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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill spoke about his career and claimed ‘is great’ to have collected his 200th appearance with the Blues in the last game against Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

“I feel that total has come really quickly in the period of time that I have been here, – the England international centre-back told the official website – But it is great for me because it means I have been in the team the majority of the time I have been here, which is what I always want to do. To rack up the 200 appearances so quickly is something that I am really proud of”.

“I didn’t realise it was my 200th game going into the match until someone told me a day or two before. The way we won was a great way to mark it.

The 30-year-old,who played with Burnley in the 2004-2005 season, revealed: “I am very fond of Burnley having started my career there but I thought we dominated the game and played well. A good win, a clean sheet and a 200th appearance makes it a good day”.

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Chelsea development squad won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge the London derby against Tottenham last night thanks to Jay Dasilva, Isaac Christie-Davies and Fikayo Tomori.

Manager Adi Viveash claimed just after the game: We deserved to win because we were able to produce that invention at key times to score some great goals.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte attended the game watching from the stands.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Bradley Collins; Fikayo Tomori , Trevoh Chalobah, Jake Clarke-Salter, Jay Dasilva (c); Josimar Quintero, Kyle Scott (Mukhtar Ali 90+2); Jacob Maddox (Ike Ugbo h/t), Mason Mount (Miro Muheim 72), Isaac Christie-Davies; Charlie Wakefield
Unused subs Nathan Baxter, Dujon Sterling

Tottenham Tom Glover; Kyle Walker-Peters, Christian Maghoma, Anton Walkes, Connor Ogilvie (Zenon Stylianides 9); Charlie Owens (Tashan Oakley-Boothe 65), Joe Pritchard (Ryan Loft 65); Marcus Edwards, Sam Shashoua, Shilow Tracey; Shayon Harrison (c)
Unused subs Tom McDermott

Scorers Dasilva (pen) 55; Christie-Davies 61; Tomori 71, Harrison (pen) 90+5
Bookings Tracey

Referee Robert Whitton

Here’s the full league table:

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Chelsea star John Mikel Obi led Nigeria national team to the Olympic bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro this summer and has just returned to Cobham following a period of rest.

He met for the first time his new manager Antonio Conte and, when asked about his feelings after winning a medal, he told the club’s official website: “I hadn’t played in an Olympics before, I missed out in 2008 in Beijing and in 2012 we didn’t qualify for London, so I spoke to the club and got their permission to go”.

“It was an amazing experience to play with the Under-23s and lead the team – Mikel added – being the captain of the nation leading it to Rio. I’m very, very proud”.

“As a footballer you probably only get one opportunity to play in the Olympics, it was a great experience and the Brazilian fans were amazing too. They supported us all the way and wanted us to do well, to make the final. It was one of the best tournaments I’ve had”.

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Samuel Eto'o

Businessman Gerard Lopez Fojaca is ready to launch an audacious bid to try to land former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o to the Velodrome, according to reports in France.

The 35-year-old is currently playing for Turkish side Antalyaspor and is under contract until June 2018, anyway Eto’o might reportedly join a new side after playing also for Barcelona, Inter Milan and Everton during his career.

Speaking about new manager Antonio Conte, the Cameroon International recently said: “A great manager like him doesn’t need my advice,”

“He showed he is one of the best in World football and he just has to continue like this. He has won a lot and Chelsea will allow him to work”

 

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic spoke ahead of the Blues’ trip to Swansea and claimed he is eager to stay at Stamford Bridge despite having been heavily linked with a move to Juventus and Manchester United and following the arrival of N’Golo Kante earlier this summer.

“I spoke with the club and we both decided that it was best for the club and for me to stay – Matic told SkySports – I’m very happy because I’m now here with this team and this club. I will give my best and all my quality to help the team to challenge for the title”.

“As I said, I’m very happy to be here. I want to improve my game and I’m sure Conte is the right coach to do that.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, when asked about David Luiz‘s comeback, confirmed: “We bought David Luiz because we needed a centre-back. I know he played sometimes in midfield before but in my mind now there isn’t this idea. He has to work with us as a centre-back”.

“A great defender must be able to play football and defend, but the coach must improve his players. This is the most important thing for me, not only to win, lose or draw – to improve your players, to work on their weaknesses, and make the player stronger”.

David Luiz returned to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain for a £30m fee on the Deadline Day after the Blues reportedly failed to land Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly with a last and improved bid.

“David has great personality, great technique, and he likes to play – Conte added – like a defender who likes to play football. I know David can improve in defensive situations. Every player until the end of their career can improve. I say that from my experience as a footballer”.

Someone claimed the Brazilian defender is too old to improve during his second experience at Stamford Bridge:David Luiz is 29, a fantastic age for him to become one of the best defenders in the world – the Italian manager said – I am seeing great commitment from him. He wanted to play for Chelsea and it’s a great opportunity for him and for us to improve”.

“I am very happy he is a here. He is a good guy, a positive guy for the changing room, and I’m pleased with it”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is satisfied for his last two signings – Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina and David Luiz from PSG – as they can both ‘improve our squad’, but added they need to train with commitment to show the Italian manager they deserve to play.

“I think the new players need a bit of time to work with a new method, a new philosophy, a new idea of football – Conte said – and it’s important to give them a bit of time”,

“For this reason their chance of playing from the start is not high”.

When asked about the opportunity to play with three central defenders, Conte revealed: “It can be a solution, yeah. It can happen in the future. This squad can play with 3-4-3, not 3-5-2 like the Italy national team or Juventus, because of the characteristics of the players”.

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the clash against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium and claimed everyone at Cobham is thinking about the trip to South Wales.

The italian manager said: “At this moment we must focus only on our game, we know against Swansea it will be very tough. We face a team well-organised with a good manager”.

‘It’s important to look at ourselves and not the others. Today we had the first training [this week] with all the players, because Willian arrived after training yesterday, but he had the possibility to have the same training with the assistant coach”.

When asked about the physical conditions of his squad, Conte added: “I am happy because I saw all the players with good fitness. The players that remained in Cobham worked very hard, and the players that came back are fit”.

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is on search of a new role for Blues’ goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon, who has been marginalized by the board following the arrival of former Genoa’s Gianluca Spinelli.

Lollichon is said to be well respected and Chelsea reportedly want to find a new role for him.

It is understood the Frenchman has a troubled relationship with n°1 goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and this is the reason why Chelsea decided to remove him from his former role at the club.

Courtois and Lollichon

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte targeted both Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson and Burnley star Michael Keane as potential replacements given that captain John Terry nears the end of career, according to The Daily Mail.

Ben Gibson

Gibson was called up in the England U21 23-man squad to play the U21 Euros in 2015, while Keane has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League champions Leicester City this summer.

The Foxes reportedly placed a £17m bid to seal his signature, but Burnley are comparing his fee to that of new Manchester City signing John Stones.

 

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