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Chelsea midifielder N’Golo Kante revealed how Antonio Conte is motivating the team in the beginning of this new season with the Blues.

The Italian boss doesn’t want his guys to let down their guard after winning the title last May: Conte wants to avoid a disastrous campaign beginning like it happened two years ago, when the team relaxed after winning the Premier League under José Mourinho and had a nightmare start that led them to sink until the relegation zone, a fact that led to the sacking of the Portuguese manager. Chelsea were not able to improve very much under Guus Hiddink and finished sitting 10th in the table, the worst result in the Abramovich era.

“He [Conte] has been speaking about working hard to get in a winning mentality quickly,” Kante told the London Evening Standard.

“We start a new chapter for Chelsea and a new chapter in our careers for everyone. We need to start to work to get our energy for the season.

“He didn’t speak about what we did last season and winning the league, he just spoke about working hard to be ready for the season coming up.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed that, despite speculations insisting he would accept Inter offer in Italy, that he will stay at Stamford Bridge next year, revealing his family- that was still living in Turin this year- will move to London with him, a big change for the Italian tactician:

“My family will move to London next season,” he told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

“We are planning the future [with Chelsea], we got the base, we miss the cherries on top.

“I still have two year of contract, they [Chelsea] show to appreciate me, we share the same ideas and also the kind of project [for the future of the team].

“When you have the same pace in the construction of some things you are calm.”


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Cesar Azpilicueta played every minute in every game of Chelsea‘s Premier League campaign.

The Spanish player knows the title was a big achievement for himself and all his team-mates, but now he is ready to get another reward on Saturday, in the Fa Cup final vs Arsenal.

“Obviously it’s not easy to play every minute and win the league,” – Azpilicueta told Chelsea official website – “It’s a big achievement. I’ve tried to do my best to get in the team but I have to be thankful to the manager, he’s trusted me a lot. I was always in the team and the only way I could repay his confidence was by working hard which is what I’ve tried to do since pre-season. In the end we got a big reward but we want a bigger one next Saturday”.

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Signed from Fiorentina last summer, Marcos Alonso was one of the key-men and scored six goals in Chelsea‘s Premier League campaign.

On Sunday at Stamford Bridge he lifted the first major trophy of his career and he expressed all his joy about it:

“It’s my first big trophy, very special,” Alonso told Chelsea official website.

“Also, to get 30 wins is a new record as well. We’ve been working hard all year, the manager has done a great job and he’s had every player focused on our objective, which was the title. I’m very happy for him”.

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Speaking after lifting the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge yesterday, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte analysed the season that brought him to the first title in England:

“I dreamed this,” Conte told Sky Sports.

I must be honest, if you ask me, my first day at Chelsea to arrive at the end of the season and to win the league and the final of the FA Cup, it was very difficult for me to imagine this.

“It is right to enjoy this moment with our fans. This moment is very important for Chelsea. We are in a moment when it is right to build something important.

“We lost many fantastic players for Chelsea, for example [Branislav] Ivanovic and [John Obi] Mikel and now John Terry. Players that have written the history of Chelsea.

“Now it is important to create a good foundation and to build something important for the future.”

Then Conte added:

“This league is very tough. It is great to win after the last win with Claudio [Ranieri].

“Claudio did a fantastic job last season. To arrive in my first season and to repeat what Claudio did, I am proud for me and for my family.

“I think it is amazing for me, the players, the club, it is a great achievement. After a very tough season, don’t forget this. But now it is right to enjoy this.”

“This change was very important because we found the right balance and every single player enjoyed this type of situation.

“The key moment for us and then a lot of work. I must be pleased because I found the players who had never played this system and to change totally – a back three is very different to a back four – it was not easy.

“I found fantastic players and great men.”

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Asmir Begovic will receive a Premier League medal as special dispensation is granted to back-up goalkeepers.

However the Bosnian players thinks he doesn’t deserve this award: “I think the rule should be changed, I don’t know about the whole five appearances”. – Begovic told Sky Sports News – “Having been part of the group all year, we’ve all sacrificed, played our part in the team each and every day. But they really have to look at that rule again because I don’t think five appearances should warrant a medal. It’s the rule for now, thankfully I get one and obviously to have that in your career is great”.

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Chelsea defeated Watford tonight at Stamford Bridge and they celebrated properly the Premier League title in front of their supporters.

Cesar Azpilicueta scored the 2-1 goal, his first ever league goal. “It was a good moment to score my first Premier League goal this season after being champions. It was a special moment for me.” – Azpilicueta told BBC Sport – “We conceded a lot of goals but we scored. It was our first game after being champions so we knew it could be tough. But we got the three points. We want to finish on a high on Sunday. We want to get as many points as we can”.

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Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez was caught hailing Chelsea while speaking with team-mate Islam Slimani in Etihad Stadium dressing room tunnel, where the Foxes were playing today.

Mahrez has been a Blues target in the past year and was often linked to the Stamford Bridge side.

This is the dialogue between the two:

Slimani: “Chelsea are champions”

Mahrez: “They are an incredible club. A real club”

Does this mean he will join the Blues soon?

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Chelsea became champions yesterday night thanks to a goal from Michy Batshuay who came off the bench at The Hawthorns.

Cesc Fabregas comments in this way his team-mate goal: “A player who didn’t play a lot got the goal. Football is f***ing unbelievable.” – the Spanish midfielder claims – “To be honest I thought at one point it was going to be one of those days. In the first-half we had too many chances. We played really well but we didn’t take them. In the second-half they had chances but they didn’t take them. We were a bit nervous as we had the pressure of being champions, but that is the beauty of football”.

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Gary Cahill claims the group was Chelsea‘s secret as the Blues win the Premier League title after defeating 1-0 West Bromwich at The Hawtorns yesterday night.

So the English defender was especially pleased Batshuay scored the decisive goal: “It’s got a nice ring to it. We’ve worked so hard all season to be in a position to get this trophy. It’s felt like it’s been so close but so far away,” – Cahill told Chelsea official website – “I’m delighted for Michy, we’ve been together as a group all season, that’s what got us to where we are. Michy hasn’t played as much football as he would want but to score the winner is great for him.”


After two bad defeats in the Premier League, Chelsea have bounced back with the wins vs West Bromwich and Hull City and the draw, with a great performance, vs Barcelona. However, this is...