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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was at Stamford Bridge to watch his ex team-mates training last night, but Blues boss Antonio Conte explains Super Frank was just there as a friend, with no plans for the imminent future at Chelsea for him:

“It was very good and very nice to see him, he’s a legend for this club, it’s very nice when he comes to see the training session, also spending time with his old mates, I found him in a very good form.”

Asked if Lampard can be a coach, Conte said:

“We didn’t talk about this, I think Frank wants to continue playing football, he’s in a good form to do this, I think it’s better to ask him for his future.”

 

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After the win against Crystal Palace, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte gave his guys three days off, asked if this break wasn’t too long, he replied:

“I gave three days off because I thought my players deserve this after a really intense period, we played three games in only six days and I thought the best day to recover was to have three days off. When you give three days off, you don’t know the destination of your players, it’s the best way to recover, not only for you body but also for your mind.

The Italian manager also explained that Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante, both suspended Bournemouth, had one day off more:

“We know that for this game Kante and Costa cannot play, for sure they are two important players for us, this is clear. We are working very well, this week to find a good solution. We all know that against Bournemouth won’t be easy, because they are good team with a great organization. I gave them one day more.”

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke today to preview the Boxing Day clash against Bournemouth.

First of all, the Italian manager revealed there are no new injury concerns:

“We are in good shape and all the players are fit, we have no new injuries. Only John Terry is out.”

After the win against Crystal Palace, Conte gave his guys three days off, asked if this break wasn’t too long, he replied:

“I gave three days off because I thought my players deserve this after a really intense period, we played three games in only six days and I thought the best day to recover was to have three days off. When you give three days off, you don’t know the destination of your players, it’s the best way to recover, not only for you body but also for your mind.

“We know that for this game Kante and Costa cannot play, for sure they are two important players for us, this is clear. We are working very well, this week to find a good solution. We all know that against Bournemouth won’t be easy, because they are good team with a great organization. I gave them one day more.”

Frank Lampard was at Stamford Bridge to watch his ex team-mates training last night, but Conte explains Super Frank was just there as a friend, with no plans for the imminent future at Chelsea for him:

“It was very good and very nice to see him, he’s a legend for this club, it’s very nice when he comes to see the training session, also spending time with his old mates, I found him in a very good form.”

Asked if Lampard can be a coach, Conte said:

“We didn’t talk about this, I think Frank wants to continue playing football, he’s in a good form to do this, I think it’s better to ask him for his future.”

Steve Holland will become Gareth Southgate assistant manager at England on full basis from the end of the season, leaving his coach role at Chelsea:

“I think is important to be focused on this season, also for Steve, it’s a pity to lose him, because he’s helping me a lot, but I can also understand him, for his choice, because usually this chances come just once in your life, I’m sorry he leaves because I am working very well with him, but I got a fantastic staff anyway, there is a familiar spirit among us, we work very well.”

Eddie Howe is doing very well at Bournemouth, this is what Conte thinks about the Cherries coach:

“I think he is a really good manager, he’s very young, he’s doing very well with Bournemouth, I am studying them and I see a good team, with good organization, also on the tactical aspect, they can put a good pressure. I like him and I have a great respect for him, I wish him a good career, a top career, I think he have a chance to manage of a great team if he continues this way.

Also Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake is impressing at Bournemouth, and when Conte was asked if he got future plans for him, he replied:

“The most important thing is that he’s playing very well and he’s doing a great experience with this club, I prefer to speak about his future with the club, he’s doing a fantastic experience, he’s doing very well.

Diego Costa will be suspended against Bournemouth, so Conte has to find a way to replace him:

I have four days to find the best solution to replace Diego against Bournemouth, we are working to find the right solution, I have different solutions to replace him.

“Bournemouth is a good test for us, because we will miss two key players, also to see the situation in our squad, we will have the chance to play players that until now didn’t play so much, or we can find another solution, what my eyes are seeing in these days is really important.

