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Ex Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli knows Antonio Conte very well since they were team-mates at Juventus in late 90s: they won a couple of Italian titles and a Champions League together and they remained friends throughout these years.

Ravanelli also coached Juventus youth teams for two years when Conte was in charge at Bianconeri, and also helped him in his experience in the Italian national team, so he knows his way of working really well.

That’s why The Sun asked him an opinion about new Chelsea manager and what he can bring to the West London side:

“Chelsea have made the right choice if they want to win back the Premier League,” Ravanelli told to the English newspaper.

“I think, under Conte, it’s a guarantee.

He is one of the most meticulous managers in the world – but also a fighter.

“He demands professionalism. He is meticulous – especially on tactics. Chelsea have made a great decision.

“But when he did start his new career — even if he had endured some difficult times — you could see he was going to be successful.

“He always had a great determination. He always had a willingness to make it to the top — and that shows in his incredible rise.

“He won promotions, he won three league titles in a row. He’s an extraordinary boss.”

Conte doesn’t have a great score in the Champions League: his best result is a quarter final in 2013, when Juventus was knocked out by future champions of Europe, Bayern Munich, and was even kicked out at the group stage in the following edition, after a controversial defeat in Turkey against Galatasaray.

Ravanelli claimed he is sure Conte will success in the major European competition too:

“He has always said that, having won it as a player, he wants to win it as a manager.

“No, he will win it as a manager.

“I think in his future there will be a Champions League victory and I hope for him it’s with Chelsea,” Ravanelli concluded.

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GIANFRANCO ZOLA

Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola is keen to see his former club back at the top and he thinks Conte could be the proper man, claiming he is on par with Pep Guardiola.

He told beIN Sports: “He is a great coach, has done so well in Italy, he has some very good qualities, strong character and is the man who can start a new cycle for Chelsea so I hope things go well for him,” 

“He has very strong ideas, very determined and is very disciplined. He will bring all these qualities to Chelsea and hopefully he will be able to integrate into the culture.”

“He has already coached in Italy, all these things, the language, they can influence the results, but he will bring self discipline and determination, as well as tactical awareness and all these things can be good for Chelsea.”

About other managers: “Conte is one of those managers like Guardiola, like Simeone, like Mourinho. They have got the careers to manage big teams. The results will tell us whether it is right or not but I really hope so.”

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Sky Sport Spain report that Real Madrid decided to put Cristiano Ronaldo on the market for the next summer transfer window.

The Portuguese star is already 31 and his contract with the Merengues will expire in 2018, these are the reasons why the Blancos want to get rid of him.

The club and his agent, Jorge Mendes, would already had a meeting on this, fixing his price to €60m, around £ 50m.

A top player as Cristiano Ronaldo can make an impact in every side in the world but his price is not affordable fot all the clubs, anyway there are several teams in the Premier League that would pay £ 50m to sign him immediately: among them his ex club, Manchester United, but also Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.

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According to The Sun new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will decide John Terry’s future with Blues after a face-to-face meeting.

It is understood Conte well knows J.T. influence over the entire squad, but his decision will depend on whether he can unite the squad; the captain is out of contract at the end of the season and there are many doubts and scepticism about an extension.

Anyway, Conte’s arrival at Stamford Bridge could change several things and John Terry could receive another chance.

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Manchester United and Chelsea Under 21 sides drew 1-1 tonight in U21 Premier League game at Old Trafford.

The goals were scored by Palmer for Chelsea at minute 17′ and bye Weir for Man United at minute 60.

Chelsea are still fifth in U21 Premier League Division One table with 27 points but got four games in hand, Man United are second with 38 points, 5 under Sunderland that is top of the table with 43, but with three games in hands.

MANCHESTER UNITED – Johnstone, Riley, Williams, Jones (Redmond 75), Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Varela, Love, Young, A.Pereira (Rothwell 88), Weir (c)
Unused Subs: J.Pereira, El-Fitouri, McTominay

CHELSEA – Beeney, Dabo (c), Tomori, Clarke-Salter, Aina, Colkett, Quintero (Colley 65), Ali, Abraham, Palmer (Feruz 72), Mitchell
Unused subs: Baxter, Sammut

Scorers: Palmer ‘17, Weir 60′

Yellow Cards: Clarke-Salter, McNair, Riley, Love

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Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins believes that newly appointed boss Antonio Conte will want to keep John Terry at Stamford Bridge.

