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Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the Crystal Palace away clash and claimed neither Alvaro Morata nor N’Golo Kante will be fit for the game after picking up hamstring injuries, as well as Danny Drinkwater, who has been recovering from a calf injury since the beginning of September:

“I hope to have Morata for the game with Roma next week,” Conte revealed.

“Drinkwater we have to wait, calf problems are not easy. With Kante we are going to do a scan next week to check his situation, his improving, he’s got an hamstring problem.

“It’s a big loss for us, you know very well how he is important for us, we don’t have another player with the same characteristics.

“We are not lucky in this period, we have only Bakyoko and Fabregas available, we have to find different solutions, we have to adapt some defenders as midfielders, or use Scott or Ampadu in the first team.

Kante will be out around 20 days, more or less, for this reason we have to do another scan after one week, to understand the situation very well, to see the improvement, he’s a big loss and it’s a big problem for us.

“For sure we have to approach these seven games without him, we have Fabregas and Bakayoko, then youngsters, we have to find a solution, it will be very difficult to play with Fabregas and Bakayoko for seven games in a row, of course we have to hope to have no more injuries in these games.

“I think an injury can happen during the international break but not only there, for example Morata picked up a injury with Man City, we have to hope they come back in good physical conditions.

“I guess now it’s important to be focused on the present, on the next game, to do our job in the best way to put all our best.”

About his future, Conte said:

“I think that in the last weeks I’ve read wrong things, in the interview I gave I just said that one day, in the future, I would like to go back to Italy.

“I know my position, I have two more years of contract with Chelsea, I like to work here, I like to work with my players, I like the great feeling I got with the fans. My family now stays here and my daughter is going to school here in Cobham, I want to clarify this.

“When a coach starts the work with the club for sure he hopes to stay for a long time and to build something important with the club. Our job is very difficult because everything can change in one day.”

Andrea Pirlo announced he will retire from his footballer career in the end of the year and speculations claimed he could end up working as Conte’s assistant:

“I know that Andrea decided to retire and finish his career in December with NYCFC, I think in this moment he doesn’t know his future and what he wants to do once he’s finished with his career,” the Italian manager stated.

On adapting David Luiz as a midfielder during Kante’s absence he said:

“We are speaking to adapt a player – David Luiz- that is very important as a central defender, because for me David is important as a central defender, if I can I prefer not to change a lot, because if you find a system, you can lose something, to play with three central midfielders could be an option, but I don’t want to change a lot, but if there is the necessity I am ready to do this and I am also ready to give chances to young players, like Ampadu or Scott.

Continuing to speak about next games, Conte said:

“We must be focused to work, we must be focused to do our jobs, the players and I, I think this must be the most important thing for us. Some issues are not important, now it’s important to look at the next game.

Bathsuayi started against Burnley, Qarabag, so he has no problem to start other games.”

Speaking about Kenedy, who last summer ended the Asian tour in advance for some controversial posts on the social media, he said:

“I think his mind must be focused on the pitch, not on social media, I think my task is to help him to find the right way, not the wrong way. I explained it to him, I am sure he understood, I think he has to continue to work like he’s doing, social media are not the most important thing in his career. he’s a very talented player, I see him very well, he’s got a good prospect to become an important player for Chelsea, he has to continue this way, I am sure his chance will come.”

Speaking about academy players to be insert in the first team, Conte said:

“We tried to do this last season, don’t forget that a lot of players from the academy players played in different games, they will play a lot in Carabao Cup, I think they will have the opportunity to play for Chelsea.”

And,finally, about Andreas Christensen and Charlie Musonda’s development:

“I think he can be a good example that, after two years on loan and after a good experience with Borussia Mönchengladbach, he’s becoming an important player with Chelsea. Charlie has to continue this way, we have only three number 10 and usually we play with two, he’s a talented player and I am sure he will have a good career, if his attention is more on the pitch and not on the social media.”

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John Terry left Chelsea after more than twenty years at the club last summer but the former Blues captain also left great memories and feelings among his team-mates.

One of these is Cesc Fabregas, who shared the dressing room with him “only” for three seasons, winning two Premier League titles.

The Spanish midfielder sent a gift to Terry, a Chelsea shirt of his, with a special message, and the former Blues captain shared it on his Instagram story:

‘Thank you for everything.  It’s been a pleasure and honour to play with you my friend.

‘My only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner. You are a legend! Love you mate!’

