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Marco Amelia lived only one season at Chelsea, as the third goalkeeper, but even if it was the unluckiest campaign of the past twenty years the Italian stopper remained a Blues at heart, admitting that he often come back to Stamford Bridge to watch his team playing.

We had the pleasure to speak with the 2006 World Champion about Chelsea and Premier League and, like many football fans, he reckons that Antonio Conte´s side are the favourites in the current title race:

“I think Chelsea the favorite because are the most continuous team this season, they reacted well to White Hart Lane defeat and I guess no other team can challenge them, so I think they are the favorites: Conte is working really well and the players wants redemption from the past season.

Asked what the Italian boss brought to Chelsea this year, Amelia said:

“Conte is a winner, he’s got that in his DNA, he found a motivated team, that wanted redemption. The players are following him, he was really clever to adapt to a new football and a new league: maybe they were a little lucky in the first 7/8 games when they had some issues, when the manager was adapting to a new culture but they pushed back and then Antonio made a good decision to change the tactical system, so the team could adopt better his method.

Last season things didn’t work out well and Amelia explained us his special inside view of what the situation was:

“Last year I arrived after seven/eight games, after Courtois got injured, and speaking of results the situation was already difficult: the team were mentally flat, because the league they won with Mourinho in 2015 was the cherry on top of many trophies they won in the past years – since they won the Champions League in 2012 – so they had a psychological decline because they were satiated from these triumphs, maybe they had too many holidays as well.

“I remember some incredible defeats against Bournemouth, Liverpool and Southampton at Stamford Bridge where the team played well and were unlucky, and then the opponents won with late minutes goals, so it was undeniable that something was lacking in the mental aspect and when you start collecting negative results, many issues pour out and increase the difficulties and the tensions.”

Rumours were claiming that some players in the squad were against manager José Mourinho and unperformed to get him sacked, the so called “rats”, but Marco denies this allegations:

“It is absolutely false that some players were playing against Mourinho, they were just too relaxed and I remember reading the names of some “rats” in the papers and I was laughing because people like Diego Costa or [Cesc] Fabregas were some of the players that were closer to him, and I saw that many of them were really sorry when he was sacked but at the end it was good for everyone because Chelsea got Conte and Mourinho was appointed by Manchester United, that probably was his dream job.

“In the end of the last season we thought a lot about the following campaign, we were concerned about keeping the group united and not create more tensions and there was a great will of redemption for this year, so Conte found a team ready to fight that made his job a little easier, then of course he could motivate them again with his charisma and leadership, he was really good in this.”

Speaking again about Conte and his capacity to transform a team that last year reached the 10th position in the table, he said:

“The two-year-experience with the Italian national team helped him to rest a little bit and to know better other football cultures, furthermore he signed the contract three months before the end of the other season, so he was mentally ready and he could prepare himself for this adventure: he had a great impact on the squad and he was really wound up for this new experience.

Chelsea will face Liverpool and Arsenal in the next two league games, probably two of the most difficult steps in the title race, especially because the team will have three matches in one week, a thing they are used to this season because they are missing European competitions, but Amelia thinks that the Blues can overcome these obstacles with their superb form:

“I think that now Chelsea are difficult to stop, also the next two games against Liverpool and Arsenal, they can manage themselves and they got two results out of three that can be useful for them: it’s very difficult to score against the Blues in this moment, Courtois is on top form again and the team is very well organized. Then, when we speak about football we know that everything can happen, but I see them almost unstoppable now.”

Marco also revealed us he is still in contact with some of his former team-mates:

“I am still in contact with the goalkeepers and John Terry, sometimes I come to London to watch some games.”

Follow us for more words from Marco tomorrow: Chelsea youngster, a proper captain like John Terry, Mourinho at Man United, Guardiola at Man City, his future and more. 

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

– No injuries concern for Antonio Conte

– The Italian coach announced he will do rotations in the starting line up

– Asmir Begovic, Nathan Ake and Michy Batshuayi are set to start

 

Brentford

– Scott Hogan is unlikely to feature even if he has yet to move to West Ham, with the Brentford striker missing the Bees’ last two games after Smith said a phone called had “turned his head”.

 

PREDICTED LINE UPS

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Terry, Zouma, Chalobah; Moses, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Ake; Pedro, Batshuayi, Willian.

BRENTFORD- Bentley, Egan, Dean, Bjelland, Colin, McEachran, Woods, Yennaris, Field, Swayers, Vibe

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Hull City have announced that midfielder Ryan Mason underwent surgery on fractured skull and is slowly recovering at the St.Mary’s hospital in London.

Omnisport understands the England star was visited by Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, club captain John Terry and assistant coach Steve Holland.

Mason has reportedly been speaking about the accident, as Hull City confirmed in an official statement earlier this morning: “Ryan has been visited this morning at St Mary’s Hospital by club captain Michael Dawson, club doctor Mark Waller, head of medical Rob Price and club secretary Matt Wild”.