Conte won 12 games in a row and 33 out of 38 in his first successful year at Juventus, asked if he can repeat this score with Chelsea this season, he said:

“I don’t know which is my wins in a row personal record, I don’t like this, I don’t like the stats. But in the past, when I won many games I had a good season. It’s important to continue this way, it’s important we don’t stop, we know it won’t be easy, but we wish to continue this way.

Is Michy Batshuayi ready to step up? This is what many people wonder, and this is Conte opinion:

“I spoke about him after the last game, I think it’s not east to arrive in this league and play, especially if you are a young player. This league is very tough and physical, so for young players it’s not easy to adapt, Michy is working very well, we have to patient with him, we have to let him improve, it’s not easy to adapt in this league, to adapt and to play.

Conte was also asked if he has intention to change his successful 3-4-3 system against Bournemouth to compensate for Costa and Kante‘s absences, but the Italian manager doesn’t seem really keen to adopt this solution:

“This team showed in the past that we can play with different tactical systems, I must be honest, when we played with a different system we didn’t have the same results, to change it with the Diego Costa and Kante’s absence can be an option, yes, but I think we continue with this system.”

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Chelsea Blues Legend ASHLEY COLE turns 36

Chelsea’s Legendary Left-Back ASHLEY COLE turns 36
“Thanks to everyone for my birthday messages much appreciated
and always remember old is gold” says former Arsenal and Chelsea Blues Legend- ASHLEY COLE on his 36th birthday. The world renown legendary left-back on the December 20th this week celebrated his birthday with a gratitude message of thanks to all his fans plus admirers on twitter.

Also, one passionate fan was so zealous to display his birthday wishes to COLE that he created a one minute and eight second special YouTube video just to say: ‘Happy Birthday Ashley Cole’. The video that was uploaded onto YouTube on the Chelsea Blues Legend’s exact birthday received to date 2,757 views with 209 thumbs up and no thumbs down.

The special birthday video shows COLE in his very active, alert and fast prime as a world-class Chelsea left-sided defensive player especially in the championship days when he too scored goals. The Stepney East-London born left-back was described by one fan as: “The best left-back ever”.  Is he and was he? Only time will tell as even in 2016 he still plays an active part of the current LA Galaxy Major League Soccer Team in the United States.
To such a footballing legend who is still going strong in a country abroad to his prime years, we indeed wish him a very happy birthday. “Blessed Happy 36th Birthday ASHLEY COLE” from us at ChelseaNews24.com

Check out COLE from his back in the days time at Chelsea on the following YouTube Video Weblink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fcijJJzTq8

 

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Liverpool are second in the table, 6 points under Chelsea, but derby hero Sadio Mane – who scored the winner at 94′ last Monday- said the Reds are just focused on themselves and don’t think too much in chasing the Blues, that seem unstoppable in this moment:

“I think wins like this show we’ll be there, yes,” said the Senegal international speaking about the derby.

“We are focusing on our team. It was important to get the three points at Everton. It is still early to talk about what is going to happen and we are thinking about ourselves, not Chelsea.

“But one of our ambitions is to go far as possible and we are going to try and do that.”

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According to The Guardian Chelsea boss Antonio Conte won’t accept any loan request for Michy Batshuayi.

Speculations in the past days were claiming that some clubs like West Ham would have liked to attempt to loan the Belgium international in the January transfer window, as Batshuayi didn’t get much playing time in these past months.

But Conte considers him an important player and he’s ready to start him in the next Boxing Day clash against Bournemouth, when Diego Costa will be suspended after collecting five yellow cards, so it’s difficult the Italian manager will let him go.

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Cesar Azpilicueta is the best defender in the Premier League, this is what Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher reckons.

The Chelsea player adapted to play in 3 men defense, after playing all his career as a full back, since Antonio Conte introduced his new 3-5-2 tactical system:

“I think Azpilicueta is the best defender in the league and if there was any full-back in the league I’d want in my team it would be Azpilicueta.” said the ex English centre-back that now is a Sky Sports pundit.

“You know what you are getting, week in and week out.”

