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Earlier today Chelsea midfielder Willian spoke during a press conference ahead of the friendlies Brazil will play in this international break.

The Blues player hopes to get a place in the squad for the World Cup and to do better than he did in 2014.

I will do my best to get better than I was in 2014,” Willian said. “You mature, you learn things. This time I have done specific work and I’ve changed all the food in my house to be in the best condition I can be. Every professional has their way of working. I prefer not to go back in time and talk about 2014,”

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Bad news for two important Chelsea‘s players: striker Alvaro Morata and midfielder Cesc Fabregas have not been included by coach Julien Lopetegui in the Spain squad who will face Germany and Argentina in two friendlies.

On the other hand Marcos Alonso has been selected and he can collect his first cap with Spain.


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He doesn’t know if he will be playing neither if he will celebrate if he will score a goal, but Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has a very strong intention about Wednesday night Champions League game vs Barcelona at Nou Camp.

The Spanish player, when asked about Leo Messi, told the Daily Mirror: “If I am lucky enough to play, it’s true that we are positioned in nearby areas of the pitch, stopping him will be difficult but I will try to do everything possible so that he feels uncomfortable and can’t put together a perfect performance. I see him as a rival who wants to win, and I want the same thing. We are in different teams and each player wants what is best for their own club. Obviously, you always have respect for each other.”

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Nemanja Matic last summer was sold by Chelsea to Manchester United so, yesterday’s game at Old Trafford was special for the midfielder who won two Premier League titles with the Blues before joining the Red Devils.

After the game, however, Matic himself claimed he just wanted to show his quality and not to prove anything to Chelsea or Antonio Conte.

I played for Chelsea for three-and-a-half years and I gave my best to win against them and show my quality again,” Matic said. “I didn’t have anything to prove to them. I wanted to show my new club that I deserve to wear this Manchester United shirt. I don’t want to speak about why I left Chelsea. I will keep that to myself. I’m happy in Manchester and that’s it. Moving to United was good for me. I play for a big club.”

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Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda is today in Glasgow to sign for Celtic after the two clubs agreed an 18 month loan.

The young midfielder will undergo later today his medical before his move will be officialy announced.

Meanwhile, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers commented: “He’s a really exciting prospect. 24 clubs were in for Charly, it’s a great coup for us.”

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Speaking about Ross Barkley‘s signing again Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed the former Everton midfielder will have to do everything to show he deserve being in the England squad for Russia 2018 World Cup:

“We have five months to show he deserves a call with the national team for the World Cup,” Conte told Sky Sports News.

I hope [he gets one], because it means he will do very well with us.

“It’s important for me to see him, to understand his physical condition,” the Italian added when asked about a timescale for the midfielder’s return to full fitness.

“My hope is to have this player [available] very quickly.

 “He can play in midfield, if we play with three midfielders, or number 10 if we play 3-4-3. Before playing we must be sure that he is into our idea of football. Otherwise, it’s a problem for him and it’s a problem for the rest of the team.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte confirmed England midfielder Ross Barkley is signing for the Blues.

The former Everton player is undergoing a medical in this moment.

I think it’s a good opportunity for the club, to sign this player, he’s a good prospect for Chelsea,” Conte said about him.

“He is a good prospect. He is very young, he’s got a lot of space for improvement, he’s strong physically, very technique.

“It’s always very important to understand when he can recover from his injury, he had a bad injury, he is recovering, he´s not been playing for seven months, we hope to recover him very quickly.”


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Former Manchester United‘s defender Rio Ferdinand didn’t like Tiemoue Bakayoko performance vs Liverpool on Saturday and he criticised the Blues midfielder.

Today, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte issued a response to Ferdinand during his press conference ahead of the game vs Swansea.

Don’t forget Bakayoko is a player very young. He’s only 22 years old,” – Conte said – “And for many reasons he played a lot of games. I think he needs to improve, under tactical aspect with us and to go into our idea of football. But, at the same time, for a young player to play with this regularity is not simple. He’s playing well. It’s normal you can alternate good performance with other performance less good. But I think he’s a young player, he’s working very well and I’m very happy for his commitment, for his behaviour. But, for sure, he has a lot of space for improvement.”

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Brazilian midfielder Willian believes Ruben Loftus-Cheek will have a great future as football player and, joking, says he doesn’t understand why Chelsea let him go on loan to Crystal Palace this season.

“A very good player,” Willian said about Loftus-Cheek -. “He is strong, he has quality. He has a great future. I don’t know why he is at Crystal Palace. He has to come back!”


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