“Ryan has been speaking of the incident yesterday and will continue to be monitored at the hospital over the coming days where the club will remain in close contact with Ryan, his family and the staff at St Mary’s.”

Hull City added in their statement: “Ryan and his family have also been extremely touched by the overwhelming support they have received and would very much like to thank all of those who have posted such positive comments both on social media and in the press over the last 24 hours.”

WHAT HAPPENED? – Chelsea captain Cahill and Hull City‘s Mason went down after clashing heads during Stamford Bridge clash yesterday.

The former Tottenham midfielder required medical treatments and was taken to St.Mary’s Hospital to undergo surgery following a skull fracture.

Cahill Mason

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Team News

LEICESTER CITY 

– Striker Leonardo Ulloa is out for thigh injury

– The foxes will miss three players out for Africa Cup of Nations: Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez, Algeria is and Daniel Amartey, Ghana.

Jamie Vardy is available after the birth of his son having also missed the FA Cup win at Everton because of illness

Andy King is fit after being struck down by illness as well

Provisional Squad: Schmeichel, Zieler, Hamer, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Wasilewski, Hernandez, Fuchs, Chilwell, King, Drinkwater, Ndidi, James, Mendy, Albrighton, Kapustka, Gray, Musa, Okazaki, Vardy.

 

 

CHELSEA 

Diego Costa was dropped from squad list after bust-up with Antonio Conte and fitness coach

John Terry is suspended after red card in FA Cup

Provisional Squad: Courtois, Begovic, Ivanovic, Alonso, Fabregas, Zouma, Kante, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Pedro, Matic, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Luiz, Eduardo, Aina, Ake.

 

Possible Line-Ups

LEICESTER CITY – Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Chilwell; Albrighton, Mendy, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Musa; Vardy.

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

 

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Matic, Kante, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Pedro, Hazard.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Referee: Andre Mariner

Kick Off: 5.30 pm GMT

Venue: King Power Stadium

 

 

 

 

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During the past days many transfer market were reporting that Swansea manager Paul Clement looked into getting Terry to help Swans’ survival bid, but the veteran centre-half has no plans to leave Chelsea.

Clement, that have been knowing the Blues skipper since he was Carlo Ancelotti‘s assistant at Stamford Bridge, had appeared to rule out any possibility of Terry joining Swansea at his unveiling last week.

“We have to be realistic,” said the head coach.

“I cannot ever see John wearing another shirt apart from Chelsea.”

 

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FA rejected Chelsea appeal for John Terry‘s red card against Peterborough, a measure that also Blues boss Antonio Conte reckoned was excessive.

An official FA statement read:

“John Terry will serve a one-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was unsuccessful, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

“The Chelsea defender was sent off for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity during the FA Cup third-round tie against Peterborough United on Sunday.”

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Blues captain John Terry saw red for a professional foul on Peteborough’s Lee Angol at 67′ on his return since October.

But after the game Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has suggested that his side will appeal for this measure against their skipper.

The Italian manager believes that referee Kevin Friend was too harsh to brandish the red on two counts and is hopeful that the decision will be overturned on appeal.

“I think it wasn’t right, this decision from the referee. He didn’t take the opponent and also the second reason was because behind John there was Ivanovic to cover John.

“You have to respect the referee decision, but in this case maybe we will do an appeal for this situation. The situation is very clear and I think John didn’t deserve this. It’s a pity when this happens, because the red card is not good.

Continuing to speak about his captain, he claimed:

“I’m pleased for John, because he’s showing me great commitment when I ask him to play, when he doesn’t play. He’s helping me a lot in the changing room. He’s showing me to be a good player, but above all a good man.”

Terry has now been responsible for three of the last six red cards shown to Chelsea players.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claimed that captain John Terry did not deserve to be shown a red card against Peterborough in the FA Cup third round today.

“I think it wasn’t the right decision, – Conte told journalists speaking at press conference – Behind John there was [Branislav] Ivanovic. It’s a pity because a red card is not good. Maybe we’ll do an appeal because he didn’t deserve this.”

When asked about Terry’s future at Stamford Bridge, Conte added: “Now we are in January. First of all, these decisions need to be made with the club, not alone”.

“I’m pleased for John because he’s shown me great commitment when I’ve asked him to play and also when he doesn’t. He’s helping me a lot in the changing room. He’s proving himself to be a good player and, above all, a good man.’

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Pedro scores twice as Chelsea go through to FA Cup Fourth Round

Chelsea went through the third FA Cup 2017 round after beating Peterborough  4-1 at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Pedro opened and closed the game with a brace, with the two goals scored at 18′ and 75′, the 2-1 was scored by Michy Batshuayi, that started today, at 44′ and by Willian at 56′.

Blues captain John Terry saw red for a professional foul on Peteborough’s Lee Angol at 67′ on his return since October.

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