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Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher both picked up their half-way team of the season and, of course, many Chelsea players were chosen by the two English football legends.

Speaking about the strikers, Carragher had words full of praise for Chelsea star Diego Costa:

I’ve gone for Costa, I think he’s been outstanding,” the ex Liverpool defender said.

“He’s top goalscorer in the league and I think he makes a massive difference, when he’s on song you think he’s really going to take some stopping.”

This is the team chosen by Carragher, with other four Blues players in it:

Pickford, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Van Dijk, Bertrand, De Bruyne, Kante, Lallana, Hazard, Costa, Sanchez

While Neville chose these ones, six Blues players made his top XI:

Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Van Dijk, Rose, Lallana, Kante, Fernandinho, Hazard, Costa, Ibrahimovic.

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta spoke after his side’s away win against Crystal Palace last time out.

The Spaniard is playing as a centre-back in a three-man defense, with Marcos Alonso playing as a wing-back.

“It is a new position but since we have changed the formation we have worked a lot on it during the week, – Azpilicueta told Chelsea TV – So we try to keep improving and I try always to give my best for the team and I am really happy with the wins”.

Chelsea will face Bournemouth, Stoke City and the Tottenham: “Obviously it’s a busy period but we are professional, we know what we have to do”.

‘At Christmas you can feel there is a different atmosphere inside the stadiums, the fans enjoy it and I do too. It’s a busy period and a time when you have to get as many points as possible. We have to be ready to face that challenge.’

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta gave his thoughts on today’s clash against Crystal Palace, which could represent Antonio Conte’s 11th win in a row.

“We know it will be difficult, just like the last games against Sunderland and West Brom when we really had to fight to get the three points” the Spaniard told the club’s official website.

“We want to keep our place at the top of the table, we know we are there because we’ve been working hard as a team”.

Then Azpilicueta ended: “We’ve been training well and getting our rewards, but there is a long way to go. We have to stay focused because we know how quickly things can change.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte got his thoughts on Cesar Azpilicueta‘s contract extension until 2020.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the Italian manager said: “Azpi is a really important player for us”.

“I think he can stay here for many years and become another club legend in the future”.

Also the Spaniard’s teammates praised the defender earlier this morning.

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Cesar Azpilicueta signed a new contract until June 2020 yesterday and his teammates wanted to show their support, speaking to the club’s official website this morning.

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante sorely praised the Spaniard: “Firstly, he’s a very good man. He helped me when I arrived here and gave me a lot of confidence. On the pitch, he’s a very good defender; strong, intelligent and a good passer”.

“He speaks English, Spanish and French and when I first came here he explained a lot about the club to me. It’s much easier for me when somebody speaks French because I can understand better. I’m very pleased he’s signed a new contract and I’m glad he will be at the club for a long time”.

Defender Gary Cahill said: “He’s a fantastic footballer and possesses a lot of quality. On and off the pitch he epitomises what being a professional is all about, how you work and how you train. He’s so consistent in terms of his performances, which is why he plays at the top level. It’s vitally important to keep players like him”.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke before Sunderland game, claiming he’s really excited about these upcoming five matches in Christmas period, an experience that he never had before.

Speaking about injuries updates he said:

“At the moment I don’t know, I am not sure, it’s important to check the situation today and see if we have all the players available, but I am not sure at the moment.”

The Italian manager was also asked about Cesar Azplicueta‘s fresh new deal with the Blues:

“I am really pleased for him: he always shows commitment, I like his availability to play in different roles, he is a good professional, I’m pleased for him, for the club, for the fans, because he is a good player.

“It was a good deal for us, for Chelsea: Azpi is very good player, he can play in different roles, I think it was a good deal for the club.”

Asked about the special challenge of playing five games in twenty-two days he said:

“This is a great challenge, for us, for our mentality, it’s important to give continuity and we all know that Sunderland is at the bottom of the table but you can see they are sixth in the table if u look at the last four games, so it’s important to be focused from the start of the game until the end.

“This is the first game of five in the Christmas period, I think we are ready for this, we worked very hard to face this period and now it’s important to start it in the right way.”

Conte was also asked if he sees his team as Premier League champions at the end of the year:

“If I must be honest no, not because I don’t trust my team, but because I know this league, to win you must put all yourself, it’s fantastic to have nine wins in a row, I hope to continue this, I hope to win the league, of course, but I am not sure.

The Italian coach was asked if he thinks that Chelsea are the favourites to win the title, as most of the pundits and people think in this moment:

“I think this opinion change very quickly, I don’t like this, you must have balance when u judge the situation, four months ago no one was thinking we could fight for the title or that we were ready to win it, we started the season with the same players and manager, I’m pleased that our work is paying off a lot, I thank my players for this every day.”

