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Chelsea defender David Luiz spoke ahead of Everton clash and told the club’s official website he is enjoying his return to Stamford Bridge.

 “The last games are in the past so we need to prepare ourselves for the next battle, – the Brazil international claimed – It will be a tough game, Everton have some amazing players and a good philosophy but we must play our football and be careful in possession.

“I hope we can continue to play well and win games because it gives you a good feeling, you need to prepare and plan for each game in the best way,”

“Sometimes, when you play away, you need to understand that the opposition might have more possession of the ball”.

 

David LUIZ

 

Antonio Conte‘s side sinked Southampton at St. Mary’s stadium last week with a strong and brilliant performance showed on the pitch: “The home team can often be more excited playing in front of their own fans so you have to play with intelligence and wait, like a sniper, for an opportunity”.

“Southampton was that type of game. We found ourselves in good positions and we shot to kill”.

“It’s important to understand when you need to play that type of game and when you need to impose yourself and be more dominant. For me, the key is to try to understand the best plan for each specific game.”

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Team News

CHELSEA

Kurt Zouma and Cesc Fabregas are still out for injury

– Captain John Terry can start again in Premier League after two months

 

EVERTON 

– Goalkeeper Marteen Stekelenburg recovered from foot injury

– Defender Leighton Baines and midfielder James McCarthy remain unavailable due to hamstring problems

– Striker Arouna Kone still out for knee injury

– Midfielder Idrissa Gueye is suspended

– Forward Enner Valencia can return to the match-day squad after being ineligible last time out against his parent club West Ham

 

Possible Line-Ups

CHELSEA - Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Matic, Kante, Marcos Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard.

EVERTON - Stekelenburg; Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Oviedo; Barry, Cleverley; Bolasie, Barkley, Mirallas; Lukaku.

 

 

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been named in the 23-men-shortlist for new FIFA World Player Award, that came back to its old formula, since now is no more combined with Ballon d’Or, that is back to France Football as it was before 2010.

The French midfielder had an outstanding season with Leicester City, being one of the protagonists of their miraculous title campaign, but impressed also in his first months at Chelsea, this why he got the nomination along with other 22 top players around the world.

The nominees in full:

Sergio Agüero (Argentina/Manchester City)
Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid)
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)
Kevin De Bruyne(Belgium/Manchester City)
Antoine Griezmann (France/Atlético Madrid)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United)
Andrés Iniesta(Spain/FC Barcelona)
N’Golo Kanté (France/Leicester City/Chelsea)
Toni Kroos(Germany/Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria/Leicester City)
Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona)
Luka Modrić(Croatia/Real Madrid)
Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)
Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona)
Mesut Özil (Germany/Arsenal)
Dimitri Payet (France/West Ham United)
Paul Pogba (France/Juventus/Manchester United)
Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid)
Alexis Sánchez (Chile/Arsenal)
Luis Suárez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona)
Jamie Vardy(England/Leicester City)

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte doesn’t want to under-estimate Everton and warn his team about the dangers the [Ronald] Koeman‘s side can cause them in tomorrow afternoon’s clash:

“They’re very dangerous. Last season we didn’t beat Everton. It’s important to remember this, me and my players, and our fans. Tomorrow I am waiting for the great support of our fans. 

“We know we face a strong team with many good players, fast players, with good technique. We must pay great attention. We have worked very well this week to prepare for this kind of game against this type of team.

“When you win, and above all win playing good football, it’s important for the confidence. You come to Cobham with the right spirit and with a good will to work very hard. You support the fatigue better when you win. Also you enjoy the football you are playing. Now, I repeat, we must continue.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told Standard Sport he does not regret the failure in signing back former Blues’ striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton last summer.

“No, absolutely I do not feel disappointment – Conte revealed today - We have Diego who is playing fantastic football, not only scoring the goals but working a lot and very well for the team”.

“I think that I’m seeing a complete player in Diego. It’s fantastic for me, for the team, to have him in the team”.

“Also because he’s scoring a lot. But above all because he’s working a lot for the team. That’s very important”.

The Toffees will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday at 5.30 PM, anyway Conte is confident that his side can win the game.

“When we have our strikers, plus Eden Hazard, Pedro, Willian and Oscar… all working so well for the team, it’s fantastic” he added.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that ‘is too early to talk’ about a possible departure of Cesc Fabregas in January, since the Spaniard is being heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

“I repeat: Cesc is Chelsea’s player and I am very happy to have him in my squad – Conte said speaking at press conference today – Now it is important to find the right form to come back with us (after his injury) and then stay with us and the team.”

“In every squad there are players who arrive at the end of their contract and then together the club will take a decision,”

Then Conte added: “The most important thing is that Mikel is working very well. I am pleased with his work rate.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte underlined that defender David Luiz is really improving at Stamford Bridge since his comeback this summer.

The italian manager, speaking about the attitude which Luiz showed playing alongside Cahill and Azpilicueta, claimed: “I’m not surprised. I knew Luiz was a good defender, a good player with a good personality and I think with him we defend a lot”.

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21-year-old Chelsea loanee Mario Pasalic is keen on impressing during his AC Milan spell after making his debut against Pescara last week.

“I thank coach Montella and chief Galliani for nice words about me – the Croatian international told Goal - That means a lot but it will not make me fly,”

“I will just give my best to be at a high level, worthy of a club like Milan. It is a big pleasure to play at San Siro.”

About speculations over a possible comeback to Chelsea before the end of the season: “I was calm and just trained. Stories about me leaving Milan didn’t distract me. I feel how the coaches treat me; it was enough for me to stay and proof that the club want me to stay.”

Pasalic added: “I am thrilled to finally play for Milan. I think I have done very well. I had two good chances; too bad I didn’t score. I felt a big relief after my debut. I have waited for so long and worked hard for that moment.”

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Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta is delighted to work under new manager Antonio Conte as the Spaniard ‘always felt the confidence of the manager”.

“Whatever position I play, I always try to give my best, to do what the manager asked of me with my characteristics,’ – Azpilicueta told the club’s official website – Obviously I’m happy when the team wins and that is what I fight for”.

“The last results were good – four wins and we didn’t concede a goal – so that shows a lot of teamwork and we want to keep going in that way.”

It is understood Conte wants to improve the squad in defensive situations also with more clean sheets: “As a defender, – Azpilicueta said – obviously we are all pleased when we don’t concede goals, the same way the strikers are when they score, but I think the teamwork is really important,” 

“We are defending as a team, which as a defender makes it easier for us and we are trying to concede even fewer chances. This is really important to be a solid team”.

“Since we changed the system it has worked well for us in the league and obviously I try to adapt to it in the best way possible”.

Then he ended: “We train hard in the week to do that and we are realising in the game what we do in training. This is important for us, to see the results of all the work we are doing during the week.”

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Former Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink attended training session in Cobham before having a cordial meeting with head coach Antonio Conte earlier this morning.

The Dutchman left Stamford Bridge at the end of last season when Conte was appointed as new manager, anyway he still has good relationships with former players and staff.

Hiddink was pictured with the Italian manager just after the training session.

Conte Hiddink

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