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Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen was involved in 1-1 draw between Croatia and Denmark in Novgorod last night.

Ivan Rakitic’s penalty and Danijel Subasic‘s saves in the penalty shootout sent the Croatians into the World Cup quarter-finals before Kasper Schmeichel denied Luka Modric a late opener from the spot with 5′ left to go in the extra time.

Christensen produced an unlucky assist to Mario Mandzukic when Henrik Dalsgaard’s attempted clearance hit the head of the Chelsea defender. The ball smacked him square in the face and the Juventus striker scored a strange leveler.


Chelsea winger Willian faces Mexico today (3PM BST) as well as Belgian trio formed by Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi against Japan (7PM BST).



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Chelsea today failed to win their third Uefa Youth League in the last four season: the Blues were defeated by Barcelona at Nyon in the final.

The Spanish side scored in the first half with Marques Mendes and, in the second half Chelsea conceded other two goals as Barcelona won the game 3-0.

In the semifinal, played on Friday, the Blues eliminated Porto after winning at the shootout, while Barcelona overcame Manchester City 5-4.

The London club had won two Uefa Youth League in 2015 vs Shaktar and the following season vs Paris Saint Germain.

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Willy Caballero yesterday night made a crucial save on Nelson Oliveira’s penalty and this was crucial for Chelsea to progress to Fa Cup‘s fourth round with the Blues who will face Newcastle.

Speaking to Chelsea official website, today Chelsea’s goalkeeper said he is happy with the outcome of the game vs Norwich City and with his performance.

It was an important save because we went through to the next round,” Caballero said. “As the game was finishing we conceded in the 94th minute, which was unfair because we played very well and created many chances to score the second goal. I had the opportunity to help the team with the penalty so I’m happy. I don’t like to go to a penalty shoot-out. I’ve had good experiences in them but I would prefer to win a game in 90 minutes or extra-time because it’s a different feeling. If you lose on penalties it’s a massive frustration.”

Caballero then, also had his say on Var: We need time to adapt to the new technology instrument because for players, supporters and the people who watch the game, it’s important to learn about it. It’s important for all the players to learn all of the rules and understand how the VAR works. It’s so difficult to be a referee at this level, only a few can do it. The work the referee does is so hard and they have my respect when they make a decision.”

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In a clip widely shared on social media, Michy Batshuay was filmed smiling after Chelsea‘s defeat vs Arsenal in the Community Shield and a lot of people and many people claim Batshuay was smiling and laughing at Morata after the Spanish striker missed his penalty.

However, Batshuay himself responded on Twitter denying firmly these spekulations: “Wow lol some people really believe I laughed at my teammate and/or us losing ? Sorry to disappoint but I wasnt. Im enjoying every goal for us scored by anyone in the team, thats the only thing you have to know. have a blessed day (sic)”.


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Antonio Conte is clearly not happy for the Community Shield result, but he defends is choice of Thibaut Courtois among the Blues penalty takers.

“It can happen”. – Conte told Fox Sports – Thibaut was one of our penalty takers and he has missed it. He can score or miss a penalty just like any other player on the pitch.”

The Italian manager, however, was more frustrated about Pedro being sending off in the second half: “It was a tough decision” – Conte continued – “I didn’t see the replay but it is the second time that we finished with one man down against Arsenal. We have to look forward and prepare ourselves for the start of the season.”

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech revealed why, in his opinion, Thibaut Courtois sent the ball above the cross-bar in the Community Shield penalty shootout at Wembley this afternoon.

The current Arsenal number one said about his ex team-mate:

Obviously we played together and we made a lot of challenges during the training session in the penalty shoot-outs so this is not usually where he shoots.

“So this is probably why he missed as normally he buries it in the top corner on the other side on the way I went so obviously maybe the fact we know each other and I know the players, maybe it made it more difficult for them.

“I hoped he was going to put it where I was going but obviously, you know…”


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Antonio Conte has spoken about his time managing Italy. He says it was honour and hopes he will leave a legacy behind.

This summers European Championship was his final tournament in charge of the national side and they were eliminated last night after a penalty shoot-out with Germany.

