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After the Asian pre-season tour, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes Chelsea are on the right way to be competitive also this season in the Premier League.

There are, however, some aspects of the game which need to be improved by the Blues.

“I think the performance was okay,” – Courtois told Chelsea official website commenting the match vs Inter Milan – “In the first half both teams had a lot of possession. They had an early chance and I made a save but just before half-time the referee saw a penalty where there wasn’t one. Azpi played the ball, he might have brushed against the guy with his arm but I don’t think you can say it was a penalty. It was a pity because I saved it but then I was unlucky with the rebound. We didn’t start the second half well, I made a good save and as we were pushing for a goal they hit us on the counter attack. It was a bit like the Bayern game, with us conceding goals on the break so we need to work on that. ‘Some players like Antonio Rudiger only joined recently and he was away at the Confederations Cup with Germany. I don’t think he lost a lot of fitness but he might need a little bit more work, we will all be ready for the season though.”

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Nemanja Matic will play for Manchester United next season, both Chelsea and Red Devils have just confirmed the deal.

The Serbian star will reunite with former Blues’ manager José Mourinho and has put the pen to paper on a three-year-deal to stay at Old Trafford.

Matic, whose move is worth around £40m, will wear the n°31 shirt.

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger told the club’s official website he wanted to join the Premier League champions despite having no experience of the league. 

The German international, who featured in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Inter Milan on Saturday evening, claimed: “I cannot say much about the Premier League because I did not experience it yet, but the Italian league is more tactical”.

“You don’t have open games but here in England it is different, both teams are attacking the whole time so that is the main big difference, and of course the physical aspect in England”.

Then the 24-year-old added: “I think the whole league is a big challenge so I need to be prepared for each game”.

“I wanted to play in the Premier League and it is now years that my name was linked to Chelsea, now I am here and I am very happy. I want to thank all of the people who made this come true”.

Rudiger had a successful spell with Stuttgart between 2011 and 2015, before joining AS Roma in 2015 on a €4m loan with an option to buy of €9m.

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Antonio Conte claims Chelsea have to remain with feet on the ground in the approach of the new season.

The Blues lost their last two games of the Asian tour against Bayern Munich ( 2-3) and Inter ( 1-2) and the Italian manager is concerned his side can repeat the two years ago debacle, with Chelsea dropping to relegation zone in a couple months as defending Premier League champions:

“We know that it will be difficult next season, and we want to avoid the previous season after winning the league. Two years ago, the team finished 10th place in the league and we want to avoid this.

“Two coaches were sacked from Chelsea after they won the league. I want to avoid, and the players want to avoid, the last season with Mourinho.

New £60 million striker Alvaro Morata was given his first start against Inter but struggled to make an impression and was replaced in the second half.

“Morata is starting now and he has to improve his condition a lot. He is working very well and has been with us only five days. Today, he tried to do his best, but for sure, he has to improve.”

About a possible strike partnership with Morata and Michy Batshuayi, Conte said:

“Now, it is necessary because we don’t have other players.”

Conte admits the tight schedule has been tough on his players, but he insists the experience in Singapore made a very positive impression.

“We played against two strong teams in Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in a very important period for us because we are working very hard.

“But to play three games with the same players means we are tired, very tired.

“We must be pleased about the atmosphere and our fans because to find so many Chelsea fans in China and Singapore is great and I think this is big responsibility for us. We have a lot of supporters all over the world and in Singapore there was a fantastic atmosphere.

“I want to thank all of our fans because they were fantastic. We saw a lot of fans a the hotel, waiting for the players’ autographs and photos. I think this is a big responsibility for us.”

The future of Nemanja Matic remains uncertain, this is how Conte replied on this matter:

“I know nothing about this. You have to ask the club.”

The Italian coach was also asked for his thoughts on the incredible long-range own goal that Geoffrey Kondogbia scored in Chelsea’s favour.

“It can happen. People who play football know very well that this kind of thing can happen.”

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Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has been targeted by Chelsea, according to Bundesliga giants’ CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Bayern have confirmed that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte made an enquire to ponder a summer move for the highly-rated 19-year-old.

“There are at least 10 teams after Sanches, – Rummenigge told Gazzetta dello Sport – Conte asked for some information about him after Tuesday’s match because he knows he can make the difference in the middle of the pitch.

“The lad wants to play regularly but Ancelotti was pleased with his performance against Chelsea” he added.

“We’ll make our evaluations later but if he does leave then he almost certainly will go on loan. We’re still counting on him.”

It is understood AC Milan are interested in the Portuguese starlet, who joined Bayern Munich from Benfica last summer on a potential €80m move.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that latest signing Tiemoue Bakayoko needs to improve under his management as “he still doesn’t know anything about my idea of football”.

“For sure – Conte told London Evening Standard journalist Simon Johnson – He needs a bit of time to adapt and to understand”.

“When you buy a player you need a bit of time to bring the player into your idea. It is the same now for Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger. For sure if the player arrives as soon as possible, it’s easier for me.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is keeping tabs on both Everton star Ross Barkley and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as he wants to land the duo to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to reports in SkySports.

The Blues are reportedly set to place a £50m bid to lure the pair from their Premier League teams, as Chelsea boss Conte “speak every day about the way to strengthen this team and the squad”.

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Chelsea have extended the deal of goalkeeper Jamal Blackman until June 2021 before sending him on loan at Sheffield United.

“Our signing of Willy Caballero increased our number of experienced first-team goalkeepers to three, allowing Blackman the opportunity to further his experience in the Championship” we read on the Blues’ official website.

The 23-year-old spent last season on loan with Wycombe Wanderers, picking up 52 appearances and was named the Young Player of the Year for the team.

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All Premier League‘s top clubs are spending heavily to improve the quality of their teams.

However, in this summer transfer window, Tottenham have just sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City without buying any top player.

So now Blues manager Antonio Conte questions the Spurs ambitions for next season: “My question is this: What are Tottenham’s expectations?” – Conte was quoted as saying by BBC – “Every team has to understand what their ambitions are. If their ambitions are to fight for the title or win the Champions League, you must buy expensive players. Otherwise you continue to stay in your level. It’s simple. If they don’t arrive in the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out in the first round of the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out after the first game that they play in the Europa League, it’s not a tragedy.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spoke after the Blues’ defeat to Bayern Munich in Singapore yesterday.

Both Marcos Alonso and Michy Batshuayi both scored but it was not enough as Carlo Ancelotti’s men were able to secure a 3-2 win thanks to Rafinha and Thomas Muller, who scored a brace in the 1st half.

Courtois told Chelsea’s official website: “We didn’t start so well, I think that the first five minutes were okay but after that, they took over the game and had a lot space to do what they wanted and we couldn’t find a solution for that”.

“After conceding those three goals, we recovered and defended better in the second half and they didn’t have the chances like the ones they created in the first half”.

“I think our second half was better and we have to keep that level for our next game and improve against Inter Milan and finish our pre-season well”.


"Our fans were fantastic today" Chelsea manage Antonio Conte claimed speaking after the game at Britannia Stadium against Stoke City yesterday evening. "They pushed the team a...