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Chelsea today failed to win their third Uefa Youth League in the last four season: the Blues were defeated by Barcelona at Nyon in the final.

The Spanish side scored in the first half with Marques Mendes and, in the second half Chelsea conceded other two goals as Barcelona won the game 3-0.

In the semifinal, played on Friday, the Blues eliminated Porto after winning at the shootout, while Barcelona overcame Manchester City 5-4.

The London club had won two Uefa Youth League in 2015 vs Shaktar and the following season vs Paris Saint Germain.

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Southampton‘s manager Mark Hughes is very disappointed after his team loss to Chelsea this afternoon: a defeat which could cost the Saints the relegation.

It’s a blow. They’ve taken blows all year. We need to stick our chests out and get on with it”. Hughes said. “We had a bad period for eight to ten minutes. Antonio’s got a top reaction from his players. It’s disappointing two games running now. People will say we deserved something out of both of them. It’s a case of understanding the group and games like this. I know now which guys I can trust and use. It simplifies my choice in selection”.

Then Hughes commented also on Marcos Alonso‘s challenge on Tadic: “Poor challenge. Should have been a red card. The officials were all within a 10-15 yard radius. It was a bad tackle and it could have had serious consequences for Shane. Referees have got to get them right. Maybe that’s why they’re not at the World Cup this summer”.

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Antonio Conte insisted his team deserved more from the derby against Spurs: the Italian boss claims his team lost confidence and, despite showing good performances, cannot get the same results of the past season, where they were champions:

“The performance has been good, especially in the first half,” insisted Conte.

“We played good football. We scored only one goal but I think we deserved to be 2-0 or 3-0.

“Instead we conceded a goal in the last minute of the first half and this goal gave us a bit of a problem in our mind and we lost confidence.

“Despite this, in the second half, we started the game very well.”

But defensive lapses contributed to both of Dele Alli’s goals, with Andreas Christensen, Willy Caballero and Cesar Azpilicueta all playing their part.

“We conceded a goal that you can avoid,” Conte admitted.

“That was a freak goal, I think we made a mistake for the second and third goal. For the third goal you have to kick this ball in the stand and not concede.”

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Chelsea lost at home against Tottenham after 28 years but Antonio Conte thinks his team deserved more from the derby against Spurs.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle, the Blues boss said:

“For sure 8 points with 7 games to go are a lot, looking also at the teams we have ahead of us and the season they are playing is not easy, we knew this was going to be tough since the beginning of the season.

“I cannot say anything about my lads’ commitment, we saw their quality today, but we miss determination in the the games’ key moments.

“For sure to concede a goal one minute before half-time was not positive for us, since I think we deserved to finish the first half 1-0 or 2-0, that goal broke the confidence we got on the pitch until that moment.

“The goal we took was really avoidable, they surprised us.

“I didn’t have many substitutes also because I lost two men in the last days: Zappacosta had an issue in his tendon, Pedro had another physical issue that stopped him, we cannot make up anything else.”

Asked about his future plans, Conte replied:

“Nothing changes about my future, we trying to do our best, we are working very hard, we are trying to find solutions without getting crazy, we cannot create solutions we don’t have.

“You know my reply really well and you also know how much my deal lasts, I don’t imagine anything else.”

On what remains of the season, the Italian manager says:

“We have to try to give 100%, when the campaign ends everything is really clear, every team get what they deserve in the end of the season.”


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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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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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