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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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Speaking to the press ahead of Monday night game vs Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew said injuries made things more complicated for his team vs Southampton, but now things can get better as some players are fit again and ready to be back in action at Stamford Bridge:

Our delivery of performance and our level of play right up until the Liverpool game was probably the best we’ve been. But to suffer four injuries like we did, three from Liverpool and one from Man City, was costly against Southampton. Pardew said. “The good news for us is that we should have more players available. I think Gibbs will be available. I think Evans will be available. I think Grzegorz will be available. That’s going to strengthen my hand in picking the team and strengthen our hand from the bench as well. We can look at games after and say ‘okay, we have a decent run of games’ but we need to put some points on the board. It’s been one of those weeks where we’ve had to reposition ourselves in our minds and say ‘we really are going to carry the fight’ and the first port of call is going to be Chelsea.”

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Blues legend Dennis Wise believes one of the problems Chelsea are experiencing this season is a lack of leadership: in Wise’s opinion the London club have failed to replace properly captain John Terry.

At the moment they seem all over the place and things haven’t gone as nicely as they’d expect,” Wise told Premier League Daily. “I look at some of the personnel who have come in and they’ve found it very difficult to adapt at times to the way of the English Premier League. I look at a certain person who went out the door called John Terry, he was a leader of that group and I don’t think at the moment they have someone like that who is in there and can sort these problems out. I look at Cahill, and I’d like to think he would be a leader, but at the moment he’s been struggling as well.”

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