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After missing the game vs Manchester United for a right ankle problem, Thibaut Courtois injured the same ankle on Sunday at Goodison Park.

It seems there’s nothing too serious for the Blues goalkeeper and Courtois wants to play through the pain and help Chelsea to gain the Premier League title.

“When I had to kick the ball against Spurs, there was a bit of pain” – Courtois told the Evening Standard before Everton game – “Obviously, I had to stand on my right foot, which was not easy at times, but it was incredible that after one and a half weeks I was able to play. I was with the physios from 10 in the morning until 5 in the evening at Cobham. I will have to get more treatment on it.”

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Tottenham Hotspur will face West Ham in a crucial London Derby on Friday night as the title race is getting to the heart.

Anyway, Spurs’ forward Harry Kane, who’s scored 21 goals in the Premier League so far, is confident ahead of the clash: “It is good to go first. – the England international told Daily Star – We have got to try to drop the gap to one point and see what happens,”

“Chelsea will have all weekend to think about it. We knew what it was like last year with Leicester playing before us and even before Sunday’s game with Arsenal”.

Then Kane added: “It is difficult. It is good to try to play first and try to put that pressure on, so it will be good to play on Friday night. Hopefully we can get that win, put that pressure on and wait and see.”

Then Chelsea will host Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday Night.

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Chelsea defender Nathan Ake spoke after away win at Goodison Park, when the Dutchman came off the bench in the 82nd minute to replace David Luiz.

“It was a bit different but I see David train and play, so I know what the role is and I just tried to fit in, – Ake told Chelsea’s official website – I’m happy. I played the FA Cup game and came on in an intense match against Everton, which shows the trust from the manager, so I appreciate it”.

Ake played a key role in FA Cup Semifinal against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium as the former Bournemouth defensive midfielder played in the defensive third alongside David Luiz and Azpilicueta following Cahill’s gastroenteritis suffered ahead of the clash.

“This is what you play football for, the FA Cup was really big and a good platform for me to test myself on – he added – Everton was a different kind of game, we were 2-0 up but the front players are really dangerous for them so you have to come on and be ready, I felt it went well.” 

 

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“It was my best goal with Chelsea”. The man himself, Pedro Rodriguez, said this after the beauty that paved the way for the Blues’ victory over Everton at Goodison Park, before Gary Cahill and Willian rounded up the score to 3-0.

A crucial victory for Antonio Conte’s men, another step closer to that Premier League title, and yet another fundamental goal for the former Barcelona striker, revitalised – like many – by the Italian manager, and absolutely decisive even if not a regular starter.

The curler that gave Chelsea the lead at Everton is Pedro’s eight goal in this Premier League – already one more than last year -, not a huge tally, but a very decisive one. Very often he has sorted out difficult games, turning them into ugly but heavy victories, crucial to pile on the points that are now giving the Blues the edge in the title race.

Some of these eight goals have been absolutely decisive. How can we forget his stunner against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, in a victory that now is creating the gap between the West London and North London clubs. And what about the goal for the 1-1 at Burnley? Again, points that add up for the title.

Players such as N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard or Diego Costa have undoubtedly been central to Conte’s extraordinary season – with the title in reach – but it is also true that we’re talking about three players who have won the league in the past two seasons, under José Mourinho at Chelsea in 2015 or at Leicester City in the case of the French midfielder.

Pedro came in from Barcelona after having won every single trophy possible, both at club level and at international level, but many thought he might have already been in the concluding phase of his career. Mourinho really wanted him, and his first season was not as bad as the rest of the team, although not good enough.

This year he stepped up, like the entire squad, and has showed immense qualities. Nine assists, to be added to the goals, in the Premier League, as well as four goals and two assists in the FA Cup, another title that Conte could add to his first English season. To this, his ability to play in every position up front, and even art wing back, has made him Conte go-to substitute for whoever is missing on the day.

As centre forward, as winger, as wing back, Pedro’s contribution has always been top class, contributing hugely to Chelsea’s title race, and now one step closer to adding a Premier League to his immense personal trophy case.

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Cesar Azpilicueta is one of the two players who have played all Premier League games for Chelsea so far this season and he knows that on Sunday the Blues conquered a very big win at Goodison Park.

Azpilicueta is also happy for the defensive performance of Antonio Conte‘s side: “From a defensive perspective, there were a lot of positives to take from a game in which we kept our first clean sheet in the league since January”. – the Chelsea defender told the Blues official website – “Nullifying the threat of the in-form Romelu Lukaku, who had scored in every one of Everton’s home games this year prior to Sunday, was a key factor”.

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Spanish striker Pedro comments his goal vs Everton at Goodison Park and he defines it probably “the best in a Chelsea shirt”.

“It was nice, on my left foot”. – Pedro said – I`m happy to have scored a goal and for the three points. The points were very important for the team to continue to be at the top of the league. It was good to score again and help the team, and for me, it was an amazing goal.”

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Former Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas told Talksport Gunners’ forward Alexis Sanchez should be sold as the Chilean star is ‘camouflaging’.

“Sanchez has not been interested in the game for the last eight weeks. – Nicholas claimed – He is camouflaging it”.

“I would sell Sanchez. Get him out. If he wants to go to Chelsea and Chelsea want to pay £60million, I would sell him to Chelsea.”

It is understood Arsenal offered Sanchez a lucrative deal to extend his contract at the Emirates Stadium, but the former Barcelona and Udinese star reportedly rejected the offer as he wants a move next summer.

Nicholas added: “They should have said to Sanchez two months ago: ‘Are you signing?’ If he said ‘No, I’m not going to sign’, then he should be sold in the summer. They should isolate the players”.

Charlie Nicholas

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Cesc Fabregas will reject a transfer to AC Milan this summer, according to reports in English press this morning.

The Spanish midfielder is rumored to be not interested in moving to the Serie A despite Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement to land Monaco’s midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to Stamford Bridge on a supposed £40m deal.

Antonio Conte would be eager to strengthen his midfield, especially following the Blues’ qualification to the next Champions League.

Standard Sport understand that last October AC Milan made an enquire to lure the Chelsea star from Stamford Bridge next season.

Fabregas, who earns around £170,000 in wages, joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £30m in 2014.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill scored a vital goal in the Blues’ last 0-3 away win at Goodison Park against Everton

The England international has praised teammate Pedro as the Spaniard gave Chelsea a deserved lead after 66′ in the second half. “What a special goal from Pedro as well, at times in games you need a little bit of class and that’s what he gave us today. – Cahill told the club’s official website – He’s a fantastic footballer and he whipped it in the top corner. That gave us a platform to go on because they had to commit players forward and we got the second and the third”.

About his goal, Cahill added: “I felt there was a chance he [Eden Hazard] would put it at the front post and I just tried to get across,’ he said. ‘It’s another goal for me and I’m delighted, it’s a huge result for us”.

Tottenham have restored their gap on Chelsea after beating Arsenal in the North London Derby, anyway Cahill is confident about the future: “We’ve been saying in our dressing room that we expect them to win every single game, – he ended – So it’s down to us and it’s in our hands, they’re pushing us until the end”.

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Kylian Mbappe is one of the biggest surprise of this season in European football: the Monaco youngster has scored 24 goals in all competitions and he has attracted the interest of a lot of top teams.

Mbappe himself is interested in top clubs’ football as his uncle Pierre reveals: “He does everything he can to see every game. He studies videos to better himself, he reads sports newspapers and magazines”. – Pierre Mbappe told Tuttosport – “He will not need to study Juventus as he watches the Bianconeri every week along with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea.”

 

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