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Antonio Conte feels a win against Qarabag could be really important for Chelsea, as the Blues will have a busy schedule from now until February, when the Champions League last 16 will take place.

Should the West London side win against the Azerbaijan team they will qualify for Champions League next stage without waiting for Atletico Madrid’s clash in the beginning of December:

“We have to play the most important game of the season from the start until now,” Conte said.

“If we are able to win against Qarabag, we can go through to the next round of the Champions League and this is very important because this period from now until January is very busy, so it is very important to win the game.

 “For sure it won’t be easy because in the last two games they drew twice against Atletico Madrid, and before that they lost the game but Roma were struggling a lot to win against them so it is very important to be focused, to work and to try to win the game.”
Conte continued:
“I must be honest, these players always show great desire and will to fight in every game.
“Against Roma, together we didn’t show this , me first. I always put myself before the players and I always take the responsibility.

“In Rome we didn’t deserve to finish the first half 2-0 down, but the second half was negative because we didn’t show the desire to come back to try to draw it or win.

“But I think this season, we faced a lot of problems from the start and now we are trying to solve these problems, to recall players, to find the right form for players like, for example, Eden Hazard and it is the same for [Alvaro] Morata who is playing his first season in England.

“Then [N’Golo] Kante is recovering good form and we know very well the importance of these players for us. We had a lot of problems and also we are trying to change something in the tactical aspect and to find different solutions, because when you are conceding many goals, it means you have to find a new balance.”

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Eden Hazard was stunning in Chelsea‘s away victory over West Bromwich Albion last time out. The Belgian star scored a brace, with also Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso among the scorers.

Speaking after the game, Hazard gave his thoughts on the game: “Top, top, from the first minute until the end. We showed great character, we scored four and we didn’t concede. We want this type of game every week”.

‘We had the right mentality. When you come here you know the game will not be easy because they’re physical. But if you keep the ball on the floor like we did then you have the chance to win the game, we did well”.

About his performance: “It’s always good to score. For me it’s not the most important thing but it’s good for the confidence. I scored two goals but the most important thing was to win the game and play well, that’s it”.

Tottenham’s defeat to Arsenal means that Chelsea are currently 3rd on the Premier League table with 25 points, just one behind Manchester United with Manchester City leading thanks to an eight-point gap on the Red Devils.

‘We have to do the same every week, – Hazard reckons – Now we have a tough week because we play Qarabag away and then we go to Anfield. We want to stay near the top”.

‘We know Man City are winning a lot of games but we need to try and close the gap and then we will see at the end of the season. The run last season was unbelievable, it’s not every year you can do that, but why not? We have almost the same players and we have to be ready if we want to stay near the top”.

He ended: “It’s not just him and me, it’s the whole team: when you play with Fabregas, Alonso on the left and Zappacosta on the right you can feel the confidence. Everyone played with the ball and made great movement”.

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Chelsea moved up the table following today’s 0-4 win over West Bromwich Albion, with the biggest margin of victory for the Blues at the Hawthorns. When asked if Eden Hazard, who scored twice, needs more protection from referees, manager Antonio Conte said: “Today Eden played very well and I think he showed great patience despite some situations which were very strong”.

“I was a player and I understand when you play against these type of players it’s very difficult to stop them and sometimes you try to find a different way”.

“Now he has to continue in this way, he’s 100 per cent fit and he’s enjoying his football with us which is important. This season we started with a lot of problems, Hazard was one of them because he didn’t work during pre-season after surgery. Then he started to play with us after a few games”.

Chelsea earned their 4th win in a row after beating Watford, Everton, Bournemouth and the Baggies.

And Conte admitted: “Today the starting 11 was the same as against United. We played well in that game and we did again today but don’t forget we have to play a lot of games in a few days, so I need all of my players”.

 

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Chelsea secure three points at The Hawthorns after a superb display with Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata on fire.

The Belgian star scores a brace, while the Spaniard scores the opener at 16′  and offers a super assist to his team-mate for his first goal at 23′, while Marcos Alonso marks his presence on the score-sheet with a gem at 38′.