Conte spoke with such nobility when he discussed the team, claiming it to be his biggest victory having the pleasure of working with them.

“The national team gives you emotion and stimuli and I hope this European Championship will leave a legacy, of love for the shirts we were wearing.

“I think the biggest victory for me is having worked with this group of lads. From the kit men to the cooks – everybody who was part of this marvellous experience, this is what has given me the greatest satisfaction.

“I had the honour of working with these people who gave me everything.

“When you do everything, nobody can criticise you at all and these lads went beyond the call of duty, giving absolutely everything and I think people recognise this. You love your country and the shirt you are wearing.”

Although Conte was disappointed with the loss, he can now head to London to begin his reign in charge of Chelsea.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho was interviewed by Chelsea TV after PSG game in Charlotte.

The Portuguese coach seemed quite satisfied for his team performance and progress:

It was a fantastic training session, they started before us, they had four matches before this one, their intensity was obviously much higher than ours but, as a training session, as a complement for what we are doing it was very good for us.

We go step by step, the players have some more ‘happiness’ in the legs, you still feel that some of them have an accumulation of fatigue, some of them have slow moves, slow thinking, they recover the ball too slowly, they think too much when normally the press, they take the ball and they score…it’s normal but, step by step, we’re coming.

Falcao, Willian and Cuadrado joined Chelsea squad just three days ago but they already played:

Falcao, Willian and Cuadrado played tonight because we thought than 20 minutes of playing would have been richer and would have more ingredients than a small group of three [players training] so we decided to give them these 20-25 minutes which is also good for them.

“These three players cannot start against Barcelona, but I guess they can go from [playing] 20 to 30 minutes.

Victor Moses played a good game, scoring a very nice goal that gave Chelsea the 1-1 draw:

Victor Moses was two seasons on loan but he had a lot of hopes and I could feel his hope and desire to come to Chelsea and standing, when he was on loan he played every game, every weekend so it’s a very different situation but he’s very keen to stay so we have to discuss, but he’s a very good player.


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Chelsea manager José Mourinho analysed the friendly game won against PSG in Charlotte at penalty shootout in the post-match press conference:

“Paris St-Germain are a good team and they have good players”

“They started training a couple of weeks before us, they have already four matches in their legs and they are clearly one step ahead of us in their preparation, so this was a fantastic test for us from the physical point of view. It was very important for us.

Falcao made his debut in Chelsea shirt and he looked very sharp and lively:

“That is because he is not so tired as the others, because he trained two days and the others 10 days and they are accumulating fatigue. Falcao, Willian and Juan Cuadrado are with the sharpness but without the fatigue so they looked good, and it was good for them to play this 20 minutes and it was good for Falcao from the penalty spot to put the ball into the net.’

PSG defender Serge Aurier had a tough tackle on Diego Costa, not a very normal thing in a friendly match:

“Aurier is not a player who normally plays in the PSG team. Normally they play with Thiago Silva and David Luiz and Marquinhos. So he had a chance, he faced the game like a big game and it was important for him, and he was I too aggressive.

“For me no problem, I understand football, and Diego behaved tremendously well.

The atmosphere at Charlotte’s Bank of America stadium was impressive and many of the 60,000 spectators turned out to be Chelsea fans:

“The people gave us an atmosphere that is not normal in a friendly match.

“This is a match in which you are not obsessed with the result, you want to train, you make changes in the team because you have a plan for a certain amount of minutes, but the people made it a big atmosphere so thanks a lot for that.

“It is not easy for a friendly match to bring 60,000 but this was the French champions and English champions, two big clubs with lots of big players.

“I see the MLS, I see passion and I see the difference in the street.

‘When me and my players go for a walk, 10 years ago it was paradise and it is not paradise anymore so I think people know us. The passion is coming and what the US Women did in the World Cup must also be a plus so I think step by step – Kaka, Lampard, Gerrard, Raul – these guys must also be important for this. For 11 years I’ve been coming here and every year I come for pre-season I see a difference.’


Chelsea defender David Luiz is enjoying a massive start to the new Premier League season as the Blues earned 15 points from 5 games so...