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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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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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