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Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti spoke at a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against Chelsea in the International Champions Cup at Allianz Riviera.

The Italian head-coach told journalists the appointment of Maurizio Sarri represents an extra reason to follow the Premier League 2018/19. Spalletti was born in Tuscany, as well as the newly-appointed Chelsea manager.

Spalletti said: “By bringing in a coach as good as Maurizio [Sarri], Chelsea have implemented the style of football brought over by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. 

I’ll have an extra reason to follow the Premier League. We’ll see each other in Nice for Chelsea vs Inter Milan.”

 

 

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Former Chelsea boss José Mourinho speaks about his third Stamford Bridge return since he was sacked by the Blues two years ago.

Last season the Special One suffered two bad defeats with Manchester United in the West London stadium ( 4-0 in Premier League and 1-0 in FA Cup) and this year he wants to come out with a different feeling:

“It’s not a big thing to return to Chelsea: it’s normal, it’s football, it’s professionalism,” the Portuguese coach said.

“It’s football life one day you are in one club and then you are in another club it’s a big thing because it’s a big opponent.

“A match between two top teams but the emotional point of view it’s just one more. I played there with Inter and twice with Manchester United.

“I have to admit it is a little bit different but in the end I want to win like I did with Inter. They want to win like they did last season and it’s just one more day.

“In a couple of years we will be even more natural and in even four or five years people will not remember I was Chelsea manager and it will become normal It’s just because i left a couple of years a go.

“But it’s a big match because they are champions and we are Manchester United.”

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AC Milan are keen to bring Antonio Conte back to a Serie A top side next season.

The Rossoneri who sit 7th in the table with only 12 points ( 9 behind Napoli, who are the leaders) failed to deliver results in this start of the season, with 3 defeats in 7 games, despite investing almost £ 200m in the last summer transfer window.

Manager Vincenzo Montella is on the brink and Sunday night he will have to confirm his job trying to win the derby against Inter, who sit second in the table only 2 points behind Napoli, along with Juventus.

Milan’s plan is ,according to Corriere dello Sport, to have the U21 manager, Gennaro Gattuso, to take over as head coach of Milan if Montella lose the derby. Gattuso would then stay on a temporary basis until next summer, when management intend to bring in Antonio Conte.

Antonio Conte has previously this month publicly stated his desire to return home to Italy, and from what it seems, have attracted a lot of interest from the Rossoneri.

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Today new Chelsea technical partner from this season, Nike, launched third kits for this campaign and they all look so similar.

In fact, the Blues third match shirt looks almost the same of the ones of Atletico Madrid, AS Roma, Manchester City, Inter and Barcelona.

Curious fact: Chelsea, Atletico and Roma are all in the same Champions League group.

Here you can find the picture of each of them:

Chelsea 


Manchester City

Atletico de Madrid

FC Barcelona

FC Internazionale

AS Roma

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New Chelsea signings Tiemoué Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger are set to miss the first part of the Blues Asian tour.

Bakayoko underwent a minor knee surgery in the end of the past seasoon and he is still recovering, while Rudiger is not ready to play yet and will miss the first game against Arsenal next Saturday in Bejing, but he could be available for the clash against Bayern Munich on 25 July or Inter on 29 ( both to be played in Singapore).

Eden Hazard is also not fit to play after suffering a fractured ankle while on duty with Belgium, and he will probably miss the start of the Premier League season: Conte is unsure to bring him to Asia, as it would be better for him to stay in London for a quicker recovery.

Diego Costa in out of the squad, waiting for his move to Atletico Madrid, while Nemanja Matic is not sure to be in the group that will travel to China because he has got chances to leave the club soon.

Mario Pasalic, Lewis Baker, Jeremie Boga and Andreas Christensen are among the youngsters that will jet out to Asia,  after a week back in training with their parent club this week at Cobham Training Centre.

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed that, despite speculations insisting he would accept Inter offer in Italy, that he will stay at Stamford Bridge next year, revealing his family- that was still living in Turin this year- will move to London with him, a big change for the Italian tactician:

“My family will move to London next season,” he told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

“We are planning the future [with Chelsea], we got the base, we miss the cherries on top.

