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Chelsea legend and now pundit Pat Nevin reveals that one of the Blues’ secret for their incredible moment of form is that the team is superbly fit.

All the players are at the top of their fitness and this help them to outplay the rivals in crucial moments of the games:

“You don’t always realise the speed those guys move at, even in comparison with other Premier League players,” Nevin told to Chelsea official website.

Pedro looks fast anyway – those legs move like the roadrunner from the old cartoons.

Willian speeding away to score his goal maybe raised an eyebrow or two but we know he is quick also and he looks it.

Eden Hazard at the moment when he turns on the afterburners crushes defenders’ spirits, and that’s before his skills are utilised.

“To be honest, with his physique it is slightly surprising he is quite so fast but Chelsea fans are aware of it now, especially over those first 10 to 20 yards.

“The surprise of course to some degree is Diego Costa.

“Once again we know he is quick but with his physique, power, size and walking style come on be honest, you re amazed he is that quick. I know I am.”

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Chelsea legend and now pundit Pat Nevin claims Diego Costa reminds him of one of his old Blues team-mates, another Stamford Bridge legend that scored 147 goals in 335 appearances in his nine years in West London:

“In that one specific area he [Costa] does remind me of a youthful Kerry Dixon,” Nevin told Chelsea official website.

“In training with Kerry on the sprints, I used to think I would be sharper off the mark than him, or I could zip over 20 or 30 yards faster than him now and again.

“Well I might have done him in the very occasional 10 yarder, but anything longer and no chance, nobody got near him. 

“Even if he didn’t at first look that fast, you got to learn he was deceptive, he was lightning. 

“Diego Costa may not be quite as quick as Kerry was, but I suspect he is right up there in the sprints when he needs to be.”

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Former Liverpool midfielder and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp praised Chelsea striker Diego Costa, claiming the Spaniard is the best in his role in the Premier League:

“Could you imagine the backlash if Costa had gone in for a challenge as bad as Aguero’s on David Luiz? We all see Sergio as the saint and Costa the sinner but this was the complete opposite,” Redknappp wrote in his column in the Daily Mail.

 “I was up in the stands on Saturday and could even see Costa acting as peacemaker during the fracas at the end.

“We are blessed with the quality of centre forwards in our league. Earlier in the season I would have said Aguero was the best of the bunch but now I have to pick Costa. He is the perfect all-round centre forward.”

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Cesar Azpilicueta hails Cesc Fabregas, that was a key man in the win against Manchester City and was back to the starting XI after two months, also thanks to Nemanja Matic‘s injury:

“The passes he did during the win against Manchester City were amazing,” the Spaniard said about his compatriot.

He provided the assist for the goal which got us back into the game. Diego [Costa] scored a very good goal. Not a lot of players can do that kind of pass.

“I have seen him do things like that for years, with Spain as well. The skill that he has is very special. He can see passes before anyone else and is so accurate from such a long distance. Obviously, it is a really difficult thing to do and for others to stop.”

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Chelsea stunning performance showed against Manchester City could be the turning point, as the Blues currently lead the Premier League table with 34 points.

Speaking about the game, winger Willian told the club’s official TV: “It’s always difficult to play here, but we came with a great mentality to play this game,”

“The first half was difficult, but in the second half we played more confidently. We did well with and without the ball, and we scored goals. That’s always good for us”.

About Diego Costa‘s assist: “It was a great ball, there was space and Diego made a great assist for me and I finished well”.

“I feel good now. There have been difficult moments for me and my family and it’s good for me and for the team to go on the pitch again, to score a goal and to help my team-mates.”

Willian and David Luiz both celebrated the 1-2 showing a black armband in memory of Brazilian football team Chapecoense.

“It’s a difficult moment for us in Brazil, – he ended - Just to do this for them, to say they have to keep strong, their families, and God bless everyone.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after the Blues’ comeback win against Manchester City, which means that his side are now 4 points clear at the top of Premier League table.

The Italian manager told Chelsea TV: “It’s a big win and a big result against a really strong team,”

“With the quality of players in their squad I think it’s the most complete in this league. For this reason, I am pleased with the result, and with the players. They showed me great character”.

“We were lucky at the start of the second half because there was one crossbar, and also a good save from Thibaut kept the result at 1-0,”

“Then we found great strength to score the goal to draw, and then to score the second goal and the third goal. It’s fantastic this because I repeat, it’s not easy to come here and win this game. Now we have to continue.”

When asked about the title race, Conte added: “We have to wait for the first part of the season because we know this league is not easy. Now we are playing very well. We are playing good football, we have good confidence, but it’s important to continue to work and improve. There is room to improve.”

