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Gary Cahill is looking forward to playing next FA Cup round against Manchester United, when Chelsea will face his former manager José Mourinho.

“It’s a fantastic game for us, for everyone involved - the England international said - There are still big teams in it, so you’re not going to dodge them at this stage. If you go on to win the Cup, you certainly deserve to.”

The Red Devils won’t count on striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Swedish star faces a three-games ban after elbowing Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings.

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill spoke after the Blues’ away win against West Ham United last night.

The captain said: “I’m sure Spurs and City are frustrated. It was important we responded after what happened on Sunday”.

“There have been times when we have played first this season and managed to get the result. This time it was their turn and the pressure was us on in that sense” 

“I’m sure they were watching and hoping we’d lose. It could have been a sticky game for us, but we did enough to get the win.”

Chelsea are now 10 points clear at top of Premier League table and Cahill is confident his side can keep going this way. “I know the points can quickly disappear – he said - That’s why we need to keep focused. If everyone is aware of that and we keep the hunger, then we will be okay”

“Experience comes into play, especially at this stage of the season. We know what we have to do and we are ready to see this over the line.”

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Last night, when Chelsea defeated West Ham in the London derby at the Olympic stadium it was Eden Hazard who scored the first goal, but the ball, at the beginning of the counter-attack, was intercepted by N’Golo Kante.

And now the Belgian player praises his team-mate: “I don’t need to say something about N’Golo”. – Hazard told Chelsea Tv – “Everyone knows about him. He’s everywhere. I think sometimes when I’m on the pitch I see him twice, one on the left, one on the right. I think he plays with a twin. He’s a fantastic player, he helps the team a lot.”

 

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Now it’s confirmed: Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play against Chelsea in the Fa Cup quarter final at Stamford Bridge.

The Swede striker has accepted the Fa charge without appealing the decision and he has been banned for three games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Manchester United last summer and he has already scored 26 goals for the Red Devils this season.

The Fa charge which determined the 3 games-ban has been caused by Ibra’s violent conduct (elbow to the head) against Bournemouth player Tyrone Mings last Saturday at Old Trafford.

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Chelsea are new Kings of London derbies © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea are the new Kings of London: after winning 2-1 the derby against West Ham last night the Blues reach 118 victories in the English capital derbies played in the Premier League.

Before last night Antonio Conte‘s side was sharing this particular record with Arsenal, that temporarily remains at 117.

Premier League leaders Chelsea obtained 118 wins from 229 games, meaning they have taken 417 points from a possible 687.

Here is the Premier League London Derbies table:

Schermata 03-2457820 alle 14.22.28

 

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Eden Hazard scored a goal yesterday in Chelsea 2-1 win over West Ham at the Olympic Stadium.

The Blues forward helped Antonio Conte’s side not only to win the game but also to extend their lead in the Premier League table to 10 points.

After the London derby, former Arsenal player Sol Campbell said Hazard is already “a world class player” and he doesn’t need to move to Barcelona or Real Madrid to prove it.

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Eden Hazard was one of the protagonists of Chelsea win at West Ham last night: the Belgian international opened the scoring after a thrilling counter-attack at minute 25.

It is easier for me to move inside,” said Hazard while speaking to Sky Sports after the game.

“Sometimes when I play wide I am alone. In this system we know what to do, we try to pass to each other all the time.”

Asked by Chelsea lenged Frank Lampard if they might beat the Premier League record of 95 points with which they won the title under José Mourinho in 2004/2005, the Belgian forward said they were not setting any targets other than winning the Blues’ sixth top-tier title.

“We are top and we want to stay there. We have 11 games left, and we will try to win the title as quickly as possible.”

“Tonight we played a good game, maybe not the best of the season but we scored two goals and won.”

 

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Victor Moses challenging Spurs star Harry Kane in November 2016 game at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

Harry Kane claimed Spurs must be ready to take advantage of the situation in case Chelsea would slip up in Premier League title race:

“We’ve got to concentrate on ourselves, build a gap on the teams around us and if Chelsea drop points then great and if they don’t then we’ll be second or third,’‘ the Tottenham striker said.

“Hopefully. It’s hard to talk and say we are because we’ve got to show we are,” said the English forward, who leads the Premier League scoring charts with 19 goals.

“We were disappointed last year, as we all know. We are in a good position now, trying to catch Chelsea, but it’s important we build a gap between the teams around us as well and with Man United and Arsenal dropping points it was important we capitalise.”

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Eden Hazard is back to top performances this season and the Belgian claims that most part of the merit is Antonio Conte’s, that gave him a better role and helped the squad to improve:

“It’s easier for me to play more inside now and link up,” Hazard claimed after the win against West Ham.

Last season I was more out wide and there I am sometimes alone, against two guys.

Antonio Conte is a great character and he helps us a lot.”

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Antonio Conte is doing an awesome job at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Frank Lampard spoke about Chelsea fantastic season and Antonio Conte‘s impressive job that transformed the Blues during the last months:

“It is a nice situation, you are top of the league and some games you are winning comfortably,” the Blues legend claimed while speaking to Standard Sport.

“You can give some players time, but at the same time it doesn’t have to be the case. He could concentrate on the moment. 

“People talk about a manager’s lifespan being two years so why should you worry about 18-year-olds. But from seeing Conte bringing young players in, incorporating them into the training squad, showing faith in them… I know the work that is being done in the academy and they deserve that. 

“They deserve those lads being given time so let’s hope some of them push through and really become top players.”

Lampard gave also his opinion on last season’s disaster:

“They obviously relaxed after winning the league previously. The minute you relax in football, whether as an individual or as a team, you really feel it, especially in the Premier League now. 

“Last year was a perfect storm in a negative way, where players backed off and when you get bad results, that can become a bit of a feeling around the squad. That had to go. But what I didn’t imagine, was that the reaction would be so good. I expected them to challenge, to be in the top four, I didn’t expect them to go so far clear and that is credit to the club.”

About his future, Lampard said:

 

“I haven’t got a clear route. At the minute I need to get my badges. To shout my mouth off that I am going to get this job or that would be completely wrong and I wouldn’t feel right doing it anyway. 

“I am very calm about it. I am working behind the scenes at the minute with young players, learning the trade on the other side of the fence which is a big change. I’ll make my decision down the line.

“Chelsea are helping me with my badges and I am thankful for that. The badges are a process and that will take some time. I will do some TV to keep me involved and I am interested in that kind of stuff so that leaves me with my options open. 

“When you finish, it is important you don’t make a rash decision straight away. You are in this bubble of being a player and you can step outside that and make sure you make the right decision. Fortunately, I have got options so it is about taking the right one.”

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