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Chelsea are only three points away from Premier League title and they have the chance to become champions at West Bromwich on Friday night.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is sure his team are ready to secure the tile near Birmingham:

“This is my first season in England in a tough Championship,” the Italian coach said after the win against Middlesbrough.

I’m delighted for my players, they deserve this. We are showing that we deserve to win the league.

“We must try in the next game to become champions. West Brom will want to play a good game against us, but we are ready.”

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Defeating Middlesbrough 3-0 tonight at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea not only is closer to the Premier League title, but also they win their 300th home game in the competition.

The Blues are the third team to reach this prestigious goal after Manchester United (347 wins) and Arsenal (306).

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Chelsea won a vital clash following a dominant performance against Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso at 23′ and 34′ (the full-back also hit the cross-bar in the first minute) gave the lead in the first half, while Nemanja Matic added fuel to fire scoring the final 3-0.

Then Middlesbrough are relegated to the Championship, the title for Chelsea is closer and closer as Antonio Conte‘s men are just one victory away from winning the Premier League.

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Chelsea (3-4-3) – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Fabregas, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Ake, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Willian.

Manager: Antonio Conte

Middlesbrough (4-3-3) – Guzan, Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; Clayton. De Roon, Forshaw; Traore, Downing, Negredo

Subs: Konstantopoulos, Barragan, Bernardo, Leadbitter, Guedioura, Gestede, Bamford.

Manager: Steve Agnew

Kick-Off: 8pm BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has fitness concerns over three players: David Luiz, N’Golo Kante and Thibaut Courtois all could miss out the clash against Middlesbrough, which is set for tonight (8pm BST) at Stamford Bridge.

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  • Nathaniel Ake came off the bench against Everton to replace injured defender David Luiz, however Conte insisted that the Brazilian star hasn’t suffered a major injury. John Terry could be set for a comeback in the starting XI;
  • N’Golo Kante (thigh issue) and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (still under treatment over ankle injury).


  • Daniel Ayala has reportedly recovered from the ankle injury suffered against Sunderland;
  • Grant Leadbitter and Victor Valdes (rib injury) are not expected to be in the starting XI.

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1) – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard

MIDDLESBROUGH: (4-3-3) Guzan; Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; De Roon, Clayton, Forshaw; Stuani, Negredo, Downing

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could get a vital win in tonight’s clash against Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge, following Tottenham defeat to West Ham on Friday night.

Speaking ahead of the game, Conte said: “Don’t forget that Tottenham dropped out of the Champions League at the first group stage, and then dropped out in the first round of the Europa League”.

“If you consider the amount of our games and their games, there is a difference of what, eight games?

“But if you consider the squads, the numbers in each squad, you can see the difference: one team prepared to play the Champions League with 25 or 26 players, and another who prepared to play the League, the FA Cup and the League Cup”.

Antonio Conte admitted he wants to strengthen his squad with next transfer window, as Chelsea have qualified for next season’s Champions League after their last 3-0 win at Everton.

“Do we need more players? Yes for sure. This season my expectation was a great challenge in this League against Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool. Next season for us it will be the same”.

“But we have one year to work and then the possibility to go into the market and choose the right players on my idea of football.”

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been been voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association, as the club’s official website confirmed this morning.

The Frenchman and already won the PFA Player of the Year award a few weeks ago, while teammate Eden Hazard came second in the voting with Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli one position behind him.


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Chelsea defender David Luiz is confident ahead of Premier League Monday Night against Middlesbrough, when the Blues’ will try to restore their seven-point lead at the top of table.

The Brazilian told Chelsea’s official website: “You always hope for the best and hope for great things, when I decided to come back I knew I would work with a fantastic coach, at a fantastic club, in a fantastic city and with many fantastic players”.

“You hope and have ambition to do something big but it depends on your work throughout the season. I think we are working very hard and trying to improve the team every day, which is why we’re fighting for the title”.

Then David Luiz added: “It’s nice to have the pressure, it means we are fighting for something big but we must keep our feet on the ground and try to do our best”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, speaking ahead of next home game against Middlesbrough, was asked about the two main leagues in which he worked as manager so far: Serie A with Juventus and Premier League with Chelsea.

The Blues’ boss told Chelsea’s official website: “In Italy there is a good school, but honestly, when you arrive and face this league you must change your mind about a lot of things to adapt quickly and well”.

“This league is very strong. It’s totally different if you compare it with other leagues. Every single game you must fight a lot. Every game is very tough. You must put all of yourself in the game”.

Then Conte added: “For this reason, it’s not easy to arrive at the end of European competitions, and also for the national team it’s very difficult to try to do very well in the World Cup or the European Championships. You get to the end [of the season] and the players are tired”.


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