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Eden Hazard

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CHELSEA – Courtois; Zouma, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Ake, Terry, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

MANCHESTER CITY –  Caballero, Clichy, Stones, Kompany (c), Fernandinho, Delph, Sane, Silva, De Bruyne, Navas, Aguero.

Subs: Bravo, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Sterling, Nolito

Manager: Pep Guardiola

 

 

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Team News

CHELSEA

Victor Moses is still on doubt after missing Crystal Palace clash for a toe injury

Pedro can replace him like in the last game

– Eden Hazard played against Palace following a calf injury which saw him miss international duty with Belgium, while David Luiz is still managing a knee injury sustained against City in December.

– Chelsea haven’t lost back-to-back Premier League games at Stamford Bridge since November 2011, when Andre Villas-Boas‘ side were defeated by Arsenal and then Liverpool

– Chelsea have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 league games, after recording 10 shut-outs in the previous 12 matches.
MANCHESTER CITY 

Bacary Sagna is out for at least another couple of weeks

Pablo Zabaleta is recovered after picking up a minor injury last week

Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus are long-time absentess after serious injuries

– Manchester City won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last April, claiming their biggest victory away to Chelsea since 1978, when Ron Futcher scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win.

 

Possible Line-Ups

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz; Pedro, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa.

MANCHESTER CITY – Caballero; Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Sterling, De Bruyne; Sane, Silva, Agüero.

 

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Chelsea fans can now vote on Chelsea official website for the Blues goal of the month for March.

Supporters can choose between Eden Hazard goal vs West Ham; N’Golo Kante‘s strike vs Manchester United in Fa Cup; Willian goal vs Stoke City; and youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi goal vs West Ham in an Under-18s game.

All the fans who will vote through Chelsea’s official website, have the chance to win a signed Willian shirt.

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After his impressive performance at Stamford Bridge yesterday, Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha is praised by his boss, Sam Allardyce, that believes he can emulate Chelsea star Eden Hazard:

“Wilf must feel really good about himself by his consistent performances at the moment. Hazard’s ability is something Wilf could look at to try and match,” Big Same claimed after the game.

“He’s already realising his potential now by the way he’s playing. His potential’s becoming a reality.”

 Zaha has now scored six goals and registered seven assists in the Premier League this season.

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Rumours about an Eden Hazard‘s move to Real Madrid were persistent last week and the Belgian forward had the chance to speak about that after the Chelsea defeat with Crystal Palace:

“There is nothing to say. I take it game by game. I try to play as much as possible. That’s it.”

When he was pressed further, he was a little elusive:

“Why do you want to put me in s***? No, I’m very well here. I have stuff to finish this year.

“I have a contract until 2020. Voila, for now I’m here.”

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CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Pedro, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Fabregas, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

CRYSTAL PALACE – Hennessey; Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Schlupp; Milivojevic, Cabaye, Puncheon, Zaha, Townsend; Benteke.

Subs: Speroni, Dann, Delaney, Kelly, Ledley, Kaikai, Sako.

Manager: Sam Allardyce

 

Referee: Craig Pawson

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Kick Off: 3 pm GMT

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Ahead of a crucial clash like the one against Crystal Palace today, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte stressed again the importance to be focused just on title race and this end of the season and not to be distracted by transfer market rumours or other things that can decrease the team’s concentration in this very delicate part of the season:

The most important thing is to try to win the league. When the season finishes, myself and the club together will talk about the right way to try to improve the team and squad.

“It will be very important but I don’t see any problems because this club has great ambition, it has in the past and it will in the future. I’m very happy to be coach of this club.

“Now I think we are doing very well, every single player is giving me 120 per cent and it’s great. For sure, when the moment arrives to talk about next season, together we will look for the right solution to improve and be stronger than this season.”

About rumours of an Eden Hazard‘s Chelsea exit and a possible move to Real Madrid he said:

“I think in a situation it’s always very important to understand whether it’s just speculation or if it’s true. In this situation, what’s very important is the will of the player because if the player is happy and the player wants to stay at a great team with great ambition, I don’t see any problem.

“I think it’s very important to feel you are staying at the right place. When you arrive to be a top player then you want to fight to win, and to be competitive for every trophy. I think together we are building something important and we have just started our building work, we are putting the foundations in place. If we are able to win the league this season we are building an incredible path.’

On Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce, he claimed:

“I’m learning a lot when we play against English teams and English coaches, I’m finding new solutions in these type of games. I have great respect for English coaches and for me it’s been very important, I feel more complete.”

 

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Team News

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois may also be available despite picking up a hip injury while with Belgium in international break

Diego Costa is a doubt for ankle injury but seemed fit in yesterday’s training

Victors Moses is also a doubt for a minor injury

Eden Hazard seems recovered from his calf injury

 

Crystal Palace

Patrick van Aanholt still out with ankle injury.

