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FA CUP - THIRD ROUND: Chelsea 4 - 1 Peterborough United

Chelsea 2 – 0 Peterborough United

  • Pedro (18′minutes)
  • Batshuayi (43′minutes)

In today’s FA Cup Third Round at home Chelsea lead 2-0 with a Pedro goal after 18 minutes followed by a second by Batshuayi.

Pedro almost scored a second goal but clipped the top corner of the cross bar after a lovely attacking move which saw him have an easy clear chance.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has emphasised the chance for Michy Batshuayi to make an impressive impact. And after 44 minutes Batshuayi “staked his claim” in the team as the manager wanted by scoring Chelsea’s second goal. It was a late goal approaching the half-time mark just as Peterborough were trying to get back in the game after a missed chance by the Blues.

Chelsea Zouma

By: Samuel Georgewill

 

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Chelsea captain John Terry reacted to defeat in the derby with Tottenham with a post on in his Instagram account, reminding to the Blues and their fans that they are still top of the table:

“Naturally we’re disappointed to lose tonight, but let’s not forget what a great run of games we have been on and the attitude and performances we have shown in these games to put us in this position,” the Chelsea skipper wrote in his message.

“We’re still top of the league and that’s where we want to be, come the end of May.

“We will pick ourselves up and go again.”

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Antonio Conte admitted that his captain’s help is really important, despite the Blues skipper having skipped most of this season’s game due to a couple of injuries.

Terry doesn’t miss a game, despite don’t being able to play, and always travels with the squad in the away games to be a good captain with his team-mates:

“I want to mention John Terry also, because John is very important for us,” Conte said speaking to Chelsea official website.

“Even when he’s not playing, he helps us a lot in the changing room and in the training sessions, and I want to say thanks to him as well because his support is very important.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hails again his players, that were able to win 13 games in a row in the Premier League, being the undisputed leaders of the English championship:

“You see your players are very good at adapting to different situations,”Conte told to Chelsea official website.

“The Stoke game was different to the last one because they played long balls to [Peter] Crouch. For us it was very difficult to stop this situation, above all the second balls, and the free-kicks and corners to find him, but I’m pleased because I saw my players ready to face this situation. You have to fight every game to win, and the Stoke game was another great example of that.

Speaking of the derby against Spurs, he said:

Tottenham is another challenge, another type of football to face. They like to play from the back, they like to put a lot of pressure on when you are in possession. We have to prepare very well because this game will be very tough, for us and for them.

Tottenham are a great team. Last season they could have won the title, and this season they have a stronger team. For sure we will see a good game.

“We only have three days to prepare for this game, but we also have a lot of work we did in the past and we need that in this moment because we haven’t a lot of time to find a solution for this game.”

The Italian boss didn’t lose another chance to praise one of his top players, Diego Costa:

“Diego, together with his team-mates, is playing very well.

“Don’t forget we are a team. That’s important, to show you are together when you win and when you lose. I’m pleased when I see my striker scoring a goal, but I’m also pleased if Cahill scores a goal.

“Diego is a good guy and with him it’s important to joke, and when it is the moment to work, he works. He is always happy and he wants to show this. When you have this type of player who keeps the atmosphere always with good positivity, it’s important.

“I want to mention John Terry also, because John is very important for us, even when he’s not playing. He helps us a lot in the changing room and in the training sessions, and I want to say thanks to him as well because his support is very important.”

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Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland is set to join England National Team as assistant manager on a full-time basis, as Football Association confirmed today.

Antonio Conte’s assistant coach will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season and, when asked about the role he’s going to cover, told the club’s official website: “It is the ultimate honour to be asked to work with your national team into a World Cup campaign”.

“My immediate focus is on continuing to support Antonio and the Chelsea team, and doing everything possible to finish the season with success”.

Then he added: “The summer will be the time to look forward to an exciting future with Gareth and England and to reflect on the best eight years of my life at Chelsea. For now the next game is Bournemouth”.

Current Chelsea captain John Terry is rumored to be Antonio Conte’s main target in order to become the new assistant coach next season, according to Sky Sport in Italy

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte put his thoughts on John Terry‘s physical condition as the Blues’ captain is still recovering from an injury suffered ahead of West Bromwich Albion clash.

“John is always very close to the team, – Conte said when asked about Terry – He comes with us when we play home or away. He is a really important player for Chelsea, for me”.

“I don’t know the right time for him to recover from this injury. He is trying.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the derby against Crystal Palace.

Despite being top of the league six points clear of the second one ( Arsenal) and coming from a ten wins in a row run, the Blues boss claimed his players have to pay attention now because everybody will try to beat the best team in the league, with nothing to lose.

