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Chelsea and Nigeria winger Victor Moses, now a regular starter for the Blues, spoke after the important win at Middlesbrough, that put the Conte’s side top of the league:

“I’m happy I got into the starting eleven and I want to improve in every game, ” Moses stated in his post match interview.

“I have been on loan three times, but we have a good manager here who wants to give youngsters an opportunity.”

Continuing to speak about the game, Moses said:

” In the second half, Boro came at us, but we were very strong at the back. The big man here (Cahill) was dominating.

“I think we showed great character today from the start. We had chances in the first half and we should have taken them.

 “We have to keep working hard to make sure we stay at the top until the end of the season.

” It’s very tight from the fifth to the first.The league is hard this season, we want to take each game as it comes.”

 

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored the goal which decided the game today and manager Antonio Conte is pleased with the Spaniard’s performance.

“Diego is always important – the boss said – He is the point of reference in our attack, and together with Eden and Pedro, they played a good game today”.

“Diego is impressing with the way he is finding ways to score goals. It’s important to continue in this way because we need his goals, Eden’s goals, Willian’s goals, Pedro’s goal,”

“In the past, people asked me about his behaviour, his reaction, his passion, and now he’s one of the best strikers in the world. He has to continue in this way. He is showing his passion in the right way”.

“He is very focused on helping the team with and without the ball, and he is scoring goals.”

Then Conte added: “After two defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal, for sure it wasn’t simple to believe we would have six wins in a row, above all without conceding any goals. This league is very difficult to have success in and to win six games in a row is fantastic”.

“A month-and-a-half ago, after two defeats, Chelsea wasn’t a favourite or a team that can fight for the title until the end. Now it’s very difficult to change our opinion completely. It’s hard to say our target now. I want to wait until the second half of the season”.

He ended: “But I know, and the players and our fans know, that Chelsea might fight until the end for something.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after his side’s away 1-0 win against Middlesbrough at the Riverside this evening.

“I’m pleased because we won a game in a different way if you compare it to our past five games, – the Italian manager told medias – We won only 1-0 against a strong team with good organisation. At the moment we had to suffer, we suffered, but we never lost our compactness. It’s very good”.

“We created chances to score the second goal, and it’s important to score the second goal and kill the game, because anything can happen until the end in this league, and above all today. When you are winning only 1-0 you have to pay attention until the end, because Middlesbrough could have got a draw, like against City”.

Then Conte added: “Middlesbrough played a good game with good organisation. They put their best on the pitch, but in this period it’s very difficult to play against Chelsea. This game gives us confidence and increases our trust in what we are doing,’ Conte continued”.

“Now it’s important to think about the next game against Tottenham, a tough game, a massive game. Middlesbrough is now the past for us.”

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Chelsea go top of the table after edging Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough welcomed Chelsea to the Riverside Stadium at the back of impressive displays against Man City and Arsenal which resulted in draws.

But Antonio Conte‘s men have also been in fine form heading into this fixture with five straight wins and no goals conceded. Chelsea went straight at Boro following kickoff, but the opening won’t come until a scrappy play in the box following an Eden Hazard corner, allowed Diego Costa to sneak one in for Chelsea in the 41st minute, before that Chelsea created a couple of chances with Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses going close while Pedro went the closest but his shot was tipped over the bar by Victor Valdes.

Anyway, Middlesbrough were able to hold on to maintain the 1-0 scoreline till the half-time whistle was blown.

In the second half a different Boro side emerged going at Chelsea,with Gaston Rámirez firing just over the bar before Alvaro Negredo forced Thibaut Courtois into a good save,but that was all about Middlesbrough,as Chelsea cruised and came close to doubling their lead with Pedro hitting the bar following a fine lay off by Diego Costa and Victor Moses also fluffed a chance when he went one on one with Victor Valdes.