Fraizer Campbell and James McArthur are doubtful with respective hamstring and back problems.

Chelsea loanee Loic Remy is ineligible to face his parent club

Mathieu Flamini is back in training after a muscle injury and could come into contention.

 

Possible Line-Ups

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz; Moses, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Hazard, Willian, Diego Costa.

CRYSTAL PALACE – Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Schlupp, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend, Benteke

 

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Rumours of Eden Hazard moving to Real Madrid ran all the week, especially yesterday, when a Spanish journalist claimed the Belgian star already signed a pre-agreement with the Blancos and even that the Chelsea player visited Valdebebas, the Real Madrid training ground, to meet Florentino Perez back in February.

When during today’s press conference Conte was asked about this, he said:

“Now it’s important to be focused on the present,  we don’t have to look too far forward, Eden is our player, we aee happy with him, he’s happy with us, I don’t see problems about him.

“I think that this is a part of our game, that other people report these rumours to influence player’s minds, but I think we have experience, also my players got experience, it’s logical in this part of the season rumours about our players start, I am very happy because it means we are doing a great job and my players are doing very well.

“I don’t see any problem about our players, we all know we are in a great club with great ambition, there is a great will to do great things in the future, don’t forget there are some games to play, we hope to finish the season with great success for us.

“I think it’s positive, when another top team wants your players it means you are doing a very good job, but I repeat, I think that now we are already in a great club, with great ambition, they want to do something important, for the present and the future, I think we just started our path.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte revealed that the last one wasn’t an easy week for the Blues, that couldn’t have a full squad available for the derby against Crystal Palace tomorrow:

“We got two-three situations that we have to value tomorrow. This week wasn’t easy to work, with the international break, some players came back with some problems, I have two-three situations to value.

“I think is important to check the situation with these players, John [Terry] is good, he trained all the week, for some others is important to value the situation.”

About rumours of Eden Hazard moving to Real Madrid, he said:

“I repeat the same thing, now it’s important to be focused on the present,  we don’t have to look too far forward, Eden is our player, we aee happy with him, he’s happy with us, I don’t see problems about him.

“I think that this is a part of our game, that other people report these rumours to influence player’s minds, but I think we have experience, also my players got experience, it’s logical in this part of the season rumours about our players start, I am very happy because it means we are doing a great job and my players are doing very well.

“I don’t see any problem about our players, we all know we are in a great club with great ambition, there is a great will to do great things in the future, don’t forget there are some games to play, we hope to finish the season with great success for us.

“I think it’s positive, when another top team wants your players it means you are doing a very good job, but I repeat, I think that now we are already in a great club, with great ambition, they want to do something important, for the present and the future, I think we just started our path.”

About the title race and common opinion that Chelsea will be champions, he stated:

“In my past I lived two different experiences, one positive and another one negative, we need 21 points to be champions, tomorrow we will play a very tough game for us, it’s not easy [to play]after international break, we had a lot of problems this week, tomorrow it will be a very difficult game for us, for many reasons. Palace will a game of fundamental importance for us.

“Football is strange, it’s full of surprise, in my experience as a footballer I won a lot but I think I lost more, for this reason I want to keep our feet on the ground, also because in this part of the season there are many difficulties to overcome the problems. I think we deserve to win, but for sure our opponents don’t want to accept that Chelsea are champions, I think it’s important to get three points tomorrow.”

About Eden Hazard’s form, Conte said:

“I don’t think it’s important to talk about him, it’s important to speak about this game, that is crucial, he missed last game with Stoke and we have to check his form, we hope he’s in shape tomorrow, so he can play great football. I’m confident not only he will play, but he will play really good.”

About John Terry’s future, the Chelsea manager said:

“I think the club is working very well to solve many situations we have to face, I like to talk about John Terry for this season because he’s helping me a lot, he’s doing a great job, in and out the pitch.

“I think John knows my thought about him and I think the most important thing is that him knows my thought.”

Conte was asked an opinion about Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce:

“I met him in my travel in England [when he was Italy’s coach] and I stayed with him two days in West Ham training ground. I think he’s a top coach, for sure it’s a pity he was sacked from the national team after only one game, I know how is that, it’s a great feeling. For sure it will be good for me to meet him before and after the game tomorrow.”

Finally, an opinion on Crystal Palace:

“I remember very well the game against Crystal Palace back in December, I think we deserved to win but we suffered. They got really good players, like Benteke, Zaha, Townsend, Cabaye...a lot of great players. I don’t know why they are in this position, it’s very strange, but it can happen, last season happened to Chelsea, for example.

“We have to pay great attention, in the last three games they won and in the last three games they are sixth, so we have to pay attention, we are coming from international break and we got a lot of problems this week.”

 

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