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Chelsea qualify to Champions League last 16 as second in their group, with AS Roma topping the table with the same points ( 11) thanks to the 3-0 win in Italy one month ago.

Despite playing a good game and creating many dangerous chances the Blues were not able to overcome the Spanish side, who relegate to Europa League after finish third in the Group A table.

Antonio Conte‘s team produced 15 shots in tonight clash, 8 of whom on target, but after missing chances with Alvaro Morata ( two times) and Davide Zappacosta ( once) they were able to equalise only thanks to an own goal by Savic, who deflected a shot by Eden Hazard, again the man of the match.

Atletico controlled the game in the first part but were never really dangerous, while Morata missed the target twice and Zappacosta had a nice attempt saved by Jan Oblak.

The Colchoneros seemed more determined in the second half and after hitting the post with former Blues left-back Filipe Luis ( Koke’s header on the rebound was blocked by Thibaut Courtois) took the lead at 52′ when Saul Niguez‘s header entered the goal after another former Blues, Fernando Torres, assisted him after a corner kicked from the left, with Tiemoué Bakayoko forgetting to man marking him.

The Diego Simeone‘s side dream to reach the qualification ( they were depending, anyway, on Roma’s score, who had not to win against Qarabag at home) ended when Savic deflected a shot from the left by Hazard in his own goal.

After that, Morata and Willian incredibly missed a couple of good chances to give Chelsea the three points needed to win the group.

The Last 16 draw will take place next Monday 11 December at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.

 

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Other three points to stay in the title race for Chelsea: the Blues beat Newcastle 3-1 at Stamford Bridge with goals scored by Eden Hazard ( brace) and Alvaro Morata.

The Magpies actually started a little better and took the lead at 12′ with Dwight Gayne, who took advantage of a Marcos Alonso’s blunder and netted the ball behind Thibaut Courtois.

However, Chelsea immediately reacted and try to equalise immediately but Eden Hazard missed a great chance shooting the ball on Rafa Benitez’s keeper Karl Darlow, then Andreas Christensen hit the post with a header.

But at 21′ Hazard could finally score the 1-1 goal with a great shot: a more than deserved equaliser.

Not even 12 minutes goes by and Chelsea find the 2-1 goal with Alvaro Morata: a perfect header on a perfect cross by Victor Moses, who caught a ball that was wrongly cleared by a Newcastle defender.

Chelsea took control of the game, that slowed his pace.

In the second half Newcastle tried to control ball possession but they were never really dangerous; Chelsea, instead, created a couple of good chances with Hazard- definitely the man of the match – and the Belgian converted also the penalty gave for a foul on Moses.

With these three points Chelsea maintain the third place in the Premier League table: the Blues sum up 32points, the same of Manchester United who will face Arsenal later this afternoon ( the Gunners sit 4th in the table with 28). The Blues are now 8 points behind the leaders, Manchester City, who got 40 points and will face West Ham tomorrow afternoon.

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The Premier League big match of this fixture 13 at Anfield ends 1-1: if Simon Mignolet was the the hero of the first half Willian and Thibaut Courtois were the ones of the second part, with the first one equalising with only five minutes to go and the second one making a miracle on Mo Salah at 91′, it would have been probably the winner for the Reds.

Chelsea were less brilliant in the second half respect to the first one and Liverpool were more in control of the game, the Blues weren’t dangerous until 80′, with Alonso missing a clear chance in front of Mignolet: until then Liverpool had deserved to be 1-0 up, with Salah scoring after a super play by Coutinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Egyptian didn’t celebrate in sign of respect for his former team.

As we reported before the Blues were better in the first part of the game when they created three dangerous chances and Mignolet saved all of them being superb on Hazard and Drinkwater and deflecting in corner on Zappacosta.

Mo Salah trashed the only clear chance Liverpool had in the the first part when he shot wide alone in front of Courtois right before half-time.

Fabregas was surprisingly left on the bench by Conte in this important clash but it was when the Spaniard entered after Salah’s goal that the Blues started to improve their playing in the second half.

