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Chelsea striker Pedro seemed enthusiastic after the important 2-1 win at Leicester yesterday:

It’s one more win for us, a very important three points and we are continuing in the right way. The team are playing very well,” the Spaniard said after the game.

“Every game in the Premier League is difficult, Leicester are very good on the counter attack and in transitions, with players like Vardy and Mahrez, so it was very important for us to win.”

Speaking about Chelsea’s goals, he claimed:

“They were two very good goals, Morata scored the first from a good Azpi cross, and N’Golo’s was a nice shot from outside the box. We are moving up the table which is very good for us.”

Pedro also paid tribute to Kante after a great display by the Frenchman against his former club.

“He’s a very important player for the team, a very good midfielder.

“He’s always running and recovering balls. He also scores goals and he’s a complete player.”

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Facing his former team N’Golo Kante not only played a very good game but he also scored the 0-2 goal in the second half.

The Chelsea midfielder didn’t celebrate his goal and after the game he explained why, even if the reason was already pretty obvious: “It is always special to play my old team. I had an amazing year here but when I come I try to win and today was important and I am happy to score”. – Kante told BBC Sport – “It is always a pleasure to score but I keep it inside (his celebration) because I want to respect my old team. It was a tough game. They had a lot of chances but we fight and had some chances but we won and that is the most important thing.”

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Today Chelsea won their third consecutive Premier League game and Alvaro Morata scored his third goal.

However, according to the Spanish striker, the job for him and the Blues is just at the beginning: “It is important to win here,” – Morata told Sky Sports. – “Always against Leicester at this stadium it is very difficult to win. We were in a good position at 2-0 but suffered to the end. This is the Premier League. I am good but the most important thing is we are not in the first places and we look forward to moving ahead in the table.”

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First reactions from Chelsea boss Antonio Conte after the important win at King Power Stadium this afternoon.

The Italian manager looked, of course, very pleased after beating Leicester City 2-1 away:

“We must be delighted because we had a good performance,” said Conte.

“We played very well. We were in total control and could have scored more goals.”

Jamie Vardy scored for the Foxes on penalty with 30 minutes to go, putting pressure on Chelsea in the last part of the game:

“After the penalty it changed the situation.

“They tried to push but despite this we had chances to improve the score. It is a good result and a good performance.

“After the international break it is not easy.

“I am happy for N’Golo Kante. He performed very well but this is not news,” Conte said about the French midfielder, who scored the winner.

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Chelsea are level on points with Manchester United (with one game in hand against Stoke City) after beating Leicester City in a tough clash at King Power Stadium.

Alvaro Morata (fine header from Azpilicueta’s cross) and N’Golo Kante (low shot from 30 yards) both scored before Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who had previously denied a certain goal from Slimani, caused a penalty due to a late challenge on Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. The England star converted the penalty into a goal.

Then Antonio Conte sent on Willian, Zappacosta and Hazard for Fabregas, Moses and Pedro. Zappacosta’s low left-footed effort from a close range went wide, while Willian went close to scoring twice in the second half, as well as Alvaro Morata. Chelsea players protested for an alleged handball of MGuire.

The Blues struggled to keep their lead but got three vital points in the race for Premier League title.

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Everton - London, Britain - August 27, 2017 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring their first goal

LEICESTER CITY – Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Mahrez, Slimani, Vardy

Subs: Hamer, Chillwell, Amartey, King, Gray, Ulloa, Iheanacho.

Manager: Craig Shakespeare

 

CHELSEA – Courtois; Rudiger, David Luiz, Azpilicueta; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Pedro, Morata.

Subs: Caballero, Drinkwater, Eden Hazard, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Christensen.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Kick Off: 3 pm BST

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester, UK

Referee: Lee Mason

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

Eden Hazard is back after recovering from an ankle injury.

Antonio Conte has no injury concerns for the game at Leicester.

– Former Foxes midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who signed for Chelsea on transfer window deadline day just ten days ago, is fit to face his ex team at King Power Stadium.

– New Chelsea signing Davide Zappacosta, signed on deadline day as well, can make his official debut for the Blues today.

 

Leicester City

– Robert Huth (ankle) and Vicente Iborra (groin) are both back in training after injury but today’s match will come too soon for both players.

-Leicester could include new signing Aleksandar Dragovic in their squad. The 26-year-old defender joined the club on a season-long loan from Bayer Leverkusen on deadline day.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, James, Silva, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro.

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“I think Danny is a really good player,”  Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said speaking ahead of next clash against Leicester City at King Power Stadium

“Two years ago together with N’Golo they won the league, they played regularly and showed how strong they were”.

Danny Drinkwater joined Chelsea on Deadline Day from the Foxes, who failed to complete the signing of his replacement in midfield Adrien Silva.

Quizzed again on where the England international midfielder could play, Conte added: “Danny is a strong player who can help us. The midfield is very important. I need midfielders with particular characteristics which he has. Now he must find his best physical condition to be ready to help us”.

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Antonio Conte confirmed it again: Eden Hazard is back and he’s available to play against Leicester City tomorrow afternoon.

The Italian manager revealed he’s got no injured players for this clash and all the squad can be selected:

“We have no injury problems, all players available, someone can be tired but it’s normal after international break.

“Eden is available, he’s selected for tomorrow’s game, he’s improving a lot and working very hard to be ready, I have to decide the right moment for him to come back, but he’s available now.

“It’s normal when there is a bad injury and surgery to pay attention to the recovery, don’t forget Eden is an important player for us, he has to continue to play, not to stop himself.”

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