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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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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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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”.

Jamie Vardy is having an impressing season with Leicester © Francesca Ceciarini

Premier League sensation Jamie Vardy was targeted by Chelsea but the new English prodigy just extended hsi contract with Leicester and now he’s further from Stamford Bridge.

Vardy signed a £ 70.000 per week contract until 2019 with the Foxes, that today beat Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad and are top of the league with 53 points, 5 ahead of Spurs, second with 48.

Vardy claimed:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be fighting to achieve something special with this club, as part of this squad. I’ve never known a spirit like it – from the owners, to the manager and his staff, the players and the fans. I want to be part of it for a long time.

“Leicester City have shown nothing but total faith in me since the day I arrived here three and a half years ago and it’s impossible to measure how much that belief has helped me to improve. I’ll forever be grateful for the investment the club has made in me and I’ll spend every day working to repay it.”

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri added:

“Jamie is a fighter. He has had an unbelievable journey to get to this point in his career and continues to play every game as if it’s his last. I love his spirit, which is a quality I want in my players above all else.

“He has shown what a fantastic player he is and, more importantly, he is part of a fantastic group. I am very happy that he will stay with us for a long time.”

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According to reports Chelsea accepted Leicester City‘s offer for Loic Remy.

The Foxes were thought to want the player on loan.

But it’s now been claimed an £11.5m fee has been agreed for the French striker.

His former club Newcastle was also keen on him but football reporter Ben Jacobs posted on Twitter:

“Loic Remy to #LCFC. Sorry Newcastle fans.”


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