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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told the Evening Standard that his side have their own identity and will fight to win against Chelsea on November 26th.

“I cannot say if it is a better way to play in the future but it is important to be flexible and it is a good step forward for the team to use different systems, different ways to try to play.” the Spaniard said.

“Chelsea, when they played here, started with a back four and after 3-0 in the 60th minute they changed to three. But last season we played against Watford, December 28, with three centre backs”.

Then Pochettino concluded: “Just because Chelsea won 5-0 yesterday, they didn’t discover the system”.

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has made Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic a main target to replace Cesc Fabregas, should the Spaniard leave on a season-long loan in January, according to Calciomercato.com.

The 23-year-old’s ownership is currently esteemed around £22m by the Serie A giants, which are struggling with a slow start to the season and could decide to sell the Croatia international when the transfer market window reopens.

The Blues had been linked with a move for Brozovic last summer, anyway the Italian manager is said to be also a great admirer of Sevilla star Steven N’Zonzi.

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West Ham are lining up an audacious loan move to land Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas to the Olympic Stadium, according to reports in England.

It is understood the 29-year-old could accept to leave Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan and the Hammers seem ready to place a bid for the Spaniard.

Fabregas currently earns around £160,000-a-week in wages and is contracted with the Blues until June 2019.

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AC Milan and Inter Milan are lining up a January move to sign Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi, according to reports in England.

The Nigeria skipper is struggling to get playing time under new manager Antonio Conte so far and his contract is due to expire in June 2017.

Moreover, the Express recently reported that also Olympique Marseille are keeping tabs on the 29-year-old.

Mikel joined the Blues in 2006 from Norwegian side Fotballklubben Lyn Oslo.

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Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi has revealed his interest in joining Chelsea, should Antonio Conte decide to place a bid for the 27-year-old in January.

The former Stoke City star told l’Equipe: “It’s nice, it’s good [to be linked with a move to Chelsea] but I always say that this type of club is interested in other players too”.

“I am not the only one, I know that big clubs are interested in many players – N’Zonzi added – but now I’m focusing on what I do at Sevilla. Until there is something concrete, we must remain professional”.

“Some clubs were interested [in the close-season] but I feel good at Sevilla.

Then the Frenchman ended: “I enjoy the game, the football, I like the way Sevilla play, I feel good in the city, with the fans and the club and I’m enjoying myself.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told the club’s official website that his side ‘can always improve’ following the 5 wins in a row.

“I know we played a fantastic game and I’m pleased for my players – the Italian manager added – When you have this type of game you can continue to work very hard and show what we work on in the training session.”

“It’s important to continue to work. For us, it was very important to win and win in this way, playing very well”.

“Now it is important to look at ourselves, not at the others and think we can do this or this – Conte added – It’s important to improve and to work together. Then we can see in the future what happens.”

When asked about what is going to do during the international break, he ended: “It’s important for me to have a bit of rest in Italy because my first period at Chelsea was very intensive and I need to have a bit of rest and then to be ready to restart,”

“The Everton game is now the past. It’s important to think and be concentrated, and to restart in the right way after the international break.”

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Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot told the club’s official website that he has been impressed with his old Wigan team-mate Victor Moses.

“Roberto Martinez was very impressed by his talent at Wigan and we once talked about how we couldn’t believe no big club could see it, – Melchiot wrote on his blog – He sometimes had to learn to be more focused, not just in the games but in training. He was only 20 years old back then, and I think that’s something every young star has to deal with when they break through”.

“It didn’t take long before Chelsea saw Victor’s qualities and snapped him up. Then there was a long loan out process at a number of clubs until Antonio Conte came and changed the system”. 

“He put Victor in a role where he had way more responsibility than he was used to. In the United game I saw Victor in his own box more than I’ve ever seen him in a game; back-tracking and winning balls and headers like he was a defender.”

Moses is currently playing as right wing-back under Antonio Conte and Melchiot believes ‘it is a fun position to cover’.

“It asks for a lot of fitness, but also intelligence because you need to be on time, helping out the defence, but when the team goes forward you need to be there to give them the outside option and even take people on to deliver a cross into the box,”

“It’s a fun position to play because you always get the ball and are super active. But you always need to keep your focus and remember you can’t slip up, or you’ll pay for it”.

Then he ended: “Moses has managed to adjust and handle his new role well and I hope he can keep this great form going.”

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Chelsea skipper John Terry wanted to share his feelings after the 5-0 win to Everton by posting this picture on his official Instagram account.

‘Another brilliant result and performance – he wrote – now enjoy the international break and everyone come back fit!’

The 35-year-old came off the bench playing 6′ at Stamford Bridge after recovering from his ankle injury.

Chelsea John Terry

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic believes that the reason why he provided so many assists this season is the superb finishing qualities of his teammates.

 

“I don’t think I am playing more offensively, – Matic said – In some moments of the game I can try to go forward if I see that behind me everything is covered, and maybe this has been happening more”.

“I have some assists, but this is a game where you can only get an assist if your team-mate scores and to be honest I am just lucky, as it is my team-mates who have been scoring a lot of goals”.

Chelsea got 5 wins in a row without conceding any goal since Antonio Conte switched the system to a 3-4-3 formation.

“The coach changed the system, we played three at the back, but I think more than tactics it is how you work on the pitch, – Matic revealed – When you give your best, you are concentrating and you know what the coach wants from you, it is easier to understand and do the things he wants”.

“My job is more or less the same in the new system, but when I have the ball I think there are more options to play. I wouldn’t like to say it is easier because every game is hard, but I feel better.”

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Chelsea left wing-back Marcos Alonso spoke after Blues’ brilliant 5-0 win to Everton last evening.

The Spaniard scored in the first half after Eden Hazard broke the deadlock at 19′.

“I am very happy, I hope more of that will be coming in the next few matches – Alonso told the club’s official website – We are playing great games – not just scoring goals, but also not conceding. This is the way we have to continue”.

Chelsea did not concede Everton any chance to score during the whole game, and the former Bolton star underlined this strong point: “It’s important to start games well and then we could keep control of the game”

“Overall we have to keep working as we are doing now because the team is playing very well and this is the way we have to follow”.

“We have settled well in this system. We are all defending well, all the players are running and helping each other and I think that is the main thing”.

“Even if we play four at the back, three at the back, if we all run like this and we all put this passion into the game, I think it’s going to be tough to beat.”

About the position on the league table, which sees Chelsea currently leaders of the Premier League: “It’s good to be at the top – Alonso said – but the important thing is to be there at the end of the season so now we will have to fight to stay up there”.

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