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Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was back in action on Monday night vs West Bromwich Albion and now his physical condition is improving, as the Blues’ manager Antonio Conte confirmed.

Alvaro has been training with us regularly every day. His physical condition is improving. Conte said. “He will play a part of the game and he will be ready for the Champions League game against Barcelona”.

During his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s night game vs Hull City, Antonio Conte also spoke about the effect Olivier Giroud could have on Morata and about the possibilities the two will play together in the future:  “Alvaro is a player with a good maturity. The competition is good for the team. A great team must have competition in every position and every role. – Conte said – “Giroud is a good option as he’s very strong and powerful. He can help us for the rest of the season.”

And about the two playing together Conte went on: “In the future it could happen if we decide to play with three midfielders. Now I think it’s very soon to answer this question. We are playing with a system from last season and in this case it means Hazard, Pedro and Willian are out. In this moment it’s very important to have all your players available. To have Morata and Giroud as two options is very important for us. For a lot of time we did play with Hazard as a number nine.”

 

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Tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge Chelsea will face Hull City in the Fa Cup fifth round.

Speaking to the media in his pre-game press conference the Blues manager Antonio Conte when asked if there will be major changes in the Starting XI answered: “For sure. We have in front of us two weeks that is very tough. For this reason it is right to have a plan to face these weeks in the right way. We want to try and go through to the next round in the FA Cup. – Conte said – When you start a season every competition is a priority. We tried to do the same in the Carabao Cup and we reached the semi-finals. We want to fight for every competition but there is not one priority. There are three priorities for the rest of the season.”

There are many chances, so, to see some of the best Chelsea youngsters tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge: “In the Carabao Cup and FA Cup I have given them the chance to play”. – Conte said about Ampadu and Hudson-Odoi. – “We are talking about two of the best players in our academy. Ampadu, for me, it’s not difficult to predict a bright future for this player. Hudson-Odoi as well. There’s also [Nathaniel] Chalobah’s brother, Sterling and Scott who are coming for tomorrow’s game. I think Chelsea’s future is very brilliant with these players.”

For tomorrow’s night game, on the other hand, Bakayoko,Barkley and David Luiz are not available.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill believes new signing Olivier Giroud will need time to adapt, but thanks to his experience in the Premier League he soon will be important for the Blues.

“Olivier has settled in okay. Obviously after the last two results he’s come into an atmosphere that probably wasn’t ideal for him but he’s experienced in the Premier League anyway, we’re not talking about someone who has come from another league. Cahill told Chelsea official website. “He knows the league, he knows the club, he’s an experienced international player and he’ll have no trouble settling in. People say they need time to adapt to the new surroundings, the culture and the way we play football, I’m sure that will take time, but Olivier’s experienced and his character will be important for us.”

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Emerson Palmieri signed for Chelsea during the last January transfer window and now the Brazilian defender feels ready to make his debut with the Blues.

Physically, I feel great. The injury is now in the past.” Emerson Palmieri told Chelsea’s official matchday programme. They were six difficult months for me but what is important is right now and I feel good. I couldn’t feel better so I only have in mind the idea of training with my team and helping us achieve success. I came here because this is a great club with a great history. English football is something I have been watching since I was 15 years old. It’s a really beautiful game over here and it’s going to be even more beautiful to play it. I’m coming here with great expectations.”

 

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Chelsea will play vs Barcelona next week in the Champions League last 16 and according to Spanish striker Alvaro Morata they need to play a very careful game if they want to get a good result.

If we can get a good result here, we have to play a defensive game with spaces and try to bother them as much as possible.” Morata told Movistar.

Also, the Blues forward has his say on Lionel Messi, admitting that “Messi can’t be stopped.”

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New Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud made his first appeareance in the Starting XI with the Blues yesterday night in the Premier League game vs West Bromwich Albion.

After the match the French forward expressed his satisfaction for this new step in his career: “It’s been a while since I played regularly and that’s why I needed to move,” Giroud said. “I needed a new challenge and Chelsea was the perfect club for me. It’s the Premier League, a club which has won more titles in the past ten years than any other. It’s a massive club and I am very proud to be here and to carry on my career. I feel very good. It’s been maybe two months since I started a game so I felt good. I worked hard in training to be physically ready and to do what the coach asked me to do tactically. There is still room for improvement but I take a lot of pleasure from (my performance) and I’m happy to set the first goal for Eden. I was very excited to make my debut at Stamford Bridge and I’m very happy for the team. Obviously we needed the three points to get the confidence for the following games and we’ve done the job. It’s true you could see the team was not playing with the full freedom at times but it’s normal after two disappointing results (successive defeats by Watford and Bournemouth). It’s a new challenge and it’s been special for me to leave Arsenal. I had five amazing years there but now it’s a new chapter of my career and I am focused 100 per cent on the Blues to reach our targets and I’m very happy to be here. I said at half-time when they put stitches in my head that I wanted to carry on, but the calf was very painful and I couldn’t play the whole game.”

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West Bromwich Albion remain 20th in the Premier League table after 3-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight, which means the Baggies are currently seven points adrift of safety.

Manager Alan Pardew reflected on the game: “It’s frustrating how many games I’ve sat afterwards and rued missed chances, we knew Chelsea were slightly wounded from their two recent defeats. We put high pressure on them, took some risks in terms of our set-up hoping to get an early chance”.

“It was unfortunate Jay didn’t take that touch into towards goal because I think he’s got an easy chance then. He takes it early, maybe thinks the goalie is not set and that would have been a major blow to Chelsea and changed the dynamic of the game. Again at 1-0 we had a big chance with Salomon”.

“A goal gives everybody a lift and we just couldn’t get it. Jonny Evans’ header was also at 1-0. Three big chances. When you come to a top club like this, with top players, you’ve got to hurt them and we couldn’t do that.”

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More from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who spoke after his side’s home win against West Bromwich Albion thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Victor Moses.

The Italian boss said: “For sure I have to thank the fans. They showed me great support because I think they are reading speculation and rumours about me. I’m grateful to the fans for supporting me in this way. It means that, maybe in our 18 months together, they understand my passion and my will to defend these colours, this shirt, this badge. I want to thank them”.

“To feel this atmosphere around me is very important. It’s very important to feel that people appreciate my work here in Chelsea.

“For sure, for me it’s important. I repeat: me and the players are trying to do our best to give them the best satisfaction. Sometimes we can do this, sometimes not, but the will is always present.”

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Chelsea are currently 5th in the Premier League table after Tottenham and Liverpool won their matches against Arsenal (Saturday) and Southampton (today). The Blues will go 4th if they beat West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night, and they would close the gap on Manchester United following the Red Devils‘s disappointing defeat at Newcastle.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of Monday Night‘s clash against West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues, who have to bounce back from their recent defeats against Bournemouth at home and Watford at Vicarage Road, need the support of the crowd: “For sure. I have to say thanks to the fans” Conte said

“Because from the start of my experience with Chelsea they try to stay behind me in every game, they continue to do this and I am very proud of this”.

“They understand I am giving all of myself to this club, and I want to say thanks to the fans. They deserve the best and I try with my players to give them the best satisfaction”.

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