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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of his side’s clash against Swansea.

About Paul Clement, who replaced Bob Bradley at the Liberty Stadium in January, the Italian boss claimed: “He had a great impact with the team and strengthened the team in Janaury,”

“The game will be difficult but we worked very well during this week to face them in the right way

“Of course Paul Clement is doing a great job also in offensive situations” he added.

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Conte said: “I know him very well as he played with me at Juventus, we won together and I have great admiration” 

“He’s a great man and is a pleasure to see him: I wish the best for him after tomorrow’s game, of course!”


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Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri lost the job as Leicester boss yesterday just a few months after winning the Premier League title.

Antonio Conte, speaking at press conference today, praised the Italian manager:  “I’m very sad because this is our job and I am disappointed for him because he’s a friend, a good man and a good manager. Only one season ago he won the title and reached a dream, obviously I am disappointed as a friend of him”.

When asked about Roberto Mancini, who could reportedly be appointed at the King Power Stadium: “Now it’s better to wait, – Conte claimed – I understand his frustration and for sure I’ll call him but there will be time to talk and show the disappointment for this strong decision”. 

Then he added: “I was already sacked with the bookmakers this season but I am here and I was lucky to keep the right concentration and continue the work. It’s important to finish this season in the best way and if we will be able to reach this dream I am ready and very happy to face the risk of a sacking next season”.

“There are 13 games and it won’t be easy but I am ready to take the risk: it would mean that we won the league”. 

When asked about alleged player’s lack of confidence towards Ranieri: ” If this happens the club is poor, without power. I don’t believe in this, trust in this – I repeat – I don’t want to listen to these kind of stories [lack of confidence] because is bad to imagine that your players can decide your destiny”. 

Conte ended: “I was surprised that he was sacked after the game of Champions League against Seville, because is a good result when you finish 1-2 in the first leg, for Leicester is a big achieve”.

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Swansea boss Paul Clement spoke ahead of next clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, when the Swans will face Antonio Conte‘s side at Stamford Bridge.

The former Chelsea assistant manager, when asked about possible comparisons between N’Golo Kante and Claude Makelele, said: “Kante is a wonderful player and he did so well at Leicester.

“They did an amazing job to recruit a player like that. He’s obviously made that transition from Leicester to Chelsea seamlessly.

“You can understand why those comparisons are being made between those two but there’s only one Makelele”.

About the game, Clement added: “When we have got the ball, we will need to keep it away from where he is.

“But there are other players you need to be aware of from an offensive threat with the likes of Hazard, Costa and Pedro.”

Reports suggested that Paul Clement is keen on extending Claude Makelele’s stay at Swansea City as assistant coach after the Frenchman joined their staff in January.


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Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen was one of Borussia Mönchengladbach heroes in Europa League Round of 32 tonight.

The German side was travelling to Italy after losing 1-0 against Fiorentina at home last week and set an incredible comeback at Franchi Stadium: Borussia was 2-0 down at 29′ but a penalty scored by Lars Stindl right before half-time gave them hope to level the tie.

The same Stindl scored a brace in the beginning of the second half, between 47′ and 55′: ‘Gladbach was already qualified with a 2-3 for the away goals rule, but Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen- that has been on loan to the Bundesliga side for two years- scored the 2-4 definitive goal at 60’, giving his team the tranquillity they need to end the match, becoming one of the two heroes of this special night.

Borussia will know their rivals for the competition’s last 16 tomorrow after the UEFA draw.


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Former Ballon d’Or Michael Owen gives us some interesting stats regarding Chelsea next Premier League rivals, Swansea.

The ex Liverpool and Real Madrid forward analysed the Swans performance under former Chelsea coach Paul Clement – who won the PL Manager of the Month in January- and they are outstanding, a reason more to keep the concentration high for the Blues:

“Paul Clement’s Swansea have picked up one more point in 2017 (12) than league leaders Chelsea in 2017 and the Swans’ boss returns to Stamford Bridge with a confident and improving side,” Owen told Betvictor.

“Clement was, of course, assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea between 2009 and 2011 and should be warmly applauded for the great job he has done at the Liberty Stadium since taking over the reins.

