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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes the Blues are still in the Premier League title race even if Manchester City are top of the league and Antonio Conte‘s side is fourth with a gap of nine points.

“It’s a possibility”, – Lampard told Ominsport about Chelsea chances to retain their title – “but this year’s going to be difficult because Manchester City have started so well. The reality is that they’ve opened up a lead and have a very strong squad. I think for Chelsea, they’re fighting not just in the Premier League but in the Champions League and more games. I think Chelsea, for sure, will be competitive. Chelsea have to be established to stay in the top four every year because they have to play Champions League football. We’ll see. Manchester City have played very well but the performance against Manchester United from Chelsea was very impressive. If they play at that level, Chelsea can beat any team.”


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Chelsea loanees Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek earned their first caps in England’s friendly matches against Brazil and Germany this week.

“It would be a massive achievement for me and a big confidence boost as well, it would show that I’m going in the right direction, – said the Swansea striker, who scored 5 times this season so far – I feel like I’m ready but it won’t be easy. I just have to keep proving to the manager in training and showing why he picked me and just keep working as hard as I can. I just want to go out there, enjoy myself and show to the world what I’m truly made of”.

The 20-year-old is keen to return to West London at the end of current campaign as he hopes “to be in that Chelsea squad one day”: “My main focus is the team that I am at, which is Swansea but pushing on, my main target is to hopefully be in that Chelsea squad one day and it is not going to be easy. You look at the players and you just have to keep pushing and working as hard as you can”.

“I have always wanted to play games and express myself and enjoy myself and you look at a club like Chelsea and they have fantastic players, it won’t be easy to get into that team so sometimes you do have to go away and play football and show Chelsea that you could be ready to get into that team“.

On the other hand, Ruben Loftus-Cheek said about his first call-up in Gareth Southgate‘s team: “It was a really good moment for me and my family but you cannot linger on it for too long, I have got to work hard and knuckle down. I am very happy but at the same time I have still got to work hard”.

“I came away from Chelsea to get game time, experience, fitness, just getting used to playing in the Premier League week-in, week out. That is what I am getting”.


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Andreas Christensen was impressive on the pitch against Manchester United last time out. The Denmark international, who spent two seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, believes he’s now more prepared than before to play for Chelsea on a regular basis.

He told ChelseaTV: “In our Champions League groups, Moenchengladbach were very unlucky to get Man City, Barcelona, Juventus, but Man United is one of the best teams now in the Premier League so for me, in my career, this was one of the biggest games”.

“In the Champions League you feel the pressure even though Moenchengladbach were underdogs. Just playing against some big teams helps you prepare for the pressure. It helps a lot“.

Christensen is set to face Republic of Ireland in the World Cup qualification play-off legs this week: “I don’t think you can ever be too comfortable about these games, it is a play-off and a lot is at risk”,

“Both teams are going to try to do their best and it is going to be two very, very tough games. So I don’t think we can be too confident but I think we are a team and the results we got at the end of our group stage, we feel confident and hopefully we can progress”.

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Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes Andreas Christensen, N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata could lead the Blues to glory in a near future: “At Stamford Bridge we know the importance of a good core to a team – he said – Terry, Lampard and Drogba were not too bad for that, were they?”.

“It is not a case of comparing those three at the weekend with the aforementioned club legends; that would be grossly unfair, but in that Alvaro is 25, N’Golo is 26, both coming into their primes, and Andreas at 21 has over a decade at the top in front of him, there is the possibility this could be the start of something special and something very long-term as well.”

About Alvaro Morata, Nevin added: “Three United centre-backs working together couldn’t get close to dealing with him”.

“The other part of that core which must be applauded right away is of course Andreas Christensen. – he added – A more assured confident and mature performance you will rarely see from a 21-year-old defender”.

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We reported yesterday that West Ham United parted ways with manager Slaven Bilic, who left after joining the club in 2015.

And the Hammers have just announced the appointment of David Moyes as new boss, following the experience at La Liga side Real Sociedad and then Sunderland. Moyes put the pen to paper on a two-year-deal wo stay at Olympic Stadium.

