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Charly Musonda reflected on his first goal for Chelsea in the Blues’ 5-1 home win against Nottingham Forest last night. Antonio Conte’s men will face Everton in the next stage of Carabao Cup.

“It was my first start and it was very exciting and, to be honest, I was more nervous before the game. – the Belgian star said – I had to wait for so long for the game to start, a 7.45pm kick-off, so when the game started I was at ease and I felt really good”.

“I was looking forward to it. I come from the Academy and it was a great experience to be able to play my first game with the first team here at the Bridge, but it’s only the first game and I have to keep on working”.

The 20-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Real Betis in Spain, added: “It was an emotional moment to score my first goal at the Bridge. I can’t even remember it now! I was very happy and you could see that. I was in tears to be honest. If the lads didn’t come and get me I don’t know what would have happened! It was a great moment”.

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Antonio Conte has selected the XI team to face Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, with several changes in midfield and the attacking third.

Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Caballero, Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Kenedy, Musonda, Batshuayi, Hazard

Subs: Eduardo, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Ampadu, Moses, Morata, Moses

Nottingham Forest Henderson, Lichaj, Mancienne, Osborn, Fox, Dowell, Hobbs, Bouchalakis, Walker, Cummings, Worrall

Subs: Smith, McKay, Clough, Brerton, Carayol, Darwika, Vellios

Kick-Off: 7.45 PM BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge

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Fifa confirmed today that they have launched an investigation into Chelsea‘s youth players recruitment.

We can confirm” – a FIFA statement said – “that an investigation is ongoing, however please note that we cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation. We have no further comment”. 

It is the third time in eight years that the Premier League champions are facing a FIFA’s investigation.

 

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Former Chelsea‘s defender Michael Ian Mancienne will face his former side tomorrow in the Carabao Cup third round at Stamford Bridge.

The 29-year-old spent 11 years in the West London side, enjoying two season on loan at QPR (2006/2008) and Wolverhampton (2009/2011) before leaving Chelsea for Hamburger SV.

Mancienne claimed he did not want to ‘rot away’ at Chelsea, then he asked to leave: “I was in the comfort zone at Chelsea and it is easy for players to rot away in that environment,”

“When you’re at a big club you can easily get caught in a bubble because everything is done for you. There are so many people doing things for you that when you go out on loan you’re thrown into real life”.

“I was 21 when I made my debut and it was great moment. I thought it would be the time when I kicked on but there were too many players in front of me, many of them captains for their countries”.

“The likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Joe Cole were the best role models to have,  and seeing people like John break into the first team obviously gave you that hope and desire to do the same thing”.

“But I don’t think there is one player from the academy in or around my age group that is still there. Ryan Bertrand, Jack Cork and Sam Hutchinson have all left, and Liam Bridcutt is with me now at Forest. I had to make a decision because I wanted to make a name for myself and play games.”

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After Chelsea draw with Arsenal on Sunday, Pat Nevin says he believes that the result of the game could have been different if Hazard would have been included in the starting XI by Antonio Conte.

“At times like that” – Nevin wrote on Chelsea official website referring to the Premier League game vs Arsenal – “you need something different or something special and Eden Hazard’s cameo at the end showed us precisely what that was. For all that it has been a good run since the beginning of the season, it is times like these when you fully appreciate what Eden brings to the table. You can match up all over the pitch as much as you like but if someone dances past three players, your system and structure is smashed”.

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Chelsea will not appeal David Luiz‘s red card against Arsenal, even if Blues boss Antonio Conte insists the tackle was not intentional, as the Brazilian fell before the horrendous tackle on Sead Kolasinac:

“I think the situation was very clear. It was a fall before the tackle but now it’s important to move on and to look at the next game,” Conte said in the press conference ahead of League Cup game against Nottingham Forest.

David Luiz will now miss three matches, including the top of the table clash against Manchester City in the end of the month.

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Chelsea winger Pedro suffered an ankle injury following a late challenge from Nacho Monreal. Anyway, the Italian coach remains confident that the Spaniard will be fully fit in time for next Premier League clash.

Chelsea are set to face Stoke City at Britannia Stadium on Saturday, kick-off at 3PM BST.

David Luiz will be missing out the game after receiving a straight red card against Arsenal, with also latest signing Danny Drinkwater on sidelines due to a calf injury.

 

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Chelsea development squad earned a vital point in a 2-2 draw as they completed a massive comeback against Manchester United at Aldershot in the Premier League 2 Matchday 5 last night.

Isaac Christie-Davies and Callum Hudson-Odoi both scored in the second half to secure Chelsea a point, which means the Blues are now one point ahead of the Red Devils with 6 points on the league table.
After the game, manager Joe Edwards reflected on the feelings: “We have mixed emotions at the end of the game, we are in one of those spells at the moment where we’re not getting the rub of the green”
Chelsea will face Leicester City at 7PM on Friday 22th September.

Chelsea Jamie Cumming; Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah, Joseph Colley (Cole Dasilva 70), Josh Grant; Ruben Sammut (c), Luke McCormick, Isaac Christie-Davies, Jacob Maddox; Callum Hudson-Odoi (George McEachran 90), Miro Muheim (Charlie Brown 67)
Unused subs 
Marcin Bulka, Ali Suljic, George McEachran
Scorers Christie-Davies 72; Hudson-Odoi 82

Manchester United Kieran O’Hara, Joe Riley (c), Demetri Mitchell, Tyrell Warren, Matthew Olosunde, Callum Whelan, Zac Dearnley, Ethan Hamilton, James Wilson (Josh Bohui 79), DJ Buffonge (Indy Boonen 79), Tosin Kehinde (Jake Kenyon 84)
Unused subs 
Theo Richardson, Tom Sang
Scorers Kehinde 38; Wilson 56
Booked Mitchell

Referee Savvas Yianni

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Speaking to SFR Sport, Belgian star Eden Hazard praises Antonio Conte‘s work.

The Chelsea striker admits the tactical work his very challenging, both in training and during the game, but it allows Chelsea to play very well.

“We work a lot,” – Hazard said. – “It’s not always easy in training, there are a lot of hours of training, but it bears fruit on the pitch. We play well, we won last year. You can see that that’s the key to success: work. “There’s a lot of tactics. It’s not always nice as a forward as you have to run, defend and everything, but at least at the weekend, you know exactly what to do, you can even close your eyes and play. That’s good”. 

 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea puts pressure on Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal when he left the La Liga giants in 2014.

“Once I made the decision to leave Barcelona, Arsenal had the first option, and Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal first. – the Spaniard revealed – Then they had a week to basically respond yes or no to the buy-out clause”.

Chelsea signed Fabregas on a £30m move, with former Blues’ manager José Mourinho in charge at Stamford Bridge.

“I knew Chelsea were on the side, among other clubs, but after I spoke to [Jose] Mourinho in the meantime he convinced me that it was a great place to come. – Fabregas confirmed – The week passed, Arsenal never responded, never contacted me either, so I took it as them having enough players in their squad, so I made my move to Chelsea.”

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