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Fabregas, Azpilicueta and Pedro have been left out of Spain National team, anyway Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is sure that this decision will have positive consequences if they ‘work harder’ during the international break.

“Cesc, Azpi and Pedro are all three important players for Chelsea – Conte told medias – I am pleased for their attitude and commitment, this is important.”

Speaking about their aim to play international football, Conte added: “It can be an opportunity to work harder and to be in the team, in the squad of Spain, this can be an opportunity to work harder, we are talking about three great players.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that a strong point is having a good relationship with owner Roman Abramovich.

“It’s always important to have good relationship and be very clear with players and owner – Conte claimed – I like it because Abramovich is a great passionate about football and to discuss with him about football to have a confrontation is great”.

“it’s important to be very very clear, you’ll be always ok” the Italian manager ended.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich attended the Blues’ training session and practice in Cobham, before having lunch with manager Antonio Conte a few days ago, according to The Times.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that is important to focus only on the present to ‘improve and change the story’ this season.

When asked about the suggestion that Chelsea owner Abramovich could help him by giving money in January, Conte replied: “I think that we must think at the present which is more important, I do not see January as an opportunity to spend money, I see the present as an opportunity to improve, change the story of the last season.” 

“It’s very clear, we don’t forget this and we want to use last season as an instrument tu push more.”

“We don’t have to forget the past – Conte added – when you finish 10th it means that you have problems and we are trying to solve the situation, me and the club”.

“In this situation we haven’t the magic wand to change everything, we only have to work, understand, not only win or lose. We can fill the gap that now we have, we faced two teams very strong and for me these teams are top of the table, we have to improve” he ended.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed captain John Terry is still recovering from his ankle injury and won’t be able to feature against Hull City tomorrow.

“He did not recover from his ankle injury – Conte admitted – we’ll see him after the international break”.

“Also Mikel has a small problem, anyway we have all the other players available” the Italian manager ended.

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Chelsea trio Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Cezar Azpillicueta have been left out of Julen Lopetegui’s side for their World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Albania.

Fabregas, has struggled to break into Antonio Conte’s plans at Chelsea this season, was not included in Lopetegui’s maiden squad in August.
His Chelsea team-mate Azpilicueta, was named in the side but has been dropped for Spain’s latest round of fixtures.

Speaking on Fabregas, Lopetegui said: “Fabregas has played a little bit more at Chelsea. We like Cesc, but we have to choose. There are a lot of players and we can’t call them all. I hope he can play more minutes”.

However Costa is the only player of the Spanish Contingent that made the Spain full squad.

Spain squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Pepe Reina (Napoli), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Nacho (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona),  Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)

Midfielders: Koke (Atletico Madrid), Saul Níguez (Atletico Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), SergioBusquets (Barcelona), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid)

Forward: Nolito (Manchester City),  Jose Callejon (Napoli), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid), Vitolo (Sevilla), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid)

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Ruben Loftus -Cheek has revealed he looked up to Frank Lampard as his idol and inspiration while coming through the ranks at Chelsea.

Lampard who’s Chelsea’s all time goalscorer is adored by the fans and players alike and it’s no difference for the young Blue.

“Growing up in the youth team, the player I looked up to most was Frank Lampard,” he said.

“He was in the same position and he was a goalscoring midfielder. I looked at his game and I tried to replicate how he scores his goals.”

Loftus-Cheek was instrumental for England’s U21 team at the Toulon tournament and also scored in the final as they won the tournament and the 20 year old is looking forward to representing his country as a full international.

“It’s great being part of a group of players that are so talented and around the same age as me,” he added.

“I think the future of England is looking quite bright at the moment. You look around the Premier League teams and there’s a lot of young talent.

“We have to push those young players. Sometimes it’s hard to get game time as a young player but we have to push and hopefully we can play for England in the future.”

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Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has confirmed that Chelsea changed his life as he picked up almost 650 appearances for the club over 13 years.

Speaking about the most important teams in his career: “I guess the obvious is Chelsea – he said – The second one might be slightly obvious, it’s Man City. I never envisaged playing for Manchester City at that point in my career, but I have to say the fans, players, staff…took me in so well in that year I was there.”

“One outsider would be Swansea City which is a club where I went on loan to for two months at 17 years of age” Lampard admitted.

“They were in the old second division at that point, and they’ve come a long way since. And I’ve been delighted to see them come that way.”

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Arsenal and Chelsea are still keeping tabs on Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata despite both failed to land him last summer, according to Don Balon.

The 23-year-old recently told Bild that new manager Antonio Conte placed a bid to make him the most expensive Spanish player of all time earlier in the summer, but Morata rejected the offer as he wants to succeed at Real Madrid this season.

“Chelsea showed the most interest – he claimed – Antonio Conte had already signed me for Juventus.”

“And it was a very good offer this time. I would have been the most expensive Spanish player ever.”

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Pogba stayed at Juventus last summer but hinted an exit soon

Manchester United manager José Mourinho tried to land Paul Pogba to Stamford Bridge when he was in charge at Chelsea, according to the player’s agent Mino Raiola.

The move was reportedly blocked as the Frenchman reached an agreement to stay another year at Juventus: “Paul could have left them last year because Mourinho really wanted him – Raiola told Rai Sport – But Juventus and I had agreement: win the league title and the Champions League, then he can go.”  

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Ex Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes N’golo Kante is still struggling to find his feet at Chelsea after his excellent performances for Leicester in their title winning season.

The France international initially made an impressive start to his 2016-17 Premier League.

But Kante couldn’t prevent Chelsea losing back to back games to Liverpool and Arsenal and Ian Wright believes Kante struggled in both games and insists it’s different for Kante playing for Leicester and Chelsea.

“Now Kante is in a team like Chelsea and we are starting to see little chinks,” Wright toldThe Sun Goals podcast.

“He was far too tight on Ozil for Arsenal’s third goal. He didn’t see the danger. That is something you couldn’t accuse him of last season.

“He is still finding his feet there. But there are worrying signs. Playing for Leicester and playing for Chelsea are two different things. Now we’re expecting performances from Kante. It’s the dreaded second album.”


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