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Thibaut Courtois doesn’t give up in Premier League title race and believes Manchester City can slip up, so to re-open chances for Chelsea and the other chasers:

“It’s important to try to keep on winning and pushing forwards,” the Belgian keeper told Chelsea TV.

 “At the moment City is winning. They are far ahead. But you never know in football. You can have a bad month, three or four games you lose, you lose points.

“We have to be there winning our games, to maybe have a little chance. The season is still long.

“Our main goal, if we cannot be champions, is to be second. We have to keep on winning.”

The Chelsea goalkeeper also valorizes the national cups, where the Blues are always in the race:

“It’s important to win in the League Cup, to go through to the semi-final. The FA Cup will start in January.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte refused to comment on Virgil van Dijk‘s future at Southampton, speaking after his side’s home win against the Saints at Stamford Bridge.

While Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino admitted he “can’t control the market”, the Italian boss when asked whether the Dutchman could join Chelsea in the January transfer marked or stay at Saint Mary’s responded: “I don’t like to talk about other players. It’s a lack of respect for my players and other team. He is a really good player, I wish him the best”.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have been previously linked with a move for van Dijk, who asked to leave the club but was forced to stay at the club, despite several clubs were reportedly set to place audacious bids in order to secure the 26-year-old.

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Manchester City got another crucial win in their race for the Premier League title. Pep Guardiola‘s men have beaten Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium with goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Stering’s brace in the last 10′ of the game.

The Citizens are currently fourteen points clear at the top of Premier League table, despite Manchester United still have one game in hand (against West Brom, kick-off time 2.15PM BST).

And Chelsea are level on points with the Red Devils so far, after their 1-0 home win over Southampton. On the other hand, Tottenham remain 7th in the standings with 31 points-

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Antonio Conte was satisfied for other three points in the sack against Southampton but he admitted it was not an easy win:

“A good win. Yesterday I said we have to pay great attention to Southampton because they are a great team. I am happy because my players played a good game.

“I hope after this something can change. To book the goalkeeper early is important as the game becomes faster.

“It’s very difficult. Man City are doing a fantastic run, in this run they are also lucky, against Southampton, Bournemouth and Huddersfield they scored in the last minutes.

“Alonso is a specialist in this situation. Willian and Fabregas are also very good. Today I am very happy for Marco.”

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Southampton head coach Mauricio Pellegrino was the first manager who spoke after the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“It was difficult game, we were unlucky to concede. – he claimed – We were really close to equalising through [Charlie] Austin twice and [Manolo] Gabbiandini”.

When asked whether the rotation of players could have played a key role in the clash against the Premier League champions or not, Pellegrino added: “We have played three games in six days, it’s hard to recover. Most of the squad showed they can compete”.

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Chelsea are currently level on points with second-placed Manchester United, ahead of the Red Devil‘s clash at West Brom tomorrow afternoon.

The Blues found the opener with a brilliant free-kick from Marcos Alonso just before the halftime whistle, then failed to raise up the score despite several chances were missed in the second period. It remains 1-0 after 90 minutes: Chelsea won another crucial game, Antonio Conte earns three points in a really tough clash at Stamford Bridge.

Alonso’s free kick gives Chelsea their 8th win in 10 Premier League games so far.

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Chelsea are 1-0 thanks to Marcos Alonso, whose free-kick gave the lead just a few moments before the halftime whistle. The Spaniard delivered the ball past Forster with a curled left-footed shot around the wall into the bottom left-hand corner.

Pedro hit the post earlier in the first period, also N’Golo Kanté went close to scoring in a tough first half for the Premier League champions, as Southampton‘s resilience made things harder for the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Cedric Soares limped off the pitch following an injury and Yoshida was booked by referee Roger East.

 

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CHELSEA  – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro.

Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Batshuayi, Morata.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

SOUTHAMPTON – Forster, Cédric, Hoedt, Yoshida (c), Stephens, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Redmond, Gabbiadini.

Subs: MaCarthy, Davis, Lemina, Van Dijon, Tadic, Boufal, Austin.

Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino

 

 

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Michy Batshuayi is considering a loan move when the transfer market window reopens in January, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

The Belgian striker, who joined the Blues from Olympique Marseille on a £33m move in 2016, is said to be keen to get more game time as he wants to be selected in the squad which will travel to Russia next summer for the World Cup 2018.

Antonio Conte constantly praised the forward, but the 24-year-old has started just six games in the current campaign so far. Batshuayi also missed some Premier League games following a foot injury.

Chelsea could consider to offer him as a part of the deal in a bid to land AS Monaco star Thomas Lemar next January.

 

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In their last Premier League game Southampton lost at home vs Leicester and ahead of tomorrow’s match at Stamford Bridge vs Chelsea, Saints’ manaer Mauricio Pellegrino his aware his men have to do a lot better if they want to get a good result.

It’s really important for us because this is our main job and we want to show we are well prepared and be consistent,” – Pellegrino said. – “We want to show our best version. Chelsea is a really difficult side but maybe we can find more space.  We have to do a really good game to have a possibility of winning, but hopefully after a difficult moment we can bounce back. In this club, we want to show we are committed to trying to be competitive, our energy and commitment to the club. I will try to analyse which player is ready in all different aspects to compete. The Premier League is really demanding and with a game every single three days is difficult to keep the level, which is why we have a squad. I am sure we can compete well.”

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