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Eden Hazard is on top level again © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea star Eden Hazard speaks about the good moment of the team and reveals which are the teams he fears the most for the title race:

Man City and Liverpool. They are both good. If we want to be there at the end, then we have to finish above them.”

Chelsea have won seven matches in a row since that defeat at the Emirates in late September, and the Belgian reckons last season’s failure to qualify for Europe is helping:

“It’s good. We have one week to prepare for the game and at the end of the week we know what to do when we play.

“Last year, we were just doing recovery so we weren’t always ready for the game, but that’s not the case now. We’re concentrating on the opposition during the week and give everything.

“We do lots of tactical work and video work, it depends who we’re playing. We do everything to be prepared.

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Chelsea are lining up a January move to sign Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash in order to loan him back until the end of the Championship, according to reports in England.

The People claimed that the Premier League leaders are set to offer a fee in the region of £1.5m for the 19-year-old, despite his ownership is currently esteemed around £5m.

Cash, who spent last season on loan at Dagenham and Redbridge, played just 4 games in the league so far, scoring once.

 

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Chelsea are set to offer winger Victor Moses a new and improved deal, following his great performances on the pitch, according to reports in SkySports.

The 25-year-old Nigeria international is contracted at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2019 but Chelsea manager Antonio Conte considers him a key player in his long-term plans.

It has been reported that also general director Michael Emenalo has been really impressed by Moses, who scored 3 times in Premier League so far.

The former West Ham loanee has been even linked with a move to Barcelona in recent weeks.

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CHELSEA PARARE PREMIER LEAGUE 2015
Chelsea players enjoying the parade © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea captain John Terry reveals that watching other teams winning makes him sick:

“You miss that feeling of being the champions, being the best, and nothing can ever, ever replace that,” the Blues skipper told SFR Sport.

“When you see another team, whether that be Man United, Man City, Liverpool, whoever it is, Arsenal, lift the trophy at the end, I can’t even watch it. It hurts.

“This is why I want to still carry on playing, because that hunger is still there to be the best, to win trophies for my football club.”

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Winner scorer Victor Moses challenging Spurs star Harry Kane © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp thinks Tottenham are on the same level as Chelsea as a team and that if Pochettino would have had his full squad available yesterday ( Rose, Lamela and Alderweireld were missing) the result could be different:

“I think when they have got a fully fit team, I would not want to be swapping anyone in Chelsea’s best team for Tottenham’s.

“Maybe Chelsea are top of the league, but you do not stop the league today. The back four, you get Alderweireld back, you get Rose back, you get a fully fit squad, and I think Tottenham are excellent.”

Redknapp is convincend Spurs won’t give up in the title race:

“In the first half I thought they completely outplayed Chelsea today, Chelsea got the goal at the right time and it brought them back into the game, second half they were much better, but I still think Tottenham will be bang in there at the end of the season.

“In terms of squad, you would take Chelsea, but the actual starting eleven, I would not swap any of that Tottenham team personally.”

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He’s is one of the best strikers in Europe and has been targeted by numerous top clubs, like Chelsea, PSG and Manchester United, but Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann got no doubts about his next destination:

“I am in Madrid, we have a good team, I want to win titles,’ the Frenchman told Telefoot.

“PSG is an interesting project but I don’t want to move to Ligue 1 now.

“I prefer to stay in La Liga or the Premier League. If I had to leave La Liga today, it will be for England.

“But my objective is not to leave.”

 

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses was named Man Of The Match following his great performance against Tottenham last time out.

The Nigerian star picked up a cross to the far post from Diego Costa and scored the winner in the second half.

“I’m very pleased with the goal but the most important thing was the three points, – Moses told the club’s website – I thought they started well, they scored a beautiful goal and there was nothing we could do about it, but we got ourselves back into the game, we got the three points and we’re very pleased with that”.

“I’ve definitely found a home here, it’s my club. I’m pleased to be playing this season, the manager has given me an opportunity to express myself and I’m relishing it at the moment”.

Then Moses ended: “I just want to keep on playing football and enjoying myself whenever I’m out there.”

