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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of Blues’ clash against Stoke City and praised Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi, despite the former Marseille star is struggling with game time so far.

Anyway, the Italian manager claimed: “Michy is working very well and improving a lot. I’m sure, in the future, he will have his chance. He’s a young player, only 23, and he’s starting his football path. He has great talent, great potential. He wants to stay and I’m happy about that”.

Chelsea are set to face the Potters this evening before another tough game against Tottenham Hotspur.

“It’s important now for Michy to be available against Stoke because if I need him he must be ready to play. Then we have another game against Tottenham and then the FA Cup match”.

Then Conte ended: “It’s not easy to play in this league and it’s important to adapt to physical and tactical situations. We are working a lot with him, and other players, to improve. It’s important for me to see a great attitude in every training session. He will have his chance to show he deserves to play”.

 

 

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Diego Costa's stunning winner against WBA © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea star Diego Costa spoke ahead of the Blues’ match against Potters as Antonio Conte’s side are set to face Stoke City at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard told the club’s official website: “I have been better than I am now, and that gives me more motivation to try to get better. That’s what I will carry on doing”.

“I don’t set myself personal targets, in terms of goals and assists. What I try to do is improve, always. If the previous campaign hasn’t been very good, or even if it has, I just try to do a better campaign than the one before”.

“My main aspiration, and not just mine, my team-mates’ too, is to conquer the title again”.

Then Diego Costa added: “I felt we like had something to prove coming into this season. Last season we left a debt behind, so to speak. And that’s the secret to our great form this season. We owe a lot to our people and we are hoping we are going to be able to pay that back”.

“I am here to score goals and that’s what I need to keep doing, – he added – That hasn’t changed”.

“I’ve always given assists, even in previous teams, and I am very happy that I have been able to help my team-mates so much this year. It’s something I will carry on doing”.

He ended: “The new formation hasn’t changed anything for me personally. If anything it has meant a change for some of the other players who are playing slightly different positions, with different roles. All in all, it’s clearly working really well for the team”.

 

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Chelsea are interested in defender Virgil van Dijk and look set to place a bid to land him to Stamford Bridge in January, according to reports in England.

Anyway, Southampton manager Claude Puel told journalist that the defender won’t leave St.Mary’s until the end of the season.

“Van Dijk is a very important player for us and he will stay here, – Puel is quoted to have said – It will be important with Virgil to continue his work and (help us) go up on the table. For me it’s not an idea or view with Virgil”.

“Of course they will both stay beyond January,” the manager added, as also Portuguese centre-back José Fonte is rumored to be ready to leave when the transfer market window reopens.

“It’s important for them to stay and have a good attitude and improve our position in the table”.

It is understood Chelsea tried to sign also Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

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Arsenal manager ARSENE WENGER speaks out about the loan system

Chelsea football club with thirty players on loan currently have been heavily criticised by the Arsenal manager this week as he spoke on the Arsenal website. WENGER says said that the whole loan system which involves players with talent not playing at their clubs at such a youthful age should be “looked at again”. ARSENE WENGER expressed that he thinks the loan system is “one of the biggest problems in the modern game”.

WENGER said: “The way a youth team is organised now is that all the best young players go to the richest clubs, which is where they have fewer chances to develop, so you have to make sure the system shares out the best young players equally.

“It’s difficult because the development of the players depends on the concentration of the good players.

“The more good players you have together, the more chance they have of becoming even better players.”

Chelsea manager ANTONIO CONTE has indeed made good use of young developed energetic players seen to have distinct talent, such us the likes of VICTOR MOSES and has been rumoured to be looking to buy more players despite having young talented players on loan. While WENGER believes there can be improvements to the loan system in the future, Chelsea who are on top as the year ends may still be looking to buy further players with money that Arsenal may not be willing to spend.

One of the highly talented players developed in his young age at Arsenal is CESC FABREGAS. After going away from  the Emirates to his homeland of Spain for a time and then trying to return to Arsenal but rejected by WENGER, FABREGAS could be a title winner at the cost of Arsenal. FABREGAS is a high flying midfielder constantly adding to the attacking new formation of ANTONIO CONTE whilst ARSENE WENGER as usual comes up to a season period where he has to consider spending money or getting players from the January possibility of loans. The loan system WENGER is not happy with can help his team as Chelsea at present are flying high despite having thirty players on loan this season.

By: Samuel Georgewill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea star Pedro has admitted the toughest opponent to face is Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, according to Daily Telegraph‘s journalist Matt Law.

“When I interviewed Pedro last week, – he said – I asked him which player in the PL surprised him. and he said Danny Rose and rates him as toughest opponent.”

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George Atangana, Franck Kessie‘s agent, has confirmed that a host of Premier League side will battle to land the Atalanta star to England in a near future.

He reportedly told Guardian Sport: “We have a lot of interest from the Premier League – Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal”.

“I cannot say at this stage how much he will cost but we are talking about one of the best young players in the world”.

Atangana will reportedly meet Chelsea officials in London next week and the agent himself has revealed that Atalanta esteeme Kessie’s ownership around £34m, while Chelsea have a £21m bid rejected by the Serie A side.

“For us the most important thing is that the technical project is the right one for him – Atangana added – Franck is very young so we have to be very careful about his development”.

Then the 20-year-old’s agent ended: “Chelsea are very interested and it is a great club but we must take our time to consider all the options, now we are in January so he has to play at the African Cup of Nations for Ivory Coast so I am not going to rush anything.”

