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Inter Milan are lining up a January move to sign Chelsea playmaker Oscar, according to reports in ESPN.

The new Chinese ownership is reportedly set to spend money to strengthen the squad when the transfer market window reopens and the Brazil international is said to be their main target.

The Nerazzurri are also in pursuit of Chelsea striker Diego Costa, according to Spanish publication Don Balòn.

Anyway, head coach Antonio Conte recently told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Fabregas and Oscar? It is gossip, as I have not intention of sending them away. They are important players for Chelsea”.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is impressing with his teammates, as he conceded only 9 goals in 11 Premier League games so far.

The Belgium international told the club’s official website: “We are taking it match by match,

“It’s quite hard to keep a run going in this league but after the couple of matches we lost we have won seven in a row which is very good.

“Now we are going to Man City to try and get another result, and then after it the next away games are at Sunderland and Crystal Palace, and it is games like those that decide if you are going to be champions or not”.

Then Courtois added: “You can win big matches even if you’re not having a good season, because it is a big match or a derby, but it is the smaller matches against difficult adversaries that you will see if you are going to be champions or not.”

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Chelsea are set to face Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime after beating Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge last time out.

The Blues are currently top of the table with 31 points, but Chelsea manager Antonio Conte warned his men that it will be a tough clash: “It’s a big test because Man City are a fantastic team, but Saturday was a good test for us, – he told the club’s official website – Now we are a different team to two months ago. It would have been very difficult to win the Tottenham game if we were the same team as two months ago”.

“I love the mentality of my players, I saw a great attitude and great commitment from all of them. I see the will to change something from the past, now it’s important to continue.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois praised his teammate Diego Costa, who scored 10 times in Premier League after being repeatedly like with an exit from Stamford Bridge last summer.

“Since January he has scored a lot of goals even when the team were not having a great season, – Courtois told the club’s official website – And this year he is strong, he has movement, he always tests the opposition defence, and for the second goal it was a great move from him and a nice assist for Moses.’ 

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Pedro or Willian, that’s the question.

Kidding aside, when asked about the positive moment that winger Pedro is spending at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told the club’s website: “He is playing great football, enjoying this type of football and showing his quality”.

“It’s not easy for me to make the decision between him and Willian but he’s playing very well and deserved to play. I’m very happy for him and Moses, another player who in pre-season you wouldn’t think would be in the starting 11”.

“Pedro scored a great goal but he worked a lot for the team, that’s what I want to see and it’s important to continue in this way. It’s also important for us to see Willian after a bad period for him.”

About Chelsea supporters: “On Saturday our fans were very important,”

“They pushed us and supported us a lot during the game. We knew the importance of the game for our fans. It was a special game, we haven’t lost it for over 25 years, I know this, and Tottenham were unbeaten. After this game I can say they deserved to arrive before it unbeaten, they’ve shown they are a great team”.

“It’s important for our fans to live the game with great intensity and passion because they can transfer this to the players. Stamford Bridge is perfect if we are able to create the right atmosphere, it’s really important for us”.

 

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Chelsea are lining up a January move to sign Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash in order to loan him back until the end of the Championship, according to reports in England.

The People claimed that the Premier League leaders are set to offer a fee in the region of £1.5m for the 19-year-old, despite his ownership is currently esteemed around £5m.

Cash, who spent last season on loan at Dagenham and Redbridge, played just 4 games in the league so far, scoring once.

 

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Chelsea are set to offer winger Victor Moses a new and improved deal, following his great performances on the pitch, according to reports in SkySports.

The 25-year-old Nigeria international is contracted at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2019 but Chelsea manager Antonio Conte considers him a key player in his long-term plans.

It has been reported that also general director Michael Emenalo has been really impressed by Moses, who scored 3 times in Premier League so far.

The former West Ham loanee has been even linked with a move to Barcelona in recent weeks.

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses was named Man Of The Match following his great performance against Tottenham last time out.

The Nigerian star picked up a cross to the far post from Diego Costa and scored the winner in the second half.

“I’m very pleased with the goal but the most important thing was the three points, – Moses told the club’s website – I thought they started well, they scored a beautiful goal and there was nothing we could do about it, but we got ourselves back into the game, we got the three points and we’re very pleased with that”.

“I’ve definitely found a home here, it’s my club. I’m pleased to be playing this season, the manager has given me an opportunity to express myself and I’m relishing it at the moment”.

Then Moses ended: “I just want to keep on playing football and enjoying myself whenever I’m out there.”

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Chelsea winger Pedro spoke after his side’s home win against Tottenham, when the Spaniard leveled the game with a brilliant curled shot into the top right-hand corner of the net.

“It was a very difficult game for us but we’re really happy with the win and we want to continue in the right way, – Pedro told the club’s website – We must take it game by game”.

“I scored to help the team, which is good. Now we have great stability and high confidence, this was another important win”.

“It was a good goal and in the second half the team were really strong. The second goal from Victor came from a beautiful combination and the team are in the right way.”

Pedro revealed what Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had to say at halftime, just a few minutes after the Spaniard’s great goal.

He told us to press high and concentrate between the lines. – he said – He told us to mark more aggressively and that was the most important thing. It was a good game for us and the supporters.’

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It was a London derby scheduled at Stamford Bridge on a Saturday evening when Chelsea hosted bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

There has been bad blood between the two London rivals after Chelsea ended Tottenham’s title dream following a feisty clash which was labeled “battle of the bridge” in the 2015/2016 season.

Well, things wouldn’t go well as Chelsea expected after a sloppy start as Tottenham dominated and went into the lead in the 11th minute courtesy of a Christian Eriksen stunner. Tottenham continued to dictate play as Harry Kane went close with a powerful shot straight at Thibuat Courtois, but towards the dying moments of the first half, Nemanja Matic found Pedro just outside the box, as the spaniard curled in a stunner past a helplesss Hugo Lloris as Chelsea equalized and took the 1-1 scoreline into the half-time.

Spurs were looking to end their 26-year-old hoodoo at Stamford Bridge but things got worse for them when Diego Costa wriggled his way through and found Victor Moses in space who calmly slotted the ball past Hugo Lloris to take Chelsea 2-1 up.

Chelsea should have ended the game minutes later when Marcos Alonso fired over from close range. The summer signing was given the freedom of the penalty area to convert Costa’s pull back, but he somehow hoofed his effort over the bar.

Spurs continued to press for an equaliser with Kane, Eriksen, and Dele Alli going close, Mauricio Pochettino also brought on Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Vincent Janssen to restore parity but Chelsea were strong enough to hold on as they extended their unbeaten run to go top of the table.

CHELSEA 2-1 TOTTENHAM

Pedro 44, Moses 51 (CHE) Eriksen 11 (TOT)

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c), Moses (Ivanovic 80), Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro (Oscar 83), Diego Costa, Hazard (Willian 76).

Unused subs Begovic, Fabregas, Chalobah, Batshuayi.

Booked David Luiz 18, Willian 85

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Wimmer; Wanyama, Dembele; Son (Winks 65), Alli (N’Koudou 73), Eriksen, Kane.

Unused subs Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Trippier, Onomah, Janssen.

Booked Dembele 26

 

Referee Michael Oliver

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