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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has fitness concerns over three players: David Luiz, N’Golo Kante and Thibaut Courtois all could miss out the clash against Middlesbrough, which is set for tonight (8pm BST) at Stamford Bridge.

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  • Nathaniel Ake came off the bench against Everton to replace injured defender David Luiz, however Conte insisted that the Brazilian star hasn’t suffered a major injury. John Terry could be set for a comeback in the starting XI;
  • N’Golo Kante (thigh issue) and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (still under treatment over ankle injury).


  • Daniel Ayala has reportedly recovered from the ankle injury suffered against Sunderland;
  • Grant Leadbitter and Victor Valdes (rib injury) are not expected to be in the starting XI.

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1) – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard

MIDDLESBROUGH: (4-3-3) Guzan; Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; De Roon, Clayton, Forshaw; Stuani, Negredo, Downing

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could get a vital win in tonight’s clash against Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge, following Tottenham defeat to West Ham on Friday night.

Speaking ahead of the game, Conte said: “Don’t forget that Tottenham dropped out of the Champions League at the first group stage, and then dropped out in the first round of the Europa League”.

“If you consider the amount of our games and their games, there is a difference of what, eight games?

“But if you consider the squads, the numbers in each squad, you can see the difference: one team prepared to play the Champions League with 25 or 26 players, and another who prepared to play the League, the FA Cup and the League Cup”.

Antonio Conte admitted he wants to strengthen his squad with next transfer window, as Chelsea have qualified for next season’s Champions League after their last 3-0 win at Everton.

“Do we need more players? Yes for sure. This season my expectation was a great challenge in this League against Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool. Next season for us it will be the same”.

“But we have one year to work and then the possibility to go into the market and choose the right players on my idea of football.”

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been been voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association, as the club’s official website confirmed this morning.

The Frenchman and already won the PFA Player of the Year award a few weeks ago, while teammate Eden Hazard came second in the voting with Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli one position behind him.


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Chelsea defender David Luiz is confident ahead of Premier League Monday Night against Middlesbrough, when the Blues’ will try to restore their seven-point lead at the top of table.

The Brazilian told Chelsea’s official website: “You always hope for the best and hope for great things, when I decided to come back I knew I would work with a fantastic coach, at a fantastic club, in a fantastic city and with many fantastic players”.

“You hope and have ambition to do something big but it depends on your work throughout the season. I think we are working very hard and trying to improve the team every day, which is why we’re fighting for the title”.

Then David Luiz added: “It’s nice to have the pressure, it means we are fighting for something big but we must keep our feet on the ground and try to do our best”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, speaking ahead of next home game against Middlesbrough, was asked about the two main leagues in which he worked as manager so far: Serie A with Juventus and Premier League with Chelsea.

The Blues’ boss told Chelsea’s official website: “In Italy there is a good school, but honestly, when you arrive and face this league you must change your mind about a lot of things to adapt quickly and well”.

“This league is very strong. It’s totally different if you compare it with other leagues. Every single game you must fight a lot. Every game is very tough. You must put all of yourself in the game”.

Then Conte added: “For this reason, it’s not easy to arrive at the end of European competitions, and also for the national team it’s very difficult to try to do very well in the World Cup or the European Championships. You get to the end [of the season] and the players are tired”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could be the next Italian manager to follow in the footsteps of Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini and Claudio Ranieri by winning a Premier League title as manager.

The Blues’ boss told Chelsea’s official website: “Every coach is different, I looked at the past and saw many Italian managers won the title in England which is great for us, and for our school, but the country from where you arrive is not important”.

“In England now there are top managers from different countries, and there are also really good English managers here”. 

Leicester City produced outstanding performances with a stunning season in the 2015/16 campaign, when Chelsea finished 10th on the league table. “Last season, I supported a lot Claudio Ranieri to win the title. – Conte admitted – In Italy, we celebrated this win in a great way. Claudio deserved it for his career. It’s right [for an Italian person] to have joy if an Italian manager can win the title in England, and also for example Carlo Ancelotti in Germany”.

