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AS Roma general director Mauro Baldissoni has come out to claim that Roma have no intention of letting Radja Nainggolan leave this summer.

According to his words here is no substance behind the current transfer speculation surrounding the the 27-year-old and Belgian International: “Just because someone takes a photo while visiting Chelsea, people assume all sorts of things,”

“He could have also visited Arsenal, Tottenham and other clubs to find out who is on the market and who isn’t.”

“Anyway, he was there with Mohamed Salah’s agent because we will be buying him outright this summer, not to discuss over Nainggolan.”

Then Roma seem to not be eager to let their midfielder go to Chelsea, but Baldissoni confessed that the move could still happen if the price is right.

“Every player has his price but our goal is to strengthen Roma.”


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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic believes the Blues were unlucky not to get a goal in Saturdays clash with Swansea but was pleased to have started the game and play 90 minutes.

Speaking to the clubs Official Webstie about the game at the Liberty Stadium Begovic said ‘It was disappointing in the end, we wanted to get the three points,’ he said. ‘In the first half we weren’t at our best but in the second we played better and put them under pressure. We were just unlucky and couldn’t get the goal.

‘We were expecting a tough game, they were fighting to get to the magical 40-point mark. We certainly got a tough game but we were just unfortunate we couldn’t get a goal.

‘We had a couple of half-chances where we would have liked to have done better, it just wasn’t meant to be. We gave it a good go in the second half but ran out of time.’

The start was Begovic’s first since January in the FA Cup against Scunthorpe.

‘It meant a lot, it was nice to get a start and play again,’ he said. ‘It’s been a while but it was nice to shake off the cobwebs in the first few minutes, after that it was pretty good.

‘You want to know you’re part of the manager’s plans and the club’s plans. Every player enjoys playing. We had great support today, lots of fans, we would like to have got a result for them so it’s disappointing.’

‘We have a job to do,’ he said. ‘We have six games left and we have to give our best in every game and finish as strongly as we can.’

Chelsea next take on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Filipe Luis joined Chelsea for one year from Atletico Madrid and then left Stamford Bridge last summer to come back to his former club.

He told FourFourTwo: “Speaking about Mourinho is always controversial and there’s always some intrigue surrounding him, but he is an awesome coach who tries to take the maximum from each and every one of his players. I think that’s one of the reasons why he loses the dressing room sometimes. He asks so much of his players that some can’t handle it for too long. In my case, we got along very well and he helped me when I wanted to rejoin Atletico. He’s a very good coach. It’s just a pity I wasn’t able to convince him that I should start for Chelsea.”

José Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December with the Blues in 16th place, one point above the relegation zone.

The Brazilian International added: “Sometimes he’s right and sometimes he’s not. Sometimes people think what he says is absurd and sometimes they agree with him. It’s the way he is and the way he works – I see it as normal.”

About his experience with Blues: “When I left for Chelsea, I wanted to prove that I could play in the Premier League, but it didn’t happen the way I dreamed.”

About Atletico Madrid: “When they tried to buy me back, I did everything I could to make it possible. I had offers from clubs in France and Italy but I would not have left Chelsea for any other side – only for Atletico Madrid. It’s my fifth season now in Madrid and they have been the best years of my life. I feel at home in Madrid. I have always felt important, wanted and trusted by everyone here.”


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Leicester City are still seven points clear of Spurs after beating 0-2 Sunderland at Stadium of Light thanks to a brace by Jamie Vardy. 

Spurs humiliated Manchester United with a 3-0 win; Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela took Mauricio Pochettino‘s team seven points behind Leicester.

Anyway, Claudio Ranieri’s side is every game closer to the Premier League title after today’s victory.

In the middle of the table we find Chelsea; Blues are still struggling and the hopes of playing in Europe next season are fading out.  Swansea also ended Chelsea’s 15-game unbeaten run in the league, but boss Guus Hiddink refused to blame the defeat on Antonio Conte announcement.


Saturday 9th April


Ozil, Sanchez, Koscielny (Ars) Carroll, Carroll, Carroll (WHam)


Cook, King (Bou) Ayew (AVilla)


Puncheon (Cry)


Holebas (Wat) McCarthy (Eve)


Sigurdsson (Swa)


Long, Pellé, Wanyama (So’ton) Townsend (New)


Aguero, Nasri (Man) Sessegnon (Wba)


Sunday 10th April 


Vardy (Lei)


Moreno, Origi, Origi (L) Bojan (S)


Alli, Alderweireld, Lamela (T)



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Alexandre Pato’s loan ends at the end of the season, but the Brazilian International would be eager to stay at Chelsea for longer.

The player’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, told Goal.com: “He wanted to come to Chelsea, that was his first choice. Pato loves the Premier League and wants to stay here if Chelsea want to keep him.”

About next season: He’ll speak with the club at the end of the season – there is a new manager coming in and we will have to have a conversation about a permanent transfer. I think a lot of things will change between now and the end of the season. Alexandre was very successful in his first Premier League match and he needs to continue to impress.”

Chelsea will soon be under the incoming boss Antonio Conte and will take a decision about Pato’s future with Blues. His second and third favoured choices are expected to be signing with another Premier League side or come back to Brazil joining Corinthians.

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Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin spoke after 1-0 today’s victory against Chelsea; he said now his side should be nearly safe from relegation zone after hitting the 40-point mark after beating Blues at Liberty Stadium.

He told Skysports: “We know it is not completely done, but now I think we can see a way forward and are not looking behind. It is an important moment for the club. It is not easy. I want my team to be focused.”

“This is a proud day for me and for the players. We need to finish the season well.”

About Swansea performance: “That was the best performance since I took over, the first half we very good and I am very happy. This is my team and how I want them to play.”

