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After the win against Crystal Palace, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte gave his guys three days off, asked if this break wasn’t too long, he replied:

“I gave three days off because I thought my players deserve this after a really intense period, we played three games in only six days and I thought the best day to recover was to have three days off. When you give three days off, you don’t know the destination of your players, it’s the best way to recover, not only for you body but also for your mind.

The Italian manager also explained that Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante, both suspended Bournemouth, had one day off more:

“We know that for this game Kante and Costa cannot play, for sure they are two important players for us, this is clear. We are working very well, this week to find a good solution. We all know that against Bournemouth won’t be easy, because they are good team with a great organization. I gave them one day more.”


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In the past days it was rumoured that Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG offered Chelsea more than £ 50m for Oscar, that is also attracted by a huge money offer for him.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte didn’t dimiss the speculation and commented the situation like this:

“I dont know the amount and the situation, but I think you will know the situation in the right moment.

“It’s not easy to take the best decision, you have also to understand if you choice penalise you, even if there is an amazing offer.

“If we will replace him in January? I always speak with the club, with the board, they know my thought about the situation. We will try to take the best decision, but I am very sorry if I will go, for the player, for the man.”

Conte was consulted Chinese Super League, that is trying to attract big players and managers with insane money offers and was asked if he scared about them:

“The Chinese market is a danger for every team in the world, not only for Chelsea, but I think we must be concentrated on our work. In China there is a lot of money , but I guess this league is fantastic, it must be a honour to work here.

“I can’t predict the future of a single player, I think every single player is the owner of his future.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was satisfied for the win at Sunderland, but disappointed by the team attitude, since the Blues weren’t able to kill the game in the second half and left too many chances to equalise to the Black Cats, the last one in the end of the game, with Thibaut Courtois keeping the result with a stunning save:

When you have the possibility to kill the game you must kill the game,” Conte said after the game.

“We had this possibility but we didn’t and at the end Courtois made a good save.

“It was good, it is important for the future because today we didn’t pay but when you have the possibility to kill the game you must kill the game.

“I hope in the future we can improve.”

On Fabregas, that scored the winner and had another an outstanding performance, the Italian said:

“Cesc is a good player for us, in the midfield I have four midfielders and it is important for me to evaluate the form of the single players.

“Some games you need players more physical and some games with more technical.

“It is important that Cesc had a good game.”

Chelsea now face a trip to London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime.

“I prefer my players not to look at the table and to focus on the next game in three days,” the Blues manager added.

“We must prepare very well to have a good Christmas.”

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek barely saw the pitch in the beginning of this season, and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was asked why the English midfielder didn’t get a chance until now:

“I am sure Ruben has got a great potential, I think it’s important to show this, he can improve a lot in different aspects, he’s got a few injuries in this season, I count on him, there will be the moment I will speak to the club to take the best decision [on his future], but I count on him.

Meanwhile another youngster, Kenedy, returned from his loan spell at Watford before the end of the deal and the Blues boss explained why:

“He wasn’t playing with Watford, so we guess the best decision was to take him back, to stay with us and train with us: he will stay here one month and then we will value, maybe he will go on loan again, but we have to value him.”


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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola analysed his team’s defeat against Chelsea.

First of all, he gave his opinion about Aguero’s horrible challenge on David Luiz in the injury time:

“It was not intentional, I don’t think so. If it’s a red card, it’s a red card. We accept that,” Guardiola said in his post-match press conference.

It’s a pity it finished like this. It’s the way the referee decided but it’s a pity. I don’t like that, I apologise for what happened. Fernandinho went to defend his team-mate.”

“We didn’t win because we missed a lot of chances, not because of the referee. Never in seven years have I blamed that referee,”

“My team have to be proud of what they did and the way they tried to play. In the box we are not strong enough. We arrive in the box and don’t score, the opponents arrive and they do score.”


Manchester United manager José Mourinho compared his current defender Phil Jones to his former Chelsea captain John Terry:

They are different players and it is difficult to compare,” he said, as reported by The Guardian.

“Phil is faster than John [Terry], John is better in the air than Phil. They are different players but what they have in common is that they enjoy defending and that’s what I like.

“I think Phil has a good personality too. He showed that at Swansea in a moment when he was not really ready to play. He stepped in because we were having difficulty filling the positions and showed what he could do.

Jones suffered many injuries in the past two seasons, but now he is back:

“Now with a couple of weeks of football and training he looks very sharp and the team is safe. I know he was very highly rated at Blackburn Rovers when he was younger and it is good to have him back after so many injuries.”


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Victor Moses is one of the players of the moment at Chelsea and Blues manager Antonio Conte takes a dig at former boss José Mourinho for not seeing the potential in him:

“I could see his potential from the first days of the summer training camp,” Conte told to Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Moses has important qualities: technique, physical strength, the ability to cover 70 metres of the pitch.

“I find it incredible that someone like him has been underestimated.”

The Nigerian winger revealed that current Manchester United manager Mourinho never spoke to him during his second spell at the club and praised Conte after last Sunday win at Middlesbrough:

“I am delighted and excited to be in the first XI, the new manager wants to give the youngsters an opportunity to express themselves.”

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Frank Lampard ended his adventure with New York City FC and now the Chelsea legend is ready for new challenges, as he stated in an Instagram post last week.

Asked if a future role was possible for Super Frank at Chelsea after the win at Middlesbrough, Blues boss Antonio Conte replied:

“Frank Lampard has been a great player, a fantastic player for Chelsea. He won a lot with this team,” the Italian manager said.

“But now, for me, he’s still playing and for this reason I don’t know his future.

“I have great respect for him. For me it’s very difficult to reply to the question when the question starts ‘if’. It’s important to know that.”

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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic praised Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon, who joined the West London club in the end of the summer transfer window:

“Lucas Piazon, in the last few games, has started to be a very important player for us. He is very fast and has experience playing in this competition,” the Serbian coach said.

“He played 23 games for Reading last season, so he didn’t need a lot of time to adapt himself. We are happy with what he has offered in the last few games.”

The Brazilian joined Chelsea in 2012 but has only made one league appearance for the club and was sent out loan to several sides in these four years.

“He stayed with us during the international break, when we are not working with a complete team. Step by step, without any game, we try to detect what these players can offer us, how they can help us,” Jokanovic concluded.



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