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Juventus and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini reveals how is to work under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who was his coach both in the Turin club and the Italian national team:

“Conte is like a police sergeant,” he told the Daily Mail.

“We felt something very special in his atmosphere, for three years with him at Juventus and two years in the national team. When you finish training, you are dead. Not tired, dead.

“You can do it only because you believe in what he does. We had 40 days in France[Euro 2016] and it was like entering another world. You are 100 percent with him. He creates an atmosphere, everyone gives energy to each other. For sure he is one of the very best.”

Italy will have to miss out on this year’s major tournament after their playoff loss to Sweden, the first time they will miss out on the World Cup for over 60 years.

“Honestly, it will be like a dagger in my stomach,” said Chiellini on not being in Russia, “It will not be a good month. I will see bits and check the scores but I can’t imagine sitting at the TV to watch the World Cup at home.”

“Pep Guardiola spoiled and ruined the Italian defenders. He is a fantastic coach with a fantastic mind but Italian trainers have tried to copy him without the same knowledge and then in the last 10 years, we lost our identity.”

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According to many speculations and reports across Europe, Chelsea are looking for a new manager for next season to replace Antonio Conte.

Spanish newspaper SPORT, for example, claim the Blues are working to sign Luis Enrique, but, at least at the moment, they don’t want to sack Conte, as, in doing so, they would have to pay him a huge compensation fee.

The name of the former As Roma and Barcelona manager isn’t however the only one linked to Chelsea as it is understood Roman Abramovich is keen on Maurizio Sarri, Napoli’s coach as reported, for example by the Gazzetta dello Sport in the last few days. 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has given his players three days off to try to recover from this bad moment of form.

The Blues limped again against Watford last night, losing 4-1, after last week 3-0 humiliation against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

Now, their campaign risks to be really compromised, with Barcelona coming to play at Stamford Bridge in two weeks.

The Italian coach and many of his players have admitted that they are feeling the physical effects of a demanding and at times unfavourable fixture schedule in recent weeks, and this move is intended to give them some much-needed rest with Chelsea not in action again until next Monday, when they host West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in Premier League.

Chelsea’s players were regularly given as many as two days off after matches last season, thanks largely to the club’s lack of involvement in European competition, but opportunities for extended breaks have been limited this term as the team is playing Champions League, reached League Cup semifinals, who they lost against Arsenal a couple of weeks ago, and had to play an FA Cup replay match against Norwich to process to fourth round.

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Antonio Conte admits Michy Batshuayi’s first goal was the most important momento of the clash, as Newcastle defended really well in the first 30 minutes of today’s FA Cup clash:

“I think it was a good performance. It wasn’t easy because Newcastle played a game, prepared a very defensive game with a lot of players on the edge of the box and the three midfielders very deep and the two strikers to mark our central midfielders. It was very important to score the first goal. Pedro and Hazard created a fantastic chance with their ability and the final pass for Michy and then he scored.

“After the goal the situation was more simple, in the second half we controlled the game and didn’t risk to concede a goal.

“We must be very happy because it wasn’t easy. When the draw faces you against another Premier League team it isn’t easy. You can see with Liverpool’s game against West Brom and Spurs’ game this competition is very dangerous for the great team.

Speaking about Batshuayi‘s performances and brace, he said:

“I don’t know if it was his best game, but it was important for him and the team. For the striker to score it is important for the confidence, we are talking about a young player with a great potentiality.

“Today I think I showed that for me the most important thing is the present, not the future. Otherwise I would have taken other choices.”

“Michy, we are talking about a player that has worked with us for one year and a half and in this time he has improved a lot, in many tactical situations. We are talking about a powerful player, he is strong physical, and has a lot of space for improvement. My task is to work with him and every single player, to try to improve them.

“I am very happy for him and the team, now we have to continue in this way and it is very important for us to recover for the next league game against Bournemouth.”

When asked about what he didn’t like in the game, Conte added:

“If you see our squad, we don’t have three, four or five strikers, we have two. We have Morata and Batshuayi. Morata is out, there is also Hazard if I decided to play with Hazard, Willian, Barkley or Pedro. Hazard is a different striker but he can play in this way. We have played

“My task is to exploit every single player in the best way. For sure the performance depends a lot if the striker scores or not. For me it is important to score as it puts you in the position to win. But at the same time it is important that the striker has to work for the team in the best way. Then we have to decide whether or not we continue to work with two strikers or have three, like Alvaro and Batshuayi. I would be happy in both cases.

On the chances of Batshuayi to go on loan:

“I don’t know what will happen, but when you have to play in the Champions League and then FA Cup, if you have also three strikers it is the minimum. Then I repeat we have to see what will happen in the transfer market. We are talking about another player, I don’t know if we can take another player.

“But it doesn’t mean that if we take another player that Michy will go on loan. We have a lot of competitions, three strikers is the minimum.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke about his working method, claiming that for him it’s not easy to apply it when games are scheduled every three days:

“The way that I do my job, you lose a lot of energy because I am not a manager who stays in his office, decides a formation and you have your staff to work on the pitch.

“I’m a coach and my life is on the pitch to try to improve the players and try to put my idea of football on the pitch. In this way you spend a lot of energy, to prepare the game every two days.

“When I was the coach of the Italian national team, I had the opportunity to come to a fantastic country, in one of the best leagues – maybe the best league – around the world, to face this type of situation and I enjoy it a lot.

