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Chelsea are only three points away from Premier League title and they have the chance to become champions at West Bromwich on Friday night.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is sure his team are ready to secure the tile near Birmingham:

“This is my first season in England in a tough Championship,” the Italian coach said after the win against Middlesbrough.

I’m delighted for my players, they deserve this. We are showing that we deserve to win the league.

“We must try in the next game to become champions. West Brom will want to play a good game against us, but we are ready.”

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Antonio Conte gave a couple of injury updates ahead of Middlesbrough clash claiming that, anyway, he’s got a couple of days to recover these players and check their situations, since Boro are visiting Stamford Bridge on Monday night:

“Courtois trained today and I don’t see any problem about him. We are trying to see the situation, also about David Luiz and Kante, I have time to make the right decision. I have to check the situation to take the best decision.

“Kante has got a muscular injury, in his thigh.”

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Premier League outfit Middlesbrough have announced the departure of Aitor Karanka, with the club in the relegation zone.

Chelsea, who beat Boro at the Riverside thanks to Diego Costa‘s goal in November, are set to face them at Stamford Bridge on 6th of May.

Middlesbrough are currently 19th in Premier League table, following the poor performances showed so far.

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FA Cup 2017 quarter finals draw is scheduled for tonight at 6.30 pm GMT.

Let’s see which teams are in the race and what their ball numbers are:

1    Lincoln City

2    Tottenham Hotspur

3    Blackburn Rovers or Manchester United

4    Sutton United or Arsenal

5    Middlesbrough

6    Chelsea

7    Huddersfield Town or Manchester City

8    Millwall

We will update you with the results after the draw.

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Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has recently confirmed that Chelsea made an approach in order to sign the 20-year-old midfielder in a near future.

Anyway, the Spaniar has been told to be focused on performances for his current side despite Antonio Conte is keeping tabs on him.

Karanka is quoted to have said: “If a team like Chelsea is following Adama, it’s because his progression has been brilliant in six months and he’s doing well,”

“But he’s young and the main thing he has to do is to keep going in the same way because football changes a lot”.

“Maybe he is in a big moment, but with Patrick here now, with other players already, maybe in two or three months, he will not be playing and Chelsea disappears and everybody disappears.”

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Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford is on the verge of signing for Middlesbrough on a permanent basis, according to reports in England.

The former Norwich and Burnley forward is reportedly set to join the Teeside outfit this week as the 23-year-old has already underwent a medical.

Middlesbrough are ready to spend around £6m plus extra £4m in add-ons.

Bamford already played for Boro in 2014/15 campaign featuring 38 times and scoring 18 goals.

 

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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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Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka, speaking after his side’s home defeat against Chelsea, pointed out his pleasure with the performance showed despite the disappointing score.

 “Playing against a team like Chelsea, we knew it was going to be a tough game. Once again, we showed we can compete against the best teams in the league and once again one mistake cost us – the Spaniard stated – You can’t be pleased when you lose a game, particularly at home, but I’m really pleased with the attitude of the players because once again they played the way we have performed in the last month, month and a half”.

Then Karanka added: “To concede a goal from a set piece is a mistake, but I don’t want to blame any player because we win as a team and we lose as a team.”

About Premier League leaders Chelsea: “They defend together, they are really dangerous in transition, they have a lot of quality in different ways. We knew everything before the game and we were almost perfect, but to not lose against this team you have to do it 100 percent, not one mistake.”

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta commented the win against Boro, after which the Blues got the top of the league:

“Always a win and to be top of the table gives you more confidence because this is where we want be and, obviously, even at this stage, it is important,” the Spanish player said after the final whistle.

I enjoy winning, we are in good shape and we are keeping clean sheets, we are scoring goals and that’s the most important thing. We, the players, are enjoying the way we are playing. It is still a long way to go, but we climbed to the top of the table when we had the chance and we have to keep working.

“The most important thing is to finish, in May, in this position. We are there and we are working to keep this place and to try to be there at the end of the season.”

“We know every game is different. We would like to win every game 5-0, but we know that’s not possible.

“The opponents they play and, today, against some moments we had difficulties but we suffered together and the most important thing is that we have the three points, they are massive points.” 

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