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CHELSEA –  Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa

Subs- Amelia, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Hazard, Traore

Manager- Guus Hiddink

 

TOTTENHAM –  Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane

Subs- Vorm, Davies, Wimmer, Carroll, Chadli, Mason, Clinton

Manager- Mauricio Pochettino

 

Referee- Mark Clattenburg

Venue- Stamford Bridge

Kick off- 20:00 GMT

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The latest team news and the predicted line-ups for the clash that can decide the league tonight!

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

– Chelsea captain John Terry is set to be in the squad for the first time since mid March but may not yet be fit enough to start.

Gary Cahill is also fit to play after overcoming an illness which ruled him out of the game against Bournemouth.

Thibaut Courtois completes his two-match suspension, whilst Loic Remy (groin) and Kurt Zouma(knee) remain out.

 

Spurs

Dele Alli is ruled out for Spurs after accepting a three-match ban for punching West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in midweek.

Eric Dier could feature after picking up a bout of concussion against the Baggies.

Nabil Bentaleb remains out with a knee injury.

– If Spurs don’t get the three points at Stamford Bridge Leicester City will be Premier League champions tonight.

 

PREDICTED LINE UPS

CHELSEA – Begovic; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa.

SPURS –  Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Dier; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane.

 

 

 

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Chelsea captain John Terry told Soccer AM he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge as long as he can.

Terry said: “I think I’ve got a couple of years left and I definitely intend to keep playing. Hopefully at Chelsea, if not it will be somewhere else.”

“I’m feeling good physically and intend to play as long as I can. As a professional footballer you’re a long time retired, so I think not only for myself but for all of us we should get the most out of it and enjoy it while it’s there.”

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has revealed today during a press conference that both John Terry and Gary Cahill will be back to match fitness to face Tottenham Hotspur this coming Monday.

Terry has been sidelined with a calf problem and Cahill has been suffering with an illness for the last few days but Hiddink is relieved to have their vast experience back in the squad for an important game in the Premier League run-in.

“It’s good to have them back. 

“They have experience. John may not be able to play the full 90 minutes, we will see.”

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Chelsea captain John Terry is set to return from injury next week in the Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

Terry hasn’t played a minute of football since the achilles injury he suffered on March 19th.

According to manager Guus Hiddink, the former England centre-half will be back training with the team this week.

“John is very committed. He was very annoyed about his injury, but now recovering. He desperately wants to be with the team.”

“I hope he will step up next week and we will see how it will go in the last couple of games. We play on Monday week. He has to step up, starting next week. He should be training with the group at least by Thursday [to be considered to face Spurs].”

Terry travelled with the Chelsea team yesterday to watch the game against Bournemouth and Guus Hiddink appreciates having someone with such experience on the sideline to give his thoughts and views on the game.

“It’s good to have players having the view from the other side, from the manager’s side.”

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Guus Hiddink’s press conference ahead of the clash at Bournemouth:

INJURED PLAYERS-Kurt Zouma is working very hard, Remy is out, Terry is not still available to play, he will travel with the team this afternoon to Bournemouth. He travels because I like people to be involved in the team, he is very committed, he was very annoyed by his injury, and I want him to be the team.

JONH TERRY – “He’s under treatment, I hope he will step up next week. He has to step up at least Thursday, training with the group, to play against Spurs

It’s a long way to go for him to become a manager,  if you gather all the players you’re interested, yu always have a good view of the other side, but first of all I consider him as a player.

EDEN HAZARD – “He is available, he will travel, maybe not the whole game. This week he was training without complaining, he was training very alive, a good signal to participate.

UPCOMING GAMES – “We’re not in the middle of the focus, I said to the guys that they are still in a big club, in a dififcult season, and you have not to forget also our loyal supporters

“Players motivation? When we play games in training they are fully committed to win, so Chelsea will try to win all the remaining wins.”

NEW TOP CLUBS –Everyone is in favour to see Leicester being champions

“If you have a wise and smart [players] recruitment maybe you have good players for 1 million or a little more, then maybe the pass 3-4 years in the club their value is 20 million, of course the demand of a big club is very high, it’s not that easy, but sometimes you find what you call a white horse.

“In some club you don’t have very good players, good players not superstars, but they got also very strong team spirit that give you the appearance to be unbeatable.”

BOURNEMOUTH –It’s not easy to come from Championship and to keep them in the Premier League is even more difficult, they kept on doing well, that’s an example of a good English manager and what he can do. He’s a good example of how he can manage it.

“Leicester got a good management, probably a good transfer policy, when you can from the bottom to the Premier League it’s always respectful

EPISODES – “I watched to game Bournemouth won at Stamford Bridge, yes, it’s true, their winner was offside. But at the end of the season you got compensation in those episodes, like the equaliser Terry scored against Everton, it was offside too.

BAD SEASON – “I watched that game and I wondered how Chelsea, the champions, could lose like that. The club wasn’t used to situations like this, it’s a new negative experience. 

“Next seasons many teams will have the possibility to sign very good players, so it will be tougher for everyone.

