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New Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud admits he’s a little disappointed by his Stamford Bridge experience, with his expectations that were not entirely fulfilled:

“I am happy with my adaptation, the welcome I received, and the relationship on the ground with my team-mates,” the French forward told L’Equipe.

“You have to be demanding with yourself. If I signed to Chelsea, it’s to have a new challenge. When you sign like that in January, it’s never easy because you have to acclimatise to your team, but I really wanted to be ready right away. It was a little paradoxical.

“I could have – should have – scored more goals. In terms of statistics, I am very attached to this; I remain stuck at one goal and three assists in five matches. I’m sure it is not enough,” said the striker, who moved from Arsenal last January.

“But, in any case, the content [of my matches] is very encouraging. In time I will do it. [It’s encouraging] in my relationship with offensive players; whether with Willian, Pedro or Eden Hazard.

“Former football legends like Robert Pires, who is a friend, Freddie Ljungberg or even former Chelsea players, told me that Chelsea’s game would fit me because they always played with a big striker in front.”

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After the last public attack from Mourinho Luke Shaw could be leaving Manchester United, his relationship with coach it’s getting worse every day and current situation is monitored by several clubs who look interested in the 22-year-old left-back.

Chelsea was interested also before his signing with Manchester,  and actual situation makes it re-emerge this interest. Not only Chelsea, also City, Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal are following him but Chelsea could think to quicken trusting in his love for Chelsea. Shaw and his family are Chelsea fan, could this be an incentive?

Blues are reportedly interested also in Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey who has a contract with Gunners until 2019 but has not received an offer yet. The Wales international is still waiting for a new deal, and also José Mourinho made an enquiry about him, then Manchester United could be a Chelsea’ competitor.

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Latest Chelsea signing Olivier Giroud believes his decision to leave Arsenal to join the Premier League champions was “definitely the best choice” for development and professional career in English football.

The Frenchman told Standard Sport: “I am settling in quite well. I am very pleased with my understanding with the boys. Obviously, not everything is perfect but I try to be that target man that the boss asks me to be. To be a link with the number 10s, tonight it was Hazard and Willian. It is not easy to sign in winter for a new club so I try to adapt myself as quickly as I can.

“I think there’s always room for improvement but I am quite happy with what we are doing on the pitch. We have good team cohesion. I think if we play with the spirit we did tonight we can achieve got things at the end of the championship”.

“I want to be at my best level now, I am working hard in training to be ready. Of course, sometimes you can close your eyes and score and sometimes the goal gets smaller like the other game against Palace. Trust me, I keep working hard and I am doing my best to reach my targets. So you can count on me to do my best, to be at my best level as soon as I can.”

The Frenchman, when asked if Chelsea are targeting the FA Cup as their main goal ahead of next clash against Leicester City, added: “I did well in the FA Cup with my old team Arsenal. I had a good past, but I want to arrive in the final with Chelsea. When I first came to England I knew the FA Cup was very special for the fans. It’s basically the oldest competition in football so it’s massive and I’ve been lucky enough to win three of them.

“I am unbeaten at Wembley and to win the FA Cup there is massive. Wembley is an amazing stadium and the atmosphere is always special, the pitch is fantastic, so everything is there for you to have a good game. Hopefully, we can get there again this year. I’m at Chelsea to win trophies and the FA Cup is the one we can win.”

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Manchester City are Carabao Cup 2017/18 champions after beating Arsenal in the final at Wembley. Pep Guardiola earns the first trophy of season as goals from Sergio Aguero, captain Vincent Kompany and David Silva secured a 3-0 win.

The Citizens will face Arsenal on Thursday again before the Premier League fixture against Chelsea on 4th of March. The Blues are looking for a strong comeback following today’s 2-1 loss at Old Trafford, which means Antonio Conte‘s men are 5th on Premier League table with 53 points.

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In his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s night Premier League game vs BournemouthChelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed three players are not fit and they won’t be included in the team.

