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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, as we reported earlier, gave injury updates on latest signing Danny Drinkwater and Eden Hazard, who is recovering step by step from a bad injury suffered last season.

When quizzed about Drinkwater’s condition ahead of next game against Arsenal, Conte said: “He’s got a muscular problem in his calf, I think it’s not possible to see him before international break, I think it’s a pity, because he was starting to adapt to the new club and our idea of football.”

About Hazard: “The best thing it’s to make the best decision for every game, also trying to win because it’s very important, now there is another game against Arsenal, we have another day to check the physical condition.

“Hazard is improving and I think to wait it’s a decision that it’s paying, he’s very close to be fit, I have to make the best decision for the players.

Captain Gary Cahill is set for a comeback following a three-games ban due to the red card he received against Burnley: “Cahill came back against Qarabag and played very well, he had a good performance, – Conte said – I have another day to reflect and take the best decision for Sunday.

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Eden Hazard (broken ankle) and Tiemoue Bakayoko (knee) have been ruled out of the Community Shield game against Arsenal today, anyway the Chelsea duo travelled with the squad at Wembley ahead of the first official game of 2017/18 campaign.

Chelsea’s official Twitter account filmed Bakayoko and Hazard alongside Chelsea teammates ahead of today’s game.

It is understood also Diego Costa won’t feature today as he seems to be on his way out of Chelsea, as well as compatriot Kenedy .

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Eden Hazard is one of the best footballers on the planet. Nobody can put that in doubt. The best player at Chelsea, that’s for sure. And to keep him at the club is absolutely crucial.

Antonio Conte’s work has been undoubtably amazing, picking up a group that needed new motivations and bringing them to the Premier League title. But, at the end of the day, it’s the players who are on the pitch, and the man who gives quality to this current Chelsea side is Hazard.

Looking at the sums in the recent transfer windows, and considering the Belgian’s age, a price tag of roughly 100 million pounds seems about the right one. But Chelsea should say no to any offer was someone to come with that sum. Because Hazard is in many ways irreplaceable.

If Real Madrid were to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, Hazard would be one of the natural replacements. And the price tag would be accessible for Los Blancos, who could try their luck. Chelsea would then have to reinvest that sum immediately to find a starter that brings that many goals and assists: not an easy task.

Hazard is the extra spark. Moving on to play in the Champions League as well as trying to retain the Premier League title, these are the kind of players Chelsea need to hold on to, trying to add similar level footballers to raise the bar.

Any offer would be too little for Hazard. Not that he seems like wanting to leave or the club intend to sell him. But if Real Madrid were to try their everything, Chelsea should still say no. Who could replace him? Who knows English football this well and could adapt immediately?

Names such as James Rodriguez – great players who need to change to find playing time – could be decent options, but would have to be tested in the top English league. Not an easy one for Chelsea. The truth is, one can let go of Diego Costa, and find another number ‘9’, although even that is difficult, but someone like Hazard is almost unique.

To claim to be a possible challenger for the upcoming Champions League campaign and to repeat themselves domestically, Chelsea absolutely need to keep the key players, Hazard being the most important one. Add quality and depth to the squad, without having to say no to anyone. This will be the key to another successful season at Stamford Bridge.

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Four points with five games left to play seem like a good enough amount to stay very positive, even if two weeks ago Chelsea were 10 points clear of Tottenham. To relax would be a mistake, and it’s a concept that does not exist in Antonio Conte’s world. But the Blues have everything to take the title, after leading the table for three quarters of the season.

The four points become a larger and larger advantage as the games become fewer and fewer. Every single one of these points become heavier by the minute, keeping Spurs at that same distance. Looking at the games left to play, Chelsea can smile even more. The Blues have to face Everton at Goodison Park, that seems the toughest encounter left, in front of Romelu Lukaku, who could lead Conte’s attack next season. The remaining games will need concentration and solidity, but seem much more at hand than Spurs’ fixtures.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have to travel to the King Power Stadium to face the champions, then host Arsenal at White Hart Lane in what should be the last North London derby at the historical ground. Another London derby awaits Spurs, as they travel to the London Stadium in West Ham’s home. Before the season ends, Tottenham will also have to host Manchester United and play away to Hull City, desperate in the relegation battle. Nothing points in Spurs’ direction.

What we saw in the game against Crystal Palace, though, is that the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Harry Kane have no intention of dropping out of the title race. Eriksen’s beautiful winner against Palace gave Spurs three points a lot of teams have had to say no to. Sam Allardyce’s men have recently beaten Chelsea, of course, as well as Arsenal and Liverpool. After crumbling in the decisive moment of last season, missing out on lifting the trophy, Spurs have confirmed the development under Pochettino and have added a number of ugly wins to their season. They will not give up.

Chelsea will need everyone to stay at their best until the very end to take the Premier League trophy back to Stamford Bridge. Having rediscovered the firepower of Diego Costa, added to the consistency and class of Eden Hazard, the Blues have everything to even win all remaining games. What will be crucial is to maintain the four points distance for as long as possible: giving Tottenham any extra boost or hope can only be negative for Chelsea.

