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Antonio Conte has confirmed he trusts Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who struggled to find regular game time following a couple of injuries to keep him out of the squad since he joined the Blues in January transfer window.

The England international is currently coping with a calf problem and will be not available for today’s trip to Southampton, as the Italian boss confirmed: “Danny is having an unlucky season,” Conte assessed, speaking at a press conference yesterday.

“He started this season with a problem in his calf, then he continued to have problems. Now he is struggling with a problem in the groin. We are talking about a good midfielder, a good player. I trust him”.

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Earlier today, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Southampton.

The Blues coach revealed his goals for the last part of the season and said he is not worried about the speculations on the name of next season’s manager: “My job is to work with these players and finish the season as strongly as possible. Conte said. “There is always speculation around our position, not only for me but for a lot of coaches. It’s our job. For me, the most important thing is to be focused on Chelsea and finish in the best possible way. We want to improve our position. It’s difficult and we know that, but at the same time we have to give everything to get points and then to see what happens at the end of the season. It will be very difficult to reduce this gap, but we must try to do this until the end of the season.”

During his press conference Conte also spoke about Drinkwater and Christensen: “Danny is having an unlucky season,” Conte said. “He started this season with a problem in his calf, then he continued to have problems. Now he is struggling with a problem in the groin. We are talking about a good midfielder, a good player. I trust him.”

“We are talking about a young player.” – then the Blues manager went on about Christensen. “For him it is the first season playing at this level. Playing at this level means you lose a lot of mental energy. It could be that he is a bit tired in this respect. At the same time, to have the possibility to play Gary Cahill is right. We are talking about an important player not only for Chelsea, but also for the national team. I have this opportunity to make rotations, especially in the defensive line. When I see some situations, I try to change something. For sure Christensen can contribute in the last few weeks of the season. I have four central defenders at the moment. From now until the end I will make rotations and give everyone the possibility to play.”

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MANCHESTER CITY – Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, De Bruyne, D Silva, B Silva, Sane, Aguero.

Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Toure, Foden, Gabriel Jesus.

Manager: Pep Guardiola

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro.

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Chalobah, Giroud, Morata.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

 

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Danny Drinkwater spoke ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League fixture between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford.

The England international told Chelsea’s official website: “I am feeling good, I am working on my strength and I am getting settled in. The lads have been top so it has been quite easy getting used to everything.”

Drinkwater, who left Manchester United in 2012 before lifting the title with Leicester City in 2015/16 campaign, faced the Red Devils in 2014: “That was at the King Power when we beat them 5-3 – he said – That was crazy that game, and we drew 1-1 at Old Trafford just before we won the league. I got sent off with about three minutes to go and I think I kicked every cupboard in the changing room watching the last couple of minutes of that game!”

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte analysed the Blues win at Brighton and, of course, he noticed his team improved respect to the performances of the last month, where they barely scored a goal:

“[It was] A good game, a good result for us. In the last period, we didn’t score a lot. Instead today we scored four goals, we created other chances to improve the final result,” the Italian claimed.

“We kept another clean sheet, which is very important for us, despite Brighton creating chances to score. Before the game, a lot of people had a lot of apprehension for suspensions and injuries.

“But, during the game, we showed a great personality to be a team. We started the game very well, scored twice quickly with good combinations between our strikers. This is very important and we must be happy for this.”

Speaking about man of the match Eden Hazard, he said:

Eden Hazard scored twice. For us, it’s important Hazard, Willian and Moses all score. But, from tomorrow, every single player that scored today has to forget he scored and must try and score again against Arsenal.

“This is the most important thing: to be happy for today’s performance but, from tomorrow, to think about another important game against Arsenal, another important situation to try to help the team to win.”

Then, his answer to the people who said that Chelsea were in a “crisis”:

“Whoever said this has to pay attention to the stats. We’re unbeaten in 14 games. It’s normal that the press try to see the negative aspect and don’t see the positives.

“But this team, with many problems, are unbeaten in 14 games in every competition. This means means we are performing important work with these players to win in this way, despite five players less: Fabregas, Drinkwater, Courtois, two suspensions in Pedro and Morata. Despite this, we won 4-0.

“That means that every player deserves his chance, and every player has to fight to play. Now we have to continue in this way. I’m pleased with the responses of all the players today. You could see on our bench there were Charly Musonda and Sterling and Ampadu, the present and future of Chelsea.

“The club has committed to work with the young players to improve, and I’m doing this. Christensen is only 21 and playing every game. We are doing an important job for this club. We have to continue in this way. Every player today showed a great responsibility.

