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Former Chelsea and WBA goalkeeper Tony Godden spoke to the Blues official website ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Stamford Bridge, where the teams will face each other:

West Brom are doing well and I am glad they stuck with Tony Pulis,”

“He is a very thorough and knowledgeable man and a good coach.

Speaking about the two keeper he stated:

 “Thibaut Courtois and Ben Foster are excellent. They make saves.

“You hear managers saying they want keepers who can control a ball and pass 30 yards and it makes me smile because my question is can he make saves, because that is how he is going to win you a game.

“These two are keepers that win points for their clubs.”

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Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin had his say about Antonio Conte‘s main problem at Stamford Bridge. He claimed that the Blues’ defence has to improve in view of the next Premier League games.

“There is no hiding from the fact that losing 3-0 to Arsenal is a hard one to take for the manager, the players and of course the fans as well, – Nevin told Chelsea’s official website – It is particularly painful as Chelsea have had Arsenal under their spell for such a long time.”

“The magic wasn’t there at the Emirates and there is no option but to get back on the training ground and work out where the problems are stemming from.”

“It will not be an easy task for Antonio Conte, even if most people immediately look at the defence. When you have got into the habit of shipping goals when you didn’t used to (that is nine in four games during September) then the eyes are drawn in that direction. It is of course never that simple.”

Nevin added: “Gary Cahill knows who was at fault for the first goal against Arsenal, but what about midfielders shielding those defenders? How about strikers tracking back when a full-back runs off them and what about overall work-rate compared to the opposition? It can be one, all or a combination of the above reasons.”

“Personally, I do not think many players will have arguments about what Antonio Conte has to say this week. There have been problems, the players know this and it is his job to sort them out.”

“This could be the most difficult season for a while to gain a top-four finish in the Premier League – the Scottish ended – Even Manchester’s red team have embraced the fact you can’t have a Ferrari team without them having top-quality engines in this particular race.”

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer after failing to reach the European competitions with the Toffees, anyway the Belgium international has dismissed all the rumors by revealing he is happy at Goodison Park.

The former Chelsea striker told SkySports: “I left it all to my agent, he dealt with it”.

“I just went on holiday and when I came back the last game before the season started I had an injury. It kept me out for a long time. I couldn’t do anything with it,”

“So now for me it’s just my pre-season phase so I’m working really hard to be 100 per cent fit. As soon as I’m fit the goals will come for sure.”

It is understood Chelsea had a £60m bid plus Loic Remy – who joined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan – rejected by Everton earlier this summer.

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Ex Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas has been targeted by AC Milan to replace first team coach Christian Brocchi, who asked to leave his job yesterday to be able to join Brescia, in the Italian Serie B, and that started to work at the club only in January, when former coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was sacked.

Milan are in a very delicate moment of their history: the financial situation is not good and the long time chairman, Silvio Berlusconi, has been looking for a group of new investors outside of Italy, especially in China, to sell the club but had no luck until now.

The Italian side, that won seven Champions League, also failed to qualify for any European competition in the last three years and the situation is very unstable.

Signing a young and valid manager like Villas Boas they would try to improve this delicate situation and it should a good chance for the Portuguese coach as well, after failing his first experience in a big international club like Chelsea and three years in the Russian championship with Zenit St Petersburg.

 

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Former manager and now agent Rob Groener believes his ex client Marko Arnautovic should move to Chelsea if the opportunity presents itself.

Arnautovic, 27, joined Stoke City in 2013 and impressed last season, scoring 13 goals and providing 6 assists.

“I’d rather see him go to Chelsea. There he could count on more support,” Groener said.

“The problem was in my eyes that he had the wrong managers. He needs a father figure; someone who works him but also accepts him. Potentially he is a player for Chelsea or Bayern Munich.

The forward is currently participating at EURO 2016 with Austria but his debut was not good: they lost 2-0 to Hungary and Arnautovic wasn’t able to make an impact on the game.

 

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Ex Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro released a statement after she found an agreement with the club and ex manager José Mourinho over the constructive dismissal and sexism case today:

I am relieved that today we have been able to conclude this tribunal case. It has been an extremely difficult and distressing time for me and my family and I now look forward to moving forward with my life.

My priority has always been the health and safety of the players and fulfilling my duty of care as a doctor. In running onto the pitch to treat a player, who requested medical attention, I was following the rules of the game and fulfilling my medical responsibilities.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported me including my husband, family and friends and members of the football community.

 

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Chelsea announced that there will be a special presentation for ex boss Claudio Ranieri ahead of the game with Leicester City today.

Ranieri spent four years at Chelsea, between 2000 and 2004, and this year reached a fantastic achievement winning the Premier League with the Foxes in his return to English football.

The club invited the fans to take seats early to see the presentation.

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At the Anthony Joshua-Charles Martin fight, former Chelsea boss José Mourinho told SkySportsNews: “van Gaal is my friend, I worked with him for a few years. I am always linked with jobs and in the summer I will have a job, but in this moment I can promise you I do not have a contract with any club.”

“I have made this exception to speak with you because I didn’t speak for a long time, but I am going back to the same position. The only thing I can say is I don’t have a contract with any club but in the summer I will be back.”

The Portuguese added: “I am not in position to turn down jobs. I am in a position to analyse, this is April, everything starts in July, every decision is made between May and the start of June. I am not in a position to deny, I am open to any club, national team, but I have to be honest, if possible, a club.

“I would prefer to stay England. I love the country, the football here, my family is very stable and happy.”

 

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As we anticipated some days ago former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro was going to make her first public appearance since her exit in September: in fact, she was among the speakers at the annual international conference on sports rehabilitation and traumatology – Return to Play – organised by Isokinetic Medical Groupat the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in central London.

During her speech Carneiro had a dig at former Chelsea boss José Mourinho, against whom she took legal action for alleged victimisation and discrimination:

The relationship with management absolutely affects how ready (players) feel to take on a risk,” she said.

“Trust in the medical team is absolutely essential at a club”.

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Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho got a surprise present from Chelsea a few days ago.

Blues chairman Bruce Buck sent him a letter to express his gratitude for the job Mourinho did in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, including also some silverware: the replica of the Premier League and League Cup trophies that the Portuguese manager won last year with Chelsea.

A nice way to thank a Blues legend after the controversial sacking in December.

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