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Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Swansea game away:

CONTE – “It’s joy for the club when you look at his records, he made a good spell at Juventus, wining the title in Italy.

“Chelsea is always a big job, regardless the issues Chelsea had this year, you always have the pleasure to manage a club a like this.

“He was presented on Monday, he requested if he could come and meet the players and I didn’t do any obstruction on this. 

“I had a short meeting with him about football, about Italy, about what we did in the past months. As I said, if they need me I am here.

“If I give him advice, I won’t do it here.”

EDEN HAZARD’S FUTURE –It’s rather easy to answer for me on Hazard‘s future,  because I am not responsible, you have to ask to people in charge. It’s not good for me to speak about the future.”

TERRY’S FUTURE – “Once more if I had something to say, I would do it directly.

INJURIES – Terry is not available, he was on the pitch training but not available. Diego Costa, Matic and Remy are out. Nevertheless we bring some youngsters as we did last week.

“I don’t know when Remy will recover, but (his injury) it’s a groin problem.

“We’ll see who will play up front tomorrow, you will see tomorrow because we still have to train and the players themselves don’t know who will play yet.

Cahill‘s fitness… we’ll see this afternoon, he got a little tendon injury in his hip side. 

Matic got an injury in his lower leg, a severe contusion. I think he might be available next weekend.

LAST 7 GAMES – “We know the club is not in the place it deserves to be, we will do everything to get a place to play in Europa League.

EMENALO’S FUTURE“I don’t have any comment about that, we’ll see the future and the future plans you have to ask to people that will be here in the future.”

CHELSEA’s RUN under HIM – “We were very happy to get out of relegation zone in a fast period, like six weeks, and we got in a safe zone, but overall we are not in a zone standing for Chelsea’s standards. It’s much value if you see what we achieved from December, we have been one of the teams top of the table since there.

HIS FUTURE – “I’d love to be every day with the guys, especially the youngsters, the U21, for me it’s always a challenge to see where these guys can go. I will not do anything on a daily base. I am not young anymore.

DIFFERENCES with 2009 – “When I came in 2009 there was a little transition but by that time the team was formed, regarding the personality, we had Terry, Lampard, Ballack, Essien, Drogba, Cech…now it’s different, it’s not easy. 

CHELSEA’s APPEAL for FUTURE PLAYERS – “It depends on the project, if you can provide the players a plan for the future there might be some attraction.

“Of course the CV of a manager can also attract the players, and Conte got a good CV.

UNBEATEAN RECORD in PL – “I don’t chase the unbeaten record in the PL. I prefer to risk young players, I risk a defeat, but I prefer them to get some experience in the Premier League. If you bring youngsters in very experienced teams, it’s better for them. I prefer this to have unbeaten record, but I like the record as well.

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard got a feeling that Antonio Conte can be the right man to bring Chelsea back to a top level:

“I don’t know him too well but he’s got a great pedigree, a great recent record with Juventus,” Super Frank said to BT Sports.

I spoke with Andrea Pirlo about him and he has nothing but good words to say about him.

I think he’s hard working, he’ll have the players working hard. He has what fans and players like to see – that determination, that will to win.

“It’s a difficult job at Chelsea now considering what’s happened this year, so we’ll see. If it is him, I think he has the pedigree to do it, but the decision has not been made.

 

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has told goal that he believes former Blues boss Jose Mourinho will succeed at Manchester United, despite it being a tough challenge.

“I think Mourinho can manage anywhere in the world.”

Lampard went on to discuss Mourinho‘s previous achievements with other clubs and said that he has what it takes to bring glory back to Manchester United.

“I think he’s shown it with his record and whether it’s with Porto, a so-called smaller team in Europe; Chelsea, the success he had there; Inter, again taking a team that’s hardly won the Champions League to go and win it; Real Madrid.

“No job will be too much for him. [Manchester United is] not an easy job, similar with Antonio Conte with Chelsea [the Italian is expected to take over in the summer], but he certainly has the attributes to do it.”

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The FA Cup clash with Everton last week took John Terry past a milestone in terms of appearances for the club.

The 35-year-old is only the third ever player to make it to 700 games for the club behind Ron Harris (795) and Peter Bonetti (729).

Terry insists that former team-mate Frank Lampard was his inspiration to keep going.

“Me and Frank Lampard spent ages talking about it, saying we’d love to catch this player or that player.

“We’d set ourselves targets: keep playing, stay fit, look after ourselves and get there. 

“We have done, we have surpassed so many players on the way and we did it together which makes it even more special.

“I am hoping in years to come we aren’t forgotten. That’s what everyone wants.

“I really hope we’re not and I don’t think we will be.”

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JOHN OBI MIKEL © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel revealed that he was scared when he first arrived at the Blues because of the stars he was sharing the dressing room with:

“I came into the dressing room that day literally shaking,” he recalls while he speaks to Chelsea official magazine.

“I saw the players that were in there – the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Claude Makelele, Geremi, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Andriy Shevchenko – it was crazy. And I was just 19.

