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Inter defender Jeison Murillo is keen to stay at the Milan side also for next season, snubbing approaches by Chelsea and Manchester United, who were trying to sign the centre-back that last summer was voted as the best youngster of the Copa America.

“I want to stay at Inter, the Colombian told Rai Sport after Inter’s 3-1 win over Udinese.

I am an Inter player and am not thinking about the future right now. Coming to Serie A has really helped me improve, although it was difficult at first to adapt to a very tactical and physical league.”

Inter are still hoping in a third place spot that would allow them to play in the next Champions League, even if it’s really difficult with a possible -7 gap from Roma, that are playing Napoli tomorrow night:

Udinese played very well, but we also did our best to get the victory and are happy to have taken home the three points,” Murillo concluded.

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Former Spurs player Jermaine Jenas spoke about next week derby between Chelsea and Tottenham where the Blues can play their part in the title race: winning that game, Chelsea would give a huge help to Leicester to win the Premier League.

“Do you think the Chelsea players would rather Leicester win the title?” Jenas was asked.

“One hundred percent. I mean, they’re probably looking at what they’ve got left and saying ‘you know, I don’t care what happens the rest of the season, all I care about is [the Spurs match]. That’s the one game that I’m going to make sure that I’m ready for and that I’m up for.’ The fans will be thinking the same thing, the players on the pitch will be thinking the same thing.

But as a Spurs player, you know that. It’s OK thinking all those things, you’ve still got to stop it happening. Spurs are at the peak of their powers at the minute, playing as well as I’ve ever seen them play, and they’re driven by the opportunity to lift the trophy.

You look at that Chelsea team, they’ve got some world stars within their ranks. Is just stopping Spurs a big enough carrot to make them perform on that day? I think it is.”

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink‘s words after the win at Bournemouth:

“We are very pleased with the performance, especially second half,” he said.

“The first half was a very open game. We played a side who are very good in the build-up of the game and from that they create good chances. We could have scored more goals and so could they and it was a very entertaining game.

“We made some little changes in the positions at half-time and from then on we could be in control and were very dominant in the second-half. It was good to see the players were enjoying it and looking for the attack and for the goal. It was nice to see some players who have been absent recently were scoring and enjoying goals.”

On Eden Hazard good performance he said:

“We worked for the last 10 days with him with the group, looking at his way of moving and it was good. He was light in his movement and so I said he starts this game and we’ll see how it goes. We talked about 45 minutes or a bit more but he was enjoying it so much he could play the whole game, and that was a sign of the good spirit of his and of the team.”

Also Cesc Fabregas had a stunning performance, giving 3 assists for the first 3 Chelsea goals:

“He was enjoying it very much and he is one of the few who has this vision. He knows he can execute what he is thinking. We practise on that and when he is on the ball we have running players to make his fast vision effective.”

Hiddink also spoke about next Chelsea game, a Monday night clash against Spurs on 2 May that can decide the title race:

“We have talked about it this week, that we don’t want this season to fade away. The players responded very well and this was an intense game.

“We go into next games with nothing effectively at stake for us but if we play like we did today then, although a win is not guaranteed, the attitude means the players will do everything until the end of the season. We play the next game to win and that is Tottenham.”

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe spoke after the 4-1 home defeat against Chelsea:

“It was an even game, certainly for the first half I thought we were terrific – the difference between the sides was how they finished their goals,” Howe told BBC Sport.

“We created a number of chances but didn’t have their clinical edge. Second half, they were better and I thought their attitude to the game was spot on, that’s why it ended up being such a high quality game.

“They counter attack very well and caused us problems. We looked dangerous, but the speed of the counter attacking and the quality they showed was very high.

“The beauty of our run-in, which is so tough on paper, is that we’re learning all the time. We’re still finding our feet at this level, they’ve been harsh lessons for us but hopefully we’ll come out of it a better team.”

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Cesc Fabregas is happy for Chelsea’s second half performance and wants to finish properly the season.

He told Sky Sports: “To be honest I think we were a bit lucky, especially in the first twenty minutes they were pushing and started stronger than us.”

“But we managed to score the first goal with a fantastic counter-attack, before half time we scored the second and conceded 1-2 just after a corner, a bit disappointing.”

“Anyway in the second half we played really well, we controlled the game and scored more goals.”

“Was a really nice game, too open actually, but this is normal, was a nice game at the end of the season. Sometimes you don’t score goals for a while and sometimes you have four goals in a game: this is football.”

“I am happy for team’s performance and I am feeling good, but at this stage of the season we just want to finish strong, with dignity, we have to win to try to make our fans a little bit proud because obviously this has been a disappointing season.”

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard is happy to be back and scoring a brace against Bournemouth today.

He told SkySports: “Good performance today, the team did really well and we deserved to win.”

“Is good to be back in the pitch and to score again, I didn’t score in Premier League far-back. After two defeats was important to score and score again to win the game.”

He added: “Now I’m happy to be here. I hope for the future, we have four games to play and we have to enjoy”.

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The first part of Bournemouth v Chelsea ended 2-1 for the Blues.

Pedro scored five minutes after kick off and Eden Hazard, that today was back to starting XI after almost two months, was back also to score in the Premier League after almost one year, since he never scored in the league this seasons so far.

After a couple of minutes, at 36′, Bournemouth scored with Elphick.

BOURNEMOUTH – Boruc, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Stanislas, Gosling, Surman, Pugh, Grabban, King

Subs: Federici, Wiggins, MacDonald, O’Kane, Ritchie, Wilson, Afoe

Manager: Eddie Howe

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic (c), Mikel, Baba; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Amelia, Miazga, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Traore, Pato, Falcao

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Scorers: Pedro 5′, Hazard 34′, Ephick 36′

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