Not even ten minutes in the second half and Eden Hazard scores the 4th and definitive goal, while WBA can regret to have not taken the chance to overcome the Blues in the first fifteen minutes of the first half, when they outplayed their rivals and even scored a goal, who was disallowed for offside.

After Morata’s opener it was Chelsea to control the game, with the Baggies trying to score at least one goal to re-open the game but stopped by a great Blues display in defence, with Andreas Christensen again impressing while David Luiz was left again on the bench by Antonio Conte.

Now Chelsea are second in the table with 25 points, 8 behind Man City still leading the Premier League table with 33 after winning 2-0 at Leicester today.

Should Manchester United win against Newcastle tonight ( kickoff at 5.30 pm GMT) and reach 25 points, the Blues will slip to third place.

 

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Chelsea and his fans can stop to concern: Eden Hazard has nothing serious after rumours has spread yesterday about another injury since the Blues star hadn’t train with Belgium after a knock in the friendly game against Mexico last Friday.

Speaking ahead of another friendly clash, this time against Japan, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said:

“Hazard did not train on Sunday but there is nothing serious.”

Eden missed the beginning of the season recovering from an ankle injury that he picked up while playing for his country at the end of the previous campaign.

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Chelsea are concerned about Eden Hazard fitness ahead of  trip to West Bromwich Albion after the winger sustained a knock during Belgium’s 3-3 with Mexico on Friday.

The winger started and scored in the draw, but was on the receiving end of some rough challenges in the Brussels friendly.

According to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, the Blues star did not train with the rest of the Belgian squad on Sunday morning, and is a doubt for the upcoming international friendly clash with Japan.

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It’s not a good moment for David Luiz with the defender not included in the team who faced Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and speculations of a difficult relationship with manager Antonio Conte.

David Luiz’s future at Chelsea seems now in doubt, but Belgian star Eden Hazard recognises the Brazialian player is very important in the team.

“It’s good to have people like this in the team”. – Hazard told Soccer AM – “He is a geezer, always smiling, so he’s in a good mood all the time”.

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While on international duty with BelgiumChelsea star Eden Hazard has once again pointed out his admiration for Real Madrid‘s manager Zinedine Zidane.

Everyone knows the respect I have for the man” – Hazard told RTL – “For the player he was and for the coach he is, he was my idol. Of course I don’t know what will happen in my career in the future, but to play under him would be a dream. It wouldn’t bother me to play under Jose Mourinho again. At this time, though, I’m happy at Chelsea. I still have a lot of things to do at Chelsea, and I’m focused on Chelsea.”

 

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Eden Hazard was the Man of the Match as Chelsea beat Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium last time out. The last time Antonio Conte’s men earned a clean sheet was in a rampant 0-4 victory over Stoke City on 23rd of September.

And the Chelseaadmits confidence is rising after the 0-1 against the Cherries: “We want to keep the confidence high and for this we have to win every game. – he told the club’s official website – Now we go Tuesday to Roma to win the game and be ready for the game after”.

Chelsea managed to reduce the gap to Tottenham after the Spurs lost against Manchester United on Saturday at Old Trafford:The season is long, you never know what is going to happen, – said Hazard – They are top of the league and play well, they score a lot of goals but you never know – injury, bad form – so we will see. We want to be at the top of the league at the end of the season, we have a lot of games to play so we will see at the end”.

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was really disappointed after his side’s home defeat against the Premier League champions this afternoon.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard gave Blues the lead exploiting a counter-attack before scoring from a close range: “The goal was very disappointing with the mistakes leading to it” Howe admitted, speaking after the clash.

“Too passive in the first half, with the quality that they have. Positive were we were 0-0 at half-time and we could change the shape. Jermain was a tactical decision but we need to manage his minutes. Crisis is a commonly used word. I back the players to work it out”.

“We pressed the ball a lot better in the second half, but it was only Steve Cook’s shot that really pressed them. It’s frustrating and a challenge to work out. I don’t see a problem with us in the squad but I have to find the right formula”.

Then Howe praised former Blues’ goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who joined the Cherries from Chelsea on a permanent move last summer: “I have been pleased with the way he has started his career here” Howe confirmed.

Bournemouth are struggling with positive results after picking up just 2 wins from 10 games so far, sitting currently 19th in the league table.

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