 

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Everton - London, Britain - August 27, 2017 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring their first goal

In 2004, when Manchester United defeated Arsenal and ended the Gunners unbeaten run, someone threw a slice of pizza at former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The name of this player has remained unknown until today, when Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits he is “guilty”: “All of a sudden, I heard noises and I thought what’s happening? So I go out with my slice of pizza and I saw Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown… everyone pushing each other”. – Fabregas said on Sky One’s League of their Own – I was like I want to get in but I don’t know how to and I threw… peeew… just threw it. Once I saw it was hitting, like, who it was hitting, which I didn’t mean. The pizza struck Ferguson in the face. I apologise Sir Alex, really didn’t mean to do that.” 

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Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas speaks after the defeat against Manchester City, explaining what happened and claiming the team struggled to face three tough games in just seven days:

“The truth is we knew it would be a difficult week, starting with the trip to Stoke last Saturday which as we know is always a complicated task.

“Then there was the trip to Atletico Madrid, arriving back early the next morning at 5am on Thursday, with practically only one day to prepare for the match.

“We faced a City team who came well prepared. They had home games and one extra day of rest. We are making no excuses but it was a difficult week and we have competed. We gave it everything and could not have done anything more.”

Speaking about the title race and Manchester City, the Spanih midifleder said:

“They are a great team. We know that. They had won their last two games, much in the same manner that we did, so congratulations to them.

“This was without a doubt the same Chelsea of last season, but what happened was that we came up against a City side who went into the game much better rested than we did. Nothing more.

“This time last year we were eight points behind, but it doesn’t mean anything. There is still a long way to go in all competitions.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea puts pressure on Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal when he left the La Liga giants in 2014.

“Once I made the decision to leave Barcelona, Arsenal had the first option, and Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal first. – the Spaniard revealed – Then they had a week to basically respond yes or no to the buy-out clause”.

Chelsea signed Fabregas on a £30m move, with former Blues’ manager José Mourinho in charge at Stamford Bridge.

“I knew Chelsea were on the side, among other clubs, but after I spoke to [Jose] Mourinho in the meantime he convinced me that it was a great place to come. – Fabregas confirmed – The week passed, Arsenal never responded, never contacted me either, so I took it as them having enough players in their squad, so I made my move to Chelsea.”

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It was confirmed Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will miss the game. Returning captain Gary Cahill will start, as long as Willian and Fabregas.

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Hazard, Batshuayi.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

ARSENAL – Cech, Mustafi, Koscielny (c), Monreal, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette.

Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Sanchez, Walcott, Giroud

Manager: Arsene Wenger

 

Kick Off: 1.30 pm BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Referee: Michale Oliver

 

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Not even the time to enjoy the win against Qarabag in Champions League: Cesc Fabregas was already focused on Arsenal clash, that will be played next weekend:

“We are just focusing on Arsenal now which is a tough, tough game on Sunday,” the Spanish midfielder claimed.

“It’s a very difficult period for us. You could see the coach rotated five players.

“We have seven games in 21 days, that’s not what we are used to from last year because the Champions League is in the middle and last year it wasn’t there.

“We have to be on top, and as the coach says eat well and sleep well, and try to recover well for Sunday,” concluded the Chelsea star.

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Everton - London, Britain - August 27, 2017 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring their first goal
 

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas spoke after last Champions League win against Azerbaijan side Qarabag.

The Blues secured a 6-0 victory at Stamford Bridge: “It’s a good performance, a good result – Fabregas told BTSport after the game – You never know if goals [difference] will count at the end of the group stage. I think it’s a good performance from everyone. We are getting back to our best.

“We rotated five players. We have nine games in 21 days. It’s a difficult period. We weren’t used to this last year as we weren’t in the Champions League.”

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Everton - London, Britain - August 27, 2017 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring their first goal

LEICESTER CITY – Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Mahrez, Slimani, Vardy

Subs: Hamer, Chillwell, Amartey, King, Gray, Ulloa, Iheanacho.

Manager: Craig Shakespeare

 

CHELSEA – Courtois; Rudiger, David Luiz, Azpilicueta; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Pedro, Morata.

Subs: Caballero, Drinkwater, Eden Hazard, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Christensen.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Kick Off: 3 pm BST

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester, UK

Referee: Lee Mason

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Antonio Conte confirmed his 23-man-squad for Champions League group stage.

The Italian manager left out of the list AWOL Diego Costa, that was included in the Premier League one last week.

All the new signings are present and also some youngsters – as the rules demand- were included.

These are the players allowed to play the most important European tournament with the Blues shirt in the next months:

Willy Caballero, Thibaut Courtois, Eduardo, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jake Clarke-Salter, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Victor Moses, Kenedy, Charly Musonda, Willian, Kyle Scott, Alvaro Morata, Michy Batshuayi

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