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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted that his side ‘knew that defeat could happen’ against Tottenham tonight.

“I think today I saw a game with a good balance and they scored a goal at the end of the first-half and the second goal in our best moment”.

Then Conte added: “It is a pity to stop this run, but Tottenham is a good team, a really strong team and I think is for sure one of the teams that can fight for the title until the end. They fought last season and they can fight also this year”.

Chelsea conceded two goals again, after Dele Alli scored a brace at White Hart Lane beating goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

“When you concede two goals, for sure you have to improve. My team are top of the table because we are working a lot. This league is very tough and it is important to continue to work.”

 

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Speaking to Italian Sky Sport, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident that his side can bounce back from the last disappointing loss to Tottenham tonight.

“We must be happy with our performance – Conte told Gianluca Di Marzio – We lost against a great team but this defeat was totally different from the ones against Arsenal and Liverpool, since we showed to be a tough team tonight”.

“We managed to create some chances, we must be happy and keep on working; I’d have said the same things also if we had lost tonight”,

The Italian manager added: “We come from the 12th position of last campaign. Chelsea was not expected to be leading the league this year but we are on top of Premier League and other teams are maybe a bit bothered, but we want to keep bothering”,

About transfer market, Conte added: “Is difficult to find good targets in January, we could try some youngsters from our Academy”. 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that his side has several similarities to next Blues’ rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

When asked about Mauricio Pochettino, Conte underlined his point of view: “We like to play from the back, to play with possession and to prepare different solutions to go and score goals”,

“After every action, there is always the work behind it. My players must be clinical, not me on the bench, because they have the opportunity to score and do the movements you prepare during the week”.

Then Conte added: “Tottenham in this part of the season were unlucky in some games, now there is this difference in the table only because we did an incredible run”.

“We have great respect for them and we showed this in the first game against them. Then it’s normal during the game you want to beat your opponent. It will be so tomorrow”.

Juventus earned 12 straight league wins under Conte’s management, while Chelsea (13 wins after Stoke City clash) are approaching Arsenal‘s Premier League record with 14 wins in a row.

“In the last season we finished with 102 points, a record in Italy. It was a fantastic championship. At that moment in the Italian league there was only Roma to try to fight for the title”.

Conte ended: “Here there is a different situation because there are six very strong teams that last season were placed above us, and also spent a lot of money. For this reason, I think it’s more difficult here now to keep this position”.

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Chelsea are set to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane tonight, when Antonio Conte will try to continue the Blues’ positive trend so far.

Venue: White Hart Lane

Kick-Off:  8pm BST on Wednesday 4th January

Tottenham

  • Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen, who both missed last clash against Watford, are now available after being suspended;
  • Moussa Sissoko is expected to start in midfield;
  • Erik Lamela remains out of squad due to a long-term injury.

Chelsea

  • Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas will battle for a place in midfield;
  • Pedro is now available after suspension, with Willian in great shape;
  • Marcos Alonso is still in doubt and Conte admitted he’ll make a final decision today.

Predicted LineUps

TOTTENHAM – Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Rose, Dier, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Kane

CHELSEA – Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Moses, Hazard, Pedro, Costa

 

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Chelsea are confident they can beat Arsenal to sign Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez this month, according to reports in England.

The Switzerland international is contracted until June 2019 and Chelsea are reportedly lining up a £21m bid to land the left-back  to Stamford Bridge.

With Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta in that position, Rodriguez could represent a new back-up in Antonio Conte‘s five-man midfield.

Conte is said to be interested also in Genoa midfielder Diego Laxalt as Chelsea could place a huge bid for the Uruguayan star next summer.

 

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Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, speaking to Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, described Antonio Conte‘s work at Stamford Bridge as ‘extraordinary’.

The current Bayern Munich manager, who led Chelsea to the Premier League title and FA Cup in the 2009/2010 campaign, said: “Conte is doing an extraordinary job at Chelsea,”

“He has determination, ideas, personality and experience. He’s mature as a coach now and I’m truly happy for him” Ancelotti added.

Conte will try to extend the Blues’ positive trend against Tottenham tomorrow night, with Chelsea currently five points clear at the top of Premier League table with still one game in hand.

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Victor Moses challenging Spurs star Harry Kane in November 2016 game at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

“We know we can beat themTottenham striker Harry Kane told the club’s official website this morning, speaking about incoming clash against Chelsea We just have to go out there and play well enough,” 

“That’s what people are going to say but we’re focused on each game as it comes. We’ll keep fighting until the very last game whether we win, lose or draw”.

The England international added: “We’ll give it 110% and hopefully we can come away with the win,” 

Kane also admitted the strength of Chelsea’s defense under new manager Antonio Conte and confirmed that will be the biggest test of the season: “Yeah – I think so, there’s a lot of tough games in the Premier League but we know how much this means to everyone”.

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OSCAR set for Super League on weekly earnings of £400,000

Chelsea’s former attacking midfielder Oscar dos Santos Emboaba  Júnior, better known as OSCAR lands in China for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG after a tantalising confirmed fee of £52 million.

The Brazilian Midfielder, aged 25 was mobbed by crowds at the Chinese Airport on Monday with gifts of flowers and a scarf as he took photos. Chelsea have confirmed the deal of £52 million which has given OSCAR a move beyond his wildest dreams. OSCAR now beats the record signing of his Brazil team-mate HULK who in June was sold by Zenit St Petersburg for a whopping £47 million and on a weekly earning of £320,000.

Chelsea as a Premier League football club have now richly benefited from the sales of their players more than any other team in the Premiership. Since June 2013 Chelsea have made around a reported £314.4 million which has made heads turn. Players still are on loan as well as coming in and ANTONIO CONTE seems keen to use the players he currently have on high performance on a consistent rotation. The likes of CESC FABREGAS, VICTOR MOSES, PEDRO and WILLIAN have all been firing for the Blues and OSCAR going abroad is a move which players like JOHN OBI MIKEL who have not made the team may also consider in the January transfer window.

Whether it is China or Europe for yet to feature Chelsea players like JOHN OBI MIKEL is not yet fully certain. But high-flying midfielder OSCAR has made up his mind and moved from Stamford Bridge to the Chinese Far-East. On his Instagram OSCAR commented once the deal was agreed saying: “I want to thank Chelsea, the owner and all the employees who have made my time at the club so special”.

OSCAR added: “A very special thank you to the Chelsea fans you guys are very special and I am honoured to have been a part of your club. We have won some special titles together”.

By: Samuel Georgewill

 

 

 

 

 

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Cahill Post-Match Interview: 2-goals for Willian

CAHILL the Chelsea captain says “we have this feeling at the moment where feel like we’re not gonna get beat”. CAHILL added that it’s because the Chelsea team is keeping focused and working hard. The Chelsea Captain said that no game is easy in the Premier League and the game today was difficult but the Blues have shown character on more than one occasion. When asked about defensive displays after conceding two goals, he responded by saying “No” and No again that matches “do not always run smoothly”.

By: Samuel Georgewill



 

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1-0 Chelsea at halftime

At 33minutes in the first-half of today’s game against Stoke, the fourth goal for the central defender this season.
GARY CAHILL has scored. So it’s 1-0 CHELSEA at the end of the first half.

Gary Cahill scores 33rd minute power-header to give Chelsea the lead in the first half with no attempts on target yet by Stoke City.

By: Samuel Georgewill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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