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Chelsea star Diego Costa will not face any retrospective FA action after appearing to kick out at Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany in last night win over Pep Guardiola‘s side.

There had been suggestions Costa could miss next two-three games in the title race after appearing to kick out at Citizens defender Kompany, but the striker will not face any sanction.

The reason is that match referee Mike Dean saw the second-half incident and dealt with it at the time, meaning FA cannot take any retrospective action.

Neither Chelsea boss Antonio Conte nor City manager Guardiola saw the Spaniard striker catch Vincent Kompany with his studs in midfield.

“I didn’t see it, but during the game it’s very difficult,” Conte said after the game.

“Yes, you see this kind of contact but it’s impossible to tell, to judge this kind of contact.”

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Former English referee Mike Webb commented:

“If there was a foul before, and this happens afterwards, then maybe the FA might want to look at it as an act of violent conduct.

“But because this is the foul that Mike Dean penalises, then he has seen it, made a judgement on it and the FA don’t review situations where the referee has seen it.

“Is it violent conduct? It’s a subjective call but he puts his foot and doesn’t really follow through. I think it is worthy of a yellow card but probably just short of violent conduct.”

 

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted that title race is over for his team after tonight’s defeat at Stamford Bridge:

“Today the Premier League has gone,” he said after the game.

“It’s between Chelsea and Tottenham now. Now we have to think about qualifying for the Champions League and finishing in the top four.

“Were we the better side? Absolutely. But they got six points against us [over the two games], and we got zero. And football is about results. But the way we played, I was happier today with the way we played at Arsenal on Sunday – and we got a point less. 

“We created enough more than Chelsea, to win the game. It’s an honour to have the amazing players I have. We came here to Stamford Bridge and play the way we have, with huge personality. I’m a lucky guy to manage these guys.

“It’s encouraging for the future. I’m optimistic. It’s been like this all season but in the boxes we are not good enough. We created enough to score goals. It’s our problem. But my players play in one way and that’s why I want to be here – to help Man City for years.  

“The people who are watching us must be proud of our fans. We did everything.”

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CHELSEA - Courtois; Zouma, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Ake, Terry, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

MANCHESTER CITY -  Caballero, Clichy, Stones, Kompany (c), Fernandinho, Delph, Sane, Silva, De Bruyne, Navas, Aguero.

Subs: Bravo, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Sterling, Nolito

Manager: Pep Guardiola

 

 

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Team News

CHELSEA

Victor Moses is still on doubt after missing Crystal Palace clash for a toe injury

Pedro can replace him like in the last game

– Eden Hazard played against Palace following a calf injury which saw him miss international duty with Belgium, while David Luiz is still managing a knee injury sustained against City in December.

– Chelsea haven’t lost back-to-back Premier League games at Stamford Bridge since November 2011, when Andre Villas-Boas‘ side were defeated by Arsenal and then Liverpool

– Chelsea have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 league games, after recording 10 shut-outs in the previous 12 matches.
MANCHESTER CITY 

- Bacary Sagna is out for at least another couple of weeks

Pablo Zabaleta is recovered after picking up a minor injury last week

Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus are long-time absentess after serious injuries

– Manchester City won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last April, claiming their biggest victory away to Chelsea since 1978, when Ron Futcher scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win.

 

Possible Line-Ups

CHELSEA - Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz; Pedro, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa.

MANCHESTER CITY – Caballero; Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Sterling, De Bruyne; Sane, Silva, Agüero.

 

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Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola hailed ‘superb’ Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ahead of Citizens’ trip to Stamford Bridge.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager said: “My opinion about my colleague Conte is that he’s superb, maybe he’s the best. How he was able to make Italy play beautiful football, Juventus too, in a culture where it’s so defensive”.

“He’s an excellent manager. I learn a lot when I see his teams – Juventus, Italy and now. Their teams control a lot of aspects. It’s a good lesson for me to see his teams and learn.”

When asked about Conte’s first season in Premier League, the Spaniard said: “In my case I had to win the treble and change English football. Expectations were quite high, that’s why I’m going to fall short. Definitely, I cannot have success this season”.

“I knew from the beginning they’d have a good season. They started the season so-so but after that they settled the way they want to play and the fact they have a week to work on many things helps a lot. It’s a big advantage if you have time.

Guardiola added: “I think a lot of games we’ve played a lot of good football – I didn’t expect that high level – but then also we were not solid.”​

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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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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that he will be without Bacary Sagna in the match against Chelsea tomorrow night but revealed that Pablo Zabaleta is recovered after suffering  a minor injury last week:

“Bacary is out two or three weeks more,” Guardiola told reporters.

“Pablo is okay.

The Spanish coach also said that Gabriel Jesus, who broke his foot in February and was set to miss the rest of the season, could recover for the last games of the campaign:

“Yesterday is the first day he started to go to the pitch to run and walk.

“I don’t know exactly how many weeks he needs to come back but I think he is at the end of the part of his process to come back so we will see.

“Hopefully he can help us in the games at the end of the season.”

Speaking about the title race and the Champions League race, he said:

“Yeah it is so important for all 6 teams to qualify for the Champions League.

“To be in Europe is so important. In financial terms and in prestige.

“Chelsea deserve to be where they are. They won an amount of points and winning an amount of games in a row.

“It is another game, nine left, we have to take points as much as possible and after we will see.”

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spoke after his side’s away draw against Arsenal today.

“We want to win, but we were not able to make a perfect performance, – Guardiola told Sky Sports – Still there are a lot of games, nine games to play, but it’s now so difficult to be in front”.

“Yesterday Chelsea lost, and we were not able to win. For Arsenal it is the same. It’s game-by-game”.

About the title race, Guardiola added: “Anything can happen. We know what we have to do against Chelsea [on Wednesday]. We head back to Manchester to prepare and then back down to London.”

Arsenal bounced back twice after Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero scored for Manchester City at Emirates Stadium.

 

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Chelsea will face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and manager Antonio Conte is aware of the strength of Pep Guardiola’s team.

Speaking about the next game, Conte said: “We have to play on Wednesday against Man City and we all know the strength of their team, but for now the most important thing is to rest and recover well. We must prepare in the right way”.

Then Conte added: “Every game will be very tough from now until the end, whether the opponent is Man City or a team fighting near the relegation zone”.

The title race is not over yet after Chelsea loss to Crystal Palace today, as Conte himself underlined: “For you [the media] it’s a good result because it makes the championship more interesting, but I always said the league is finished when mathematically you have won it, otherwise you must play every game to try to win because in England there are no easy matches.’

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Barcelona star Neymar admits he would love to play in the Premier League.

The Brazilian striker revealed huge respect for some of the English top clubs and hinted he would like to join one of them:

“It’s a championship that surprises me,” he said at a PokerStars event.

“I like the playing style and the teams.”

Recente rumours claimed that Manchester United and José Mourinho were really keen on the Brazilian international and Neymar included the Red Devils among his favourite Premier League sides, as well as Chelsea and a couple more:

“I admire Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool: these are the teams that are always fighting for the title.

“And then you have top-level coaches like Mourinho and  Guardiola. These are coaches any player would like to play for.

“Who knows? I’d like to play there.”

 

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