“If you want an easy life, you make an easy decision, and I think to come and be a coach in England, in this league, you don’t have an easy life because in every game you need to fight a lot. If you play in the FA Cup or you play in the league, it’s always the same,  you have to fight a lot.

“For sure, I am enjoying a lot my time here. I am really proud of what I have achieved, because to work in this way, you must be really proud for what we are doing, me and the players.”

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AS Roma are keen to keep Edin Dzeko after the striker has rejected the deal Chelsea have offered to him.

The Blues tried to propose a 1 year contract with the option to new it for another year to respect their policy about giving only 1 year deals to over 30 but the Bosnian striker ( who will be 32 in March) rejected it and demanded a 2 year contract plus an option for another year to the Stamford Bridge side.

Roma and Chelsea have already agreed a £ 26m fee for the transfer but now the deal is hold until the former Manchester City forward and Roman Abramovich club won’t agree personal terms.

According to ChelseaNews24 sources, Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco is getting nervous for the prolonging negotiation and is not keen to let him go anymore, also because the Giallorossi are now short of time to look for a replacement and are still in the race for a Champions League spot. So the deal is about to be called off soon.

In the last game against Sampdoria – that had been in hand since last September – Dzeko scored the equaliser at 94′, showing again his importance for Roma.

Furthermore, the Bosnian striker and his wife recently bought a house in Rome – having planned to live in the Italian capital for several years- and are not really keen to leave the Eternal City in this moment.

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New Chelsea signing Ross Barkley made his debut with the Blues shirt in the Carabao Cup semifinal against Arsenal last Wednesday when he replaced injured Willian.

The former Everton attacking midfielder didn’t impressed but it was his first appearance after a very bad hamstring injury occurred last August that ruled him out until the other night.

Today, Antonio Conte claimed Willian is still injured and sidelined for the next games, then he revealed the England international is ready to start:

“After a bad injury you need a little time to be fit 100%, if you want to speed this process up he has to play, not only training during the week, after Willian and Morata‘s injury, we don’t have other options.”

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte revealed three players are not in contention for next Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Newcastle:

“Morata, Willian, Courtois are out,” the Italian said.”

When questioned on their recovery time, he claimed:

“I don’t know because it’s very difficult to tell today how many days they need to come back.

Morata has got this problem in his back, Courtois received a kick in his ankle, Fabregas trained today with us and tomorrow I will check his form.

Willian is out and he will have a scan today to value the extent of his injury.”

During this afternoon pre-match press conference Conte was also questioned about this winter transfer window, that is about to close but, again, he told he has nothing to do with signings, giving all the responsibility to the club:

“As you know very well the club will inform you if there are any news, as I repeated before and I say every three days, I will be very happy to continue to work with my players, to continue to work with some players, my opinion and my mind doesn’t change after only three days.

“I am repeating always the same thing, I am the coach, my task is to try to do the best for this club and to try to improve my players.”

As I said before, for the transfer market there is the club, I don’t speak about this, if there are news they will inform you

When asked if he will be at Chelsea next summer, Conte replied:

Nothing has changed since last summer, I am happy to for with my players and to work for this club, I am happy to try to put everything, all myself, for this job every day.

“I think every competition is important, in Carabao Cup we tried to go until the final, we reached the semifinal and then we lost against Arsenal. Now there is this other competition, FA Cup, we will try to go to next round but as you know very well this competition is very difficult and our opponent have the same idea.”

Conte was also asked about what changed respect to last season with games played every three days in this one:

“I think the players are happy because they want to play every game and this kind of situation is more difficult for the coach, not for the players, because they love to play and don’t have training sessions.”

Ross Barkley made his debut with Chelsea shirt against Arsenal last Wednesday and the manager revealed he is ready to start:

“After a bad injury you need a little time to be fit 100%, if you want to speed this process up he has to play, not only training during the week, after Willian and Morata’s injury, we don’t have other options.”

 

 

 

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Esultanza dopo il gol di Edin Dzeko Roma. Goal celebration. Roma 07-02-2017 Stadio Olimpico Campionato Serie A, AS Roma - Fiorentina

Speaking after being knocked out by Arsenal in the Carabao Cup Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was cryptic when questioned about Edin Dzeko, who is supposed to join the Blues in the next hours:

“No news on Dzeko,” the Italian coach said.

“I don’t like to talk about the transfer market.”

And when pressed for his thoughts more generally about the transfer market, Conte added:

“No, I don’t need anything.

“I’m a coach and I continue to work with the players I have. They are great players.”

Dezeko, anyway, scored a last gasp equaliser against Sampdoria tonight, in what will probably be his last game for the Giallorossi.

The Bosnian striker has already agreed personal terms with Chelsea, as well as the club reached agreement with AS Roma for the fee, and is expected to travel to London before the weekend to undergo a medical and put pen on his new deal.

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claims his team today were tired but he also admits the display they offered against Leicester today was not pleasant.

The Blues obtained the third goalless draw in a row after the ones against Norwich City in Fa Cup and Arsenal in the League Cup, failing to create dangerous chances again.

Alvaro Morata again struggled in front of goal and has now scored just twice in his last 10 matches, but Conte insists other players need to start sharing the burden:

“I don’t think it is only Morata’s problem, also the other players, because we are not scoring goals, we are not conceding, but we are not creating chances.

“I think we played with a lot of top players against Arsenal, and then again today against a very good team. I think a lot of our players were tired.

“In the first half Leicester ran more than us, they played better than us. But we knew we were playing against a good opponent, maybe the worst opponent we could have played in this moment. We suffered a lot in the first half.”

 

 

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