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Two games, two late wins gives by Diego Costa, 6 points and a +2 goal difference that give them the fourth place in the table.

After a first half poor of emotions and chances, Watford took the lead at minute 55 with a goal by Etienne Capoue.

Chelsea, however, was always in control of the game and the hard work paid at minute 80 when Michy Batshuayi, entered 7 minutes before to replace Oscar, picked up a loose ball and equalised.

After seven minutes, Diego Costa scored another late winner after the one of last Monday night against West Ham, and gave other three points to Chelsea: Cesc Fabregas provided the assist.

Another crazy celebration for Antonio Conte, and another self confidence and enthusiasm injection for Chelsea.

Watford 1-2 Chelsea

Capoue 55 Batshuayi 80 Diego Costa 87

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Kante; Pedro (Moses 71), Oscar (Batshuayi 73), Matic (Fabregas 78), Hazard; Diego Costa
Other subs: Begovic, Aina, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah.

Watford: Gomes; Cathcart, Prodl, Britos; Amrabat, Behrami, Capoue (Doucoure 84), Guedioura (Vydra 89), Holebas (Zuniga 90); Deeney (c), Ighalo

Watford (3-5-2): Gomes; Cathcart, Prodl, Britos; Amrabat, Behrami, Capoue (Doucoure 84), Guedioura (Vydra 89), Holebas (Zuniga 90); Deeney (c), Ighalo.
Other subs: Pantilimon, Nyom, Anya, Hoban.

Bookings: Cahill 20, Diego Costa 56, Hazard 90+2 Deeney 19, Britos 69, Holebas 70, Behrami 90+4

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admitted the club has to sign players to improve the squad before the transfer window closes in ten days:

“It’s very difficult to speak about the transfer policy before the game. It’s important to speak about the players with the club at the right moment.

“I repeat, we are waiting for the right solution to improve Chelsea. We need to sign some players, we are working together.

“I think now is very difficult to put a real target for the squad. We are starting after a bad season, the players are the same [as last season].”

Chelsea main target is a centre-back to improve the defence, but after Napoli rejected three bids for their star Koulibaly is not easy for the Blues to find another good defender and close a deal in ten days.

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Chelsea star Willian released an interview with the club official website ahead of the match against Watford today.

The Brazilian winger firstly reflected on the win against West Ham in the Premier League opener:

“It was a good team performance and we deserved to win the game.

“We played very well and from the beginning of the game we put them under pressure and tried to score goals so it was good for us.”

Then he spoke about today’s game:

“Pre-season was very hard, we did double sessions every day but I feel good now. It was only the first game so everybody will improve, that’s natural, but I feel fresh and I’m ready for Watford.

“We have to do what we did in the game on Monday which was defend very well as a team. I think they were a little bit lucky with their goal but we reacted well and scored the second.

“We have to improve both defensively and in attack with every game but we were pleased with our defensive performance against West Ham.”

Willian also spoke about what changed with the new manager Antonio Conte:

“Some things have changed on the pitch but we respect the manager and the system he wants us to play.

“Sometimes, in a game, you have to decide what to do in a quick moment. For example I might have to move inside to get the ball and dribble past an opponent, you have to make quick decisions.

“The coach has improved our confidence. In training and at half-time he talks to us a lot which is very helpful.”

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Antonio Conte previewed the game against Watford speaking to media in Cobham today.

The Italian manager wanted to send a message to his players:

“Tomorrow will be a good game for my players: we know it won’t be easy because Watford are a strong team with good players. The two strikers play together very well and we must pay attention because it’s a dangerous game.

“We need to send the right message for our confidence. It’s important to face this game with the right intensity, right concentration and be very focused.”

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Chelsea are facing Watford tomorrow and the game will be also the first Italian managers derby of this Premier League, where four Italian coaches are in charge: Antonio Conte at Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City, Francesco Guidolin at Swansea and Walter Mazzarri at Watford.

Conte and Mazzarri are familiar with each other having competed for trophies during their respective spells as managers of Juventus and Napoli.

“I saw him in the meeting for managers and I spoke with him and his assistant coach about this experience because it’s also a great challenge for him,” Conte revealed during his press conference to preview the match today.

