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Antonio Conte analysed the start of the season with Chelsea FC official website and, of course, he is satisfied about how the season began, but there are some important concepts he wants to stress:

“I’m pleased to score the goals, it’s always important to score one more goal than your opponent, but to keep a clean sheet is also important for the confidence of the whole team.

‘When you keep a clean sheet, the whole team works very well, not only the defenders. When we concede a goal, all of the team concedes a goal.

‘If I am able to choose our way to defend it is to go forward and not behind. When you stay too much behind, there is the long ball and anything can happen. We are improving this aspect.”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will take part to EURO 2016 with his national team, Spain.

The ex Arsenal and Barcelona playmaker said that La Roja want to redeem themselves after the disastrous World Cup 2014, after they were kicked out at the group stage as World Champions:

“In football confidence is so important, and in certain moments things go right or wrong,” the Blues midfielder told Four Four Two.

“I remember in the Netherlands game, which we lost 5-1, we were winning 1-0 and David Silva was one-on-one with the goalkeeper. If he scored that it would have been 2-0, and no chance for them.

“We’d have probably won and the confidence would have been very different. Instead, straight after that chance they scored, and from then in the second half they were much better than us. So football is about moments [like that].” 

“In football you always have something to prove; in every game, training, to be the best individually and collectively.

“People maybe don’t know what to expect from Spain because the last World Cup was a disappointment. 

“But now with a newer group – there are six or seven players who will be new at a tournament – I believe we are very strong. We have a competitive team, a very good manager and I can see us doing well this summer.” 

Spain are in Group D at EURO 2016 and they will play their first game on 13 June against Czech Republic.

Turkey and Croatia complete the group of the current European Champions.


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Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel would be happy to leave Chelsea to stay at PSV Eindhoven.

The 23-year-old spent the 2014-15 season with AC Milan before joining Stoke last summer, only for the Potters to cut short his year-long loan deal in January: Chelsea soon loaned him to PSV, where he made an impact and was crucial in title winning campaign.

Now that he found a team where he fits and not feeling confidence from his parent club, van Ginkel would be glad to move permanently to the Eredivisie side:

“It is still unclear what I am going to do. I need to report to Chelsea at some point in July and there is new coach there; I need to know what he intends to do,” he said to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraf.

“I am not feeling any pressure, I had a good half season here and I feel fine. If I don’t have a future in London, Chelsea would have to sell as I would only have one year left on my contract after next season.

“I had a good time at PSV, so a transfer is possible.”


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Gary Cahill spoke about Diego Costa‘s good form.

The Spaniard is back to last season level after a disappointing start of the season and it is not a case Chelsea started to win again:

It is perfect timing to have Costa back to his very best with the big games we have coming up. He’s scoring goals and long may that continue. I’m sure for a striker if you start scoring goals, you think you will score every time you get on the pitch. He is in that mind-set now.”

“People aren’t talking about him not scoring for three-four games or whatever any more like earlier in the season. His record is great at the minute, so he feels confident. Ultimately for us if we have Diego in form and scoring goals, it’s great for the team.”

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Ex Chelsea star Deco shared his opinion on José Mourinho‘s next job to Manchester United.

The former Blues was not officially appointed by the Red Devils yet, but all the rumours and clues lead to this as his next destination:

“I think he will change them a lot,”Deco told Squawka.

Manchester United need to be back at a high level and Mourinho is the man to do that.

“He will bring their confidence again, for the players, for the fans, for the people. You cannot win something without it.”


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Guus Hiddink press conference after the win against Manchester City in FA Cup.

On the game:

We knew we would play against a team with some changes but it’s not always easy when youngsters are coming in.

“They had a back four with experienced players, and youngsters in midfield and attack, but they caused a threat at the beginning and did well with the equaliser.

“You have to be very aware to not make stupid mistakes or get sloppy or complacent. We got sloppy with our organisation when they equalised but we had a very good reaction in the second half. It was key that we started well in the second half and got an early second or third goal.

“When the team does the job it has to do – tactical disciplined and organised defensively, and pressing high – then automatically the quality will show.

“If you win 5-1 last week, if you have an okay performance and result in Paris, and now today 5-1 against Man City then of course it’s a boost for the confidence of the players. It’s good to see that.’

