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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke following his side’s home win against Liverpool in a game which keeps the hope alive for the Blues. The Italian boss told journalists:

“I think we must be pleased because the players played a really good game. Usually when you have to play a must-win game it is not easy, it is normal to be nervous and today it was a must-win game but not against a simple opponent. Liverpool have reach the final of the Champions League, they are dangerous and it is impressive the way they attack, the way they defend and combination between them”.

“I think today we must be pleased and we see a great desire and will to keep the hope alive for the Champions League. I don’t know if this will be enough at the end of season, but we have to try and we have to prepare against Huddersfield, who drew against City and we want to try to get three points. I will probably make a rotation and then we will see what happens and with a great will to fight”.

Tottenham remain two points above Chelsea with only two games left to go despite losing at The Hawthorns against West Bromwich on Saturday. And Conte is confident his side can reach a target which “one month ago it was impossible to imagine.”

He added: “Now there is the hope as we are getting three points. Our opponents are dropping points. Out vision is not in our hands, but we have to try to get three points to put pressure on the teams that stay ahead of us”.

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Olivier Giroud keeps Chelsea alive for gaining access to the next Champions League tournament.

Thanks to a goal scored by the former Gunner Antonio Conte‘s side obtain a crucial win against Liverpool that allow them to sit 5th in the table with 69 points, only 2 behind Spurs ( 4th with 71) with three games to go ( the Blues has got one game in hand, against Huddersfield Town, and they will play it midweek).

Liverpool began better but Sadio Manè couldn’t capitalize a couple of dangerous chances in the first 30′.

Chelsea took the lead at 33′ with a super goal by Giroud and then were able to control the match, even creating chances to double the score.

Liverpool tried everything in the last minutes to level the score, but Conte’s guys remained focused and were super in defending their goal: ex Stamford Bridge wonderkid Dominique Solanke missed a great chance to equalise in the injury time, anyway, when a header of his went slightly high on the crossbar.

Three points that let Chelsea hoping to conquer a spot in the top 4, and should the Blues win against Huddersfield next Wednesday the chances will even increase.

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CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Giroud.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Emerson, Barkley, Pedro, Willian

Manager: Antonio Conte

LIVERPOOL – Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Milner, Manè, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Mignolet, Henderson, Klavan, Moreno, Inks, Solanke, Woodburn.

Manager: Jürgen Klöpp

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What an incredible night for Chelsea as both Under-18’s and Ladies lifted their trophies respectively in the Premier League Final and FA Cup Final.

Two goals from Ramona Bachmann and Fran Kirby’s curling effort secured a comfortable 1-3 win at Wembley.

Arsenal – Van Veenendaal; Evans (Carter 84′), Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell (McCabe 84′); Janssen (O’Reilly 63′); Van de Donk, Little; Nobbs, Miedema, Mead

Chelsea – Lindahl; Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson; Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson (Thorisdottir 69′); Spence (Cuthbert 75′); Kirby, Bachmann (Aluko 85′)

Scorers Miedema 73′ (ARS) Bachmann 48′, 60′, Kirby 76′ (CHE)
Bookings Jannssen 39 (ARS)

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Chelsea latest results and performances have restored confidence in the Blues players as shown by Thibaut Courtois words to the Chelsea official website.

We have been playing well lately,” Courtois said “Liverpool have been having a great season, they obviously have the Champion League in their mind, but they also know that if they get a good result here against us, they are guaranteed of the Champions League next season as well. For us, we have to win on Sunday, win against Huddersfield and win at Newcastle and then hope that maybe in the last game, Brighton [in their match against Liverpool] can do something for us, but we will see. We can win all of our games and finish on the same points as Liverpool, but we have to score so many more goals than them so it will be hard”.

The Belgian goalkeeper then said he expects a very close game tomorrow at Stamford Bridge:

Lately you can see Liverpool have had very good games, offensively they are very strong, but you see as well that they can concede goals,’ he explained. ‘I think the game we played against them away, they were in a good moment of form then. We played a very good game and we deserved the draw”. Courtois went on. “It was an equal game and it will be an equal game on Sunday I think. When you win a game to put yourself in the Champions League final, you have a confidence and they will be ready to win, so we have to be on point, and hopefully we will get the right result”.

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Chelsea defeated Manchester United today and they won the Under-18 Premier League title as they did in 2017.

The Blues won the National Final 3-0 with goals from Dujon Sterling, Billy Gilmour and Tariq Lamptey.

For the first time in history, Jody Morris‘ side complete a “Quadruple” of trophies as, earlier this season Chelsea also had won the Fa Youth Cup, the southern section of the Under-18 Premier League and the Under-18 Premier League Cup.

The Under-18 Premier League title allows Chelsea to take part in the next edition of Uefa Youth League.

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Liverpool manager, Jurgen Kloop believes tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Chelsea will be very similar to the game the Reds played vs As Roma this week.

Chelsea is a similar situation to the [Roma] game – fighting with all they have, they don’t have anything to lose,” Klopp told Liverpool official website. If we draw it’s not good for them; if we win it’s not good for them. They have to win and they will try to do so. It’s like a Champions League semi-final, to be honest”.

The German manager, so, said his team will do all they can to win tomorrow at Stamford Bridge and guarantee a place in the Premier League top-four.

“We will see what we can do there. The good thing is that we have another game but we don’t think about that at the moment. We need to be ready for the game.” Klopp went on. “We had a few really nice moments already this season but you never have time to celebrate it for a second! There is always the next one. Now we have to play that game – Chelsea are waiting.”

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It’s well know Antonio Conte doesn’t have a huge parte in Chelsea transfer market decisions, in fact, his relationship with the Blues board fell out in the last year also because of this.

Anyway, journalists are still curious to know his opinion about some of the main speculations of the moment.

That is why the Italian coach was asked about Anthony Martial in his pre-match press conference today.

The Manchester United forward was heavily linked to Chelsea in the past hours, but with a crucial match against Liverpool coming, Conte claims he is not focused on this at the moment:

“I think this is not the right moment to speak about this. I don’t like to talk about players of other teams,” the 48-year-old said.

“It’s disrespectful for the other players, for my players, for the other clubs. Our focus is to finish this season in the best possible way.”

 

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On Sunday at Stamford Bridge Chelsea will face Liverpool and his former player Mo Salah, who has recently been voted Best Premier League player for this season.

Speaking during his pre-game press conference Antonio Conte claimed it’s not his fault his the striker has been sold by the Blues:

No-one asked me about him,” Conte said. “I don’t want to take this responsibility. If I do I’m in trouble.  It would be very difficult to predict this type of season for Salah, we’re talking about a player with specific characteristics, good technique, very fast. Every opportunity, every chance he has he’s very good to take the chance. Very clinical.”

 

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Speaking during his press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game vs Liverpool, Antonio Conte is aware it won’t be easy to get a win, but also that this will be the only possible result if Chelsea want to keep alive their Champions League‘s hopes.

This could be a good opportunity for us, but as I have said a lot of times if you want to keep the hope alive you have to win. Liverpool are a good team. It won’t be easy, we have to win on Sunday”. Conte said. “For sure we must pay great attention. The first game against Rome, if you give them a lot of space they can be very dangerous and have a lot of trouble. They have three special players, Mane, Firmino, Salah and are very good to attack the space. We must be compact. Now our target is to finish in the best way. The situation is not in our hands and we have to start with three points against Liverpool, then we will see what happens. We have a final in the FA Cup and we want to give satisfaction to our fans”. 

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