Wilkins told sky sports that Conte will want to learn from Terry and his experience with the club. Wilkins also believes that John Terry is a great player and will be whether he is at Chelsea next season or not.

“John Terry is an exceptional player and he will be for a couple of years, whether he is at Chelsea or elsewhere.

“Antonio will want his experience and will want to pick his brains about what he is coming into.

“I think it’s probably the best kept secret that hasn’t been kept, that [Conte] will be coming. He’s done exceptionally well at Juventus so there is no reason to suggest he won’t do well at Chelsea.

“He’s a youthful, energetic character and there is no reason to suggest he won’t do a good job. This year they’ve had a torrid time and it’s not been pleasant to watch at times but Antonio comes in with a clean sheet.

“He’s very keen on the European scene is [club owner Roman] Abramovich but they have to compete for the Premier League too. Titles are important for a club like Chelsea – the Premier League is their bread and butter.”

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According to La Gazzetta dello Sport Antonio Conte is in London to put the pen on paper and sign a deal to take charge of Chelsea. It is understood he agreed a three-year deal with Chelsea which will see him take charge for the start of next season for a total amount of £15m in three years.

The Italian manager could be announced as the Blues new boss tomorrow and now his coming in Premier League is quite sure.

 

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Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has only lost 1 of his 28 games in charge of Chelsea over his two spells as boss and would like to finish this season unbeaten. Still, Hiddink would rather give the youngsters an opportunity to play and to prove themselves and risk his unbeaten record this season.

“I always like to bring in the youngsters and now for the rest of the season we have the opportunity to bring in more frequently those guys.

“It is good to see guys like Loftus-Cheek and [Jake] Clarke-Salter coming in. Of course, we cannot win anything anymore which makes it a little easier, so on the other hand it would be interesting to see guys like Loftus-Cheek come in and play when there is something at stake, with the pressure.
“But then it is more difficult to bring in three or four who haven’t had the experience.

“Of course it would be nice to by unbeaten, from December on, but it is rather personal, although not that important for me. When you have young kids there is more of a risk of failure as you give them that experience, so the risk of a defeat is higher as well.

“But I prefer that to saying I want my personal record to the end of the season, I prefer to give the youngsters a chance.”

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New Chelsea defender Matt Miazga made his debut in the first team and Premier League yesterday, being the first American player to wear the Blues shirt in an official game.

He had a good performance and shared his feeling and impressions with Chelsea official website after the game:

“The boys were fantastic today. The starting 11 were brilliant and the guys who came in were flawless,” he commented after the final whistle.

“Aston Villa just lost their manager, so we knew they would be energetic trying to show their fans they are still in it, and the first 20 minutes was a bit like a chess match, but we settled down and got the first goal from Ruben. From there it was cruise control for us, we dominated the midfield with Cesc [Fabregas] and Obi [Mikel], and it was a comfortable win.

“It was a good debut for me, I’m happy to contribute to the team and now I have to work hard in training to keep trying to get more chances.

“I found out in the morning I would be in the starting 11. It’s my job, my profession and I have to be ready when I am called upon and show the manager I can contribute and help the club”

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STAMFORD BRIDGE

Chelsea responded to Dr Bonar doping accusations that in a Sunday Times exclusive revealed that he doped several Premier League footballers and other sport persons, among them players from Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City and Birmingham City.

After the front page story was published this morning in the Sunday Times, a spokesman from Chelsea explained:

“The claims The Sunday Times put to us are false and entirely without foundation.

“Chelsea Football Club has never used the services of Dr Bonar and has no knowledge or record of any of our players having been treated by him or using his services.

‘We take the issue of performance enhancing drugs in sport extremely seriously and comply fully with all anti-doping rules and regulations.

“Chelsea FC players are regularly and rigorously tested by the relevant authorities.”

Also Arsenal responded to these accusations through a spokesman:

“Arsenal Football Club is extremely disappointed by the publication of these false claims which are without foundation.

“The Sunday Times knows that these allegations are baseless but has preferred to publish regardless.

“The club takes its responsibilities in this area very seriously and our players are well aware of what is expected.

“We strictly adhere to all guidelines set by the World Anti-Doping Agency.”

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