“After the trip to Chelsea, the Swans’ next four games are against Burnley (H), Hull and Bournemouth (A) and Boro (H) and there is an argument that those four games will define their season rather than what happens at the Bridge on Saturday. 

“I don’t agree and think Swansea and Clement will give it a real go at his former club although I expect the Blues to keep the points in West London.”

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Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck met some of the richest Chinese businessmen as many companies from the Asian country are ready to invest in a Premier League club.

As Sportsmail reveals “The HNA Group — a Fortune Global 500 company with annual revenue of more than £20billion — have sent representatives to Stamford Bridge as they continue to search for an avenue into English football.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck met several members of HNA’s mergers and acquisitions team on January 7, the day before Chelsea beat Peterborough United 4-1 in the FA Cup.

The group also attended the Peterborough match, sitting in the directors’ box and posing for pictures with a replica Premier League trophy in an executive bar at Stamford Bridge.

It was the second meeting between the Chinese group and Chelsea, with Buck believed to have travelled to Asia for talks.

A source confirmed HNA are ‘serious about buying a club’ and it is thought they have made formal representations to at least one other Premier League side in recent years.

The content of the conversations with Buck remains unclear but Chelsea have grand plans which could benefit from outside financial support — most notably the Stamford Bridge expansion project that was given the go-ahead last month. The regeneration of the stadium, taking capacity to 60,000, is expected to cost £500million.”

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Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri, who won an historic Premier League title with Leicester City last season, parted way with the Foxes today.

An official statement, published a few minutes ago, read:

Leicester City Football Club has tonight (Thursday) parted company with its First Team Manager, Claudio Ranieri. 
Claudio, appointed City manager in July 2015, led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the Club’s 133-year history last season, as we were crowned champions of England for the first time. His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question. 
However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the Club’s Premier League status under threat and the Board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the Club’s greatest interest. 
Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City. But we are duty-bound to put the Club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be. 
“Claudio has brought outstanding qualities to his office. His skilful management, powers of motivation and measured approach have been reflective of the rich experience we always knew he would bring to Leicester City. His warmth, charm and charisma have helped transform perceptions of the Club and develop its profile on a global scale. We will forever be grateful to him for what he has helped us to achieve. 
“It was never our expectation that the extraordinary feats of last season should be replicated this season. Indeed, survival in the Premier League was our first and only target at the start of the campaign. But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games.” 
First Team preparations for Monday’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool will resume on Saturday, with Assistant Manager Craig Shakespeare and First Team Coach Mike Stowell taking charge of the squad until a new manager is appointed. 
Assistant Manager and First Team Coach Paolo Benetti and First Team Sport Science and Conditioning Coach Andrea Azzalin have also parted company with the Club and leave with our thanks for their service and best wishes for the future. 
The Board will now begin the recruitment process and will make no further comment until that process is completed.


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England and Bath fly-half George Ford spoke about Chelsea after manager Antonio Conte visited his head coach Eddie Jones at Pennyhill Park earlier this morning.

The 23-year-old is a Chelsea supporter and showed his pleasure to meet Conte: “I used to love watching Frank Lampard play so that’s where my support for Chelsea comes from,” he said.

“It was great to meet the manager, you can obviously see why they are successful at the minute, – he added –He is very experienced at what he does and meeting Steve Holland was also great”.

Then Ford ended: “There are 13 Premier League games left, they are in a good spot, so touch wood they can win it.”

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Chelsea’s legend Frank Lampard will be at Stamford Bridge Saturday afternoon when The Blues will face Swansea.

The iconic midfielder not only will attend the game, but, at half-time he will be introduced to the fans and he will walk around the pitch.

Lampard played 648 matches for Chelsea and he won three Premier League titles, four Fa Cups, two League Cups and both Champions League and Europa League. The English player is also the club’s top scorer with 193 goals in 13 seasons.


Chelsea striker Pedro scored the winning goal on Sunday vs Leicester and helped the Blues to qualify to the Fa Cup semifinal. An important win, not only because it sent Antonio Conte's side...