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Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) celebrates with Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (C) after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Chelsea at the John Smith's stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on December 12,

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte explained reasons behind his decision to take off Willian and Tiemoue Bakayoko earlier in the second half. The Spanish winger scored a vital goal in yesterday’s 1-2 win over the Foxes at King Power Stadium.

About Willian, Conte said: “He was very tired, he played a fantastic game with and without the game. He is in a fantastic physical condition. I am very pleased with him, but we decided to take this decision”. 

“The same for [Andreas] Christensen. After the Barcelona game we spent a lot of energy and played 120 minutes tonight.”

And about Bakayoko: “Baka got a yellow card, and we are talking about a player with great physicality. In a game like this, you have to prevent a second yellow card. For this reason, I decided to change him.”

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Tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge Chelsea will face Hull City in the Fa Cup fifth round.

Speaking to the media in his pre-game press conference the Blues manager Antonio Conte when asked if there will be major changes in the Starting XI answered: “For sure. We have in front of us two weeks that is very tough. For this reason it is right to have a plan to face these weeks in the right way. We want to try and go through to the next round in the FA Cup. – Conte said – When you start a season every competition is a priority. We tried to do the same in the Carabao Cup and we reached the semi-finals. We want to fight for every competition but there is not one priority. There are three priorities for the rest of the season.”

There are many chances, so, to see some of the best Chelsea youngsters tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge: “In the Carabao Cup and FA Cup I have given them the chance to play”. – Conte said about Ampadu and Hudson-Odoi. – “We are talking about two of the best players in our academy. Ampadu, for me, it’s not difficult to predict a bright future for this player. Hudson-Odoi as well. There’s also [Nathaniel] Chalobah’s brother, Sterling and Scott who are coming for tomorrow’s game. I think Chelsea’s future is very brilliant with these players.”

For tomorrow’s night game, on the other hand, Bakayoko,Barkley and David Luiz are not available.

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante believes new teammate Tiemoue Bakayoko ‘is having a good time now’ at Stamford Bridge since joining the Blues in the summer.

Speaking about the Frenchman, who scored the opener in Chelsea’s away win over Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, Kante told Standard Sport: “He is a professional, but if he needs advice I can give it to him”.

“But it is the same at every club – try to work in training, to understand what the coach wants and give your best in the game. It is the same everywhere.”


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CHELSEA – Courtois, Cahill, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Pedro, Willian, Morata.

Subs: Caballero, Drinkwater, Hazard, Bakayoko, Moses, Azpilicueta, Ampadu.


Manager: Antonio Conte

SWANSEA – Fabianski, Van Der Hoorn, Mawson, Naughton, Olsson, Ki, Carroll, Mesa, Sanches, Ayew, Bony.

Subs: Nordfeldt, Fer, Dyer, Routledge, Clucas, Rangel, McBurnie.


Manager: Paul Clement

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 7.45PM BST

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Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte was full of praise when explained the reason why the Blues “must be pleased” with today’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield, as the Italian manager himself said speaking after the game.

“We played in a really good way because today we had a tactical plan – he said – For Liverpool it was very difficult to make chances to score”.

Conte introduced Fabregas, Willian and Pedro off the bench: “We prepared very well and it was a tactical decision, especially in the first half, to be very solid, and then be dangerous with the ball. In the second half we dominated the game and created many chances to score. Liverpool were lucky to score, and then to draw”.

“The first sub, I changed Danny [Drinkwater] because it was his first league game from the start, a big game, and you lose mental and physical energy, he played very well. With Cesc [Fabregas] I wanted good quality in midfield. I changed Bakayoko for Pedro and I asked Pedro to play as a midfielder because he’s more offensive than Bakayoko”.

“Then I brought Willian on to play with the strikers and moved Pedro to wing-back, – Conte added – I think it was a good idea, but even before the changes I don’t think we deserved to be 1-0 down”.

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante believes new signing and compatriot Tiemoue Bakayoko will properly replace Nemanja Matic, who ‘for sure, was a good player for Chelsea’.

“I know he was in Chelsea for many years – Kante added – I had the chance to play one year with him and he was a very good player for me. We spent a good season together”.

Matic joined Manchester United on a summer £35m move from Chelsea: “He left now, he plays for United but Bakayoko has come and I think he’s a good player, and that we can do very well with him. Some players joined the club but it is like that in every club”.

“We try to make them feel good quickly and to understand how we play, how we train. I think they did very well. Bakayoko scored his first goal. Zappacosta scored his first goal and it is good for them and good for us. We need everyone this month.”

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Antonio Conte reckons Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko performed well as the Blues faced Leicester City in a tough game today.

“I think Baka is improving his physical condition. – the Italian said – Also, he is starting to understand and adapt to our style of football. He has to improve with the ball because without the ball he is very strong. He is a young player and has good signs for us”.

Bakayoko and Kante could become a vital duo in the midfield, with also Cesc Fabregas and Danny Drinkwater who’s set to make his Chelsea debut: “Yes, he has a lot of space to improve, like N’Golo, and now he has to improve with the ball. You can see N’Golo is improving a lot, if you compare him to last season, and we want to work and improve Baka”.

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Paul Merson believes Chelsea’s defeat vs Burnley in their Premier League‘s opener is not so significant and that it’s very early to write off Antonio Conte’s men from the title race.

“Nobody is going to win every game in a season, it’s one game!” – Merson said on Soccer Saturday – “They got dismantled by Arsenal at the Emirates last season, and then all of a sudden they’ve won a dozen on the trot and win the league at a canter. I think there’s a long way to go – the players they’re missing; Eden Hazard, Pedro, Victor Moses, Bakayoko – who could miss them? Chelsea can’t afford to miss a Hazard, as much as Tottenham can’t afford to miss a Harry Kane”.

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Eden Hazard (broken ankle) and Tiemoue Bakayoko (knee) have been ruled out of the Community Shield game against Arsenal today, anyway the Chelsea duo travelled with the squad at Wembley ahead of the first official game of 2017/18 campaign.

Chelsea’s official Twitter account filmed Bakayoko and Hazard alongside Chelsea teammates ahead of today’s game.

It is understood also Diego Costa won’t feature today as he seems to be on his way out of Chelsea, as well as compatriot Kenedy .

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has confirmed he’s ready to face competition from new teammate Tiemoue Bakayoko as the Frenchman joined the Blues last week from AS Monaco on a £40m move.

“I think the manager has said himself that it’s a long season ahead with lots of games and we will need all of the players to be ready for when he needs us, – Fabregas explained – I’ve been competing for 15 seasons. That will not put me down after what happened last season and how I stood up for it. I’m ready for anybody”.

!I feel great, I understand the philosophy of the manager very well and I know what he wants from me. I know what I need to do to help the team”.



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