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Chelsea and Norwich are still 0-0 at the end of the first half: not a great display by Antonio Conte’s lads, with the Canaries being probably more dangerous with Murphy that missed a great chance on a counter attack at 32′ and Zappacosta clearing a dangerous ball on Lewis right before half-time.

The Blues were not able to shot a single time on goal, with Michy Batshuayi left isolated among Norwich defenders.

The only appreciable effort was a Kenedy‘s shot from outside the box ( 29′) that was deflected in corner, not much to try to win the game in this first 45’.

The Blues have just other 45 minutes to avoid the replay at Stamford Bridge.



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Chelsea have reportedly agreed a deal to loan one of their young stars to Premier League side Newcastle.

Brazilian left winger/back Kenedy, in fact, will move to Rafa Benitez’s side next January in order to improve his playing time and performances.

The Northern Echo reports that the two Premier League sides have agreed terms on a deal for the 21-year-old, but like in the past summer Newcastle will have to wait until Chelsea bring in another player to officially close the loan deal.

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Michy Batshuayi, Charly Musonda and Kenedy all returned to the pitch in Chelsea development squad’s 4-0 win over MK Dons in the Checktrade Trophy last night. The Belgian pair found the net three times for the Blues, with also Hudson-Odoi among the goalscorers in the game, which secured Chelsea a place in the last-16 of the competition.

Batshuayi is currently recovering from a foot injury, while Musonda suffered a knee injury a couple of weeks ago.

Chelsea lineup: Eduardo; James, Ampadu, Clarke-Salter (c); Sterling, Chalobah (Sammut), Scott (Christie-Davies), Kenedy; Musonda, Batshuayi, Hudson-Odoi (Hazard)
Chelsea scorers: Batshuayi 22′, 44′; Hudson-Odoi 45′; Musonda 56′


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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gave his thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s game against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge (kick-off: 12.30PM GMT)

The Italian coach has given an injury update: David Luiz and Musonda are out, Batshuayi and Kenedy have just started to work with us, – he said, speaking at a press conference in Cobham training centre – They need time to find their best physical condition but it’s important they are back”.

When quizzed about the Brazilian centre-back, who suffered a knee injury recently, Conte added: “Now David Luiz is having treatment in his knee. How long will he be out for? It’s not simple to understand how long but at the same time the doctor is doing his best to recover him soon”.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed that, as expected, he will rotate some players against Everton in Wednesday night League Cup clash:

“I think for the game against Everton it is a good opportunity to give a chance to young players like Charly Musonda and Kenedy, the Italian manager revealed.

“They are young but they deserve this chance because they are working very well, they are improving and to see the improvement during a tough game against Everton, I think is important for the club.”


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Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the Crystal Palace away clash and claimed neither Alvaro Morata nor N’Golo Kante will be fit for the game after picking up hamstring injuries, as well as Danny Drinkwater, who has been recovering from a calf injury since the beginning of September:

“I hope to have Morata for the game with Roma next week,” Conte revealed.

“Drinkwater we have to wait, calf problems are not easy. With Kante we are going to do a scan next week to check his situation, his improving, he’s got an hamstring problem.

“It’s a big loss for us, you know very well how he is important for us, we don’t have another player with the same characteristics.

“We are not lucky in this period, we have only Bakyoko and Fabregas available, we have to find different solutions, we have to adapt some defenders as midfielders, or use Scott or Ampadu in the first team.

Kante will be out around 20 days, more or less, for this reason we have to do another scan after one week, to understand the situation very well, to see the improvement, he’s a big loss and it’s a big problem for us.

“For sure we have to approach these seven games without him, we have Fabregas and Bakayoko, then youngsters, we have to find a solution, it will be very difficult to play with Fabregas and Bakayoko for seven games in a row, of course we have to hope to have no more injuries in these games.

“I think an injury can happen during the international break but not only there, for example Morata picked up a injury with Man City, we have to hope they come back in good physical conditions.

“I guess now it’s important to be focused on the present, on the next game, to do our job in the best way to put all our best.”

About his future, Conte said:

“I think that in the last weeks I’ve read wrong things, in the interview I gave I just said that one day, in the future, I would like to go back to Italy.

“I know my position, I have two more years of contract with Chelsea, I like to work here, I like to work with my players, I like the great feeling I got with the fans. My family now stays here and my daughter is going to school here in Cobham, I want to clarify this.

