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Ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game between Chelsea and Liverpool many are focusing their attention on Salah who has already netted 14 goals this season and is also a former Blues player.

However, during his press conference Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has insisted the Egypt international won’t be the only threat his team has to face tomorrow at Anfield: “I know him very well; he played in Italy for many years,” – Conte said – “Salah is a good player, he is very dangerous. He is a technical player, but at the same time is very fast, very strong, very good in one-v-ones and very good at finishing. I will pay great attention to him, but also to Mane, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge. Liverpool have great potential as a team.”

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Speaking during his press conference before Premier League‘s game vs LiverpoolChelsea manager Antonio Conte suggested he still has to decide wheter some players will be in the Starting XI or not.

In particular, the Blues coach is doubtful about Alvaro Morata: “We have to make the best decision game-by-game, to find the best solutions for the team and to give the right rest to my players,” – Conte said. – “Last time, Morata played three games in a row and, after 20 minutes against Manchester City, he was injured. I have to pay attention in all situations. Sometimes I take a risk but it’s my job and I like to do this.”

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Good news for Chelsea and for the Blues fans: in his press conference before tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Liverpool, manager Antonio Conte confirmed Victor Moses has recovered from his injury and he will be included in the squad.

“His condition is good”. – Conte said about Victor Moses – “For sure, he needs time to recover his best form but tomorrow he is in our squad and I think to bring him on the bench”.

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Eden Hazard will meet former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah tomorrow as the Blues face Liverpool at Anfield, and the Belgian star has revealed he’s in touch with the Egyptian.

 “It’s always good to play against a friend. – he told Chelsea’s official website this morning – It is good to have friends in this world, because in football you can’t have a lot of friends”.

“When you are not playing in one club you need to go. All the players want to play. In this period, we had me, Willian, Oscar, Juan Mata also, so for him it was not easy, but he is a top player. We know the quality he has”.

Salah was sold to Serie A side Fiorentina as a part of the deal which led Juan Cuadrado to Stamford Bridge in February 2015: “You need a chance, I remember he took his chance at Fiorentina, – Hazard noted – And I am just happy for him”.

Chelsea signed Salah on a £12m move from Basel in January 2014, under the management of Jose Mourinho.

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Eden Hazard was crucial for Chelsea as the Belgian star scored three goals in the last two games (0-4 against West Bromwich Albion and Qarabag) away from home.

Chelsea will face Liverpool tomorrow at Anfield in a game which could represent a turning point for the Premier League champions following their slow start to the season, combined with Manchester City’s outstanding positive trend.

About the Blues’ trip to Baku, Hazard said: “It was a long trip, we were back in London at 3 or 4 in the morning, and we are playing on Saturday so the time between the two games is very short, but we need to adapt. We didn’t adapt well against Man City so we need to do better tomorrow for sure”.

“A couple of players didn’t play on Wednesday. I played only 60 minutes, N’Golo also came off. We can be fresh tomorrow even if the game is close. We are professionals and we can deal with this. We will do everything to recover”.

Anyway, the Belgian star admitted he’s ‘feeling good’ ahead of next clash against Liverpool: “I am 100 per cent. After injury sometimes you are not feeling 100 per cent, but I am ready to play every game. Of course when you are winning games it does help. Confidence is high. We are playing well at the moment, we want to keep playing like this and keep winning games”.

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Chelsea winger Willian scored a brace in Blues’ away win over Qarabag last evening. Antonio Conte’s men succeeded in going through the next stage as they currently sit 1st in the Group C table with 10 points.

The Brazilian star made his 200th appearance for Chelsea, in a game which led the Premier League champions to the Champions League last 16: “I’m happy to score two goals, – Willian said – We deserved to win because we played well and we have to continue like that”.

“We need all the players to be ready for all games. We play every three days so we have to rest and try to win our games”.

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Eden Hazard shared his satisfaction for the Champions League last 16 qualification and his great performance after the 4-0 against Qarabag in Azerbaijan:

“We did everything well, apart from conceding the first chance when they hit the post. Maybe that would be different if that went in. We should have scored more,” Hazard told BT Sport.

“It is easy to play with these good players. We have a big game at Liverpool on Saturday so it was good to have a small rest. We are ready for Saturday.”

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After sealing the qualification for Champions League last 16 after the 4-0 win against Qarabag tonight Antonio Conte already set his mind on next Saturday’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield:

“For sure, we have to work during the flight to prepare the game against Liverpool. But I must be honest, with my staff, we started also before to prepare the game against Liverpool, not to arrive at the last moment,” Conte said.

“To have only one day to rest and prepare this big game is not simple, not easy. I think also it’s not right,” the Italian manager complained about the schedule.

“But now I think, after tonight, we must be pleased that we reached our first target: to go through into the next round of the Champions League.

“To avoid the Atletico game becoming decisive, for us, is very important. It will be a good chance also to have another rotation with my players.

“Tonight is very positive for us in a game that I knew very well would not be easy. Don’t forget Atletico Madrid are in trouble because they have drawn twice against Qarabag, and Roma struggled a lot before winning here. We faced a really good team.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte complains about Premier League fixtures schedule: the Blues will travel to Anfield next Saturday, an away game after a long journey to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag in Champions League next Wednesday, while Liverpool will play in the same competition in Sevilla one day earlier:

“For sure who prepares these fixtures must pay great attention,” said the Chelsea manager.

“Don’t forget now we have another problem because we are going to play at Qarabag on Wednesday and then we go back to London at five, six o’clock, but we have another great game against Liverpool on Saturday. Is it normal, this? I don’t think.

“If someone wants more balance in this league I think they must pay greater attention before to prepare the fixtures.”




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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed Nigerian right-wing Victor Moses is expected to be available for next Premier League clash against Liverpool.

The defender, who suffered a hamstring injury against Crystal Palace in October, is said to be set for a comeback in official games, as Conte confirmed: Victor Moses is progressing well and I hope to have him back from tomorrow, for the game after Qarabag. – he said – It’s important to have all the senior players in good form without injuries”.

Italian defender Davide Zappacosta is replacing properly the 26-year-old, who was crucial in Chelsea’s title run last season.


Ahead of tomorrow's Premier League game between Chelsea and Liverpool many are focusing their attention on Salah who has already netted 14 goals this season and is also a former Blues...