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LINCOLN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Kylian Hazard of Chelsea takes the first penalty during penalty shoot out of the Checkatrade Trophy - Semi Final match between Lincoln City and Chelsea at Sincil Bank on February 6, 2018 in Lincoln, England.Photo by Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Great win for Chelsea development squad in their Premier League 2 game vs Manchester United played on Friday night.

The Blues scored early in the first half with Castillo, then, in the second half found other three times the back of the net with HazardJames and St. Clair as they won the game 4-0.

Thanks to this result Chelsea are now sixth in the Premier League 2′ table.

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After taking care of the “Hull City practice” Antonio Conte‘s mind is already focused on next three massive clashes that are waiting for Chelsea, who will play Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City in ten days.

“Good game, good performance, it was great for us,” the Italian told BT Sport 2 after tonight’s final whistle.

“The most important thing is that we are in the next round. Now we have to prepare for the game against Barcelona.

“You hope to always have a game that you can dominate. Our start was impressive. We started with great focus and concentration, will to score and wanted to go to the next round. I’m really pleased with the commitment of my players.

“It was a positive night for us because we had the opportunity to rest some important players. At the same time, I saw players in good form. I have different options. Now we have three days to make the best decision for the game against Barcelona.

“We lost two games at the end of a busy period. Now we have the right confidence again. But in the next two weeks we have to play massive games and we must be strong, Barcelona, United and City. We are ready.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was victim of a prank during today’s press conference when Stefano Corti and Alessandro Onnis, from the Italian satirical television show Le Iene, sitted among the journalists in Cobham’s press room, showed him a video they filmed in Manchester with José Mourinho at the time of their famous “verbal war” about one month ago.

The Red Devils boss was a victim of a prank as well, when he was given a Man United shirt to be signed, to discover only later that had printed “Antonio Conte” on his back.

The video was not visible to the assembled media, only to Conte and the Chelsea press officer. The message, spoken mostly in Italian, said: “Antonio, we sent you a messenger. A present for you from your brand new friend, Jose Mourinho! He told us he loves you. Look at what he has written on the present he sent out for you: ‘Your friend, Jose.’

“Can you promise us that next time you play against him you will share a sign of peace? Come on, Antonio…you will be friends forever!”

Conte had a little laugh at the message, but said he had “nothing” to say. Corti then presented the Blues boss with shirt, telling him: “This is a present for you. It is signed by Jose Mourinho – ‘To my friend Antonio’. Long live friendship… shall I leave it to you?”

Conte didn’t seem to amused by the whole scene. He could hardly be described as bemused either, and his responded to Corti: “No, you can take it with you. Keep it, you will give it to me later.”

The Chelsea rep thanked him for his effort, but reminded him that time is limited in this press conference, and that he really should have done the video and shirt presentation afterward; as Corti was taking time away from journalists with actual questions.

This is the video of what happened:

 

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After tonight win against WBA Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was relieved to have found some confidence before some important clashes like the upcoming ones against Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City:

“What I know is that tonight was fundamental to get three points back, to win this game, especially to find again some confidence, because when you lose two matches in a row in a bad way the confidence decreases,” the Italian coach claimed after the final whistle.

“It was also important for us to have some rest and we rested for two days.

“We started the game with a few confidence, we made some mistakes, West Brom could have scored but we were back in the game, we scored and we could have scored even more goals.

 

“It was important to overcome this hard moment.

“Now we have important clashes, like the one against Barcelona, and we had to find our confidence again before facing them.”

 

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Chelsea are currently 5th in the Premier League table after Tottenham and Liverpool won their matches against Arsenal (Saturday) and Southampton (today). The Blues will go 4th if they beat West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night, and they would close the gap on Manchester United following the Red Devils‘s disappointing defeat at Newcastle.

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Pundit Gary Neville has his say on Chelsea‘s strategy during this January transfer window: the former Manchester United player doesn’t understand why Blues boss Antonio Conte wants to sign a striker.

Chelsea seem to be hell-bent on getting anybody that’s over 6ft 3in and a target man,” he told the Gary Neville Podcast.There is no doubt that Conte likes a target man. Graziano Pelle was a big favourite of Conte’s when he was in charge of Italy so he does like someone up front who is a presence. But, are they really that desperate to have somebody for the last three months of the season? I don’t see it personally. I think Chelsea are having a good season. People will say they are not reaching the heights of last season but my view would be that for managers at Chelsea, the season post winning the title is not easy and Conte is doing very well this season to keep the team and the momentum going. So I’m not quite sure why they are so hell-bent on getting a big striker. I know Conte does like a target man but I’m not sure why they are so desperate.”

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Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson revealed the main reason why Chelsea haven’t tried to hijack Alexis Sanchez‘s move to Manchester United in the past week.

The Chilean striker is set to move to Old Trafford in a swap with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who will sign for Arsenal, and he’s going to receive a wage of £500,000-a-week AFTER tax.

Merson believes handing a player that sort of money at Chelsea would have caused problems with the likes of Eden Hazard – who is in talks with the club directors to extend his contract and increase his wage- Cesc Fabregas and Willian.

“They needed Sanchez,” the pundit said.

“If they would have got Sanchez I think they get in the top four.

“But if you go and get Sanchez, you bet your bottom dollar come what two days later, Hazard’s agent’s knocking on the door, Willian’s is knocking on the door, (Cesc) Fabregas, (N’Golo) Kante.

“They’re all knocking on the door and before you know it, that £100m signing for his package turns into £200m.”

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During his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game vs Norwich City, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was asked about Alexis Sanchez and the Italian said he doesn’t believe the Blues will compete with Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to sign the striker.

I don’t know, I don’t think so,” Conte said. “About the transfer market – I prefer to talk to the club and give an opinion and I repeat that I don’t want to give my opinion on that.”

 

Chelsea are ready to make a late bid on current Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, who is understood to have agreed personal terms with Manchester United for a move to Old Trafford yesterday.

Blues manager Antonio Conte has been critical of Chelsea’s lack of signings and is desperate to add more firepower to his squad, but fans are not convinced about the latest transfer talk.

Manchester United are believed to pay £20million to Arsenal plus a further £15million to Sanchez’s agent to get the deal across the line, with the Chile international enthusiastic to join Jose Mourinho’s side.

Chelsea have also asked about his terms and cannot be ruled out, although they are behind United currently.

The Blues are desperate to sign a striker and can’t agree a fee for Andy Carroll with West Ham.

Manchester United fans are mocking Antonio Conte and Chelsea claiming the Blues boss was distracted following his well-known argument with former Blues’ manager Jose Mourinho:

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