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Chelsea are ready to make a late bid on current Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, who is understood to have agreed personal terms with Manchester United for a move to Old Trafford yesterday.

Blues manager Antonio Conte has been critical of Chelsea’s lack of signings and is desperate to add more firepower to his squad, but fans are not convinced about the latest transfer talk.

Manchester United are believed to pay £20million to Arsenal plus a further £15million to Sanchez’s agent to get the deal across the line, with the Chile international enthusiastic to join Jose Mourinho’s side.

Chelsea have also asked about his terms and cannot be ruled out, although they are behind United currently.

The Blues are desperate to sign a striker and can’t agree a fee for Andy Carroll with West Ham.

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History was involuntarily made at Stamford Bridge today by Chelsea and Antonio Conte.

In fact, the Premier League champions have now recorded three consecutive goalless draws in all competitions for the first time in their history after 10-man Leicester escaped West London with more than a deserved point.

The Foxes became the third consecutive team to stop the Blues coping comfortably with everything Conte’s side could muster, even after Ben Chilwell was sent off midway through the second half.

Before today Chelsea collected other two goalless draw against Norwich in FA Cup third round and against Arsenal in the first leg of League Cup semifinal.

 

 

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident that Manchester City will beat United in the race to land Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

The Blues’ manager, speaking at a press conference ahead of Leicester clash today, claimed: “If they want Sanchez, they sign Sanchez. I think it would be a good investment, we’re a talking about a top-player in a good moment where the price is not so high”.

“In the past Man City showed that if they want a player, they go and buy it” Conte added.

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Carlo Ancelotti will take the reins at Emirates when Arsene Wenger‘s reign at Arsenal comes to an end, according to exclusive reports in Goal.com.

It is understood the Frenchman is under pressure for his role at the club, especially following the recent disappointing results with Arsenal in the FA Cup and Premier League.

The Italian manager would reportedly be a perfect replacement for Wenger, whose reign in London began in 1996.

Ancelotti won an FA Cup, the Community Shield and the Premier League title in 2010 with Chelsea.

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After the 2-2 in Premier League ten days ago, Arsenal and Chelsea got another draw tonight, but this time without goals.

After the game Antonio Conte was asked if the teams, who will meet again in two weeks, are too familiar:

“To play three times in three weeks is very strange,” the Italian manager claimed.

“It is more simple to prepare the game because you know the team and the way they are playing. When you reach the QF or SF of this trophy in England you must be prepared to face big teams.”

Asked if Arsenal, who will play the second leg at home, are favourites, the Blues boss replied:

“I don’t think so. We have the same possibilities to go through to the final. Not to concede could be very important for the second leg. To play at the Emirates is not easy or simple. We deserved to be in the semi-final and be very happy to do this.”

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Norwich City‘s captain Ivo Pinto said he and his team-mates are thrilled to face English champions Chelsea tomorrow in the Fa Cup third round game.

“These are the games you want to play in,” Pinto said during the pre-game press conference today – “As a captain and as a team player and as a friend, we try to advise each other. Chelsea is the kind of game you want to play, to be at a good level in. It’s an important game for the club. We want to give a special day for our supporters. Chelsea will be there with everything they have to try and win, so it will be tough. Big players want to win all the games. It’s a trophy they can go on if they beat us and they will be there with everything they can to beat us. It will be a tough match and a good match for both teams. Both teams will try to win. We are underdogs until the referee blows his whistle. As soon as that happens, we want to do our job and have a good game. When we look back to Arsenal, we have an idea that if we do what we should, we have a chance.”

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Antonio Conte stands up for Alvaro Morata after his awful performance against Arsenal, where the Spaniard missed three incredible chances that could have given Chelsea the three points the Emirates:

“The stats say Morata scored 12 goals and made 7 assists in this season,” the Italian boss said.

“It´s the first season that he playing regularly, I am very happy, the club is happy about his commitment, like Barkley he’s got a lot of space to improve, we’re talking about a young striker that can become one of the best in the world.

“It was a pity because if Alvaro scored for sure we would have won the game, sometimes the strikers got a lot of chances, and they can score and make mistakes, I guess in the last games Morata was unlucky, but I am really happy for his work and commitment.”

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger complained about the referee’s decision on the 1-2 penalty for Chelsea the other night but Blues manager Antonio Conte reckons the Frenchman’s comments are not right.

“We got a farcical decision on the penalty,” Wenger said.

“We looked like we were mentally shot and could have lost the game – we had the resources to come back to 2-2. Maybe it was a fair result”.

This is what Conte about these Wenger’s comments in today’s press conference ahead of FA Cup game against Norwich:

“I don’t like to speak about other coaches, I think you have to have to respect them,” the Italian started.

“Maybe Wenger forgot we finished with 10 men in the FA Cup and Community Shield, maybe the referee decision was a little strange. We must accept the referee decisions. Wenger is an old coach, he’s got a lot of experience and he won a lot.

“If I want I can talk about referee decisions for one month. But I don’t want to do this because we should have respect for the referee’s decisions.”

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Yesterday evening at Emirates Stadium striker Alvaro Morata missed a lot of chances to score and he was one of the causes which costed Chelsea two points and the second place in the Premier League‘s table.

Today Morata himself expressed his will to react with a post on Twitter:  “When things don’t go as expected there’s only one way… Work hard!” – the former Real Madrid former player wrote.

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Danish defender Andreas Christensen commented on Chelsea‘s official website yesterday’s draw at Emirates Stadium vs Arsenal in the first Premier League game of 2018 for Antonio Conte‘s side.

From an outside perspective it was a crazy game, I think the players involved would have wanted it to be a bit more calm and at our own tempo but that’s how it was,” – Christensen said – “We were 1-0 down to begin with so to turn it around and go 2-1 up we were super happy about that, but in the end they got the goal. In the changing room we were happy with our performance, and the way we reacted, but we were a little bit disappointed that they got the goal.

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