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Chelsea will be looking to carry on winning as they come up against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Monday (20:00 GMT KO). 

Despite back-to-back defeats to Swansea and Manchester City, the Blues came back strongly last week with a comprehensive 1-4 win at Bournemouth last weekend. The win also saw Eden Hazard score his first goals of the season, after failing to show the form which won him the PFA Player of the Year trophy last year.

However, they come up against a Tottenham side who can still win the title if results go their way, Spurs currently sitting seven points behind leaders Leicester with three games to play. Mauricio Pochettino’s team have impressed this season, losing just four of their 35 matches in the league.

In the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane, neither side could find a winner as the Blues drew 0-0 with their north London rivals.

Last six games:

Chelsea: LDWLLW (includes one FA Cup game).

Tottenham Hotspur: LWDWWD (includes one Europa League game)

 

Team News:

– Chelsea captain John Terry is set to be in the squad for the first time in nearly three months but may not yet be fit enough to start.

Gary Cahill is also fit to play after overcoming an illness which ruled him out of the game against Bournemouth.

Thibaut Courtois completes his two-match suspension, whilst Loic Remy (groin) and Kurt Zouma (knee) remain out.

Dele Alli is ruled out for Spurs after accepting a three-match ban for punching West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in midweek.

Eric Dier could feature after picking up a bout of concussion against the Baggies.

Nabil Bentaleb remains out with a knee injury.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea have not lost a league home game against Tottenham Hotspur since February 1990;

– The Blues have not lost two consecutive home games since 2011.

– Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in his last 14 league games for Tottenham.

– Spurs have lost just one of their last 10 games against London sides.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (away vs. AFC Bournemouth, won 1-4): Begovic, Baba, Ivanovic, Mikel, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Costa.

Tottenham Hotspur (home vs. West Brom, drew 1-1): Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.

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Chelsea captain John Terry told Soccer AM he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge as long as he can.

Terry said: “I think I’ve got a couple of years left and I definitely intend to keep playing. Hopefully at Chelsea, if not it will be somewhere else.”

“I’m feeling good physically and intend to play as long as I can. As a professional footballer you’re a long time retired, so I think not only for myself but for all of us we should get the most out of it and enjoy it while it’s there.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could leave Stamford Bridge after the approval of incoming manager Antonio Conte, according to The Times and the Daily Mirror.

It is understood Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have targeted the Belgium International and according to The Times Antonio Conte has reportedly requested “more than £50m” for the goalkeeper.

The paper reports the Blues are “ready to sell Courtois this summer if they can get more than £50 million for the Belgium international goalkeeper in a plan approved by Conte” and “Chelsea placed a £73 million price tag on him when he was linked with Real Madrid last summer, but may be forced to drop their asking price if he is agitating to leave.”

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has revealed today during a press conference that both John Terry and Gary Cahill will be back to match fitness to face Tottenham Hotspur this coming Monday.

Terry has been sidelined with a calf problem and Cahill has been suffering with an illness for the last few days but Hiddink is relieved to have their vast experience back in the squad for an important game in the Premier League run-in.

“It’s good to have them back. 

“They have experience. John may not be able to play the full 90 minutes, we will see.”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has opened up on his disappointment of not playing in the Champions League next season. It will be the ‘first time in years’ he won’t compete in the competition.

The Spanish international hopes that the arrival of new manager Antonio Conte will change their fate next season and that they can improve on a poor year and challenge for the Premier League title.

Although, Fabregas believes that not playing playing in Europe could benefit the London club and give them full concentration on the domestic campaign.

“It is a disappointing season. 

“It will be the first time in years I won’t play Champions League. We must come back stronger. I hope that we can compete for the title in England next year. In Antonio Conte there will be a new manager. He has proven that he can work successfully, especially at Juventus he had a strong time.”

Fabregas went on to add how delighted he is for Leicester and what they have achieved this season is great for football as a whole. He insists that Chelsea do need to improve though because other teams around them will be looking to challenge for silverware.

“I really hope that Leicester will win the Premier League because it’s a miracle. It’s fantastic that a success story like Leicester’s is still possible in football with hard work. We will see if it’s only brief.

“We want to attack [next season]. Liverpool can achieve something with [Jurgen] Klopp, and Manchester City will get a strong manager in Pep Guardiola.”

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Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is looking to put a difficult season behind him and aims to be the star of the European Championship this summer with Belgium.

Hazard was incredible last season. He was crowned PFA player of the season helping Chelsea win the Premier League and the Capital One Cup.

However, this year his form has dipped and has been out of action for some of the campaign due to a problematic hip injury.

The Belgian admits that it’s difficult being out injured but does have it’s positives in terms of rest. He hopes to be 100% fit for the international tournament that starts in June this year.

“Being out [injured] is not cool but it allows you to be able to relax and get some rest.

“So I will probably be fresher for the European Championships but we’ll see whether it was a good thing or a bad thing.

“I want to be the star of the European Championship.

“I’m going to give the maximum in order to succeed and I hope that I will be ready at the start of the tournament.

“I hope to be 100% and not have to bother with more injuries. I will give everything to win the European Championship. You never know…”

 

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Chelsea have decided to sign Roma star Radja Nainggolan according to Daily Mirror.

The Belgium International is Antonio Conte‘s top transfer target and Blues have reportedly agreed a £28million deal with the Italian side after they held talks in the last two days.

Radja Nainggolan is expected to have agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea.

 

 

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Chelsea 19-years-old Ola Aina is ready to leave Stamford Bridge after he rejected a new contract with Blues, according to the Daily Record.

Celtic are reportedly keen on the youngster and could move to sign him in the transfer window, as Mikael Lustig is set to enter the final year of his contract with The Bhoys.

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Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are ready to offer Wolfsburg winger André Schürrle a return to the Premier League, according to German reports.

Former Chelsea winger is currently under contract with the German side, but their poor Bundesliga season added fuel to the fire.

During his first Premier League’s experience the German International and World Cup winner struggled to play regularly at Chelsea, now Reds and Spurs are reportedly keen to give him a second chance.

Kicker reveals that Jurgen Klopp has targeted Schurrle, who has recently said: “Right now is not a topic for me to discuss as we have important games to go.”

“But after that we have to talk about the future and of course there might be changes”.

It is understood Schurrle is unhappy with Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking and his Canadian wife also loves England.

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic told sky sports that he would love to see West Ham star Dimirtri Payet at Stamford Bridge next season.

“I would go for Dimitri Payet at West Ham.

“He’s a fantastic player, a fantastic talent, he’s someone who I’d like to sign, possibly.”

Payet joined West Ham last summer from Marseille and has since lit up the Premier League with some fantastic displays, scoring 9 goals and getting 9 assists for the Hammers.

However, Payet signed a new 5-year deal in January so it would take a serious cash offer to persuade West Ham to let the French international leave.

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