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Chelsea defeated Manchester United today and they won the Under-18 Premier League title as they did in 2017.

The Blues won the National Final 3-0 with goals from Dujon Sterling, Billy Gilmour and Tariq Lamptey.

For the first time in history, Jody Morris‘ side complete a “Quadruple” of trophies as, earlier this season Chelsea also had won the Fa Youth Cup, the southern section of the Under-18 Premier League and the Under-18 Premier League Cup.

The Under-18 Premier League title allows Chelsea to take part in the next edition of Uefa Youth League.

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Manchester City win their 5th title with 4 games remaining as Manchester United suffered a home defeat against bottom club West Bromwich Albion this afternoon at Old Trafford. Jay Rodriguez’s late strike secured a vital win in their race to avoid the relegation.

Former Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer said after the game: “Man City have been the best team by an absolute mile – the points tell you that. They’ve played some brilliant stuff all season, they’ve been magnificent in the league, congratulations to them. Pep will enjoy the 19th hole today I’m sure.”

Chelsea, who lifted the title on 12th of May last year, remain 17 points behind the newly-crowned Premier League champions. Man City have equalled an English league record as only Manchester United in 1907/08 and 2000/01 campaigns and Everton in 1984/85 succeeded in winning the title with 4 games still to go.

 

 

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Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte had some problems in the past few weeks, but now the Portuguese defends his former team and the Italian manager who are being criticised after their poor Premier League results vs Manchester United and Manchester City.

Honestly, I know what you are writing as a consequence of yesterday,”  Mourinho said after Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Monday evening.  “But Chelsea is a fantastic team and, I know it looks a bit strange because you know we had problems in the past, but it’s quite ridiculous that I have to say how unfair it is to speak the way people are speaking about the English champion. ‘They are still the English champion. Chelsea was strong against us. They started very strong and created difficulty in that initial part of the game.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea have been told they have to place a bid in the region of £20m if they want to sign Andy Carroll in January transfer window, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Antonio Conte has reportedly made the West Ham forward a top target as Alvaro Morata needs a back-up in attack.

Carroll himself is said to be eager to join the Premier League champions on a permanent basis, following his unsuccessful spell at Liverpool in 2011/12 campaign.

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Norwich City‘s captain Ivo Pinto said he and his team-mates are thrilled to face English champions Chelsea tomorrow in the Fa Cup third round game.

“These are the games you want to play in,” Pinto said during the pre-game press conference today – “As a captain and as a team player and as a friend, we try to advise each other. Chelsea is the kind of game you want to play, to be at a good level in. It’s an important game for the club. We want to give a special day for our supporters. Chelsea will be there with everything they have to try and win, so it will be tough. Big players want to win all the games. It’s a trophy they can go on if they beat us and they will be there with everything they can to beat us. It will be a tough match and a good match for both teams. Both teams will try to win. We are underdogs until the referee blows his whistle. As soon as that happens, we want to do our job and have a good game. When we look back to Arsenal, we have an idea that if we do what we should, we have a chance.”

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Earlier today Chelsea have been drawn vs Barcelona in the Champions League Last 16 stage.

The Spanish manager Ernesto Valverde admits the Blues are a tough opponent, especially for their offensive potential.

“It’s a tough draw for us because of the magnitude of the opposition,” – Valverde said. – “Chelsea are champions of the Premier League but we’re excited about the tie, even though it will be difficult. Chelsea are a strong and physical team, with a clear tactical system in place. They take advantage of the physical nature of the Premier League well. With the signing of Morata they’ve added pace in attack, while Hazard is very good between the lines.”

 

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Huddersfield manager David Wagner has spoken to the press ahead of tomorrow ‘s Premier League game vs Chelsea and he has revealed he and his players are thrilled to face the reigning English champions.

Chelsea is the biggest team in England because they won the title last season; they’re a top team, we are happy to host them and we are very excited to face them,” – Wagner said – “We are not dreamers, we are workers; this counts tomorrow. We will not dream, we will work our socks off. Playing the match at the John Smith Stadium gives our players that extra little bit of trust and belief in their quality because the supporters are behind them.”

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admitted his team will struggle to retain the Premier League title this year.

Having fell down to 4th position in the table with 13 points,  behind leading duo Manchester City and Manchester United after Saturday’s defeat against Pep Guardiola‘s side, the Italian manager claimed he had an easier job when managing Juventus to hold the title in Serie A:

“It is very difficult for every team in this league. To defend, it is very difficult to win two titles in a row.

”We won the title with Juventus and I was expecting a really strong challenge from AC Milan, but instead they sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris St Germain, so they became weaker. It wasn’t simple second time, but it was easier.

“Here, from last season to this season, you have big teams and now they are bigger… And now after I think a great transfer market, they have improved a lot. It’s not simple to play this league.”

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On Saturday Chelsea will face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Pep Guardiola‘s team are top of the table now and the players are confident they can get a good result vs the reigning Premier League champions.

City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, for example, has a message for his rivals: “It’s a huge game and it’s away, so it’s even more difficult, but we feel ready”. – Gundogan said – If you ask the manager there is always something to improve but we know that we are a great team, we have great players and it’s just up to us to prove that every fourth day. It’s also about character, going to Stamford Bridge against the champions to play our game. We’re going to prove that we are ready for that and hopefully it will be a great game for us.”

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Fifa confirmed today that they have launched an investigation into Chelsea‘s youth players recruitment.

We can confirm” – a FIFA statement said – “that an investigation is ongoing, however please note that we cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation. We have no further comment”. 

It is the third time in eight years that the Premier League champions are facing a FIFA’s investigation.

 

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