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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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Manchester City players Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho will face a three and four-game bans, respectively,  the FA has confirmed.

The Argentine striker was sent off after a horror tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz, while the Brazilian midfielder was shown red following an altercation with Cesc Fabregas.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola defended Fernandinho, while remained coy about the decision on whether to start Aguero or not against Celtic in Champions League tomorrow night.

“There will be changes tomorrow, definitely,” he said. “I am so happy to give minutes to people who deserve to play and who did not play in the last games. 

“If Sergio is going to play or not, I am going to decide today or tomorrow. I don’t know at the moment.”

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Former Liverpool midfielder and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp praised Chelsea striker Diego Costa, claiming the Spaniard is the best in his role in the Premier League:

“Could you imagine the backlash if Costa had gone in for a challenge as bad as Aguero’s on David Luiz? We all see Sergio as the saint and Costa the sinner but this was the complete opposite,” Redknappp wrote in his column in the Daily Mail.

 “I was up in the stands on Saturday and could even see Costa acting as peacemaker during the fracas at the end.

“We are blessed with the quality of centre forwards in our league. Earlier in the season I would have said Aguero was the best of the bunch but now I have to pick Costa. He is the perfect all-round centre forward.”

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Cesar Azpilicueta hails Cesc Fabregas, that was a key man in the win against Manchester City and was back to the starting XI after two months, also thanks to Nemanja Matic‘s injury:

“The passes he did during the win against Manchester City were amazing,” the Spaniard said about his compatriot.

He provided the assist for the goal which got us back into the game. Diego [Costa] scored a very good goal. Not a lot of players can do that kind of pass.

“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.”

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Gary Cahill reveals which is the main reason of Chelsea success, the Blues are top of the league after winning eight games in a row and don’t want to stop:

“Every time we go out on to the pitch it’s like we can’t lose but it’s a nice pressure to have on ourselves,” the English defender told the club’s official website.

“We’re going into a period which is going to be busy for everyone and during those games we need to keep going.

“We’re in a good moment so we need to keep that momentum, keep everyone fresh, keep everyone on the pitch and keep getting results.”

“We’ve worked well together and we know how to play that system.

“A lot of changes to the team maybe disrupts that a little bit, but at the same time we’ve seen the quality we have.”

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea starlet Eden Hazard scored the third goal at Etihad Stadium last time out, when the Blues sunk Manchester City in the second half.

“It was a good game for us, we did well, – the Belgium international told the club’s official website – It’s not every year you win eight in a row, we played well. To come here and be losing 1-0 at half-time it’s not easy to win the game but we did well”.

“We showed great character last week against Tottenham and again against City. The whole team gave everything and that was the key.”

Then Hazard had his say about teammate Diego Costa, who is currently the best scorer in Premier League with 11 goals in 14 games, alongside Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

“Before he was scoring a lot but sometimes getting yellow cards or red cards, now he’s not, that’s the big change,” he said.

Hazard ended: “He gives everything on the pitch, he scored a goal and got one assist, he’s been on fire since the start of the season.”

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Gary Cahill celebrates the win over Spurs after final whistle © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill took a closer look at the Blues’ away win against Manchester City last time out.

The England international centre-back, who scored an own-goal just before half-time, told the club’s official website: “I think that’s my first own-goal, I can’t remember another one. It was unfortunate. We were playing against a very good team and they showed that in the first half. Everybody was saying this would be the big test for us”.

“We were 1-0 down but we had to keep doing what we were doing. At 1-0 you’re always in the game and when it went to 1-1 we showed a lot of character. We didn’t play our best football but at times in the second half we were very good”.

Chelsea are set to face West Bromwich Albion at home next week.

“We’re not even at Christmas yet but eight wins is encouraging – Cahill added – It was a test which we completed. We’re going home happy and we got the three points.”

 

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Chelsea stunning performance showed against Manchester City could be the turning point, as the Blues currently lead the Premier League table with 34 points.

Speaking about the game, winger Willian told the club’s official TV: “It’s always difficult to play here, but we came with a great mentality to play this game,”

“The first half was difficult, but in the second half we played more confidently. We did well with and without the ball, and we scored goals. That’s always good for us”.

About Diego Costa‘s assist: “It was a great ball, there was space and Diego made a great assist for me and I finished well”.

“I feel good now. There have been difficult moments for me and my family and it’s good for me and for the team to go on the pitch again, to score a goal and to help my team-mates.”

Willian and David Luiz both celebrated the 1-2 showing a black armband in memory of Brazilian football team Chapecoense.

“It’s a difficult moment for us in Brazil, – he ended – Just to do this for them, to say they have to keep strong, their families, and God bless everyone.”

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David Luiz had his say on Sergio Aguero‘s brutal tackle on him yesterday, an awful foul that could have seriously hurt the Brazilian defender, who said:

“I don’t like to publicise things. This is not part of the beautiful football.

“Aguero is an amazing player, he scores a lot, he wins a lot. It is better when you talk about Aguero to talk about good things rather than bad things.

“It is quite normal frustration when you don’t win the game and I don’t like to speak about negative things.

It is normal in football – when you win you be happy, when you lose you be sad.”

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