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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) shake hands after the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 25, 2018.

Manchester United manager José Mourinho claims his side beat a “fantastic team” today at Old Trafford.

Speaking after the final whistle the former Chelsea boss said:

“We beat a fantastic team: they were champions last season, for some reason, they did what they did with Barcelona, for some reason, they started the game so well like they started here….we beat a very good team but to beat a very good team you need to be organised but also you must have humble spirit, with everybody working, fighting and trying to follow a game plan.

Asked why his team started so slowly, Mourinho replied:

“They started very well, it’s simple, when they hit the post I was looking to my players and I was thinking ‘what can we do? who can I blame?’ it was played so well, so beautiful played that I had nothing to say.

“They are a very good team, they have a routine of their football, they have a fantastic dynamic of the way they project the wing-back so I was trying to find a way to let my players be dangerous in the central part of the pitch, because on the sides they are really good.

“So we found a way to play agains them where we didn’t concede much, I guess we had a good control of Eden [Hazard] he’s an amazing player and in the goal play he killed us, with the progression of the game we had more control of the game, even if we didn’t create a lot of chances, that’s they way I was expecting the game to be, a tight win.

McTominay stopped Hazard? I guess he’s a fantastic player, very modern, a top midfielder, he can do everything, the only thing he’s not doing yet is scoring goals, which he can, but because I am playing him starting from the basics. He’s doing a fantastic job for us, I don’t like to speak individuals, I think Matic and Pogba played phenomenal as well, my defenders [as well] Alexis did a good job. We felt more confident after we adjusted the defensive phase, I think we beat a fantastic team.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gave his thoughts also on Alvaro Morata’s disallowed goal against Manchester United. “This type of situation can change the result” the Italian said.

“For sure that is why I am positive about VAR, especially in England. We need to have this new system to help the referee and avoid big mistakes. Now it is not important to look at the past, we have to solve the problems and the present and see if we are working well.”

When asked if Alvaro Morata‘s performance today was positive, Conte added: “He played for 90 minutes. Like the other players they tried to put everything and give all ourself. For sure he can improve. Then I can take a different decision and go game by game. I took this decision to find the balance”.


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MANCHESTER UNITED – De Gea, Valencia (c), Lindelof, Smalling, Young, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Sanchez, Martial, Lukaku.

Subs: Pereira, Bailly, Shaw, Carrick, Mata, Lingard, Rashford.

Manager: José Mourinho

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Fabregas, Pedro, Giroud.

Manager: Antonio Conte

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante spoke to the club official website ahead of this afternoon clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford:

“It’s important to win,” said the 26-year-old.

“The Premier League is another competition, we are fourth in the table and if we want to play Champions League next season we have to win these type of games.

“We know Man United have good players but it’s one team against another, our tactics against their tactics. We did well against them at home, I think it will be a little bit different but I hope we can win.’

“I’ve never won at Old Trafford but at Chelsea we’ve beaten them three times.

“I hope I can win my first game against them away.

“We are playing Manchester United and if we win we will be level on points with them.

Liverpool are four points in front of us [having played a game more], Tottenham are fifth but only one point behind so it’s very tight.

“We have to keep winning and hopefully we will be in the Champions League next season. Second place is still possible, we have to fight for it and see what we can do at the end of the season.”

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Danny Drinkwater spoke ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League fixture between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford.

The England international told Chelsea’s official website: “I am feeling good, I am working on my strength and I am getting settled in. The lads have been top so it has been quite easy getting used to everything.”

Drinkwater, who left Manchester United in 2012 before lifting the title with Leicester City in 2015/16 campaign, faced the Red Devils in 2014: “That was at the King Power when we beat them 5-3 – he said – That was crazy that game, and we drew 1-1 at Old Trafford just before we won the league. I got sent off with about three minutes to go and I think I kicked every cupboard in the changing room watching the last couple of minutes of that game!”


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More from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who had his say ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Blues are currently 3 points behind the Red Devils, while Liverpool remain 3rd with 54 points.

