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Manchester City players Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho will face a three and four-game bans, respectively,  the FA has confirmed.

The Argentine striker was sent off after a horror tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz, while the Brazilian midfielder was shown red following an altercation with Cesc Fabregas.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola defended Fernandinho, while remained coy about the decision on whether to start Aguero or not against Celtic in Champions League tomorrow night.

“There will be changes tomorrow, definitely,” he said. “I am so happy to give minutes to people who deserve to play and who did not play in the last games. 

“If Sergio is going to play or not, I am going to decide today or tomorrow. I don’t know at the moment.”

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Eden Hazard is on top level again © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea starlet Eden Hazard scored the third goal at Etihad Stadium last time out, when the Blues sunk Manchester City in the second half.

“It was a good game for us, we did well, – the Belgium international told the club’s official website - It’s not every year you win eight in a row, we played well. To come here and be losing 1-0 at half-time it’s not easy to win the game but we did well”.

“We showed great character last week against Tottenham and again against City. The whole team gave everything and that was the key.”

Then Hazard had his say about teammate Diego Costa, who is currently the best scorer in Premier League with 11 goals in 14 games, alongside Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

“Before he was scoring a lot but sometimes getting yellow cards or red cards, now he’s not, that’s the big change,” he said.

Hazard ended: “He gives everything on the pitch, he scored a goal and got one assist, he’s been on fire since the start of the season.”

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Gary Cahill celebrates the win over Spurs after final whistle © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill took a closer look at the Blues’ away win against Manchester City last time out.

The England international centre-back, who scored an own-goal just before half-time, told the club’s official website: “I think that’s my first own-goal, I can’t remember another one. It was unfortunate. We were playing against a very good team and they showed that in the first half. Everybody was saying this would be the big test for us”.

“We were 1-0 down but we had to keep doing what we were doing. At 1-0 you’re always in the game and when it went to 1-1 we showed a lot of character. We didn’t play our best football but at times in the second half we were very good”.

Chelsea are set to face West Bromwich Albion at home next week.

“We’re not even at Christmas yet but eight wins is encouraging – Cahill added - It was a test which we completed. We’re going home happy and we got the three points.”

 

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Chelsea stunning performance showed against Manchester City could be the turning point, as the Blues currently lead the Premier League table with 34 points.

Speaking about the game, winger Willian told the club’s official TV: “It’s always difficult to play here, but we came with a great mentality to play this game,”

“The first half was difficult, but in the second half we played more confidently. We did well with and without the ball, and we scored goals. That’s always good for us”.

About Diego Costa‘s assist: “It was a great ball, there was space and Diego made a great assist for me and I finished well”.

“I feel good now. There have been difficult moments for me and my family and it’s good for me and for the team to go on the pitch again, to score a goal and to help my team-mates.”

Willian and David Luiz both celebrated the 1-2 showing a black armband in memory of Brazilian football team Chapecoense.

“It’s a difficult moment for us in Brazil, – he ended - Just to do this for them, to say they have to keep strong, their families, and God bless everyone.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after the Blues’ comeback win against Manchester City, which means that his side are now 4 points clear at the top of Premier League table.

The Italian manager told Chelsea TV: “It’s a big win and a big result against a really strong team,”

“With the quality of players in their squad I think it’s the most complete in this league. For this reason, I am pleased with the result, and with the players. They showed me great character”.

“We were lucky at the start of the second half because there was one crossbar, and also a good save from Thibaut kept the result at 1-0,”

“Then we found great strength to score the goal to draw, and then to score the second goal and the third goal. It’s fantastic this because I repeat, it’s not easy to come here and win this game. Now we have to continue.”

When asked about the title race, Conte added: “We have to wait for the first part of the season because we know this league is not easy. Now we are playing very well. We are playing good football, we have good confidence, but it’s important to continue to work and improve. There is room to improve.”

About Cesc Fabregas, who played again this afternoon: “I’m pleased for Cesc above all because this game wasn’t easy for him. The last game he played for Chelsea in the line-up was against Arsenal, and then he had an injury. He recovered and I’m very happy for his performance”.

“Now he must continue to improve – Conte stated – For me to have more options is good. It’s important to have the whole squad available”.

About the final stage, when Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were both sent off by referee Anthony Taylor: “The final [stage] wasn’t good. I hope only Luiz is not injured after this tackle. It’s very difficult to explain this final part of the game. I support the referee. It is important that the referee whistles and we ‘finish’”.  

“I’m happy because I always tell my players to be focused on the game on the pitch, and always to keep calm. It’s normal when you play these big games it’s not easy to keep calm in every single moment, but I’m pleased because all my players tried to keep calm.”

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Chelsea board released a new statement about the sexual abuse scandal that emerged in the past days.

