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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte analysed the Blues win at Brighton and, of course, he noticed his team improved respect to the performances of the last month, where they barely scored a goal:

“[It was] A good game, a good result for us. In the last period, we didn’t score a lot. Instead today we scored four goals, we created other chances to improve the final result,” the Italian claimed.

“We kept another clean sheet, which is very important for us, despite Brighton creating chances to score. Before the game, a lot of people had a lot of apprehension for suspensions and injuries.

“But, during the game, we showed a great personality to be a team. We started the game very well, scored twice quickly with good combinations between our strikers. This is very important and we must be happy for this.”

Speaking about man of the match Eden Hazard, he said:

Eden Hazard scored twice. For us, it’s important Hazard, Willian and Moses all score. But, from tomorrow, every single player that scored today has to forget he scored and must try and score again against Arsenal.

“This is the most important thing: to be happy for today’s performance but, from tomorrow, to think about another important game against Arsenal, another important situation to try to help the team to win.”

Then, his answer to the people who said that Chelsea were in a “crisis”:

“Whoever said this has to pay attention to the stats. We’re unbeaten in 14 games. It’s normal that the press try to see the negative aspect and don’t see the positives.

“But this team, with many problems, are unbeaten in 14 games in every competition. This means means we are performing important work with these players to win in this way, despite five players less: Fabregas, Drinkwater, Courtois, two suspensions in Pedro and Morata. Despite this, we won 4-0.

“That means that every player deserves his chance, and every player has to fight to play. Now we have to continue in this way. I’m pleased with the responses of all the players today. You could see on our bench there were Charly Musonda and Sterling and Ampadu, the present and future of Chelsea.

“The club has committed to work with the young players to improve, and I’m doing this. Christensen is only 21 and playing every game. We are doing an important job for this club. We have to continue in this way. Every player today showed a great responsibility.

“For this reason, I’m very happy because every player felt this responsibility. To grow in this aspect is very important for us.”

Conte also explained why Danny Drinkwater was ruled out of the game:

“Danny had a kick on his ankle in the game against Norwich. He’s not so lucky this season (with injuries).

“He’s having many problems from the start of the season. I hope to recover him very quickly.”

About the two penalties that referee Jon Moss didn’t concede to Brighton when the score was still 0-2, Conte said:

“I think that, in England, seeing a penalty is not simple. It’s very difficult to see a referee whistling for a penalty. You can see what happened in the last game against Norwich.

“In this league, there is this type of valuation for one team, for another team. I don’t know because I didn’t see these two situations, so I can’t give an evaluation about this.

“But, at the same time, I can tell you that the new system – if we learn to use it very quickly – can help a lot to avoid big mistakes if there are big mistakes. This system will be very important for every team because, in this way, you won’t have doubts.”

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More from Antonio Conte, who praised Eden Hazard after the Chelsea star inspired in today’s 0-4 win over Brighton Hove&Albion at the AMEX Stadium in front of 3,028 away fans.

The Italian said: “Hazard scored twice and for us it is important, but at the same time from tomorrow every single player that scored today has to forget and start again against Arsenal. This is the most important thing , it is another important game”.

Hazard earned an important personal milestone as he got his 100th goal of career.

 

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Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson revealed the main reason why Chelsea haven’t tried to hijack Alexis Sanchez‘s move to Manchester United in the past week.

The Chilean striker is set to move to Old Trafford in a swap with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who will sign for Arsenal, and he’s going to receive a wage of £500,000-a-week AFTER tax.

Merson believes handing a player that sort of money at Chelsea would have caused problems with the likes of Eden Hazard – who is in talks with the club directors to extend his contract and increase his wage- Cesc Fabregas and Willian.

“They needed Sanchez,” the pundit said.

“If they would have got Sanchez I think they get in the top four.

“But if you go and get Sanchez, you bet your bottom dollar come what two days later, Hazard’s agent’s knocking on the door, Willian’s is knocking on the door, (Cesc) Fabregas, (N’Golo) Kante.

“They’re all knocking on the door and before you know it, that £100m signing for his package turns into £200m.”

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Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) celebrates with Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (C) after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Chelsea at the John Smith's stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on December 12,

Eden Hazard was, without any doubt, the man who led Chelsea go get the three points against Brighton and Hove Albion today.

The Belgian put his name on the score-sheet for the first time today after 3′ with a masterclass finishing on a ball deflected by a Brighton defender after Moses assist.

Hazard himself and another Belgian, Michy Batshuayi, were the protagonists of the 2-0 play after only three minutes, well finished by Willian. Only 6′ and the Blues were already 3-0 up.

But instead of surrendering Brighton had a great reaction and tried to level the score, giving Willy Caballero the chance to show his skills.

The Argentine goalkeeper also took a huge risk with a tackle on Ezequiel Schelotto, surely the best among the Seagulls today, that could have cost a penalty against to Chelsea.

Brighton, indeed, didn’t have the best of luck today and hit also the post in the beginning of the second half.

After another great save by Caballero, Willian hit the post as well but some minutes later, at 77′, Eden Hazard scored his second goal of the game, sealing it with thirteen minutes to go.

Before the final whistle there was also a moment of glory for Victor Moses, who netted the ball for the 4th goal of Chelsea.

In this moment the Blues are second in the table with 50 points, reaching Manchester United who are playing Burnley away in some minutes.

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard reached an important personal milestone after scoring the opener against Brighton and Hove Albion today: in fact, the 27-year-old secured the 100th goal of his career.

The Belgium international later reached also goal 101, after sealing the game with the 3-0, for a total of 65 Premier League goal for Chelsea.

