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Chelsea are set to face Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday and manager Antonio Conte, speaking at press conference in Cobham, claimed it will be a really tough game.

“I read with great attention the stats and Burnley have taken 28 points at home and one away, which means they have 29 points and 28 of them have been won at home - Conte said - They won their last five home matches and scored a lot at the end of games”.

“The stats show Burnley are really strong at home. They’re third in the table for home matches, we are first with 33 points, Tottenham are second with 32 and Burnley are third. We must pay great attention, they are in good form and want to beat us because we are top. We have prepared very well for the game and my players know what we will face”.

“This is the second time that we play them, I think Andre Gray is a really good player, he’s very clever and stays in the right position when they win second balls to attack the space in the defensive line”.

“They are a really good team, they play a lot of long balls and put pressure on you when you have the ball. - Conte added – It’s important to know the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition and we have studied them well. When you arrive after games against Liverpool and Arsenal it’s important to give continuity and try to win, but I know it won’t be easy”.

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Ex Arsenal and Boro player Paul Merson now a Sky Sports pundit, made his prediction about next Chelsea game at Burnley:

“When you talk about Burnley, you are talking about one of the best home records in the Premier League – that is some going as not many would have said that at the start of the season.

Chelsea‘s record against teams outside the top six is imperious, though.

“Swansea are the only team outside those top clubs to get a point off Chelsea, Antonio Conte‘s men have put the so-called lesser teams to the sword.

“For as much as I admire Burnley I cannot see past Chelsea, they will have too much for them”.

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Eden Hazard against Everton back in November © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea star Eden Hazard is doubtful for Burnley clash as he is suffering from a calf injury.

According to the website PhysioRoom, the Belgian playe picked up this minor physical issue during last match against Arsenal, against whom he scored also a wonderful goal.

It will be a tough decision for Conte, who will have to decide if drop him or not, as Hazard has been one of his key-players during this season, but Willian and Pedro – who are in top for as well – are ready to replace him.

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Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford returned to London after ending his loan spell at Burnley.

The Clarets announced it with a tweet:

“Patrick Bamford has ended his loan spell with Burnley after being recalled by parent club Chelsea”.

The 23-year-old failed to break into Sean Dyche‘s first team plans during his time at Turf Moor founding himself behind Sam Vokes and Andre Gray in the pecking order.

The Blues are likely to attempt to find a new club for the English forward, with Middlesbrough a possible destination.

Bamford was already loaned out to the Teesside club in the 2014-2015 season during which time he scored 17 goals but in his following loan spells he always failed to reach expectations.

 

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Burnley defender Michael Keane admits to be “flattered” by some Premier League giants interest, as Chelsea and Everton.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, the former Manchester United academy player said:

“It’s nice to see. It wouldn’t happen if you weren’t playing well.

“But I don’t let it affect me at all, it doesn’t affect me going into matchday or going into training every day. I just get on with my football.

“I’m really happy here at Burnley, but it is flattering to see.”

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Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reports via Sky Sport that Antonio Conte is keen on signing former Juventus forward Fernando Llorente from Swansea, while Michy Batshuayi could join another Premier League side on loan, with Crystal Palace also keen on the Belgian star.

Moreover it has been reported that Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford could return to Stamford Bridge after failing to make an impact with Burnley, according to SkySports. 

Bamford has made six appearances for Sean Dyche’s side so far.

It is understood that Chelsea star Diego Costa needs a backup striker as Antonio Conte’s team will fight for the Premier League title until the end of season.

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Great news for Chelsea and his fans after the first games of this Premier League fixture: title race rivals Liverpool drew 2-2 at Sunderland today, losing 2 precious points at 85′, when Sadio Mané – who had scored the 2-1 goal – provoked a penalty with a handball in the box trying to deflect the ball on a free-kick.

Now the Reds sit second in the table with 44 points, 5 less than Chelsea that got 49, but the Blues got a game in hand, to be played at White Hart Lane against Tottenham on Wednesday night.

A positive situation for Conte‘s guys, that now have the chance to increase their gap with Liverpool in case of a win against Spurs, that would bring them at 52 points, 8 clear on Klopp‘s side.

Meanwhile, other title rivals Manchester City won 2-1 in their home game against Burnley, so now they are third with 42 points.

 

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants to strengthen the defense when the transfer market window reopens in January and for this reason has given Antonio Conte the permission to land Burnley star Michael Keane to Stamford Bridge, according to reports in England.

It is understood the 23-year-old’s ownership is currently esteemed around £18m and also Manchester United are keeping tabs on their former academy youngster.

Anyway, Keane himself recently revealed that he wants to stay at the Turf Moor despite several exit rumours.

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Chelsea are confident to land former Manchester United youngster Michael Keane to the Stamford Bridge when the transfer market window reopens in January, according to Metro.

The Burnley centre-back is said to be happy hat the Turf Moor and the Clarets will reportedly offer him a new and improved deal as they want him to stay put also next season.

Keane has reportedly been targeted also by Manchester City despite Burnley are determined to try keeping him at least until the end of the season.

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche has admitted centre-back Michael Keane is not for sale amid Chelsea interest.

The 23-year-old’s £25m-rated defender and former Manchester United youngster has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge when the transfer market window reopens in January, anyway the Clarets’ manager has rebuffed Chelsea interest in his starlet.

“It’s just life at Burnley - Dyche revealed - It’s that balance of respect that people recognise some of our players but also were we’re not activity selling players.”

“‘Keano’ has been really clear-minded through the summer. He is not for sale.”

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