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The first words of David Luiz after his Chelsea return:

“I’m delighted to return to Chelsea. We had a fantastic story during my first time at the club and I want to help the team and Antonio Conte achieve a lot of success,” the Brazilian defender claimed to the club official website.

“I always had a wonderful relationship with the fans and I am looking forward to wearing the blue shirt at Stamford Bridge once again.”

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Zenit St Petersburg tried to sign Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas in this transfer window deadline day but the Spanish midfielder refused a move to Russia.

Russian club manager Mircea Lucescu targeted him to replace Axel Witsel that was set to join Juventus, but the the deal was eventually called off.

Fabregas and Chelsea, anyway, didn’t want to start a negotiation for this deal.

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According to The Telegraph Chelsea boss Antonio Conte gave the green light to his directors for the return of David Luiz from PSG to the Blues.

The French champions are reported to ask £ 38m to send the defender back to London, while Chelsea offer is around £ 32m: the parts are negotiating for an incredible deadline day deal, that has to be completed by tonight at 11 pm.


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Negotiations are still going on between Juventus and Chelsea for the loan of Juan Cuadrado to the Italian side.

The Colombian winger already spent last season on loan to the Bianconeri and really made an impact, while he never impressed in the games played with the Blues shirt.

Cuadrado himself is pushing for a Juventus return, as he doesn’t feel comfortable in the English league, but Antonio Conte always had a huge respect for him since he was the Juventus’ manager, and the failed signing of the Colombia international from Fiorentina in the summer of 2014 was the beginning of some issues with the Bianconeri‘s directors that then led to a divorce between the two parts, this is the main reason why Conte is reluctant to authorize the deal.

Juventus would like to sign Cuadrado on loan for a € 2.5m fee ( £ 1.8m) and are confident to make it happen before the transfer window closes tomorrow night.

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Antonio Conte analysed the start of the season with Chelsea FC official website and, of course, he is satisfied about how the season began, but there are some important concepts he wants to stress:

“I’m pleased to score the goals, it’s always important to score one more goal than your opponent, but to keep a clean sheet is also important for the confidence of the whole team.

‘When you keep a clean sheet, the whole team works very well, not only the defenders. When we concede a goal, all of the team concedes a goal.

‘If I am able to choose our way to defend it is to go forward and not behind. When you stay too much behind, there is the long ball and anything can happen. We are improving this aspect.”

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No worst way to start a loan and a season: Chelsea defender Hector, on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt, hoped to gain more playing time during his experience in the Bundesliga side, but now the situation is more complicated, after he took two red cards in the first games of the season: the Jamaica international was dismissed in the German Cup fixture against Magdeburg after receiving two yellow cards and was then sent off against Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga this weekend.

Hector joined Chelsea last summer in a surprise deadline day move but he remained back on loan at Reading last season: after joining the squad for the pre-seasons tours, new boss Antonio Conte decided to send him on loan to Germany to improve his playing style.



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After claiming before the game that he was confident to challenge Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Burnley manager Sean Dyche claimed that his team didn’t deserve such a huge score in the defeat but also admitted that Chelsea were too good for them to challenge:

“They had far too much for us today. There is a massive gulf between where they are as a football club and us, both on and off the pitch, and it was on show today.

“If you add in really poor decision making from us and a very poor first half, which is not like us, then you have no chance of winning games like this.

“We gave the ball away far too often against a team who have changed. They are a fine side and they fill the pitch, they sit and absorb a bit more and allow you to play, rather than coming after you.

“But we didn’t use the ball well at all and there was no will and demand to go and get the ball, to use the ball or keep it.

“There were too many sloppy passes and you just can’t make decisions like we did today against teams of this quality.

“Credit to the lads for keeping going, but Chelsea were never really in trouble and we have to learn from these games because this isn’t our market. We have to take these challenges on and we wanted them, but there is a big gap.”

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After working hard all summer now it’s time for a little holiday for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, as he explained before Burnley‘s game:

“I’m thinking about going back to Italy because for three months I’ve been working every day.

“It’s been very tough, I had 45 days with the national team and then I started with Chelsea.

“If I have rest for three or four days it’s good for me and the team. I will stay with my family, rest and switch off. My mind is very full with football.”


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Squawka’s Features Editor Greg Johnson shared his opinion on how Chelsea can beat Burnley, the same sside that last week defeated Liverpool 2-0 in their second Premier League fixture suggesting that Blues boss Antonio Conte won’d to the same mistakes as Reds manager Jurgen Klopp:

Burnley pressed Liverpool in their defensive half and managed to get two goals past them, which left the Reds unable to get back into the game, with Burnley happy to allow Jurgen Klopp’s men to dominate the ball.

With Chelsea looking light in defence, and no centre-back bolstering their ranks, new signing N’Golo Kante should track back to help their defenders out before they risk being found out by Burnley.

With the hype around new manager Antonio Conte, people will be expecting Chelsea to win the game on Saturday, but they must not underestimate Sean Dyche’s side.

The arrivals of Kante from title winners Leicester City and Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi will give the side more energy, especially from Kante, who is a driving force in midfield.


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Antonio Conte analysed this summer transfer window speaking ahead of the game against Burnley, claiming it’s very difficult to sign players because the fees went crazy and also because many clubs now decide not to sell players:

“This transfer market is very strange because when you want to buy a player the other teams don’t want to sell.

“Something is changing, not just for Chelsea but all the teams. Teams of a medium level now prefer to maintain the players and not sell.

“It’s good news for the English league because it’s tougher, but it’s not good for the teams who want to buy. This situation is for all the teams, not just in England or Spain. Something is changing, it’s very strange.

“We didn’t refuse to spend money for the right targets. I prefer to spend a lot of money on a great player, not a middle-level player. It’s important to be clear. Also, you must understand in England every team has money. Now we must solve the problem with work.”

Conte also explained why the fact Chelsea don’t take part to any European competition this season doesn’t have an impact on the club’s ability to sign top players:

“It’s logical players want to play in the Champions League but I think because of the Chelsea story it’s better to miss the Champions League for one season, a great player can still come.

“In the last 13 or 14 years, Chelsea always played Champions League and increased their fanbase all over the world, that shows we are a great club, not just in England. With a club like Chelsea you always come.”


Maurizio Sarri will becom new Chelsea manager very soon: according to Calcio Napoli 24 the Blues will pay SS Napoli a 5 million compensation, while the Italian coach will sign a two-year...