Everton next rival, like in the 2009 FA Cup final:

It was a long time ago. I have good memories but that’s the past. They will remember that as well. Some might still be in the team so they’ll go for revenge. We had a difficult game against them here. We hope to maintain our flow in the FA Cup when we play them there. It won’t be easy.”

On the importance of the FA Cup in England and abroad:

“On one hand the programme for many clubs is rather harsh, on the other hand you can play every three or four days, especially if your squad is broad quality-wise.

“We mustn’t forget the tradition of English football. I remember watching the FA Cup as a youngster on TV, it’s the temple of football. Winning the FA Cup is beautiful worldwide. We must be careful not to devalue it.”

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Willian celebrating a goal with Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

“We killed them in 20 minutes and then it was more and more easy to play,’Willian told Chelsea TV after the win against Newcastle.

“Now we have more confidence to go there and to play. PSG have a great team, great players, but we go there to try to win the game.”

The Brazilian midfielder also spoke about his attack partner Diego Costa:

Diego is a great player. We have no doubts about him, about his quality. He’s scored so many goals.

“I gave one assist for him, he gave one to me. I enjoy a lot playing with him.’

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Chelsea striker Pedro believes the team needs a win against Newcastle to get confidence boost and improve their performances in the most crucial part of the season:

The team is doing good right now, confidence is high and that’s good for us,’ the Spaniard said to Chelsea official website.

“This weekend we have another opportunity to win and I hope the team go out to get that victory.”

Chelsea will face big rivals like PSG and Manchester City next week, first in Champions League Round of 16 and then in the FA Cup:

“It’s very important to improve our form at Stamford Bridge, to get three points at home and it will also be good for us ahead of the next games because we have some very difficult games in the next week or two, against PSG and Manchester City.

“So it’s very important to win against Newcastle for our confidence before we play those next games.”

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Arsene Wenger doesn’t underestimate Chelsea despite the 19 points gap in the table, where the Gunners are on top with Leicester and Chelsea 14th, just 5 points above the relegation zone:

If you are looking purely at the mathematics [they could] but the team has too much potential,” the Arsenal manager said.

“Nobody can predict this. The confidence can go quickly and for them the bad luck is that the league is more difficult for everybody. Once you lack a bit of confidence it can happen to anyone.

“The lack of confidence is linked with one or two unexpected bad results. The confidence in our job goes quickly, maybe quicker than ever because the pressure from the environment and the media is bigger than ever so you suffer a bit quicker than before.

“They are not in this title race but [look at] the quality of their team. I think this season there have been exceptional circumstances for them and they will be back – I consider them direct rivals.”

Wenger won’t find anymore his “enemy” José Mourinho in the opposite dugout on Sunday, since the Portuguese was replaced by Guus Hiddink:

“It will be an intense game, as usual what you get in the Premier League,” he said. “Overall I think, because of the quality of the players on the pitch and because of what is at stake for both teams, it will be a very intense battle, no matter who sits on the bench.

“I rate [Hiddink] highly as a very strong manager with an exceptional career. He alternated between club and country but he’s one of the leading managers who represented the Dutch philosophy and exported it across Europe.”


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Chelsea midfielder Oscar hopes that recent victory over Porto and advance to the next phase of the Champions League will affect on the improvement of the Blues performances at the Premier League.

The Brazilian who received a standing ovation for his performances on Wednesday, hopes that the Blues will be able to win the next few games in a row to keep the confidence between the players.

Oscar told the Chelsea official website:

”Because everyone knew it was an important game we were very concentrated”

”We knew we needed to win, everybody was confident and we played better.”

”The manager said to stay confident and show our quality. The team played very well and we won the game.”

”We need to play like this in the Premier League as well, we need to win our next game, it’s very important for us.”

”We need to win two or three games (in a row) to keep the confidence”

”The win against Porto was important for everyone. It’s difficult when we lose a game, for the players and Jose.”

”We now need to focus on the Premier League and play like we did against Porto.”

The Brazilian made some comment about his controversial teammate Diego Costa:

”Diego played very well and he knows he’s very important for the team”

”Hopefully in the next game he will play even better. He tried everything to score a goal.”

”It’s difficult for a striker when you’re not scoring but the confidence is coming back, he’s happy.”





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