David Luiz is suffering an ankle injury; Alvaro Morata returned to Spain for the funeral of a close friend; Willian is still recovering from the injury he suffered last week vs Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semifinal.

On the other hand, Thibaut Courtois and Cesc Fabregas are now fit and they will be back on action tomorrow night.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of tomorrow’s game against Newcastle United in the FA Cup Fourth Round. The Italian manager has revealed he struggled to get some sleep these days as he tried ‘to find a new solution’ for his squad after 2-1 defeat against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

Conte said: “It is not simple for sure. But people who know me very well they know that I live this job with great passion, with great love and for this reason sometimes I don’t sleep especially when you are faced with difficult situations and you want to try to do the best for the team, the players, the fans the club,” 

“To play every three days for us is not simple and we have to hope to have all players available otherwise we have to try to invent something before the game or during the game.

“When I don’t sleep I continue to work with the computer also because I don’t want to create problems with my wife,” he added, “I go in another room, the living room, and then sometimes I start to work, watch the game or try to find a new solution.

“I think to watch the game many times is important to understand positive things and negative things and to try to improve your team especially when you lose. For me it is very important to understand very quickly which is the reason because we lost.”

Conte says he became stronger at Chelsea, “but who knows me very well knows I don’t stop myself in front of difficulties” he added.

“I try every day, through the hard work to overcome this difficulties. I am a specialist in this type of situation. As I said before my only worry is to work, only to work very hard but for sure if you look at the stats you can see that in 14 years, 10 managers were sacked in this club.

“But the stats are this but at the same time when you are sure about your work and that you are doing everything to improve this club and to work this way with the players, under this aspect I am very relaxed, calm, very relaxed and I don’t have this type of worry”.

“When you start the season everyone has to try to dream,” Conte ended, “It is right to dream and then there is the reality and you have to fight the reality to try sometimes to overcome the reality like last season and to do something special but for sure it is not simple, not easy.

“I think that there are different times for every team to understand if you can go to fight for everything or go to work very hard. To dream but at the same time to be ready to fight for a place in Champions League and fight to try to reach a semi-final or a final but there are different ties.”

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New Chelsea signing Ross Barkley made his debut with the Blues shirt in the Carabao Cup semifinal against Arsenal last Wednesday when he replaced injured Willian.

The former Everton attacking midfielder didn’t impressed but it was his first appearance after a very bad hamstring injury occurred last August that ruled him out until the other night.

Today, Antonio Conte claimed Willian is still injured and sidelined for the next games, then he revealed the England international is ready to start:

“After a bad injury you need a little time to be fit 100%, if you want to speed this process up he has to play, not only training during the week, after Willian and Morata‘s injury, we don’t have other options.”


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Chelsea are considering a late move for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud if their move to land Edin Dzeko from AS Roma falls through, reports the Daily Mirror today.

The Blues are adamant that the Bosnia-Erzegovina international will accept their contract offer, despite several rumors from Italy suggested the move is anything but done.

Talks between AS Roma and Chelsea continue, anyway Antonio Conte has reportedly targeted Olivier Giroud as a potential target if Edin Dzeko decides to stay in the Italian Serie A with Giallorossi.

The Arsenal forward featured in 25 games with the Gunners this season, scoring 7 goals so far.

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Speaking after tonight’s game at Emirates StadiumArsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims half-time was crucial for his team in their effort to beat Chelsea and qualify to the Carabao Cup final which will be played next month at Wembley vs Manchester City.

I felt that in the first half there were tactical reasons for not expressing the quality of our game, we rectified that at half time.” Wenger said during his post game press conference. “In the second half we won the ball high up and controlled the game. It’s a great satisfying night for us. We managed to beat a strong team. In January we paid a heavy price for uncertainty in the dressing room – now we are back. We have shown we can beat big teams. That’s important for the second half of the season”.


Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero made his 1st appearance for Argentina in the 2-0 win over Italy at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester last night. The 36-year-old was sensational...