“When a coach starts the work with the club for sure he hopes to stay for a long time and to build something important with the club. Our job is very difficult because everything can change in one day.”

Andrea Pirlo announced he will retire from his footballer career in the end of the year and speculations claimed he could end up working as Conte’s assistant:

“I know that Andrea decided to retire and finish his career in December with NYCFC, I think in this moment he doesn’t know his future and what he wants to do once he’s finished with his career,” the Italian manager stated.

On adapting David Luiz as a midfielder during Kante’s absence he said:

“We are speaking to adapt a player – David Luiz- that is very important as a central defender, because for me David is important as a central defender, if I can I prefer not to change a lot, because if you find a system, you can lose something, to play with three central midfielders could be an option, but I don’t want to change a lot, but if there is the necessity I am ready to do this and I am also ready to give chances to young players, like Ampadu or Scott.

Continuing to speak about next games, Conte said:

“We must be focused to work, we must be focused to do our jobs, the players and I, I think this must be the most important thing for us. Some issues are not important, now it’s important to look at the next game.

Bathsuayi started against Burnley, Qarabag, so he has no problem to start other games.”

Speaking about Kenedy, who last summer ended the Asian tour in advance for some controversial posts on the social media, he said:

“I think his mind must be focused on the pitch, not on social media, I think my task is to help him to find the right way, not the wrong way. I explained it to him, I am sure he understood, I think he has to continue to work like he’s doing, social media are not the most important thing in his career. he’s a very talented player, I see him very well, he’s got a good prospect to become an important player for Chelsea, he has to continue this way, I am sure his chance will come.”

Speaking about academy players to be insert in the first team, Conte said:

“We tried to do this last season, don’t forget that a lot of players from the academy players played in different games, they will play a lot in Carabao Cup, I think they will have the opportunity to play for Chelsea.”

And,finally, about Andreas Christensen and Charlie Musonda’s development:

“I think he can be a good example that, after two years on loan and after a good experience with Borussia Mönchengladbach, he’s becoming an important player with Chelsea. Charlie has to continue this way, we have only three number 10 and usually we play with two, he’s a talented player and I am sure he will have a good career, if his attention is more on the pitch and not on the social media.”

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Chelsea win 5-1 on Nottingham Forest in League Cup third round and go through the next stage.

Antonio Conte chose to rotate many players and gave chances to Kenedy, Musonda, Batshuayi and Caballero, with Eden Hazard starting his first Chelsea game of the season.

The first three took the chance they got tonight with great displays and they all scored: the Brazilian winger netted the opener ( 13′) the Belgian striker scored an hat-trick ( 19′, 53′, 86′) and Musonda ( 40′) scored the third goal in the end of the first half.

Forest only goal was scored by Dyer at 90′.

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Tomorrow’s night League Cup game against Nottingham Forest will be a good chance for some Chelsea youngsters to collect some playing time and show the manager and the fans what they are capable of.

Antonio Conte confirmed that he will give some minutes to the young players that don’t usually start in today’s press conference ahead of the clash:

“The next game could be a good opportunity to give chances to players who didn’t play a lot (so far),“the Italian boss revealed.

“I think tomorrow can be a good chance for Musonda and Kenedy.”

Kenedy got himself in trouble during Chelsea summer tour in Asia after an offensive social media post, but Conte claims the Brazilian winger has learned from the incident.

“He knows very well what happened in China. He knows he made a mistake. Now he’s focused and working very well.”

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According to reports by Turkish newspaper FanatikGalatasaray is still trying to sign a defender and the club is interested in two Chelsea players: Baba Rahman and Kenedy are on the list of the Turkish club.

The signing of either one of the Blues stars is still possible because deadline day in Turkey for the summer transfer window is on September 8th.

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After Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain snubbed Chelsea, Blues boss Antonio Conte wants the club to break the Kenedy loan agreement with Newcastle.

The Brazilian winger was set to move to the Benitez’s side on this deadline day, but after failing to sign the Arsenal player ( who is now set to join Liverpool) Conte believes Kenedy must stay at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager was keen to add another left-back to his squad to challenged and give rest to Marcos Alonso – who moved to West London last year – but Chelsea missed the signings of Alex Sandro, Danilo and Oxlade-Chamberlain during this transfer window, that is why Kenedy is set to stay.


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