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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen admitted he sought John Terry‘s advice after his mistakes vs Barcelona in the Champions League last 16.

I try to keep it inside the club and not bring it home with me,” Christensen told Eurosport in Denmark. “My team-mates have also seen all my other performances, so they know that these mistakes aren’t typical for me. I have had a smaller talk with John Terry, he has also experienced setbacks, and it is always nice to talk to someone watching it from the outside and to learn that they have experienced the same. He told me that it is natural to make mistakes. And he tried to put it in perspective for me saying that if a forward misses a chance he can make it good again by scoring when he gets the next opportunity, but we can’t change a goal scored against us. So when we make mistakes it is more crucial and it is easy to point fingers at. I have realized it, looked at it and now I have moved on. It has been difficult to get out of. You are not doubting yourself, but you might get a bit more cautious in what you do, and that can make things even worse. So it is difficult to get out of it; move on from. I’ve been annoyed at myself, and that is difficult to get rid of – especially when there is a week between the matches, because then you have a whole week to think about it. You just want to move on to the next match so that you can play a match without mistakes. I can’t avoid making mistakes, but in some games the mistakes have been decisive, so now I am just waiting for the next games to come, so I can prove that the mistakes aren’t typical for me. I thought about it after making two mistakes in two matches, that I might be out of the next one. But I try to tell myself that before these matches I have played all the other ones almost with no mistakes at all. I hope that is the reason that I get to start, because he knows that – besides the last couple of matches – he can trust me, I haven’t made any mistakes, but been very solid for a long period. I am focusing on all the good games I have played this season.”

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Emerson Palmieri signed for Chelsea during the last January transfer window and now the Brazilian defender feels ready to make his debut with the Blues.

Physically, I feel great. The injury is now in the past.” Emerson Palmieri told Chelsea’s official matchday programme. They were six difficult months for me but what is important is right now and I feel good. I couldn’t feel better so I only have in mind the idea of training with my team and helping us achieve success. I came here because this is a great club with a great history. English football is something I have been watching since I was 15 years old. It’s a really beautiful game over here and it’s going to be even more beautiful to play it. I’m coming here with great expectations.”


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Tonight Chelsea will play Watford in a Premier League game which can mark the debut with the Blues for new signing Emerson Palmieri.

Speaking to Chelsea official site, defender Antonio Rudiger, has tried to describe the Brazilian who played with him also with As Roma.

He’s a player who did very well at Roma, especially last season,” Rudiger said. “We played in Rome with the same system as we do here, so he was the left wing-back. Most of the time I was playing on the left of the back three so I was next to him, and he was a big help. He’s good at the offensive part, and also good at the defensive part. He is not afraid to make tackles, and he can play one against one because he’s physically good. He also has good pace. For me he is a very good young player with potential.”

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Chelsea's Andreas Christensen during UEFA Champions League - Group C match between Chelsea and FK Qarabag at Stanford Bridge, London 12 Sept 2017 (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto)

Denmark international Andreas Christensen’s impressive performances for Chelsea this season were rewarded with a new long-term contract at the Blues that was signed today.

The 21-year-old player– who entered Chelsea academy when he was 15 – has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract.

So far in this campaign he replaced David Luiz as a first choice central defender following some fine displays since returning to London after a two-season-loan at Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach.

“It feels really good to sign a new contract and I’m just happy to be committed to Chelsea for the future,” Christensen told the club official website.

“I’ve played a lot of games (22 in all competitions), I’m enjoying it at the club and everything is working well.”

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said the contract was a tribute to Christensen’s latest performances:

This contract is reward for the excellent form Andreas has shown in the first half of the season,” she said.

“He showed immense potential when he signed for Chelsea in 2012 and is now enjoying the benefits of the dedication and professionalism he has shown since.

“After two seasons on loan in Germany we were convinced he was ready to be a part of the squad this season and he has grasped the opportunity with both hands.”

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Danish defender Andreas Christensen commented on Chelsea‘s official website yesterday’s draw at Emirates Stadium vs Arsenal in the first Premier League game of 2018 for Antonio Conte‘s side.

From an outside perspective it was a crazy game, I think the players involved would have wanted it to be a bit more calm and at our own tempo but that’s how it was,” – Christensen said – “We were 1-0 down to begin with so to turn it around and go 2-1 up we were super happy about that, but in the end they got the goal. In the changing room we were happy with our performance, and the way we reacted, but we were a little bit disappointed that they got the goal.

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Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci has been a Chelsea and Antonio Conte‘s target since a long time and now, according to various reports, the Blues are keen on the player also for the January trasnfer window.

However, speaking to Sky Sports Italia, the player’s agent Alessandro Lucci confirmed Bonucci will play for Ac Milan at least until the end of this season.

Leonardo is a Milan player, and he chose to play for Milan and will continue to pursue his objectives there,” – Lucci said – “He’s a great professional, a leader, and he wants to get out of this situation and help the club reach the objectives they deserve.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte today refused to speak about David Luiz‘s future during his press conference ahead of the Premier League game vs West Ham.

I think now is not the right moment to speak about this”. – Conte revealed – “There are a lot games before the transfer window and now is not the right moment to speak about this. This is not important.”

David Luiz has had some problems with Antonio Conte in the last few weeks and the Brazialian defender has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

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Former Manchester United‘s defender Rio Ferdinand admits he hated to play vs Eden Hazard and that the memories of his “meetings” with the Belgian star are all but pleasant.

I still remember and I still get nightmares,” – said Ferdinand on BT Sport. – “I used to just be happy he was staying wide at that point… under Mourinho he stayed very much on the left-hand side so didn’t really come into my area which was a blessing. But now we’re seeing him all over the frontline – he’s fantastic to watch and he’s the man that really makes this Chelsea team tick.”

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Davide Zappacosta has already played vs As Roma in Serie A in the last few seasons, and tonight the Chelsea defender will face once again the Italian side at Stamford Bridge in the third game of the Champions League group stage.

“It’s a chance for us to bounce back after the weekend,” – Zappacosta told Chelsea official website – “Roma are a very strong team, I know their manager Eusebio Di Francesco and I know the players. It will be a tough match but at the same time I think this team can do much better than we’ve shown in the last two games. We must stay strong and show a lot of personality. If we do that we can win the match. Roma are a good team in attack, they have some quality players, and defensively we need to be strong and try to keep the ball. We’ve won our first two games and we have to continue in this way because if we beat Roma it will put us in a strong position, which means the game is very important.”

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Andreas Christensen showed a good performance vs Manchester City last Saturday at Stamford Bridge and now he reveals the importance of manager Antonio Conte in his development as a defender and as a player.

I’m happy for the matches I’ve got, and I think I’ve shown myself as well as I could. It may seem like I play in one position, but at training I have also trained on the other two places, so if I need it, I will not think twice about jumping in there”, – Christensen told Bold – “I can use it for something, and I hope it can help give me more playing time ahead. But the result was not very good, so it’s only the positive I can take with it.”


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