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Leicester clinched the title following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on May 2, and the Foxes were welcomed onto the pitch with warm ovation from the home fans at Stamford Bridge today. Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri, Blues manager from 2000 to 2004, receiving a positive response from all at the Bridge.

Kasper Schmeichel produced excellent saves to keep Willian and Cesc Fabregas out in the first half, before Jamie Vardy fired off target from 20 yards in the 13th minute, but Riyad Mahrez set him up for a better chance midway through the half.

With the clock showing 26 minutes, Stamford Bridge turned their attention away from the pitch.

John Terry’s name rang out, along with placards showing his name and number, prompting a show of appreciation from the suspended captain – who was offered an extension to his expiring contract earlier this week. Both teams went into the half goalless.

In the second half Chelsea were given an opportunity thanks to a substitute Jeffrey Schlupp bringing down Nemanja Matic inside the box. Fabregas converted from the spot. However, the Blues victory was denied as Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater slotted in a 82nd minute goal that drew things to 1-1. With 8 minutes to go Chelsea struggled to create chances and the game ended in a draw.

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, was unfortunately not given a winning send-off before Antonio Conte takes the reins next season.

CHELSEA 1-1 LEICESTER CITY

 

Venue:  Stamford Bridge

 

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore.

Substitutes: Begovic, Oscar, Pato, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Abraham, Tomori.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Fuchs; Drinkwater, Kante; Gray, King, Mahrez; Vardy.

Substitutes: Albrighton, Amartey, Schlupp, Okazaki, Ulloa, Chilwell, Schwarzer.

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

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Real Madrid are lining up a move for Chelsea midfielder star Cesc Fabregas, according to Don Balòn.

The 29-year-old, who has struggled to impress at Stamford Bridge, might reportedly consider a move to the Merengues despite incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is thought to be a huge admirer of the Spain international.

Fabregas, who played for Barcelona before joining the Blues, has recently admitted he could leave London to return to Spain.

“Yes, why not?” – he told Marca when asked if he could return to La Liga in the future – “Still, I’m honestly not thinking about it because I have a lot of unfinished business at Chelsea after how this season went.”

“I’m not really thinking of anything else, but in my opinion, the Spanish League is the strongest with the English.”

 

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that could leave London and return to Spain.

 

Fabregas ended a three-year spell with Barca in 2014 when he joined Chelsea, but after a Premier League title and League Cup triumph in his first season, an indifferent second year has fuelled speculation that he may abandon.

He said:

“Yes, why not?” he told Marca when asked if he could return to La Liga in the future.

“Still, I’m honestly not thinking about it because I have a lot of unfinished business at Chelsea after how this season went.

“I’m not really thinking of anything else, but in my opinion, the Spanish League is the strongest with the English.

“Returning to Barca would no longer be possible. It’s impossible, even if I wanted to.

“The Barcelona stage [in my career] is over, it’s a closed chapter.”

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LIVERPOOL – Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner (c), Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge

Subs: Bogdan, Skrtel, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Ojo, Benteke.

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Mikel, Cahill (c), Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore.

Subs: Amelia, Tomori, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Palmer, Pato, Abraham.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Referee: Michael Oliver

Venue: Anfield Road, Liverpool

Kick Off: 7.45 pm GMT

 

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Cesc Fabregas has turned down a bumper offer from China, according to the Sun on Sunday.

The Chelsea star was offered a contract around £220,000 a week after tax, but it is understood he wants to stay with Blues also next season under incoming manager Antonio Conte.

Also Fabregas’ teammate Oscar has reportedly been targeted by Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning as they offered a £57m deal and seemed desperate to get the Brazil international signature.

 

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The latest team news and the predicted line-ups for the clash that can decide the league tonight!

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

– Chelsea captain John Terry is set to be in the squad for the first time since mid March but may not yet be fit enough to start.

Gary Cahill is also fit to play after overcoming an illness which ruled him out of the game against Bournemouth.

Thibaut Courtois completes his two-match suspension, whilst Loic Remy (groin) and Kurt Zouma(knee) remain out.

 

Spurs

Dele Alli is ruled out for Spurs after accepting a three-match ban for punching West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in midweek.

Eric Dier could feature after picking up a bout of concussion against the Baggies.

Nabil Bentaleb remains out with a knee injury.

– If Spurs don’t get the three points at Stamford Bridge Leicester City will be Premier League champions tonight.

 

PREDICTED LINE UPS

CHELSEA – Begovic; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa.

SPURS –  Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Dier; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane.

 

 

 

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has opened up on his disappointment of not playing in the Champions League next season. It will be the ‘first time in years’ he won’t compete in the competition.

