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Tomorrow night it will be a special one for Cesc Fabregas, who will face Barcelona, the side he grew up in, his childhood team, the one who gave him another chance signing him back from Arsenal before letting him move to Chelsea in summer 2014.

The Spanish midfielder shared his feelings and thoughts about this special game for him:

“It’s a big game for everyone I think, for the whole club, and I think for English football,” Fabregas explained to Chelsea website.

“It’s always great to welcome these fantastic teams in European football. It’s a massive night for the players, for the club and for English football in general. Hopefully we can do well and give a good image of what we can do and give a good performance.”

The Spain international also reveals he will not have any problems putting his emotions to one side as he and Chelsea attempt to knock his former club out of European competition:

“Of course, it’s my hometown, it’s the club I supported for all my life, but once you step on the pitch it just goes away. I did it before with Arsenal. I don’t try, it just happens naturally. You want to do well for your club and that’s it.

“I have big friends, friends that I played with since I was 13 years old. I speak to some of them nearly every day, even when I don’t play against them, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be about football. Probably now the contact is a bit less, probably unconsciously because of the game coming up.

“We are old friends but when we are on the pitch they will try to beat me and I will try to beat them. For me, friendship is a fantastic thing but in football, when you play against each other, it clearly changes.

“I think they’re still a great side. You can see with Ernesto Valverde they play a different type of formation, especially when they defend they play more of a 4-4-2. You can see that everyone is committed, everyone is giving their all, defensively and offensively,’ said the 30-year-old, who has also identified one aspect of the game which could prove decisive.

“They are a team that try to put the first pressure very, very high, always working to have the ball, so if we can pass this first phase of their pressure, if we have the cool head to do that and not put ourselves under too much pressure, I think we can hurt them, because they will leave a lot of spaces at the back. We have days now to work on the game and I’m sure the manager will find the best solution.”

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Eden Hazard is convinced Chelsea can beat Barcelona in this tough Champions League tie:

“I think all of the games are difficult. When you play in the CL it is more than difficult. This season Barcelona are one of the best in the world. We will give everything in both games.

“We need to defend as a team, if we don’t then we are in trouble. It is right to play our football. We like the ball and when we have it we need to score goals. Tonight is key at Stamford Bridge.”

Asked if he feels he can be compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi:

“First it is good to be compared with the greatest ever. But I am different. I try to do my job and reach my level to their level because they are the best in the world. If you want to be one of the best you have to play well in the big games.”

Chelsea will face Manchester United next weekend, an important weekend for them:

“For sure. Like I said we play football, we are Chelsea and the champions of England.”

Asked if we have to expect more coming from him:

“I think so. Every game I try to play my best football. This year we are back in the Champions League, you want to shine when you play the best team in the world. If I want to reach that level I have to play at the best.”

About his future:

“First I see the game tomorrow. I’ve been playing for Chelsea for six years and I am happy here, my family is happy here and focus about the end of the season. I don’t focus too much on the future.”

About Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta:

“I think he is one of the best players with Messi in Barcelona history. He is still at the top and maybe played for ten years. I remember when he scored in the last minute, for Chelsea fans it is not a great memory. Now it is the past and we focus on the present and tomorrow is the future.”

About the tie:

“We know that it is tough to beat Chelsea. We are in a good position and will give everything. Barcelona is one of the best clubs in the world and they have had trouble against us and I hope tomorrow is the same.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the really important Champions League game against Barcelona:

“For sure we are talking about a massive game, a big challenge for us, against one of the best teams of the world, “ the Italian coach said while facing the international press in Stamford Bridge press room tonight.

“We must be excited to play this game against Barcelona.

“We must pay great attention but at the same time we must have ambition.

“We know their characteristics, they like ball possession and to dominate the game. We try to do what we like as well, what we try during the trainings.

“I think we start this game as underdogs, for sure, Barcelona are favourite to go through next round, but at the same time we’re excited to get this challenge. This game will let us understand what is our level in this competition. 

“Barcelona are having a fantastic season, they are top of the league, they are the Spanish cup final. This game will let us understand which is our level in the present.

Messi… we’re talking about the best player in the world, he’s got the capacity to solve situations, even with a chance. He’s a fantastic player, but we’ve to pay attention also to other players, like Suarez, Iniesta or others. 

“We have to work very hard, we have to know that during the game we must be prepared to suffer, but we also know that in every moment of the game we have to be ready to score.

“I think that after the game in FA Cup it was a bit difficult to sleep, because when you have to play these kind of games you have to prepare everything, you have to prepare the details because it’s what sometimes move the result. 

“I think that in this specific moments for us it’s very important to stay at a top level.

“As I said before, we’re talking about a tough game, for this reason we must pay great attention, we must have a plan, Barcelona have specific characteristics , we studied the opponent very well, we try to do what we know and what we prepared.

“I don’t know how many times I felt the pressure, but this is football, if you want to compete at the maximum level you have to cope with this pressure, the pressure must be your friend not your enemy.