But first, he gave an injury update:

“I think Eden Hazard is fit, but I still have to decide if I put him in the starting XI, I have this night to decide, it’s not easy to play two games in three days, we had very short recvoery time, so it’s important to take the best decision about my formation tomorrow.

“It can happen a player can have an injury and his substitte plays very well, it s important to have the chance to choose. We have no other injuries.

It was rumoured that Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG offered Chelsea more than £ 50m for Oscar, that is also attracted by a huge money offer for him.

Conte didn’t dimiss the speculation and commented the situation like this:

“I dont know the amount and the situation, but I think you will know the situation in the right moment.

“It’s not easy to take the best decision, you have also to understand if you choice penalise you.

“If we will replace him in January? I always speak with the club, with the board, they know my thought about the situation. We will try to take the best decision, but I am very sorry if I will go, for the player, for the man.”

The Italian manager was also asked about PSG star Marco Verratti, who some rumours claimed was in negotiations with Chelsea:

“I don’t like to speak of players that are not in my team, it’s a lack of respect for everyone.

Chelsea were top of the league four times in Christmas period and then four times won the league, with his fingers crossed Conte replied:

“I don’t like the stats and the story, I have to look the present.

“We started without a great ambition, I think it will be very difficult for us this season, we are a great surprise for many people, now it’s important to continue this way.”

Continuing to speak about tomorrow’s clash, the Blues bossa said:

“My players and I have great motivation to get three points, if we continue to win it’s fantastic, tomorrow it’s another derby, it will be very tough, they are not in a great moment, they are not in a good position in the table but they will have ambition.”

Palace manager Alan Pardew said Chelsea seem unbeatable:

“We want to continue to work and improve, in our project, in our system, for us now it’s difficult because the other teams have nothing to lose, everybody will try to break our 10 wins in a row run.

“I think us being top pf the table now is a great surprise, I arrived after a 10th place in the last season, manager change, new idea, new football….It’s not easy. I think we had a difficult moment when we conceded two defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal but then we fixed the things and took off.

“Every game is always open in this league, you must go with great concentration, to be very focused, I think that 6-7 teams can fight for the title until the end.

“I have always great respect for the opinion of other coaches, like Pardew, I think you can achieve some results only with hard work.

“When you arrive from 10 wins of course there is a great respect for you, but I repeat eat that this situation is very good for our rivals, because they have nothing to lose.

“This position is more difficult for us, it’s not easy to continue this way, while our opponents have nothing to lose.

“I don’t like to speak about the past and also about other managers, it’s important to be focused on the present, to achieve the results, we know we have to fight a lot until the end to stay in the title race. The situation can seem easy, but it’s not easy.

Conte was also asked about John Terry‘s situation:

“He’s ready to recover but he’s always with us, he travels with us, he is a really important player, for Chelsea, for me, for his team-mates. I don’t know when he will recover, but he is trying to do that.”

Again, Conte was consulted about Chinese Super League, that is trying to attract big players and managers with insane money offers and was asked if he scared about them:

“The Chinese market is a danger for every team in the world, not only for Chelsea, but I think we must be concentrated on our work. In China there is a lot of money , but I guess this league is fantastic, it must be a honour to work here.

“I can’t predict the future of a single player, I think every single player is the owner of his future.”

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It was rumoured that Chelsea could not extend John Terry‘s contract for another year, this is what Blues boss Antonio Conte had to day about that during today’s press conference ahead of Sunderland clash:

“John is our captain and I think he’s doing a great job, both when he is playing or not, he is helping me a lot in the changing room, he loves Chelsea but now it’s important to be focused on the present.

“I’m getting to know John very well in this period, and I am really pleased to know also the man, not only the player, he’s a real important player for us, both when he plays or not. I hope to have him available to play, he’s traveling with us every game, to give the right message, I think this is very positive.

“I think now it’s better to be focused on the present, I don’t like to look so forward, I’m sure John can do more roles in football, but now he can still play and we must focus on that.”

A Chelsea spokesman then intervened to say that it’s still soon to speak about this kind contract extension and that John Terry’s deal wil be discussed later like it was done in the previous years.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke before Sunderland game, claiming he’s really excited about these upcoming five matches in Christmas period, an experience that he never had before.

Speaking about injuries updates he said:

“At the moment I don’t know, I am not sure, it’s important to check the situation today and see if we have all the players available, but I am not sure at the moment.”

The Italian manager was also asked about Cesar Azplicueta‘s fresh new deal with the Blues:

“I am really pleased for him: he always shows commitment, I like his availability to play in different roles, he is a good professional, I’m pleased for him, for the club, for the fans, because he is a good player.

