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Esultanza dopo il gol di Edin Dzeko Roma. Goal celebration. Roma 07-02-2017 Stadio Olimpico Campionato Serie A, AS Roma - Fiorentina

Speaking after being knocked out by Arsenal in the Carabao Cup Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was cryptic when questioned about Edin Dzeko, who is supposed to join the Blues in the next hours:

“No news on Dzeko,” the Italian coach said.

“I don’t like to talk about the transfer market.”

And when pressed for his thoughts more generally about the transfer market, Conte added:

“No, I don’t need anything.

“I’m a coach and I continue to work with the players I have. They are great players.”

Dezeko, anyway, scored a last gasp equaliser against Sampdoria tonight, in what will probably be his last game for the Giallorossi.

The Bosnian striker has already agreed personal terms with Chelsea, as well as the club reached agreement with AS Roma for the fee, and is expected to travel to London before the weekend to undergo a medical and put pen on his new deal.

 

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A well deserved pass for Carabao Cup final earned by Arsenal tonight after beating a Chelsea, who gave the impression they never really believed in reaching it.

Gunners were far more motivated than the Blues and despite conceding the first goal to Antonio Conte‘s side after only 7’ – Eden Hazard scored it – they immediately reacted and equalised thanks to an unlucky deflection by Marcos Alonso first and then Antonio Rudiger in their own goal.

Chelsea were actually in the game until Willian got injured after 27′ and was forced to limp off the pitch with a suspected hamstring injury, being replaced by Ross Barkley, who made his official debut for the Blues, his first game since last May. However, he didn’t impress.

From that point onward Arsenal took the control of the game despite the Blues trying to take the lead again with a couple of chances threw by Hazard.

The second part saw Arsene Wenger side being dominant and finding a deserved goal with Granit Xhaka at 60′.

Chelsea weren’t able to react or create dangerous chance, they only tried with the strength born of desperation in the last minutes of the game.

Conte now has to deal with an injury emergency and a way to refresh confidence and physical form in his players before Newcastle clash in FA Cup next Sunday.

Arsenal will Manchester City, who beat Bristol City last night, in the competition final at Wembley in one month.

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Today can be the day that Emerson Palmieri and Edin Dzeko will finally move to Stamford Bridge after a negotiation lasted one week.

It is believed the two AS Roma players agreed personal terms with Chelsea yesterday and now they are ready to travel to London to undergo medicals and put pen on their new deals.

In these days the Giallorossi are staying in Milan after playing Inter on Sunday night and ready to travel to Genova tomorrow to play the game they still have in hand against Sampdoria, after it was cancelled last September due to bad weather. This is why, also, Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco wanted to wait for their transfer.

Rumours claims the Bosnian forward has already said goodbye to his team-mate and is heading to the airport in these minutes to travel to London.

The deal should be close for a fee in the region of £ 52m, £ 35m for Palmieri ( who was sidelined in the first part of the season since he was still recovering from an ACL injury) and the rest for the former Manchester City striker.

It’s just matter of time before their move to Chelsea will be official.

In this exclusive picture from Italian TV Mediaset Premium we can see Dzeko loading luggage to a car, ready to board on a flight to London.

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Leicester City boss Claude Puel welcomes rumours linking Riyad Mahrez to Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Algeria international seems keen to move to London, or even to Liverpool, as the Reds are looking for a talented player to replace Philippe Coutinho, who transfered to Barcelona for a £ 140m record fee.

After the Watford game, Puel was quizzed about Mahrez’s future.

“It is a good thing people always ask me about Riyad because it shows he is playing well.

“I get asked about his future and it is a good thing because we have a good feeling.

“He gave an assist and scored a goal, and he is showing good consistency with and without the ball. He is a good player.

“Because he is an experienced player with good maturity and he can give a good example with his play also.”

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Speaking exclusively to Evening Standard after Brighton win Chelsea winger Victor Moses praised his team-mate Eden Hazard, who scored a brace yesterday:

“He does that in training and, on his day, he’s probably one of the best players in the world,” the Nigerian champions said.

“We all saw it today. He’s unbelievable. He’s so talented. We’re very happy to have him here and we’re happy that he’s enjoying his football. Hopefully, he’ll keep scoring goals.”

With Pedro suspended for the game Antonio Conte decided to start Willian on the right flank and the move paid off as the Brazilian also got on the scoresheet.
Moses insists Willian remains a key player for Chelsea, claiming:
“The second goal [for Chelsea] was a great goal, one touch from Michy [Batshuayi], Hazard and what a goal from Willy. He’s a very important player for us and he done very well.”
Moses also had the chance to add his name to the scoresheet as well:

“I got one today, five more to go!” he claimed.

“We are enjoying our football. Marcos [Alonso] is doing very well by scoring goals, and I want to contribute too. I’m happy to score my first goal this season. but hopefully I’ll score more in the future.”

“Much was made about Chelsea’s recent three-game goalless run, which was the first time in the club’s history that they had recorded three 0-0 results.

“Any one of us can score. We definitely will have chances [in games] but it’s just about converting them. 

“We showed that we have good enough players to score us goals. We are pleased that Willian, Eden and myself were on the score-sheet. The most important thing is that we are happy.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte analysed the Blues win at Brighton and, of course, he noticed his team improved respect to the performances of the last month, where they barely scored a goal:

“[It was] A good game, a good result for us. In the last period, we didn’t score a lot. Instead today we scored four goals, we created other chances to improve the final result,” the Italian claimed.

“We kept another clean sheet, which is very important for us, despite Brighton creating chances to score. Before the game, a lot of people had a lot of apprehension for suspensions and injuries.

“But, during the game, we showed a great personality to be a team. We started the game very well, scored twice quickly with good combinations between our strikers. This is very important and we must be happy for this.”

