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New Chelsea signing Michy Batshuayi, who joined the Blues from Olympique Marseille on a £33.5m move this summer, wanted to share his feelings after the late win against West Ham at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League opener yesterday night.

The Belgium international striker took a picture alongside with his teammates Diego Costa and Ola Aina.

“Great feeling to win at home and assist in my first minutes here, your messages are so appreciated” Batshuayi wrote later on his official Twitter account.

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After seeing Diego Costa’s tackle on their goalkeeper Adrian, West Ham captain Mark Noble claimed that the Chelsea striker should have been sent off:

“A couple of decisions went against us. It’s a yellow isn’t it? I’ve seen the tackle and he (Costa) wiped his (Adrian’s) ankle out completely,” the English midfielder said after the defeat his team suffered for a Costa’s late goal at Stamford Bridge last night.

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After the opening game of the Premier League season last night between Chelsea and West Ham, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic was left more than a little frustrated after a late goal from Diego Costa won the game 2-1 for the Blues.

However, Bilic had some complaints during the game when Costa fouled West Ham keeper, Adrian, and should have received a second yellow card, according to the Croatian manager.

“It was late – very late – and nine times out of 10 when you see that challenge on a goalkeeper, it ends up with a booking.

“Unfortunately this was the 10th time, but I’m more interested in talking about the game than Diego Costa.

“From my point of view I’ve seen the incident again and I don’t think Costa was reckless. It was not a reckless or deliberate one but it was quite late, the ball had gone. He could have been booked again and so a red card.

“But I am not frustrated because of that, I am frustrated because of the late goal. When you lose a game and concede late, of course you are disappointed.

“We came back into the game, we played well after 1-1 but we made the mistake in the middle of the park. We gave the ball away and conceded a cheap goal.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed Cesc Fabregas is training properly and that the decision to leave him out of the starting XI against West Ham “can happen to all the players”.

“Cesc is Chelsea’s player and I’m happy with his attitude and behaviour – Conte said – he must know when you are at a great team like Chelsea I have to take decisions before the game, to choose a starting XI”.

“It can happen that Fabregas isn’t in the starting 11 but it can happen to all the players,”

‘It’s important to always see the right attitude because we must fight this season. Now, I took this decision but in the next game we don’t know, I could change or not”.

Then he ended: “When a coach makes a decision there is always a reason but I prefer to keep it for me. But I repeat I don’t see any problem, I’m very happy to have these players and train these players”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told Sky Calciomercato he is not worried about the transfer market since he speaks everyday with the club to strengthen the team.

“It’s important to have contact every day with the club. The market is very crazy, the club knows my ideas and it’s important to find the right solution to improve this team, not to buy for the sake of it” the Italian manager said.

“We are waiting for the right solution but I’m very happy to have these players because every day they show me a great attitude. There are two weeks and we’ll pay attention, if we find the right solution that’s fine.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he really appreciated the welcome received at Stamford Bridge tonight: “Thanks to the Chelsea fans. It was fantastic to see the Italian flag in the crowd. It was emotional.” the 47-year-old said.

It was fantastic, especially because my wife and daughter were here. I hope through our work we can repay the welcome.”

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Then, speaking about the importance of the fans during a game, he ended: “I want to say thanks also because they followed the team to the end. It was a physical game but today I’m delighted.”

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard broke the deadlock after 46′ from a penalty in the Blues’ Premier League opener against West Ham tonight.

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Speaking after the game, the Belgium international claimed: “To win the first game of the season is always
important. We did very well and we played 90 minutes like tigers.”

“It’s not every year I score in my first game. I missed a couple of penalties last season and it’s always good to score.”

The 25-year-old added: “Last season is finished. Now we are looking forward to the future. We want to bring to the fans a lot of emotion and it’s always good to start the season like this.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after the late win in the Premier League opener against West Ham tonight.The 47-year-old said: “I think the team played a good game with a great intensity and spirit,” “It is important to find the right spirit and intensity, we know we can improve and we must improve a lot, but today I am pleased for my players.”

“I am delighted. I saw a lot of things we’ve been working on. Good intensity from the players and positioning. But we can improve.”

About the game, he added: “The victory is deserved and now we have to prepare for the next game. From tomorrow we have to think to the next game.” 

Conte pleased Eden Hazard, who scored the opener from a penalty: “Eden played a good game today with a great ability – he told Sky Sports – Hazard, Willian are players with great attitude with the other players. I am very pleased with Hazard’s performance but he knows he can improve a lot.”

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The opening game of the season for Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge. The teams went in level at the break 0-0, despite the Blues beginning to dominate in the latter stages of the first 45 minutes.

A penalty for Chelsea in the first minute of the second half. Azpilicueta found himself inside the box and Antonio bundled him to ground from behind. A certain penalty and an easy decision for the referee.

GOAL!

Eden Hazard stepped up and blasted the ball into the roof of the net. A confident strike from the Belgian who looked to be fired up for this one.

Chelsea 1 – 0 West Ham United

Hazard 47′

After the goal, West Ham began to struggle in containing Conte’s men, who looked threatening every time they moved forward with Chelsea new boy N’Golo Kante being hugely influential part of the Chelsea game, breaking up everything West Ham could muster through the middle and passing the ball forward to the front men.

Willian with a great a opportunity in the 63rd minute of the game. The ball was played through to the Brazilian winger, he did take the ball wider than he would have liked but still forced a fantastic save from Adrian.

The resulting corner, taken by Willian, found Oscar on the edge of the box. He hit a great volley but only to be blocked by James Collins.

With 15 minutes left to play, West Ham forward Andy Carroll won a free-kick right on the edge of the Chelsea box. Payet, the substitute stood over the ball, he tried to curl the ball into the net but couldn’t make it past the wall.

GOAL!

The resulting corner came in and a deflection took the ball towards the hand of a Chelsea player, everyone stood appealing except Hammers centre-back James Collins, who struck the ball on the half-volley and found the back of the net as the players in blue could only stand and watch.

Chelsea 1 – 1 West Ham

Hazard 47′    Collins 78′

With only 2 minutes to go, the game looked to be ending as a draw. With the play slowing down to almost walking pace and the clock ticking away. Diego Costa had other ideas.

GOAL!

Costa found himself on the edge of the West Ham box with James Collins giving him space, he used the space to get a shot away and he found the bottom corner of the goal with Adrian fully stretched and still unable to reach it.

Chelsea 2 – 1 West Ham

Hazard 47′     Collins 78′

Costa 89′

West Ham pressed the Chelsea goal in the final minutes of the game but couldn’t get a shot away at goal. The Hammers with one final attempt to get the ball into the box with a long throw but the Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois came to claim and eased the pressure on the Blues.

The game fizzled out and finished 2-1 to Chelsea. Antonio Conte got his first win as Chelsea manager in their first game of the Premier League season.

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