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Chelsea players were full of praise as the team qualified for Champions League knockout stage and will be a part of the last 16 teams involved in the competition after beating 0-4 Qarabag in Baku.

CESC FABREGAS SOLER –Happy to be in the last 16. Time to recover for a big game on Saturday”

ANTONIO RUDIGER – Successful trip to Baku – Qualified for the knockout stages”

CESAR AZPILICUETA Great game from the whole team and 3 points that take us to the next round”

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Tiemoue Bakayoko was impressive with Chelsea recently, as Conte himself noted speaking at a press conference ahead of next clash against Manchester City.

The Italian manager is set to pick-up the best starting XI with Fabregas, Bakayoko and Kante all in for a place in midfield: “You must consider game by game to consider all the situations, – Conte confirmed – you have to consider which teams are you facing: strong, medium, relegation battle etc”.

Then, about the former AS Monaco midfielder, he added: “I think now Bakayoko is fit and playing very well, he’s a lot of room for improvement, he has to improve some situations during the game”.

Conte also confirmed that Danny Drinkwater is the only Chelsea player to be ruled out of Manchester City clash with a calf injury.

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Chelsea are leading the game against Everton at halftime, with goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata.

The Spaniard and Willian linked up from a free-kick before Morata assisted his teammate, who broke the deadlock with his right foot into Pickford’s bottom right corner after 26′. Then Morata himself raised the score exploiting a great cross from Azpilicueta and putting the ball under defender Keane with a brilliant header.

Antonio Conte‘s men are easily controlling the game as Everton struggled to create chances to score.

 

 

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Nemanja Matic has already set personal terms ahead of a move to Manchester United, The Sun claimed yesterday.

Antonio Conte became the manager of the year after finding out the best possible starting XI for the Blues: “Chelsea FC holds the record for the highest percentage of minutes played by the 11 most employed footballers: 85.5%” an official statement from CIES Football Observatory read. That’s why:

Matic and Kante were both key players in Conte’s idea of football, which means that Chelsea would have to replace the Serbian star as best as they can. Will Tiemoue Bakayoko fit into the system?

What Chelsea need is stability, solidity, the same balance that Matic showed every game. He’s not a ‘magician’ like Cesc Fabregas, but if Conte preferred to play him alongside Kante it’s for a reason.

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We are aware that José Mourinho is a huge fan of the Serbian star, as he wanted him back from Benfica in January 2014. He was named “all-round midfielder” by the Special One, who hopes for a nice and warm reunion at Manchester United now as then.

Chelsea’s board should ponder on a squad without their tallest midfielder, before realizing Nemanja Matic’s slowness was more important than you expected.

Kante, who became everyone’s favourite player following an outstanding season, is the king of midfield. Fabregas is magic, but Matic is Matic.

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Cesc Fabregas © Francesca Ceciarini

Imagine being at the centre of transfer rumours for two years, staying focussed and then being decisive to win the Premier League? It’s what has happened to Cesc Fabregas in Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.

The former Arsenal skipper was brought to Stamford Bridge by José Mourinho, and was crucial in winning the title in 2015. But after last season’s flop, Fabregas was linked with a move to several clubs throughout the summer and the January transfer windows, only to keep his mind set on Chelsea and contributing to (almost…) another title, becoming Conte’s secret weapon.

The Spaniard was never a starter for Conte, who’s preferred midfield duo this season – ever since he crystallised the 3-4-3 system as the main one – is composed by N’Golo Kanté holding, with Nemanja Matic next to him with more freedom. Fabregas was the first sub very often, but his technical superiority over the other two midfielders has made him more than that: a player Conte can use to get out of blocked games, or start him when more quality is needed.

Against Middlesbrough Fabregas was at his best, delivering two assists and providing a man of the match performance. It was only his 26th Premier League game this season, just 11 of which from the start. His assists tally is at 11 this year, his sixth season in the Premier League where he reaches double digits.
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A unique midfielder, especially when put in the best conditions to deliver. And with someone like Conte, able to get the best out of his players, Cesc can only develop further. For example in his goals tally: just 4 this year, albeit a decisive one against Sunderland. Either way, Cesc’s become increasingly more important to this Blues side.

Similarly to Chelsea, Fabregas grew throughout the season, as Conte points out: “Cesc is one of the best at the centre of our season,” Conte said. Through hard work he improved a lot and he played in every game. I’m pleased for him because I saw he put himself in this team in every moment whether he played or not. He deserves this. This development of Cesc is ours.”

A development that will see him be at the centre of more transfer gossip in the upcoming months, but will also put him in a strong position at the club. Rumour has it Cesc could take over from John Terry and become captain from the 2017/18 season. From being ‘only’ a secret weapon to the skipper, it’s a quick jump.

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Crystal Palace have now won four games in a row after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a sensational game. The Blues are now 7 points clear at the top of Premier League table with another tough game against Manchester City this week.

Antonio Conte‘s side tried to find the equalizer in the second half but chances were denied by Palace goalkeeper Henessey. Willian, Batshuayi and Loftus-Cheek came off the bench to bounce back following Zaha and Benteke‘s goals in a couple of minutes during first half.

Everything seemed to go into the right path after four minutes, with Cesc Fabregas netting the ball with a touch in front of the goal after a super play by Eden Hazard on the left, but Crystal Palace showed an outstanding performance in defense.

Tottenham close gap on Chelsea after beating Burnley at the Turf Moor, while Manchester City will face Arsenal tomorrow.

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is confident the Citizens can still catch Chelsea at top of Premier League table despite the Blues are currently leading 10 points clear at the top.

“When you have this desire to win, to win, to win, I would not feel comfortable losing a title, – Fernandinho told Sky Sports – We have to believe, I still believe. We all know the Premier League is so tough and many, many things can happen – right until the last game of the season”.

“We have Stoke and it’s always difficult to play against them. After that we have Liverpool and then Arsenal and Chelsea.

“So I think this month is going to decide if we are going to be up there new the top of the table or not.”

 

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Chelsea are set to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane tonight, when Antonio Conte will try to continue the Blues’ positive trend so far.

Venue: White Hart Lane

Kick-Off:  8pm BST on Wednesday 4th January

Tottenham

  • Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen, who both missed last clash against Watford, are now available after being suspended;
  • Moussa Sissoko is expected to start in midfield;
  • Erik Lamela remains out of squad due to a long-term injury.

Chelsea

  • Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas will battle for a place in midfield;
  • Pedro is now available after suspension, with Willian in great shape;
  • Marcos Alonso is still in doubt and Conte admitted he’ll make a final decision today.

Predicted LineUps

TOTTENHAM – Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Rose, Dier, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Kane

CHELSEA – Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Moses, Hazard, Pedro, Costa

 

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Chelsea (3-4-3)Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro, Batshuayi.

Manager: Antonio Conte

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1) – Hennessey, Ward, Dann (c), Delaney, Kelly, McArthur, Cabaye, Ledley, Puncheon, Zaha, Benteke

Subs: Speroni, Fryers, Mutch, Lee, Townsend, Husin, Campbell

Manager: Alan Pardew

Kick-Off: 12.30 BST

Venue: Selhurst Park

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Chelsea v West Brom – Official Lineups

Chelsea – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Aina, Ivanovic, Chalobah, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

West Bromwich Albion – Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom; Yacob, Fletcher (c); Brunt, Morrison, Phillips; Rondon

Subs: Palmer; Olsson, Robson-Kanu, Gardner, McClean, Galloway, Chadli

Manager: Tony Pulis

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 12PM BST

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