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Speaking to Italian television after Barcelona v Chelsea, Antonio Conte revealed what he said to Leo Messi after the final whistle on the pitch:

“They were mainly congratulations, we speak about a player who always makes the difference and decides the scores, he was decisive in these two games,” the Italian coach claimed.

Then he continued speaking of the tie and the elimination:

“I think the 4 posts hit in the two matches marked a difference, we weren’t very lucky – and it wasn’t the first time in this season- I think tonight’s score is unfair, we created many chances and they scored 3 goals in 3 counter-attacks, they were really cynical: this team is playing Champions League for the first time, it’s a young team and there is much work to do.”

Asked if he needs a trophy like FA Cup to stay at Chelsea, Conte replied:

“It’s not to win something or not, a coach’s job must be judged not by the wins but by what you see, to the team’s growth, we can do better in all the aspects: I don’t look for confirmation through the victories but I go ahead because I know it’s a hard work.

Conte was then asked why he preferred to started Giroud rather than Morata:


“I see the players every day and I know who feels better psychologically and physically.

“We are speaking of a young player [Morata]  that had the chance to be a starter for the first time during this season. In Real Madrid he was Benzema‘s reserve and the same he was for other strikers at Juventus. He’s got some qualities and we are trying to improve him. This season had a back problem that limited him.”


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Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is in pole position to become new Italian coach after the Azzurri were incredibly eliminated by Sweden at Russia 2018 playoffs amid a Chelsea return rumours.

FIGC are trying to convince Ancelotti to join, as the Italian looks to move on from his sacking at Bayern Munich.

A four-year project till the Qatar World Cup of 2022 can be offered to Ancelotti, who rejected two big offers from China as he believes that he can still coach at the highest level.

While it won’t be easy to convince Ancelotti into joining the Azzurri, Chelsea have already drawn links with their former boss. AC Milan too will look to get him, depending on whether Vincenzo Montella holds onto his job or not.

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Cesc Fabregas © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas spoke after the FA Cup 4-0 win over Brentford, claiming the team approached the game with the right spirit even if it was a League One rival:

“It is better to learn from other teams’ mistakes like what happened to Liverpool and we saw that.

“It is a big lesson before you go onto the pitch that you have to give 100 per cent.

Speaking about the game the Blues will play at Anfield on Tuesday night, the Spanish midfielder said:

“We have three days to prepare well and I am sure the manager and the team will do the best we can to prepare for what I hope will be a fantastic game and a win for us.”


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Antonio Conte has spoken about his time managing Italy. He says it was honour and hopes he will leave a legacy behind.

This summers European Championship was his final tournament in charge of the national side and they were eliminated last night after a penalty shoot-out with Germany.

Conte spoke with such nobility when he discussed the team, claiming it to be his biggest victory having the pleasure of working with them.

“The national team gives you emotion and stimuli and I hope this European Championship will leave a legacy, of love for the shirts we were wearing.

“I think the biggest victory for me is having worked with this group of lads. From the kit men to the cooks – everybody who was part of this marvellous experience, this is what has given me the greatest satisfaction.

“I had the honour of working with these people who gave me everything.

“When you do everything, nobody can criticise you at all and these lads went beyond the call of duty, giving absolutely everything and I think people recognise this. You love your country and the shirt you are wearing.”

Although Conte was disappointed with the loss, he can now head to London to begin his reign in charge of Chelsea.

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Hiddink watching his players in the training ahead of PSG clash © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink spoke after the disastrous last week, that saw Chelsea being knocked out both from the Champions League and FA Cup in just three days.

The Dutch coach admits that those results hurt, but his players need to stand up now to finish the season in the best way possible:

“As a player at a big club, you have to be proud,” said Hiddink to Chelsea official website.

“It’s a privileged situation and the players should know that and act towards that; they should show they are worth playing Premier League and in a big club.

“When a final is coming, you don’t have to talk about motivation. Now, in a difficult time for the club it is always good to see who is standing up. That for me is important – how people react in difficult times.

Hiddink then reflected on the two last defeats and about the situation at Chelsea in the last months where he was in charge:

“I hate to lose, of course,“he added.

“It is a different situation if you see where we have come from.

“There was a lot of sweat, the wrong sweat, on the foreheads, and they asked me to do that job as soon as possible – in this season at December, if you can get us out of the relegation – and if we can go to an FA Cup final it would be marvellous, and Champions League as well.

“The job is not done, we are going to the middle of May. I’m very proud that I have the opportunity to work in this big club. I’m very pleased that they asked me so I give my best to the team and to the club.”


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