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Antonio Conte wants no excuses after Burnley defeat at Stamford Bridge today: the Italian boss remarked that he is satisfied with his current squad and he’s not forcing Chelsea to make other moves in this transfer window:

“I can say that now we got these players and we must work with them, then if the club will be able to do something…better. But now we have to work with these guys.”

“We must focus on working very hard with these players. As for the transfer market, the club is trying to do the best. I am not worried, I am ready to fight with these players.

“I repeat: it is important for us to concentrate on our work, to be focused every day in training and to try to work in our best way. No excuses.”

 

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Antonio Conte was clearly disappointed after Burnley’s home defeat in Premier League first clash at Stamford Bridge and believes there was a referee decision that was a turning point in the game:

“We started well, with the right attitude. The Cahill red card changed everything, I think it was unfair: we lost our mind, we cannot concede three goals in twenty minutes,” the Italian told Sky Sport Italia.

“We tried to come back, we had our chances: it was a double-face game, one negative and one positive. We have to work hard because this season will be really tough and intense.”

Alvaro Morata made an impact after replacing Michy Batshuayi with 30 minutes to go, speaking about him Conte said:

“Alvaro has been training with us for ten days, he is training hard to find the perfect physical shape and understand our game style, this is the reason why I don’t want to put too much pressure and responsibility on him. He is a young guy but he’s got international experience, he did really well in the 30 minutes he played.

When asked if he believes to recover some of the injured players for Spurs game next weekend, Conte claimed:

“I don’t think I can recover some injured player durinng the week, now we will miss also Cahill and Fabregas. 

“Speaking about the transfer market I can say that now we got these players and we must work with them, then if the club will be able to do something…better. But now we have to work with these guys.”

 

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Jermaine Jenas reckons Chelsea have found the player to replace Diego Costa.

The former Forest and Spurs midfielder claims Alvaro Morata is the heir of Brazilian-born striker.

After a bad official debut against Arsenal last Sunday, the Spaniard impressed after he entered for Michy Batshuayi with 30′ to go: he scored the Blues first goal, made the assist for David Luiz’s one and had another one disallowed.

“The impact and difference Morata made when he was on the field was unbelievable,” Jenas said as a BT Sport pundit.

“And if Conte’s saying he’s not quite up to speed then I can’t wait to see him when he is up to full speed.

“He did have a bit of Costa about him where he did ruffle a few feathers. He did put himself into challenges and won a few headers, he held up the ball and took his goal well.”

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Incredible score at half-time at Stamford Bridge: Chelsea are losing 3-0 to Burnley in their first Premier League game of the season as title defenders.

The match turned at 14′ when captain Gary Cahill was sent off after an awful foul on Steven Defour: Antonio Conte replaced him with Andreas Christensen, calling Jeremie Boga on the bench.

Sam Vokes scored the first Clarets goal ten minutes later, with David Luiz leaving him space and time to head the ball in the middle of the box.

At minute 39 Stephen Ward found the goal with a fantastic shot from the left and four minutes later Vokes netted the ball for the second time.

A shocking start for Conte and his guys, that will try a difficult, but not impossible, come-back in the second half.

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Antonio Conte revealed that new signing Antonio Rudiger is ready for his Stamford Bridge official debut tomorrow.

The German defender will start in the first Premier League game against Burnley, as the Italian boss confirmed:

“Because we miss Moses for one game it could be an opportunity for Rudiger to start.

“I’ve been impressed so far, he’s a good player. He’s strong physically, he has a good personality and great technique.”

Rudiger will probably play as a centre-back in 3-men-defense while Cesar Azpilicueta will be moved on the right wing to replace Moses.

Another new signing, Alvaro Morata, is not sure to start but Conte revealed that the Spaniard is improving:

“It’s normal for the players that when they start to work with me, they need time to adapt to our style.

“Alvaro is working well and has improved a lot over the last 10 days in terms of his physical condition.

“He is starting to understand what I want from him during the game but for sure he needs time to adapt.

“For me, the striker has a really important role and it’s important for them to understand what positions I want them to take up. This role is more difficult to adapt to than others.

“We have been working very well and I must be pleased with the commitment of my players. It’s a pleasure for me to see this every single day.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has ruled out Pedro for Premier League start.

The Italian coach confirmed the Spanish striker is not fit to face Burnley in the first league clash at Stamford Bridge tomorrow:

Pedro is not available because he is suffering with an injury from the Arsenal game and he wasn’t able to recover, it’s a knock on his ankle,” said the Blues boss in a press conference to preview the match.

Chelsea will miss also Eden Hazard, Tiemoué Bakayoko ( both injured) and Victor Moses ( suspended).

 

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Despite spending upwards of £130m on four new players, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is eager for further reinforcements to make sure the Blues are competitive in all competitions this season.

Quizzed about Chelsea transfer window during today’s press conference the Italian manager said:

“I’m very happy because these players are working very well and so hard.

“We are trying to improve.

“It’s simple, I am the coach of this team and my aim is to improve my players and my team.

“What happens in the transfer market, the club is trying to do their best.

My only task is to be focused on the pitch. This must be my focus.”

 

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Chelsea young star Lewis Baker is close to join Middlesbrough on loan.

The 22-year-old was targeted also by Reading and Birmingham City but Boro are currently in pole position to sign him.

He would join the Garry Monk‘s side to replace Marten De Roon, who is set to return to Atalanta.

Baker has kicked on at Vitesse Arnhem since 2015 and scored 10 goals for the Dutch top-flight side last season.

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Chelsea star Willian admitted Manchester United were keen on him and tried to start a negotiation to bring him to Old Trafford, but the Blues didn’t want to let him go.

“There were a few conversations with my agent. I worked with Mourinho and I became his friend as well,” the Brazilian winger revealed.

“He likes me a lot and I like him a lot as a coach and as a person. He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him.

“Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I’m very happy at Chelsea.”

Willian, anyway, claimed he is more than happy to stay at Chelsea and play under Antonio Conte.

The Brazilian believes both the Italian and Mourinho have a very different way to coach:

“They are very different. Everyone has their way of working. Mourinho is a coach who likes more the ball practice, works the ball possession and makes short games.

Conte likes to work the tactical and the physical part. Every coach has his way of working. Mourinho is a fantastic coach and won everything wherever he went.

“Conte is a fantastic coach too, because he won everything at Juventus and has already won the Premier League in his first year with Chelsea. Each one has his merits.

“Conte is a coach who works hard every day, works a lot of tactics and the physical part. In the last season, he transformed our team when he changed the formation to 3-4-3. We managed to assimilate very well what he asked us in the training sessions and things worked out.”

Speaking about future Chelsea targets, Willian said:

“I dream of winning more titles with Chelsea, win a Champions League and Fifa Club World Cup with Chelsea and be one of the best players in the world, as well as win titles with the Selecao (Brazil) and a World Cup.

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry backs Chelsea new signing Alvaro Morata, claiming the Spaniard just have to adapt to the new league before performing:

“He will need to get used to the Premier League but then he will perform,” the former French forward told Sky Sports.

“I’m very excited about him. It’s a heavy task to come after Diego Costa but someone has to do it.

“Someone had to do it after Didier Drogba, someone had to do it after Gianfranco Zola. That’s the way it is.

“When you look at Morata’s numbers you know the guy can score goals. I like him and I hope it works out.”

 

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