“I was shaking the whole day because I couldn’t talk to any of them. I didn’t know what to say to guys like that. They were really nice guys, but it was scary. It can be tough coming into a dressing room like that as a younger player. You had to earn the right to be among them.”

Speaking about his playing style he said:

“I love doing my defensive duties, but at the same time I love having the ball and always trying to be available so we can play out from the back,’ he said.

“This is something we’ve talked about, something the manager has stressed – trying to play out from the back so we can always be in control of the game. I think doing this we have much more possession of the ball.

“I like having the ball and making the team play. When I was young, my natural position wasn’t as a defensive midfielder so maybe that gives me a bit of an edge.”

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Chelsea captain John Terry revealed one very strange superstition of the Blues dressing room:

“I am very superstitious and, for me, if we win a game then I add it on to my next superstition,” said Terry.

“Last season, as you can imagine, it built up to quite a lot.

“Me and Frank [Lampard] started it a long time ago; in the Chelsea dressing room we have three urinals and me and Lamps started weeing in one. We won the game and, for me, that was it, the next week there was a queue of me, Frank and Ash [Ashley Cole].

The next week there were four of us and the week after there were five.

And even now, up until today, you have Cesar Azpilicueta and Cesc Fabregas, we are all there in one big queue.

A few months ago the club secretary said to me: ‘we have had a few calls from the FA complaining because we have been going out late’ and I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was because we were all waiting to go for a wee.

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Chelsea legend Frankie Lampard spoke to the Mail on Sunday and revealed that he wondering if today’s the Blues got some real leaders in the dressing room:

I do worry about where the real personalities of the team are,” he claimed.

“To be a big team, you have to have big personalities.

“I don’t want to sound like I am harking back to the days of me and John (Terry) and Ashley Cole and Petr Cech and Didier Drogba but I do see a team now where John is the last mainstay of that identity.

“Maybe Chelsea are looking for a more beautiful way now. The club has been trying to push it down that route with the players they have recruited over the last four or five years.

“The problem is if you fall in the middle, somewhere between tough and beautiful. It’s nice football at times but it’s not that nice and it’s not really winning games. It’s not beautiful, beautiful stuff.

“They need to buy two or three big players. Because being 11th in the Premier League is ridiculous for Chelsea.”

Last season Lampard played for Manchester City prior to his move to current club New York City, so he gives his opinion also on Citizens’ next manager, Pep Guardiola:

They will be a huge force under Guardiola. I think, yes, Man City can push on in a massive way. He’s an innovator.

There are two geniuses: Jose Mourinho and him. What a great rivalry that will be if Jose goes to Old Trafford.”

Speaking about his future he said:

“I don’t know yet whether this will be my last year as a player – but whether it is or not, I don’t want to go out with a whimper.”

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Speaking to ESPN Chelsea legend Frank Lampard analysed the situation of the Blues, claiming that the squad need a revamp.

Lampard is sure Chelsea will come back to be a great team and he studied them when he watched some games at the stadium in the past month:

“From seeing some of the games I saw when I was back in England over the Christmas period, I think they need a new injection around the team.

“And it’s strange because a year ago, you’re thinking, ‘They’ve got a great squad and if they add to it they can really go.’ Now you’re thinking, ‘They need to revamp, to change some players.’ I think that will happen in the summer. I think there will be three or four or five players and positions in the team that change around.

“We’re not used to it [seeing Chelsea in 14th spot of the table]. I was really fortunate to be part of a really good era. A bad season was like second, third, or fourth at the most, so I think it’s shocking.”

Lampard also expressed his opinion on Mourinho’s sacking:

“I think it was a difficult call. It’s not easy to say whether it was the right or wrong solution until you look back and how it goes in the future, the next two or three years. Nobody was happy at Chelsea. The players wouldn’t have been happy with its position. Jose Mourinho himself wouldn’t have been.

“Sometimes that means a change. Chelsea are very used to change, but what they’ve always had is results, so I’d like to see them get back to the top half of the table very soon.”

“I think the club will come back. They’re a huge club and there’s obviously been issues there. You see that when they fire the manager who won the league six months before. I know a lot of people at the club. They will come back.”

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Frank Lampard and John Terry at Stamford Bridge during Man City V Chelsea last year © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard paid tribute to his old pal John Terry on his Instagram account after the Chelsea skipper scored the equaliser with Everton at the last second of the game.

The message, with a photo of Terry’s celebration with the fans, read:

Sometimes you need the big boys to stand up. Centre half and captain in the box in the last minute to score the equaliser.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes the club should have waited before sacking manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was sacked earlier in December, just seven months after lifting Chelsea’s fourth and his third Premier League title.

Lampard, who won two of those titles, has however said that although new boss Guus  Hiddink was a good choice of interim boss. the decision to sack Mourinho should have come at the end of the season:

Guus Hiddink will be a fantastic manager in the interim but they should have waited until the end of the season,” Lampard said.

If they could have recovered they would have had a great manager and a successful future ahead.

“Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world and with that status they can’t be 16th in the Premier League in December, so there’s clearly a problem.”

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