“When we were in the Italian championship and we fought for the title, Juventus versus Napoli, everyone fights for his club, but our relationship is very normal. I have great respect for him and his work, he’s a great manager.

“Every manager has their own idea of football so for this reason every manager is different, not only me and Mazzarri. Every coach brings his idea of football, I studied for my own ideas and other managers studied for their own ideas.

“I will shake his hand, no problem. But I repeat: I saw him at the coaches’ meeting and spoke with him, with the assistant coach too.”

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During the press conference to preview Watford’s game today, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked to comment Diego Costa‘s attitude on the pitch: the Spanish striker scored a late winner against West Ham last Monday also risked a red card after a dangerous challenge on Hammers’ goalkeeper Adrian:

“We all know Diego and he is a passionate footballer,” Conte explained

“Sometimes it seems he’s always on the edge when he plays but he’s a good guy and a good player.

“He puts his passion into football when he plays. I’m happy with his attitude and behaviour. We know he must pay attention in all situations because sometimes when many people talk about one player its difficult for him to play in a relaxed way as he knows he’s always at the centre of attention.”

 

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Eden Hazard must become the leader of Chelsea to show all his incredible talent, according to Blues ex midfielder Michael Ballack:

“He was struggling a bit last year,” he told Omnisport.

“Players like him, who are, in my eyes, very emotional players, they need a kind of warm environment, a good relationship with everyone – especially the coach – to perform.

“And he has unbelievable talent. I mean, the expectations to handle that and to bring it at the right time on the pitch is the key question for him.

“He’s getting older now as well and it’s not his first season at Chelsea anymore.

So all the fans and the club expect a lot from him and I think he needs to understand he’s one of the key players, if not the key player, of that team.

“He got the captain’s armband for his Belgium team from the [former] coach Marc Wilmots, which shows his attention. He gave him this responsibility to understand.”

“He’s not just a winger to perform some days to show his incredible talent,” Ballack added.

“No, there’s much more about leadership and what he brings to the team because he has this incredible talent.

“But there’s something above that – not just to perform but have this responsibility for the team.

“If I see to the right and to the left I don’t see a player on this team on his level. And he needs to understand that, and then I think he will bring his talent on the pitch and also has this impact to his team-mates.

“Because that’s what I expect from a big player – to have this impact on his team-mates as well, to push them as well, in terms of performing.”

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Chelsea legend Michael Ballack shared his opinion about Blues new signing N’Golo Kante: according to the ex German midfielder, the ex Leicester City star can be really important for Antonio Conte‘s side:

“Players were underperforming and I think that’s why Chelsea made the right decision to buy this player, because he was a key player at Leicester,” he told Omnisport.

“Also, when I saw him play for the French team, he reminds me a bit of [Claude] Makelele in his style of play.

“I think he could give that team a solid basis which is necessary for the right balance of the team in terms of offensive and defensive.

“He’s the right player, he seems the right player, he’s a good buy but still he has to deliver and he has to show that also adapt to a bigger club and bigger expectations which is not easy. But I think on paper it’s a good signing.”

 

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Chelsea legend Michael Essien could join back the Blues as a free agent.

The Ghanian midfielder is currently training with at the club’s Cobham training ground and he even played in a recently 2-1 friendly win over Brentford: according to The Sun he is training with his former side in order to regain fitness but new boss Antonio Conte could consider adding him to the squad if he likes his performances in training. The ex Chelsea player can also be important as a leader in the dressing room.

Essien joined the West London side from Lyon in 2005 for £24.4m and was one of the Blues main men in their years of success, forming a strong partnership with other Blues legend Frank Lampard.

The ex Blues midfielder had been playing for Panathinaikos last season but the Greek outfit terminated his contract and he is now free agent.

 

 

 

 

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Juan Cuadrado’s agent, Aleassandro Lucci, admits a return to Juventus “is not easy” but he’ll fly to London to meet Chelsea today.

The Bianconeri are trying to bring the Colombian international back for another loan spell after the successful one of the past season but the situation is complicated since Blues manager Antonio Conte has always had a soft spot for the winger.

“It’s not an easy situation,” Lucci explained to Italian TV network SportItalia.

“However, I’ll fly to London tomorrow to try and unblock it.”

According to Italian sources, Cuadrado is pushing Chelsea to go back to Juventus also for personal reasons.

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