The Blues deserve this title more than anyone, hence why they now have everything to lose. Conte’s pitch side antics show he definitely has not started relaxing yet, and knows what it takes to stay focused and win the league. Chelsea just need to watch out: Tottenham will not stop the chase.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte clarified how important is FA Cup for the Blues, despite Eden Hazard and Diego Costa both started from the bench against Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinal at Wembley.

The Italian manager has pointed out the importance of playing different players during the season, especially in the last month of campaign. “When you arrive in this part of the season, – Conte said – When you know you are to play three tough games. One in the semi-final to reach the final in a top game. This game was top in our priority. Then you have to play again on Tuesday,’ he explained afterwards”.

‘It’s important for the league against a team that has to rest ten days. Tottenham have one more day to rest. They play the day after against Palace”.

Then Conte added: “You must take a strong decision and take the responsibility to take this decision. It’s not easy to decide to start the game without two important players”.

“You must take this responsibility and involve the players in your plan and to operate with this decision is good.”

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Manchester United tried to score with Henrikh Mkhitaryan before Chelsea went close to scoring twice in a frenetic first half, with both Eden Hazard stunner and Gary Cahill‘s shot from a close range denied by Spanish goalkeeper De Gea.

Ander Herrera was shown a red card after being booked twice in a short while; Antonio Conte and José Mourinho had an altercation stopped by the fourth official following following Valencia’s late challenge on Alonso.

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is confident ahead of Red Devils’ clash against Chelsea in the F.A. Cup Quarter-Finals.

The Belgium international claimed: “Of course Hazard and Courtois are confident, but let’s go there and see what we can do”.

Chelsea beat Manchester United 4-0 in October at Stamford Bridge, but Fellaini believes his side can bounce back from that defeat: “Obviously we lost there a few months ago, but now it is the FA Cup, a new game and a different competition”.

Then he ended: “It will be tight. They are top of the league, they have confidence, they have great players, but we will show our quality there and see what happens.”


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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of next game against Hull City at Stamford Bridge.

“If you want to win something during the season it is important to create a unity in the team, – Conte told the club’s official website – To create this unity between the players, the staff, the club, you have to have a good spirit. I think we are showing this is one of the most important things that has led us to the top of the table”.

“In every team I managed, I always tried to build the right spirit because it is of fundamental importance if you want to have a good season. It is not easy to create and before you arrive at creating a good spirit, you have to pass different steps, but I am pleased to see this unity in my team”.

“When you start the season and arrive at a new club it is not easy because you have to bring your habits, your mentality, your philosophy and also you have to make decisions on some of the players – who starts the game, who goes on the bench, who is in the stands?”

Then Conte added: “You create the spirit day by day and step by step, with your work, with your decisions, with your behaviours and the players’ behaviours. Also you must know that you have to put in a lot of time to create this”.

“It’s important to trust in the work because only the work can improve the situation. For sure it is important to have great players and in my team I have great players with great humility to work and try to improve the different situations and different tactical aspects”.

Chelsea have attacking players all fit and available again, following the comeback of Diego Costa from his back injury and Chinese Super League huge offers.

“We have players who are playing very, very well in a fantastic way and I am pleased for this because it allows me to make different choices game by game, – the Italian manager claimed – I must be honest, this situation is not simple for me, to make this decision or another decision, but it is important for the team and during the game I can change one player with another and adapt different situations to win the game”.

“If I make a decision to choose one player and not another player, it is not because I want to punish one player, but because I have players who stay in really good form and for me it is not easy to make the best decision. But I hope to make the best decision”.

About Pedro he added: “With Pedro, all of us can see his performance and he is playing in a fantastic way,’ said the first team coach. ‘Not only is he scoring, but he is playing really well with and without the ball. He is always in the right position to press and win the ball, but also to score the goal”.

“We are seeing the best moment of Pedro. I hope to continue this way – to continue to train well and improve. Pedro, for sure, is a really important player for us, but in the same way Willian has discovered really good form, and also Eden and Diego”.

Then Conte ended: “For sure there is the path to follow to increase your confidence, to improve your knowledge, I think the reason we are on top of the table is because all our players are performing very well”.

“We are a team and in the team every single player is bringing his talent and it is very important to continue to work and maybe to work more than the past if we want to continue to stay on top of the table”.


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LEICESTER CITY – Schmeichel, Chilwell, Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Mendy, Albrighton, Musa, Vardy.

Subs: Zieler, Simpson, Wasilewski, Kapustka, King, Gray, Okazaki

Manager: Claudio Ranieri


CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro

Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Batshuayi.

Manager: Antonio Conte


Referee: Andre Marriner

Kick Off: 5.30 pm GMT

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester, UK

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Chelsea 2-0 Peterborough United

Today Chelsea FC and fans celebrated the 26th birthday of Chelsea’s EDEN MICHAEL HAZARD.

The Chelsea Number-10 on the eve of Chelsea’s FA CUP third round clash against Peterborough at home had birthday wishes on Twitter from the club. This also included birthday greetings from Chelsea defender- César Azpilicueta. He tweeted his birthday wishes to HAZARD saying:
“From @CesarAzpi to you” @hazardeden10

The official Twitter account of Chelsea Football Club today tweeted:
“Today we say happy birthday to @hazardeden10!”

By: Samuel Georgewill


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