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Chelsea forward Pedro confirms the team are in a perfect physical shape and even when someone picks up an unexpected injury, like Nemanja Matic shortly before Man City’s game, there is always someone ready to fight in his place, as Cesc Fabregas last weekend: the ex Barcelona midfielder was one of the best players on the pitch and provided also two fantastic assists for Blues goals:

“We feel strong because we’re all in a good vein of form at the moment,” Pedro revealed Chelsea’s official website.

“It helps when players can come in, such as Cesc, Willian or Nathaniel [Chalobah] – that’s great because we all have the same objective, we all want to win games.”

 

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Zola speaks highly of a number of players he worked with.

On this day 20 years ago Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola scored his first goal with the Blues.

“I remember the goal well, I would say it was my first free-kick but there was another one against Newcastle in the previous home game which Vialli claimed, – Zola told the club’s official website – Taking free-kicks was something I practiced a lot and that one was a good goal.”

“My first impression was good because when I came over here Roberto Di Matteo and Luca Vialli were already playing for Chelsea, so they informed me about the situation and spoke very highly of the club,”

Then Zola added: “I enjoyed it very much because there was a lot of enthusiasm and a great atmosphere, not only around the stadium but also with the players. It was really good and I think that’s one of the reasons why we were so successful. We were allowed to get into the system very quickly and there was a collaboration from everyone for us to be successful, which was important”.

“In Italy at that time football was huge. Every aspect of the game was taken to the extreme and I felt it was too much. I felt it was losing the fun part of it. At the end of the day as footballers, regardless of how big you are or how much you earn, what matters is having fun. What I was feeling was that at that time in Italy, the game was so big, so important, and at such a high level, that it was losing something”.

About his arrival at Stamford Bridge: “When I came here I found a high level of football but, above all else, enjoyment. I appreciated that very much and that’s one of the reasons why myself and many others played for so long for this wonderful club.”

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Middlesbrough are keen on keeping defender Ben Gibson despite Chelsea interest, according to SkySports.

It has been reported that the 23-year-old won’t leave the Riverside in January as Boro will put a massive £35m price-tag on him.

Also Everton are reportedly keeping tabs on Gibson, who is impressing in the Premier League so far after featuring 14 times scoring once under manager Aitor Karanka.

The highly-rated defender is contracted with Middlesbrough until June 2021.

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Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso spoke after his side’s wins against Everton at home and Manchester City away.

The Spaniard, who joined the Blues on Deadline Day from Serie A side Fiorentina, told the club’s official website: “I think both types of win are very satisfying,w inning 5-0 makes it a bit easier, of course, but when you come from behind I think it’s also a very good feeling”.

“It’s satisfying when you play a hard game like that. I remember how I celebrated with Gaz Cahill at the end of the Tottenham game – it was great to come back like we did that day”.

Then Alonso added: “But it was also great to get the results like we did against Everton and Man U, so I get satisfaction from both.”

About the title race: “In the Premier League there are so many teams fighting for the title and it will be very tough. We just have to think game-by-game and keep on giving everything we have to win those games”.

“Winning game after game gives you confidence but you have to keep working - Alonso claimed - The results give you confidence to work in this way, though. We have got to use this momentum of the last eight league games and go on to have another good game against West Brom now”.

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Former Premier League referee Howard Webb believes that Sergio Aguero‘s tackle on Chelsea star David Luiz was an “assault”, as he told the London Evening Standard. 

“Sergio Aguero commits an awful stud-first tackle, it’s not even a tackle really, it’s just a flying attack on David Luiz – Webb claimed - I think City lose a bit of composure at losing this big important game”. 

“There’s so much going on, it’s absolutely crazy at the end – he added – And then you get Cesc Fabregas just putting his hand on Fernandinho’s face in the aftermath”.

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta spoke about teammate Cesc Fabregas, who is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge following a lack of game time under new manager Antonio Conte.

The Spaniard told the Evening Standard: “To have a player like him at the club is really important. We know his qualities, he is a game changer”.

“The passes he did during the win against Manchester City were amazing. He provided the assist for the goal which got us back into the game: Diego scored a very good goal. Not a lot of players can do that kind of pass”.

Then Azpilicueta added: “I have seen him do things like that for years, with Spain as well. The skill that he has is very special. He can see passes before anyone else and is so accurate from such a long distance. Obviously, it is a really difficult thing to do and for others to stop.”

“Does he want to stay? He shows that in every training session and in the games in which he’s played. There is no doubt about it”.

“When some players are not playing, there is always a bit of speculation – Azpilicueta ended – But Cesc has shown really good commitment, great spirit in training and in every game, when he has played and when he hasn’t. I think we will have him”.

 

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Chelsea legend and now pundit Pat Nevin reveals that one of the Blues’ secret for their incredible moment of form is that the team is superbly fit.

All the players are at the top of their fitness and this help them to outplay the rivals in crucial moments of the games:

“You don’t always realise the speed those guys move at, even in comparison with other Premier League players,” Nevin told to Chelsea official website.

Pedro looks fast anyway – those legs move like the roadrunner from the old cartoons.

Willian speeding away to score his goal maybe raised an eyebrow or two but we know he is quick also and he looks it.

Eden Hazard at the moment when he turns on the afterburners crushes defenders’ spirits, and that’s before his skills are utilised.

“To be honest, with his physique it is slightly surprising he is quite so fast but Chelsea fans are aware of it now, especially over those first 10 to 20 yards.

“The surprise of course to some degree is Diego Costa.

“Once again we know he is quick but with his physique, power, size and walking style come on be honest, you re amazed he is that quick. I know I am.”

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After Manchester City v Chelsea final whistle it seemed that Citizens‘ boss Pep Guardiola snubbed his ex player Cesc Fabregas, that walked toward him to shake his hand.

Anyway, the Spanish coach wanted to make clear that he simply didn’t notice the Chelsea midfielder on the pitch and that the pair greeted in the dressing room, away from cameras’ eyes:

“I said hello to Cesc in the dressing room. On the field I didn’t realise he was trying to greet me,” Guardiola said while speaking to the press ahead of City’s Champions League tie with Celtic tonight.

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Chelsea legend and now pundit Pat Nevin claims Diego Costa reminds him of one of his old Blues team-mates, another Stamford Bridge legend that scored 147 goals in 335 appearances in his nine years in West London:

“In that one specific area he [Costa] does remind me of a youthful Kerry Dixon,” Nevin told Chelsea official website.

“In training with Kerry on the sprints, I used to think I would be sharper off the mark than him, or I could zip over 20 or 30 yards faster than him now and again.

“Well I might have done him in the very occasional 10 yarder, but anything longer and no chance, nobody got near him. 

“Even if he didn’t at first look that fast, you got to learn he was deceptive, he was lightning. 

“Diego Costa may not be quite as quick as Kerry was, but I suspect he is right up there in the sprints when he needs to be.”

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Slaven Bilic is looking for a new goalkeeper and targeted Chelsea’s Asmir Begovic.

The West Ham manager already dropped Adrian after the Spanish keeper committed some silly errors and still not convinced by Darren Randolph.

The Croatian coach would like to bring the Blues player to East London already in January.

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