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Chelsea will open their Premier League campaign playing vs Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Burnley striker Sam Vokes is confident his team can put up a good performance vs the English Champions.

“It’s a great chance for us to go and show what we’re about this season and put a marker down,” – Vokes told Burnley official website – “For a club our size survival is the first thing for us, but we want to go beyond that.”

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté admits he’s confident despite the defeat suffered against Arsenal yesterday.

The Frenchman told the club’s official website: “I thought we played well, we scored the first goal and we were close to winning. After Pedro’s red card they scored and it became more difficult for us”.

“In the end they won on penalties, – Kante notes – But when it’s like that you can win or you can lose”.

“It’s going to be tough because a lot of teams have strengthened, which makes it more difficult, the season starts next weekend and we have to be ready”.

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Antonio Conte reveals that Eden Hazard and Tiemoué Bakayoko will skip not only the Community Shield clash against Arsenal but also the first Premier League game against Burnley next week.

The two players are recovering from two different injuries: Hazard broke his ankle while on duty with Belgium in June and Bakayoko underwent a knee surgery last May.

When asked if he knew when the players could be available, Conte said:

“Honestly no. It’s too early and we have to wait and have patience.

“For sure they are improving a lot and recovering very well from their injuries but they are not ready for the start of the season.

“Eden, as you know, has an ankle problem. After surgery it’s important to respect the right time to recover. Bakayoko had surgery in his knee and he is working very well.

“After surgery it is important to expect the right time to recover. Their work is going very well.”

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Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has been banned from all football activity for 18 months following his admission of betting on football matches between 2006 and 2013.

The suspension due to misconduct will have immediate effect as Barton is alleged to have placed at least 1,260 bets.

The FA statement read: “Joey Barton has been suspended from football and all football activity for 18 months with immediate effect after he admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting.

“It was alleged that between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016, he placed 1,260 bets on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, football matches or competitions in breach of FA Rule E8.

“Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, the Burnley midfielder was also fined £30,000 and warned as to his future conduct.

“Written Reasons will follow in due course.”

Here’s how Barton responded to the statement from Football Association.

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche claimed today that Clarets’ highly-rated defender Michael Keane will only be sold if the price is right.

He said: “Absolutely, we’re in a great position, if that came around. We’re in a stronger position now, that’s where the club has changed”.

It is understood that Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United are all keen on the 24-year-old centre-back, who is impressing at the Turf Moor this season so far.

“It would have to be appropriate for all parties, and all parties are in the loop. – Dyche added – There’s no story, when everyone reads it, they’ll all say ‘that’s exactly what we’ve been told”.

“I’m open and honest with the players. We’ll look at it and speak to the relevant people– if it doesn’t fit, crack on.”

“I actually got told via a TV screen apparently that he will be leaving, that was news to me as a manager. The reality is that nothing’s changed,” Dyche added.

“If there was interest from other clubs, it would only be something that we control. We’re a different animal than what we were a few years ago, we’re in a very strong situation now – the club financially, the way the business side is run”.

“We can make those decisions when it’s appropriate to do so. We’re certainly not under any consideration of our players leaving at this moment in time”.

Then Burnley manager Sean Dyche ended: “It didn’t need someone through the TV to tell me apparently he will be leaving, I don’t know where that came from. A source, apparently. I’m always a good source, as manager. I’m pretty reliable as well.” 

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Chelsea defender John Terry captained the squad in the F.A. Cup clash against Wolverhampton last time out.

The England star told the club’s official website after the game: Wolves started very well and made it difficult for us, especially in the first 20 minutes which we expected before the game,”

“It was pretty much a wake-up call seeing the other results on the day and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy coming here, it is a tough place, but I thought we did well in the end”.

About former Chelsea youngster George Saville, who missed a clear chance to score in the first half: “It would have been nice for him but it wasn’t to be, – Terry added – But the main thing for our team, especially for the likes of me and Cesc Fabregas who haven’t been playing regularly, is when we get the opportunity to play, we come in and keep winning and we keep that momentum”.

“We have to give the manager food for thought as well because the other boys have been superb. As a group we have been training well and they have been flying in the league. All we can do as a group is keep winning football matches and make it difficult for everyone else”.

Then Terry added: “As you see when we went away to Burnley last week, everyone expected us to pick up three points. This year, especially in the Premier League, everyone is beating everyone. It is not like five or 10 years ago when you could look at a fixture and think we can go there and pick up three points and move on to the next match”.

“Everyone is set up really well and the quality of players has increased over the years as well. It is a long, long way to go but the most important thing this weekend is we are in the hat for the FA Cup draw”.

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Chelsea captain John Terry revealed that Conference Premier side Lincoln City feat, that knocked Premier League’s Burnley out of FA Cup today, was a wake-up call for the Blues that were about to face Wolves in the moment Sean Ragget scored the winner at Turf Moor:

“It was kind of a wake-up call that we didn’t need,” Terry said after the win at the Molineux.

About the chance to win the FA Cup again, the Blues skipper claimed:

“It’s a massive part of the club’s history. I’ve won it five times. The main thing today was to come here, play well and get ourselves into the next round.”

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Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has praised his recent rivals Chelsea after the game at the Turf Moor.

The former QPR star tweeted: “Really enjoyed that today. Great team performance against a fantastic team, who are well organised and have world class players”.

“You never know in the Premier League but I cannot see anybody getting to them. They have too much quality.”

“Every game has been difficult but let me think – Barton said – The game that we deserved to lose clearly was Chelsea so Chelsea so far has been the best team. They are very compact. They are very difficult to beat and they have been clear in the things that they have to do. I think they deserve to be first, to be honest.”


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Gary Cahill is back to his top form this year © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea current pitch captain Gary Cahill claimed the title race won’t be simple as it seemed until one month ago, especially if the Blues will face tough rivals like Burnley but, with eight-nine points gap on the chasers, the English defender remains positive for the final success:

“There’s 13 games left so we’ll chalk them off, hopefully with the right result.

“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel in a way, but it’s been a reminder (at Burnley) that it’s not going to be easy to cross the line.

“It was a tough game when we had to roll our sleeves up and do the dirty stuff as well as trying to play football.

“We knew it was always going to be a tough game. Sometimes you have to dig in at places like this to get the point and maybe it is an important point, we’ll have to wait and see.”

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Speaking to BBC Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit claims the weakest player in Chelsea side is left wing-back Marcos Alonso:

“Alonso is also not as strong as their right wing-back Victor Moses when it comes to getting back to help his centre-halves,” the Dutchman said.

“It is a weak spot because it leaves space to exploit if teams can get the ball into that channel behind Alonso, but you usually have to do it quickly.

“Burnley managed it early on by playing long balls up to Andre Gray that forced Gary Cahill and David Luiz to come out wide, out of their comfort zone.”



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