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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that not only the manager but also all the players must take responsibility for disappointing results in the Premier League this season.

The Spanish player said that there is no doubt that the wave of criticism which flowed over the team is justified, however, he is confident that Chelsea are able to rise from his knees and start winning.

Speaking live at Q&A session Fabregas said:

“We will all have to take responsibility. If you are a big player and paid like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big player,”

“I am not saying you can’t have a bad season and bad games. We all have big players and small players, but the attitude must be spot on. We must always be at the top of our games, even when it’s not and not the behaviour that we are seeing right now from every Chelsea player.”

“Confidence is important until a certain point. At the end of the day, as a player you have pride. We cannot win the Premier League right now, but we must do better,”

“Right now is not the time to think of where we might finish, we’ve been saying it almost all season.”

“I don’t think about anything apart from wanting to beat Sunderland, play my best and that’s it. Right now, no one is easy as it currently shows. We’ve put ourselves in this position and we must now prove that we can start winning.”

 

 

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Jamie Carragher slammed Chelsea controversial striker after Costa accused his defence of falling asleep during their Premier League clash with Leicester on Monday.

Carragher told Sky Sports:

”There’s nothing worse than a player coming back and telling other people what they should be doing. It’s not what he should be doing considering he’s been asleep all season,”

”He’s done nothing for Chelsea compared to what he did last year. Don’t tell the defence what they should be doing. You sort yourself out at the other end of the pitch and take a leaf out of Jamie Vardy’s book.”

 

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Chelsea striker Loic Remy has no doubt that yesterday’s defeat 2-1 to Leicester City was the result of poor performance of the whole team.

The Frenchmen who came off the bench to score his third goal of the season is convinced that the only thing that can restore confidence throughout the squad is a couple of consecutive victories.

Remy told Chelsea’s official website:

”We are disappointed because of the loss but also because we need to play much better to win a game,”

”It’s difficult to pick one or two players who were better than any others. All the team need to improve; we need to be ready and play better.”

”We have to try to be more compact, not make any mistakes and score goals, that’s the main thing. We have to improve otherwise we will stay near the bottom of the table and Chelsea are not in the right position.”

”Nobody believes it because we were champions last year,’ he added. ‘The season is long and we have time to get better, I really believe that will happen soon. We have to try to win games.”

”The situation is really tough but as a group we have enough quality to come back. We need one or two wins to get our confidence back and I’m sure we will do that in the games coming.”

”As Chelsea players we all need to improve and fight in every game.”

”The manager makes his decision and picks 11 players. Whoever is playing tries to give their best and it’s the same for the substitutes, but at the moment it’s not enough and I don’t know why.”

 

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho spoke to BBC Sport after the defeat at King Power Stadium

“Today we made two defensive mistakes and we pay. They were goals that I cannot accept. They are goals that were studied and we have practiced for three days. I feel bad because I don’t understand how we can concede these goals.”

On his misfiring attack: “At the moment it costs us a lot to score goals. Look through our numbers and it is clear it is difficult to score goals. Why? Because the players whose job it is to score goals aren’t.”

“We can’t finish top four, but we can still finish top six because so many teams are dropping points,” he tells BBC Sport. “But at the moment we’re in a zone where I feel ashamed.”

About the possibility of a sack, he said:

“The last question (about my future) is always the same.

“The only thing I can say is that I want to be the manager. I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough to know that I am not afraid of a big challenge and in this moment it is a really big challenge.

“I want to stay and I hope Mr Abramovich and the board want me to stay because I want to stay.”

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri admitted that the last 30 minutes in performance of his team was not the best and Chelsea were very close tie.

The Italian coach is pleased with the performance of his team, he warns, however, that this is not the end of the fight for a good place at the end of the season the Premier League.

Ranieri told Sky Sports:

“There was a lot of electricity tonight, without that we are a normal team but with the fans pushing us we are very happy.”

“They continue to dream but we must continue to keep our feet on the ground.”

“I told my players, five more points and we are safe. I think like this I put that target at the beginning of the season, when we achieve 40 points, we will change our goal.”

“It’s magical time we must continue to work hard because I don’t want to wake up, I want to continue to dream with our fans.”

“We made a fantastic one hour and the last 30 minutes we suffered a lot but they are the champions.”

“I’m very pleased with our performance, we played compact and tried to do our best until the end and that is good.”

“When we play with pace and one or two touches and coordinate the movements they know very well, this is our strength.”

“All the players believe in each other and help each other and only in this way can you win against big champions.”