Hazard reached three figures having found the net 36 times for Lille in Ligue 1.

 

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Everything happened in three minutes, between 3′ and 6′, when first Eden Hazard and then Willian beat Matthew Ryan with two fantastic finishings. Therefore, Chelsea are leading 2-0 on Brighton at half-time.

The Blues were in control most of the first part but the Seagulls complained for a couple of tackles on Ezequiel Schelotto in the box – the first one by Willy Caballero and the second one by Tiemoué Bakayoko– that could have given two penalties, but referee Jon Moss didn’t concede them.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is facing emergency in his squad with both Thibaut Courtois and Danny Drinkwater forced out in the last 24 hours for injury after losing Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas during the week both for minor injuries and Alvaro Morata and Pedro both under suspension after the red cards in the FA Cup clash against Norwich on Wednesday night.

 

 

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Eden Hazard, who was crucial as he scored the decisive penalty in Chelsea clash against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge, believes the Premier League champions did not perform as they usually did during the season so far.

“We had chances to kill off the game – Hazard told BBC sport  but the FA Cup is always not easy. The first game away was a bad game and also today it was not our best game of the season, but we gave everything at the end of the game when it was nine versus 11″.

“We showed great character after the draw at the end of time so we are happy, but also sad that we lost two players. But we are ready for the next step.”

“Today is a replay and with a replay you have to win the game, with extra-time and penalties it’s not easy, we got two red cards which is the bad thing for today but at least we go through and we are ready for Brighton at the weekend.

 Chelsea face Newcastle United in the next Premier League game, as the Belgian star underlined: “We can focus on the league and also be ready for the next round against Newcastle” he said.

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Chelsea beat Norwich City 5-3  in FA Cup replay only at penalty shoot-outs after ending 1-1 in the 90′.

After a really disappointing first half, where the only highlights were the crossbars hit by  Danny Drinkwater and …., the Blues were able to take the lead with Michy Batshuayi with 10 minutes into the second half.

Norwich, anyway, didn’t surrender and after hitting the post with Murphy at 61′ they kept attacking, with Willy Caballero saving an effort by Maddison at 65′.

Meanwhile, Pedro received his first yellow card for diving in the penalty box.

The Canaries got their reward in the last minute of injury time, at 94′, when Murphy finally found the equaliser in front of his fans, that erupted in celebration as well as Norwich bench.

The first extra rime started with a doubtful situation: Willian goes down in the penalty box after under a sliding challenge but the referee says it’s a free-kick to Norwich and the Brazilian winger is booked by referee Graham Scott.

However, worst is yet to come for Chelsea: in the last minutes of the second extra time both Pedro and Alvaro Morata are sent out.

The first one after receiving the second yellow card for a foul in the midfield, the second one after being booked for diving in the very last minute of the game and then for shouting in the referee’s face.

After this crazy period the penalty shoot-outs are going to decided who is going through this round.

Willian scores, but Caballero immediately shows his skills saving Nelson Oliveira’s kick.

David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kante and eventually Eden Hazard all score, so the Blues are finally through the fourth round, where they are going to face Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle in ten days.

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Antonio Conte sent a clear message today during his press conference ahead of the Fa Cup‘s third round replay vs Norwich City: his task is to win games and to make the best choices for the club and all the players must accept this.

I’m the coach. I decide. It’s not important if one player is happy or not. Only here is there this situation. You are very worried about whether a player is happy or not”. Conte replied to the journalists. “This is not important. My first task is to do the best for the team and the club. Not to make every player happy. Otherwise we’d risk finishing 20th in the table. Every press conference there is always this question about whether I’m worried about making my players happy. No. I’m worried to win”.

In particular, the question about players’ happiness was linked to Eden Hazard‘s situation, who Conte replaced in the last two games Chelsea played.

We are talking about a player who, recently, had a bad injury in his ankle and surgery. Usually, when you have this type of situation, you must pay great attention,” Conte explained. “During the season you can have ups and downs. He missed the pre-season with us, too. I think that, with him, we are trying to find the best way. It’s normal that one player can’t keep always top of the form. But, like the others, my task is to try and improve him and try and put him in the best physical condition to take the best decision for the team during games. Not only for him, but for every single player”.

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Another disappointing game for Chelsea, another goalless draw, the fourth one in a row if we consider the FA Cup and the League Cup, where the Blues obtained two 0-0 against Norwich City and Arsenal.

Stamford Bridge boos its disappointment after the final whistle after witnessing another deplorable performance and thanks Thibaut Courtois for keeping a clean sheet against a team that, especially in the first half, played for the three points and had more chances: his save on Ndidi in the first part was unbelievable.

Antonio Conte even tried a desperate move when, with no substitutions left after Gary Cahill was forced out with a hamstring injury at 33′, when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, both irritating and lacking of pace in this game, with Willian and Pedro trying to give a boost to the team.

Chelsea also had the advantage to play 11 vs 10 for more than 20 minutes after Ben Chilwell was sent out for double booking at 68′ but  hey didn’t use it.

The only real dangerous chance of their game in the last seconds of injury time, when Marcos Alonso tried the match-point on a free-kick that was brilliantly saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

A very nervous Alvaro Morata failed to impress again, seeming to have lost his feeling with the goal.

With this draw the Blues maintain third position in the league with 47 points but should Liverpool win against Manchester City – still leading with 62 points- they will catch them.

Manchester United, now second with the Blues same points, will play against Stoke City on Monday night.

Chelsea will have their chance to redeem themselves in front of their fans in FA Cup third round replay against Norwich City on next Wednesday night.

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