West Ham currently sit 18th in the Premier League table with 9 points from 11 games.

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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola attended the game against Manchester United as he currently works for SkySports in Italy. When Alessandro Del Piero and Paolo Di Canio asked him to describe Antonio Conte‘s position after the home win against Red Devils without David Luiz, Zola said: “He showed he’s a great manager, he sent a very strong message to Luiz, players and newspapers with an impressive game from his squad.

There’s so much talk, too much talk [about Antonio Conte’s position at the club], and I hope this could be the beginning of a great comeback, also depending on Manchester City’s results”.

Conte, on the other hand, admitted Chelsea’s first half against AS Roma on Wednesday has been “distressing”.

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Michael Emenalo, who decided to stand down from his role at Chelsea earlier today, spoke to the club’s official website to explain reasons behind his choice.

“After 10 years here, 10 wonderful, successful years, but very demanding years, it is a very tough decision to decide to step aside. – Emenalo said – It is entirely my decision and it has come about for very simple reasons. I need an opportunity to get to see my young kids grow and also to step back and reflect on the work that I have done here and the things that we have been able to accomplish together in this great club”.   

The former technical director will remain a Chelsea fan despite leaving Stamford Bridge after 10 years: “Yes, wonderful. It will be different, I hope everything that comes out is positive because I know how difficult it is as a fan to be helpless on the outside and just wanting your team to do so well”.

“Hopefully the experiences I have from the inside will help me to keep my nerves, but these are exciting times and I look forward to enjoying being a supporter”.

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Cesc Fabregas played a key role in Chelsea‘s victory over Manchester United last time out. The Spaniard, who was involved in the game as attacking-midfielder, helped Kante and Bakayoko providing several assists for Alvaro Morata alongside with Eden Hazard.



“We had plenty of chances, especially in the first half, – Fabregas confirmed – We probably could have killed the game off in the second half to be honest, but it was a very good performance and the game was a little bit more open that we expected”.

“We prepared for the game in a certain way because we know they like to defend. We know they like to close one side and move across, and we felt if we maybe left the interiors open, and attacked in the space, we could create problems, and that’s what we did”.

“We had more possession than ususal which, for me, is something we’ve been lacking. We had the personality to play and we said before the game that it’s fantastic to defend well, in a block, but we need to play. This is a team, in my opinion, with fantastic players and we need to take advantage of that. We had a lot of the ball, we created chances and we played like a big team. We should be proud”.

Fabregas added: “If you play for Chelsea Football Club you need to win every single game, there is no game bigger than another. I understand that for the fans and the media, Chelsea against Manchester United will always be a big game, but you go to any stadium in the Premier League now and it’s difficult, we experienced it at Crystal Palace”.

“We just have to keep going. It’s fantastic to get three points before the international break and now we must prepare for our next game in two weeks”.

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West Ham United have announced manager Slaven Bilić has been sacked from his managerial role following the home defeat suffered against Liverpool last time out. The Reds won with goals from Matip, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Salah’s brace.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was full of praise for Spanish striker Alvaro Morata: “Don’t forget this is the first season he is playing regularly, while in previous seasons he never played regularly” he noted speaking after the game against Manchester United.

“Now he has to try to work, to improve. Before his injury he was playing in a fantastic way. After his injury his form dropped, but now he is improving”.

Morata’s header secured Chelsea a vital win against the Red Devils, who are now just one point above Blues.

“Morata played a really good game against three physical, strong central defenders. – Conte added – He showed he is strong physically and he has good technique. If I have to find a negative aspect, he could have scored more goals and killed the game”.

“Also this season we changed many players, and our age is lower than last season, with Christensen, Morata, Rudiger and Bakayoko. We must have patience with these type of players, and then try to improve them and to build something important together”.

“Hazard as well played an amazing game. He was always involved with and without the ball, he created a good link with Morata, and with the rest of the team”.


Chelsea striker Pedro scored the winning goal on Sunday vs Leicester and helped the Blues to qualify to the Fa Cup semifinal. An important win, not only because it sent Antonio Conte's side...