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Ross Barkley played the whole game against Manchester City at Wembley today in a midfield trio alongside with latest Chelsea signing Jorginho and Cesc Fabregas (Danny Drinkwater came off the bench in the 79th minute).

And Maurizio Sarri, when asked if the former Everton star can be a proper option for Chelsea this season, told journalists: “I like him. He is a technical player. He has to improve on the defensive phase.

“It’s difficult to play with Jorginho, Cesc [Fabregas] and Ross all together but I like him. He will be a very useful player for us.”

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Marcos Alonso followed in Danny Drinkwater‘s footsteps as also the Spaniard believes everyone at Chelsea is looking to bounce-back from a disappointing Premier League season.

He told Chelsea’s official website: “Now we want to get back to the top level in the league after a not very good year, and pre-season is an important stage of that.”

Alonso was among the players which took part of Chelsea’s first day of training in Cobham after not being included in Spain squad to play the World Cup.

Also compatriot Cesc Fabregas, Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez were not selected by Julen Lopetegui, who suddenly got sacked.


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The list of Julen Lopetegui’s men for Russia 2018 has been drawn up, arousing many clamors; out of the list Blues’ player Alvaro Morata, favorited in its place Rodrigo, Diego Costa, Lucas Vazquez and Aspas.

Chelsea’ striker had scored three goals at Euro 2016 with red t-shirt and he scored 15 goals this season, 11 in Premier League, 1 in UCL, 2 in FA Cup and 1 in EFL Cup with Blues.

Out of Lopetegui’ chosen also Marco Alonso, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas. The only Spanish player from Chelsea summoned by Lopetegui is César Azpilicueta.

That’s Spanish squad

Keepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, David De Gea, Pepe Reina;

Defenders: Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal , Cesar Azpilicueta, Álvaro Odriozola, Daniel Carvajal, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Nacho Fernández;

Midfielders: Thiago Alcántara, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Koke, Saúl Ñíguez, David Silva;

Forwards: Isco, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vázquez , Diego Costa, Rodrigo, Iago Aspas.

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Former Fiorentina players Marcos Alonso and Zappacosta, as well as Fabregas and Rudiger are among the players who paid tribute to Italian defender Davide Astori, who died aged 31 this morning. Serie A MatchDay 27 has been suspended after Fiorentina player passed away in his sleep and is yet to be rescheduled.

“Rest in peace Davide” wrote Cesc Fabregas, “no words, just deep pain” said Davide Zappacosta. Marcos Alonso: “I’ll remember every game played alongside you.”

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Chelsea travel to Brighton as tomorrow the Blues will face the Seagulls in the Premier League at the AMEX ArenA. Alvaro Morata and Pedro are both suspended after being shown a red card agains Norwich, while also Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill ruled out for the clash.

Conte said: “I think Ross is in a good physical condition. Yesterday he played 70 minutes. Tomorrow he is in the squad and comes with us. I don’t know if during the game I decide to give him the chance to play or wait, or if the game doesn’t ask this type of situation. He has to work with us in our idea. Now he is in the squad”.

“Cahill and Fabregas also, they are out. I need to check on a couple of other situations”.

When asked to provide further comments on Alvaro Morata’s display against Norwich, Conte added: “For sure in the Norwich game the player knows very well his mistake. There was frustration in the first yellow card. You must learn to control himself, because the second yellow card was for dissent. I agree with the player for the first yellow card, but not with him on the second yellow”. 

“The striker this situation can happen. For Alvaro this is the first season he is playing a full season and that it might be the first season he is having these problems. You can score, the most important thing is to work hard for the team. Before if you stay on the bench you don’t have this type of situation. He has to move on, we trust him”.

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N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater began in midfield, alongside with Spain international Cesc Fabregas in the last clash against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.

Reflecting on the game, Kante told Chelsea‘s official website: “The game did not start very well as we conceded a goal early, but we reacted well. It is important to get the win. We needed to win before the top teams played and it was an important three points”.

On the reunion with former teammate at Leicester City Danny Drinkwater, he added: “It was a long time we played together, I am happy for him to come to Chelsea, I am happy for the win and I hope we can keep winning”.


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Several Chelsea players have posted on social media their reactions following today’s home win over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.

THIBAUT COURTOIS Good win today! We keep pushing!

ANTONIO RUDIGER – Hard work as always but we absolutely deserved the win. A good afternoon for us.

DANNY DRINKWATER – First 90 minutes in 6 months, missed that achey feeling! Great win from the boys, big 3 points. Champions League Next.


ALVARO MORATA and CESC FABREGAS – Three more points before the last Champion’s group stage game! Go Chelsea! Good game. Onto the next one.

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CHELSEA – Courtois, Cahill, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Pedro, Willian, Morata.

Subs: Caballero, Drinkwater, Hazard, Bakayoko, Moses, Azpilicueta, Ampadu.


Manager: Antonio Conte

SWANSEA – Fabianski, Van Der Hoorn, Mawson, Naughton, Olsson, Ki, Carroll, Mesa, Sanches, Ayew, Bony.

Subs: Nordfeldt, Fer, Dyer, Routledge, Clucas, Rangel, McBurnie.


Manager: Paul Clement

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 7.45PM BST

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Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte was full of praise when explained the reason why the Blues “must be pleased” with today’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield, as the Italian manager himself said speaking after the game.

“We played in a really good way because today we had a tactical plan – he said – For Liverpool it was very difficult to make chances to score”.

Conte introduced Fabregas, Willian and Pedro off the bench: “We prepared very well and it was a tactical decision, especially in the first half, to be very solid, and then be dangerous with the ball. In the second half we dominated the game and created many chances to score. Liverpool were lucky to score, and then to draw”.

“The first sub, I changed Danny [Drinkwater] because it was his first league game from the start, a big game, and you lose mental and physical energy, he played very well. With Cesc [Fabregas] I wanted good quality in midfield. I changed Bakayoko for Pedro and I asked Pedro to play as a midfielder because he’s more offensive than Bakayoko”.

“Then I brought Willian on to play with the strikers and moved Pedro to wing-back, – Conte added – I think it was a good idea, but even before the changes I don’t think we deserved to be 1-0 down”.

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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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