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Speaking to the Evening Standard and looking at current season Chelsea form former Blues midfielder Gustavo Poyet claimed that winning the title is like a virus:

“Winning the title, it’s a virus. After you win it the next year something goes wrong for [Jose] Mourinho, [Carlo] Ancelotti and Conte [at Chelsea]. It’s tough and when you’re champions everyone wants to kill you.

“For Chelsea it was a very strange summer, a mess inside the club. The Diego Costa situation was tough and so was replacing him. The new players need time to adapt and prove themselves.

“Last year, with all respect to the squad players, the team was [stable]. This year you make one team, I make one team, he makes one team, Conte makes another team. That consistency is why they won the league… not just of selection but formation and style of play.”

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While on international duty with BelgiumChelsea star Eden Hazard has once again pointed out his admiration for Real Madrid‘s manager Zinedine Zidane.

Everyone knows the respect I have for the man” – Hazard told RTL – “For the player he was and for the coach he is, he was my idol. Of course I don’t know what will happen in my career in the future, but to play under him would be a dream. It wouldn’t bother me to play under Jose Mourinho again. At this time, though, I’m happy at Chelsea. I still have a lot of things to do at Chelsea, and I’m focused on Chelsea.”

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (centre) after the final whistle as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (centre - left) loos to head down the tunnelduring the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 5, 2017.

José Mourinho commented his-ironic- way Antonio Conte missing handshake after Chelsea v Manchester United final whistle:

“You want me to go and chase him in the middle of the pitch?” the Portuguese claimed.

“I was there. I shook hands with the people who were there.

“I think one of them was his brother, the assistant, so I feel that by shaking the hands of his brother and the other assistants that I did my duty. I cannot go and run to chase him.

“Why should I wait [in the tunnel]? He doesn’t have to wait. There is no problem with it at all. You are always worried with these things… no problem.”

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Antonio Conte ignored José Mourinho‘s handshake after winning 1-0 over Manchester United tonight: the Portuguese went toward Chelsea dugout after the final whistle but he snubbed him and ran onto the pitch to celebrate his team’s success with the players and fans.

Mourinho shook hands with Conte’s staff instead and when asked to comment the episode he said:

“Conte disappeared. I shook hands with his assistant, which for me is basically the same.”

“It’s not important,” said the Italian coach about his behaviour.

“It’s important to win the game. You have to have the respect on the pitch not outside the pitch.”

“It’s important to have respect on the pitch.”

 

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Huge boost for Manchester  United ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Chelsea: the Red Devils recovered two key players, Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini.

Rojo has been unavailable since April after suffering serious ligament damage in United’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second-leg against Anderlecht. Fellaini picked up an injury during the October international break while with Belgium and hasn’t played since.

The pair travelled to London with the rest of the squad while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick still remain on the sidelines recovering form their injuries.

Also Jesse Lingard, who suffered a back injury in the Champions League game against Benfica last Tuesday, travelled to London with the selected squad.

José Mourinho now has two more options for tomorrow’s game at Stamford Bridge, the third return since he was sacked in December 2015 by Roman Abramovich.

 

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Manchester United have five long-term injury absentees for next Chelsea clash with Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Paul Pogba all on the sidelines.

Jesse Lingard became the latest injury concern for the red Devils after the attacker picked up a back injury during Tuesday night’s Champions League win over Benfica.

Speaking about this issue to ManUtd.com Red Devils manager José Mourinho said he’s not sure if he will be able to recover some of them for the Stamford Bridge game next Sunday:

“I have to wait a little bit. Normally, the press conference is a bit later in the week, we still have Friday and Saturday [to come].

I’m not very optimistic, but I don’t want to lie. I don’t want you to say that I told a lie when I said there’s no chance of recovering, so I prefer just to say two more days to confirm my expectation.”

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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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After the important Premier League win on Saturday at Stamford Bridge vs Watford,  Thibaut Courtois admits this was the first step to avoid Antonio Conte will suffer the same “fate” as José Mourinho who was sacked by Chelsea few months after winning the Premier League title.

We are ready to fight for the coach,” – Courtois told the Evening Standard .  – I remember what happened two years ago under Jose Mourinho and things started to be said, there were stories about the dressing room without knowing what was happening. In 2015 we wanted to fight as well but the game didn’t turn out well for us, there was too much bad luck. Sometimes different things happened. But we are showing we want to fight again now, firstly as a group of players. We want to win games. Some of us remember what happened two years ago and we don’t want the same thing to happen.”

