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Antonio Conte comes out in this delicate moment for Chelsea claiming his commitment to the club hasn’t changed lately:

“I’m not thinking for only one moment about the possibility of going away from this club. I repeat, my commitment is totally for this club, like that of my players,” the Italian said in today’s press conference.

“But, as you know very well, because we are talking about football a lot of times – I don’t agree with this – the coach depends on the results.

“For this reason, we have to pay great attention.

“When you have this period with such poor results, you have to divide the responsibility between me, the players and the club.

“We have to try to stop this bad run and to try to get three points against West Brom.

“It won’t be easy because in this type of situation the confidence is not high but we have to trust in our work.”

Conte opted to give his players three days off following Monday’s humilation against Watford when they conceded three goals in the final six minutes.

With a two-legged Champions League tie against Barcelona coming up, the Blues boss felt this week was a rare opportunity for his players to have a break.

“I think it was the only moment in the season to give them a rest. I think in the future it will be very important to try (to create) a little space, a little room with the federation (FA) to try to give rest to the players,” he said.

Speaking about the disappointing performance at Vicarage Road, he added:

“I think Watford was a really bad game but it can happen. Our performance was totally negative.

“The performance was negative from the start and we didn’t create the chances to score. I think that the coach has to understand and try to find the best solution to avoid this type of situation. I didn’t like the Watford performance.”

 

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah reveals his Chelsea flop was due to lack of playing time:

“I didn’t do well because I didn’t play many games,” the Egypt international claimed.

“I was there for one year, but I only played during the first six months. After that, I hardly participated.

“I went to Fiorentina, scored goals, then in Rome I played very well and returned to England. But it’s not a matter of succeeding or not…”

“This year I’m scoring more goals. In any case, I want to help the team to win titles or be in a good position in the league.”

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Blues legend Dennis Wise believes one of the problems Chelsea are experiencing this season is a lack of leadership: in Wise’s opinion the London club have failed to replace properly captain John Terry.

At the moment they seem all over the place and things haven’t gone as nicely as they’d expect,” Wise told Premier League Daily. “I look at some of the personnel who have come in and they’ve found it very difficult to adapt at times to the way of the English Premier League. I look at a certain person who went out the door called John Terry, he was a leader of that group and I don’t think at the moment they have someone like that who is in there and can sort these problems out. I look at Cahill, and I’d like to think he would be a leader, but at the moment he’s been struggling as well.”

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Last year Chelsea won the Premier League, while this season the Blues are having a lot of difficulties in their title’s defence.

Belgian star Eden Hazard seems to know why, as he claims that playing in the Champions League has made things more complicated.

I think the Premier League is difficult,” Hazard told ESPN. “It’s hard to win every year. Last year we didn’t have the Champions League. This year we have less time to be ready for the games. Every week there are three games. “We changed a couple of things, we lost players, we brought some new ones and every year is different, That’s why we love football — if there is only one team that wins it would be boring. That’s why football is special. You never know what’s going to happen, especially in England.”

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After the two consecutive Premier League losses with Bournemouth and Watford,  Cesar Azpilicueta claims all the players are working hard for Chelsea and the Blues manager Antonio Conte as they are the first to be disappointed by this bad moment.

“We are here altogether. We are all disappointed with the results,” Azpilicueta said after the Watford defeat. “We know that there is speculation here all the time – it has been that way in the six years I have been here. Are the players letting the coach down? No. I think if you see the training sessions, we all fight hard. We are the first to be disappointed with the way the last two games went. We are getting penalised in the bad moments we are having in the game. It’s not a long period, but in this league, which is so tough, you get punished as soon as you drop a bit.”

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has given his players three days off to try to recover from this bad moment of form.

The Blues limped again against Watford last night, losing 4-1, after last week 3-0 humiliation against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

Now, their campaign risks to be really compromised, with Barcelona coming to play at Stamford Bridge in two weeks.

The Italian coach and many of his players have admitted that they are feeling the physical effects of a demanding and at times unfavourable fixture schedule in recent weeks, and this move is intended to give them some much-needed rest with Chelsea not in action again until next Monday, when they host West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in Premier League.

Chelsea’s players were regularly given as many as two days off after matches last season, thanks largely to the club’s lack of involvement in European competition, but opportunities for extended breaks have been limited this term as the team is playing Champions League, reached League Cup semifinals, who they lost against Arsenal a couple of weeks ago, and had to play an FA Cup replay match against Norwich to process to fourth round.

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Tonight Chelsea will play Watford in a Premier League game which can mark the debut with the Blues for new signing Emerson Palmieri.

Speaking to Chelsea official site, defender Antonio Rudiger, has tried to describe the Brazilian who played with him also with As Roma.

He’s a player who did very well at Roma, especially last season,” Rudiger said. “We played in Rome with the same system as we do here, so he was the left wing-back. Most of the time I was playing on the left of the back three so I was next to him, and he was a big help. He’s good at the offensive part, and also good at the defensive part. He is not afraid to make tackles, and he can play one against one because he’s physically good. He also has good pace. For me he is a very good young player with potential.”

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COLOGNE, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 02: Michy Batshuayi of Dortmund celebrates scoring his second goal on his debut during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Koeln and Borussia Dortmund at RheinEnergieStadion on February 2, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Michy Batshuayi was outstanding in Borussia Dortmund‘s 3-2 win over Cologne on Friday.

The Belgian, who joined the Bundesliga giants on loan from Chelsea on Wednesday, was named Man Of The Match as Borussia Dortmund moved into 2nd place in the league.

Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea replacing Batshuayi, who failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte’s management, despite scoring 12 goals in the 2017/18 campaign with the Blues.

 

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante believes it’s difficult to explain why the Blues lost last night vs Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

We cannot explain it,’ Kante told Chelsea official website. “I think we did a good first half, we had some chances but we didn’t score. When you lose 3-0 at home it’s hard. Bournemouth are a team who play good football. They surprised us in the second half; they scored three goals. This happens sometimes. We have to react and look forward to the game on Monday, and try to win again. We had control of the game at times but we didn’t create chances, and this can happen. We have to correct this and try and do better for the next game.”

Chelsea will play their next game vs Watford and this match can mark the debut of the two new signings Emerson Palmieri and Olivier Giroud: “I know Olivier Giroud from the French national team. We all know what he did at Arsenal. He’s a good striker who can score many goals. Emerson I don’t know well, but from what I have heard he is a good player. Kante went on. “We hope they can bring something to the team and help us achieve something this season and in the future.”

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Bournemouth‘s manager Eddie Howe is delighted after seeing his team defeating Chelsea tonight at Stamford Bridge.

According to Howe the Cherries showed their best performance in their Premier League seasons so far: “I think that has to be our best result and the best performance in getting the result. We had to be at our best against Chelsea and everyone was magnificent,” Howe told BBC Sport. “Our aggressiveness, our work-rate was spot on. It was a game of few chances but we deserved the scoreline in the end. We were desperate for a clean sheet, the last few stages were difficult to watch as the lads tired and we just wanted to get those three points and secure the clean sheet. It’s not a statement to other teams as such but more for ourselves; we’ve beaten Arsenal and Chelsea recently so if we needed any more belief then that has to come now.” 

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