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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was asked about his decision to rule David Luiz out of squad to face Manchester United today. “It’s very simple. – Conte said – The coach has to make the best decision for the team. Tonight the best decision for the team was to play with Christensen and to have Ampadu on the bench, young players, really good players for the present and the future”.

“Maybe in the future I can decide in a different way, or continue in this way. I must take the best decision for the club, not for a single player. Sometimes I can make mistakes or sometimes I can do the best thing”.

The Italian manager confirmed ‘it was only a tactical decision’. “This can happen to any one of my players. If I see they are not in good form, it’s normal. I have to put my face in every situation, and sometimes make important decisions. Today I did this, and Christensen played an amazing game. I was very happy for this.’

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke after his side’s win against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The Blues earned a crucial win for their title hopes, as the Italian manager confirmed: “We played with great energy, with great passion and with great enthusiasm. It’s great for me, the players, the club, but above all it’s great for our fans, to breathe this energy, to breathe this passion, to breathe this enthusiasm”.

Conte added: “I saw a lot of positive things, not only in the tactical aspect but above all my players’ desire, their will to fight and help each other.

“When we play in this way it’s great. This was a massive game, and to win against Manchester United gives you more confidence, and gives you the right enthusiasm to understand that if we want, we can”.

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Chelsea get their third consecutive Premier League victory in a crucial game against Manchester United. The Blues were dominant as they showed a brilliant performance at Stamford Bridge, getting a vital win thanks to Alvaro Morata‘s header from Azpilicueta’s cross.

Antonio Conte‘s men found the net in the first period, but Phil Jones’ own goal was disallowed by the referee following an alleged foul on the defender in a really controversial circumstance.

David Luiz was left out of Chelsea squad for ’simple tactical reasons’, as Conte himself confirmed ahead of the game. Anyway, Andreas Christensen was one of the most dominant players involved in the game as both Lukaku and Rashford didn’t make an impact tonight.

Manchester United had some opportunities to level the game in the final stage, while Chelsea failed to raise up the score with Hazard, Bakayoko and then Alvaro Morata, who missed a clear chance from a close range.

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Chelsea get their third consecutive Premier League victory in a crucial game against Manchester United. The Blues were dominant as they showed a brilliant performance at Stamford Bridge, getting a vital win thanks to Alvaro Morata‘s header from Azpilicueta’s cross.

Chelsea (3-5-2): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta (Rudiger 65), Kante, Fabregas (Drinkwater 78), Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard (Willian 87), Morata.

Man United (3-4-2-1): De Gea; Bailly, Jones (Fellaini 62), Smalling; Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young (Lingard 78); Mkhitaryan (Martial 62), Rashford; Lukaku.

Scorer: Morata 66

Bookings: Bakayoko 20, Jones 48, Herrera 50, Fellaini 70

Referee Anthony Taylor
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David Luiz has been left out of Chelsea squad to face Manchester United at 4.30pm today, despite the Brazilian defender regularly trained with the squad this week.

And behind this decision there’s just a ‘tactical reason’, Conte confirmed speaking ahead of the clash: “Tactical decision,  there’s Christensen in a good form and we also have Ampadu, who is a really good player in a great form. The club likes to bring in young players. No disagreement, no argument”.

About the upcoming game, Conte added: “We are conceding too many goals and we must pay attention and be more solid. They are a big team and they want to win, then we have to be very focused until the end to take three points today”.

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Chelsea – Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Kante, Morata, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi, Ampadu

Manager: Antonio Conte

Manchester United – De Gea, Bailly, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young, Herrera, Matic, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Martial, Lingard, Blind, Fellaini, Darmian, McTominay.

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Kick-off: 4:30pm Sunday 5th November

Venue: Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea face Manchester United in the Premier League fixture 11 today, a “massive game” before the International break. The Spaniard has confirmed the Blues are keen to bounce back from their last disappointing defeat against AS Roma in the Champions League Group C, despite the opponent will be one of the toughest ever.

“We’re facing Manchester United and Jose, our former manager from this club, but we are now with different teams and we will try to get the result, – Azpilicueta said – We are fighting to get back into the race for the Premier League and we have to step up and get closer”.

Then he added: “It’s a massive game, the last one before the international break and a great chance to get back to winning ways at home in front of our fans”.

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Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata made his professional debut under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid in 2010, anyway the Spaniard has confirmed he considers the Special One an enemy ahead of tomorrow’s game against Manchester United.

“The important thing is I’m part of Chelsea and I’m very happy with this and now it’s time to fight for the blue shirt” Morata told the Metro.

“I have a good relationship with Jose, – he confirmed – He was my first coach in professional football and he gave me the chance to be a professional. He made me the first contract.”

“Sometimes we send messages but not speaking about football, asking if everything’s OK and some jokes. It’s good and I appreciate these things because he was my first coach but now he’s – not my enemy – my rival.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he had a meeting with staff and players following the disappointing 3-0 defeat suffered in Rome last time out.

“We have always meetings, after a win and after a defeat – he confirmed – To try to watch positive situations and negative situations and then together to try to solve these situation. It happened the same on Thursday during the meeting and sometimes it is important to watch again the game and sometimes it is important to speak. This is my task, to try to understand why we lost and then to find the right solution to try to improve and avoid other situations like this”.

Conte believes a good manager should speak frankly with players: “When I made a mistake I like to speak and tell the press” he added.

Remember I said after the first game against Rome that it was my fault, and this is not the first time I put my face forward. I am a coach who does not like to find excuses or an alibi”.

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Speaking in an exclusive interview to Standard Sport, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was full of praise for his club as he left doors open for a contract extension when his current deal at Stamford Bridge expires.

When asked if he would like to renew with Chelsea, the Spaniard said: “Yes, because it is a club that has always treated me well. I believe the fans have a lot of respect for me and I have a lot of respect for them. I have given my all for the club for the last three-and-a-half years”. 

“This is a fantastic club for me and I have had a fantastic time here. Hopefully another contract will happen. Time will tell.” Fabregas, who has been previously linked with a move to AC Milan and West Ham United, ended.

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