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Chelsea's Spanish defender Marcos Alonso (R) celebrates with Chelsea's Spanish striker Alvaro Morata after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2017.

Chelsea have 15 players on international duty, not including (Batshuayi, Aina, Pasalic, Miazga, Omeruo, Angban, Kalas) loanees and youngsters contracted with the club.

Both Blues’ striker Alvaro Morata and wing-back Marcos Alonso have been called back in Spain squad earlier this week. Also goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been named in the 25-man list.

The Chelsea trio will face Mateo Kovacic and Mario Pasalic as Luis Enrique’s men will travel to Croatia for a UEFA Nations League game, before an international friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina at home.

Also Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri will be involved in the European tournament as the Azzuri face Portugal on Saturday. France see Chelsea stars Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante named in the squad list which will take on Netherlands on Friday (UEFA Nations League as well).

Andreas Christensen has a chance to get the promotion with Denmark, while England’s qualifications for the final stage will depend also on Spain result against Croatia. Chelsea duo Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be involved in the Three Lions’ home games against USA and Croatia.

 

 

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Former Chelsea and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been appointed as new Fulham coach earlier this morning.

The Italian coach replaces outgoing Slavisa Jokanovic at Craven Cottage, with the West London side currently struggling at the bottom of Premier League table with just a win from 12 games so far.

Ranieri, 67, had been linked also with a move to several Serie A outfits before joining Fulham, as chairman Shahid Khan announced via the club’s official website.

Ranieri told Fulham’s official website: “It is an honour to accept Mr. Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history”,

“The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed. This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table”.

“I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage.”

Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri will take on Fulham on December 2nd at Stamford Bridge.

 

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After scoring against Southampton, Manchester United and Burnley, Chelsea star Ross Barkley became the first Englishman to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the Blues since Frank Lampard, who did it back in the 2012/13 campaign.

Lampard found the net four times between January and February (against Arsenal, Wigan, Newcastle United and Reading) ending up the season with 15 goals in the league.

Barkley, who could be involved also tonight as Chelsea face Lampard’s Derby County in the Carabao Cup, wrote on Twitter after the away win at Turf Moor:

“Brilliant performance from the lads today. Happy to get on the scoresheet aswell. Come on Chelsea!”

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Chelsea loanee Charly Musonda has returned to the club from Vitesse Arnhem after suffering an injury with the Eredivisie side in a friendly clash against Royal Antwerp on Saturday, according to Dutch newspapers.

The 21-year-old joined Vitesse on a season-long loan from Chelsea last month on Deadline Day.

 

Everyone at Chelsea and Vitesse is hoping the injury won’t rule Musonda out for a lengthy period.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on May 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Manchester United suffered a 0-3 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night, which means the Red Devils are now struggling in the middle of Premier League table with only 3 points after 3 games so far.

Speaking after the game, former Chelsea manager José Mourinho had a clash with a journalist as he called for more ‘respect’ despite United’s crushing defeat to Spurs at Old Trafford.

He said: “You want to make the miracle of my team played so well and strategically we were so, so good and you want to try and transform this press conference into ‘let’s blame the guy’… you can try. Keep trying.”

“When I win matches I come here many times and you are not happy and you say the most important is the way of playing. I need to know what is the most important thing if it is is to play well or win matches?” 
“Just to finish, do you know the result? 3-0. 3-0. Do you know what this means? It also means, 3 Premierships and I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me… and two for them”.

Then, walking out of the room, Mourinho added: “Respect. Respect. Respect. Respect.”

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Bristol City have confirmed the signing of defender Tomas Kalas on a season-long loan from Chelsea. 

The Czech international has enjoyed two successful loan spells at Middlesbrough and Fulham before joining the Championiship side today.

Alas told Bristol City’s official website: “It would be nice to keep on going that way and at least get into the play-offs with Bristol City and to try and get promoted,”

“I’m very excited to get my situation sorted and join a club that is willing to play football. When I was at Fulham we met teams like Bristol City so I am glad that I am joining a club who want to play football and not just kick long balls.”

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Tiemoue Bakayoko will play next season with AC Milan as he looks set to sign for the Serie A giants on loan with option to make the move permanent for £35.6m at the end of 2018/19 campaign.

The Frenchman has travelled to Italy yesterday and is currently undergoing his medical with the Rossoneri.

Bakayoko, who joined Chelsea from AS Monaco on a £40m move last summer, failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge.

It has been reported AC Milan head-coach Gennaro Gattuso firmly promoted the signing of the 23-year-old.

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Chelsea remain at the top of the Premier League table after beating Huddersfield Town last Saturday with a 0-3 score.

Three more Premier League games were scheduled on Sunday as Liverpool faced West Ham at Anfield, Southampton took on Burnley and Unai Emery had his first official game as new Arsenal manager against champions Manchester City.

Liverpool got a comfortable 4-0 win courtesy of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane (who scored a brace) and Daniel Sturridge against Manuel Pellegrini’s men. Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva were the goalscorers at Emirates Stadium as Man City got the upper hand against Arsenal in their Premier League 2018/19 opener. Goalless draw between Saints and Clarets.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill says Antonio Conte ‘made a great finish’ at the club, whatever is going to happen amid speculations regarding the Italian manager’s future.

Cahill told Chelsea’s official website: “Certainly we feel the sense of uncertainty. That’s obvious to everyone in the last few months. Obviously as players we have no impact on that situation. If I was a betting man, I’m sure the club and the manager will have spoken. Let’s see”.

“All I can say is it’s been a great finish. If the manager stays on then he stays on; if he doesn’t then he’s gone away with an FA Cup. I’m sure the manager will make the best decision for himself and his family and the club will make what they feel is the best decision. It’s totally out of our hands”. 

Conte himself admitted he worked even harder than last season in the last few months to improve the squad and revive Chelsea season.

“I think that’s something that everyone at the club can be proud of, even the people who you don’t see behind the scenes but who work tirelessly every day. It’s a long slog in the season. Everyone feels like we’ve got the reward, and now we’re going to celebrate and have a good time.”

The England international added he would also quiet down rumors as ‘the future is out of our hands’.

“Probably the uncertainty to be put to bed and whatever’s going to happen to happen. We’ll see what happens. It’s out of our hands. We have to try and deliver on the pitch. We fell short in some aspects of the season but today we produced, and the rest behind the scenes is not down to us. A lot of the lads have got big summers ahead.”

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Marcos Alonso lifted his first FA Cup title of his career since joining Chelsea from Fiorentina in June 2016.

The Spaniard told Chelsea’s official website: ‘I think it was well-deserved. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer but the team defended very well and we scored one of the few chances we had”.

“We felt comfortable, even if we suffered a little bit, because 90 minutes defending against good players. We stayed compact during the whole game and we helped each other out, so I think it was a much-deserved win”.

Manchester United manager and players believe the Red Devils were ‘better by far’ in the final. Marcos Alonso responded: “It was hard, not only in the second half but in the first half as well. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer and we had to defend a lot but I think we did a great game. We had a plan we executed very well and I’m very happy for the title”.

“I’m happy for my first FA Cup win, it feels good to go on our holidays with a title. The fans will be happy after the win, it was a good game and a title for them. I’m very grateful to them for their support during the whole season. Now we will have a good rest and come back stronger next season”.

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