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Chelsea captain John Terry has been named the Premier League’s ‘most loyal player’ by CIES Football Observatory.

AS Roma star Francesco Totti heads the overall table with Terry in 2nd place and both Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Caen midfielder Nicolas Seube in 3rd position.

Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Mark Noble follow the Chelsea captain respectively in second, third and fourth position.

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SkySports pundit and Manchester United legend Gary Neville is confident that Chelsea star N’Golo Kante can lift the Player of the Year award at the end of current season.

When asked about the great impact of the Frenchman since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in July, Neville told Monday Night Football: “I think Kante should win player of the year. His impact upon the two teams he’s had over the last two seasons has been absolutely incredible. When you watch him in games he’s infectious. He’s all over the pitch.”

On the other hand former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher rates Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a possible winner, anyway Neville said: “I take your point about Ibrahimovic and I couldn’t disagree. But Kante should be the player of the year.”

“With Chelsea, you could make an argument for David Luiz. You could make an argument for [Diego] Costa, [Eden] Hazard and, of course, Kante”.

“He’s been an absolute sensation in the Premier League. But with Ibrahimovic, it’s more his age. His performances have been brilliant so it’d be very close”.

Then Neville ended: “Ibrahimovic at United has been by far their best player and I feel there’s been four or five at Chelsea. Manchester United are sixth, Chelsea are top. He has delivered at 35 years of age. It’s phenomenal what he’s doing at that age.”

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The Premier League announced its live television selections for April and five Chelsea games are involved.

The Blues will play against Manchester City on Wednesday 5 April with an 8pm kick-off and then they will face Bournemouth away the following Saturday at 5.30pm. Both games will be shown live on BT Sport.

Three more games will be, instead, on Sky Sports: Antonio Conte’s side will travel to Old Trafford on Easter Sunday (16 April) with the kick-off now scheduled at 4pm; next Sunday Chelsea will face Southampton at Stamford Bridge with the kick-off at 2.15pm; the schedule of this match, however can be changed again due to the Fa Cup semi-finals.

Finally, the away game at Everton will no be played Sunday 30 April with a 2.05pm kick-off time.

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Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses has praised the way in which the Blues secured their last home win against Swansea at Stamford Bridge.

“I thought we did well and showed great character, – Moses told the club’s official website – Swansea did well in the way they tried to sit back and frustrate us but we kept on playing and as soon as we got the second goal we started to enjoy it”.

Chelsea are still leaders with a huge gap at the top of Premier League table, anyway the Nigerian star knows it won’t be easy to maintain a good concentration until May.

“We’re not looking at the table at the moment, we still have 12 matches to play and we just need to take each game as it comes. – Moses added – We just want to stay grounded and win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season. We’re going to stay focused and keep working hard together as a team, as everyone can see we’re doing”.

Conte rates Moses as a key player in his ‘idea of football’, and he’s pleased with this situation.

“I’ve always wanted to play for this big club, it’s one of the best clubs in the world at the moment and I’m enjoying every single minute. I just want to keep on working hard and helping my team-mates out.”

Next week Chelsea will face West Ham: “I had a great time there last season, it’s a nice memory but now I’m a Chelsea player and I’m enjoying my football, – he ended – I can’t wait to go to the London Stadium and hopefully we’ll get three points”.

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John Terry and Chelsea paid tribute to former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti, who reached the incredible achievement of 1000 games as a manager last weekend.

The Italian coach led Chelsea to a fantastic double in 2009/2010 but was sacked by Abramovich the following season for not fulfilling expectations in Champions League.

Ancelotti shared the video Terry and Chelsea sent him as a tribute on his Twitter account, where the Blues captain said:

“Hi Carlo, congratulations on reaching 1000 games. Unbelievable achievement and I am very proud that I was part of your history, your success here at Chelsea and part of the 1000 games. Good luck for the future, mate.”

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Cesc Fabregas celebrating his goal against Swansea © Francesca Ceciarini

Writing in weekly column for the Daily Mail, ex Liverpool and Spurs player Jamie Redknapp, now also a pundit for Sky Sports, praised Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas for his professional attitude and behaviour, stating that any manager in football would be glad to have a player like him in his squad and that the Spaniard doesn’t always get the credit he deserves:

“I am so impressed with Cesc Fabregas‘s attitude. He has been restricted to 20-minute cameos by Antonio Conte this season but has made a big impact when called upon on so many occasions,” Redknapp wrote.

“When you are up against a stubborn side like Swansea, you need to keep the ball and be patient. Fabregas is the man to do that.

“He has never been blessed with pace but there are very few players who have his eye for a pass. I love how he arrives late in the box, too, on Saturday at Stamford Bridge it was like watching Frank Lampard in his pomp.

“Fabregas does not always get the credit he deserves but in terms of technical ability, he should be regarded as one of the Premier League greatest midfielders.”

 

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Cesc Fabregas explained how hard it was to accept a substitute role in the first months of this season under new manager Antonio Conte.

With the arrival of N’Golo Kante, that is being a fundamental piece in the Italian manager playing system, the Spaniard lost his place as a starter and at the beginning it was very tough to adapt to this new role:

In the beginning, when I didn’t play, I told people to not even speak to me because I was really upset,”

Later, anyway, Fabregas gained Conte’s confidence and the trust and things improved:

“But now that changes with time, age, maturity and experience, which all help you to understand that the most important thing is always the team.

“Don’t get me wrong, I want to play. But sometimes you have to fight for it.”

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Ex Chelsea player and coach Ray Wilkins identified Manchester City clash on 5 April at Stamford Bridge as The Crucial One in the Blues title race:

We play Manchester City on April 5 at Stamford Bridge,” Wilkins told Sky Sports.

“I can’t see Chelsea losing at Stamford Bridge to Manchester City – they can’t keep a clean sheet.

“And the way these players are playing at the moment they’ll run riot against Manchester City, I’m sure.”

Wilkins expects Chelsea to win the Premier League title and believes the trip to Old Trafford on April 15 could prove decisive.

“I just can’t see teams beating Chelsea. The biggest game they’ve got is Man United at Old Trafford.”

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After three seasons on loan with Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham, now Victor Moses has an important role at Chelsea and he is very happy about it:

“I’ve always wanted to play for this big club, it’s one of the best clubs in the world at the moment and I’m enjoying every single minute” – Moses told Chelsea’s official website – “We’re not looking at the table at the moment, we still have 12 matches to play and we just need to take each game as it comes. We just want to stay grounded and win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season”.

The Blues signed the Nigeria International in 2012 for 9 million pounds and now the player has a lot of defensive responsibilities playing in a wing-back position in Antonio Conte‘s formation.

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In the last few days a lot of players and managers spoke about Claudio Ranieri and his sacking by Leicester.

After Antonio Conte and David Luiz, another Chelsea player now praises the former Foxes’ manager: “Big thanks with emotion to M. Ranieri for all he has achieved: for the club, for the fans and for me. N’Golo #Ranieri” – N’Golo Kante wrote on his Twitter account.

The Blues’ midfielder played for Leicester and Ranieri last season and won the first Premier League in the club’s history before signing with Chelsea in the summer tranfer window.

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