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During today’s press conference ahead of Tottenham’s game at Wembley next Sunday Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hinted he was not pleased to let youngsters as Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek go.

The first one completed a permanent move to Watford, the second one is on loan at Crystal Palace.

With Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas suspension, Eden Hazard and Tiemoué Bakayoko not ready yet for official games, Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek could have been useful in Spurs clash.

When he was asked if he regretted their departures, Conte bluntly responded: ‘

“Another question, please.”

Pressed on whether he would be more open to giving young players a chance this season, he added:

“If you remember last season I utilised different young players.

“Don’t forget Ake, Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek. And also Kenedy and Aina as well. I think for a club like Chelsea if I have the opportunity to have players ready to play I’m the first person to be happy.

“But I repeat the players need to grow in the right way or you risk damage to them and the club.”

 

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Antonio Conte was clearly disappointed after Burnley’s home defeat in Premier League first clash at Stamford Bridge and believes there was a referee decision that was a turning point in the game:

“We started well, with the right attitude. The Cahill red card changed everything, I think it was unfair: we lost our mind, we cannot concede three goals in twenty minutes,” the Italian told Sky Sport Italia.

“We tried to come back, we had our chances: it was a double-face game, one negative and one positive. We have to work hard because this season will be really tough and intense.”

Alvaro Morata made an impact after replacing Michy Batshuayi with 30 minutes to go, speaking about him Conte said:

“Alvaro has been training with us for ten days, he is training hard to find the perfect physical shape and understand our game style, this is the reason why I don’t want to put too much pressure and responsibility on him. He is a young guy but he’s got international experience, he did really well in the 30 minutes he played.

When asked if he believes to recover some of the injured players for Spurs game next weekend, Conte claimed:

“I don’t think I can recover some injured player durinng the week, now we will miss also Cahill and Fabregas. 

“Speaking about the transfer market I can say that now we got these players and we must work with them, then if the club will be able to do something…better. But now we have to work with these guys.”

 

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has confirmed he’s ready to face competition from new teammate Tiemoue Bakayoko as the Frenchman joined the Blues last week from AS Monaco on a £40m move.

“I think the manager has said himself that it’s a long season ahead with lots of games and we will need all of the players to be ready for when he needs us, - Fabregas explained - I’ve been competing for 15 seasons. That will not put me down after what happened last season and how I stood up for it. I’m ready for anybody”.

!I feel great, I understand the philosophy of the manager very well and I know what he wants from me. I know what I need to do to help the team”.

 

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Cesc Fabregas welcomes his compatriot Alvaro Morata to Chelsea.

The Spanish striker completed his first training session under Antonio Conte yesterday and Fabregas is enthusiastic to be his team-mate also in a club team now:

“I’ve always had a good understanding with him,” he said, of the new £70.6million signing from Real Madrid.

“He’s always been a striker with a little bit of everything.

“He has a lot of potential to improve, the same as Michy Batshuayi. It’s up to them how far they want to go.

“They are two young strikers who have to improve as quickly as possible because they are our main strikers.

“They are taking this challenge and they will be under pressure. When you’re the striker of a top team this is what you live with and they will have to cope with it.

“If you are going to fight for all competitions you need your strikers to score lots of goals.”

Fabregas claims Chelsea will go through a more difficult season this year:

“Last season, because of the schedule with no Champions League and because we went out early in the League Cup, we were all fit for most of the season.

“We had basically every midweek off and the manager didn’t have to make a lot of changes.

“I paid for it, Michy paid for it, Willian paid for it. So, we had to keep working and wait for our chance. We all did and we were all at the disposal of the manager when we were called upon.

“We did well, of course, and that gave Michy a lot of confidence and he’s having a full pre-season working with the team.”

 

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Chelsea will face Arsenal in a friendly game at Beijing’s Bird Nest at 12.40 BST today.

Here are the line ups:

CHELSEA - Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro.

ARSENAL - Ospina, Maitland-Niles, Mertesacker, Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Xhaka, Bramall, Ozil, Iwobi, Lacazette

 

 

Cesc Fabregas just posted a photo of Chelsea squad leaving for China on his Instagram account.