The Spanish international hopes that the arrival of new manager Antonio Conte will change their fate next season and that they can improve on a poor year and challenge for the Premier League title.

Although, Fabregas believes that not playing playing in Europe could benefit the London club and give them full concentration on the domestic campaign.

“It is a disappointing season. 

“It will be the first time in years I won’t play Champions League. We must come back stronger. I hope that we can compete for the title in England next year. In Antonio Conte there will be a new manager. He has proven that he can work successfully, especially at Juventus he had a strong time.”

Fabregas went on to add how delighted he is for Leicester and what they have achieved this season is great for football as a whole. He insists that Chelsea do need to improve though because other teams around them will be looking to challenge for silverware.

“I really hope that Leicester will win the Premier League because it’s a miracle. It’s fantastic that a success story like Leicester’s is still possible in football with hard work. We will see if it’s only brief.

“We want to attack [next season]. Liverpool can achieve something with [Jurgen] Klopp, and Manchester City will get a strong manager in Pep Guardiola.”

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink‘s words after the win at Bournemouth:

“We are very pleased with the performance, especially second half,” he said.

“The first half was a very open game. We played a side who are very good in the build-up of the game and from that they create good chances. We could have scored more goals and so could they and it was a very entertaining game.

“We made some little changes in the positions at half-time and from then on we could be in control and were very dominant in the second-half. It was good to see the players were enjoying it and looking for the attack and for the goal. It was nice to see some players who have been absent recently were scoring and enjoying goals.”

On Eden Hazard good performance he said:

“We worked for the last 10 days with him with the group, looking at his way of moving and it was good. He was light in his movement and so I said he starts this game and we’ll see how it goes. We talked about 45 minutes or a bit more but he was enjoying it so much he could play the whole game, and that was a sign of the good spirit of his and of the team.”

Also Cesc Fabregas had a stunning performance, giving 3 assists for the first 3 Chelsea goals:

“He was enjoying it very much and he is one of the few who has this vision. He knows he can execute what he is thinking. We practise on that and when he is on the ball we have running players to make his fast vision effective.”

Hiddink also spoke about next Chelsea game, a Monday night clash against Spurs on 2 May that can decide the title race:

“We have talked about it this week, that we don’t want this season to fade away. The players responded very well and this was an intense game.

“We go into next games with nothing effectively at stake for us but if we play like we did today then, although a win is not guaranteed, the attitude means the players will do everything until the end of the season. We play the next game to win and that is Tottenham.”

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Cesc Fabregas is happy for Chelsea’s second half performance and wants to finish properly the season.

He told Sky Sports: “To be honest I think we were a bit lucky, especially in the first twenty minutes they were pushing and started stronger than us.”

“But we managed to score the first goal with a fantastic counter-attack, before half time we scored the second and conceded 1-2 just after a corner, a bit disappointing.”

“Anyway in the second half we played really well, we controlled the game and scored more goals.”

“Was a really nice game, too open actually, but this is normal, was a nice game at the end of the season. Sometimes you don’t score goals for a while and sometimes you have four goals in a game: this is football.”

“I am happy for team’s performance and I am feeling good, but at this stage of the season we just want to finish strong, with dignity, we have to win to try to make our fans a little bit proud because obviously this has been a disappointing season.”

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Our ratings for players based on their performance in the last match.

AFC Bournemouth 1 – 4 Chelsea

 

Begovic 6 – stepped up to fill in for Courtois today but wasn’t tested much – when he was he allowed a goal through on one occasion.

Azpilicueta 7 – Defended well, kept Bournmouth quiet in the second half.

Mikel 5 – Had a quiet game but not a bad one.

Ivanovic (c) 6 – Made an effort at goal and kept the defence where it needed to be.

Baba 7 – partnered well with Matic today, used space well.

Matic 7 – created space and used it well, made some crucial passes and tackles.

Fabregas 10 – Watching Fabregas today felt like, well, watching Fabregas! Assisting in 3 goals and absolutely dominating mid-field.

Pedro 8 – got the game off to the right start. Continued to make an impression.

Willian 7- scored a goal and pressed the attack when he could.

Hazard 8 – Socring 2 goals today certainly helped Eden’s score, after a sluggish season today was a vast improvement.

Diego Costa 6 – had a few good attempts at goal but failed to score on a day when there was ample opportunity.

 

Used Subs:

Loftus-Cheek 6 – Still new to the first team and being eased in gradually, made a small impact off the bench.

 

Manager:

Guus Hiddink 7- Little wrong with his team selection: attack was impressive, midfield was on point, defence was average.

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