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Chelsea winger Pedro spoke after his side’s home win against Tottenham, when the Spaniard leveled the game with a brilliant curled shot into the top right-hand corner of the net.

“It was a very difficult game for us but we’re really happy with the win and we want to continue in the right way, – Pedro told the club’s website – We must take it game by game”.

“I scored to help the team, which is good. Now we have great stability and high confidence, this was another important win”.

“It was a good goal and in the second half the team were really strong. The second goal from Victor came from a beautiful combination and the team are in the right way.”

Pedro revealed what Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had to say at halftime, just a few minutes after the Spaniard’s great goal.

He told us to press high and concentrate between the lines. – he said - He told us to mark more aggressively and that was the most important thing. It was a good game for us and the supporters.’

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Winner scorer Victor Moses challenging Spurs star Harry Kane © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is really satisfied after obtaining the seven win in a row in the Premier League, three points that let his team stay on the top of the league before going to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City next weekend:

“I’m satisfied because this type of game is very difficult,” Conte told BT Sport.

We played against a very strong team, a tough game with high intensity.

“Tottenham started very well, then there was our reaction and I’m happy for this because it’s not easy to go 1-0 down at home in this type of game. Now it’s important to continue to work.”

The Italian manager praised the two goalscorers, Pedro and Moses:

“Pedro played a good game, a good performance and also scored a great goal with great finish. He must continue in this way and he deserves to play, to start in the XI, but now it’s important to continue this way.

Victor [Moses] is a good player. I saw him during the preseason and I wanted to keep him in the squad. Now it’s the same as Pedro. He deserves to play and he’s playing fantastic football. For us he’s very important.”

Speaking about the title race and the chances to win the Premier League he said:

“It’s too early [to talk about the title], above all after this game, because this league is very tough.

“Today Tottenham showed that in this league there are six, seven teams who can win the title. For us it’s important to continue this way to improve the confidence.

“It’s not easy when you go 1-0 down to have a good reaction against a tough team. For this reason I’m pleased but it’s important to think of the next game.”

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It was a London derby scheduled at Stamford Bridge on a Saturday evening when Chelsea hosted bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

There has been bad blood between the two London rivals after Chelsea ended Tottenham’s title dream following a feisty clash which was labeled “battle of the bridge” in the 2015/2016 season.

Well, things wouldn’t go well as Chelsea expected after a sloppy start as Tottenham dominated and went into the lead in the 11th minute courtesy of a Christian Eriksen stunner. Tottenham continued to dictate play as Harry Kane went close with a powerful shot straight at Thibuat Courtois, but towards the dying moments of the first half, Nemanja Matic found Pedro just outside the box, as the spaniard curled in a stunner past a helplesss Hugo Lloris as Chelsea equalized and took the 1-1 scoreline into the half-time.

Spurs were looking to end their 26-year-old hoodoo at Stamford Bridge but things got worse for them when Diego Costa wriggled his way through and found Victor Moses in space who calmly slotted the ball past Hugo Lloris to take Chelsea 2-1 up.

Chelsea should have ended the game minutes later when Marcos Alonso fired over from close range. The summer signing was given the freedom of the penalty area to convert Costa’s pull back, but he somehow hoofed his effort over the bar.

Spurs continued to press for an equaliser with Kane, Eriksen, and Dele Alli going close, Mauricio Pochettino also brought on Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Vincent Janssen to restore parity but Chelsea were strong enough to hold on as they extended their unbeaten run to go top of the table.

CHELSEA 2-1 TOTTENHAM

Pedro 44, Moses 51 (CHE) Eriksen 11 (TOT)

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c), Moses (Ivanovic 80), Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro (Oscar 83), Diego Costa, Hazard (Willian 76).

Unused subs Begovic, Fabregas, Chalobah, Batshuayi.

Booked David Luiz 18, Willian 85

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Wimmer; Wanyama, Dembele; Son (Winks 65), Alli (N’Koudou 73), Eriksen, Kane.

Unused subs Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Trippier, Onomah, Janssen.

Booked Dembele 26

 

Referee Michael Oliver

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