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In the Chelsea team who defeated Qarabag today two players stood among the others, according to former Manchester United’s defender Rio Ferdinand: Eden Hazard and Willian.

The man we spoke about, Eden Hazard, this ball here. Not many players on this planet see, let alone play that ball“. – Rio Ferdinand said about the pass which led to the first penalty – “I think it’s a pen, I think it’s definitely a pen. I think he’s tried to grab him, he’s got hold of him at some point. He’s gone down easy, yes Willian, but his intentions there were to drag him and slow him down and stop him from getting a shot off.”

Then Rio Ferdinand praises the Chelsea duo also about the second goal of the night: “This is beautiful football, this is hard to defend,” Ferdinand said on the goal. You can’t pick this apart in terms of saying they could have defended better. It’s quick, dynamic football, quick feet from Willian and the awareness from Hazard to pick out his partnering crime Willian.”

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Despite facing some issues and many up and downs in this start of the season Chelsea dressing room is more compact than ever, as also Victor Moses claims before Premier League will restart next weekend after international break:

“I think we have done well,” the Nigerian stated.

“We as a team, whatever happens, we stick together and do the best we can. I think people have been a bit too harsh but we don’t need to think about that or concentrate on what people have been saying.

“These criticisms are the kinds of things that makes a player stronger. We know we just need to believe in ourselves and prove them wrong then win as many games as we can. We are 100 per cent together. We are like brothers here.

“Even after losing to Roma, we believe in ourselves collectively and individually. We just take each game as it comes.

 “We beat Manchester United in our last match and now everyone is saying we’re the best. Football is like this.”

He added: “Why can’t we compete with City, United or any other club? Our players are good enough to compete with anyone. We have a lot of games to go so you can’t tell who’s going to win the league. 

“We are nine points from Man City but we believe in ourselves and we believe that something can happen further down the line and that we will find ourselves back at the top.

“We still believe in ourselves and in the manager we have got so we will keep working hard and see where it takes us.”

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Football - Chelsea Training - Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Holland - 14/5/13 Chelsea's Juan Mata (R) with interim manager Rafael Benitez during training

Juan Mata and Rafa Benitez will be rivals next weekend when their current clubs, Manchester United and Newcastle, will face each other in the Premier League.

Speaking ahead of this clash the Spanish midfielder claimed he was lucky to work under his compatriot when they were both at Chelsea in 2013, a short spell for Benitez that ended with the win of the Europa League in Amsterdam.

“Today, we return to training with the mindset on the Newcastle match and the importance of the months that lie ahead, as they come loaded with games, especially during the Christmas period”, Mata wrote in his blog.

“These are moments in which good form of the team can be decisive for the second part of the season.

“Returning now to our game against Newcastle on Saturday, everyone knows they are newly-promoted but they are still a big club with several Spanish players.

“Among them Rafa Benitez, a manager with whom I was lucky to work with in the past.

“It will be nice to see him again.

“We hope to play a good game that allows us to get all three points, and continue showing that strength in Old Trafford.”

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It’s not a good moment for David Luiz with the defender not included in the team who faced Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and speculations of a difficult relationship with manager Antonio Conte.

David Luiz’s future at Chelsea seems now in doubt, but Belgian star Eden Hazard recognises the Brazialian player is very important in the team.

“It’s good to have people like this in the team”. – Hazard told Soccer AM – “He is a geezer, always smiling, so he’s in a good mood all the time”.

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Chelsea defender David Luiz was left out the team who defeated Manchester United last weekend after criticising the tactics used by Antonio Conte in the Champions League game vs Roma and expressing his dissent after his substitution at Stamford Bridge in the first game vs the Italian team.

Now, according to the Evening Standard, it is understood that problems between David Luiz and the Blues manager began in September but now both Conte and the Brazilian defender who is now back in training at Cobham, are working to heal their relationship.

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes the Blues are still in the Premier League title race even if Manchester City are top of the league and Antonio Conte‘s side is fourth with a gap of nine points.

