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As every Chelsea fan, also Blues star Eden Hazard doesn’t want Spurs to win the Premier League:

“We don’t want Tottenham to win the Premier League: the fans, the club and the players,” the Belgian said yesterday after the win at Bournemouth.

“We hope for Leicester because they deserve to be champions but we will see. We have a big game next week against Tottenham and if we can beat them it will be good.”

 

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Former Spurs player Jermaine Jenas spoke about next week derby between Chelsea and Tottenham where the Blues can play their part in the title race: winning that game, Chelsea would give a huge help to Leicester to win the Premier League.

“Do you think the Chelsea players would rather Leicester win the title?” Jenas was asked.

“One hundred percent. I mean, they’re probably looking at what they’ve got left and saying ‘you know, I don’t care what happens the rest of the season, all I care about is [the Spurs match]. That’s the one game that I’m going to make sure that I’m ready for and that I’m up for.’ The fans will be thinking the same thing, the players on the pitch will be thinking the same thing.

But as a Spurs player, you know that. It’s OK thinking all those things, you’ve still got to stop it happening. Spurs are at the peak of their powers at the minute, playing as well as I’ve ever seen them play, and they’re driven by the opportunity to lift the trophy.

You look at that Chelsea team, they’ve got some world stars within their ranks. Is just stopping Spurs a big enough carrot to make them perform on that day? I think it is.”

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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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Cesc Fabregas was a guest of Sky Sports program Monday Night Football tonight, commenting the game between Spurs and Stoke City, that Pochettino’s side won 4-0 with braces by Harry Kane and Dele Alli, reducing the gap from Leicester from 7 to 5 points, having the Foxes drew 2-2 with West Ham yesterday.

The Chelsea midfielder revealed he doesn’t want Tottenham to win the league:

“Hopefully not, I don’t want Spurs to win it to be honest.

“For what they’ve done through the season I’d love Leicester to win the Premier League.”

Chelsea can be decisive in the title race since they will host Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Monday 2 May, with three games to go, and Leicester in the last fixture, on Sunday 15 May.

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Terry and Lampard in last year challenge beteween Chelsea and Manchester City © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard spoke to TalkSPORT ahead of the game between two of his English former clubs: the London Blues and Manchester City.

The New York City FC midfielder was surprised that he could properly follow the Premier League while in the USA:

“We get more games on TV here than in the UK,” he says over the phone from his New York home. “When I first got here, I wasn’t sure if I liked watching it. It was kind of fresh because I’d just finished, but as I’ve been here longer I’ve watched more.

“How would I sum up this season? A one-off. Refreshing. Just a crazy season.”

LEICESTER ON TOP –We all have our teams – I’ve got Chelsea strong in my heart, and a bit of Manchester City – but no one can say they haven’t been excited by the idea of a team like Leicester doing what they look like doing. Big teams have underperformed and Leicester are the fairytale. I thought they would be caught. But with the big results they’ve pulled off and the consistency they’re playing with, plus the lack of games left, I think it’s pretty much theirs. The only thing that can stop them now is the nerves that can come when a team isn’t used to being in that position. But they look like they’re enjoying it. There’s a difference between feeling pressure in a negative way and enjoying it, and at the moment the whole place is buzzing. Watching on TV you can feel the atmosphere. That might carry them over the line.”

RANIERI – “I’ve always followed Claudio Ranieri’s career because he was a huge turning point in mine when he took me to Chelsea. Leicester was a difficult job, though. I know he’s a good manager and a man who galvanises players, but I wasn’t sure what he had to work with there. He and every player have exceeded themselves. In recent weeks, when the pressure could have been tough for the players, he’s taken it off them with a smile and the way he behaves. It’s not just down to him, though. The players have come out of nowhere to look like world-beaters. Some are in their international teams now, when they were nowhere near them at the start of the season. They’re the ones who go out there and do it consistently, so credit to them.”

RELEGATION BATTLE –In recent years we’ve seen so-called big clubs, who believe they can’t go down, getting relegated. That’s when a club has to take a look at itself from top to bottom – from players to recruitment, owners and managers… Aston Villa have looked completely disjointed this season. In previous years they’ve consistently been at the higher end of the league, but now they look like one of the worst Premier League clubs we’ve seen.”

GUARDIOLA TO CITY – “When a club announces a new manager is coming in at the end of the season, it shouldn’t have any impact on the players. But history says it does affect teams. Manchester City will be the club that asks: ‘Was that the right time to announce it [Pep Guardiola’s signing]? They dropped from a title-winning position afterwards. When Chelsea announced that Antonio Conte was coming in they didn’t have much to lose, so for them it was wise to lay their cards on the table.”