 

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Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez which should not surprise anyone is satisfied with today’s 2-1 win over Chelsea but warns his team not to overdo it with optimism, because there are still many matches left to play, and the situation in the table can still change significantly.

Mahrez told Sky Sports:

“I don’t know if no-one can stop me but I need to do my best for the team,”

“The most important thing is the performance of the team, we did a great game and deserved the win.”

“I have a lot of confidence, when you keep scoring and making assists it’s normal to have confidence.”

Asked if he thinks, that the Foxes have already a safe place in the Premier League table, he answered:

“We are not definitely safe, we need 40 or 42 points for that.”

 

 

 

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After a much needed win against FC Porto Chelsea successfully advanced into the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. Manager José Mourinho’faced a touch challenge against an inform Leicester City in the Barclays Premier League.

Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri headed into tonight’s game one point behind league leaders Arsenal at the King Power stadium in front of 32,054 spectators.

Both teams walked out to a fantastic atmosphere, as Chelsea’s captain John Terry searched for his 300th Premier League win, whilst full back César Azpilicueta made his 100th Premier League appearance for The Blues.

The away team made an early substitution when Jamie Vardy brought down Eden Hazard. The contact between both players saw the Belgium fall onto his hip.

Although the Belgian went down on his hip, the contact between both players didn’t appear to be serious.

Half an hour played and on came Pedro in replacement of the injured Hazard.

Thirty-Four minutes played and The Foxes opened the lead. The partnership between

Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy continued to blossom, as Mahrez played a lovely ball down from the right, crossed it over into box, leaving Vardy to tap it away with a sensational finish.

Into the second half and the home side came out flying and doubled their lead in the forty-eighth minute. As Mahrez added to his first half assist, the Algerian International turned Azpilicueta one way before beautifully curling the ball into the corner post.

The visitors made their final substitution of the night in the sixty-fifth minute, as Remy replaced midfielder Oscar.

Chelsea’s substitute made a late impact, as Pedro played a wonderful cross into the box finding the Frenchman Remy as he heads the ball into the far right hand post.

The home side made their first substitute of the night as Inler came on for Mahrez in the 81st minute.

Second substitution of the night for The Foxes as the early goal scorer Vardy was replaced by Okazaki in the 87th minute. 

It has been a testing game for The Blues; give credit where credit is due, despite their brilliant win mid week Chelsea were up against a team that are full of momentum. With eleven days before Christmas now might be the right time to consider The Foxes as genuine title challengers. 

The Foxes are back on top of the Premier League and rightly so. 

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton; Ulloa, Vardy.

Subs: Schwarzer, Benalouane, Wasilewski, Inler, King, Dyer, Okazaki.

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Leicester: Begovic, Cahill, Mikel, Fabregas, Kenedy, Pedro, Remy

Leicester used subs: Mahrez off Inler on, Vardy off Okazaki on.

Chelsea used subs used: Hazard off Pedro on, Terry off Fabregas on, Oscar off Remy on.

Report by Crystal Davis

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Here are the official line ups for today’s game at King Power Stadium between Leicester City and Chelsea.

CHELSEA :

Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa

Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Mikel, Fabregas, Kenedy, Pedro, Remy

Manager: José Mourinho

LEICESTER CITY  :

Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton; Ulloa, Vardy

Subs: Schwarzer, Benalouane, Wasilewski, Inler, King, Dyer, Okazaki

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

 

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester, UK

Kick Off: 20:00 pm GMT

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Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez is covinced that thanks to incredibile fans support, the Foxes are able to make a surprise at the King Power Stadium and even win against Chelsea.

The Algerian scored his first professional hat-trick in last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Swansea hopes to gain three points in today’s match against the Blues.

Mahrez told Foxes Player HD:

“I am pleased to play in the stadium [because] the fans are always behind us,”

“They never give up and that’s very good for us. I love to play in this stadium. Maybe that’s why we’re first as well because the fans are always behind us. 
“[When we play] away it’s always full so they have to keep going like this because we need them and we will make them proud of us.” 
”I think [the pressure] is for them because we don’t have pressure. It’s good to be first. No one said at the beginning of the season Leicester are going to be first in December. Never. ”
“We’re just training, laughing, joking and when it’s the game, work hard, work for each other and we will see what we can do. ”
“We just focus on our team, obviously Chelsea are a big club we just play like we always do and see what we can do.”

 

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Chelsea face the current Premier League leader Leicester City at King Power Stadium tonight ( KO 20.00) Here we bring you the predicted line ups for the game.

 

Chelsea (4-2-3-1):

Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.

 

Leicester City (4-4-2):

Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.

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