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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gave Danny Drinkwater a new chance in the last Premier League game against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge today.

The Italian manager was pleased when asked about the England international’s performance: “I think it is normal to have the right chance. – Conte said – He is starting to play with Chelsea, a great team. Danny today started the game, like the team, a bit slow but he improved a lot”.

“It is great for me and the team to have another option, when we play with three midfielders, to have another option is a vital importance”.

Chelsea signed Drinkwater after completing £30m move from Leicester City on Deadline Day.

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After his first trip to Stamford Bridge, after his spell as Chelsea manager, Rafa Benitez admits Eden Hazard caused a lot of problems to his team and that Newcastle made too many mistakes during the game.

We made mistakes against good players, with the quality they have, they punish you,” – Benitez said –.We were in the game and you never know what can happen at one each, 2-1. A top side played against a team that was giving everything. We knew Hazard really well, it’s not just a free role. He has good movements. You cannot control everyone. When he received the ball he can make the difference. We were doing quite well for a while but mistakes made the difference. We are in the Premier League, simple, that is the problem. We try to do our best now and see what happens in January.”

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After his fantastic performance against Newcastle this afternoon, where he didn’t only score a brace but he was man of the match hands down, Eden Hazard was praised by his coach, Antonio Conte, that had very nice words for his team star:

“Eden played a good game. Today we saw a good link between him and Alvaro,” the Blues boss commented on Sky Sports after the final whistle.

“In this type of game, when we decided to have a tactical solution, he had more freedom to play as striker and then offensively he was very dangerous. He played very well, scored twice, and the goalkeeper made two fantastic saves from him. He must continue in this way to improve himself.”

Continuing to speak about the game, Conte added:

“It was a good performance. Maybe our start was a bit a slow, not good enough. But after we went 1-0 down we played with good intensity and created chances to score. In the end it was a good performance. This team has a lot of professionals, when our start is not good enough there is always a good reaction, like against Liverpool. This team I strong for sure, we are in good form, good physical condition and strong tactically in defence and attack. We are working well and we have to continue in this way.” 

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Everton - London, Britain - August 27, 2017 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring their first goal

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas played 77′ against Newcastle United before being replaced by Tiemoue Bakayoko in the second half at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard, who left the pitch after Eden Hazard’s chipped penalty, told Sky Sports: “The gap is eight points now, and there’s still a long way to go so that’s why we have to keep getting closer and closer”.

About Manchester City, Fabregas said: “I hope they slip up, they are there because they deserve it. Our job is to keep winning. We managed to come back well and at the end it was a good win.”

Chelsea are currently level on points with Manchester United, who face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium this evening, while the Citizens maintain an eight-point gap on the Blues before hosting West Ham United tomorrow (kick-off 4PM BST).

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Eden Hazard was clearly the man of the match in the Premier League clash against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. The Belgian star was asked about his chipped penalty, which secured Chelsea a 3-1 win over the Magpies.

“When I take the ball in my hands I want to do this – Hazard told SkySports HQ after the game – And I want the keeper to move. Thankfully he moved and I scored. I’m not frustrated that I didn’t get a hat-trick. The most important thing is that we won the game. I’m not disappointed I didn’t stay on to get the hat-trick, sometimes rest is good.” 

It is understood Belgium will face England national team in the World Cup 2018: “England is a tough game. – Hazard added – All the teams in the World Cup deserve to be there. We will see what happens.” 

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Other three points to stay in the title race for Chelsea: the Blues beat Newcastle 3-1 at Stamford Bridge with goals scored by Eden Hazard ( brace) and Alvaro Morata.

The Magpies actually started a little better and took the lead at 12′ with Dwight Gayne, who took advantage of a Marcos Alonso’s blunder and netted the ball behind Thibaut Courtois.

However, Chelsea immediately reacted and try to equalise immediately but Eden Hazard missed a great chance shooting the ball on Rafa Benitez’s keeper Karl Darlow, then Andreas Christensen hit the post with a header.

But at 21′ Hazard could finally score the 1-1 goal with a great shot: a more than deserved equaliser.

Not even 12 minutes goes by and Chelsea find the 2-1 goal with Alvaro Morata: a perfect header on a perfect cross by Victor Moses, who caught a ball that was wrongly cleared by a Newcastle defender.

Chelsea took control of the game, that slowed his pace.

In the second half Newcastle tried to control ball possession but they were never really dangerous; Chelsea, instead, created a couple of good chances with Hazard- definitely the man of the match – and the Belgian converted also the penalty gave for a foul on Moses.

With these three points Chelsea maintain the third place in the Premier League table: the Blues sum up 32points, the same of Manchester United who will face Arsenal later this afternoon ( the Gunners sit 4th in the table with 28). The Blues are now 8 points behind the leaders, Manchester City, who got 40 points and will face West Ham tomorrow afternoon.

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A Chelsea defensive blunder gave the lead to the Magpies, who scored with Dwight Gayle after just 12′ at Stamford Bridge. The Blues dominated the game despite the goal conceded, and found the equalizer with Eden Hazard after Christensen had hit the post and Alvaro Morata went close to scoring. The Spaniard completed a massive comeback with a header, well assisted by Victor Moses into the penalty area, securing Chelsea a 2-1 at halftime.

More to follow…

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CHELSEA (3-5-2) Courtois, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata.

Subs: Cabellero, Pedro, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill

Manager: Antonio Conte

NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-4-2) Darlow, Mbemba, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy, Merino, Diame, Ritchie, Perez, Gayle.

Subs: Elliot, Shelvey, Hayden, Aarons, Joselu, Yedlin, Mitrovic.

Manager: Rafa Benitez
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-Off: 13.30PM (BST)

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Antonio Conte believes Chelsea did not have time to rest before Newcastle United‘s clash, which is set for today (12.30PM BST) and hopes “the club will try to do something about this situation”.

Chelsea have beaten Swansea City just on Wednesday, while Rafa Benitez’s men played their last Premier League game on Tuesday night against West Bromwich Albion (2-2).

Conte told Chelsea’s official website: “Newcastle played on Tuesday night, we played on Wednesday night and now we have to play on Saturday at 12.30pm”

“I don’t want to complain but against Watford we should have played on the Monday and then they changed it to Saturday at 12.30pm after we’d played on the Wednesday but, okay, once it can happen. It happened for the second time against Manchester City. The third time you start feeling perplexed and now again against Newcastle”.

“I don’t want advantages for my team, I want the same rest as our opponents. Is it difficult to do this? I don’t think so. I think now there is a strange coincidence. I want to try to protect my club, my players and our fans”.

Then he added: “Also, I want to protect the league because if you say we have 11 points less than Manchester City, you must remember when we played them they had one more day’s rest than us. We played against Liverpool and Liverpool rested one more day than us and now again. After only 14 games it’s happened four times and now it’s very difficult to think that this is a coincidence, honestly“.

“If we have to play every two days I’m ready but we need to have the same rest as our opponents and then we’ll see what happens. If you give one more day of rest [to some teams] when you play every three days and you have injuries, you can find a lot of difficulties”.

Conte admitted he spoke with the club earlier this week, as ‘Qarabag situation was incredible’: “I hope my club try to do something about the situation because I’m trying to protect my club, my players and also the league. The Qarabag situation was incredible. I want respect for my job, my players, my club and the fans. This is the fourth time. I’m not stupid, if someone wants to joke with me I’m not the person to joke with”.

during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Qarabag FK and Chelsea FC at Baki Olimpiya Stadionu on November 22, 2017 in Baku, Azerbaijan.


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