“It’s a possibility”, – Lampard told Ominsport about Chelsea chances to retain their title – “but this year’s going to be difficult because Manchester City have started so well. The reality is that they’ve opened up a lead and have a very strong squad. I think for Chelsea, they’re fighting not just in the Premier League but in the Champions League and more games. I think Chelsea, for sure, will be competitive. Chelsea have to be established to stay in the top four every year because they have to play Champions League football. We’ll see. Manchester City have played very well but the performance against Manchester United from Chelsea was very impressive. If they play at that level, Chelsea can beat any team.”


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Andreas Christensen was impressive on the pitch against Manchester United last time out. The Denmark international, who spent two seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, believes he’s now more prepared than before to play for Chelsea on a regular basis.

He told ChelseaTV: “In our Champions League groups, Moenchengladbach were very unlucky to get Man City, Barcelona, Juventus, but Man United is one of the best teams now in the Premier League so for me, in my career, this was one of the biggest games”.

“In the Champions League you feel the pressure even though Moenchengladbach were underdogs. Just playing against some big teams helps you prepare for the pressure. It helps a lot“.

Christensen is set to face Republic of Ireland in the World Cup qualification play-off legs this week: “I don’t think you can ever be too comfortable about these games, it is a play-off and a lot is at risk”,

“Both teams are going to try to do their best and it is going to be two very, very tough games. So I don’t think we can be too confident but I think we are a team and the results we got at the end of our group stage, we feel confident and hopefully we can progress”.

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The Times revealed the reason why David Luiz was punished by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last weekend, when the Italian manager left the Brazilian defender out of the squad who faced Manchester United and sent him to the stands to watch the game. Luiz was also told to train alone the morning of the game.

According to the English newspaper the relationship between Conte and Luiz was ruined because of the ex PSG player close friendship with former Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

The Blues boss was also upset with Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas‘ conduct following last week heavy defeat to Roma, but Luiz was the player most seriously punished.

The report suggests that the former Paris Saint-Germain ace is concerned that his close association with the current Atletico Madrid striker played a big part in his manager’s decision, having attempted to play peacemaker between the two men earlier this year.

Conte informed Costa via sms at the end of last season that he was no longer in his plans at Chelsea, which is said to have left certain squad members, including David Luiz, unhappy.

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Cesc Fabregas played a key role in Chelsea‘s victory over Manchester United last time out. The Spaniard, who was involved in the game as attacking-midfielder, helped Kante and Bakayoko providing several assists for Alvaro Morata alongside with Eden Hazard.



“We had plenty of chances, especially in the first half, – Fabregas confirmed – We probably could have killed the game off in the second half to be honest, but it was a very good performance and the game was a little bit more open that we expected”.

“We prepared for the game in a certain way because we know they like to defend. We know they like to close one side and move across, and we felt if we maybe left the interiors open, and attacked in the space, we could create problems, and that’s what we did”.

“We had more possession than ususal which, for me, is something we’ve been lacking. We had the personality to play and we said before the game that it’s fantastic to defend well, in a block, but we need to play. This is a team, in my opinion, with fantastic players and we need to take advantage of that. We had a lot of the ball, we created chances and we played like a big team. We should be proud”.

Fabregas added: “If you play for Chelsea Football Club you need to win every single game, there is no game bigger than another. I understand that for the fans and the media, Chelsea against Manchester United will always be a big game, but you go to any stadium in the Premier League now and it’s difficult, we experienced it at Crystal Palace”.

“We just have to keep going. It’s fantastic to get three points before the international break and now we must prepare for our next game in two weeks”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was full of praise for Spanish striker Alvaro Morata: “Don’t forget this is the first season he is playing regularly, while in previous seasons he never played regularly” he noted speaking after the game against Manchester United.

“Now he has to try to work, to improve. Before his injury he was playing in a fantastic way. After his injury his form dropped, but now he is improving”.

Morata’s header secured Chelsea a vital win against the Red Devils, who are now just one point above Blues.

“Morata played a really good game against three physical, strong central defenders. – Conte added – He showed he is strong physically and he has good technique. If I have to find a negative aspect, he could have scored more goals and killed the game”.

“Also this season we changed many players, and our age is lower than last season, with Christensen, Morata, Rudiger and Bakayoko. We must have patience with these type of players, and then try to improve them and to build something important together”.

“Hazard as well played an amazing game. He was always involved with and without the ball, he created a good link with Morata, and with the rest of the team”.


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