Speaking about man of the match Eden Hazard, he said:

Eden Hazard scored twice. For us, it’s important Hazard, Willian and Moses all score. But, from tomorrow, every single player that scored today has to forget he scored and must try and score again against Arsenal.

“This is the most important thing: to be happy for today’s performance but, from tomorrow, to think about another important game against Arsenal, another important situation to try to help the team to win.”

Then, his answer to the people who said that Chelsea were in a “crisis”:

“Whoever said this has to pay attention to the stats. We’re unbeaten in 14 games. It’s normal that the press try to see the negative aspect and don’t see the positives.

“But this team, with many problems, are unbeaten in 14 games in every competition. This means means we are performing important work with these players to win in this way, despite five players less: Fabregas, Drinkwater, Courtois, two suspensions in Pedro and Morata. Despite this, we won 4-0.

“That means that every player deserves his chance, and every player has to fight to play. Now we have to continue in this way. I’m pleased with the responses of all the players today. You could see on our bench there were Charly Musonda and Sterling and Ampadu, the present and future of Chelsea.

“The club has committed to work with the young players to improve, and I’m doing this. Christensen is only 21 and playing every game. We are doing an important job for this club. We have to continue in this way. Every player today showed a great responsibility.

“For this reason, I’m very happy because every player felt this responsibility. To grow in this aspect is very important for us.”

Conte also explained why Danny Drinkwater was ruled out of the game:

“Danny had a kick on his ankle in the game against Norwich. He’s not so lucky this season (with injuries).

“He’s having many problems from the start of the season. I hope to recover him very quickly.”

About the two penalties that referee Jon Moss didn’t concede to Brighton when the score was still 0-2, Conte said:

“I think that, in England, seeing a penalty is not simple. It’s very difficult to see a referee whistling for a penalty. You can see what happened in the last game against Norwich.

“In this league, there is this type of valuation for one team, for another team. I don’t know because I didn’t see these two situations, so I can’t give an evaluation about this.

“But, at the same time, I can tell you that the new system – if we learn to use it very quickly – can help a lot to avoid big mistakes if there are big mistakes. This system will be very important for every team because, in this way, you won’t have doubts.”

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Edin Dzeko is furious at AS Roma after the Italian club forced him to accept Chelsea move.

The former Manchester City striker recently bought a house in Rome with him and his wife expecting to spend a long time in Italy.

Chelsea interest in him was sudden surprised both Roma and the player but the speed in which the club agreed to sell the Bosnian goalscorer has angered him.

There is no suggestion Dzeko will reject a move to Chelsea and demand to remain at Roma, but the player has made his feelings known to the Italian club.

The Italian capital side are almost forced to sell players to fulfill FFP agreement with UEFA before the end of June, otherwise they could find themselves in trouble and even out of next European club competitions, should they qualify.

Reports from Italy say the current AS Roma forward has agreed to the switch to Stamford Bridge, but that the two clubs are still deciding on a transfer fee.

Dzeko will join Chelsea alongside his current Roma team-mate, full-back Emerson Palmieri, and the Serie A pair are expected to cost the Blues a combined £ 44m.

Antonio Conte will finally have the striker he asked for after Chelsea failed in several pursuits this month.

 

 

 

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Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson revealed the main reason why Chelsea haven’t tried to hijack Alexis Sanchez‘s move to Manchester United in the past week.

The Chilean striker is set to move to Old Trafford in a swap with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who will sign for Arsenal, and he’s going to receive a wage of £500,000-a-week AFTER tax.

Merson believes handing a player that sort of money at Chelsea would have caused problems with the likes of Eden Hazard – who is in talks with the club directors to extend his contract and increase his wage- Cesc Fabregas and Willian.

“They needed Sanchez,” the pundit said.

“If they would have got Sanchez I think they get in the top four.

“But if you go and get Sanchez, you bet your bottom dollar come what two days later, Hazard’s agent’s knocking on the door, Willian’s is knocking on the door, (Cesc) Fabregas, (N’Golo) Kante.

“They’re all knocking on the door and before you know it, that £100m signing for his package turns into £200m.”

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Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) celebrates with Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (C) after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Chelsea at the John Smith's stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on December 12,

Eden Hazard was, without any doubt, the man who led Chelsea go get the three points against Brighton and Hove Albion today.

The Belgian put his name on the score-sheet for the first time today after 3′ with a masterclass finishing on a ball deflected by a Brighton defender after Moses assist.

Hazard himself and another Belgian, Michy Batshuayi, were the protagonists of the 2-0 play after only three minutes, well finished by Willian. Only 6′ and the Blues were already 3-0 up.

But instead of surrendering Brighton had a great reaction and tried to level the score, giving Willy Caballero the chance to show his skills.

The Argentine goalkeeper also took a huge risk with a tackle on Ezequiel Schelotto, surely the best among the Seagulls today, that could have cost a penalty against to Chelsea.

Brighton, indeed, didn’t have the best of luck today and hit also the post in the beginning of the second half.

After another great save by Caballero, Willian hit the post as well but some minutes later, at 77′, Eden Hazard scored his second goal of the game, sealing it with thirteen minutes to go.

Before the final whistle there was also a moment of glory for Victor Moses, who netted the ball for the 4th goal of Chelsea.

In this moment the Blues are second in the table with 50 points, reaching Manchester United who are playing Burnley away in some minutes.

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard reached an important personal milestone after scoring the opener against Brighton and Hove Albion today: in fact, the 27-year-old secured the 100th goal of his career.

The Belgium international later reached also goal 101, after sealing the game with the 3-0, for a total of 65 Premier League goal for Chelsea.

Hazard reached three figures having found the net 36 times for Lille in Ligue 1.

 

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