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Chelsea striker Diego Costa won the EA Sports Player of the Month award today, and told the club’s official website: “Things are going well at the moment. The team is doing well and this shows that things are working out for me,”

“The team performance has a bearing on this individual award. If we were bottom, I doubt I’d have won it. So, it’s down to my team-mates, thanks to the club and hopefully we can continue this winning run”.

Then Costa added: “Thanks also to the fans for this award but the most important thing for me and the club is that we are up there fighting for the league at the end of the season”.

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Chelsea stars Pedro and Diego Costa were crowned respectively Carling Goal of the Month and EA Sports Player of the month at Cobham today, while manager Antonio Conte lifted his second Barclays Manager of the Month title in a row.

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Blues’ midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah made his debut with Chelsea against Leicester in the EFL Cup a few months ago.

“This was a very special moment – he said, speaking to the club’s official website – My debut for Chelsea against   Leicester in the EFL Cup. I’d been waiting a long time for that moment and when the gaffer called my name I was excited and nervous, I had a lot of emotions running through me. I’ll always remember that”.

Chalobah added: “It was good to come on when the game was still on edge, it was 2-2 at the time and I had to adapt and try to help the team”.

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Zola speaks highly of a number of players he worked with.

On this day 20 years ago Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola scored his first goal with the Blues.

“I remember the goal well, I would say it was my first free-kick but there was another one against Newcastle in the previous home game which Vialli claimed, – Zola told the club’s official website – Taking free-kicks was something I practiced a lot and that one was a good goal.”

“My first impression was good because when I came over here Roberto Di Matteo and Luca Vialli were already playing for Chelsea, so they informed me about the situation and spoke very highly of the club,”

Then Zola added: “I enjoyed it very much because there was a lot of enthusiasm and a great atmosphere, not only around the stadium but also with the players. It was really good and I think that’s one of the reasons why we were so successful. We were allowed to get into the system very quickly and there was a collaboration from everyone for us to be successful, which was important”.

“In Italy at that time football was huge. Every aspect of the game was taken to the extreme and I felt it was too much. I felt it was losing the fun part of it. At the end of the day as footballers, regardless of how big you are or how much you earn, what matters is having fun. What I was feeling was that at that time in Italy, the game was so big, so important, and at such a high level, that it was losing something”.

About his arrival at Stamford Bridge: “When I came here I found a high level of football but, above all else, enjoyment. I appreciated that very much and that’s one of the reasons why myself and many others played for so long for this wonderful club.”

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Middlesbrough are keen on keeping defender Ben Gibson despite Chelsea interest, according to SkySports.

It has been reported that the 23-year-old won’t leave the Riverside in January as Boro will put a massive £35m price-tag on him.

Also Everton are reportedly keeping tabs on Gibson, who is impressing in the Premier League so far after featuring 14 times scoring once under manager Aitor Karanka.

The highly-rated defender is contracted with Middlesbrough until June 2021.

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Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso spoke after his side’s wins against Everton at home and Manchester City away.

The Spaniard, who joined the Blues on Deadline Day from Serie A side Fiorentina, told the club’s official website: “I think both types of win are very satisfying,w inning 5-0 makes it a bit easier, of course, but when you come from behind I think it’s also a very good feeling”.

“It’s satisfying when you play a hard game like that. I remember how I celebrated with Gaz Cahill at the end of the Tottenham game – it was great to come back like we did that day”.

Then Alonso added: “But it was also great to get the results like we did against Everton and Man U, so I get satisfaction from both.”

About the title race: “In the Premier League there are so many teams fighting for the title and it will be very tough. We just have to think game-by-game and keep on giving everything we have to win those games”.

“Winning game after game gives you confidence but you have to keep working – Alonso claimed – The results give you confidence to work in this way, though. We have got to use this momentum of the last eight league games and go on to have another good game against West Brom now”.

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Former Premier League referee Howard Webb believes that Sergio Aguero‘s tackle on Chelsea star David Luiz was an “assault”, as he told the London Evening Standard. 

“Sergio Aguero commits an awful stud-first tackle, it’s not even a tackle really, it’s just a flying attack on David Luiz – Webb claimed – I think City lose a bit of composure at losing this big important game”. 

“There’s so much going on, it’s absolutely crazy at the end – he added – And then you get Cesc Fabregas just putting his hand on Fernandinho’s face in the aftermath”.

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta spoke about teammate Cesc Fabregas, who is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge following a lack of game time under new manager Antonio Conte.

The Spaniard told the Evening Standard: “To have a player like him at the club is really important. We know his qualities, he is a game changer”.

“The passes he did during the win against Manchester City were amazing. He provided the assist for the goal which got us back into the game: Diego scored a very good goal. Not a lot of players can do that kind of pass”.

Then Azpilicueta added: “I have seen him do things like that for years, with Spain as well. The skill that he has is very special. He can see passes before anyone else and is so accurate from such a long distance. Obviously, it is a really difficult thing to do and for others to stop.”

“Does he want to stay? He shows that in every training session and in the games in which he’s played. There is no doubt about it”.

“When some players are not playing, there is always a bit of speculation – Azpilicueta ended – But Cesc has shown really good commitment, great spirit in training and in every game, when he has played and when he hasn’t. I think we will have him”.

 

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Manchester City players Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho will face a three and four-game bans, respectively,  the FA has confirmed.

The Argentine striker was sent off after a horror tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz, while the Brazilian midfielder was shown red following an altercation with Cesc Fabregas.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola defended Fernandinho, while remained coy about the decision on whether to start Aguero or not against Celtic in Champions League tomorrow night.

“There will be changes tomorrow, definitely,” he said. “I am so happy to give minutes to people who deserve to play and who did not play in the last games. 

“If Sergio is going to play or not, I am going to decide today or tomorrow. I don’t know at the moment.”

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea starlet Eden Hazard scored the third goal at Etihad Stadium last time out, when the Blues sunk Manchester City in the second half.

“It was a good game for us, we did well, – the Belgium international told the club’s official website – It’s not every year you win eight in a row, we played well. To come here and be losing 1-0 at half-time it’s not easy to win the game but we did well”.

“We showed great character last week against Tottenham and again against City. The whole team gave everything and that was the key.”

Then Hazard had his say about teammate Diego Costa, who is currently the best scorer in Premier League with 11 goals in 14 games, alongside Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

“Before he was scoring a lot but sometimes getting yellow cards or red cards, now he’s not, that’s the big change,” he said.

Hazard ended: “He gives everything on the pitch, he scored a goal and got one assist, he’s been on fire since the start of the season.”

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