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Current English champion Claudio Ranieri will be back tomorrow to Stamford Bridge with Leicester City, in the stadium where he started his Premier League adventure sixteen years ago and where he stayed four years, until José Mourinho came in his first spell in 2004.

The Italian manager admitted that it will be an emotional return for him:

“I don’t know how I will feel. I saw some of the Chelsea supporters with placards saying ‘Do it for Claudio’ and I would like to thank them all personally for that.

“I have been back to Stamford Bridge with Juventus in the Champions League, but this will be different.

“When I left Chelsea the players gave me a guard of honour. It was one of the greatest moments of my sporting life.

Speaking about his incredible triumph with the Foxes he said:

“It’s impossible for me to reflect on everything right now because it’s too fresh. I need time to put it all into perspective.

“But it just shows that if you believe in yourself, then sooner or later it will come to you.”

“It hasn’t changed my mind about me but maybe it has changed other people’s.

“I knew very well what I had achieved but it’s not important for me to be given credit or not.”

Ranieri also said that he is sorry John Terry is suspended, because he would have loved to see him on the pitch:

“That’s sad because he is like a son to me,” he said.

“I wanted him to be out there on the pitch.”

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James Rodriguez looks ready to leave Real Madrid after an unhappy and frustrating second season in Spain.

James has only appeared 19-times in top flight football for Real Madrid and a fall-out with French boss Zinedine Zidane is seemingly the reason for his exile.

The Colombian international moved from Monaco in 2014 for £60m after some very promising performances and has been linked with the Premier League in recent months, Chelsea have shown great interest in signing the 24-year-old.

A promise of regular football could be the key to securing the services of James Rodriguez.

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NEW SQUAD – “It’s up to the new management to do changes, yes or no”

JOHN TERRY- “Of course I spoke to the club about John’s situation, players and ex players are having a lot of influence in the culture of the club, I’m in favor of that, it’g good to have players in the club with big personality.

“I don’t if we can know more before this weekend match, but usually when things are clear, then they come out, the club will do it official as soon as it’s clear

“He’s been already 20-21 years in this club, it’s a huge period, you must cherish those legends for the future as well.”

DIEGO COSTA/ COURTOIS injured – “He will be out, hamstring, Courtois – that was ill for Anfield game- was again on the pitch, he was training, and I think he will be ok for the weekend

QUIQUE SANCHEZ FLORES – I was a little surprised [he was sacked by Watford] I worked a lot with him in Valencia and Madrid, when he was my player he was 23-24, he’s a good guy, a good professional, I don’t know why they took this decision

FRANK DE BOER – “I have known Frank for many years, he was my player in the national team at France 98, in the world cup in France, I like the job Philip Cocu did in PSV, they are champions, they started with youngsters, Cocu is similar to him, and I think they both have the ambition to step up to La Liga or Premier League

EURO 2016 – “A favourite? I don’t usually do predictions, but I might be a supporter of Belgium team now, I have also some English guys, so it’s difficult to pick, but I think Belgium might be a very good favorite.2

DIEGO COSTA INJURED/ EURO – “I think he can be available, he will have a good rest, but with a good traiming he can make it, I am not sure.

HIS FAREWELL ON SUNDAY – “It’s not a definitive farewell, but I will be back- as I said many times before- to help the club and advince them in the development of young players, so it’s not so dramatic.

HIS SECOND SPELL AT CHELSEA – “When they asked me, to be honest, I don’t know if say YES or NO, then I was very pleased to do it, and I am pleased of what I have done. The escape from relegation zone was good, I would have loved to go into the FA cup final, I would have loved to go at least two more rounds on in the UCL.”

DISAPPOINTING SEASON – “We must face the fact that for Chelsea standards this has been a season with disappointment, but we have to go on and be competitive in the next season.

“We were happy with the reaction when we were close to the relegation zone, then when we were mid table we had to set new targets, the Chelsea standard we put to it’s not achieved and we have to be critical of that.”

LEICESTER – “They were reacting very well, they didn’t implode, they could cope with the pressure and they deserved.”

NEXT PL SEASON – “There can be surprises, they can sign good players, there are no more 4-5 teams that compete every year for the title, and I think is good for football.”

YOUNGSTERS’ DEBUT – “Youngsters must deserve the debut, it’s a huge step from the academy to the first team, they have to make a step, like Traore did in the last months, he’s got a great mentality, he’s not afraid to come in, the other ones have to make the step as well

ChelseaNews24 asked to Hiddink which YOUNGSTERS he would advice to keep to develop with the FIRST TEAM and which ones to go on LOAN, he replied to us:

“I guess to make names is not fair because then you put pressure on them, but I guess that at the beginning of the season the new staff will select many of them to do the pre-season, and there you can see after a couople of weeks who deserves to stay and who have to go.

