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Speaking to French media, Olivier Giroud admitted he regrets he never won the Premier League title with Arsenal and then he claimed next season he will do all he can to lift this trophy with Chelsea.

“I don’t know if we can really call it a regret but I have a little feeling of unfinished business because I would really have liked to have won the Premier League with Arsenal”.  Giroud told SFR Sport. You don’t just wipe away five-and-a-half years like that. I have said it often enough — it was my ultimate goal. Having said that, it’s not over, I’m still in the Premier League, now I’m at Chelsea. For this year, I think it’s over for the title, but next year, we’ll come to it with great ambitions. I still want to win it before I end my career.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and many of his players, admitted the last part of the season will be tough, but that they have to fight until the end of the Premier League in order to get one of the first four spots of the table and qualify for the next Champions League.

Also Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who played just ten minutes on Sunday at Old Trafford vs Manchester United, issued a fiery call to his team-mates using Twitter.

Time to stand up and be counted”. Fabregas wrote. “We still have so much to fight for. We will bounce back”.  

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Nemanja Matic last summer was sold by Chelsea to Manchester United so, yesterday’s game at Old Trafford was special for the midfielder who won two Premier League titles with the Blues before joining the Red Devils.

After the game, however, Matic himself claimed he just wanted to show his quality and not to prove anything to Chelsea or Antonio Conte.

I played for Chelsea for three-and-a-half years and I gave my best to win against them and show my quality again,” Matic said. “I didn’t have anything to prove to them. I wanted to show my new club that I deserve to wear this Manchester United shirt. I don’t want to speak about why I left Chelsea. I will keep that to myself. I’m happy in Manchester and that’s it. Moving to United was good for me. I play for a big club.”

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Manchester City are Carabao Cup 2017/18 champions after beating Arsenal in the final at Wembley. Pep Guardiola earns the first trophy of season as goals from Sergio Aguero, captain Vincent Kompany and David Silva secured a 3-0 win.

The Citizens will face Arsenal on Thursday again before the Premier League fixture against Chelsea on 4th of March. The Blues are looking for a strong comeback following today’s 2-1 loss at Old Trafford, which means Antonio Conte‘s men are 5th on Premier League table with 53 points.

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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored a crucial goal in the 2-1 win over Chelsea today, left Stamford Bridge in 2013 after joining the Blues from Anderlecht in 2011.

The Belgian star, who had been heavily linked with a move back to Chelsea last summer (before Alvaro Morata joined the club) told MUTV: “This was not a more significant victory for me. I’m just happy with the win for the team,”

“It was an important win for us I think. It was important for us to win and to get back into second position in the league so I’m just happy with the win.”

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Chelsea fans are furious at Alvaro Morata after the Spanish forward offered a poor display against Manchester United today at Old Trafford.

Antonio Conte’s side took the lead with Willian at 32′ but Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard responded and gave three points to the Red Devils.

The Blues supporters turned their frustration to Alvaro Morata, who was given the nod over Olivier Giroud today, who also hit the crossbar in the beginning of the game after a wonderful assist by Marcos Alonso: an effort that would have deserved better luck, but also a better strike.

The Spaniard, however, looked isolated throughout and was even snubbed by Conte during Chelsea’s midweek clash with Barcelona; with the Italian preferring to start Eden Hazard as a false nine rather than field Morata in the starting eleven.

Chelsea fans suggested that Morata’s Stamford Bridge career should come to an end before it has even really started and lamented that Diego Costa should have never been sold to make-way for the ex Real Madrid forward, who signed in a £58m deal last summer.

These are some tweets we could find around in the web:

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) shake hands after the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 25, 2018.

Manchester United manager José Mourinho claims his side beat a “fantastic team” today at Old Trafford.

Speaking after the final whistle the former Chelsea boss said:

“We beat a fantastic team: they were champions last season, for some reason, they did what they did with Barcelona, for some reason, they started the game so well like they started here….we beat a very good team but to beat a very good team you need to be organised but also you must have humble spirit, with everybody working, fighting and trying to follow a game plan.

Asked why his team started so slowly, Mourinho replied:

“They started very well, it’s simple, when they hit the post I was looking to my players and I was thinking ‘what can we do? who can I blame?’ it was played so well, so beautiful played that I had nothing to say.

“They are a very good team, they have a routine of their football, they have a fantastic dynamic of the way they project the wing-back so I was trying to find a way to let my players be dangerous in the central part of the pitch, because on the sides they are really good.

“So we found a way to play agains them where we didn’t concede much, I guess we had a good control of Eden [Hazard] he’s an amazing player and in the goal play he killed us, with the progression of the game we had more control of the game, even if we didn’t create a lot of chances, that’s they way I was expecting the game to be, a tight win.

McTominay stopped Hazard? I guess he’s a fantastic player, very modern, a top midfielder, he can do everything, the only thing he’s not doing yet is scoring goals, which he can, but because I am playing him starting from the basics. He’s doing a fantastic job for us, I don’t like to speak individuals, I think Matic and Pogba played phenomenal as well, my defenders [as well] Alexis did a good job. We felt more confident after we adjusted the defensive phase, I think we beat a fantastic team.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gave his thoughts also on Alvaro Morata’s disallowed goal against Manchester United. “This type of situation can change the result” the Italian said.

“For sure that is why I am positive about VAR, especially in England. We need to have this new system to help the referee and avoid big mistakes. Now it is not important to look at the past, we have to solve the problems and the present and see if we are working well.”

When asked if Alvaro Morata‘s performance today was positive, Conte added: “He played for 90 minutes. Like the other players they tried to put everything and give all ourself. For sure he can improve. Then I can take a different decision and go game by game. I took this decision to find the balance”.

 

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MANCHESTER UNITED – De Gea, Valencia (c), Lindelof, Smalling, Young, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Sanchez, Martial, Lukaku.

Subs: Pereira, Bailly, Shaw, Carrick, Mata, Lingard, Rashford.

Manager: José Mourinho

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Fabregas, Pedro, Giroud.

Manager: Antonio Conte

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante spoke to the club official website ahead of this afternoon clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford:

“It’s important to win,” said the 26-year-old.

“The Premier League is another competition, we are fourth in the table and if we want to play Champions League next season we have to win these type of games.

“We know Man United have good players but it’s one team against another, our tactics against their tactics. We did well against them at home, I think it will be a little bit different but I hope we can win.’

“I’ve never won at Old Trafford but at Chelsea we’ve beaten them three times.

“I hope I can win my first game against them away.

“We are playing Manchester United and if we win we will be level on points with them.

Liverpool are four points in front of us [having played a game more], Tottenham are fifth but only one point behind so it’s very tight.

“We have to keep winning and hopefully we will be in the Champions League next season. Second place is still possible, we have to fight for it and see what we can do at the end of the season.”

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