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With Antonio Conte‘s future which seems far from Stamford BridgeChelsea are making different approaches to find their new manager.

According to Yahoo Sports, Roman Abramovich‘s club has made his move to sign Leonardo Jardim, the current As Monaco‘s coach.

On the other hand, some reports suggest the name of Massimiliano Allegri as the principal candidate to replace Conte.

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Chelsea lost to Tottenham at Stamford Bridge after 28 years and this result made it more difficult for the Blues to finish the Premier League in the top four.

However, Marcos Alonso as many of his team-mates wants to fight until the end of the season and try to reach their target.

We have to stand up now and fight until the end,” Marcos Alons told Chelsea official website. “We are all disappointed, but we have to fight until the end of the season. Winning all seven games has to be the target and then we have to wait for other teams to lose. It’s not going to be easy but it’s what we have to do. I think we aren’t having the same luck as last year. Also, other teams have improved and maybe we don’t have the consistency we had last year. I don’t think we played a bad game against Tottenham, we had many more chances than them. I think as in every game we just need to focus and concentrate for the 90 minutes because we were playing a good game, we were controlling, and then we conceded three goals. So it is hard to take.”

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta spoke after his side’s home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur. The Spaniard told the club’s official website: “It’s really tough. We started the game well, we scored the first goal and were in control but the late equaliser was hard to take because after the first half, and our performance, we didn’t deserve for it to be 1-1 but that’s football”.

“We had more chances to score goals, we didn’t do that and we know the Premier League is tough. We were playing against a strong side and, from nothing, a good strike made it 1-1. After that it was different. It was hard to take the goal before half-time when you’ve been controlling the game, but sometimes that can happen, in your favour and against you. Then in two actions in five minutes they came back and got the win that obviously we knew would have been very important for us”.

The Blues “must win final seven games to finish in top four”, as Marcos Alonso assessed as well. Azpilicueta added: “It looks further away than it did before the game but there are still points to play for. With every game you play you are closer to the end and we have to make sure we try to get there.

It’s a hard kick for us because our target was to get closer to them and after the game we are even further away, but it’s a massive target for us so we have to make sure we fight until the end to try to get that spot”.

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Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves has explained reasons behind Antonio Conte‘s decision not to answer the questions submitted to him on Thursday, ahead of London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

 

Shreeves said: “Following on from the quotes you’ve just heard from across the season, the situation with the interview on Thursday just added more uncertainty and discord to the situation regarding Antonio Conte and his position. As normal we would sit down with him, we always submit our questions in advance, not for editorial reasons but because his English is still far from perfect”.

“A word came back to us that the questions, that were fairly standard to be honest with you looking forward to the Tottenham game and thoughts on that, the season, how he would sum up the season, positives and negatives, word came back to us that he couldn’t answer those questions because he felt if he was truly honest, he would cause problems for the club, so therefore it’s better that he didn’t speak about it, particularly on the eve of such a big game”.

“He feels at the moment he cannot answer those questions directly. He seems quite happy to say one or two things in a press conference but in terms of an open and honest explanation as regards to his position, he didn’t want to entertain it.”

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A victory in the UCL Quarter Finals against Barcelona could have been the spark in a poor 2017/18 campaign so far

Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat today as Tottenham Hotspur came from behind securing a 1-3 win, which means that Blues’ unbeaten run in London derbies at Stamford Bridge came to an end after 28 years.

We understand Antonio Conte, as well as his staff and in wider terms Chelsea’s backroom, are aware that something could change shortly. Following today’s loss to Spurs at home, Conte’s position as Chelsea manager has been subject of reflections from the club. We also understand next clash against West Ham at Stamford Bridge could be crucial as hopes for a Champions League spot are slowly fading.

Could it be the last straw of Antonio Conte’s Premier League adventure, which started precisely at home against the Hammers in August 2016?

 

Conte told journalists speaking after the game: “No, I’m not worried, honestly. I think that I’m giving everything this season, as well as my players. We are working very hard to try to have a good season, but I think that, in the end, we are deserving this season. It means that our value is this”.

“I repeat: my task is to work, to work and I know I work 24 hours for Chelsea. Me and my staff. This is our task. Then the club has to take the decision. But, I repeat, I’m not worried about this”.

A victory in the UEFA Champions League second-leg against Barcelona could likely have been the spark in a poor 2017/18 campaign so far.

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Mauricio Pochettino believes his side achieve a “fantastic victory” as the Spurs secured three points again at Stamford Bridge after after waiting nearly 28 years.

The manager told journalists: “I think a fantastic victory for us. A big three points. We are in the race for the top four. I think the team showed great character and quality and in the end we deserved the victory”.

“There’s still a long way until the end and try now to prepare for the next game. I think there’s still nothing achieved. I think I am so happy, we are so happy for our fans after 28 years. But it’s only a game that we win three points in. No more”.

“It was very good. For our fans it was fantastic to feel again the victory after 28 years. The performance was good with great character and we are so, so, so happy. I heard a lot when I arrived nearly four years ago that it was 24 years since Tottenham won at Stamford Bridge and now after nearly four years we have the possibility to provide that victory to our fans and that is the most important thing – to translate that emotion to our fans is fantastic.”

Tottenham will face Stoke City at White Hart Lane on Saturday before facing Premier League leaders Manchester City at home on 14th of April.

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Chelsea‘s run for a place in the next UEFA Champions League group stages gets harder as the current Premier League champions conceded the 9th defeat of season today.

And Tottenham had not won a single away game at Stamford Bridge since 1990, when Gary Lineker’s late goal secured a 1-2 win against the Blues, newly-promoted Chelsea (they finished the campaign in 5th position).

London rivals Tottenham Hotspur were brilliant and dominant in completing a massive comeback after Alvaro Morata‘s opener in the 30th minute and Chelsea remain 5th on the league table with 56 points, 8 behind the Spurs.

Some reports also suggested Antonio Conte could be on the brink following the poor performances and results with Chelsea. However, we’ll be hearing from the boss very soon.

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Chelsea lost today in the Premier League‘s London derby vs Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues broke the lock after 30 minutes with a goal of Spanish striker Alvaro Morata: Tottenham, however, equalised few seconds before the break with an Eriksen’s goal.

In the second half Dele Alli scored twice in four minutes and gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side three crucial points in the race for a place in the top four and in the next Champions League.

Chelsea remain fifth, but Tottenham have now eight more points than Antonio Conte‘s team.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte also underlined the importance of showing “passion and enthusiasm” on the pitch this evening, when the current Premier League champions face Tottenham Hotspur in a “massive London derby”.

He told Chelsea’s official website: “It’s very important for the players to show their passion and enthusiasm during the game. Passion is the first important thing in football: for the coach and the player. If you don’t have passion, it’s very difficult to reach something good in football, as a player and a manager. When I was a player, I showed in every moment my passion during the game, on and off the pitch”.

Marcos Alonso sealed a crucial win in the last game against Spurs at Wembley, scoring twice before and after Batshuayi’s own goal, which could have compromised the final result.

 

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More from Antonio Conte, who spoke ahead of today’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.  The Italian manager told Chelsea’s official website: “We know if we want to have a chance to play in the Champions League next season, we need to win. It’s a derby, an important game for us, especially because we need to take three points. We must be focused on the pitch to try to reach this target. It won’t be easy because we have to play against a really good team who are ahead of us now”.

“Our mentality must always be the same. It’s the only way if you want to reach something important at the end of the season: to always have a winning mentality if you are playing against this team or that team. The difference mustn’t change in our mind”.

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