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In the last few weeks Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri has been “under siege” with many fans demanding his sacking by the London club.

However, midfielder Mateo Kovacic spoke out and praised the Blues’ manager: “When players are used to playing other football and then to come here and change everything, it’s difficult”. Kovacic told Chelsea TV. “But he has his football in his mind and that’s a great personality. He just wants to play his football and that’s what we’re trying to do and trying to win a trophy. Because in the end the most important thing is to win trophies but the players know it. The players are used to winning trophies and I’m sure we will have a great year this season.”

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After Chelsea‘s defeat vs Manchester City yesterday, Blues star Eden Hazard has criticised heavily Antonio Conte’s tactics during the Premier League game at Etihad Stadium.

When you leave the pitch you have the impression that you’ve ran, but that you haven’t played a game of football – that’s a pity.” – Hazard told HLN. “We could have played on for three hours and I wouldn’t touch a ball. Only at the end it went better. In the last 10-15 minutes we had more possession but we should have tried to do that all game.  We haven’t played a good game and for me personally it’s difficult to play a good game when you only touch the ball three times. I think that when we had the ball we should have done better. We made some bad decisions too. There weren’t a lot of opportunities. We had a few situations where we could possibly create something but we didn’t. If we’d taken these opportunities, we could maybe have scored a goal. But we played against Man City. It’s difficult.”

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Speaking to Telefoot, Chelsea star Eden Hazard said he is happy in London at the moment, but also that anything in football could happen and, most of all, that he will change club only when he will decide to do so himself.

I still have two-and-a-half years left on my contract”. Hazard said. “I am very well there. The fans love me, my family enjoys life over here. We will see. In football anything can happen. But in football nothing can happen too. Every year they talk about Real or PSG. And when I want to change clubs, I will. But at the moment I’m good where I am.”

 

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Blues legend Dennis Wise believes one of the problems Chelsea are experiencing this season is a lack of leadership: in Wise’s opinion the London club have failed to replace properly captain John Terry.

At the moment they seem all over the place and things haven’t gone as nicely as they’d expect,” Wise told Premier League Daily. “I look at some of the personnel who have come in and they’ve found it very difficult to adapt at times to the way of the English Premier League. I look at a certain person who went out the door called John Terry, he was a leader of that group and I don’t think at the moment they have someone like that who is in there and can sort these problems out. I look at Cahill, and I’d like to think he would be a leader, but at the moment he’s been struggling as well.”

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After tonight’s defeat vs Bournemouth at Stamford BridgeChelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted this was a tough night for the Blues and that he and the club now don’t have to find excuses, but they have to work and to do their best.

I think they deserve to win the game and I’m right to say this, they deserve to win the game and we tried to do something but today it was very difficult for us even in the first half when the result was 0-0, I think we struggled a lot,” Conte told BBC Sport. “[We struggled] for many reasons, but it’s not important to speak about excuses, they deserve to win and we need to restart to work and to do our best. We have to accept it’s a bad result and understand that we have to fight this season, if someone didn’t understand this they don’t understand football. Football is not simple.”

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard belives the Blues must change their strategy in the next summer transfer window if they want to compete to win the Premier League.

In particular, Lampard claims, Chelsea have to follow the two Manchester’s clubs example. “It is very evident that in terms of strengthening, they didn’t [last summer]. They lost big players in [Nemanja] Matic and [Diego] Costa and they did buy some but I think the manager wasn’t that happy with that”.  Lampard said. “There was a downturn in performances from the players as well, which can happen having won a league, which is disappointing. It is important for Chelsea, for continuity, to come in the top four. We are not going to win the league this year so they have to come in the top four and try to have a Champions League run. There need to be some serious questions in the summer, to say: ‘Ok, everyone else is recruiting around us, the Manchester clubs in particular’ and you are going to have to match that to a degree to stay in the game. That’s the way football has gone.”

 

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Last week Victor Moses played his 100th competitive game with Chelsea and the Nigerian player has now spoken with the Blues official website about this important goal.

It really means a lot [to reach 100 games for Chelsea].” – Moses said – It is a lot of games and it is good for me to make 100 appearances for a great club like Chelsea. It is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am happy to be here and I am enjoying my football, so I am very delighted with everything. The appearances have come quickly since the start of last season. The most important thing is I am enjoying the football, I have a great manager here who is helping every single one of us to improve and we have had a great year this year. We will do our best to finish as high as we can this season.”

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Italy's head coach Antonio Conte with midfielder Andrea Pirlo during the training section at Renzo Barbera stadium in Palermo, Sicily island, Italy, 09 October 2014. Italy and Azerbaijan will play the Uefa Euro 2016 qualifying soccer match in Palermo on 10 October 2014. A

Italian football legend Andrea Pirlo, who this morning announced he will retire from football when his New York City contract expires in December, learnt a lot under current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who worked with him at Juventus and the Italian national team.

Speaking during an exclusive interview for Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Inter, Juventus and Milan midfielder claimed:

“His attention to detail is impressive,” he told about the Blues boss.

“He also manages to give you convincing explanations about things.

“One of his 20-minute video sessions is worth three days on the training ground”

“You immediately understand what it is you have to do.”

Speaking about Conte’s first season at Juventus, who ended with a title for the Bianconeri after ten years, Pirlo said:

“Over the year he improved, with his desire to win and doing everything to the best of his ability.

“He is one of the best, absolutely.”

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Ex Ballon d’Or winner Michael Owen explained why Chelsea legend Didier Drogba changed the way people thought about strikers in English football:

“When I was growing up there was always two strikers who worked together – a big man and a little man,” the former Liverpool and Real Madrid forward said in a documentary produced by Four Four Two.

“But I think the introduction of Drogba at Chelsea changed the way people thought about strikers. Managers began to realise they could get a big man to do a little bit of everything.”

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Antonio Conte was disappointed after getting only one point at Burnley, claiming the Dyche side played a too far defensive football to stop his team:

“The pitch is small and this is better for the team that has to defend and play this long ball,” the Italian manager claimed.

“We put a lot of energy on the pitch today and we took only one point. We found a team that thought to disrupt our football, to play this long ball and to fight the second ball.

“We must be disappointed to take only one point. I have great respect for every type of football. I don’t like to judge the other. I have great respect for any team, for any manager, absolutely.”

 

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