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Chelsea forward Pedro confirms the team are in a perfect physical shape and even when someone picks up an unexpected injury, like Nemanja Matic shortly before Man City’s game, there is always someone ready to fight in his place, as Cesc Fabregas last weekend: the ex Barcelona midfielder was one of the best players on the pitch and provided also two fantastic assists for Blues goals:

“We feel strong because we’re all in a good vein of form at the moment,” Pedro revealed Chelsea’s official website.

“It helps when players can come in, such as Cesc, Willian or Nathaniel [Chalobah] – that’s great because we all have the same objective, we all want to win games.”

 

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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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After Manchester City v Chelsea final whistle it seemed that Citizens‘ boss Pep Guardiola snubbed his ex player Cesc Fabregas, that walked toward him to shake his hand.

Anyway, the Spanish coach wanted to make clear that he simply didn’t notice the Chelsea midfielder on the pitch and that the pair greeted in the dressing room, away from cameras’ eyes:

“I said hello to Cesc in the dressing room. On the field I didn’t realise he was trying to greet me,” Guardiola said while speaking to the press ahead of City’s Champions League tie with Celtic tonight.

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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 manager Antonio Conte spoke after the Blues’ comeback win against Manchester City, which means that his side are now 4 points clear at the top of Premier League table.

The Italian manager told Chelsea TV: “It’s a big win and a big result against a really strong team,”

“With the quality of players in their squad I think it’s the most complete in this league. For this reason, I am pleased with the result, and with the players. They showed me great character”.

“We were lucky at the start of the second half because there was one crossbar, and also a good save from Thibaut kept the result at 1-0,”

“Then we found great strength to score the goal to draw, and then to score the second goal and the third goal. It’s fantastic this because I repeat, it’s not easy to come here and win this game. Now we have to continue.”

When asked about the title race, Conte added: “We have to wait for the first part of the season because we know this league is not easy. Now we are playing very well. We are playing good football, we have good confidence, but it’s important to continue to work and improve. There is room to improve.”

About Cesc Fabregas, who played again this afternoon: “I’m pleased for Cesc above all because this game wasn’t easy for him. The last game he played for Chelsea in the line-up was against Arsenal, and then he had an injury. He recovered and I’m very happy for his performance”.

“Now he must continue to improve – Conte stated – For me to have more options is good. It’s important to have the whole squad available”.

About the final stage, when Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were both sent off by referee Anthony Taylor: “The final [stage] wasn’t good. I hope only Luiz is not injured after this tackle. It’s very difficult to explain this final part of the game. I support the referee. It is important that the referee whistles and we ‘finish’”.  

“I’m happy because I always tell my players to be focused on the game on the pitch, and always to keep calm. It’s normal when you play these big games it’s not easy to keep calm in every single moment, but I’m pleased because all my players tried to keep calm.”

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AC Milan are confident they can land Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Italy despite manager Antonio Conte recently ruled out an exit of the Spaniard in January, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Also Inter MilanWest Ham and Seville are reportedly keeping tabs on the 29-year-old, who could leave Stamford Bridge also on a season-long loan.

Fabregas currently earns around £160,000-a-week in wages and is contracted with the Blues until June 2019.

Conte recently told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Fabregas and Oscar? It is gossip, as I have not intention of sending them away. They are important players for Chelsea”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has underlined that both midfielders Oscar and Cesc Fabregas will not be leaving the club in January, amid reports suggested a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Conte told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Fabregas and Oscar? It is gossip, as I have not intention of sending them away. They are important players for Chelsea”.

It is understood Inter Milan are lining up a move to sign Oscar, while a host of Premier League sides have been recently linked with a move for the Spaniard.

 

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wanted to turn down speculations on Oscar and Cesc Fabregas’ future: the pair was said to be set to leave the Blues already in January transfer window, with Italian and Chinese teams interested in them ( many rumours led to Inter and Milan, that want to revamp their squad with big names signings after being both acquired by new – and different- Chinese owners).

