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Spain head coach Julien Lopetegui left out from his 25-man team Blues’ stars Marcos Alonso and Cesc Fabregas, who are regularly training in Cobham with the rest of Antonio Conte’s squad.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill will wear England armband as Red Lions are set to face Germany in Dortmund on Wednesday.

Here are all the Chelsea players which have been selected in their National teams:

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi against Greece (World Cup Qualifier) and Russia (friendly)

Hazard Martinez Belgium

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Asmir Begovic against Gibraltar (World Cup qualifier) and Albania (friendly)

Brazil: Willian against Uruguay and Paraguay (World Cup qualifiers)

Denmark: Andreas Christensen against Romania (World Cup qualifier)

England: Gary Cahill against Germany (friendly) and Lithuania (World Cup qualifier)

France: N’Golo Kante against Luxembourg (World Cup qualifier) and Spain (friendly)

Nigeria: Kenneth Omeruo against Senegal and Burkina Faso (friendlies, both in London)

Serbia: Nemanja Matic  against Georgia (World Cup qualifier)

Spain: Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro and Diego Costa against Israel (World Cup qualifier) and France (friendly)

Burkina Faso: Bertrand Traore against Morocco and Nigeria (friendlies)

Czech Republic: Tomas Kalas against Lithuania (friendly) and San Marino (World Cup qualifier)

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Monaco midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko has accepted perosnal terms ahead of a Premier League move, according to SkySports pundit Guillem Balague.

The 22-year-old would reportedly be delighted to join Chelsea next summer as the Blues are certain to play the Champions League with Antonio Conte.

The Premier League giants are said to be ready to place a huge bid to to snatch the Frencman from competitors.

Guillem Balague

 

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Joey Barton claims Chelsea star N’Golo Kante is overrated.

The France midfielder, 25, has been one of Leicester City heroes in their shock title win last season and now he’s become a key-player for the Blues in this fantastic campaign that will probably lead them to some silverware:

But Barton, whose Burnley team held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw last month, stated:

“At the moment, in England, people only swear by N’Golo Kante. It’s the fashion.

“For pundits, he’s the best midfielder in the world. Oh! He’s very good, but I played against him three weeks ago, and that’s not the case.

“He’s a fantastic destroyer in a phenomenal team, but not a creator.”

 

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Speaking in an exclusive interview for France Football former Chelsea manager José Mourinho claimed that football is becoming crazy and that players and managers have to deal with huge amount of pressure also because of financial interests that involve any club:

“Everyone is under pressure,” the current Manchester United boss claimed.

“The media scrutiny is so enormous that even in a historic situation, that of Claudio Ranieri at Leicester, you find yourself sacked six months after winning the title. 

“That is why, for me, all the stages of the process are important. The first was to put the fans in harmony with the team, which was not the case in the last two years.”

When asked what qualities a manager needs to survive in the current football climate, the Portuguese coach said:

“Taking into account the human qualities, techniques and tactics, leadership, I think that the most important quality for a manager in this multifunctional job is to know how to deal with pressure, meaning in the current environment where football is a passion for normal people, but for others, it is an industry.

“Even in this country, which is home to tradition and stability, everything is in the process of becoming screwed up. The clubs are owned by foreign investors, no longer by traditional English people with the policies that came with that. 

“Last season, I was sacked by Chelsea six months after becoming champion. The same of Ranieri this season with Leicester. This job is becoming crazy!

“For Ranieri, I think it was the success which was impossible to duplicate. He did something that he could not repeat. And people in the club were not loyal enough to understand that. 

“It seemed obvious that, this season, they were going to find themselves in this situation. They did not understand that. They sacrificed their magician.”

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John Terry has not made a Premier League start since September and he will be out of contract this summer. However Gary Cahill insists the Blues legend is the one and only Chelsea captain and he is irreplaceable in that role.

“I would never try to fill John Terry’s boots. You can never fill that position”. – Cahill said – “When I took over as captain this season, either through him not being picked or not being available, it was a privilege to do that. Firstly, I have learned from how he manages himself, how he plays and how he does things. But secondly, I never thought for one minute, or will ever think, that I’m replacing him. He is right at the top and whoever comes in after him is never going to achieve what he’s done at the club”.

 

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In the last few weeks, Chelsea have been linked with a move for the Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan but he insists he is happy at Roma and in Italy and he doesn’t want to move to Premier League.

“In Rome I’m fine,” – Nainggolan told Gazzetta.it – “My family is happy and even the weather is often good. Sometimes you make choices for the money, others for the quality of life, which matters a lot to me. Also, if I went to England, I would have to start from scratch, but I repeat: I am very well in Rome”.

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Chelsea back-up goalkeeper Asmir Begovic spoke about last F.A. Cup clash against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, where Antonio Conte and former Blues’ boss José Mourinho had an altercation following a late tackle of Antonio Valencia on Marcos Alonso.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina star told The Express: “It was a huge occasion, a huge game at the Bridge. As disappointed as I was at not playing in the game, what I did have was first row seats to what was some amusing sideline antics,

“The two managers going at it, yelling at each other, it was a very intense match. It was really unnecessary, but it was so funny, because I was trying so hard not to laugh”.

“Every time the camera was on them, we were thinking ‘keep a straight face, keep a straight face, don’t laugh at these guys”.

Then Begovic added: “It wasn’t unprofessional, but I thought it was a little bit too much. They were really into it, it was a big deal and I don’t think they like each other very much.”

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte underlined the importance of his switch to a 3-4-3 formation as the players showed outstanding performances.

The Italian manager told Chelsea’s official website: “My players are understanding my idea of football and they are adapting to my system, my philosophy of football. For sure I think we are building something important”.

“This is a winning mentality, it’s important to keep a continuity in our results,”

Then Conte added: “We have to take 21 points to take the title, otherwise we risk to lose. We have to think positively and take it game by game.

“When you want to win the league, it’s important not to drop points when you play against teams that are medium or at the bottom”.

 

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Belgium National team manager and former Everton boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Chelsea star Eden Hazard will miss out both games against Greece and Russia next week due to a calf injury.

Martinez said: “Eden has suffered an injury before the match against Stoke, it does not look so serious but he will not play against Greece. We are going to follow the injury”.

“It is a big disappointment for Eden that he cannot lead the team. If you want to be a good team, you have to absorb everything”.

 

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Chelsea defender David Luiz has admitted he’s still struggling with the knee injury he suffered in December against Manchester City but is confident that surgery won’t be necessary.

“Only I feel the pain, but we have amazing medical staff and they have been great with me – he said - Every single match, every single player they are there for every player. They have helped me a lot”. 

Sergio Aguero was shown a red card following his late tackle on David Luiz.

The Brazilian star added: “I won’t need an operation in the summer. But it’s very good for me to rest, not just the knee, but the body as well”.

“I am disappointed to not be in the Brazil squad, but I respect the decision. I’m playing regularly and trying to do my best to come back [into the squad]. Have I been told why I wasn’t picked? No.”

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