CONTE TO CHELSEA – “Conte has a big job to do. There’s been a transition at Chelsea that looked like it was going in a good direction, but it’s gone in a completely negative one. They shouldn’t be where they are now. You can see Conte is going to take the bull by the horns and try to imprint his style and technique on the club. He might need to bring in players who will respond to that. There will be a change of personnel at Chelsea.”

CHELSEA SEASON – “Chelsea’s players have underperformed. Important players, too – ones who were at a really high level last year. I don’t know if that’s because of issues they have with the club, the manager; if it’s just form, or injuries. The players have to look at themselves and ask: ‘How can so many underperform to that level?’ You can have bad seasons, but you shouldn’t have a bad one where you finish in the bottom half. The big test is how they come back, because Chelsea can’t afford to be out of the top four for two years consecutively.”

JOHN TERRY’s FUTURE – “I imagined finishing my career at Chelsea, and I know John would have, too. But you do have moments when you wonder where your career is going, and I found that period difficult at the end of my time at Chelsea. It’s now the choice that John makes. If he doesn’t stay, where does he go? For me it’s been an amazing experience to go to Manchester and New York, even when I didn’t expect it. And it might be the same for John if it does go that way. But it’s a difficult situation – you’ve got a family and you’re wondering where you’re going to live. You go from being very stable and at a club you love to having to take in all these other variables. So it is not an easy time. John will be going through all that now.”

 

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There is a lot of Leicester City in the PFA Team of the Year chosen by John Terry, and it couldn’t be really different due to the extraordinary season the Foxes are undergoing.

The Chelsea captain revealed his choices posting a picture on his Instagram account.

He voted for Ryad Mahrez as player of the year as well, and for Harry Kane as young player of the year.

Here are is his team:

Schmeichel (Leicester), Smalling ( Man United), Huth (Leicester), Morgan ( Leicester), Bertrand ( Southampton);Mahrez ( Leicester), Drinkwater (Leicester), Payet ( West Ham), N’Golo Kante; Vardy (Leicester), Kane ( Spurs).

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STAMFORD BRIDGE

Chelsea responded to Dr Bonar doping accusations that in a Sunday Times exclusive revealed that he doped several Premier League footballers and other sport persons, among them players from Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City and Birmingham City.

After the front page story was published this morning in the Sunday Times, a spokesman from Chelsea explained:

“The claims The Sunday Times put to us are false and entirely without foundation.

“Chelsea Football Club has never used the services of Dr Bonar and has no knowledge or record of any of our players having been treated by him or using his services.

‘We take the issue of performance enhancing drugs in sport extremely seriously and comply fully with all anti-doping rules and regulations.

“Chelsea FC players are regularly and rigorously tested by the relevant authorities.”

Also Arsenal responded to these accusations through a spokesman:

“Arsenal Football Club is extremely disappointed by the publication of these false claims which are without foundation.

“The Sunday Times knows that these allegations are baseless but has preferred to publish regardless.

“The club takes its responsibilities in this area very seriously and our players are well aware of what is expected.

“We strictly adhere to all guidelines set by the World Anti-Doping Agency.”

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Chelsea and Juventus, according to Express.co.uk, are keen on the 24-year-old midfielder N’Golo Kanté, who joined the Foxes in the summer costing just £5.6m from Caen.

Kanté is currently valued around £20m and is unsure where he will be next season.

The France international told Sky Sports: “I will fight for Leicester this season and next season we never know and we will see.”

He added: “At this moment I am focused on Leicester. We have to finish well this season but I don’t mind about  the other clubs. It is unbelievable because we weren’t thinking about this at the start of the season. All things are good and we are happy.”

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Chelsea will travel again to the USA for their pre-season tour this summer.

The Blues were invited another time to the International Champions Cup, along with other nine European top clubs:

AC Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Celtic, Inter,  Leicester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

The Blues will open the tour in Los Angeles facing the Reds on Wednesday 27 July at the Rose Bowl stadium.

They will then travel to a city yet to be announced to face Real Madrid on 30 July, before finishing the tour in Minneapolis on facing AC Milan at the brand new US Bank Stadium on 3 August.

The full competition schedule:

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PETR CECH ARSENAL

In an interview to Canal + Blues legend Petr Cech admitted leaving Chelsea was the right decision:

“I made a good choice,” he is quoted by C+ journalist Matt Spiro:

“I had to decide between disappointing Chelsea fans & being happy. After 10 years thinking of club, I put myself first.

“I don’t know if Wenger sleeps better since he bought me. But when I met him, he explained how the club functions and I liked it.

“I knew Arsenal had team to challenge for title. Just need consistency. Last minute against Leicester changed the season. Now must keep momentum”.

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