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Atletico Madrid star Yannick Ferreira Carrasco‘s agent revealed that Manchester United and Chelsea would have placed a couple of stunning € 86m ( £ 70m) offers for his player.

The news was reported by Spanish media Don Balón.
Christophe Henrotay has also explained that he has notified the Spanish giants of these offers and that there is also interest from Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester City.
Carrasco signed a new deal in the Spanish capital last October which included the new buy-out clause with Atleti seemingly resigned to losing him sooner rather than later.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims that after Chelsea’s defeat against Spurs at White Hart Lane Premier League title race is open again now, with six teams possibly fighting for the victory:

It looks like a six-team title race,” Wenger said previewing his side FA Cup match against Preston North End.

Chelsea are quite comfortable but this defeat raises hope for others. They have to restart again.”

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Great news for Chelsea and his fans after the first games of this Premier League fixture: title race rivals Liverpool drew 2-2 at Sunderland today, losing 2 precious points at 85′, when Sadio Mané – who had scored the 2-1 goal – provoked a penalty with a handball in the box trying to deflect the ball on a free-kick.

Now the Reds sit second in the table with 44 points, 5 less than Chelsea that got 49, but the Blues got a game in hand, to be played at White Hart Lane against Tottenham on Wednesday night.

A positive situation for Conte‘s guys, that now have the chance to increase their gap with Liverpool in case of a win against Spurs, that would bring them at 52 points, 8 clear on Klopp‘s side.

Meanwhile, other title rivals Manchester City won 2-1 in their home game against Burnley, so now they are third with 42 points.

 

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Shocking announcement from a Chelsea rival, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

Speaking to the NBC the ex Barcelona coach announced he is close to end his manager career:

“I will be in Manchester for at least other three years, but I feel the process to end my career has already started.

“I won’t coach until I will be 60-65 years old, I am sure I am getting close to my manager’s career end.”

Will Manchester City and Premier League be the last team coached by the Spanish manager or Pep will change his mind in the next three years?

 

 

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Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live Arsenal legend Ian Wright had his say about title race and Chelsea, who are leading the Premier League table with 46 points – 6 clear of Liverpool that are second with 40- after 12 wins in a row:

“If they carry on like they are doing now until the end of the season, which will be very tough, it doesn’t matter who they sign in January,” the ex striker said.

“The pressure starts after Christmas: if they don’t get injuries and suspensions to integral players then you have to fancy them to win it.

“They’re up there and playing very well.”

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Manchester City manger Pep Guardiola speaking after his side’s away 3-0 win against Hull City, said that Chelsea and Liverpool are going to have an advantage due the lack of European competitions this season.

“Sometimes you play before Chelsea, sometimes later – Guardiola told medias after the game – But it doesn’t matter when one team has won 12 in a row. It’s like a final for us if you want to be there until the end of the season.”

“This time Chelsea and Liverpool are the ones. We have played seven more than them – and important games like the Champions League – which is why it will be tough”.

Anyway, Guardiola believes ‘football is unpredictable’. “We have to do absolutely everything to be there – he added – Sometimes when you believe something is done it isn’t. What we have to do is win every game and analyse and see if that is enough.”

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Chelsea could face a potential point deduction following last week’s ugly scenes at the end of the Manchester City clash, sparked by Sergio Aguero’s horror challenge on David Luiz.

This could happen because the Blues were involved in this kind of episodes too many times in the past years.

When Antonio Conte was asked about this in his post-match press conference, he replied:

“Are you joking? If you’re involved in a situation and the fault is not yours, why must you pay? I don’t understand. My players tried to keep the calm. We are trying to improve in all aspects. You must be honest to understand when there is a fault of one team or both teams.

“In every game you fight a lot during the 90 minutes and then when the ref blows his whistle you finish. I don’t know what happened in the past but I know what’s happening in the present. My players tried to keep the calm.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admitted he was scared by Sergio Aguero’s insane tackle on David Luiz and is not sure he can select him for West Brom game, as the Brazilian suffered a little injury after the terrible challenge.

“I have to check [today] on his recovery because this tackle was very bad,” Conte said.

“It will be very important for him and for me to decide whether he’s able to play on Sunday. After I saw the replays, that’s when I saw this was very dangerous for David Luiz. I watched the images and I was afraid. I was scared.”

If Luiz is able to play it will assist Conte in maintaining an enviable record. So far the Italian manager has managed to keep his squad largely free of injuries, and as a result Chelsea have made fewer team changes than any other Premier League club.

“Traumatic problems are very difficult to avoid, but to avoid muscular problems is important, to have a method, a philosophy, in training sessions and to work with the players together with the medical staff and try and find the best solution.”

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Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso spoke after his side’s wins against Everton at home and Manchester City away.

The Spaniard, who joined the Blues on Deadline Day from Serie A side Fiorentina, told the club’s official website: “I think both types of win are very satisfying,w inning 5-0 makes it a bit easier, of course, but when you come from behind I think it’s also a very good feeling”.

“It’s satisfying when you play a hard game like that. I remember how I celebrated with Gaz Cahill at the end of the Tottenham game – it was great to come back like we did that day”.

Then Alonso added: “But it was also great to get the results like we did against Everton and Man U, so I get satisfaction from both.”

About the title race: “In the Premier League there are so many teams fighting for the title and it will be very tough. We just have to think game-by-game and keep on giving everything we have to win those games”.

“Winning game after game gives you confidence but you have to keep working – Alonso claimed – The results give you confidence to work in this way, though. We have got to use this momentum of the last eight league games and go on to have another good game against West Brom now”.

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Manchester City players Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho will face a three and four-game bans, respectively,  the FA has confirmed.

The Argentine striker was sent off after a horror tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz, while the Brazilian midfielder was shown red following an altercation with Cesc Fabregas.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola defended Fernandinho, while remained coy about the decision on whether to start Aguero or not against Celtic in Champions League tomorrow night.

“There will be changes tomorrow, definitely,” he said. “I am so happy to give minutes to people who deserve to play and who did not play in the last games. 

“If Sergio is going to play or not, I am going to decide today or tomorrow. I don’t know at the moment.”

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