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After Chelsea‘s defeat vs Manchester City yesterday, Blues star Eden Hazard has criticised heavily Antonio Conte’s tactics during the Premier League game at Etihad Stadium.

When you leave the pitch you have the impression that you’ve ran, but that you haven’t played a game of football – that’s a pity.” – Hazard told HLN. “We could have played on for three hours and I wouldn’t touch a ball. Only at the end it went better. In the last 10-15 minutes we had more possession but we should have tried to do that all game.  We haven’t played a good game and for me personally it’s difficult to play a good game when you only touch the ball three times. I think that when we had the ball we should have done better. We made some bad decisions too. There weren’t a lot of opportunities. We had a few situations where we could possibly create something but we didn’t. If we’d taken these opportunities, we could maybe have scored a goal. But we played against Man City. It’s difficult.”

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Speaking to Sky Sport Italia Chelsea boss Antonio Conte commented the defeat against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City today

About the match: “It isn’t easy play against City that proves to have quality in every department and a powerful shortlist. We made the game we had prepared but when important occasions fall through everything becomes complicated. We have to work, this season is really difficult and today we also lost Kante who is a very important player”.

About Davide Astori’s death “Today I struggle to talk about football after this tragedy. Davide was a fantastic guy, with sound values and principles. He was just 31, these things affect you. Who had the opportunity to meet Davide knows he was a wonderful guy, I’m very sorry for his wife and his daughter. I can’t find a reason and not even the words to explain my sorrow, it’s devastating.”

The Italian manager wore a black arm-band during today’s game against City to pay tribute to Astori.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and many of his players, admitted the last part of the season will be tough, but that they have to fight until the end of the Premier League in order to get one of the first four spots of the table and qualify for the next Champions League.

Also Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who played just ten minutes on Sunday at Old Trafford vs Manchester United, issued a fiery call to his team-mates using Twitter.

Time to stand up and be counted”. Fabregas wrote. “We still have so much to fight for. We will bounce back”.  

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois explains the discontent in the dressing room after suffering their seventh defeat in Premier League yesterday at Old Trafford:

“I am very disappointed, I think all the team are,” stated the Blues player after the setback.

“The first half we controlled, we dominated them in their home and we played so well. We scored a goal and then we could have had another one and it is annoying to concede another sloppy goal like on Tuesday against Barcelona. So we went in 1-1 at half-time when we should be leading.

“In the second half Man United started to control the game, it was more equal, and I don’t think they really deserved to win more than us. But that is football and the second half they had more chances but we could have won as well.’

The Belgian keeper considered why the second half proved more matched in performance level between the two sides.

“They maybe changed a bit so as to not let us so much on the ball.

“They dropped back and they kept three men up for the counter-attack, so they had seven plus the goalkeeper to defend so it is always dangerous. You have to prepare the counter-attack well, and we did that well in the first half. The second half they tried to have more possession, we tried as well but it was a bit harder, so it was a more equal game.”

Chelsea currently sit fifth in the Premier League with 53 points, 2 points behind Spurs who are in the fourth place while Arsenal are a further 8 points back but have a game in hand.

“It stays the same, it is tough,” Courtois said on the latest state of the quest for Champions League qualification.

“City are obviously far away but for the second, third and fourth spot there are five teams so it will be hard until the last match of the season. But I think we have enough quality as we saw on Sunday and we showed it against Barcelona. I think we are a very good team but there are some other good teams around us as well.”

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Cesar Azpilicueta spoke after Chelsea defeat yesterday at Old Trafford:

“I think we played well in the first half,” the Spaniard said after Manchester United beat his side for 2-1.

“We conceded that goal to take it to 1-1, and in the second half we didn’t control it as we wanted to, as we had done in the first half, and we were punished with that second goal.

“They scored one more goal than us. It’s a big game and in matches like that you have to be ready at every moment. Today we weren’t lucky enough to get the three points.”

Chelsea are fifth in the Premier League table after their seventh defeat in the league, two points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham after 28 matches.

