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Antonio Conte claims Chelsea have to remain with feet on the ground in the approach of the new season.

The Blues lost their last two games of the Asian tour against Bayern Munich ( 2-3) and Inter ( 1-2) and the Italian manager is concerned his side can repeat the two years ago debacle, with Chelsea dropping to relegation zone in a couple months as defending Premier League champions:

“We know that it will be difficult next season, and we want to avoid the previous season after winning the league. Two years ago, the team finished 10th place in the league and we want to avoid this.

“Two coaches were sacked from Chelsea after they won the league. I want to avoid, and the players want to avoid, the last season with Mourinho.

New £60 million striker Alvaro Morata was given his first start against Inter but struggled to make an impression and was replaced in the second half.

“Morata is starting now and he has to improve his condition a lot. He is working very well and has been with us only five days. Today, he tried to do his best, but for sure, he has to improve.”

About a possible strike partnership with Morata and Michy Batshuayi, Conte said:

“Now, it is necessary because we don’t have other players.”

Conte admits the tight schedule has been tough on his players, but he insists the experience in Singapore made a very positive impression.

“We played against two strong teams in Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in a very important period for us because we are working very hard.

“But to play three games with the same players means we are tired, very tired.

“We must be pleased about the atmosphere and our fans because to find so many Chelsea fans in China and Singapore is great and I think this is big responsibility for us. We have a lot of supporters all over the world and in Singapore there was a fantastic atmosphere.

“I want to thank all of our fans because they were fantastic. We saw a lot of fans a the hotel, waiting for the players’ autographs and photos. I think this is a big responsibility for us.”

The future of Nemanja Matic remains uncertain, this is how Conte replied on this matter:

“I know nothing about this. You have to ask the club.”

The Italian coach was also asked for his thoughts on the incredible long-range own goal that Geoffrey Kondogbia scored in Chelsea’s favour.

“It can happen. People who play football know very well that this kind of thing can happen.”

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Chelsea lost 2-1 to Inter in the last friendly game of the Asian tour: the Nerazzurri‘s goals were scored by Stevan Jovetic ( 45′) and Ivan Perisic (53′), while the Blues scored with an incredible own goal by Geoffrey Kondongbia (74′) who was unlucky while trying to back-pass the ball to the keeper from the midfield and found an amazing shot that surprised Padelli.

Antonio Conte‘s boys didn’t impress in this game and only tried to push for the goal in the last fifteen minutes, after that Kondongbia’s own goal that gave them more confidence and motivation to find the 2-2.

In the first part of the second half Inter were dominant and went close to score their third goal in a couple of occasions.

Chelsea had a good twenty minutes also in the central part of the first half, but today their forwards weren’t efficient: Michy Batshuayi was inaccurate in front of the goal, while Alvaro Morata looked completely out of shape and contest. Among the few players to stand out in this Chelsea game we can find David Luiz and Willian, who seemed ready to play also in official games.

Chelsea are playing Arsenal in the Community Shield next Sunday and Antonio Conte has to work hard during the week after some worrisome indications in the last couple of games of this China and Singapore tour.

After this win against the Blues, Inter won the International Champions Cup Singapore having beat Bayern Munich 2-0 and Chelsea 2-1.

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Chelsea are losing 1-0 against Inter at half time in the friendly game that is underway in Singapore.

The Nerazzurri goal was scored by ex Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic on the rebound of a controversial penalty caused by Cesar Azpilicueta, who fouled the same Montenegro international.

Chelsea suffered in the first minutes of the match, where Inter seemed fresher and conceded the goal in the best moment of their first half, when they were pushing to try to score.

Other 45′ now for the last clash of this Asian tour.

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Chelsea will play Inter Milan at 12.35 in their last game of the International Champions Cup.

These are the confirmed lineups.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois | Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill | Moses, Kanté, Fabregas, Alonso | Batshuayi, Morata, Willian

Substitutes from: Caballero, Remy, Tomori, Christensen, Bulka, Baker, Clarke-Salter, Scott, Eduardo, Pasalic, Musonda, Rüdiger

Inter Milan: Padelli; D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, Miranda, Nagatomo; Borja Valero, Gagliardini; Candreva, Brozovic, Perisic; Jovetic

Substitutes: Handanovic, Berni, Pissardo, Kondogbia, Ranocchia, Ansaldi, Eder, Murillo, Valietti, Emmers, Vanheusden, Rivas, Barbosa, Pinamonti

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Chelsea will close tomorrow their Asian tour after playing vs Inter Milan.

Midfielder N’Golo Kante is enjoying this pre-season experience, who he is living for the first time with The Blues.

“We met a lot of Chelsea fans and they give us a lot of love,” – Kante told Chelsea official website – “It’s good for us to see all the support from the fans here and we have to try to give a good image of our team to give a little back to them. “It’s my first time in Singapore and when I discovered this country, it is very beautiful and the people are nice and I’m very happy to spend one week here.”

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Antonio Conte wants more: after signing Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata the Blues boss is asking for more players to revamp his Chelsea squad.

Speaking ahead the friendly game with Inter in Singapore, the Italian tactician revealed that the club and him are still working to do more signings before the transfer window shuts down in the end of August:

“With the club we speak every day about the way to strengthen this team and the squad,” said Conte, talking in Singapore.

“The club knows very well which is my idea and where are the positions to strengthen and if this is possible, it is ok. If not, we continue this way.”

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Inter manager Luciano Spalletti spoke ahead friendly games against Bayern Munich and Chelsea in Singapore.

The Nerazzurri are going to play Ancelotti’s side tomorrow, 27 July, and the Blues on Saturday 29 before heading back to Italy.

First of all, the ex AS Roma coach revealed that no bids were placed for a Chelsea target:

“Candreva? There’s been no offer for him.

Then he spoke about his next rivals, both coached by Italian managers, Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte.

Bayern Munich and Chelsea both have no weaknesses and are strong, but I expect an Inter side that can aim to do well. These teams must be in our sights.”

Speaking after Bayern’s defeat Chelsea boss Conte praised Spalletti, claiming Inter appointed one the best managers available, making a very good deal to fulfill their ambitions to be back in the European clubs elite again:

Conte’s praise? He’s strong and a winner, so I’m happy that he’s expressed certain ideas about me. There’s a mutual esteem, and I saw Chelsea play well against the Germans.

“Antonio is a coach in trend, he’s managed to win a title at Chelsea with three at the back, in a League where playing with four was almost a rule.”


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According to The Sun Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte want to sign Italian winger Antonio Candreva.

However, the player dismisses Chelsea transfer claims:  “I’m proud to wear this shirt,” – Candreva told Calciomercato.com speaking about Inter Milan – “I’ve bought into an important project here and I’m happy to be here. This shirt has an important history which I honour every time I wear it. The links with Chelsea are nice but there’s been absolutely nothing to date. The club will take care of any bids that may come in.”

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Chelsea look ready to keep spending this summer following the arrivals of Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata so far.

Antonio Conte  has opened negotiations with Inter Milan to discuss the potential signing of winger Antonio Candreva, according to The Sun.

With the Serie A side reluctant to sell the 30-year-old, Chelsea are reportedly set to offer a huge contract to land him to Stamford Bridge.

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Arsenal are interested in Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and according to Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio the Gunners have proposed a swap deal to sign the Serbian player.

In order to secure Matic’s performances Arsene Wenger will offer Chelsea the midfielder Axel Oxlade-Chamberlain in exchange.

In the last few weeks a lot of teams have expressed their interest for Matic: Manchester UnitedInter Milan and Juventus.


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