David Luiz was benched again by the Italian boss and now the situation is every day worse for the Brazilian defender, set to left Stamford Bridge after falling out with Conte.

With this important draw, and thanks to Spurs’ 1-1 at home with WBA, Chelsea maintain the third place in the Premier League table with 26 points behind Manchester ( 29) and Manchester City ( 34): Citizens still have to play against Huddersfield Town away, tomorrow afternoon, and can increase their gap oh the chasers.

 

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Chelsea secure three points at The Hawthorns after a superb display with Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata on fire.

The Belgian star scores a brace, while the Spaniard scores the opener at 16′  and offers a super assist to his team-mate for his first goal at 23′, while Marcos Alonso marks his presence on the score-sheet with a gem at 38′.

Not even ten minutes in the second half and Eden Hazard scores the 4th and definitive goal, while WBA can regret to have not taken the chance to overcome the Blues in the first fifteen minutes of the first half, when they outplayed their rivals and even scored a goal, who was disallowed for offside.

After Morata’s opener it was Chelsea to control the game, with the Baggies trying to score at least one goal to re-open the game but stopped by a great Blues display in defence, with Andreas Christensen again impressing while David Luiz was left again on the bench by Antonio Conte.

Now Chelsea are second in the table with 25 points, 8 behind Man City still leading the Premier League table with 33 after winning 2-0 at Leicester today.

Should Manchester United win against Newcastle tonight ( kickoff at 5.30 pm GMT) and reach 25 points, the Blues will slip to third place.

 

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The first clash of the day between Chelsea and Roma ended some minutes ago: the Giallorossi U21 beat Chelsea U21 in the Youth League group with goal by Marcucci, who scored on penalty right before half-time, and by Valeau who netted the ball at 58′.

The Blues youngster never gave the impression to get at least one point in this game, with a really poor performance.

Now Chelsea, Roma and Atletico Madrid are all leaders in their group with 6 points each.

Chelsea FC (4-3-3): Bulka; James, Chalobah, Ampadu, Grant; Uwakwe (65′ Gilmour), Maddox, McCormick (C); Brown (46′ St Clair). Sterling, Familio-Castillo (46′ Taylor-Crossdale).
Unused subs: Cumming, Colley, DaSilva, St Clair, Anjorin.
Coach – Edwards.

AS Roma (4-3-3): Romagnoli; Bouah (80′ Kastrati), Ciavattini (C), Cargnelutti, Semeraro; Riccardi, Marcucci, Valeau; Cappa (74′ Masangu), Celar, Antonucci.
Unused subs: Greco, Ciofi, Sdaigui, Pezzella, Petrungaro.
Coach – De Rossi.

Scorers – 45′ Marcucci, 58′ Valeau.

Yellow Cards – 20′ Ciavattini, 27′ Cargnelutti, 57′ Sterling, 65′ Chalobah.

 

Arbitro: Frank Schneider (Francia).
Assistente 1: Djemel Zitouni (Francia).
Assistente 2: Nicolas Henninot (Francia).
Quarto Ufficiale: John Busby (Inghilterra).

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Kevin de Bruyne was the man who condemned Chelsea to the second season defeat tonight.

The Belgian was the match-winner with an amazing shot half-way in the second part.

Citizens deserved the three points, having tried harder than Chelsea to reach them, especially in the second halfhalf, where Conte’s team was literally outplayed.

The Blues lost Morata, who was repacled by Willian and missed a chance to score after a few minutes, in the middle of the first half – probably a hamstring injury- and, apart of a couple of chances, never gave the impression they could overcome City.

If Chelsea didn’t suffer a worse defeat it is mostly thanks to his defenders, who were under pressure the entire game and only surrended to. De Bruyne’s amazing goal.

Eden Hazard was probably Chelsea most dangerous man, with a couple of chances saved by City’s keeper Ederson, but it seemed too lonely in the middle of the attack, especially after Morata left the pitch.