Diego Costa is on fire and Conte explained how he managed to bring him back to a top level, improving also his behaviour on the pitch:

“Diego is playing in a fantastic way, I am pleased for him, for Chelsea, for the fans, it’s very important that he’s showing his passion in the right way, he’s really focused on the game, on how to move, how to attack the space and he can still improve.

It was rumoured that Chelsea could not extend John Terry‘s contract for another year, this is what Conte had to day about that:

“John is our captain and I think he’s doing a great job, both when he is playing or not, he is helping me a lot in the changing room, he loves this club but now it’s important to be focused on the present.

“I’m getting to know John very well in this period, and I am really pleased to know also the man, not only the player, he’s a real important player for us, both when he plays or not. I hope to have him available to play, he’s traveling with us every game, to give the right message, I think this is very positive.

“I think now it’s better to be focused on the present, I don’t like to look so forward, I’m sure John can do more roles in football, but now he can still play and we must focus on that.”

A Chelsea spokesman then intervened to say that it’s still soon to speak about this kind contract extension and that John Terry’s deal wil be discussed later like it was done in the previous years.

Also Cesc Fabregas was set to leave Chelsea, according to speculations, but the Italian boss keeps saying he is a really important player for the club:

“In my opinion Cesc is an important player for us, he played very well in the last two games, I haven’t decided yet the starting XI for tomorrow but he’s always a good choice for me, he’s in our squad, this is the current reality.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek barely saw the pitch in the beginning of this season, and 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, but I count on him.

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.

Conte never experienced football in Christmas period, and this a new challenge for him, that looks really enthusiastic about it:

“This a new experience for me and my family, I think it’s fantastic to have this experience, to play in the Christmas period: in the past I’ve always watched these games on tv – as I was on a break with my family during this period – but now it’s fantastic to live it.”

Yesterday Cristiano Ronaldo won the fourth Ballon d’Or of his career, a prize that for Conte is well deserved:

“We,ll it’s not the first time he won it, I think he deserved it, it’s the fourth one, Messi and him are dividing these awards in these years but I am sure in the future good players to win them will come up.

“I hope a Chelsea player can win it under me, that would mean we have fantastic players, so I hope we win it in the future.”

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Cesar Azpilicueta extends with Chelsea until 2020: the full-back, who arrived from Olympique Marseille in 2012, commits to the Blues for four more years.

The Spaniard is looking to make his 200th appearance with Chelsea against Sunderland tomorrow night and after putting pen on the new deal he said:

“I’m really happy to have signed a new contract. Since I arrived here my target was to progress as a player and win trophies. This new contract gives me the chance to continue my relationship with the club, that’s what I wanted and obviously I’m really happy here.

“We’ve had some really good moments so far this season. From day one, we started working very hard. We have a new manager with new ideas and I’m really happy to be working with him. Obviously we can still improve but the long-term aim for us is to win trophies, that is what we all want, the players, manager and fans.”

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta spoke about teammate Cesc Fabregas, who is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge following a lack of game time under new manager Antonio Conte.

The Spaniard told the Evening Standard: “To have a player like him at the club is really important. We know his qualities, he is a game changer”.

“The passes he did during the win against Manchester City were amazing. He provided the assist for the goal which got us back into the game: Diego scored a very good goal. Not a lot of players can do that kind of pass”.

Then Azpilicueta added: “I have seen him do things like that for years, with Spain as well. The skill that he has is very special. He can see passes before anyone else and is so accurate from such a long distance. Obviously, it is a really difficult thing to do and for others to stop.”

“Does he want to stay? He shows that in every training session and in the games in which he’s played. There is no doubt about it”.

“When some players are not playing, there is always a bit of speculation – Azpilicueta ended – But Cesc has shown really good commitment, great spirit in training and in every game, when he has played and when he hasn’t. I think we will have him”.

 

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Cesar Azpilicueta hails Cesc Fabregas, that was a key man in the win against Manchester City and was back to the starting XI after two months, also thanks to Nemanja Matic‘s injury:

“The passes he did during the win against Manchester City were amazing,” the Spaniard said about his compatriot.

He provided the assist for the goal which got us back into the game. Diego [Costa] scored a very good goal. Not a lot of players can do that kind of pass.

“I have seen him do things like that for years, with Spain as well. The skill that he has is very special. He can see passes before anyone else and is so accurate from such a long distance. Obviously, it is a really difficult thing to do and for others to stop.”

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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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