ACADEMY PLAYERS – When academy players train with the first team, then they start to knock on the door, they must the experience to train as much as possible with the first team, and then it’s natural

MIKEL DEFENDER – “Once we were out of the relegation zone we had to deal with injuries in the defense, so we had to reshuffle Mikel had a good half season, so he had to play as a defender, he wasn’t in favorite position, but he showed he could that as well.”

INJURIES – Ivanovic was on the pitch, but not fully fit, we have to see tomorrow

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Brazilian winger Willian spoke to FourFourTwo about the future on Chelsea‘s team for upcoming season.

Chelsea struggled at the start of the season under Jose Mourinho but managed to steady the ship after interim boss Guus Hiddink took charge.

Willian admitted he is ready to forget about this years campaign and look to next season for improvements under incoming manage Antonio Conte.

“All I want is to forget about this season.

“I must confess it hasn’t been easy for us. We didn’t start well and ended up paying the price for this in the Premier League. We tried to put things right but we weren’t able to and we’re already thinking about the next season.

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Tammy Abraham made his first team debut last night at Anfield: a magical venue, a night he will remember for the rest of his life:

“What a place to do it,’ said the youngster about his debut.

“It’s a great stadium and obviously it’s a great achievement to make my debut against Liverpool.

“You have to deal with it as soon as you get on the pitch, you just have to block everything out and play your game.

“Obviously making your debut is going to give you confidence to keep going, keep trying and see what you can do. Hopefully I can be more involved with the first team and play more games.”

Abraham also spoke about his future:

“Obviously going on loan would be a great experience but if I can have the opportunity to train with the first team every day it would be great for me.

“Every day you get to train with them is another lesson so you have to take it on board, see what they do and take it into your game.”

 

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Speaking after the draw against Liverpool, Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink said he’s disappointed after failing to get three points at Anfield: “The team reacted very well. We played all game for the win and got an unlucky present in the last minute. We should have killed it off and I’m disappointed not to have the three points.”

Then, about Eden Hazard‘s great performance the Dutchman added: “Hazard was terrific and has been growing in fitness for some weeks. It’s good to see. He had to suffer a lot with injuries this year but I’m very happy he’s back.”

“The players showed they love to play football.”

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Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink believes the youngster Tammy Abraham has a good potential to impress also in the first team following his debut for Blues against Liverpool at Anfield in yesterday’s 1-1 draw.

The Dutchman has praised the 18-year-old and said: “I like Abraham’s attitude very much,” 

“‘He is training with us every now and then. He has been with in the first team for a couple of weeks and you can see his potential.”

“Of course Tammy must grow. But that’s normal for an 18-year-old boy like Abraham. He plays already physically like a man, and it’s nice to see those players coming from the academy.”

“The academy is delivering, and other players like Bertrand Traore have been with us for a long time,”

“There are other players training with us who I would like to see more of. As soon as possible, they must step up.”

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Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has admitted it’s not easy to say how John Terry’s contract situation is going to end, despite he “hopes for the best”.

Speaking after yesterday’s defeat against Liverpool, the Dutchman spoke about Chelsea captain: “Let’s wait to see what happens in the upcoming days on this issue,”

“Of course John Terry is in contact every day with us and he has made such a long career at Chelsea that the fans appreciate him highly. We will see regarding his near future, let’s wait a bit.”

“Hopefully both are wise parties and let’s hope for the best. It is difficult to see which direction it is going.”

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Chelsea were leading the game as Eden Hazard scored superb goal after 32′, but Liverpool had several chances to level the game and succeeded in scoring the equaliser in the extra time after Christian Benteke reached a Sheyi Ojo’s cross roughly deflected by Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic.

Then two Belgian internationals have decided the game: Chelsea took the lead thanks to Eden Hazard, Liverpool striker Benteke leveled saving a crucial point for Reds.

The final score is 1-1, Liverpool are now seriously risking in the race for European spot and need to win their Europa League Final against Sevilla to get the Champions League qualification.

Otherwise, Jurgen Klopp must win his last game and hope Southampton lose or draw at home against Palace to finish seventh, then Manchester United have to win in the FA Cup final against Palace and finish in the top six to offer Liverpool the Europa League qualification.

 Liverpool 1 – 1 Chelsea

(E.Hazard 32′, C.Benteke 90+2′)

ChelseaBegovic; Azpilicueta, Mikel, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore

Subs: Amelia, Tomori, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Palmer, Pato, Abraham

Manager: Guus Hiddink

LiverpoolMignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge

Subs: Bogdan, Skrtel, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Ojo, Benteke

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

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