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New Chelsea player N’Golo Kante spoke about his new playing-style under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge:

“I think Chelsea is different from my previous clubs because when I played in Caen and Leicester, we didn’t have the ball as much and we played more on the counter-attack,” the French midfielder told to the club official magazine.

“It’s better to have the ball than to run most of the time behind the ball. We defend like a team and when it’s my task to do the pressing and to work hard to win possession, I have to do it.

“That’s what I try to do,  work hard to win the ball when we haven’t got it and to keep possession or create a chance when we have the ball.”

“Chelsea have many very good midfielders, but most of the time I play with Matic and, yes, he’s a good player. In training we have done a lot of work together, so in the game we can understand each other.

“When he goes forward, I stay back. When I go forward, he stays back. When you play together, it’s good to understand each other and I think it is a good partnership.”

Kante also explained his evolution as a player, with a difficult early career:

“When I was young in my club in Suresnes, I tried a lot of times to go in an academy of a professional club, but always I missed this chance. They said they had some players like me, or they didn’t like me. So I didn’t go. I stayed in Suresnes until 19, when I went to Boulogne in the sixth division.

“The first team was professional, but the second team was in the sixth division. I did one year in the second team, we went up to the fifth division and after that I went up to the first team in the third division. I joined Caen from there.”
 

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Eden Hazard‘s brother, Thorgan, has revealed he was sure that would have never impressed with the Chelsea first team, even when he signed for the club.
The Borussia Monchengladbach star Hazard, who left Chelsea in 2015, told Het Nieuwsblad: “I knew I would not stay at Chelsea when I signed for them. It was a great opportunity to join such a big club, but I knew I needed regular playing time to show what I could do”.
“Chelsea like to buy young players and then slowly get them ready. – Hazard added – All the young players like Kevin De Bruyne, Charly Musonda and Romelu Lukaku were shipped out on loan”.
“You need regular playing time at that age. “Maybe Chelsea now regret their decision not to give De Bruyne and Lukaku more chances, I don’t know.”

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Chelsea are set to face Bournemouth, Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur between December 26th and January  3rd, anyway manager Antonio Conte admitted he is ‘curious’ about the new habit typical of the Premier League.

“This is the first time my team will play during the Christmas and New Year and I am very keen to discover about this – Conte told the club’s official website – This Christmas I will be in England with all my family, not only my wife and daughter, but also my father and mother and my brothers together. For sure it will be a new Christmas for us.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told the club’s official website he is pleased to be in charge at Stamford Bridge after joining the Blues last summer.

“This is a good challenge for me, and for my wife and my daughter, – the Italian manager said – because this is the first time for me working in a country with another language, with different habits and also a different method of work, but I am enthusiastic about this experience because I think I arrive in the right moment of my life”. 

“However, for me it is a bit difficult now to enjoy London as usually when you arrive in a new club it is important to put the job for me and my staff above all else in this first period. For this reason I am enjoying only a little of London. I hope in the future to explore London better, but for now I prefer to be concentrated on the work.”

“Sometimes if I go for a walk in Chelsea there are many Italian people here, but it is good and I have seen a lot of respect shown to the players and to me. I appreciate it a lot”.

Anyway, Conte revealed he prefers to spend time with his family: “For now they stay in Italy and every weekend they come here and stay with me. Always they come to games and when we play at home they sit behind me and I want this. I want to feel their support.”

About the food habits: “In England the meat is very good, great chicken and the red meat is fantastic, also the vegetables, and the strawberries in summer.”

 

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Chelsea are set to launch an audacious move as they want to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, according to Mediaset Premium.

The Blues are reportedly ready to place a £43m bid plus Cesc Fabregas, who is said to be in search of a loan move to find more playing time.

Also Juventus and Bayern Munich are reportedly keeping tabs on the 24-year-old.

 

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Newcastle United are not willing to let centre-back and captain Jamaal Lascelles leave the Championship side in January despite several rumors linked the 23-year-old highly-rated defender with a move to Chelsea in the last weeks.

In fact, according to the Northern Echo, the Magpies have no intention of letting him leave even if Antonio Conte‘s side were rumored to be ready to spend up to £18m for the English starlet.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will reportedly try to make Chelsea loanee Christian Atsu‘s move permanent in a near future.

 

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Chelsea and Manchester United are still keeping tabs on Real Madrid star James Rodriguez as they look set to place a January bid to sign the Colombia international, according to several reports in Spain.

The 25-year-old is struggling with game time under manager Zinedine Zidane so far and Los Blancos could reportedly consider to let him leave on loan.

It is understood Chelsea already tried to land James to Stamford Bridge last summer and will reportedly try to persuade him again when the transfer market window reopens in January.

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Chelsea are set to offer striker Diego Costa a new and improved deal to stay put at Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Mail.

The 28-year-old is impressing under new manager Antonio Conte and will reportedly be offered a bumper new contract.

It is understood Atletico Madrid tried to lure the Spaniard back to Spain before signing Kevin Gameiro from Seville.

Anyway, Chelsea are confident that Diego Costa will decide to commit his future to the Blues.

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill spoke after his goal in the 3-0 England’s win over Scotland:

“It’s been a long time since I’ve scored in an England shirt and it’s always a proud moment,” the Blues centre-back revealed.

“It felt good. It’s random that we got three headers but nevertheless it was three good goals.

“To be fair we’ve worked quite a lot this week on our final-third entry and being a bit more ruthless and I thought that came to light because our finishing was excellent.”

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Chelsea players John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses were the main protagonists in Nigeria 3-1’s win over Algeria, in a clash valid for Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Moses opened the score on minute 25, twenty minutes later Obi Mikel scored his second ever goal for his national team.

Bentaleb netted the one for Algeria – who was lining up Leicester stars Slimani and Mahrez in attack  – at minute 67 but Victor Moses, that is on fire after being reborn under Conte at Stamford Bridge, sealed the game in injury time after a free-flowing counter attack.

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