Willian, Fabregas and Bakayoko’s performances were heavily disappointing, with Kante who couldn’t do his usual job in the midfield, having been left alone.

Man City are now top of the table again with 19 points, along with Manchester United who won 4-0 over Crystal Palace today, while Chelsea sit fourth with 13. Spurs are third with 14,having beat Huddersfield Town 4-0 this afternoon.

 

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Chelsea grab a last second win in Madrid with a goal by Michy Batshuayi in the Champions League clash against Atletico.

The Colchoneros took the lead in the end of the first half thanks to a penalty transformed by Antoine Griezmann but, after risking to concede the second goal a couple of times, were able to equalise with Alvaro Morata, who scored with a header after a perfect cross by Eden Hazard at 60′.

Cesc Fabregas failed the chance of the 2-1 after two minutes and Atletico pushed to find the winner but it was found by Chelsea instead, with Michy Batshuayi netting the ball on an assist by Marcos Alonso on a great play after a free-kick. The referee blew the final whistle right after the goal, since it was scored in the last second of the injury time.

Chelsea are now leading Group C table with 6 points, Roma follow in second place with 4, while Atletico sit third with 1 point and Qarabag are bottom place with 0 points, after losing to Roma for 2-1 this afternoon.

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Chelsea win 5-1 on Nottingham Forest in League Cup third round and go through the next stage.

Antonio Conte chose to rotate many players and gave chances to Kenedy, Musonda, Batshuayi and Caballero, with Eden Hazard starting his first Chelsea game of the season.

The first three took the chance they got tonight with great displays and they all scored: the Brazilian winger netted the opener ( 13′) the Belgian striker scored an hat-trick ( 19′, 53′, 86′) and Musonda ( 40′) scored the third goal in the end of the first half.

Forest only goal was scored by Dyer at 90′.

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Chelsea beat Everton at Stamford Bridge and get their first home win of the season, following the 2-3 defeat against Burnley.

Antonio Conte‘s men controlled the game, while the Toffees struggled to create chances in a tough first half. In the second period Chelsea conceded some chances but Everton couldn’t find the net.

A comfortable Sunday for the Blues, who are now 5th on the league table with 6 points in 3 games.

THE GOALS – Cesc Fabregas 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 Alvaro Morata himself raised the score with a brilliant header: the ex-Real Madrid striker reached a brilliant cross from Azpilicueta, raising and scoring from a close range.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), David Luiz, Rudiger; Moses (Christensen 89), Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Morata (Batshuayi 78), Pedro (Bakayoko 75).
Unused subs Caballero, Tomori, Kenedy, Musonda.
Scorers Fabregas 27, Morata 40
Booked Moses 76, Azpilicueta 88

Everton (3-5-1-1): Pickford, Keane, Williams, Jagielka (c) (Lennon 83), Holgate, Sigurdsson, Davies (Besic h/t), Gueye, Baines, Rooney, Sandro (Calvert-Lewin 62).
Unused subs Stekelenburg, Martina, Kenny, Lookman.
Booked Gueye 9, Rooney 71

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 41,382

 

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After the signing of Alvaro Morata another Chelsea striker, Michy Batshuayi, shouts out for attention: the Belgian scored a brace in the friendly game against Arsenal played in Beijing today, a clash that the Blues won 3-0.

The opener was scored by Willian after 40′, Batshuayi scored the first of his two goals after a couple of minutes and completed his brace in the beginning of the second half, at minute 49.

Chelsea dominated the game, with Arsenal having a couple of chances only in the first half when the score was still on 0-0.

Conte started with this formation Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro.

Pedro was forced to leave the pitch after 20′ after a clash with Ospina that left him concussed, he was replaced by Jeremie Boga, who was one the best players of this game.

In the second half Caballero entered for Courtois, and in the last twenty minutes there was space also for Remy, Baker, Tomori, Kenedy, Pasalic, Scott, Kalas and Christensen.

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