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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, now a pundit at Sky Sports, praises the man of the moment, Victor Moses, who flopped when he was on loan at the Reds and now it’s impressing in the new Chelsea under Antonio Conte, being a full back in a 3-5-2 ( a 5-3-2 when the rivals are in possession of the ball).

“He looks perfect for the system,” the former centre-back said on Sky Sports.

“He’s a player, who’s been around and played for a load of different clubs. He’s never convinced.

“Sometimes it’s not a case of saying the last manager never picked him was wrong. I think his performances were not good enough. He didn’t do enough at Liverpool. 

“Ok, maybe Conte’s getting more out of him and the system suits him.”

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Liverpool legend and current Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp had his say about Chelsea fantastic moment under Antonio Conte and shared his opinion on what is the key-point of this impressive run of seven wins in a row:

“The Arsenal defeat was the catalyst for Conte,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“He’s now got a system he knows extremely well.

“He used it while he was Italy manager and he knows it inside out.

“I think it helps that Chelsea haven’t got Champions League or Europa League football.

“He knows he can play pretty much the same XI week in, week out.”

Manchester United manager José Mourinho compared his current defender Phil Jones to his former Chelsea captain John Terry:

They are different players and it is difficult to compare,” he said, as reported by The Guardian.

“Phil is faster than John [Terry], John is better in the air than Phil. They are different players but what they have in common is that they enjoy defending and that’s what I like.

“I think Phil has a good personality too. He showed that at Swansea in a moment when he was not really ready to play. He stepped in because we were having difficulty filling the positions and showed what he could do.

Jones suffered many injuries in the past two seasons, but now he is back:

“Now with a couple of weeks of football and training he looks very sharp and the team is safe. I know he was very highly rated at Blackburn Rovers when he was younger and it is good to have him back after so many injuries.”

 

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CHELSEA PARARE PREMIER LEAGUE 2015
Chelsea players enjoying the parade © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea captain John Terry reveals that watching other teams winning makes him sick:

“You miss that feeling of being the champions, being the best, and nothing can ever, ever replace that,” the Blues skipper told SFR Sport.

“When you see another team, whether that be Man United, Man City, Liverpool, whoever it is, Arsenal, lift the trophy at the end, I can’t even watch it. It hurts.

“This is why I want to still carry on playing, because that hunger is still there to be the best, to win trophies for my football club.”

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Gary Cahill celebrates the win over Spurs after final whistle © Francesca Ceciarini

Gary Cahill is being Chelsea captain during John Terry‘s absence and the English defender’s performances have improved a lot since Conte changed the tactical system to 3-5-2.

The Blues centre-back commented like this the win the derby against Spurs:

“It is a massive three points for us against a rival with a lot of history in this game,” he said to Chelsea TV.

“It was a big fixture and three points is all that mattered to us.

“Tottenham started very well, very bright, and we started poor which gave them a lot of momentum in the game. They got the early goal but we went in at half-time knowing we could find that second gear. I don’t think we clicked in the first half, going forward or defensively, and Dele Alli between the lines caused us a few problems early on.

“It was an unbelievable finish, a touch of class from Pedro,” he said about the Spaniard stunning equaliser.

“He whipped it into the top corner and that is the sort of player we have got, ones to change games like that. That was vital going in at half-time. We have been on the other side of that and it is not nice. The momentum shifts our way and we felt that, but coming out for the second half we knew we could play better and we did.”

“We felt we were losing a lot of duels and second balls all over the pitch, the scrappy part of the game. Tottenham were on top in that so we needed to make sure we tied that up in the second half.

“We dropped into our formation, got to grips with Dele Alli and in the second half we were reasonably comfortable.

“I am delighted for Victor [Moses] to get the second goal: he has been fantastic this season and it is another goal from him, an important goal.”

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Victor Moses challenging Spurs star Harry Kane in November 2016 game at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp thinks Tottenham are on the same level as Chelsea as a team and that if Pochettino would have had his full squad available yesterday ( Rose, Lamela and Alderweireld were missing) the result could be different:

“I think when they have got a fully fit team, I would not want to be swapping anyone in Chelsea’s best team for Tottenham’s.

“Maybe Chelsea are top of the league, but you do not stop the league today. The back four, you get Alderweireld back, you get Rose back, you get a fully fit squad, and I think Tottenham are excellent.”

Redknapp is convincend Spurs won’t give up in the title race:

“In the first half I thought they completely outplayed Chelsea today, Chelsea got the goal at the right time and it brought them back into the game, second half they were much better, but I still think Tottenham will be bang in there at the end of the season.

“In terms of squad, you would take Chelsea, but the actual starting eleven, I would not swap any of that Tottenham team personally.”

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He’s is one of the best strikers in Europe and has been targeted by numerous top clubs, like Chelsea, PSG and Manchester United, but Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann got no doubts about his next destination:

“I am in Madrid, we have a good team, I want to win titles,’ the Frenchman told Telefoot.

“PSG is an interesting project but I don’t want to move to Ligue 1 now.

“I prefer to stay in La Liga or the Premier League. If I had to leave La Liga today, it will be for England.

“But my objective is not to leave.”

 

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Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso admits it will be tough for everyone to beat the Blues this season if the team will keep playing like in the last seven games:

“We’ve got to go game by game and we will see at the end of the season,” the Spaniard said to Chelsea TV after the win over Spurs.

“But if we’re still playing this way, with this passion, with this energy, it’s going to be tough to beat us.”

 

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Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino claimed that his team didn’t deserbe to lose tonight at Stamfortd Bridge:

“think if you analyse the game, we were better [than Chelsea], Pochettino told BT Sport.

“Against a team in very good form at a good level, we competed really well in the first half.

 “It was a little bit unlucky that we conceded the goal, because we deserved to go in at half-time [winning] 2-0 or 3-0 – never 1-1. I think we deserved more.

In the second half, we conceded a goal very quickly, but we fought and competed. Then they had the chance and scored the second goal, and it was impossible.

“I’m disappointed for the dressing room, but we should be pleased with the way we competed. I think today we competed with a very good team. I have nothing to say about that to my players.

“If you put aside the result at the end, we had the possession, we created more than Chelsea and all the statistics are for us – but football is not about just statistics.

“We have to be clinical, and the chances that they created, they scored.”

 

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Victor Moses challenging Spurs star Harry Kane in November 2016 game at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is really satisfied after obtaining the seven win in a row in the Premier League, three points that let his team stay on the top of the league before going to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City next weekend:

“I’m satisfied because this type of game is very difficult,” Conte told BT Sport.

We played against a very strong team, a tough game with high intensity.

“Tottenham started very well, then there was our reaction and I’m happy for this because it’s not easy to go 1-0 down at home in this type of game. Now it’s important to continue to work.”

The Italian manager praised the two goalscorers, Pedro and Moses:

“Pedro played a good game, a good performance and also scored a great goal with great finish. He must continue in this way and he deserves to play, to start in the XI, but now it’s important to continue this way.

Victor [Moses] is a good player. I saw him during the preseason and I wanted to keep him in the squad. Now it’s the same as Pedro. He deserves to play and he’s playing fantastic football. For us he’s very important.”

Speaking about the title race and the chances to win the Premier League he said:

“It’s too early [to talk about the title], above all after this game, because this league is very tough.

“Today Tottenham showed that in this league there are six, seven teams who can win the title. For us it’s important to continue this way to improve the confidence.

“It’s not easy when you go 1-0 down to have a good reaction against a tough team. For this reason I’m pleased but it’s important to think of the next game.”

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