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After his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach, Andreas Christensen is now becoming a star with Chelsea in the Premier League.

His team-mate Willy Caballero explains one of his secret on the pitch: “For Andreas it is the way that he plays because he is really young but he looks older when he plays,” – Caballero said – “He’s so calm on the ball and in defence that he looks like he’s got 100 caps under his belt”.

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen returned to the starting line-up in Denmark’s away 1-5 victory over Ireland last night at Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

The centre-back was involved in Denmark‘s equalizer at 29’ after exploiting a cross from Pione Sisto. Then Tottenham star Christian Eriksen gave the lead, before scoring twice in the second period grabbing a sensational hat-trick. Also Niklas Bendtner converted a penalty to secure a massive win to get the last European pass for Russia World Cup 2018.

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Nine managers in the last ten years: Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich has not many problems when it comes to firing a Blues coach who isn’t getting good results.

A lot of people don’t like this attitude by the Russian oligarch, but now Chelsea legend Didier Drogba now defends his former boss.

Everyone says Chelsea isn’t very stable. But in modern-day football, there is no coach who lasts more than three or four years at a club,” Drogba told RMC. – “I asked Abramovich: ‘We have had how many managers in how many seasons?’ He replied: ‘But Didier, each time I have done it, we have got results.’ When the managers come in they have carte blanche at the club. They do what they want. Having said that, I don’t see the relationship with the chairman on a daily basis. But you can’t get into a conflict with your boss. If that’s the case, it’s that you want to leave.”

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Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed in his England debut last week and he is collecting many good performances in his current loan at Crystal Palace this season.

Next season Ruben Loftus-Cheek will make his way back to Stamford Bridge to play with Chelsea and Blues legend Pat Nevin believes the youngster must try to emulate what another Chelsea player is doing now after spending some seasons on loan.

Ruben for his part still has to muscle his way past Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater when he comes back to Stamford Bridge, and this will be no easy task”. – Nevin told Chelsea official website – “If however he continues to impress for England and is clearly the best of the bunch at Crystal Palace for the rest of the season, I am convinced he will get a chance. The perfect example for these two is Andreas Christensen. He played some first team football here, but he earned his stripes as well as made his mistakes playing with Borussia Moenchengladbach. They were playing not only in the Bundesliga but also the Champions League and when he won that club’s Player of the Year, it was clear he had shown he was good enough to be part of the Chelsea squad”.

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Davide Zappacosta was among the substitutes in Italy‘s goalless draw against Sweden at San Siro, which means the Azzurri won’t be participating in Russian World Cup next summer and we won’t se the Chelsea right-back in action.

Giampiero Ventura‘s side failed to score at least one goal against the visitors, who won the first-leg in Stockholm thanks to an own-goal in the second half. Then Italy are out of the competition for the first time since 1958.

Alessandro Del Piero has praised current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, admitting he would be perfect to replace Giampiero Ventura as soon as possible as Italy needs to bounce back from a huge humiliation.

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Former Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero has praised Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and believes the Blues’ manager would be perfect to rescue Italy national team, which missed out on World Cup for first time since 1958. Conte himself, who led the Azzurri to the quarter-finals.

 “He did great with Juve of course and a great job with the national team, – Del Piero told Sport360 – Of course we would love to have him back in Italy, of course, because he is a great coach. He would improve any team and this is what he did with Chelsea last season and what he did with Juve as well.

“We had some problems and he fixed it, then won the title. He has some amazing qualities and that’s why he’s coaching the best teams in the world.

Then he added: “I hope he will have a great period with Chelsea and then maybe one day come back.”

Conte officially left the National team for Chelsea on 18th July 2017, winning the Premier League title with the Blues in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea and his fans can stop to concern: Eden Hazard has nothing serious after rumours has spread yesterday about another injury since the Blues star hadn’t train with Belgium after a knock in the friendly game against Mexico last Friday.

Speaking ahead of another friendly clash, this time against Japan, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said:

“Hazard did not train on Sunday but there is nothing serious.”

Eden missed the beginning of the season recovering from an ankle injury that he picked up while playing for his country at the end of the previous campaign.

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Football legend Alex Del Piero recognises the great job Antonio Conte did with Juventus and Italy national team and now he hopes the manager will have the same success with Chelsea for many years.

“He has some amazing qualities and that’s why he’s coaching the best teams in the world. I hope he will have a great period with Chelsea” – Del Piero told Sport 360 – He did great with Juve of course and a great job with the national team. We would love to have him back in Italy, of course, because he is a great coach. He would improve any team and this is what he did with Chelsea last season and what he did with Juve as well”.

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Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will have to face a battle to make the France squad for Russia 2018 World Cup, but the former AS Monaco has claimed that he is ‘just as good’ as the players currently ahead of him in the pecking order, including his team-mate N’Golo Kante.

“I am disappointed. I believe in this World Cup, it remains my goal. I play in a big club, I think it can play in my favour,” Bakayoko told reporters.

I think [Adrien] Rabiot, Kante, [Blaise] Matuidi, [Corentin] Tolisso are no better than me. I respect the choices of the coach and I also respect the selected players, they are talented, they are friends. I am proud that they are selected, I would like to be with them. But I’m not worse than them.”

Bakayoko has scored twice and provided three assists in 15 appearances for Chelsea so far in this season after signing for the Blues in last July.

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Football - Chelsea Training - Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Holland - 14/5/13 Chelsea's Juan Mata (R) with interim manager Rafael Benitez during training

Juan Mata and Rafa Benitez will be rivals next weekend when their current clubs, Manchester United and Newcastle, will face each other in the Premier League.

Speaking ahead of this clash the Spanish midfielder claimed he was lucky to work under his compatriot when they were both at Chelsea in 2013, a short spell for Benitez that ended with the win of the Europa League in Amsterdam.

“Today, we return to training with the mindset on the Newcastle match and the importance of the months that lie ahead, as they come loaded with games, especially during the Christmas period”, Mata wrote in his blog.

“These are moments in which good form of the team can be decisive for the second part of the season.

“Returning now to our game against Newcastle on Saturday, everyone knows they are newly-promoted but they are still a big club with several Spanish players.

“Among them Rafa Benitez, a manager with whom I was lucky to work with in the past.

“It will be nice to see him again.

“We hope to play a good game that allows us to get all three points, and continue showing that strength in Old Trafford.”

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