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Southampton head coach Mauricio Pellegrino was the first manager who spoke after the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“It was difficult game, we were unlucky to concede. – he claimed – We were really close to equalising through [Charlie] Austin twice and [Manolo] Gabbiandini”.

When asked whether the rotation of players could have played a key role in the clash against the Premier League champions or not, Pellegrino added: “We have played three games in six days, it’s hard to recover. Most of the squad showed they can compete”.

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Chelsea are currently level on points with second-placed Manchester United, ahead of the Red Devil‘s clash at West Brom tomorrow afternoon.

The Blues found the opener with a brilliant free-kick from Marcos Alonso just before the halftime whistle, then failed to raise up the score despite several chances were missed in the second period. It remains 1-0 after 90 minutes: Chelsea won another crucial game, Antonio Conte earns three points in a really tough clash at Stamford Bridge.

Alonso’s free kick gives Chelsea their 8th win in 10 Premier League games so far.

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Chelsea are 1-0 thanks to Marcos Alonso, whose free-kick gave the lead just a few moments before the halftime whistle. The Spaniard delivered the ball past Forster with a curled left-footed shot around the wall into the bottom left-hand corner.

Pedro hit the post earlier in the first period, also N’Golo Kanté went close to scoring in a tough first half for the Premier League champions, as Southampton‘s resilience made things harder for the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Cedric Soares limped off the pitch following an injury and Yoshida was booked by referee Roger East.

 

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Michy Batshuayi is considering a loan move when the transfer market window reopens in January, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

The Belgian striker, who joined the Blues from Olympique Marseille on a £33m move in 2016, is said to be keen to get more game time as he wants to be selected in the squad which will travel to Russia next summer for the World Cup 2018.

Antonio Conte constantly praised the forward, but the 24-year-old has started just six games in the current campaign so far. Batshuayi also missed some Premier League games following a foot injury.

Chelsea could consider to offer him as a part of the deal in a bid to land AS Monaco star Thomas Lemar next January.

 

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In their last Premier League game Southampton lost at home vs Leicester and ahead of tomorrow’s match at Stamford Bridge vs Chelsea, Saints’ manaer Mauricio Pellegrino his aware his men have to do a lot better if they want to get a good result.

It’s really important for us because this is our main job and we want to show we are well prepared and be consistent,” – Pellegrino said. – “We want to show our best version. Chelsea is a really difficult side but maybe we can find more space.  We have to do a really good game to have a possibility of winning, but hopefully after a difficult moment we can bounce back. In this club, we want to show we are committed to trying to be competitive, our energy and commitment to the club. I will try to analyse which player is ready in all different aspects to compete. The Premier League is really demanding and with a game every single three days is difficult to keep the level, which is why we have a squad. I am sure we can compete well.”

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Speaking to the press ahead of the Premier League‘s game vs Southampton at Stamford BridgeChelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke about Alvaro Morata: the Spanish striker is better and he can play at least a part of the match tomorrow.

“He’s better, he trains with us, he’s been training with us for two days, he’s in contention for this game.” – Conte said and then he also replied to people who compare Morata, with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba: 

I think they are two different players, they got different characteristics, Drogba wrote the history of this club, he was also very continue in his playing, I guess he was more powerful than Alvaro. Morata has a lot of space to grow, he’s physically strong and he’s a technical player as well.”

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Ahead of Chelsea‘s Premier League game vs Southampton tomorrow at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte admits he has not a lot of power on the club’s decision over the January tranfer window.

It’s right to have a meeting with the club about the transfer market in January,” – Conte said according to Football.London. – “But you have to ask the club which players will come and leave. I can give my opinion to the club and the last word is the club’s. I have to respect every decision.”

According to various reports two players in particular can leave Chelsea in January, Michy Batshuayi and Charly Musonda, but Conte says he is happy to have them both in his team. “He is part of my squad,” – Conte said about Batshuayi -. “Batshuayi was out for three weeks and then he struggled a bit to find the right physical condition. Now he’s in good form. But if you compare to last season, he is playing.”.

And then about Musonda he went on: “I’m happy for him to sign a new contract. The club I think took the right decision for this, and the player the same. Then for his future I think the club and the player will take the right decision.” 

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Recently-appointed manager Sam Allardyce, who’s leading Everton out of the relegation zone following a really late start to the season, gave his own thoughts over Ross Barkley‘s future at the club.

It is understood the England international midfielder was on the verge of moving to Chelsea on Deadline Day, then he decided to stay at Goodison Park. Also Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen on the 24-year-old.

“I haven’t had the opportunity yet to find out the true, or the whole scenario and say, ‘Where does it lie?’ and then make a decision one way or the other” Sam Allardyce said, speaking after his side’s away victory at Newcastle.

“I’m not in control of that in too many ways. If someone comes in during January and says ‘Here you go’ and the club say, ‘Look, if he’s not going to sign for us, this has to be the case’ then I accept that.”

He also opened to a January move for the midfielder: “If Ross stays, and stays until the end of the season, and I feel he is giving 100 per cent to the team, like he has done since he was a kid, then he is an available asset until he leaves on a free transfer. I would hate that to happen, but it might do.”

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante believes new teammate Tiemoue Bakayoko ‘is having a good time now’ at Stamford Bridge since joining the Blues in the summer.

Speaking about the Frenchman, who scored the opener in Chelsea’s away win over Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, Kante told Standard Sport: “He is a professional, but if he needs advice I can give it to him”.

“But it is the same at every club – try to work in training, to understand what the coach wants and give your best in the game. It is the same everywhere.”

 

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Spanish striker Pedro, Tuesday night scored the third Chelsea goal vs Huddersfield Town and he caused many troubles to the Blues opponent playing up front with Willian and Eden Hazard.

It’s very good because we all understand football very well,” – Pedro told Chelsea official website -. “Eden is a fantastic player, and there are no worries if he plays as a striker or winger, which is very good for us. I had more chances to score but the most important thing was the team-work and the win. I scored one goal and that’s good for me.”

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