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Speaking on ITV Sports while comment European games, Manchester United legend Roy Keane blamed Chelsea striker Diego Costa, that has been AWOL for a couple of months now, claiming his behaviour is ridiculous:

“If I was a team-mate of his I’d kick him up and down the training pitch.

“Some of the senior players have got to get hold of him.

“A talented, talented boy, but his attitude is like a spoilt child. He’s just absolutely ridiculous.”

As we told you in an exclusive report the other day, the Brazilian-born forward is now in Madrid to undergo a medical and secretly train in a private structure before returning to Atletico in January 2018, when Colchoneros transfer ban will end.

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry backs Chelsea new signing Alvaro Morata, claiming the Spaniard just have to adapt to the new league before performing:

“He will need to get used to the Premier League but then he will perform,” the former French forward told Sky Sports.

“I’m very excited about him. It’s a heavy task to come after Diego Costa but someone has to do it.

“Someone had to do it after Didier Drogba, someone had to do it after Gianfranco Zola. That’s the way it is.

“When you look at Morata’s numbers you know the guy can score goals. I like him and I hope it works out.”

 

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher would not gamble on Antonio Conte‘s permanence on Chelsea bench for next season.

The current Sky Sports pundit reckons the Italian manager will be soon out of Stamford Bridge:

“I’d be very surprised if I’m sitting here in 12 months’ time and he’s the Chelsea manager,” the former defender claimed.

“I think he’s the type of manager who won’t accept the involvement from people above, especially on the back of winning the title.

“He’s not going to go quietly and it’s not great for the club when the manager is coming out and speaking the way he is.”

Carragher thinks Chelsea’s attitude toward his managers is not the best:

“What I would say is Chelsea have a business model, a very ruthless one. They’re a bit like Real Madrid in that I don’t think they value the manager like other clubs do.

“They’re not scared to get rid of a top manager or get rid of someone after 12 months, but you can’t really complain. Since Abramovich came in I think they’ve won more trophies than anyone.”

 

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Gary Neville reckons Nemanja Matic‘s move from Chelsea to Manchester United is strange: according to the former Red Devils defender the Blues don’t have a valid substitute yet.

“It’s a strange one for Chelsea to let him go because I thought he was good for them with Kante and I think they need to strengthen,” said Neville speaking to Sky Sports.

“So I’m not quite sure why they’re letting him go but they must have replacements lined up.

“United need a holding midfield player. Schneiderlin was let go, Schweinsteiger didn’t get a game and so they need a replacement in there and Matic fits the bill.

Michael Carrick can’t play every single week so they need a player that can come in and do the same job as Carrick and Matic can do that.”

The move reunites Matic with his former Chelsea manager José Mourinho, under whom he won a Premier League title in 2015. The Portuguese himself was the man who brought Matic back to Stamford Bridge, after the Serbian midfielder moved to Benfica in January 2011 in David Luiz‘s deal.

“Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player,” the former Chelsea boss told MUTV after the signing was official.

 “I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him. A big welcome to our new number 31.”

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Former Blues goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, now at Bournemouth, warns Chelsea over Diego Costa‘s exit:

“These players don’t come around very often, centre forwards who have got everything – pace, right foot, left foot, he can finish each and every way, he can hold the play up,” he told Sky Sports UK.

“He’s got the total package and is someone that Chelsea will miss very much if they lose him.”

“I hope this situation can resolve itself and they can have a good relationship going forward.”

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Arsenal lost two key players in Premier League final game against Everton yesterday: Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista.

Both defenders, who started in Gunners’ 3-1 win, could not complete the 90 minutes at the Emirates Stadium due to different reasons: Koscielny received a straight red card for his reckless tackle on Enner Valencia in the 14th minute, Gabriel had to be stretchered off with a serious looking injury eight minutes into the second half.

The French defender will miss the FA Cup final for suspension, while the Brazilian one is rated as extremely doubtful, with Arsene Wenger saying his overstretched knee did not look good.