But that sole Diego Costa effort which was his tenth of the season, was enough to seal a sixth straight win with no goals conceded for Chelsea taking them to the top of the table one point ahead of closest rivals, Man City and Arsenal. This win maintains Chelsea’s steam ahead of a crunch London Derby at the Bridge against Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses (Ivanovic 89), Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro (Chalobah 80), Diego Costa, Hazard (Oscar 90+2).
Unused subs Begovic, Terry, Fabregas, Batshuayi.
Scorer Diego Costa 41
Booked Azpilicueta 51, David Luiz 65, Kante 73

Middlesbrough (4-5-1): Valdes; Barragan, Chambers, Gibson (c), Fabio (Downing 71); Traore, Forshaw (Leadbitter 89), Clayton (Fischer 73), De Roon, Ramirez; Negredo.
Unused subs Guzan, Espinosa, Fischer, Nsue, Rhodes.
Booked Clayton 8, Chambers 74

Referee Jon Moss
Crowd 32,704

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Middlesbrough (4-5-1) – Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Da Silva, Traore, Forshaw, Clayton, de Roon, Ramirez, Negredo. 

Subs: Bernardo, Leadbitter, Rhodes, Fischer, Guzan, Downing, Nsue.

Manager: Aitor Karanka

Chelsea (3-4-3) – Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Costa, Hazard. 

Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Oscar, Batshuayi, Terry, Chalobah.

 

Manager: Antonio Conte

Venue: Riverside Stadium

Kick-Off: 4:00 BST

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had his say on speculation regarding a possible move to offer ex-star Frank Lampard a new role at Stamford Bridge.

“Frank Lampard has been a great player, a fantastic player for Chelsea, – the Italian manager said – He won a lot with this team”.

“But now for me he’s still playing and for this reason I don’t know his future. I repeat: he has been a fantastic player, a legend for this club. I have great respect for him. 

Then Conte added: “For me it’s very difficult to reply to the question when the question starts ‘if’. It’s important to know.”

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Chelsea are set to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, when Antonio Conte‘s side will try to reach their 6th Premier League win in a row without conceding a goal.

Team News

CHELSEA

– Chelsea’s full squad are available for the first time since Conte became manager;

– Diego Costa and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who were in doubt, are expected to be fit and ready to feature today;

– Even Cesc Fabregas is available again after recovering from a muscle injury.

MIDDLESBROUGH

– Daniel Ayala is still injured due to an ankle injury;

– Also George Friend is still in doubt;

– Middlesbrough star Gaston Ramirez returns available after a one-match ban.

Predicted LineUps

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-5-1) Valdes; Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; Ramirez, Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Traore; Negredo

CHELSEA (3-4-3) Courtois; Cahill, David Luiz, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Matic, Kante, Moses; Hazard, Costa, Pedro

 

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has revealed his aim to win titles again with the Blues after joining his current side in 2012 from LOSC Lille.

“If I ever leave, it’ll be after winning a championship, – the Belgium international reportedly told The GuardianI’m playing without pain now. Last year was complicated and some people didn’t believe it, but I played with a hip injury for a long time”.

“I was never 100 per cent and when you are not completely fit it’s hard to play at your best”.

Then Hazard ended: “I had a good break after the Euros, a good pre-season, and was ready. Liberated, yes. It feels like that sometimes, being injury-free and if a system brings the best out of you.”

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Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake’s header decided Bournemouth away win against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium this evening.

Some reports suggested that Chelsea could cut short his season-long loan at the Cherries, but manager Eddie Howe decided to play the 21-year-old against Mark Hughes’ side and was fully repaid for his choice.

Ake spent last season on loan at Vicarage Road with Watford playing 24 times and scoring once.

 

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Chelsea are in advanced talks to land Bayer Leverkusen attacking-midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu to Stamford Birdge in January transfer window, according to exclusive reports in The Sun.

The Turkish international could move for a fee esteemed around £17m by the Bundesliga outfit.

It is understood Calhanoglu could represent an alternative should Chelsea star Oscar leave the club when the transfer market window reopens, with Inter Milan reportedly interested in the Brazilian star.

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