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Chelsea fan and tennis star Dominic Thiem was delighted after meeting his childhood idol José Mourinho at ATP Finals in London.

The Austrian tennis player is participating at the last ATP tournament of the year at O2 Arena, London, and he met Chelsea legend José Mourinho after his game against Novak Djokovic last Sunday, with the Manchester United manager watching his great performance from the VIP box courtside.

Thiem, a long-time Chelsea fan, lost 2-1 after winning a strong challengend first set against the ex Number 1 in ATP ranking, but Portuguese was full of praise with him and presented him with his VIP pass with a special dedication: “A star is born, a big hug”.

Thiem, number 10 in ATP ranking, revealed after his win against Gael Monfils today that became a Chelsea fan when he was 12, during Mourinho’s first spell at Chelsea and that the Portuguese was one of his childhood heroes. Meeting Jose was a dream coming true for him and the Austrian tennis player also revealed that the ex Blues boss nice words gave him a special motivation, in addition to relieving his disappointment for the defeat.

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ESPN claims that a source close to Chelsea revealed them the club might offer Frankie Lampard a contract to join back the Blues as a director.

The Chelsea legend ended his adventure at NYCFC yesterday and claimed he is embarking a new stage of career, leaving many people thinking that he was hinting to a Schermata 11-2457708 alle 17.26.31 return.

Anyway, Lampard promised to do a statement about his future “very soon”, so we won’t wait so long to know what he’s up to do next.

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France coach Didier Deschamps knows N’Golo Kante really well and claims that the ex Leicester midfielder significantly improved his game since joining Chelsea last summer:

“He changed clubs, and you probably watch more Chelsea games than Leicester games,” he told French newspaper Le Figaro.

I used to watch as many Leicester games as Chelsea games.

“What he did well at Leicester, he’s doing it at Chelsea.

“No offence to Leicester, but he’s gone up a level.

“This gives him more experience. He was great last season, he was with us too, and he still is.

“After that, I have choices to make. I can’t play everyone. Kante is great because he’s always smiling, always 100%.

“I’m not worried about his level, and what he’s capable of doing.”

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New Chelsea player N’Golo Kante spoke about his new playing-style under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge:

“I think Chelsea is different from my previous clubs because when I played in Caen and Leicester, we didn’t have the ball as much and we played more on the counter-attack,” the French midfielder told to the club official magazine.

“It’s better to have the ball than to run most of the time behind the ball. We defend like a team and when it’s my task to do the pressing and to work hard to win possession, I have to do it.

“That’s what I try to do,  work hard to win the ball when we haven’t got it and to keep possession or create a chance when we have the ball.”

“Chelsea have many very good midfielders, but most of the time I play with Matic and, yes, he’s a good player. In training we have done a lot of work together, so in the game we can understand each other.

“When he goes forward, I stay back. When I go forward, he stays back. When you play together, it’s good to understand each other and I think it is a good partnership.”

Kante also explained his evolution as a player, with a difficult early career:

“When I was young in my club in Suresnes, I tried a lot of times to go in an academy of a professional club, but always I missed this chance. They said they had some players like me, or they didn’t like me. So I didn’t go. I stayed in Suresnes until 19, when I went to Boulogne in the sixth division.

“The first team was professional, but the second team was in the sixth division. I did one year in the second team, we went up to the fifth division and after that I went up to the first team in the third division. I joined Caen from there.”

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill spoke after his goal in the 3-0 England’s win over Scotland:

“It’s been a long time since I’ve scored in an England shirt and it’s always a proud moment,” the Blues centre-back revealed.

“It felt good. It’s random that we got three headers but nevertheless it was three good goals.

“To be fair we’ve worked quite a lot this week on our final-third entry and being a bit more ruthless and I thought that came to light because our finishing was excellent.”

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Chelsea players John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses were the main protagonists in Nigeria 3-1’s win over Algeria, in a clash valid for Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Moses opened the score on minute 25, twenty minutes later Obi Mikel scored his second ever goal for his national team.

Bentaleb netted the one for Algeria – who was lining up Leicester stars Slimani and Mahrez in attack  – at minute 67 but Victor Moses, that is on fire after being reborn under Conte at Stamford Bridge, sealed the game in injury time after a free-flowing counter attack.

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Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic will captain Serbia against Wales in Russia 2018 Wolrd Cup Qualifiers tonight.

The defender admits he is scared by Welsh skipper and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale:

“We have to play much much better than last time to get something from the game because Wales is a completely different team from that moment.”

Ivanovic scored Serbia’s fifth in their 6-1 demolition of Wales in their 2014 World Cup qualifying game in September 2012 and the ex Jugoslavia national team also won 3-0 the other game in Cardiff in 2013:

“Those kind of games happen may be once in 100 years. It’s very difficult to win against one team three times in a row even when the opponent is not that strong and you cannot say that about Wales,” the Chelsea defender said.

“I think he is the biggest name and biggest star in the Wales team. But I think Wales as a group have improved.

“The team have played a couple of years together to bring results and will, of course, be very difficult to stop Gareth Bale and the rest of the guys.”

“Bale has already scored three times in qualifying and is just three goals behind Ian Rush at the top of Wales’ all time top goal scorer list.”



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Eden Hazard has already worn the Belgium captain armband during the opening World Cup qualifiers against Cyprus, Bosnia and Gibraltar and he will do it again in the clash against Estonia tomorrow night.

However, the Chelsea forward says he is less vocal on the pitch than club skipper John Terry:

“It’s good for me to be the captain,” Hazard admitted.

“But I can’t be like John Terry. As captain, I don’t talk too much. I try to talk with my feet on the pitch.

“My ambition is to lead Belgium to the World Cup, to win something for the country. I hope we can do it but it’s still far away.”

 “Maybe the system has helped me to find my form, we tried it in Belgium, now we do it with Chelsea.”

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Gary Cahill continues his magical moment: the Chelsea centre-back is again in his top form and has been one of the key players in Conte’s tactical system change, 3-5-2, where gained again a huge confidence, contributing to keep five consecutive clean-sheets.

Tonight the Blues defender scored the third goal in England’s 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley, a match valid for Russia 2018 Wolrd Cup qualifiers.

Here is the video of his stunning header:


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According to La Gazzetta dello Sport Antonio Rudiger wants to stay at AS Roma in the January transfer window and “doesn’t even wants to sit down and listen’ the offer of Chelsea.”

The German centre-back has been a long-time target for the Blues and his move failed last summer when he suffered an ACL injury just before EURO 2016 start while training with his national team.

Rudiger had a speed recovery and came back onto the pitch a couple of weeks ago but claimed he is not open for a move to Stamford Bridge in January.


Carlo Ancelotti returned to Stamford Bridge as a spectator in Chelsea's 3-3 draw against AS Roma in the Champions League last night. The Italian manager, who...