 

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Bournemouth star Jack Wilshere, who faced Chelsea on Boxing Day clash at Stamford Bridge, admitted that the Blues “look like champions at the minute”.

“For me, right now, they’re the best team in the league” he told reporters just after the game, according to reports in the Evening Standard.

“They’ve found this new formation that works for them, – Wilshere added – I’ve always thought it’s a tough place to come anyway. I’ve been here a few times with Arsenal, and we’ve only won once, but they’re more ruthless now”.

Then, speaking about the 3-0 defeat last time out, the Arsenal loanee ended: “They know what the job in hand is. They go out there and – week in, week out – change their gameplan depending on who they play. That’s the sign of a top team. They’ve got a structure with Matic and Fabregas holding in there, and players like Hazard and Willian, who were both different class against us.”

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Lampard tells Soccer AM how he would love a Blues return

This past Christmas week on Soccer AM, FRANK LAMPARD answered some quick fire questions and  expressed his love to return to Stamford Bridge. The 38-year old all-time leading goal scorer has now finished his contract after two seasons abroad in America with Major League Soccer Team New York City FC.
Even if LAMPARD is not offered a deal, he intends to still be at Chelsea first as a fan with his ‘season ticket’ and then to be involved in any way he can. The midfielder indeed has got hopes to continue as a player but also emphasises that he wants to remain at the top of his game for his family. Chelsea currently with players of youthful energetic ages and high flying midfielders of different talents may consider a LAMPARD return. This similar to his previous return after going to title rivals Manchester City may be subject to some scrutiny especially as other players already fit and in the current team are struggling to get into manager Antonio Conte’s starting line-up this season.

LAMPARD, now FRANK LAMPARD OBE after receiving his honours medal last year from Prince William at Buckingham Palace for services to football is already a Chelsea legend and is loved by fans all over the world. Since leaving Stanford Bridge he (Lampard) has played darts live on television and has spoken about his possibility of getting into football coaching and football commentary.

The Ex-Chelsea midfielder has had a fantastic career with success as well as high progress in his international football appearances for England with 105 caps. After starting a career with West Ham, LAMPARD went on to Chelsea where he scored 211 goals in 13 seasons before leaving in 2014 to join New York City FC where he also had a loan spell with Manchester City returning to the Premier League. A true living legend of Chelsea like LAMPARD has said that if he has to continue playing football it would “have to be perfect” and understands that after the age of 30 “things are different”. LAMPARD has put himself out there for the club and only time will tell if he gets his dream return.

LAMPARD says: “I feel fit and I’m fresh in mind” which some Blues’ fans will pretty much be happy to still hear whilst Chelsea is top of the table going into the New Year. He additionally expresses his view on Chelsea winning the Premier League as possible only if Chelsea “do not suffer from injuries”. A Christmas online poll on Mirror Sport has revealed that 64% of Chelsea fans voted for LAMPARD to be re-signed. If this is the wish of the fans and it is granted, the career of Chelsea’s all-time top goal scorer could see him experience yet another return to make more history in the English premier League.

By: Samuel Georgewill
Supported By: Light Of The World FC

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois told the club’s official website ‘letting in only two goals is amazing’.

With the Blues still top of the table with 46 points so far, the Belgian star took a closer look at the season.

“After that Arsenal game we had to build a new thing and we did it well, – Courtois stated – And there is a lot of hard work in training. It was not just that we did a new formation and it will work”.

“As a goalkeeper it doesn’t change much but now we are more solid at the back than at the beginning of the season, it is harder for people to break us down, and when they do try to score a goal I try to save it”.

Then Courtois added: “Some other teams tried to defeat us as well with that formation but if it is well-worked like we do it, it is hard to break down and every day in training we do it a lot”.

“That is why we have this run at the moment and we just try to keep it going and we will see in few weeks and months where we are standing, and hopefully we will be there in the race for the championship”.

Chelsea will travel to Britannia Stadium as they are set to face Stoke City in next Premier League fixture.

“In the Premier League things go really fast, – Courtois confirmed – So we just have to keep the focus on ourselves and play game by game and then we will see. Stoke at home will be hard and then we go to Tottenham, to Leicester, they are all tough games, and after we have Hull, Liverpool and Arsenal”.

“So it is an important moment for us and then we will see where we stand in February. If we keep our concentration on doing what we have to do then we can keep the run going”.

“Concentration is a big factor, if you keep on shouting and being busy with the game you are always staying in it, and I think that is one of my strong points, focus and concentration during the game”.

“I learned a lot of it when I was at Atletico which was a bit the same as now so I just try to be there for that one big save that can help us win a game”.

Courtois made some great saves also in the clash against Bournemouth“I managed to make two very good saves – he said – The first one  was low to my right and after that there was a shot that was blocked by Azpi that maybe I could have reached but I am not sure, and then with the Afobe shot, I saw him coming past a bit so I knew I had to close the space and I made myself big, and I am two metres tall so I think it is hard to get the ball past me”. 

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Chelsea are interested in signing Ivorian Coast starlet Franck Kessie, according to L’Eco di Bergamo and several reports in Italy today.

Antonio Conte have reportedly sent scouts to watch the Atalanta midfielder and would have offered a fee around £21.6m to land the 20-year-old to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

Kessie scored 7 times in 17 games so far, playing as central midfielder in a 3-4-3 formation.

It is understood also Juventus are really interested in the former Cesena youngster, with Liverpool reportedly monitoring the situation.

 

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