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Spain have announced their squad to face Israel and France next week, with Chelsea stars Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro and Diego Costa regularly selected by Julen Lopetegui.

Pedro returns to the first squad after being left out in November, while both Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso didn’t make the cut despite their outstanding performances under Antonio Conte this season so far.

Goalkeepers – Pepe Reina (Napoli), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

DefendersNacho (Real Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Javi Martínez (Bayern Munich), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

MidfieldersAnder Herrera (Manchester United), Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

Strikers – Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid), Gerard Deulofeu (AC Milan), Vitolo (Sevilla), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Pedro (Chelsea), Iago Aspas (Celta)


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STOKE CITY – Grant; Bardsley, Shawcross, M. Indi, Pieters; Ramadan, Cameron, Allen, Arnautovic; Walters, Berahino

Subs: Given; Muniesa, Whelan, Afellay, Adam, Diouf, Crouch

Manager: Mark Hughes


CHELSEA - Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Pedro.

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte


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– Eden Hazard is ruled out of the clash for leg injury

– Victor Moses is available despite leaving the pitch for a minor injury with Manchester United

– Another un-named player was a doubt for the game

– Cesc Fabregas could start due to Hazard’s absence

– Chelsea have only won two of their last seven games away to Stoke in all competitions.



- Stoke defender Glen Johnson is absent with a shoulder problem

- Marko Arnautovic should return after missing out in midweek because of illness.

– Xherdan Shaqiri is back after a six-match absence

– Wilfried Bony, who was ineligible against Manchester City, is available.

– However, the Potters have managed just two victories in 17 Premier League meetings (D3, L12).


Possible Line Ups

STOKE CITY - Grant; Bardley, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Diouf, Cameron, Allen, Shaqiri; Arnautovic, Bony.

CHELSEA - Courtois; David Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Fabregas.


Referee: Anthony Taylor

Venue: Bet365 Stadium

Kick Off: 3 pm GMT

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Speaking before Stoke City clash Antonio Conte stressed again the importance of a player and a professional like Cesc Fabregas, who is becoming a key-part of this Chelsea success:

“Cesc is showing he has a great impact for us. I hope to finish the season in the right way and to try to win [trophies],” the Italian manager said to the press.

“But for sure Cesc has shown himself to be a great professional but, above all, a great player.

“I’m very pleased to see that in him, his commitment and work-rate. This season he faced a new situation.

The Chelsea boss continued:

“In the past, Cesc has always played every single game. It’s not easy to change.

“But, for sure, Cesc showed me that he is not only a great player but a great person.

“I think, this season, he has improved a lot in all aspects and, for me, he is a really, really important player.”

With Eden Hazard’s absence against the Potters, it’s likely for Fabregas to start again this afternoon.

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Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin believes Blues’ midfielder N’Golo Kante ‘has no equal as a midfield tackler’ in Premier League, especially after his performance against West Ham on Monday Night.

“One minute he was on the left wing, the next right full-back and all the while winning tackle after tackle he had no right to win – Nevin told the club’s official website – Frank Lampard was a world-class finisher from the midfield area. Eden Hazard is a world-class dribbler, Cesc a world-class passer of a football and N’Golo Kante almost certainly has no equal as a midfield tackler in the game today”.

Then he added: “In an era when tackling is a dying art and opponents are quick to throw themselves to the ground with the hint of the merest breath of wind against their bodies, getting the ball clean and coming away with it, without being penalised is particularly difficult. N’Golo Kante makes it look ridiculously easy.”

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Cesc Fabregas celebrating his goal against Swansea © Francesca Ceciarini

WEST HAM - Randolph, Kouyate, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell, Noble (c), Obiang, Feghouli, Snodgrass, Lanzini, Carroll

Subs: Adrian, Collins, Masuaku, Byram, Fernandes, Calleri, Ayew

Manager: Slaven Bilic


CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte


Referee: Andre Marriner

Venue: London Stadium, London, UK

Kick Off: 8 pm GMT

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas hopes the Blues can maintain the mentality Antonio Conte brought back since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.

He told the club’s official website: “He’s very demanding in that he wants to win. He puts the word ‘win’ in our brain nearly every day – win, win win. Improve, improve, improve”.

“That’s a mentality we have to follow, that’s very important. – Fabregas added -In football you can be the best in the world, you can play with the best in the world, you can have played 1000 games or scored 1000 goals, but the most beautiful thing about football is that you can always improve”.

Conte himself ofter plays Nemanja Matic rather than the Spaniard, who is however fully committed to Chelsea.

“You are doing what you love. Obviously there are hard moments. Not everything is fantastic. You have to be ready for that, but there is something about the ups and downs football gives you that is the reason why we love this sport so much”.

Then Fabregas ended: “Even the difficult moments make you stronger and better. To always have the mental strength to overcome them is fantastic, and to be on top of the game for so many years, since a very young age, makes me proud”.

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Former Chelsea player Fernando Torres suffered a horrific head injury last night in La Liga game between Deportivo La Coruna and Atletico Madrid.

A lot of managers, players and former team-mates post a message encouraging the Spanish forward and among them also Cesc Fabregas.

The Blues midfielder published a picture of him and Torres after winning Euro 2012. The Atletico Madrid player is lifting the trophy, while a smiling Fabregas is wearing a T-shirt which lists the name of the Spanish players who had died in the previous years.

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Cesc Fabregas celebrating his goal against Swansea © Francesca Ceciarini

Writing in weekly column for the Daily Mail, ex Liverpool and Spurs player Jamie Redknapp, now also a pundit for Sky Sports, praised Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas for his professional attitude and behaviour, stating that any manager in football would be glad to have a player like him in his squad and that the Spaniard doesn’t always get the credit he deserves:

“I am so impressed with Cesc Fabregas‘s attitude. He has been restricted to 20-minute cameos by Antonio Conte this season but has made a big impact when called upon on so many occasions,” Redknapp wrote.

“When you are up against a stubborn side like Swansea, you need to keep the ball and be patient. Fabregas is the man to do that.

“He has never been blessed with pace but there are very few players who have his eye for a pass. I love how he arrives late in the box, too, on Saturday at Stamford Bridge it was like watching Frank Lampard in his pomp.

“Fabregas does not always get the credit he deserves but in terms of technical ability, he should be regarded as one of the Premier League greatest midfielders.”



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