About Cesc Fabregas, who played again this afternoon: “I’m pleased for Cesc above all because this game wasn’t easy for him. The last game he played for Chelsea in the line-up was against Arsenal, and then he had an injury. He recovered and I’m very happy for his performance”.

“Now he must continue to improve – Conte stated – For me to have more options is good. It’s important to have the whole squad available”.

About the final stage, when Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were both sent off by referee Anthony Taylor: “The final [stage] wasn’t good. I hope only Luiz is not injured after this tackle. It’s very difficult to explain this final part of the game. I support the referee. It is important that the referee whistles and we ‘finish’”.  

“I’m happy because I always tell my players to be focused on the game on the pitch, and always to keep calm. It’s normal when you play these big games it’s not easy to keep calm in every single moment, but I’m pleased because all my players tried to keep calm.”

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Diego Costa explains Chelsea’s success at Manchester City after a thrilling come-back.

Pep Guardiola side were leading 1-0 at the end of the first half but were also inconsistent in front of the goal, and eventually the Blues took advantage of Citizens’ forwards poor form today:

“We are working very well tactically, everyone know what we have got to do,” Costa explained after the game.

“Man City had opportunities to score second goal but they missed and when we scored we had more confidence then had opportunity to score and we did. It was a great game.”

Costa also opened up on his improved discipline in recent weeks.

“I want to be on the pitch and I want to be cool.”

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Manchester City hosted Chelsea in a top of the table mouth watering clash at the Etihad Stadium.

City headed into the clash haven’t not one a home game since september,but momentum was with Antonio Conte‘s men who came into this fixture at the back of seven straight wins. There was the surprise inclusion of Cesc Fabregas who haven’t starred for Antonio after the humbling 3-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Arsenal.

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But Manchester City bossed early proceedings and controlled the middle of the pack and went into the lead courtesy of a Gary Cahill own goal just before half time. But Antonio Conte’s men wouldn’t back down after going into the game as favorites,and they didn’t disappoint as Fabregas who hadn’t seen much of the ball in the first half found Diego Costa with a sublime pass which the Chelsea striker coolly controlled while brushing Nicholas Otamendi apart to finish off nicely.

Numerous chances fell to Pep Guardiola‘s side with Sergio Aguero going close and Kevin De Brunye “doing a Torres”, missing an open goal from five yards. Pep Guardiola would have been left unimpressed as his side failed to be clinical in front of goal as the Diego Costa goal sparked a Chelsea revival as Pedro who has been instrumental for Chelsea was brought off for Willian and Antonio Conte’s sub paid of with the Brazilian lashing out onto a lay off by Diego Costa to put Chelsea 2-1 up.

Man City pressed high to get an equalizer but were left exposed at the back as Marcos Alonso found Eden Hazard with a long ball and the Belgian punished the City defense putting Chelsea 3-1 up.

But the game was marred by violence during the closing stages as Sergio Aguero lunged into a challenge on David Luiz while Fernandinho was involved in an altercation with Cesc Fabregas which resulted in both players being sent off. Antonio Conte’s men go top of the table with 4 points away from their closest rivals,and this win made it eight on the bounce for the Blues.

Chelsea Diego Costa

Chelsea (3-4-3): CourtoisAzpilicuetaDavid LuizCahill (c); Moses, KanteFabregas, Alonso; Pedro (Willian 49), Diego Costa (Chalobah 80), Hazard.
Unused subs: BegovicAinaIvanovicOscar, Batshuayi
Scorers 
Diego Costa 60, Willian 69
Booked 
Kante 49, Chalobah 90+5

Manchester City (3-4-3): Bravo; Otamendi, Stones (Iheanacho 78), Kolarov; Navas, Fernandinho, Gundogan (Toure 76), Sane (Clichy 69); Silva (c), Aguero, De Bruyne.
Unused subs: Cabalero, Sagna, Zabaleta, Toure
Scorers Cahill (own-goal) 45
Booked 
Otamendi 17, Navas 81
Sent off Aguero 90+6, Fernandinho 90+6

Referee Anthony Taylor

 

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Ivanovic, Aguero and Fabregas challenging for the ball in last year game at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City

– No fresh injuries concerns for Pep Guardiola

– Captain Vincent Kompany is the only notable absentee after being ruled for about another month with a knee injury.

– Midfielder Fabian Delph has not played since August but is training and nearing a return after a groin operation.

 

Chelsea 

– Only John Terry will be absent for a muscular injury in his gluteus that will rule him out for another couple of weeks

Antonio Conte will probably line up the same starting formation for the seventh consecutive game

– The Italian manager said two players were a doubt before travelling to Manchester but didn’t want to reveal their names

 

POSSIBLE LINE UPS

MANCHESTER CITY - Bravo, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Sterling, De Bruyne, Nolito, Aguero.

 

CHELSEA - Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Costa, Hazard.

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