SQUAD MOOD – “When results are not good during the season, of course there is a different mood, when we went out of the Champions League and Fa Cup of course something changed, automatically there was a little less “sparkle” to perform at the top. We have to go into the last games with a lot pride

EMENALO/ACADEMY – “I don’t know exactly what Emenalo said, but it’s difficult to comment…Harry Kane came from Spurs academy, of course. At Chelsea the demands to be first team player is very high, you must have a very good recruitment department but it’s not easy in big clubs, it’s difficult to make the last step. Of Course Chelsea got good youngsters, the average quality is ok, but you must ask yourself if among them  you got 2-3 players that in a couple of years can make it in the first team.

PATO and FALCAO“Pato and Falcao with Costa? I have to make my fair judgement and give them the opportunity they deserve in the games, in January we had many problems and only Diego Costa was available, then Traore came and did well, Pato came on loan and he took a while to play because there was competition.

CHELSEA TOP YOUNGSTERS – “The youngsters, like Tammy Abraham, often train with us and you can see them how they grow in a short time, how they improve also their resistance, yesterday we had three-four players of the ones that won the youth League that partecipated to the training, for me they learn much more when they train with the first team that playing with not so challenging teams.”

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The Evening Standard claims that Chelsea youngster Jake Clarke-Salter can become the new John Terry for the Blues.

“Has to be take seriously given that captain John Terry, Chelsea’s only genuine graduate from the youth system to become a regular in the past 20 years, has tipped the defender to emulate him, “ writes Simon Johnson.

“Like Terry, Clarke-Salter likes to lead by example from the back, making challenges and giving instructions to his team-mates. Made his professional debut at Aston Villa earlier this month,” he concludes.

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harry redknapp

The 69-year-old former Tottenham and West Ham boss Harry Redknapp, currently under contract with Jordan national team, wrote in his column for The Telegraph“When Chelsea named their team to play Manchester City on Saturday I looked at it and thought “that’s a really poor side”. They had a couple of young players in there, a couple who have been out of form recently and a couple more who have been poor all season.”

“That said, I didn’t expect them to get torn apart by Manchester City in the way they were, but I can’t say I was wholly surprised when it happened – and it just summed up what has been an absolute disaster of a season for them. Before the season they were my favourites for the title, along with Manchester City. Well, that didn’t turn out as we expected.”

“Look at Eden Hazard, for example. If you didn’t know who he was and were told he was the reigning Footballer of the Year you wouldn’t take it seriously.” he said about Eden Hazard‘s recent poor performances.

About incoming manager Antonio Conte: “Guus Hiddink is obviously a fantastic manager, but his style is to be nice to the players in order to get results. It’s hardly a secret, but I gather Antonio Conte, who will take over this summer, is the polar opposite of that. People who know him well tell me he’s a real disciplinarian, and he works his players very, very hard. If you don’t start a game then after the match he’ll have you out on the pitch doing lap after lap. He’ll get them fit and he’ll get them going again.”

“Make no mistake, Chelsea’s dressing room needs sorting out – and it really sounds like Conte is the right man to do it. He needs to bring in some players to help him, and I’d expect him to make at least three signings this summer – probably from Italy, where he has worked all his career.”

About John Terry: “It’s a tough job though – and if I were Conte one of the first things I’d do is sign John Terry up on a new deal. For me he’s been one of Chelsea’s best defenders this season, when fit, and you need characters like him when things are changing. Conte will know this, of course.”

About Europe: “It looks almost certain they won’t qualify for Europe next season, which could end up helping them as they go for the Premier League title – and make no mistake, they will still be expected to challenge for the title even after the last eight months. Anything less simply will not be good enough.”

“Chelsea, though, should be right up there. If they are then Conte will have ensured the memories from this awful season have been forgotten about as quickly as possible.” he ended.

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Liverpool legend Graeme Souness, now a Sky Sports pundit, analysed Chelsea defeat against Manchester City:

“It was a team that had something to play for against a team going through the motions,”Souness said on Sky Sports’ Saturday Night Football programme.

Some of the players were bordering on a disgrace today, the players who were meant to be bang at it weren’t.

Souness criticised also Willian, often one of the best for Chelsea in this digraceful season, that according to him was too lazy in yesterday’s game:

“You say to a player ‘lose the ball, get goal-side straight away’ and he [Willian] is Mr Effervescent for them (usually).

“He’s a fizzer and a buzzer. That told me from the very first minute, Chelsea weren’t at it.”

Then he stressed the importance of an absence like the one of John Terry, the leader of this team:

“If John Terry plays today I don’t think all those gaps throughout the game are there in front of the two centre backs. He’s making sure that John Obi Mikel is there”

“You’ve got to have a talker, an organiser at times on the pitch. John Terry does that.

“Even if he doesn’t play every game you can have him there.,I learnt far more from the top players I played with than from any coach. 

“John Terry has still got a lot to offer – from what he gives you in the 90 minutes, what he gives you in the dressing room and what he gives Gary Cahill and any of the young centre halves.”

 

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