The Italian manager said:

Oscar‘s future is Chelsea, for me he’s an important player, he’s a in a good form, it’s logical I have to choose a starting XI every week, he’s a great player and for me he will stay in Chelsea, it’s important this message arrive, he will stay with us because I consider him an important player for Chelsea.

Cesc Fabregas recovered from his injury and he’s in a great shape. I want to anticipate the question: Fabregas’ future is the same of Oscar, he will stay at Chelsea.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of Middlesbrough game on Sunday, the first one after mid-November international break.

First of all, he gave an injury update:

“I have all the players available, they are in good form, Diego Costa had a small injury after the game against Everton, he started to train with us on Wednesday, his physical condition is good, we got also tomorrow to see perfectly the situation, but at the moment he can play. Eden Hazard is fit, he got only a knock.

“It’s a great pleasure and honour to receive the PL manager of the month award after just three months, it’s important to share this award with my players, with the staff and with the club, this is an award for all the team.

I’m pleased for Eden because he’s playing fantastic football, he’s got a great attitude and commitment also in training, he’s working a lot for the team, this is fantastic, it’s very good when he put his talent for the team.

“Eden like Ronaldo and Messi? I think we can go like the team, step by step, I think it’s not right to compare him to other players in this moment, I guess he got everything to do a great career.

“I said after the game against Everton that it was a pity to stop our run for the international break, but it’s important to continue in the way we did before the international break, I hope we found the right concentration and focus to restart after the break.

About Chelsea involved in the title race Conte said:

First of all I see a great opportunity this year to bring something important to Chelsea, to bring a new method, a new philosophy, you want to fight until the end in the title race or for a place in the Champions League, I still got the same opinion: it’s important to keep working and build something for Chelsea, for the future.

Assistant coach Steve Holland might take a permanent job as Gareth Southgate’s assistant at England national team, this is what the Italian manager said about this:

Steve Holland is a great professional, I’m pleased to have him as my assistant coach in Chelsea, for his work and also for the man, he’s focused on Chelsea now, he’s working really hard, I don’t know what is his decision for his future, but I don’t want to go in his decision, he worked with Southgate in U21 and he showed he’s great.

Speaking about Chelsea good moment Conte said:

“I’m very glad for our good run, I think we played a good football, we were really compact and we found a good balance, this is very important. This tactical system and starting XI is very good for the players, because I see them being very happy to play like this.

John Terry got injured while Conte was changing his tactical system and lost his place in the starting XI, but the ex Italy coach claimed the captain can regain his place in the starting formation:

“Terry can find a place in this formation, easily, he’s in a good shape. I am happy to have this adaptation from centre-backs, I am happy that Kurt [Zouma] now is with us, but in this moment he will need more time to find the good form, so we prefer him to keep playing with U23.

Asked about the differences about Premier League and Serie A Conte said:

“There is a big difference respect to Italy, and you have to be quick to understand this difference, every game everything can happen, the intensity is high and you have to play with high intensity if you want to win, this league is very tough, we must always have a great concentration from the start until the end, I try every day to push my players on this, even if they already know it.

Conte was also asked about players professional behaviour in their private lives after England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was seen drunk in the national team hotel after last week win against Scotland:

“I give freedom to players when they have spare time, I want them to take their responsibilities, it’s normal to celebrate after you win a game, but you need also to think about the next game.

Oscar‘s future is Chelsea, for me he’s an important player, he’s a in a good form, it’s logical I have to choose a starting XI every week, he’s a great player and for me he will stay in Chelsea, it’s important this message arrive, he will stay with us because I consider him an important player for Chelsea.

“We have a competitive squad, it’s normal during the season to have some injuries, I think we get a good squad to cope with injuries.

Cesc Fabregas recovered from his injury and he’s in a great shape. I want to anticipate the question: Fabregas’ future is the same of Oscar, he will stay at Chelsea.”

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