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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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Speaking to Sport Review on BT Sport, Jermaine Jenas made his predictions for the Premier League season that has just started.

The former Spurs midfielder believes both Manchester sides and Chelsea will make it to the top four, but Pep Guardiola’s team will win the title:

“I think both Manchester clubs will be in the top four along with Chelsea, Jenas claimed.

“Then it’s almost a battle between Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal.

“I think Spurs will do it and end up in the top four. They’ll have enough and get used to Wembley.

“And I think Manchester City will win the league. Those are my predictions!”

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Antonio Conte feels next season will be the toughest of his career.

The Chelsea boss explained why ahead of Community Shield game against Arsenal:

“There are many reasons which suggest to me that next season will be very tough, the most difficult of my career, I have this perception,” Conte told the club’s website.

“In England the pressure is high, this is the strongest league in the world because there are six teams ready to fight for the title. Only one team can win it…

“We want to try to fight for the title until the end but it won’t be easy. We are working very well to try to do this. The pressure is always the same. I put pressure on myself and it helps me to give my best.”

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Antonio Conte claims Chelsea have to remain with feet on the ground in the approach of the new season.

The Blues lost their last two games of the Asian tour against Bayern Munich ( 2-3) and Inter ( 1-2) and the Italian manager is concerned his side can repeat the two years ago debacle, with Chelsea dropping to relegation zone in a couple months as defending Premier League champions:

“We know that it will be difficult next season, and we want to avoid the previous season after winning the league. Two years ago, the team finished 10th place in the league and we want to avoid this.

“Two coaches were sacked from Chelsea after they won the league. I want to avoid, and the players want to avoid, the last season with Mourinho.

New £60 million striker Alvaro Morata was given his first start against Inter but struggled to make an impression and was replaced in the second half.

“Morata is starting now and he has to improve his condition a lot. He is working very well and has been with us only five days. Today, he tried to do his best, but for sure, he has to improve.”

About a possible strike partnership with Morata and Michy Batshuayi, Conte said:

“Now, it is necessary because we don’t have other players.”

Conte admits the tight schedule has been tough on his players, but he insists the experience in Singapore made a very positive impression.

“We played against two strong teams in Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in a very important period for us because we are working very hard.

“But to play three games with the same players means we are tired, very tired.

“We must be pleased about the atmosphere and our fans because to find so many Chelsea fans in China and Singapore is great and I think this is big responsibility for us. We have a lot of supporters all over the world and in Singapore there was a fantastic atmosphere.

“I want to thank all of our fans because they were fantastic. We saw a lot of fans a the hotel, waiting for the players’ autographs and photos. I think this is a big responsibility for us.”

The future of Nemanja Matic remains uncertain, this is how Conte replied on this matter:

“I know nothing about this. You have to ask the club.”

The Italian coach was also asked for his thoughts on the incredible long-range own goal that Geoffrey Kondogbia scored in Chelsea’s favour.

“It can happen. People who play football know very well that this kind of thing can happen.”

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