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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, as well as forward Alvaro Morata, (Spain) has not been selected in the England squad to face Holland and Italy next week. Antonio Conte believes the defender deserves to be called in Gareth Southgate‘s final selection to play the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Conte told Chelsea’s official website: “For sure you are talking about a really good player, with great quality as a player and also human qualities. It is difficult for me with my past to speak about the decisions of the manager of the national team. We have to respect, also because this is not the final call for the World Cup. Maybe the manager wants to try or find out new solutions. There are a lot of thoughts in the mind of the coach before preparing the final list, and you have to try to have a very clear mind”.

“This is the last opportunity for the managers of the national teams to explore new situations. Gary is a player who for his experience and for the quality of the player and the person, I hope he goes in the national team and plays another World Cup. Usually with the national team, you can call also players who are not playing with regularity. When I was coach with the national team, it happened because I trusted in the players and it can happen that when a player is with a great team with a lot of competition, you can stay on the bench”.

Also Alvaro Morata has a clear chance to be included in Spain National Team again, according to the Italian manager: “I understand it is a hard time but there is only one way, to work hard and show that you deserve to play for the national. team That is the only way, not to complain, and I can help them to improve and to work very hard and show that they deserve to go”.

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has revealed that Ryan Mason’s retirement from football was “heartbreaking”.

The Blues captain was involved in a clash of heads with the former Hull City player in January 2017 that left Mason with a fractured skull.

The ex-midfielder was forced to retire earlier this week 13 months on from the injury for the consequences of it, news which Cahill was “devastated” to receive.

“I was devastated to hear that Ryan Mason has retired from professional football this week, I can’t even imagine what he’s feeling and going through, having to retire at such a young age, and when I heard the news it was heartbreaking,” the defender told Chelsea’s official programme in last night game issue.

“I’ve got a son and a beautiful fiancee around me, so these are the sort of things that mean more to you than football when things are put into perspective. Challenging for the ball in the air is such a common thing and you never expect consequences like this to come from it.

 “That is when football goes totally out of your thoughts and it becomes about making the best decision for your health. I want to spend my best wishes to Ryan and his family. The most important thing in life is your health, and I am sure he will now go on to be successful in whatever he chooses to do next.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill claimed he is tired by the way the Blues are criticised every time they lose a game or things go wrong and not only he underlines the fact that the club have won many trophies in the last few season, but also that the team has found everytime the strenght to bounce back from the difficult moments.

I’m not knocking Liverpool and Spurs whatsoever because they have played some fantastic football and have some terrific players,” Cahill told the London Evening Standard. But you put it into context — we are sandwiched in the middle of those two and yet everything seems rosy there and it’s all drama and a disaster here. It’s been that way a lot of the time since I have been at Chelsea and it does get tiring. In 2016 we finished 10th, then the next year we dominated the league. Things like that stick in your memory when you have difficult times like this. When there has been a down at this club, we have bounced back in a fantastic manner and going forward I see no issues.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill believes new signing Olivier Giroud will need time to adapt, but thanks to his experience in the Premier League he soon will be important for the Blues.

“Olivier has settled in okay. Obviously after the last two results he’s come into an atmosphere that probably wasn’t ideal for him but he’s experienced in the Premier League anyway, we’re not talking about someone who has come from another league. Cahill told Chelsea official website. “He knows the league, he knows the club, he’s an experienced international player and he’ll have no trouble settling in. People say they need time to adapt to the new surroundings, the culture and the way we play football, I’m sure that will take time, but Olivier’s experienced and his character will be important for us.”

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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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In his press conference ahead of the Fa Cup‘s third round replay vs Norwich City at Stamford BridgeChelsea manager Antonio Conte explained why new signing Ross Barkley will not play.

He is not able to play because the transfer was late.”  Conte said. “We are preparing a friendly game for him this week and we will see his physical condition. He could be ready for the next game or the next game.”

Not only Barkley will miss tomorrow’s game, as both Cahill and Fabregas won’t be available due to their injuries.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill features on the cover of the latest edition of Chelsea, the Blues official magazine.

In the exclusive interview Cahill gave to the magazine and part of which is reported on Chelsea official website, the English defender talks about his experience with the Blues.

You realign your goals as you go along, because you always need goals,” Cahill tells the official magazine. “You start off just wanting to play in the Premier League – when you’re young, you see the guys ahead of you and living the lives they lead, and it’s there for you if you want it and you work hard enough. That’s your first goal. Then they keep coming: score your first goal; go to a big team; win a trophy; get a first international cap. It never stops. It’s hard to reflect on things when you’re in the season. I just keep going the way I’m going. But then you look at it: yeah, I’ve been here six years, won six trophies, all the goals I’ve scored and the England caps that go along with it. I see my time at Chelsea from the day I signed up until now as a total success.”

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Speaking at a press conference after the Leicester game, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte also provided an injury update on captain Gary Cahill, who limped off the pitch in the first half with a suspect of hamstring injury: “Cahill has a muscular problem, but not a serious problem” Conte said.

“I don’t know how much time he needs to recover but the doctor told me that not serious”.

Andreas Christensen was the centre-back who replaced Cahill following his injury, playing alongside Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta in the defensive third.

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“We tried to create chances to score without suffering defensively and win the game, but in the end I think the result was fair” said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte reflecting on the goalless draw against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager also provided an injury update on captain Gary Cahill, who limped off the pitch in the first half with a suspect of hamstring injury: “Cahill has a muscular problem, but not a serious problem” Conte said.

“I don’t know how much time he needs to recover but the doctor told me it’s not serious”.

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Another disappointing game for Chelsea, another goalless draw, the fourth one in a row if we consider the FA Cup and the League Cup, where the Blues obtained two 0-0 against Norwich City and Arsenal.

Stamford Bridge boos its disappointment after the final whistle after witnessing another deplorable performance and thanks Thibaut Courtois for keeping a clean sheet against a team that, especially in the first half, played for the three points and had more chances: his save on Ndidi in the first part was unbelievable.

Antonio Conte even tried a desperate move when, with no substitutions left after Gary Cahill was forced out with a hamstring injury at 33′, when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, both irritating and lacking of pace in this game, with Willian and Pedro trying to give a boost to the team.

Chelsea also had the advantage to play 11 vs 10 for more than 20 minutes after Ben Chilwell was sent out for double booking at 68′ but  hey didn’t use it.

The only real dangerous chance of their game in the last seconds of injury time, when Marcos Alonso tried the match-point on a free-kick that was brilliantly saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

A very nervous Alvaro Morata failed to impress again, seeming to have lost his feeling with the goal.

With this draw the Blues maintain third position in the league with 47 points but should Liverpool win against Manchester City – still leading with 62 points- they will catch them.

Manchester United, now second with the Blues same points, will play against Stoke City on Monday night.

Chelsea will have their chance to redeem themselves in front of their fans in FA Cup third round replay against Norwich City on next Wednesday night.


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