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According to reports coming from Spain, especially from Radio Onda Cero journalist José Ramon de la Morena, Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois is negotiating with Real Madrid.

The Champions of Europe, who this week had their transfer ban reduced to just one window, are reportedly already working on summer deals.

Florentino Perez wants to sign a new goalkeeper, since only Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla in Zinedine Zidane‘s first-team squad.

The Belgium international is under contract until 2019 but Chelsea have little interest in selling one of their key players.

Courtois disappointed Blues fans many times in the past with some unfortunate declarations, especially when in September he hinted at a La Liga return and revealed he considers himself to be ‘half-Spanish’.

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Chelsea legend Frankie Lampard claims to be very happy for the fantastic period his former club is going through and stated they are the favourites to win the title.

Speaking to Sky Sports UK, he said:

As a Chelsea man it is great to see, all credit to everybody there.

“The manager obviously changed the system after a defeat at Arsenal [Chelsea lost 3-0 in September].

“Nobody would have fancied them to be anywhere near winning the League at that point and now they look the dominant team. 

“I don’t like to tempt fate but I can’t see anyone with the consistency to close the gap, so I fancy Chelsea.”

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World News: Nigerian Star-Skipper John Obi Mikel

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is giving JON OBI MIKEL a ‘raw deal’ this season say fans online a Mirror Sport poll last month and since then he (Mikel) is still is not featuring in games this season. After captaining the Nigerian International team with a vital goal to take them into the semi-finals of the summer Olympics this year, 60% of the online poll thinks so. The Mirror Sport Poll can be found here on: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/nigeria-boss-blasts-antonio-conte-9242096

Nigeria Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is quoted by saying: “There is a reason why Mikel is not playing for Chelsea right now and that reason is because he played for Nigeria at the Olympics”. Rohr went on to say that: ‘He (Mikel) was punished for that’ and added further by saying: “I cannot punish a player who loves his country and shows that he loves the Green jersey. I am not happy with what is happening to Mikel at his club because he is my captain.

“I spoke about this with Mikel and the club’s technical director [Michael Emenalo]. Mikel is training very well and he plays games in training with the big players at Chelsea.

The Nigerian 29-year old, who at present may seem to be out casted from the team unlike his fellow Nigerian Chelsea team mate, Victor Moses has commented by acknowledging that for the first time in his career this is happening to him.

Conte manager of the blues has not said he is totally ruling out Mikel in the team despite rumours of Mikel heading out in the January window. He has said that Mikel has been ‘struggling with injuries’ even though sources close to the Chelsea Midfielder claim ‘Mikel is not injured and is concerned’. Also All Nigeria Soccer was told by a top source that apparently ‘Mikel is not injured’ and is ‘bothered about why he is not being played’.

Mikel has options reports say and it is not just the fact that teams abroad are interested but also his former blues manager, Jose Mourinho. Reports also suggest that Mikel is studying these options and will make a decision in this month of December. If that be the case, Christmas may come on time with a star-midfielder as a precious gift. Mikel who can play as a midfielder as well as an attacking midfielder who can potentially score goals like he does for his country is a Chelsea legend in the making. He has played 374 times for the blues across 11 seasons and featured in the second part of last season under short-term manager, Guus Hiddink.

80% of fans online have made their voices clear in a Metro Sport Poll asking: ‘Should Obi Mikel leave Chelsea?’by answering ‘Yes’ while 19% voted: ‘No’ that ‘he can still do a job’. This can be viewed here via the Metro Sport Website Weblink: http://metro.co.uk/2016/12/01/chelsea-boss-antonio-conte-lied-about-john-obi-mikels-injury-source-claims-6296513/

With rumours of different interests in JOHN OBI MIKEL including Marseille and Manchester United, can he still do a job at Chelsea in this 2016/17 season despite not being given a start? We will have to wait and see. The Chelsea midfielder after winning a bronze medal at the Olympics in the summer has been said to be training well despite injury struggles and so he still will be a great asset to Chelsea and any team he plays for still building off the Nigerian’s Olympic confidence and hard-earned success.

 

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