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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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Thibaut Courtois revealed what is Antonio Conte’s secret to make his team perform at this incredible level.

Chelsea obtained seven wins in the last seven games, in six of which they maintained a clean sheet and have been top of the league for two fixtures:

“The saves I made today were not too hard. We found strength inside the team and the changes of the manager helped us win the game,” the Belgian goalkeeper said after the game.

He then went on explaining how Conte’s passion is helping them to keep this kind of performances:

“He’s like that every session. When we do tactics he’s very passionate and demands. He keeps the team sharp.”

 

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Pedro celebrating equaliser with Cahill right before half time © Francesca Ceciarini

Antonio Conte revealed how half-time pep-talk changed Chelsea game, with Blues helped by Pedro’s stunning equaliser in the end of the first part of the derby against Spurs:

“It was a big test for sure. Tottenham is a really good team with great organisation and today they started better than us,” the Italian said in his post-match press conference.

“They started very well and also they scored a fantastic goal. Then I liked our reaction. It wasn’t easy to react in this way.

“I think the goal Pedro scored gave us the right confidence and after the first half we spoke. I always speak to my players.

“It is right to see the right things and the wrong things you are doing. Sometimes it can happen that the opponent starts better than you.

“I think together we found the right solution to win the game and in the second half we exploited situations we didn’t exploit in the first half.”

“When you win this type of game – a special derby – you must be pleased. We won against a really strong team,” Conte added.

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Chelsea remain top of the Premier League table until next game with Manchester City after winning 2-1 over Spurs this evening.

Tottenham had a great first half and scored with Eriksen after just 10′ but the Blues were able to equalise right before halt-time with a stunning shot of Pedro from outside the box that went to the posts crossing.

Victor Moses sealed the match and gave back to Chelsea the top of the table scoring the winner at 52′, Spurs then were not able to equalise and still stil fifth in the table with 24 points, while Conte’s side lead with 31.

Liverpool and Man City, who bot won in the afternoon, keep their second place with 30.

Full match report to follow soon.

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