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Antonio Conte will probably have just one first team squad midfielder for tomorrow’s clash against Watford, as the Italian manager himself revealed during a press conference today maybe only Cesc Fabregas will be fully fit to play among the midfielders, as Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante are both still recovering from their long-term injuries and Tiemoué Bakayoko didn’t feel very well after the Champions League game against Roma:

“Honestly at the moment I cannot say nothing about the starting XI for tomorrow,” Conte told the press.

“I have many doubts, I have 24 hrs to recover some players, maybe Fabregas will be the only fit midfielder.

“For sure tomorrow the game will be very tough, because Watford are a good team, they got a good position in the table, but after two defeats we want to come back to win.

“It can happen to lose some games, after [the win against] Atletico we played a tough game after only two days, maybe this can be the only regret, when we played at Crystal Palace it was after international break, and then Roma after three days.”

Asked if he changed something in his training method respect to last season, Conte said:

“I don’t know about this, my method is the same of last season, when we won the league, we are working maybe 70% less in this season, that’s why we have troubles.

“We play every three days, so it’s impossible to work in technical and physical aspect like the past year.

“After two defeats in a row I am happy for the commitment and the efforts of my players, but if you ask me about the last results, I am not happy, no coach can be happy after two defeats and one draw.”

Conte was also asked if he can handle the pressure he’s under in this delicate moment of his Chelsea experience:

“I think every manager has to feel the pressure, I try to put all myself in my job, I am happy when I go to my house because I put myself 100% in my job.”

When asked if he was regretting replying to José Mourinho‘s comments ( “some manager always cry about injuries”) the Italian coach replied:

I don’t regret replying to him, every manager has to talk about his job, himself, his team, his players, not the others. Every coach has to focus on his own work, it’s the best way to work.”

And when the journalist insisted on a comment on this topic, Conte replied:

“For me this is a stupid issue, it’s funny you’re sot interested in it.”

Asked about Danny Drinkwater‘s recovery from his calf injury and if he could risk the former Leicester midfielder in the next games Conte said:

“Danny is progressing well, now he has started to work in some part of the sessions with us, now it’s important for him to improve his physical conditions, but he’s progressing well.

“First of all it’s important to recover him very well, if I play him I will have a not fit player and maybe he will pick up another injury, 40 days have already passed, but we must have more patience and wait the right moment.”

About N’Golo Kante’s recovery from his hamstring injury, Conte said:

“I hope to have him back very soon, before the inter nation break, he is progressing well, the scan was better than before, he has started to work, not with the group. Back with Man United? It could be an option, but if he is available before, like in the away game at Rome, I will be very happy.

“I think that we have to try everything to win the game, their effort and commitment was very good and positive against Manchester City and against Roma, it’s important to win, we’re working to try to win the next game.”

“Now our priority it’s to be focused and to go game by game, every opponent can be dangerous for different reasons, we have to go game by game to try to win the game and put ourselves in a better condition.

“When you have to play four competition this is the path you must follow, to play every game with the same players is a big problem, in this way it’s impossible to work well, the game is not training, it’s different.

“If you compare the situation with Tottenham last season, don’t forget that we lost a lot of big players, a lot of players that wrote the history of this club, we signed five players and we are trying to repeat something important, but it’s normal you have to pay something in this situation.”

Questioned if he regrets to play David Luiz in the midfield against Roma, Conte said:

“When you have the necessity to do this I am not happy, because I think every player has his own role, but I think sometimes you have to adapt and you must pay for this, it’s normal.”

On tomorrow’s rival, this what the Blues boss claimed:

“I think they are doing very well, they did a really good transfer market, I’m very happy for Pozzo family, I know them very well and they have great knowledge of football, but surely tomorrow I want to ready to beat them.”

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Antonio Conte, speaking at a press conference after Champions League’s 3-3 draw against AS Roma, told journalists José Mourinho should stop talking about Chelsea focusing on his squad.

“A lot of time, also last season, I think he has to think about his team and stop – Conte claimed – To look at himself, not the others.”

The Manchester United boss suggested the Italian manager was “crying” about his injury problems, with Drinkwater, Moses and Kante currently sidelined. Moreover, also David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko suffered injuries last night.

 

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