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Romelu Lukaku‘s header secures Manchester United a vital win in a difficult clash against Bournemouth at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils will face West Bromwich Albion next week at the Hawthorns, while Premier League champions Chelsea host Southampton, who were hapless in 1-4 defeat against Leicester City tonight.

Also Chelsea struggled when they faced the Cherries at Vitality Stadium on 28th October. Eden Hazard‘s goal early in the second half was enough to earn three points.

Manchester City close to perfection with their 15th successive win

Manchester City are still leaders with 49 points from 17 games, 14 points above Chelsea, who remain 3rd on the Premier League table after beating Huddersfield Town last time out.

The Citizens get another crucial result in their race for the title following their 0-4 win against Swansea City, with goals from David Silva (27, 52), Kevin De Bruyne (34) and Sergio Aguero (85).

Tottenham Hotspurs, Burnley and Liverpool are currently sitting 4th, 5th and 6th with 31 points so far. Manchester City will host the Spurs on Saturday evening.

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Manchester City are still leaders with 49 points from 17 games, 14 points above Chelsea, who remain 3rd on the Premier League table after beating Huddersfield Town last time out.

The Citizens get another crucial result in their race for the title following their 0-4 win against Swansea City, with goals from David Silva (27, 52), Kevin De Bruyne (34) and Sergio Aguero (85).

Tottenham Hotspurs, Burnley and Liverpool are currently sitting 4th, 5th and 6th with 31 points so far. Manchester City will host the Spurs on Saturday evening.

Manchester United beat Bournemouth at Old Trafford and restore their three-point gap on Chelsea ahead of next clash against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Romelu Lukaku‘s header secures Manchester United a vital win in a difficult clash against Bournemouth at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils will face West Bromwich Albion next week at the Hawthorns, while Premier League champions Chelsea host Southampton, who were hapless in 1-4 defeat against Leicester City tonight.

Also Chelsea struggled when they faced the Cherries at Vitality Stadium on 28th October. Eden Hazard‘s goal early in the second half was enough to earn three points.

 

 

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Recent rumors linked Willian with a move to Manchester United as a result of the lack of opportunities for the ex-Shakhtar Donetsk winger so far. Also La Liga giants Barcelona and Palmeiras are reportedly interested in signing the Brazilian international, who has confirmed he wants to say at Stamford Bridge speaking after away win against Huddersfield Town.

Chelsea winger Willian said: “I am always happy at Chelsea. I really like this club a lot with my heart. The fans can be calm, I am a Chelsea player and I am very pleased with the way I have been playing in recent weeks”.

“When I play I always try to do my best. I try to help the team to play well, to score goals and make assists. Against Huddersfield I did that with my team-mates.”

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Chelsea defender and captain Gary Cahill has praised his teammate Andreas Christensen, who’s currently replacing David Luiz in the centre of defense, alongside the England international and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Cahill told BT Sports“At this football club, you don’t get given gifts, you don’t get given time to play if you’re not good enough. He’s proven that he’s more than capable. He’s growing stronger and stronger every game he plays. It’s natural as well, you get more belief and more confidence from his performances. He’s proven to be a very good footballer”.

“You don’t have to worry every two minutes what he’s doing or what he’s up to or telling him to go here or go there. And that’s a worrying factor. I think it’s one of the positives things you don’t have to do. You feel you can leave him to play his own game. He’s a very good footballer and he can only improve.”

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“I think we must be very happy for the performance” said Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, speaking at a press conference following his side’s 1-3 victory over Huddersfield Town tonight.

“We showed a great personality and desire to win the game against a very good team. They beat Manchester United and also Man City struggled to win, this victory improves our confidence after a defeat against West Ham”.

“Chelsea won seven games from the last nine, we drew against Liverpool away and lost at West Ham. I think we are doing a great path but there is a team that is doing a special thing. We have to continue in this way to try to play this football, my players enjoyed to play this type of football. I saw a lot of positive things, but one negative was to concede at the end and we must improve in this because it is important to keep clean sheets, for the goalkeeper and the team”.