“It was a good deal for us, for Chelsea: Azpi is very good player, he can play in different roles, I think it was a good deal for the club.”

Asked about the special challenge of playing five games in twenty-two days he said:

“This is a great challenge, for us, for our mentality, it’s important to give continuity and we all know that Sunderland is at the bottom of the table but you can see they are sixth in the table if u look at the last four games, so it’s important to be focused from the start of the game until the end.

“This is the first game of five in the Christmas period, I think we are ready for this, we worked very hard to face this period and now it’s important to start it in the right way.”

Conte was also asked if he sees his team as Premier League champions at the end of the year:

“If I must be honest no, not because I don’t trust my team, but because I know this league, to win you must put all yourself, it’s fantastic to have nine wins in a row, I hope to continue this, I hope to win the league, of course, but I am not sure.

The Italian coach was asked if he thinks that Chelsea are the favourites to win the title, as most of the pundits and people think in this moment:

“I think this opinion change very quickly, I don’t like this, you must have balance when u judge the situation, four months ago no one was thinking we could fight for the title or that we were ready to win it, we started the season with the same players and manager, I’m pleased that our work is paying off a lot, I thank my players for this every day.”

Diego Costa is on fire and Conte explained how he managed to bring him back to a top level, improving also his behaviour on the pitch:

“Diego is playing in a fantastic way, I am pleased for him, for Chelsea, for the fans, it’s very important that he’s showing his passion in the right way, he’s really focused on the game, on how to move, how to attack the space and he can still improve.

It was rumoured that Chelsea could not extend John Terry‘s contract for another year, this is what Conte had to day about that:

“John is our captain and I think he’s doing a great job, both when he is playing or not, he is helping me a lot in the changing room, he loves this club but now it’s important to be focused on the present.

“I’m getting to know John very well in this period, and I am really pleased to know also the man, not only the player, he’s a real important player for us, both when he plays or not. I hope to have him available to play, he’s traveling with us every game, to give the right message, I think this is very positive.

“I think now it’s better to be focused on the present, I don’t like to look so forward, I’m sure John can do more roles in football, but now he can still play and we must focus on that.”

A Chelsea spokesman then intervened to say that it’s still soon to speak about this kind contract extension and that John Terry’s deal wil be discussed later like it was done in the previous years.

Also Cesc Fabregas was set to leave Chelsea, according to speculations, but the Italian boss keeps saying he is a really important player for the club:

“In my opinion Cesc is an important player for us, he played very well in the last two games, I haven’t decided yet the starting XI for tomorrow but he’s always a good choice for me, he’s in our squad, this is the current reality.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek barely saw the pitch in the beginning of this season, and Conte was asked why the English midfielder didn’t get a chance until now:

“I am sure Ruben has got a great potential, I think it’s important to show this, he can improve a lot in different aspects, he’s got a few injuries in this season, I count on him, there will be the moment I will speak to the club to take the best decision, but I count on him.

Kenedy returned from his loan spell at Watford before the end of the deal and the Blues boss explained why:

“He wasn’t playing with Watford, so we guess the best decision was to take him back, to stay with us and train with us: he will stay here one month and then we will value, maybe he will go on loan again.

Conte never experienced football in Christmas period, and this a new challenge for him, that looks really enthusiastic about it:

“This a new experience for me and my family, I think it’s fantastic to have this experience, to play in the Christmas period: in the past I’ve always watched these games on tv – as I was on a break with my family during this period – but now it’s fantastic to live it.”

Yesterday Cristiano Ronaldo won the fourth Ballon d’Or of his career, a prize that for Conte is well deserved:

“We,ll it’s not the first time he won it, I think he deserved it, it’s the fourth one, Messi and him are dividing these awards in these years but I am sure in the future good players to win them will come up.

“I hope a Chelsea player can win it under me, that would mean we have fantastic players, so I hope we win it in the future.”

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Team News

CHELSEA 

– John Terry still out for gluteus injury

Oscar out for sickness

– Kurt Zouma still have to find 100% fitness after ACL injury

David Luiz to be valued after hurting his knee in Aguero‘s challenge last week

– Cesc Fabregas could replace Matic again in the starting XI

 

WEST BROMWICH 

– Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill still out for ankle injury

 

Possible Line Ups

CHELSEA – Courtois, Azpilicueta,  David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard.

WEST BROM – Forster, Nyom, Evans, Dawson, McAuley, Phillips, Morrison, Fletcher, Brunt, Yacob, Rondon.

 

 

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