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During his press conference ahead of Premier League‘s game vs Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has praised defender Andreas Christensen.

“I trust Christensen” – Conte said – “I have already said is a player who is ready to play for Chelsea. Last week he played a good game, he showed great personality. He is a young player for sure he can improve a lot but he has a good prospect of being a Chelsea player”.

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Three players sent off in just two games of the new season are too much, so Cesar Azpilicueta sends a message to all his team-mates ahead of Sunday’s London derby vs Tottenham at Wembley.

“If you see the last season when we were champions, we didn’t get a red card until the FA Cup Final and now we have had one in the Community Shield and against Burnley” – Azpilicueta told Standard Sport – “We know it is difficult 11 against 11 in this League so obviously when you are 10 against 11 it is even harder. When we are down to 10 men it is really difficult so we have to learn from this and hopefully we can do something on Sunday”.

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Antonio Conte is not concerned after the two defeats against Arsenal and Burnley: the Italian boss is sure Chelsea will perform in the upcoming season.

Speaking ahead of Spurs clash he said:

“We are preparing for this game very well.

“We must be focused on the pitch, on the game and try to do our best against Tottenham and not find excuses, but only focus on the game.

“It can happen during a game to receive two red cards and I think a great club like Chelsea must be prepared for this situation,” he claimed speaking of what happened in the last match against Burnley.

“For sure at this moment it’s not simple, it’s not easy but we must be strong to face this situation. I repeat it’s very important not to find an excuse, about this moment. It’s important to continue to work, it’s important everyone gives 150 per cent, and then we can solve the situation.

“The only words I can tell our fans are these: for sure we are working very hard with the players to have a good season.”

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Chelsea are preparing for Sunday’s London derby vs Tottenham at Wembley: manager Antonio Conte knows his team have to improve and to prepare well ahead of a tough Premier League game.

“We have one week to try to find the right solution,” – Conte told Chelsea official website – “It will be a really tough game but we must be ready, and show the same will and desire to fight that we did in the second half. We need to show that from the start. We will work again to try to improve to avoid the mistakes we made against Burnley and prepare in the right way for the Tottenham game. I’m not worried because it is normal during the game to have different situations – positive and negative. It is important for me that we don’t close our eyes, but to focus on our mistakes and try to work and improve. We have to put all of ourselves into the job”.

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After Chelsea‘s shocking Premier League‘s opener vs Burnley, Paul Hayward believes Antonio Conte has a lot of responsibilities for the outcome of the Stamford Bridge‘s game.

“I think Chelsea have got good reason to feel aggrieved with the way Conte is carrying on,” – Hayward told Sky Sports. – “This grumbling began at the end of last season, and it picked up momentum from the minute they won the title. This message went around that Conte felt he didn’t have enough players to compete on two fronts the following season, that’s standard fare for a manager, pushing early to get bodies in.  But it has continued unabated. When you look at the players they’ve bought, they’ve done reasonably well in the transfer window.  But Conte has appeared relentlessly unsettled or unhappy. Everyone knows that with the Chelsea manager, the owner and the people around him like to play the transfer game, like a bit of a hobby, almost like a poker game that they all enjoy. Conte knew that, but he also knows they won the title and had an extremely good season and had built something to progress from, and yet he seems to want to destabilise everything.”


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Alvaro Morata was impressive on his debut against Burnley despite Chelsea were defeated at home following an dramatic first half. The former Real Madrid star, who had missed a penalty against Arsenal last week, scored and provided an assist at Stamford Bridge this evening.

The Spaniard admitted “the game didn’t go as we expected, but is just the beginning” by posting a picture on Instagram after the game.


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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gave his thoughts after the game against Burnley and praised new signing Alvaro Morata, who scored a goal providing also an assist in the second half.

“I think Alvaro has good space to improve, he’s working very well and working very hard to quickly find good fitness and adapt himself to our style of football. – Conte told journalists speaking at press conference – For sure he played very well, he scored a goal and played a good game”.

Then he added: “Now we have to work, we know this. That is the only way for me and my players. I’m not worried because we have to trust in our work”.

“Today there were three injured players, Pedro, Hazard and Bakayoko, and Moses was banned. I don’t know if Pedro will have recovered for the next game but for sure we will have two players banned, Cahill and Fabregas”.

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Antonio Conte wants no excuses after Burnley defeat at Stamford Bridge today: the Italian boss remarked that he is satisfied with his current squad and he’s not forcing Chelsea to make other moves in this transfer window:

“I can say that now we got these players and we must work with them, then if the club will be able to do something…better. But now we have to work with these guys.”

“We must focus on working very hard with these players. As for the transfer market, the club is trying to do the best. I am not worried, I am ready to fight with these players.

“I repeat: it is important for us to concentrate on our work, to be focused every day in training and to try to work in our best way. No excuses.”


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Antonio Conte was clearly disappointed after Burnley’s home defeat in Premier League first clash at Stamford Bridge and believes there was a referee decision that was a turning point in the game:

“We started well, with the right attitude. The Cahill red card changed everything, I think it was unfair: we lost our mind, we cannot concede three goals in twenty minutes,” the Italian told Sky Sport Italia.

“We tried to come back, we had our chances: it was a double-face game, one negative and one positive. We have to work hard because this season will be really tough and intense.”

Alvaro Morata made an impact after replacing Michy Batshuayi with 30 minutes to go, speaking about him Conte said:

“Alvaro has been training with us for ten days, he is training hard to find the perfect physical shape and understand our game style, this is the reason why I don’t want to put too much pressure and responsibility on him. He is a young guy but he’s got international experience, he did really well in the 30 minutes he played.

When asked if he believes to recover some of the injured players for Spurs game next weekend, Conte claimed:

“I don’t think I can recover some injured player durinng the week, now we will miss also Cahill and Fabregas. 

“Speaking about the transfer market I can say that now we got these players and we must work with them, then if the club will be able to do something…better. But now we have to work with these guys.”


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Jermaine Jenas reckons Chelsea have found the player to replace Diego Costa.

The former Forest and Spurs midfielder claims Alvaro Morata is the heir of Brazilian-born striker.

After a bad official debut against Arsenal last Sunday, the Spaniard impressed after he entered for Michy Batshuayi with 30′ to go: he scored the Blues first goal, made the assist for David Luiz’s one and had another one disallowed.

“The impact and difference Morata made when he was on the field was unbelievable,” Jenas said as a BT Sport pundit.

“And if Conte’s saying he’s not quite up to speed then I can’t wait to see him when he is up to full speed.

“He did have a bit of Costa about him where he did ruffle a few feathers. He did put himself into challenges and won a few headers, he held up the ball and took his goal well.”


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