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SkySports journalist Bryan Swanson confirmed earlier this morning that FIFA has definitively rejected Leicester’s request to sign Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon.

The former Premier League champions had targeted the Portugal international as a replacement for Danny Drinkwater, who left the club on Deadline Day to join Chelsea. A final decision from FIFA had been suspended due to a delay in forwarding documents and papers, provided to request an extra-time to complete the deal.

Chelsea managed to finalize a £40m deal to sign Drinkwater, while Leicester City failed to land Silva from Sporting CP for a few seconds.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been included in the list of the three finalist for the FIFA best coach of the year award.

The Italian manager will compete vs Massimiliano Allegri and Zinedine Zidane who were the two Champions League finalist with Juventus and Real Madrid.

Last year Claudio Ranieri won the award, after triumphing in the Premier League with Leicester City.

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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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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.



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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