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“Last season we won 13 games in a row and in this league it’s not simple to have this type of run.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said speaking after today’s away win against WBA – In every game you have to play with focus and concentration or you risk dropping points. Four wins in a row is good for our confidence, we started the season with many problems but we are slowly starting to find the right solution. I’m very happy with the commitment of my players”.

Chelsea are now sitting 3rd on the Premier League table with 25 points, 9 behind leaders Manchester City: “It doesn’t depend on us because Man City are playing very well and having fantastic results. – Conte admitted – We have to continue in this way and show this solidity and create many chances to score. It was another clean sheet for us and it’s important to find the right balance when you have the ball and when you are without it. Slowly we are changing something from last season”.

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Belgium are among the teams qualified for 2018 World Cup in Russia after securing a pass for the competition last month.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard provided an assist to PSG full-back Thomas Meunier in the Red Devils’ away win against Bosnia-Erzegovina this afternoon, while striker Michy Batshuayi was among the goalscorers in the 3-4 victory alongside with Meunier, Vertonghen, Carrasco (Belgium), Dumic, Visca and Medjunian (Bosnia-Erzegovina).

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had positive thoughts following the last-gasp victory his side earned against Atletico Madrid last night.
Goals from Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi secured Chelsea a 1-2 win against the La Liga giants, who broke the deadlock earlier in the first half with Antoine Griezmann.

“It was a good performance by my players, I am very happy. – Conte said – We must be pleased with the personality and spirit we showed. We came here and showed we were ready to play. We were positive”.
“Going 1-0 down as you know its very difficult to come back against a team like Atletico – but we deserved to win. We kept our heads. The personality that we showed was key. Whether you play away or home it does not change – you must play with the same personality and desire. Last season we did that very well”.

When asked if Chelsea have a plan to win the competition this season, the Italian manager added: “The Champions League is a great competition and we want to be competitive.”

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Chelsea will face Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday night, as the Champions League goup stages continue with Matchday 2.

“We have to face a tough game against a team that in the last years played always this competition with good performance – Conte told the club’s official website – Last season they were beaten by Real Madrid in the semi-finals”.

“We have to prepare very well for this type of game. For sure it will be a really tough game for us, but we must be excited because last season we didn’t play this competition. Now we are playing and we have to try to do our best”.

When asked to give an injury update on Chelsea players, Conte added: “There are no injury worries. The players are fit and now it’s important to rest and recover well for the game on Wednesday and not forgetting we have another tough game on Saturday against Manchester City”.

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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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