The statement read: Everyone at Chelsea Football Club has been profoundly shocked by news of historical child sex abuse across British football and our heart goes out to all the victims.

We pay tribute to the enormous courage of the people who have spoken out about the horrific abuse which they endured, including former Chelsea player Gary Johnson. We recognise that to do so, after carrying the burden of those events for so long, must have been an extremely difficult thing to do.

This is a challenge for all clubs and everyone involved in the game. As a club, we are absolutely determined to do the right thing: to fully support those affected, and the investigations being carried out. We are working with the Premier League, the Football Association and the police in helping all victims.

As we announced earlier this week, we have retained an external law firm to carry out an investigation into historical sexual abuse claims. If further evidence is uncovered we will ensure that we help victims in any way we can.

Although this abuse took place many decades ago, the last week has also highlighted decisions made more recently in relation to the case of our former player Gary Johnson. We are therefore asking the external law firm to review the way we handled Mr Johnson’s case and make recommendations as to how we can improve our procedures in future. We are determined to learn from any mistakes that were made.

It is clear that Gary Johnson suffered unacceptably while in our employment in the 1970s for which the club apologises profusely. In the summer of 2014 we received a letter of claim from Slater & Gordon, a prominent law firm which handles sexual abuse claims. They informed us Mr Johnson had been sexually assaulted by Eddie Heath, who had been employed by the club in the 1970s, and that Mr Johnson would bring a claim seeking compensation due to the fact he considered that the club was liable for the abuse.

Slater & Gordon confirmed that prior to bringing the claim to the club, the allegations of abuse had been reported to the Professional Footballers’ Association in 2013 and then subsequently to the police. We treated Mr Johnson’s claim very seriously and immediately instructed external solicitors. After requesting some further information, settlement negotiations commenced between Mr Johnson’s lawyers and a firm of solicitors, which specialises in abuse claims, appointed by our insurer.

It was stated by Mr Johnson’s solicitors that Heath had inappropriate relationships with other young boys/men from the club although no names were given to us. With the limited information the club received, we were unable to identify any further individuals who may have been subject to abuse. When dealing with this matter, the club operated on the basis that the incidents occurred in the 1970s and Heath had died in the early 1980s. Accordingly, Heath was no longer a risk to children. The extent to which the club should, notwithstanding this, have commenced a more detailed investigation and reported it to the Premier League and FA is an issue that will be addressed in detail in the club’s external law firm review. 

At the time that the settlement was reached, the Board understood it was a usual practice to include mutual confidentiality provisions as part of all settlement agreements and accordingly requested that one be included. The clause bound both parties and ensured that neither could reveal details of the case, including details which claimants might reasonably want to keep private. Mr Johnson’s solicitors did not raise any objection to the draft confidentiality clause and the terms of the settlement were quickly agreed.

More recently, against the current backdrop of wider revelations and other victims coming forward bravely to tell their story, we no longer felt it appropriate to keep the confidentiality agreement in place. It was therefore removed.

The decision to have a confidentiality clause in this case has been subject to significant scrutiny. We have asked the external law firm to review what was done and to make recommendations about best practice for settling claims of this nature in future. In advance of that, however, the Board would like to make clear that, in light of what we know now about the widescale abuse in football clubs in the 1970s and 1980s, it now believes that the use of such a clause while understandable was inappropriate in this instance. We certainly have no desire to hide any historic abuse we uncover from view. Quite the opposite.

Chelsea today is a very different club than it was in the 1970s. We are fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and young people who are in our care or attending our premises. Their welfare is of paramount importance. The safeguarding policies and procedures that are implemented at the club, and similarly with the Chelsea Foundation, are robust, continually reviewed and the club-wide safeguarding provision is audited regularly each year by the Premier League.

We are determined to learn from this case and will do everything we can to investigate these horrific events. We owe that at the very least to those who suffered unacceptable abuse from the people that were entrusted with their care.

 – The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry. The helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 0232642

If people would prefer to speak to the club directly, they can do via safeguarding@chelseafc.com<mailto:safeguarding@chelseafc.com> or on 01932 596188

The Board of Directors of Chelsea FC plc

Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum

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Chelsea winger Willian scored in the Blues’ comeback win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon. Chelsea are now four points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

The Brazil international said: “Diego Costa laid on a great pass for my goal, playing with him is great.”

Willian paid tribute to Chapecoense when he scored: “I wanted to dedicate my goal to the victims and their families – he claimed  - They have to stay strong.”

Also centre-back David Luiz spoke after the game, saying: “I want to dedicate this win to the people who died in Brazil.

“It was difficult to get my head together as I had some friends there. We just need to pray for the victim’s families.”

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Manchester City hosted Chelsea in a top of the table mouth watering clash at the Etihad Stadium.