“For this reason, I’m very happy because every player felt this responsibility. To grow in this aspect is very important for us.”

Conte also explained why Danny Drinkwater was ruled out of the game:

“Danny had a kick on his ankle in the game against Norwich. He’s not so lucky this season (with injuries).

“He’s having many problems from the start of the season. I hope to recover him very quickly.”

About the two penalties that referee Jon Moss didn’t concede to Brighton when the score was still 0-2, Conte said:

“I think that, in England, seeing a penalty is not simple. It’s very difficult to see a referee whistling for a penalty. You can see what happened in the last game against Norwich.

“In this league, there is this type of valuation for one team, for another team. I don’t know because I didn’t see these two situations, so I can’t give an evaluation about this.

“But, at the same time, I can tell you that the new system – if we learn to use it very quickly – can help a lot to avoid big mistakes if there are big mistakes. This system will be very important for every team because, in this way, you won’t have doubts.”

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Another disappointing display for the Blues, 345 minutes without scoring a single goal in the last games.

Not an enthusiastic balance for Chelsea after 45 minutes against Norwich City in the FA Cup third round replay.

Only two things to mention from this boring first half: two crossbars hit, one for each team: the first one for Chelsea with Danny Drinkwater and the second one for the Canaries with Nelson Oliveira.

Antonio Conte will have to find some new weapon to use in his team if he wants to go through the next round in the next 45 minutes.

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Ross Barkley earned 22 international caps with England so far, and from playing with the National Team he became a close friend of both Gary Cahill and Danny Drinkwater, who joined Chelsea from Leicester City on Deadline Day last summer.

The 24-year-old told Chelsea’s officiale website: “Yes, I know Gary Cahill from playing with England and I know Danny Drinkwater as well.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the other lads, and playing with them as well. There are world class players in the squad and I can’t wait to work with them every day”.

“I’ll speak to them all a bit more once we’re training together and I’m mixing with the lads. If I need any advice obviously Gaz will be there for me”.

When asked to give his thoughts on Chelsea’s campaign so far, Barkley claimed: “The team have been doing really well. The lads have been on a good run recently.

“Obviously the festive period is tough, with games coming thick and fast, but hopefully I can be a good addition to the squad and we can continue that and get some success along the way”.

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Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater spoke after his side’s 5-0 home win against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge last time out. The Blues’ star believes Chelsea “managed the game quite well” against the Potters.

“We made a fast start and put them on the back foot straight away and I think that was why we won so comfortably in the end, – Drinkwater said – I don’t think we could afford to get sloppy because if we’d taken our foot off the gas and they’d scored, the game changes completely. We scored the fourth goal at a good time and finished it off with the fifth”.

“That’s one thing the manager’s been telling us, we need to score more goals in games we are winning and we got five”. 

Chelsea will face Arsenal three times in January, and Drinkwater believes “if we can take some confidence from into the Arsenal match that’s brilliant. It’s obviously a completely different game altogether but we’ll do our work on them and hopefully we’ll be ready”.

“We’re doing well, the more wins we pick up on the bounce the better it is for us, – he added – We can’t do much more than win games so as long as we’re doing that we’ll keep the pressure on”.

 

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Chelsea finish their 2017 with a super win and display against Stoke City: 5 goals to please the fans who came at Stamford Bridge for the last match of the year.

The Blues immediately took the lead with Rudiger, who scored with a header after 3′, then Danny Drinkwater sealed the score on 2-0 with a fine volley at 9′.

Mid-way in the first half and Pedro put his name on the score-board with a great shot from the box limit (23′).

The Blues seemed more relaxed in the second half, trying to control the game: the only risk was when Berahino dribbled past Cahill and failed to beat Courtois, who saved a goal that could have give confidence for a come-back to the Potters.

Morata then failed the chance to score the 4-0 shooting on Butland ( 61′) and was promptly replaced by Batshuayi.

It was Willian to net the 4-0 ball, anyway, with a penalty lavishly conceded by referee Kevin Friend at 73′.

Davide Zappacosta, who entered in the beginning of the second half for Moses, sealed the score on 5-0 at 88′.

Chelsea are currently second in the table with 45 points, 13 less than Manchester City ( 58) 2 more than Manchester United ( 43) but the two Manchester sides still have a game on hand to be played in this fixture ( against Southampton and Palace).

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Chelsea are trashing Stoke City at home in this last clash of 2017, already leading 3-0 after 45′.

A first half that has seen three goals from the hosts: a header from Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater’s fine volley and a lovely goal from Pedro.

They’re firmly in control and you really can’t see how Stoke will get back in this contest in the second period.

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