“I still have two year of contract, they [Chelsea] show to appreciate me, we share the same ideas and also the kind of project [for the future of the team].

“When you have the same pace in the construction of some things you are calm.”

 

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Antonio Conte spoke again about his future, dismissing all the recent talks that were linking him to Inter.

In the past days a football agent named Andrea Pastorello (that shares the same surname of the Italian coach agent, Federico Pastorello) said Conte was fine at Chelsea but could value offers from other clubs, especially if these clubs were historical clubs like Inter.

When asked about this, the Blues boss commented:

“I read this interview about Andrea Pastorello, not Federico Pastorello, I don’t know him and I don’t know why this person spoke for me, I stay here and this is the most important thing. I don’t like when another person speaks for me. I have two more years of contract with Chelsea”.

“I don’t know why they link me to Inter, for the media it’s normal to put me in this situation, maybe they want me back in Italy.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke about his experience with derbies during his footballer and manager career, especially when he was at Juventus:

“I liked these types of games, for sure. They are not normal.

“In Italy, when we played the derby against Torino it wasn’t easy. I remember a lot of games like that when I was a footballer, not only as a manager. These games are unpredictable.

“‘It’s normal in Italy too to have very tough games when you play against the big teams: Juventus-Inter, Juventus-Milan, against Roma.

“In Italy, I can tell you about it from my experiences in these types of game against Torino, and when I played with Lecce against Bari – these games are very tough and the supporters feel this.

“For sure there is a fantastic intensity during the game.

“In London there are a lot of teams, but this game is special for our fans. It’s not important to look at the past and I hope it’s not difficult to keep focus.

“We are working a lot to improve our football, to play good football, and I think during the game we must be focused on the game, and then to put our right passion in. I want my players to play with great intensity and great passion, but always in the right way.”

Spurs haven’t won at Stamford Bridge for almost thirty years, their last success in the West London stadium was in February 1990:

“I don’t like the stats, because they are cold. You have to live the moment. If you speak about our unbeaten run I can reply to you that in this championship Tottenham are unbeaten, and for this reason it’s important to play with good intensity, to try to win, and to change that situation.”

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Ex Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas admits his experience as Blues boss was too soon in his career.

The Portuguese coach was only 34 when he took charge at Stamford Bridge, after winning a mini-treble with Porto and being considered José Mourinho’s heir:

“The Chelsea experience was too much too soon. I wasn’t flexible as a manager at that time. I was communicative, but I wasn’t flexible in my approach. At Tottenham I learnt to be different,” Villas Boas said at the ASPIRE4SPORT and the Aspire Academy Global Summit in Amsterdam.

Villas Boas also revealed he was “blinded by love” for José Mourinho in the time he was his assistant at Porto, Chelsea and Inter:

“In my formative moments, working with Jose was the best time of my life. I was able to lean to many things and working with him takes you to another level.

“You fall in love with him and he becomes your idol. I wanted to be like him, know everything that he knew and absorb all the information he was giving.

“Then you fall on the wrong side of Jose and that’s when things change and you realise that you’ve been blinded by someone. He has this fascinating capability of getting the best out of you, which has good or bad consequences for people.”

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Chelsea are interested in signing both Santos stars Gabriel Barbosa and Thiago Maia, according to reports in England.

Also Inter Milan, JuventusAtletico Madrid, Manchester United and Leicester City have all been heavily linked with a move for Brazilian striker Gabigol, who is currently playing the Olympic Games with his national team and whose ownership is reportedly esteemed around £25m.

Brazilian side’s president Modesto Roma told Goal.com“We had productive conversations, but we didn’t come to buy or sell players, neither in London or Madrid”.

“We came to build up relationships. There weren’t offers, but we did talk about partnerships. I talked to Manchester United, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid”.

It is understood the Blues and the president have set up a meeting to discuss over a potential move for 19-year-old midfielder Thiago Maia, after Chelsea made an approach last month.

According to the Evening Standard Santos chairman Modesto Roma were in London on Tuesday to seal the deal to bring Thiago Maia to Chelsea, but the deal has yet to be done.

 

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