City headed into the clash haven’t not one a home game since september,but momentum was with Antonio Conte‘s men who came into this fixture at the back of seven straight wins. There was the surprise inclusion of Cesc Fabregas who haven’t starred for Antonio after the humbling 3-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Arsenal.

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But Manchester City bossed early proceedings and controlled the middle of the pack and went into the lead courtesy of a Gary Cahill own goal just before half time. But Antonio Conte’s men wouldn’t back down after going into the game as favorites,and they didn’t disappoint as Fabregas who hadn’t seen much of the ball in the first half found Diego Costa with a sublime pass which the Chelsea striker coolly controlled while brushing Nicholas Otamendi apart to finish off nicely.

Numerous chances fell to Pep Guardiola‘s side with Sergio Aguero going close and Kevin De Brunye “doing a Torres”, missing an open goal from five yards. Pep Guardiola would have been left unimpressed as his side failed to be clinical in front of goal as the Diego Costa goal sparked a Chelsea revival as Pedro who has been instrumental for Chelsea was brought off for Willian and Antonio Conte’s sub paid of with the Brazilian lashing out onto a lay off by Diego Costa to put Chelsea 2-1 up.

Man City pressed high to get an equalizer but were left exposed at the back as Marcos Alonso found Eden Hazard with a long ball and the Belgian punished the City defense putting Chelsea 3-1 up.

But the game was marred by violence during the closing stages as Sergio Aguero lunged into a challenge on David Luiz while Fernandinho was involved in an altercation with Cesc Fabregas which resulted in both players being sent off. Antonio Conte’s men go top of the table with 4 points away from their closest rivals,and this win made it eight on the bounce for the Blues.

Chelsea Diego Costa

Chelsea (3-4-3): CourtoisAzpilicuetaDavid LuizCahill (c); Moses, KanteFabregas, Alonso; Pedro (Willian 49), Diego Costa (Chalobah 80), Hazard.
Unused subs: BegovicAinaIvanovicOscar, Batshuayi
Scorers 
Diego Costa 60, Willian 69
Booked 
Kante 49, Chalobah 90+5

Manchester City (3-4-3): Bravo; Otamendi, Stones (Iheanacho 78), Kolarov; Navas, Fernandinho, Gundogan (Toure 76), Sane (Clichy 69); Silva (c), Aguero, De Bruyne.
Unused subs: Cabalero, Sagna, Zabaleta, Toure
Scorers Cahill (own-goal) 45
Booked 
Otamendi 17, Navas 81
Sent off Aguero 90+6, Fernandinho 90+6

Referee Anthony Taylor

 

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MANCHESTER CITY – Bravo, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Navas, Sane, De Bruyne, Silva (c), Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Fernando, Iheanacho

Manager: Pep Guardiola

CHELSEACourtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Aina, Chalobah, Oscar, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Kick-Off 12:30 BST Saturday 3rd December

Venue: Etihad Stadium

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Chelsea winger Pedro spoke ahead of the clash against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

The Spaniard, who has been recently named for the Goal of the Month prize, told the club’s official website: “It’s good to be nominated for the awards but it’s not just me, the team are all in good form and full of confidence,”

“I’m working well with my team-mates and just looking to help the side by doing my best and scoring goals”.

“It was a beautiful goal against Tottenham and it came at the right moment in the game for us, it was very important for us to score before half-time”.

“It was a very tough game and in a derby it’s always good for the team to get a win, especially after going 1-0 down. We want to continue to play with this mentality and take it game by game. We are top of the league right now so that’s very good for the confidence of the team.”

Then Pedro added: “It’s very good to react well when you need to. Against Tottenham we started to press higher up the pitch and scored the winning goal in the second half: the team are performing well in every game, we are all working for each other, which is really important”.

About the team: “I feel very comfortable in the team. With Antonio we are working very hard and planning for the matches during the week. Now we face a very difficult game against Man City, it’s an important challenge for the team. We want to stay top but of course it will be difficult.”

About Moses: “Victor is playing very well, he’s on fire and performing well in every game,’ he adds. ‘In the last few matches he’s been our best player and it’s a pleasure for me to play with him on the right-hand side. He’s very compact, really strong and he has a lot of skill, he’s a complete player.”

About Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “My relationship with him is very good, he’s a very important person in terms of my career from our time at Barcelona. He was a very good coach for me”.

“He has very good ideas, he likes to press high and play from side to side, with people in between the lines looking to score goals. He’s a very good coach, they are a strong team and it will be a difficult game for us.”

Chelsea are set to face the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium today, and Pedro is confident that his side can earn another crucial win.

“I think he will probably tell them to press us high and make it difficult for us to play. He will want them to move the ball very quickly and look to create chances. It’s a tough game but we are doing very well, it’s a good moment for us and a good time to play this game”.

“It would be a big step for us if we can go four points clear of Man City. It would be very important for our confidence, It’s a big test for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

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