Conte told journalists: “We missed one game, against Watford, apart from that, from the start of the season our mentality was top, and I must be pleased about this”.

“A winning mentality doesn’t mean you have to win every game. A winning mentality is the way you prepare the game; the way you show 100 per cent commitment during training sessions. A winning mentality is to always have good behaviour, to respect your coach, your team-mates, the fans, the club, the opponent”.

“This is a winning mentality, and in every game to only have one idea: to try to win the game. It doesn’t mean you are able to win every game. Sometimes it can happen that the mind switches off, for example against Watford, not only for one player but for the whole team. It was a pity but I think we learned a lot from this game”.

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Speaking to the press ahead of Sunday game vs Chelsea, Manchester United’s manager José Mourinho claimed that, even if neither the Red Devils nor the Blues are fighting for the Premier League title, the clash between these two teams remains always very important:

For the past 10-15 years, Manchester United versus Chelsea are big matches. This is one more – different circumstances because many times these were matches for the title and this time I think us and them would agree that’s not the case. But we both play for the top four and it’s a big game regardless of what’s at stake. Last season, they were fighting to be champions and we were not even fighting to be in the top four but it was still a big game.” Mourinho said. “To play against Chelsea means less and less and less over the years, so of course I left already a couple of years ago and next season three years ago and the year later four years ago. So, I hope step by step that feeling of ‘I was the Chelsea manager’ or ‘I was their manager’ for them disappears. The real meaning of it is that it’s two of the best teams in England and two of the biggest clubs playing one more match.”

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During his press conference ahead of the Premier League game vs Manchester United, Antonio Conte was asked about the Blues opponents and in particular about two players: the new signing Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Paul Pogba.

Speaking about the striker, Conte said: “When you add a great player like Sanchez you are stronger. But our situation doesn’t change. We have to prepare for the game and my expectation is to see him on the pitch with Lukaku, then I don’t know if they will have another midfielder or a number 10″.

Then, about the chances Pogba will be parte of United’s Starting XI, the Italian coach added: “We are talking about a top player, a fantastic player. My expectation is to see him on the pitch. If he stays out it will be better. We are talking about a top player and every coach has to try to find the right way to manage him. He is showing at United he is a top player.”

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Today Chelsea‘s manager Antonio Conte spoke to the media at Cobham ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford vs Manchester United.

The Italian is aware of the importance of the game and he said his team will do everything they could to win.

We have to look at ourselves and understand that from now until the end of the season every game is very important,” Conte said. “To get three points will be important for ourselves and United. The fight for the Champions League is open, there are many great teams and someone has to miss out. This is not a simple game, especially when you play at Old Trafford, but at the same time after playing Barcelona this test will be very important for us, to see our reaction and approach in a difficult atmosphere. You have to start the game with only one target in your mind, to try to get three points.  This is very important for the mentality. If you have a winning mentality you try to reach only one result, to win. During the game a lot of situations can happen. If you draw against United it could be a good result but only after you’ve played to try to win. Last season we lost the game so we must pay great attention.  They have a lot of fantastic players, their team is also very physical. We must pay great attention because when you play against United anything can happen. It’s a massive game for us and we have to put 120 per cent of our strength into it, we want to try to get three points, it will be difficult but we must try.”

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COLOGNE, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 02: Michy Batshuayi of Dortmund celebrates scoring his second goal on his debut during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Koeln and Borussia Dortmund at RheinEnergieStadion on February 2, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi, who scored twice in the first-leg of Europa League clash against Atalanta last week, was in the squad who passed through the next stage following a vivid 1-1 in Italy. The Belgian international took to social medias just after the game to complain after alleged racist chanting from the stands.

Batshuayi wrote: “2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands … really ?! hope you have fun watching the rest of EuropaLeague on TV while we are through #SayNoToRacism #GoWatchBlackPanther”. Atalanta’s president instantly apologized for home fans’ misconduct during the game.



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