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Speaking to TalkSport this morning Chelsea second goalkeeper Asmir Begovic praised his captain John Terry, revealing something we already knew: he’s a great leader and captain.

It’s always good to have John Terry around,” the Bosnian keeper told the Alan Brazil Sport Breakfast.

“He’s our captain and he’s still a fantastic player, so whenever he’s available and fit it’s positive for us.

“Overall we’ve got a very good defensive group, all our players have great quality.

“But the fact is that over the last month or so we’ve had a lot of changes, players have come in and out with injuries, and maybe that has disrupted things for us a little bit.

“But having John Terry in there only adds to the group. His leadership on and off the pitch is key to us, so he’s definitely a great player to have around.”

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who will play against Hazard, Batshuayi and Courtois with Bosnia-Herzegovina tonight, has confirmed his aim to reach the Champions League spots as soon as possible this season.

He told the Mirror: “We are into a period of transition, mistakes will happen and it will take time. But I think we will be very strong moving forward in the future.”

“We had a good start, first four games we played really well, everything was going our way and then we had a couple of bad results with Arsenal and Liverpool.”

“I think it is teething problems – Begovic added – You have to go through a process before it becomes a success. It takes a bit of time. As time goes on, we know more what to expect and what he expects from us.”

“Absolutely we can make the top four. That’s the main goal. Of course we want to win the title but getting back in the Champions League is crucial. I think it’s one of the best squads I’ve ever been a part of because we’ve got strength in depth everywhere”.

About new manager Antonio Conte he added: “It is fine margins, we will learn and get better. It’s unfortunate that we’ve had some defensive mistakes, we’ve tried to be defensively solid”.

“Things haven’t gone our way, the odd mistake and suddenly we’ve conceded a couple of goals a game which is very unusual for us”.

“We’ve got great attacking players and it’s important they put pressure on opposing teams. But to do that we’ve also got to be solid at the back to allow them to play so it really is down to the whole team”.

“Conte pays attention to detail, leaves nothing to chance – the 29-year-old revealed – He doesn’t leave any stone unturned. He puts the preparation in and then passes it onto the players and so you are left with the best possible chance.”

“He’s a good guy, very approachable. He was a top player, knows what it’s like to be a player and what it takes to succeed as a player so it makes it a pretty fun environment.”

“We’ve had some tough sessions. Everything that we do in training though we feel confident will help us get stronger as the season goes on.”

“As that goes on we will understand more about his philosophy and we will become a really strong team. If you are not doing the right thing then the Premier League will punish you but we’ll get stronger as the season goes on.”

Begovic was said to be ready to leave Stamford Bridge earlier this summer as Thibaut Courtois is still Antonio Conte’s first choice, but the manager himself reportedly convinced the Bosnia international to stay amid exit rumors.

“It was a clear situation. He made it clear, his philosophy. I never talked about leaving. Of course I want to play but at a big club you also have to accept you are part of a squad going for several trophies, different cups and be part of a big group”.

“It’s nice that the manager wants you to be part of that. We have three top keepers. We train hard, we need to stay at the top of our games”.

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic told the club’s official website: “I tend to get along with most of the goalkeepers. They are smart, educated guys and maybe we stick together more as we train together in a close environment on a daily basis so we build strong relationships.”

“Hopefully this event will be an educative evening with some good and smart talk”.

“A goalkeeper these days is as fit as the outfield players – the Bosnia international added – Before, years ago, goalkeepers could get away with it but now it is important you are as fit as everyone else.”

The fitness work you do is very important for the agility, and fitness in football has changed a lot. Everyone is fitter and stronger and it is the same with goalkeepers”

‘”The game is faster so we have had to respond. The goalkeepers have used the gym work and the fitness work to make ourselves faster so we can deal with the ball. The balls are faster and the guys are shooting harder now so it helps us cope”.

Then he added: “It is about taking care of your body and making sure we can cope with the general demands of the work, each and every day.”

“Fitness as well helps with your general well-being and concentration during games. The fitter you are, the longer you can stay concentrated”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a great admirer of new Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart, according to the Daily Star.

Also Goal.com hinted at the possibility of a further move for the England internaional star, who is on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

With Thibaut Courtois reportedly willing to join back his former side Atletico Madrid in a near future, Hart could be a potential replacement for  the Belgian star.

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After disappointing Chelsea supporters and spreading rumours of a return to Spain with by recent claims, Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has spoken out to deny speculation linking him with an imminent move back to La Liga:

“I understand the commotion with the Chelsea fans. But I just meant that I want to return to Spain one day but it can also be after my career,” the Belgian keeper stated while speaking to The Daily Mirror.

“I’m happy to be at Chelsea. For how long, we will see. But now I want to win prizes with this club.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois claims he could go back to Atletico Madrid, a club to which he feels a special bond:

“When I said goodbye I had a bad time. I had cold blood, it was not easy. I cried,” he revealed while speaking to Marca.

“Atlético is a family club. I still feel their love.

“[I would go back] not only because of Atlético, but how Madrid is and the whole country.

From the first minute I fell in love with Spain for its people, lifestyle, food… I still maintain eating dinner and then an afternoon nap, most of the television I see is Spanish… I am half Spanish.”

“I have a contract at ” for three seasons. In 2018, when I enter the final year of the contract, we will assess whether to renew or leave.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is on search of a new role for Blues’ goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon, who has been marginalized by the board following the arrival of former Genoa’s Gianluca Spinelli.

Lollichon is said to be well respected and Chelsea reportedly want to find a new role for him.

It is understood the Frenchman has a troubled relationship with n°1 goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and this is the reason why Chelsea decided to remove him from his former role at the club.

Courtois and Lollichon

 

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According to Italian TV network Sport Mediaset both Chelsea and Manchester United are keen on AC Milan baby goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, that made his debut with Italy’s senior national team last week.

Donnarumma, 17, is considered Buffon’s heir and has already shown a great talent and confidence for his age: his agent Mino Raiola – the same of Pogba and Ibrahimovic – is considering a move for him in the next summer and Premier League clubs are already starting talks with him to secure the services of the Italian new prodigy.

Donnarumma is reportedly on a deal worth around £134,000-a-year at San Siro and Milan value him around € 60m/ £ 50m.

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Chelsea announced Eduardo‘s signing yesterday and Antonio Conte explains why the Blues decided on the Portuguese keeper that won EURO 2016 with his national team almost two months ago:

“The situation is very clear. We have three goalkeepers now,” the Italian coach said in today’s press conference to preview Burnley’s game.

“The first is Courtois, the second is Begovic, the third is Eduardo.

‘We needed a third goalkeeper because [Jamal] Blackman went on loan. We are happy Eduardo is with us.”

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