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New Chelsea signing Davide Zappacosta claims he wants to continue Italian legacy at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues can count several Italian managers and players in their recent history and most of them ( Zola, Vialli, Ancelotti, Di Matteo, Conte etc.) were successful.

The former Torino full-back states he wants to follow the footsteps of his compratiots:

“I’ve noticed there is this long tradition [of Italian players at Chelsea],” Zappacosta said in an interview for Chelsea’s matchday programme ahead of the game with Manchester City on Saturday.

“I just hope that, like my predecessors from Italy, I can make my mark at Chelsea and win some trophies. That would be a dream come true for me.”

“I am convinced I am well suited to the style of football in England, probably even more so than Italian football.

“There is more space because the intensity is higher and the game is much quicker, so I can look to exploit that.”

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Thibaut Courtois praised Chelsea Italian coaches, thanks to whom, according to him, he improved his performances.

The Blues goalkeeper also revealed a strange practice that Atletico Madrid fitness coach Oscar Ezequiel Ortega used to monitor his hydration:

“He [Ortega] actually made us urinate in a bottle, to see if we were hydrated or not.’

“I am much stronger now, thanks to the Italian coaches at Chelsea, who have shown me new ways in which to play.

“They have influenced me just like their national goalkeepers, Gianluigi Buffon and Gianluigi Donnarumma“.

Courtois then added:

“I am hoping to win titles just like I have so far at Atletico and Chelsea. I would be happy to continue winning titles almost every season if I could.”

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Current Champions of England coach and ex Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri hopes his former club will successfully end their title pursue:

“As former Chelsea coach and as an Italian supporter, I hope that Conte can achieve the goal,” Ranieri told reporters in Florence on Tuesday ahead of the Italian Hall of Fame.

Conte came without uproar but demonstrated that the Italian school of coaches is valid more than ever”.

Ranieri is contracted to Leicester City until 2020 but he is not sure about his future.

“I hope to remain in England, I’m good there, even though in football one day you are in the stars and the next day in the dust, so never say never,” the 65-year-old concluded.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke again after his side’s 3-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday.

The Italian manager told the club’s official website: “The fans with me are always special, from the first day, I remember for my first game they prepared a flag, an Italian flag”.

“It is fantastic to have this kind of relationship with great passion. I think I show this in every game and I think they are appreciating this”.

“I hope to continue this way because it’s important to always stay together – with the team, the players, the fan, the club, me, my staff. It’s important to continue to work together”.

Then Conte added: “It was a good performance, a good reaction, because when you win 13 games in a row and then comes the moment of defeat, to restart is not easy. I know and understand this from when I was a footballer”.

“The psychological aspect is very important, but we started well in the FA Cup and again in the league. To win against a very tough team, with really good players and a great manager, is not easy. I’m very pleased”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident that former AS Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini will accept a new job to work with the Blues, according to reports in England.

Anyway, with Michael Emenalo who is rumored to be kept as sporting director at Stamford Bridge even next season, Sabatini would reportedly cover the role of market strategist.

Sabatini was spotted at Stamford Bridge last spring and claimed he travelled to London in order to discuss the final details of Salah’s permanent move to Italy.

Reports in France recently linked him also with a role at Olympique Marseille, which might pair him again with Rudi Garcia.

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Antonio Conte and his Italian staff will show respect to the victims and all the people affected by the huge earthquake that devastated a part of central Italy this week wearing a black armband during the Chelsea game against Burnley today:

“There aren’t any words to describe such a tragedy and my heart is with all the Italian people,” the Blues boss said about this catastrophe.


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Chelsea are facing Watford tomorrow and the game will be also the first Italian managers derby of this Premier League, where four Italian coaches are in charge: Antonio Conte at Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City, Francesco Guidolin at Swansea and Walter Mazzarri at Watford.

Conte and Mazzarri are familiar with each other having competed for trophies during their respective spells as managers of Juventus and Napoli.

“I saw him in the meeting for managers and I spoke with him and his assistant coach about this experience because it’s also a great challenge for him,” Conte revealed during his press conference to preview the match today.

“When we were in the Italian championship and we fought for the title, Juventus versus Napoli, everyone fights for his club, but our relationship is very normal. I have great respect for him and his work, he’s a great manager.

“Every manager has their own idea of football so for this reason every manager is different, not only me and Mazzarri. Every coach brings his idea of football, I studied for my own ideas and other managers studied for their own ideas.

“I will shake his hand, no problem. But I repeat: I saw him at the coaches’ meeting and spoke with him, with the assistant coach too.”

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Antonio Conte came into Stamford Bridge with the team and the fans feeling down about a disappointing Premier League campaign last year.

He has already made drastic changes in terms of pre-season training and healthy eating regimes and the changes are visible in the teams performance against West Ham United on Monday night.

Eden Hazard, as in individual, who had a difficult time last year, seemed back to his very best, picking up the man of the match award.

The Italian coach told Chelsea Magazine that he will bring success back to the club but insists it will take time. He compared it to his time at Juventus. He joined the team and the morale was down and the players didn’t trust themselves, until he changed things and went on to title success.

“Juventus hadn’t won the title for many, many years and at the start it did not appear easy.

“Confidence was low and the players didn’t trust themselves. It’s important to work in that situation and I remember we worked very hard.

“We can see a bit of the same situation now, no? After a bad season, 10th place was no good for the players, confidence was low and the fans weren’t happy with this situation.

“But I know only one word that we must follow and that is to work, and to work very hard. If we stay together, in bad and in good situations, very, very soon we will try to go back to playing for the title.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he really appreciated the welcome received at Stamford Bridge tonight: “Thanks to the Chelsea fans. It was fantastic to see the Italian flag in the crowd. It was emotional.” the 47-year-old said.

It was fantastic, especially because my wife and daughter were here. I hope through our work we can repay the welcome.”


Then, speaking about the importance of the fans during a game, he ended: “I want to say thanks also because they followed the team to the end. It was a physical game but today I’m delighted.”

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Chelsea have been linked with Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly for some time now, it was reported that the Italian club were unwilling to let him leave this summer.

However, according to Goal Italia, Koulibaly has now handed in a transfer request in order to move the Stamford Bridge.

The Senegal international’s agent is hopeful that the club’s can come to an agreement, although the asking price is €45m, a sum that no club has come close to reaching.

There is something to leave Chelsea fans optimistic though. Koulibaly has a strong desire to play under new Blues boss Antonio Conte.


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