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Diego Costa missed two chances to score on Saturday vs Bournemouth and he doesn’t seem in a very good form right now.

Marcos Alonso however not only recognises the striker’s big contribution this season, but he also thinks Costa will be again at his best vs Manchester United.

“Diego has been massive for Chelsea this season”. – Alonso told the Evening Standard – “He has almost scored 20 goals and that is a significant contribution. But it’s not just about that, with the way we play, he is very important. He had another couple of chances to score against Bournemouth but no doubt next week, he’ll be there again. Is he a big-game player? Yes. Manchester United is going to be a tough game for us but it doesn’t matter who scores, hopefully we will get the three points”.


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Blues Legend Marcel Desailly speaks about the future of two Chelsea star, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.

According to the French ex player, the Belgian striker should stay at Stamford Bridge, while Costa could go, especially if someone will offer big money for him.

“I’m not sure Eden Hazard has the intention of being that top player” – Desailly told TalkSport – “being first choice at Real Madrid. I am not sure he is fully ready to change and take the risk, because he will want to play regular football”.

On the other hand, Desailly added “Costa should go if he feels like it. Money now in modern football is high and if a Chinese or another rich team comes for him in the summer he will have to go”.

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Pat Nevin, writing his weekly column on Chelsea‘s official website, has underlined the importance of next clash against Manchester United, a game which could ‘squeeze the breath out of the challengers’.

“In that it is all about Chelsea, then the next game against Manchester United is the focus, hopefully on another sunny, joyful day. – Nevin claimed – We will look around the other results, but the ability of our manager to focus himself and the team on what we have to do has been consummate. Forget that there is a little bit of breathing space. By winning we squeeze the breath out of the challengers”.

Then he added: “Manchester United is going to be another tester. Jose’s side have European interests and it is maybe another little bit of luck in our favour that we get them when they have been travelling again, but you have to take advantage of any little breaks. The old saying is, make hay while the sun shines. Chelsea appear to be doing just that right now”.


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Fenerbahce are leading the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who is currently enjoying a second loan spell at PSV after joining also A.C. Milan and Stoke City in 2014 and 2015.

The Holland international impressed manager Phillip Cocu as he scored 7 goals in 11 appearances in the Eredivisie, but also Fenerbahce boss Dick Advocaat has admitted interest in the 24-year-old: “He’s a good player. – he said – He can be the one who will move the ball from the midfield area to the last third. 

“He’s a good passer and also a great competitor. He has a good mindset. If the terms are acceptable, signing him would be a no-brainer.”

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Crystal Palace beat even Arsenal following their 1-2 victory at Stamford Bridge and are now edging ever closer to the end of relegation zone since Sam Allardyce was appointed at Selhurst Park in December.

Arsenal are 6th on the table with 54 points, level on points with Everton, which means that Arsene Wenger won’t definitely challenge Chelsea in the title race this season.

Goals from Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic put the Eagles 6 points clear of the relegation zone, with manger Sam Allardyce still confident because ‘Crystal Palace fear nobody’, as he told BBC after the game.

Crystal Palace won crucial games against Chelsea and Arsenal before facing Premier League champions Leicester City, Liverpool and then Tottenham in April.

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Former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri spoke about the signing of N’Golo Kante in summer 2015, when the Foxes were in search of a replacement to as they had lost Esteban Cambiasso.

Ranieri told SkySports: “We were looking at another international player to put there. I tried to keep Cambiasso but he wanted to leave. We wanted an international but he didn’t choose Leicester”.

“Then at the end we had Kante and [Jordy] Clasie. I said, OK, take Kante, I like Kante. I watch him two, three times. Kante slowly, slowly started. I put him on the left wing early on because during the training session I thought I had to get him in somewhere”.

“How can I not put him in the team? He supported everybody. He and Drinkwater made a very big difference.”

Ranieri has confirmed there are no comparisons between Chelsea star Kante and former midfielder Claude Makelele: “He’s no Makelele, Makelele’s less mobile, more organised. Kante is about getting the ball and counter-attacking”.

“This man is very serious. He’s born for football. If you give him something he’ll make the maximum.

“Always laughing. Never complaining. If he speak behind me I don’t understand him because I’d never recognise his voice.”

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Jamie Carragher is impressed by what Antonio Conte is doing in his first year at Stamford Bridge.

According to the former Liverpool star the Italian has been the best Premier League manager so far this season and he deserves the award, especially if Chelsea will lift the Premier League trophy.

“What an outstanding job he’s done for his first year in the Premier League”. – Carragher told Sky Sports – “The signings have worked really well, he’s changed the system, brought someone like Victor Moses in who no-one thought was good enough to play at that level and rejuvenated players like Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa. It’s been a masterclass in managerial expertise this season.”

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Antonio Conte warns his player before Manchester United clash at Old Trafford in this Easter Sunday.

Like in the past weekend Spurs will play first next fixture, adding to the pressure by potentially reducing the gap to just four points once again:

“Probably we can find the same situation this week, because Tottenham play at home against Bournemouth, but in England easy games don’t exist,” The Italian manager said.

“Bournemouth are a really good team, but if you compare these two games, we face United away and Tottenham will face Bournemouth at home, I think at this stage it is easier for Tottenham to think about points on the table.”

After the trip at Old Trafford Chelsea will face Tottenham in the FA Cup semifinal on 22 April, then they will host Southampton in the league three days later and will conclude the month with an away game in Liverpool, with Everton, on 30 April. A tough two weeks for Conte’s side:

“We have to think game by game and we know our schedule is not easy, but we want to play game by game and we will now prepare in the right way for United. I think we are having a good season, but we want it to become a great season.”

Conte also believes is important to control emotions against José Mourinho’s side:

“For us it is very important to always control our emotion because we are fighting to win the title and, for sure, this game will be tough, but we are ready to play it.”

“I think Manchester United will have good motivation because they are playing against Chelsea and Chelsea is on top of the table and every team wants to beat us.”

“It is important in every game to try to get three points and, for sure, we know this game will be very tough, but we are in good form, the players have the right confidence and we want to try to win, but in the same way that United will try to win.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is convinced that N’Golo Kante can improve in his assist stats, as the Frenchman showed he can give his contribution also in this aspect of the game:

“The second goal, it was a good pass,” Conte said of Eden Hazard’s strike against Bournemouth on Saturday, where Kante delivered an inch-perfect through ball.

“I think N’Golo has to improve in this situation.

“If he is able to, he is a top, top player.

“We work with all the players to improve them and to try to work on their strengths and also to work on their weaknesses.”

“I’m happy for Eden, he scored a good goal, but also he is doing a good job and good work in the game.”

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Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham is impressing at Bristol City, where he has scored 21 goals in the season so far but the 19-year-old is not convinced about a Chelsea return, that can be possible next summer as Diego Costa has chances to leave and Michy Batshuayi failed to impress in this first season at Stamford Bridge.

Abraham has revealed he wants to play Premier League football but first team opportunities will be hard to come under Antonio Conte, who prefers to play with more experienced players:

“It’s something that’s played with my mind,” he told the Bristol Post.

“I’ve asked myself the same question and I’ll ask my parents and see what my agents are saying but I think I need to get through this season first and finish on a high.

“It would obviously be a dream for me to be playing in the Premier League but I have to focus here first.”


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