“We have another coach that I know very well, Massimo Carrera, who is winning in Russia. Last season he worked with me as an assistant coach and now he is winning the title in Russia. It’s great. Every person must have joy for this result, and it’s logical to be proud of this”.

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Defender Matt Miazga, who currently plays with Vitesse on a season-long loan and who recently lifted the  KNVB Cup, told Chelsea‘s official website he’s enjoying a wonderful experience in the Eredivisie so far.

The USA international won the cup with a 2-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar with Chelsea’s Lewis Baker and Nathan also in the starting line-up.

“It was a wonderful experience – Miazga said – The build-up to the game, the atmosphere at the game and what it meant to the fans was incredible”.

“In all the existence of Vitesse Arnhem this is the first trophy that has been won and to be a part of it is something special. It was a great experience for me personally, for the team, and for the city of Arnhem and the supporters of Vitesse”.

Miazga is set for Chelsea return following his season-long loan in Holland: “For me personally every time I am on the pitch I like to keep a clean sheet, and we did that. – he added – I think I played a solid game, but the most important thing is that we won”.

“It’s a very good league. It’s very technical, there are a lot of young players that play. The games are fast paced and the ball is on the ground most of the time. A lot of teams build out from the back”.

“The Premier League is a bit of everything, the best in the world, but the Dutch league is a good stepping stone for a lot of young players to play at a higher level. That’s what it is known for and that’s what it actually is”.

Then Miazga ended: “Every game brings the best out of you and it’s about trying to perform and, for me, shutting down the opposing strikers”. 

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Ryan Mason is back and looks set to make a full recovery from a fractured skull injury suffered in January against Chelsea, as confirmed by the Premier League outfit.

A statement on Hull’s website read: “The Club was delighted to welcome back Ryan Mason to the University of Hull Training Ground for the first time since sustaining a skull fracture in our fixture away at Chelsea in January.”

“The 25-year-old midfielder met up with players and staff at the Training Ground this afternoon.”

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted to be “calm but disappointed” following his side’s away defeat to West Ham United in the London Derby.

“We missed an opportunity to reduce the gap – the Argentine coach said after the game – It wasn’t our best day. It’s difficult to focus on Chelsea”.

“I feel very proud sometimes it’s difficult to keep your level. West Ham played deep and didn’t give us space to play”.

Then Pochettino added: “In the end I am calm but we will move on. We must move on and try to finish in a strong way,” 


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Adi Viveash has officially left Chelsea following nine successful years with the Academy as development squad manager, the club’s official website has just confirmed.

An official statement read: “Chelsea Football Club wishes to thank Adi enormously for the major contribution he has made to the Academy’s unprecedented success. He joined in the 2008/09 season and has worked with all ages from Under-12s upwards. He coached the Under-18s to three consecutive FA Youth Cup finals, triumphing in 2012 and 2014, before taking over Chelsea’s Under-21 side which has since evolved into the development squad”.

“One of his responsibilities in the position was to coach and manage two campaigns in the UEFA Youth League which is contested by Under-19 teams from leading clubs across Europe. With only one defeat in 20 games in the competition over two years, Chelsea lifted the trophy in 2015 and successfully defended it the following year. Eight players from those UEFA Youth League squads have made Chelsea first team debuts and numerous others European and English Football League debuts”.

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo added: “Adi’s progression through the Academy and the success of the teams he has managed clearly show the quality of his work with Chelsea. We are immensely proud of the club’s record in the FA Youth Cup and Adi played a very important part in maintaining that”.

“In the new area of European competition at Academy level, the back-to-back triumphs of our Under-19 sides was an outstanding achievement. We wish Adi all the best for the next stage of his career”.


Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Carabao Cup's quarter final vs Bournemouth, Sarri's assistant coach Gianfranco Zola explained he is not sure Gary Cahill will leave Chelsea during the January transfer window. "It is difficult...