 

Two important men missing for the Wembley clash, that’s why Martin Keown reckons Arsenal have almost lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea:

“He’s [Wenger] almost lost the cup final today because there is a big hole in their defence because Koscielny is a wonderful player and Gabriel is an able deputy”, the Arsenal legend said on the BBC’s Final Score programme.

“Honestly, I really don’t know which way it’s going to go now.

“Arsene Wenger looked very low and very down.

“They only missed out very marginally [on the top four] and I think Arsene Wenger not signing his contract created uncertainty.

“The magic power he had was the warmth he gave to his players, the certainty he gave in everything he did – he took that away and he still hasn’t declared what he’s going to do yet.”

Arsenal have faced Chelsea twice this season, winning one game in September and losing the other one in February.

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Chelsea players celebrating Diego Costa's goal against Everton back in November © Francesca Ceciarini

Writing for BetVictor former Ballon d’Or winner Michael Owen picked his two key players for Everton v Chelsea:

“This should be a cracking game with Everton looking to exorcise their 5-0 loss to the Champions-elect at the Bridge earlier in the season,” the ex Liverpool, Real Madrid and Man United forward wrote.

“Only Liverpool have won at Goodison in the PL so far this season and it is their home form, eight successive wins, which has seen Everton challenge for a top-six spot.

Diego Costa has a good record against Everton and he was back to his best against Southampton midweek.

“Reports suggest Romelu Lukaku is earmarked as a replacement for Costa should he leave the Bridge for China in the summer and the outcome of the game could revolve around the two inform strikers.”

A footnotte added: “Michael’s recommendation: Diego Costa to score at anytime at Evens.”

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Eden Hazard against Everton last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson reckons Chelsea can obtain a win at Goodison Park this Sunday in a clash against Everton that that to many people seem the last tough obstacle between the Blues and the Premier League title:

Everton are a weird team,” the ex Arsenal player wrote his column for the TV network.

“They get to a certain stage, you think they’re set to kick on for a top four or top-five place, and they just melt away.

“A few weeks ago they were flying, went to Middlesbrough and drew 0-0. Then they were flying again and got well beaten by Tottenham. And then they were flying again, go to West Ham and draw 0-0.

“They have not taken that next step and I worry for them. It will be a competitive game but Chelsea should have too much.”

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Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimvoic was the key-man for the Red Devils during this season, with 28 goals scored in 49 games played so far: a super achievement for a 35-year-old at his first campaign in the Premier League.

The Swedish striker claimed he’s like Benjamin Button, meaning he’s getting better while growing older and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who will visit Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, says he has to agree with him:

“I agree, I’ve always told this, he’s in the top of his form, his career. He plays for the team, it’s always good to have this kind of players, he plays a lot for the team, for me he’s one of best players in the world.”

When asked if he’s got any plan on how to stop Zlatan, Conte replied:

“We must have a good defensive organisation, when he attacks the ball he’s very dangerous, and also when he receives the ball, my players must play great attention and concentration to stop him.”

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Ex Chelsea player Marcel Desailly gave his opinion about Pep Guardiola’s work at Manchester City before their visit to Stamford Bridge tomorrow night.

There were great expectations about the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s season with Citizens, but with a current fourth place, those expectations weren’t fulfilled at the moment:

“He is doing okay, and we are expecting more,” Desailly said.

“He took a team where he did not pick the players, some of them definitely will go at the end of the season for him to bring in his system and philosophy.

“He is doing okay, he is doing what a coach has to do.”

A win over Chelsea in tomorrow night clash would push Manchester City above Liverpool and into the third place but, above all, will re-open the tile race again:

“The expectation is quite high for that first season from him, we expect him straight away to win.

“But it is tough. It’s Premier League, Champions League also is quite difficult, so actually they are present in all the competition but they are not doing super well as we were expecting.

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