About his team: “I knew we could play this way but as a new manager I had to get to know my players and today I saw my team play as I want – with intensity, quality and aggression.”

“We’ve missed only one thing. We deserved to win by more and we should have scored a couple more in the first half. We have played well in other games – away to Everton and at home to Crystal Palace – but this was the best.”

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink spoke after the 1-0 defeat at Swansea, the first one of his career in the Premier League:

We expected a difficult game here of course,’”he started.

“They needed three points theoretically, whereas we were safe already. We had already achieved a rather soft target. We expected a lot of opposition.  

“In the first 20 mins we created some half-chances, but we were sloppy in materialising those options, thinking maybe it would come later. No. If you don’t materialise those, there is a law in football everyone knows which is that you can get in trouble, which we did not long after, going 1-0 down.

“In the second half we played most of the time in one half but we weren’t able to create a lot of chances.”

About his record and the 15 games unbeaten run he said:

“It’s not a personal objective [staying unbeaten], but at the same time if it’s the objective then you win games, Chelsea win games, the team wins.

“You can see now we have given some younger players opportunities to play. There is a risk you can lose more easily than when everyone is on board.

“I prefer to give chances to people playing less frequently and then having the risk of defeat, although today’s defeat was unnecessary.”

Hiddink also explained why he chose Begovic over Courtois:

“The idea behind it was that Begovic, being a good goalie, which he has proven already in many Premier League games, is doing his job as a professional very well in training to keep himself in shape.

“Every training session he is 100 per cent committed and on top of that he is helping out Thibaut Courtois in a very good professional way, and that’s why I rewarded him by having him play at least once.”

On Miazga‘s performance and substitution at half time he said:

“We had had some half-chances which we were not sharp enough to materialise. We went 1-0 down with some sloppy defensive work and on top of that he had a yellow card, and I didn’t want to take the risk of him getting a second yellow. That was the main reason to make the substitution.”

Asked if the announcement of Antonio Conte being the new manager since next season made an impact on the team, he said:

“I don’t think so because what we did in the second half was play with more pace and more pressure. The players didn’t have next season in mind.”

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Today at Swansea Chelsea lost not only a game but also a huge part of the – already small- chances to get into European competitions for next season.

The Blues were not able to respond to Sigurdsson‘s goal that arrived halfway in the first part and now they find themselves again in the 10th place with 44 points: it will be really hard to climb up to the sixth place, even with a game in hand.

Guus Hiddink said yesterday he preferred to give chances to the youngsters rather than keeping his unbeaten record in the Premier League, but with his record gone now, he could understand that not every game you are facing an almost relegated side with no motivation and some of the youngsters didn’t fulfill the expectations after the good performances against Aston Villa: one of them is Matt Miazga, that did a big mistake in Swansea’s goal with a weak clearing that gave the ball to Sigurdsson.

Chelsea then was not able to equalise, with Pato wasting two big chances before the end of the first half but they risked also to get the second goal after a mix-up between Begovic and Baba Rahman that Andre Ayew didn’t exploit.

In the beginning of the second half Begovic avoid the 2-0 with a great save on Paloschi.

Meanwhile Kenedy made his way into the pitch at half time, replacing Matt Miazga.

A 2-0 that could came right after this chance, when Ivanovic terribly loses a ball near the box delivering that to Sigurdsson, that didn’t take advantage of Chelsea defense’s present like in the first half.

Pato then misses another chance on a terrific cross by Baba and that’s when Hiddink decides to replace him with Bertrand Traorè (minute 64).

Chelsea seem to be more confident to get the equaliser now, but they miss another chance with Pedro and, at the end, it’s Swansea going closer to score with another incredible chance missed by Montero. ( minute 74).

At minute 77 Hiddink tries another desperate move to try to get at least a draw and substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek ( poor today) with Radamel Falcao, who comes back to play an official games after six months from his previous one and a long recovery from two muscular injury.

The result is not what expected, since the team seem to be a little nervous now, throwing balls into Swansea area but in a confusional way.

Anyway Falcao gets his big chance at minute 86′, when he shoots after a quick spin on a great ball gave by Traore but Swansea defender Williams is able to deflect the ball before Fabianski gets it and save his goal.

Chelsea desperately continue to attack but the anxiety to get the result don’t help the team to be lucid when coming close to the goal.

The game ends with a defeat that can be tougher of what imagined: Antonio Conte will have a great job to do next season to restore confidence in this team and take it back to to football top levels.


SWANSEA – Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Fer, Sigurdsson, Ayew (Routledge 67′), Montero( Naughton 84′), Paloschi (Gomis 75′).

Unused Subs: Nordfeldt,, Amat, Ki, Barrow.

Manager: Francesco Guidolin

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Miazga (Kenedy 46′), Ivanovic (c), Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek (Falcao 76′), Oscar; Pato (Traore 64′)

Unused Subs: Courtois, Aina, Colkett, Palmer.

Manager: Guus Hiddink


Scorers: Sigurdsson 25′

Yellow Cards- Swansea: Rangel 30′, Taylor 43′, Paloschi 71′, Williams 78′, Leroy Fer 79′. Chelsea: Azpilicueta 36′, Miazga 40′, Pedro 71′, Fabregas 78′


Referee: Andre Marriner

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, UK


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SWANSEA – Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Fer, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero, Paloschi.

Subs: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Ki, Barrow, Routledge, Gomis.

Manager: Francesco Guidolin


CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Miazga, Ivanovic (c), Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar; Pato.

Subs: Courtois, Aina, Kenedy, Colkett, Palmer, Traore, Falcao.

Manager: Guus Hiddink



Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, UK

Kick Off: 3 pm GMT


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