Besides the Spanish midfielder in the picture we recognize Courtois, Willian, Caballero, Batshuayi, Pedro, Davis Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Kenedy, Lewis Baker,  Remy, Christensen, Scott, Kalas, Pasalic, Clarke-Salter, Boga, Musonda.

As we said today new signings Tiemoué Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger didn’t travel as they are recovering from minor injuries, Eden Hazard stayed in London to have a better recovery for his fractured ankle injury, Nemanja Matic didn’t travel since he can sign for another team in the next days ( Man United?) and Diego Costa is still on his break in Brazil since he is out of the squad and ready for a return to Atletico Madrid.

The team will do a stop-over in Dubai before continuing their journey to Bejing, where they will play against Arsenal next Saturday.

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Chelsea will then travel to Singapore where they will face Bayern Munich ( 25 July) and Inter ( 29 July) in the last two friendly games of this pre-season.

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Diego Costa made Chelsea fans upset again by posting a video on Instagram where he was wearing an Atletico Madrid shirt and was making sarcastic comments on Blues manager Antonio Conte.

The Brazilian born star was excused from Chelsea pre-season since he broke up with Conte in the end of the past campaign: the Italian boss told him he was not in his plans anymore and Costa asked to leave the club, not hiding his desire to join back Atletico Madrid, the club where he was playing before signing for the Blues.

The Spanish forward – still under a Chelsea contract- is continuing his break in Brazil and last night he posted a live video of a party he was at in Lagarto, Brazil, on Instagram.

He then turned the camera on himself to reveal he was dancing in an Atletico Madrid shirt.

Plenty of followers on Instagram reacted to the shirt, including Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who posted a laughing emoji at the sight of the top.

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Costa then responded to his fellow Spanish international, who is gearing up for next season with the Blues, by telling him to ‘give Conte a hug’, a comment followed by a big laugh, to underline it was done in a sarcastic way.

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The 28-year-old is sure to complete an Atletico Madrid return but it remains to be seen whether he can join them given the Spanish side’s current transfer embargo.

 

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas speaking after the defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup final has confirmed he wants to fight for the Blues.

“With the minutes I’ve played, I don’t think I could have done much more this season, I’m proud of what I’ve done”.

“At the end of the day it’s the coach’s decision and you have to respect that. He wants the best for his team and if he thinks that’s the way to go, we have to go with it all together because we are a team. Going forward, I’m here for whatever the team needs, I’ve shown that during this season and I will keep doing that”.

Then Fabregas added: “I have nothing against Antonio because he’s done a great job. I have a very good relationship with him. He’s been very honest with me, and I have with him”.

“I understand his idea of football very well and I like it a lot, but of course every player wants to play more. That’s in the genes of a winner, I’m one of them and I will never put my head or hands down, I want to fight”.

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Cesc Fabregas doesn’t dismiss any speculation on his future, instead, he puts fuel on fire and claims he is not sure to stay at Stamford Bridge for the next season.

Recently the Chelsea star was often linked to Manchester United, where he would reunite with his ex boss Jose’ Mourinho, with whom he’s got a huge mutual respect and a good friendship.

Since the Blues have signed N’Golo Kante Fabregas lost his place as a regular starter and despite being an important man in the Chelsea title campaign this year, he is still looking for more playing time:

“I am not upset and I have nothing against Antonio. He has done a fantastic job,’“he said after Chelsea’s 2-1 loss at Wembley.

“I think I have a very good relationship with him. He has been honest with me and me with him. I understand his idea of football very, very well. I like it a lot.

“Every player wants to play more. This is in the genes of a winner. I am one of them and I will never put my head down or hands down. I want to fight.”

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Chelsea can win the double this season if they beat Arsenal in the Fa Cup final at Wembley.

So this match will be emotional for all The Blues’ players, but it will be special especially for Cesc Fabregas who spent eight years with the Gunners and was also their captain.

“It will be emotional. It’s not as if I like to play against Arsenal because they are a club which is in my heart and they always will be. I have to put those feelings aside. You have to be professional”. – Fabregas told the Evening Standard – “Of course, it means a lot to me, it’s not an ordinary game for me. But this is football and this is what we have to do, it can happen and hopefully we can win the double. That would be a fantastic season for Chelsea and for us. It will be a tough game. They are winning and that’s important for them. Their belief is higher. But our belief is high, hopefully, we can hurt them in the way we want.”

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