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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed Cesc Fabregas is training properly and that the decision to leave him out of the starting XI against West Ham “can happen to all the players”.

“Cesc is Chelsea’s player and I’m happy with his attitude and behaviour – Conte said – he must know when you are at a great team like Chelsea I have to take decisions before the game, to choose a starting XI”.

“It can happen that Fabregas isn’t in the starting 11 but it can happen to all the players,”

‘It’s important to always see the right attitude because we must fight this season. Now, I took this decision but in the next game we don’t know, I could change or not”.

Then he ended: “When a coach makes a decision there is always a reason but I prefer to keep it for me. But I repeat I don’t see any problem, I’m very happy to have these players and train these players”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told Sky Calciomercato he is not worried about the transfer market since he speaks everyday with the club to strengthen the team.

“It’s important to have contact every day with the club. The market is very crazy, the club knows my ideas and it’s important to find the right solution to improve this team, not to buy for the sake of it” the Italian manager said.

“We are waiting for the right solution but I’m very happy to have these players because every day they show me a great attitude. There are two weeks and we’ll pay attention, if we find the right solution that’s fine.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he really appreciated the welcome received at Stamford Bridge tonight: “Thanks to the Chelsea fans. It was fantastic to see the Italian flag in the crowd. It was emotional.” the 47-year-old said.

It was fantastic, especially because my wife and daughter were here. I hope through our work we can repay the welcome.”

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Then, speaking about the importance of the fans during a game, he ended: “I want to say thanks also because they followed the team to the end. It was a physical game but today I’m delighted.”

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard broke the deadlock after 46′ from a penalty in the Blues’ Premier League opener against West Ham tonight.

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Speaking after the game, the Belgium international claimed: “To win the first game of the season is always
important. We did very well and we played 90 minutes like tigers.”

“It’s not every year I score in my first game. I missed a couple of penalties last season and it’s always good to score.”

The 25-year-old added: “Last season is finished. Now we are looking forward to the future. We want to bring to the fans a lot of emotion and it’s always good to start the season like this.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after the late win in the Premier League opener against West Ham tonight.The 47-year-old said: “I think the team played a good game with a great intensity and spirit,” “It is important to find the right spirit and intensity, we know we can improve and we must improve a lot, but today I am pleased for my players.”

“I am delighted. I saw a lot of things we’ve been working on. Good intensity from the players and positioning. But we can improve.”

About the game, he added: “The victory is deserved and now we have to prepare for the next game. From tomorrow we have to think to the next game.” 

Conte pleased Eden Hazard, who scored the opener from a penalty: “Eden played a good game today with a great ability – he told Sky Sports – Hazard, Willian are players with great attitude with the other players. I am very pleased with Hazard’s performance but he knows he can improve a lot.”

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The opening game of the season for Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge. The teams went in level at the break 0-0, despite the Blues beginning to dominate in the latter stages of the first 45 minutes.

A penalty for Chelsea in the first minute of the second half. Azpilicueta found himself inside the box and Antonio bundled him to ground from behind. A certain penalty and an easy decision for the referee.

GOAL!

Eden Hazard stepped up and blasted the ball into the roof of the net. A confident strike from the Belgian who looked to be fired up for this one.

Chelsea 1 – 0 West Ham United

Hazard 47′

After the goal, West Ham began to struggle in containing Conte’s men, who looked threatening every time they moved forward with Chelsea new boy N’Golo Kante being hugely influential part of the Chelsea game, breaking up everything West Ham could muster through the middle and passing the ball forward to the front men.

Willian with a great a opportunity in the 63rd minute of the game. The ball was played through to the Brazilian winger, he did take the ball wider than he would have liked but still forced a fantastic save from Adrian.

The resulting corner, taken by Willian, found Oscar on the edge of the box. He hit a great volley but only to be blocked by James Collins.

With 15 minutes left to play, West Ham forward Andy Carroll won a free-kick right on the edge of the Chelsea box. Payet, the substitute stood over the ball, he tried to curl the ball into the net but couldn’t make it past the wall.

GOAL!

The resulting corner came in and a deflection took the ball towards the hand of a Chelsea player, everyone stood appealing except Hammers centre-back James Collins, who struck the ball on the half-volley and found the back of the net as the players in blue could only stand and watch.

Chelsea 1 – 1 West Ham

Hazard 47′    Collins 78′

With only 2 minutes to go, the game looked to be ending as a draw. With the play slowing down to almost walking pace and the clock ticking away. Diego Costa had other ideas.

GOAL!

Costa found himself on the edge of the West Ham box with James Collins giving him space, he used the space to get a shot away and he found the bottom corner of the goal with Adrian fully stretched and still unable to reach it.

Chelsea 2 – 1 West Ham

Hazard 47′     Collins 78′

Costa 89′

West Ham pressed the Chelsea goal in the final minutes of the game but couldn’t get a shot away at goal. The Hammers with one final attempt to get the ball into the box with a long throw but the Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois came to claim and eased the pressure on the Blues.

The game fizzled out and finished 2-1 to Chelsea. Antonio Conte got his first win as Chelsea manager in their first game of the Premier League season.

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In Antonio Conte’s first season in charge, Chelsea welcome West Ham United to Stamford Bridge for their opening game of the new Premier League season.

An even start to the game. Both teams sharing an equal amount of possession in the opening 10 minutes. Some direct runs forward from Diego Costa but neither team creating any sort of shooting opportunity.

Chelsea right-back Branislav Ivanovic had the first shot of the game in the 13th minute. A good run down the right hand side, into the box and a left-footed shot forced a save from West Ham goalkeeper Adrian.

A serious penalty shout for Chelsea in the 19th minute. Oscar darted into the box, was held back and brought down by centre-back Winston Reid. The referee shook his head and waved play-on. A real let off for West Ham.

Eden Hazard came up with the best effort of the half at the 30 minute mark. The Belgian drifted in the from the left wing, onto his right-foot, went to curl the ball into the far corner but missed the post by a yard or so.

A break in play after 35 minutes due to an injury to new West Ham signing, Andre Ayew. He left the field to be replaced by former Blues man Gokhan Tore.

Chelsea became more dominant as the half went on. Keeping the ball well and showing some good attacking forward runs. West Ham sat back and tried to hit them on the counter attack.

Lots of late pressure from Chelsea towards the end of the first-half. West Ham giving away silly free-kicks, presenting Chelsea with opportunities to put the ball into the box.

Stoppage time in the half, Willian with a free-kick 25-yards out, he curled the ball towards the top corner but Adrian equal to it.

The first-half came to end and the teams go in at the break all square at 0-0.

Chelsea 0 – 0 West Ham United

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Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Kante, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa. 

Subs: Begovic, Fabregas, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Batshuayi, Aina.

Manager: Antonio Conte

West Ham: Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Collins, Masuaku, Kouyate, Nordtveit, Noble, Ayew, Carroll, Valencia. 

Subs: Randolph, Obiang, Tore, Ogbonna, Byram, Payet, Oxford.

Manager: Slaven Bilic

Kick Off: 8pm GMT

Venue: Stamford Bridge

 

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Chelsea youngster Izzy Brown has just put the pen to paper on a loan deal with Rotherham United until the end of the season, the Championship side have confirmed the deal.

The 19-year-old was the captain of Chelsea Under-19s team which won the UEFA Youth League in 2015 also lifted up the FA Youth Cup in 2014 and 2015.

Brown spent last season on loan at Eredivisie side Vitesse and is set to continue his development with the Millers before returning to Stamford Bridge.

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