimed – It was important to score before half-time. Thank you to the fans for voting for me. I am very happy with this award”.

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa won the EA Sports Player of the Month award today, and told the club’s official website: “Things are going well at the moment. The team is doing well and this shows that things are working out for me,”

“The team performance has a bearing on this individual award. If we were bottom, I doubt I’d have won it. So, it’s down to my team-mates, thanks to the club and hopefully we can continue this winning run”.

Then Costa added: “Thanks also to the fans for this award but the most important thing for me and the club is that we are up there fighting for the league at the end of the season”.

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Chelsea stars Pedro and Diego Costa were crowned respectively Carling Goal of the Month and EA Sports Player of the month at Cobham today, while manager Antonio Conte lifted his second Barclays Manager of the Month title in a row.

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Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is far to extend his deal with Gunners and some reports during the week suggested Chelsea might have interest in signing him, but Antonio Conte think is disrespectful to speak about outher teams’ players:

“I don’t think it’s right to speak about players of the other teams,” the Italian manager said during today’s press conference.

“Now we’re totally focused on West Brom, January and next season are far. I think is disrespectful to speak about other teams’ players, it’s disrespectful for them, their teams, my teams and my players as well.”

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Asked about injury update ahead of West Bromwich game Antonio Conte revealed he’s got a new injury concern: in fact, Oscar won’t be able to be selected because of sickness, while Matic’s situation is to value before the game, like the one of David Luiz, that got a knock in his leg after Agüero‘s horrible challenge:

“Terry is recovering from his injury, Oscar is sick, the other players can be selected, tomorrow is important to see all the players with the right form and motivation to play the games.

Matic is fit, he trained with us from Tuesday, I have also tomorrow to value the situation of every single player, both physical and mental, and I will decide the line-up on Sunday.”

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