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Antonio Conte is confident that Chelsea star Oscar could improve at Stamford Bridge despite he struggled in the last disappointing season with the Blues.

The Italian manager said: “Oscar is a good player with good technique and can do both phases, offensive and defensive. I asked him to stay always focused and to stay in the game”.

“He is an important player for Chelsea, a good passer, good technique, and he scores goals. There was speculation but I am very glad for him that he stayed because he is in my plans.”

The Brazil international featured in all the Premier League games so far and is expected to get more playing time this season under new manager Conte.

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Chelsea loanee has scored his first goal with new side Schalke 04 in their Europa League opener against OGC Nice tonight.

The Ghana international full-back joined the Blues from Bundesliga side Augsburg on a £21.5m move in the summer of 2015 but struggled to break into the starting XI under both Mourinho and Hiddink.

The 22-year-old joined Schalke 04 on a season-long loan this summer.

Baba Rahman Schalke

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Zola speaks highly of a number of players he worked with.

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is impressed with the way Chelsea players have grasped Antonio Conte‘s methods.

Zola was particularly impressed by the teams display at Swansea.

“Chelsea played very well and are responding to Conte’s methods.

“He has had a great impact here in London, people appreciate his work and I have to say he deserves it,” said Zola.

Conte faces his biggest test tomorrow night against Liverpool.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed new signing Marcos Alonso could make his debut against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge also coming up from the bench tomorrow night.

When asked if the former Bolton and Fiorentina defender is ready to feature, Conte admitted: I think that Alonso is ready to play and tomorrow he can make his debut if needed, also after this game we have another tough game against Leicester could be a good opportunity to see him on the pitch”.

“When a new player arrives you have to wait, is normal, they need time to adapt to our idea of football” the Italian manager added.


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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has scored 4 times this season but was shown 3 yellow cards in 4 games so far, then the Spaniard is seriously risking to face a ban as a player can be booked no more than 5 times per-round.

When asked about the current Premier League suspension rule, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claimed: “I am not worried about this, Diego is growing also in this situations and he showed great behaviours despite some situations had been very difficult for a player like him”.

Then Conte added: “He showed great attitude, he is a passionate man who puts this in the football when he plays. He needs to do it in the right way”.

“Anyway - the Italian manager confirmed - It’s very difficult to tell you players ‘pay attention because you are risking a ban’, I think that Diego knows this and is important to not take yellow card for other things, only for tackles”.

Then Chelsea would face Diego Costa’s suspension if he picked up additional two yellow cards in these months, but Conte is not worried about it: “We have Michy Batshuayi, who is training very hard and is waiting the right moment to show his qualities but there’s also Ruben Loftus-Cheek who can play in that position”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes Cesc Fabregas is still in his long-time plans also following the rumors over an exit of the Spaniard when the transfer market window reopens in January.

“Cesc is in our plans – Conte said – we all know him on the pitch as a fantastic player but I am starting to know him also as a man”.

The 29-year-old did not start a single Premier League this season so far (he played 90′ only in the Blues’ EFL Cup game against Bristol Rovers) but his new manager has confirmed he is pleased to see his attitude when in training at Cobham.

Then Conte added: “I am pleased to se him with his great behaviors and if he continues in this way it will be very hard to choose the starting squad every week, but this is good for me”.

The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move to AC Milan this summer and the Rossoneri are said to be keen on bidding for him again in January.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed new signing David Luiz is fit and ready to feature against Liverpool on Friday following the ankle injury suffered by Blues’ captain John Terry.

“David Luiz will play for the fist time with us tomorrow – Conte revealed – We expect to play very well with attention, we know David is a good player and I am confident that he wants to give us the best of him”.

“Tomorrow we need to play David, who worked a lot. I am pleased because during the training sessions he did very well”.

Then, about John Terry’s absence, the Italian manager added: “John strained the ligaments of his ankle. The doctors told me that after 10 days he can be available again, the player is working very hard and today was here for the training session as he wants to recover”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of Liverpool clash today.

When asked about the type of the match he expects against Jurgen Klopp, the Italian manager said: “Tomorrow it will be tough, they are strong”.

“I think Liverpool are a very good team with intensity, they bring many players in offensive situations, they are a very good team and we’ll need to pay attention”.

In regard to the Reds’ manager, who claimed Conte has been ‘the Pep Guardiola of Turin’, the Blues’ boss added: “It’s difficult to describe other persons, anyway Klopp is one of the best in the world, he is showing great capacities to be a great manager”.

“I know him but not to much, we played against only once in the pre-season and I repeat, he is a fantastic manager. I am very glad to see him tomorrow”.

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Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham has started well his new experience at Bristol City scored eight goals in the first nine games with the Robins.

“I have always been confident - Abraham told Goal.com – I knew I had one job to do when I first came to Bristol City, which was to score goals and help the team, which is what I have been doing. Scoring goals is nothing new for me, every time I go out onto that pitch I just go out there to score goals. Scoring comes naturally because every time I come off the pitch and I haven’t got a goal then I am not happy with my performance”.

“I am continuing to work on finishing, but one thing I am working on at the moment is my left foot finishing as well, trying to improve that as much as I can.”

The 18-year-old scored 74 goals in 98 matches with Chelsea youth team in two seasons, but is now facing competition from older players in the Championship.

“Our aims should be pressing for promotion through the playoffs – he added - hopefully I can score some amount of goals to help us achieve that. I’m learning, you are playing against players that are older than you and are stronger than you, so you have to adapt the way you play”.

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Chelsea development squad made their debut in the EFL Cup on Tuesday but were defeated 2-1 by Swindon Town away.

The Blues are now set to face Reading in Premier League 2 on Monday 19th September.

The Blues were drawn in Southern Group C alongside with the senior sides of Swindon Town, Oxford United and Exeter City.

Chelsea – Bradley Collins; Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Fikayo Tomori , Jay Dasilva (c); Josimar Quintero (Mukhtar Ali 73), Kyle Scott (Martell Taylor-Crossdale 65); Charlie Wakefield, Mason Mount, Isaac Christie-Davies; Ike Ugbo (Joseph Colley 57)
Unused subs 
Jared Thompson, Mukhtar Ali, Miro Muheim, Ruben Sammut, Harvey St Clair

Swindon – Will Henry; Lloyd Jones, Raphael Rossi Branco (c), Jamie Sendles-White; Darnell Furlong, Johnny Goddard (Ellis Iandolo 57), Tom Smith, Sean Murray, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill; Jermaine Hylton (Jon Obika 73), Luke Norris (Nathan Delfouneso h/t)
Unused subs Lawrence Vigouroux, Jon Obika, James Brophy, Jake Evans, Bradley Barry

Scorers Branco 18; Delfouneso 61 Ali 80
Booked Delfouneso



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