“We have to play a perfect game if we want to win tomorrow, you start these two games with one favourite, and it’s Barcelona, because of what they have been doing for many years in football.

“At the end of the game if we are very good we will win the game.

“When you are top of the table and win a game you don’t feel the fatigue, in this case we’re speaking about a Champions League game and in Barcelona there are many players that are used to play these games.

“We have to play and to face a great team like Barcelona with our strength, tomorrow we must be excited and play with enthusiasm, passion. 

“We start the game 0-0, it doesn’t matter what the other side did in the past, now the most important thing is the present, and Barcelona is our level. It’s a great chance for us to prove what kind of team we’re and we will try to go through the next round.”

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After tonight win against WBA Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was relieved to have found some confidence before some important clashes like the upcoming ones against Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City:

“What I know is that tonight was fundamental to get three points back, to win this game, especially to find again some confidence, because when you lose two matches in a row in a bad way the confidence decreases,” the Italian coach claimed after the final whistle.

“It was also important for us to have some rest and we rested for two days.

“We started the game with a few confidence, we made some mistakes, West Brom could have scored but we were back in the game, we scored and we could have scored even more goals.


“It was important to overcome this hard moment.

“Now we have important clashes, like the one against Barcelona, and we had to find our confidence again before facing them.”


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New Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez reveals that Chelsea made Leo Messi cry.

It happened in 2012, after the Champions League semifinal the Blues won on a 3-2 aggregate, before flying to Munich to lift the trophy.

With a 1-0 lead from the first-leg, Chelsea produced a great defensive display in the second-leg in Barcelona. After seeing captain John Terry sent off early in the game, the Blues managed to draw 2-2 at Camp Nou with Fernando Torres scoring late in the game for Chelsea.


“You might cry during a game if you lose a final,” said Sanchez.

“That’s all part of football. In the Barcelona dressing room after the Chelsea game, I saw Leo Messi cry.

“That’s because players demand so much from themselves. People don’t see that.”



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Leicester City boss Claude Puel welcomes rumours linking Riyad Mahrez to Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Algeria international seems keen to move to London, or even to Liverpool, as the Reds are looking for a talented player to replace Philippe Coutinho, who transfered to Barcelona for a £ 140m record fee.

After the Watford game, Puel was quizzed about Mahrez’s future.

“It is a good thing people always ask me about Riyad because it shows he is playing well.

“I get asked about his future and it is a good thing because we have a good feeling.

“He gave an assist and scored a goal, and he is showing good consistency with and without the ball. He is a good player.

“Because he is an experienced player with good maturity and he can give a good example with his play also.”

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Eden Hazard and his team-mates are not scared about Champions League draw, who can put Chelsea against two powerful teams like Paris Saint Germain or Barcelona in the competition Last 16 next February since the Blues qualified as second in their group:

“It’s not a problem. We are Chelsea. We can face any team. We know PSG and Barcelona, they are very good. But we are Chelsea and we have to be ready for everything. We can do everything.”

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kantè was included in the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist.

The French star, who was voted as best PFA Premier League player last season, is in good company along with some world football top players.

The Blues midfielder is among the first names to appear on the list, along with Real Madrid stars Marcelo and Luka Modric, former Barcelona striker and now PSG star Neymar and Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.

The remaining 25 names on the shortlist will be announced at intervals throughout Monday with the final five released at 6.15pm.

Cristiano Ronaldo, anyway, remains the favourite to win the prestigious prize.


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All the scores for Champions League 2017/2018 group stage first night


Manchester United v Basel 3-0

Fellaini 35′, Lukaku 53′, Rashford 84′

Benfica v CSKA Moscow 1-2

Seferovic ( B) 50′, Vitinho (CM) 63′ p, Zhamaletdinov (CM) 71′



Bayern Munich v Anderlecht 3-0

Lewandowski 12′ p, Thiago Alcantara 65′, Kimmich 90′

Celtic Glasgow v Paris Saint Germain

Neymar 19′, Mbappe 34′, Cavani 40′ p, Lustig 83′ og, Cavani 85′



Chelsea v Qarabag 6-0

Pedro 6′, Zappacosta 30′, Azpilicueta 55′, Bakayoko 71′, Batshuayi 76′, Medvedev 82′ og

Roma v Atletico Madrid 0-0



Barcelona v Juventus 3-0

Messi 45′, Rakitic 56′, Messi 69′

Olympiacos v Sporting CP 2-3

Doumbia ( SCP) 2′, Martins ( SCP) 13′, B. Fernandes 43 ( SCP) 43′, Pardo ( O) 89′, Pardo ( O) 90′


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Today new Chelsea technical partner from this season, Nike, launched third kits for this campaign and they all look so similar.

In fact, the Blues third match shirt looks almost the same of the ones of Atletico Madrid, AS Roma, Manchester City, Inter and Barcelona.

Curious fact: Chelsea, Atletico and Roma are all in the same Champions League group.

Here you can find the picture of each of them:


Manchester City

Atletico de Madrid

FC Barcelona

FC Internazionale

AS Roma


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