The Italian manager added: “This is a big win, on the paper we have played two games at home with Swansea and Newcastle. They have a good coach and organisation, it is not simple to win here. To win against them is not simple”.

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Former Chelsea player Joe Cole spoke following tonight’s 1-3 win over Huddersfield Town, a game in which Eden Hazard was not among the goalscorers despite e brilliant performance showed on the pitch.

“He’s one of the those players that when you’ve got a gem like him in your side you’ve got to build around him” Joe Cole said.

“What makes him special is his game intelligence. He always makes the right decisions, and he’s strong as an ox. He plays like he plays in the playground”.

Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro all scored in Chelsea’s away victory over Huddersfield Town tonight. The Premier League champions are now level on points with Manchester United, despite the Red Devils still with one game in hand to be played tomorrow (vs Bournemouth at Old Trafford).

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Huddersfield Town – Lossl, Smith, Zanka, Schindler, Lowe, Mooy, Hogg, Kachunga, Williams, Ince, Mounie

Subs: Coleman, Whitehead, Cranie, Van La Parra, Depoitre, Quaner, Hadergjonaj

Manager: David Wagner

Chelsea – Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Musonda, Batshuayi.

Manager: Antonio Conte

Venue: John Smith’s Stadium

Kick-Off: 8PM BST

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Alvaro Morata scored three times in the last six games for Chelsea, remaining the 3rd best goalscorer in Premier League level on goals with Manchester City stars Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, speaking at a press conference ahead of tonight’s clash against Huddersfield, told reporters:David Luiz is continuing to recover from his knee problem. And Alvaro Morata is out. He is a bit tired and he has a problem in his back”.

The Italian manager confirmed Danny Drinkwater is recovered and available for the game after four days out with a fever: “Drinkwater started to train on Sunday and he’s come with us, but for sure after three or four days with a fever, his physical condition is not at the top level” Conte said.

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Chelsea defender and captain Gary Cahill was crucial in 2012 when the Blues eliminated Barcelona, before winning the UEFA Champions League trophy against Bayern Munich at Allianz ArenA.

The England defender, who featured alongside David Luiz in Munich, told Chelsea’s official website: “In a weird way I kind of expected it, there were only three options so it was quite a likely outcome. It will be a very tough game but it’s a great fixture to look forward to, both for us as players and the supporters”.

“It’s a very difficult tie but hugely exciting for everybody. We have good memories from the last time we played them and obviously we went on to win the trophy”.

Then he reminded: “We beat them 1-0 at home and then held them away, that famous game at the Nou Camp, so they’re great memories”.

“This stands alone, two big games. They’re a tough opponent but I’m sure they will be looking at us in the same way”.

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is confident ahead of tomorrow’s clash against newly-promoted side Huddersfield as the Premier League champions are keen to bounce back from their last disappointing defeat against West Ham United at Olympic Stadium.

 

“Every time you concede an early goal it makes it even more difficult, – the Spaniard said – Every game is difficult. You have to play 90 minutes very well to get the points. When you are 1-0 down it becomes harder. We are obviously disappointed with it. We need to analyse to bounce back from the defeat. I think we did not start the way that we had to start. We conceded an early goal and after this West Ham were in a dangerous position”.

West Ham are still involved in the relegation battle despite beating Chelsea in the London Derby: “Every point is important for them, but the same for us. So after this we were not able to create chances to score and when you are 1-0 down it is difficult and we were not able to come back. Big teams, after a defeat, we have to answer in a strong way. We know it is a tough place. We have the character and hopefully we can get the three points”.

‘We are in December and we cannot think more than this. – Azpilicueta added – We have a tough game against Huddersfield, we will try to get the three points on the road and get back to winning ways and keep going, keep pushing”.

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