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Cesc Fabregas played a key role in Chelsea‘s victory over Manchester United last time out. The Spaniard, who was involved in the game as attacking-midfielder, helped Kante and Bakayoko providing several assists for Alvaro Morata alongside with Eden Hazard.

 

 

“We had plenty of chances, especially in the first half, – Fabregas confirmed – We probably could have killed the game off in the second half to be honest, but it was a very good performance and the game was a little bit more open that we expected”.

“We prepared for the game in a certain way because we know they like to defend. We know they like to close one side and move across, and we felt if we maybe left the interiors open, and attacked in the space, we could create problems, and that’s what we did”.

“We had more possession than ususal which, for me, is something we’ve been lacking. We had the personality to play and we said before the game that it’s fantastic to defend well, in a block, but we need to play. This is a team, in my opinion, with fantastic players and we need to take advantage of that. We had a lot of the ball, we created chances and we played like a big team. We should be proud”.

Fabregas added: “If you play for Chelsea Football Club you need to win every single game, there is no game bigger than another. I understand that for the fans and the media, Chelsea against Manchester United will always be a big game, but you go to any stadium in the Premier League now and it’s difficult, we experienced it at Crystal Palace”.

“We just have to keep going. It’s fantastic to get three points before the international break and now we must prepare for our next game in two weeks”.

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West Ham United have announced manager Slaven Bilić has been sacked from his managerial role following the home defeat suffered against Liverpool last time out. The Reds won with goals from Matip, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Salah’s brace.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was full of praise for Spanish striker Alvaro Morata: “Don’t forget this is the first season he is playing regularly, while in previous seasons he never played regularly” he noted speaking after the game against Manchester United.

“Now he has to try to work, to improve. Before his injury he was playing in a fantastic way. After his injury his form dropped, but now he is improving”.

Morata’s header secured Chelsea a vital win against the Red Devils, who are now just one point above Blues.

“Morata played a really good game against three physical, strong central defenders. – Conte added – He showed he is strong physically and he has good technique. If I have to find a negative aspect, he could have scored more goals and killed the game”.

“Also this season we changed many players, and our age is lower than last season, with Christensen, Morata, Rudiger and Bakayoko. We must have patience with these type of players, and then try to improve them and to build something important together”.

“Hazard as well played an amazing game. He was always involved with and without the ball, he created a good link with Morata, and with the rest of the team”.

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N’Golo Kante came back to Chelsea‘s starting XI in the Blues’ clash against Manchester United today. The Premier League champions won a crucial game with Alvaro Morata‘s header in the second half.

The Italian manager said: “To have the possibility to play with three midfielders was very important. This season we are struggling a bit to find the best solution for this team”.

“Last season we found great balance with the system 3-4-2-1 – Conte added -But this season we changed many players and we have to find the best solution game by game”.

Chelsea were dominant in midfield with Kante, Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas in the attacking third: “We showed good balance tonight, – Conte confirmed – We created many chances to score, we could have been more clinical, but it’s okay. A good win for us”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was asked about his decision to rule David Luiz out of squad to face Manchester United today. “It’s very simple. – Conte said – The coach has to make the best decision for the team. Tonight the best decision for the team was to play with Christensen and to have Ampadu on the bench, young players, really good players for the present and the future”.

“Maybe in the future I can decide in a different way, or continue in this way. I must take the best decision for the club, not for a single player. Sometimes I can make mistakes or sometimes I can do the best thing”.

The Italian manager confirmed ‘it was only a tactical decision’. “This can happen to any one of my players. If I see they are not in good form, it’s normal. I have to put my face in every situation, and sometimes make important decisions. Today I did this, and Christensen played an amazing game. I was very happy for this.’

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke after his side’s win against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The Blues earned a crucial win for their title hopes, as the Italian manager confirmed: “We played with great energy, with great passion and with great enthusiasm. It’s great for me, the players, the club, but above all it’s great for our fans, to breathe this energy, to breathe this passion, to breathe this enthusiasm”.

Conte added: “I saw a lot of positive things, not only in the tactical aspect but above all my players’ desire, their will to fight and help each other.

“When we play in this way it’s great. This was a massive game, and to win against Manchester United gives you more confidence, and gives you the right enthusiasm to understand that if we want, we can”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (centre) after the final whistle as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (centre - left) loos to head down the tunnelduring the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 5, 2017.

José Mourinho commented his-ironic- way Antonio Conte missing handshake after Chelsea v Manchester United final whistle:

“You want me to go and chase him in the middle of the pitch?” the Portuguese claimed.

“I was there. I shook hands with the people who were there.

“I think one of them was his brother, the assistant, so I feel that by shaking the hands of his brother and the other assistants that I did my duty. I cannot go and run to chase him.

“Why should I wait [in the tunnel]? He doesn’t have to wait. There is no problem with it at all. You are always worried with these things… no problem.”

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Alvaro Morata scored the winner against Manchester United today, a goal that gave Chelsea the three points and ended a forty days goal-less period for him.

Asked if it was his most important goal for the Blues, Morata told Sky Sports:

“For sure. It is important that we won. We had a very good chance today to come back to winning ways.

“We are happy now with the international break we can go with three points.”

 

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Antonio Conte sent David Luiz to the stands today claiming it was not a discipline issue when questioned about this after the win over Manchester United:

“It was a tactical decision,” the Italian coach revealed.

“And for me today Christensen played a fantastic game with focus and spirit.”

Conte claimed he is not sure if the Brazilian defender got a future at Stamford Bridge:

“He is 22 but shows a great personality for sure. Christensen is the future for Chelsea. Ampadu is only 17. I trust in these two young players.

“I don’t know. He has to work really hard otherwise they are on the bench or in the stands.”

 

 

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Antonio Conte ignored José Mourinho‘s handshake after winning 1-0 over Manchester United tonight: the Portuguese went toward Chelsea dugout after the final whistle but he snubbed him and ran onto the pitch to celebrate his team’s success with the players and fans.

Mourinho shook hands with Conte’s staff instead and when asked to comment the episode he said:

“Conte disappeared. I shook hands with his assistant, which for me is basically the same.”

“It’s not important,” said the Italian coach about his behaviour.

“It’s important to win the game. You have to have the respect on the pitch not outside the pitch.”

“It’s important to have respect on the pitch.”

 

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