They take on runaway leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Another setback could leave Chelsea with too much ground to make up in the final stretch of the season, but Azpilicueta is not giving up yet.

“We knew the battle was going to be tough. We’ll keep going, there are still a lot of points to pick up. We have to keep working hard.”

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After two bad defeats in the Premier LeagueChelsea have bounced back with the wins vs West Bromwich and Hull City and the draw, with a great performance, vs Barcelona.

However, this is the past, and speaking to Chelsea official website, defender Cesar Azpilicueta claims the Blues must be focused on their next games: first of all the one vs Manchester United on Sunday.

After two tough defeats a few weeks ago the team responded with two wins against West Brom, and then Hull City in the FA Cup,” Azpilicueta said. “Against Barcelona it was also a great performance from the team, nearly perfect. Now we have a tough game on Sunday and we have to turn our heads to the next target, the Premier League, and try to get as high as possible. The next game is always the most important because it’s where you can get the three points. At the moment we are getting closer and closer to the end of the season, so we have to get the points.”

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Antonio Conte comes out in this delicate moment for Chelsea claiming his commitment to the club hasn’t changed lately:

“I’m not thinking for only one moment about the possibility of going away from this club. I repeat, my commitment is totally for this club, like that of my players,” the Italian said in today’s press conference.

“But, as you know very well, because we are talking about football a lot of times – I don’t agree with this – the coach depends on the results.

“For this reason, we have to pay great attention.

“When you have this period with such poor results, you have to divide the responsibility between me, the players and the club.

“We have to try to stop this bad run and to try to get three points against West Brom.

“It won’t be easy because in this type of situation the confidence is not high but we have to trust in our work.”

Conte opted to give his players three days off following Monday’s humilation against Watford when they conceded three goals in the final six minutes.

With a two-legged Champions League tie against Barcelona coming up, the Blues boss felt this week was a rare opportunity for his players to have a break.

“I think it was the only moment in the season to give them a rest. I think in the future it will be very important to try (to create) a little space, a little room with the federation (FA) to try to give rest to the players,” he said.

Speaking about the disappointing performance at Vicarage Road, he added:

“I think Watford was a really bad game but it can happen. Our performance was totally negative.

“The performance was negative from the start and we didn’t create the chances to score. I think that the coach has to understand and try to find the best solution to avoid this type of situation. I didn’t like the Watford performance.”


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After tonight’s defeat vs Bournemouth at Stamford BridgeChelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted this was a tough night for the Blues and that he and the club now don’t have to find excuses, but they have to work and to do their best.

I think they deserve to win the game and I’m right to say this, they deserve to win the game and we tried to do something but today it was very difficult for us even in the first half when the result was 0-0, I think we struggled a lot,” Conte told BBC Sport. “[We struggled] for many reasons, but it’s not important to speak about excuses, they deserve to win and we need to restart to work and to do our best. We have to accept it’s a bad result and understand that we have to fight this season, if someone didn’t understand this they don’t understand football. Football is not simple.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is clearly disappointed after tonight’s defeat vs Arsenal, but he believes there were factors other than the Blues performance which determined this bad result.

There is big disappointment. When you arrive at this point you want to reach the final. Conte said. We had a good run, we had a great will to play at Wembley. We started well, scored, but conceded two strange goals. We were unlucky in circumstances”.

And one of these circumstances was Willian‘s injury:  “I think Willian’s injury was decisive. We don’t have many players to make substitutions. Morata was out. Conte went on. “I was a bit forced to play with Barkley. He’s a really good player and important or Chelsea but needs bit of time to get used to playing for Chelsea”.

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Antonio Conte is convinced that Chelsea couldn’t perform against West Ham today because his players were tired after an intense period of games:

“Maybe today many players were tired,” he told Sky Sports after the defeat against Hammers.

“Also because we made a lot of mistakes in the final decision, important decision and it means we are a bit tired.

“But when you play every game in two days almost always with the same players, it can happen.’




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