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Chelsea are facing Watford tomorrow and the game will be also the first Italian managers derby of this Premier League, where four Italian coaches are in charge: Antonio Conte at Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City, Francesco Guidolin at Swansea and Walter Mazzarri at Watford.

Conte and Mazzarri are familiar with each other having competed for trophies during their respective spells as managers of Juventus and Napoli.

“I saw him in the meeting for managers and I spoke with him and his assistant coach about this experience because it’s also a great challenge for him,” Conte revealed during his press conference to preview the match today.

“When we were in the Italian championship and we fought for the title, Juventus versus Napoli, everyone fights for his club, but our relationship is very normal. I have great respect for him and his work, he’s a great manager.

“Every manager has their own idea of football so for this reason every manager is different, not only me and Mazzarri. Every coach brings his idea of football, I studied for my own ideas and other managers studied for their own ideas.

“I will shake his hand, no problem. But I repeat: I saw him at the coaches’ meeting and spoke with him, with the assistant coach too.”

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During the press conference to preview Watford’s game today, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked to comment Diego Costa‘s attitude on the pitch: the Spanish striker scored a late winner against West Ham last Monday also risked a red card after a dangerous challenge on Hammers’ goalkeeper Adrian:

“We all know Diego and he is a passionate footballer,” Conte explained

“Sometimes it seems he’s always on the edge when he plays but he’s a good guy and a good player.

“He puts his passion into football when he plays. I’m happy with his attitude and behaviour. We know he must pay attention in all situations because sometimes when many people talk about one player its difficult for him to play in a relaxed way as he knows he’s always at the centre of attention.”


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Eden Hazard must become the leader of Chelsea to show all his incredible talent, according to Blues ex midfielder Michael Ballack:

“He was struggling a bit last year,” he told Omnisport.

“Players like him, who are, in my eyes, very emotional players, they need a kind of warm environment, a good relationship with everyone – especially the coach – to perform.

“And he has unbelievable talent. I mean, the expectations to handle that and to bring it at the right time on the pitch is the key question for him.

“He’s getting older now as well and it’s not his first season at Chelsea anymore.

So all the fans and the club expect a lot from him and I think he needs to understand he’s one of the key players, if not the key player, of that team.

“He got the captain’s armband for his Belgium team from the [former] coach Marc Wilmots, which shows his attention. He gave him this responsibility to understand.”

“He’s not just a winger to perform some days to show his incredible talent,” Ballack added.

“No, there’s much more about leadership and what he brings to the team because he has this incredible talent.

“But there’s something above that – not just to perform but have this responsibility for the team.

“If I see to the right and to the left I don’t see a player on this team on his level. And he needs to understand that, and then I think he will bring his talent on the pitch and also has this impact to his team-mates.

“Because that’s what I expect from a big player – to have this impact on his team-mates as well, to push them as well, in terms of performing.”

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Chelsea legend Michael Ballack shared his opinion about Blues new signing N’Golo Kante: according to the ex German midfielder, the ex Leicester City star can be really important for Antonio Conte‘s side:

“Players were underperforming and I think that’s why Chelsea made the right decision to buy this player, because he was a key player at Leicester,” he told Omnisport.

“Also, when I saw him play for the French team, he reminds me a bit of [Claude] Makelele in his style of play.

“I think he could give that team a solid basis which is necessary for the right balance of the team in terms of offensive and defensive.

“He’s the right player, he seems the right player, he’s a good buy but still he has to deliver and he has to show that also adapt to a bigger club and bigger expectations which is not easy. But I think on paper it’s a good signing.”


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Chelsea legend Michael Essien could join back the Blues as a free agent.

The Ghanian midfielder is currently training with at the club’s Cobham training ground and he even played in a recently 2-1 friendly win over Brentford: according to The Sun he is training with his former side in order to regain fitness but new boss Antonio Conte could consider adding him to the squad if he likes his performances in training. The ex Chelsea player can also be important as a leader in the dressing room.

Essien joined the West London side from Lyon in 2005 for £24.4m and was one of the Blues main men in their years of success, forming a strong partnership with other Blues legend Frank Lampard.

The ex Blues midfielder had been playing for Panathinaikos last season but the Greek outfit terminated his contract and he is now free agent.





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Juan Cuadrado’s agent, Aleassandro Lucci, admits a return to Juventus “is not easy” but he’ll fly to London to meet Chelsea today.

The Bianconeri are trying to bring the Colombian international back for another loan spell after the successful one of the past season but the situation is complicated since Blues manager Antonio Conte has always had a soft spot for the winger.

“It’s not an easy situation,” Lucci explained to Italian TV network SportItalia.

“However, I’ll fly to London tomorrow to try and unblock it.”

According to Italian sources, Cuadrado is pushing Chelsea to go back to Juventus also for personal reasons.

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Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta has revealed Chelsea winger Juan Manuel Cuadrado is edging closer to moving back to the Serie A side, where he spent last season on loan featuring 40 times under Massimiliano Allegri.

“Cuadrado is a player welcomed for various reasons – he told La Gazzetta dello Sport With us, he behaved well, our experience with him was extremely positive. It’s a question that will be resolved in the next couple of days max”.

“For now, he’s at Chelsea. If the club is open to it, well, we’ll start talking. A loan? I’d say yes, we’ll see.”

His agent Alessandro Lucci is reportedly traveling to London in order to seal an agreement with the Blues on a season-long £3.5m loan with an option to buy.

Anyway, new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is said to be a huge fan of the 28-year-old and claimed last week: “He will come back very soon and train and play with us. He’s a Chelsea player and he’ll stay with us,” 


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According to the Croatian side’s manager, Zlatko Kranjcar, Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper Eduardo dos Reis Carvalho, known as simply Eduardo.

Kranjcar was asked whether the Portuguese international was leaving the club and he told Croatian news outlet 24 Sata that he believes that to be case and wishes him all the luck in the world.

“I think so. Eduardo has been given an amazing opportunity to leave for a big club like Chelsea.

“With his arrival we gained security in our team. During my time at the club he has defended his goal very well. Even impressively. But the situation is that he is leaving. May he have all the good luck at the big club.”

Antonio Conte‘s Chelsea are a little short of experienced goalkeepers at the club, with only Asmir Begovic to back up number one keeper Thibaut Courtois. An injury to either of those and the Blues could be in trouble for the rest of the season.

So, with the deal for Eduardo being all but complete, it’s great news for everyone involved with the London club.

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Chelsea captain and centre-back John Terry spoke to Sky Sports after their 2-1 victory over West Ham United on Monday night.

He insisted that they have relied heavily on Eden Hazard in the past few season and although he is a world class player, he can’t do it all by himself.

Last season Hazard‘s form dipped dramatically and it showed in the results for Chelsea and their overall finish in the Premier League.

“He’s up there with the very best in the world for me.

“We relied on him too much last season and he can’t do it all on his own even though he almost does.

“He’s a world-class player and we’re very lucky to have him.”

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According to The Times, Conte has studied Hazard‘s performances from his poor campaign last year and he has identified what it was that caused Hazard to lose his confidence.

It took Hazard until April to open up his goal scoring tally and compared to the season before, that wasn’t good enough.

Conte believes that Hazard was tackled or pushed off the ball too easily and insists he needs to add some strength to his game in order to keep possession.

So, the Italian manager has ordered him to spend extra time in the gym lifting to weights in an attempt to get him back to his very best for the Blues in the season ahead.


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