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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has pointed out the reason why he decided to play Fabregas and Kante in midfield, rather than Nemanja Matic.

“Swansea play very, very compact, – Conte told the club’s official website – Probably in this game it was difficult to find the space to play between the lines. I’m very happy, for Cesc, but also Nemanja. When I called him to play off the bench, he played really well. N’Golo is playing fantastic. This is why we are top of the league – all my players are playing very, very well”.

“For me, it’s always difficult to make these decisions. But I have to do this. Sometimes I make a mistake, but I try to do the best for the team because I want to win”.

Then Conte added: “Against Swansea I decided to start with Cesc, but don’t forget Matic is playing a fantastic championship, Kante the same. We must continue in this way. Our target is more important than a single player.”

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has confirmed he’s pleased with Antonio Conte‘s wordsfollowing the Blues’ win against Swansea at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager believes the 27-year-old could become a future Chelsea legend, and Azpilicueta himself told Metro.com: “I am pleased for those words but to become a Chelsea legend you have to win trophies,”

“I have won the Premier League, Europa League and League Cup – I don’t know how many it would take, but some players have won Champions League and other trophies, and you want to get up there with them”.

Then Azpilicueta ended: “At the moment it is going well. But we want more and we are working on that. Now we are in a good position for the final sprint”.

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Chelsea defender David Luiz spoke after the Blues’ home win against Swansea at Stamford Bridge last time out.

The Brazilian star told Chelsea TV: “We need to go game by game. Premier League everybody knows is difficult.

“So keep the feet on the floor, with humility, working hard. That’s the way.”

Chelsea are set to face West Ham at the Olympic Stadium on 6th March and then Manchester United at home in the F.A. Cup Quarter-Finals on 13th March.

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard spoke after his side’s home win against Swansea at the Stamford Bridge.

“In the first half, we scored one goal and it can be difficult if you don’t get another, -the Belgian star told the club’s official website – The other team believes they can score and they did that just before half-time, but in the second half we created a lot of chances and scored two more. At the end, the result was 3-1 and it could maybe have been 5-1″.

“The manager said before the game that we had to stay patient. Sometimes teams come to Stamford Bridge and they defend well. It is up to us to find the solution and we did that”.

Hazard did not score despite providing an important assist for Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

He added: “For me it is the same if I score, don’t score or assist, even if I don’t make an assist or score goals. If I play a good game and we win, I will be the first man happy on the pitch”.

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Hazard ended: “We are professional, we won the league two years ago so we know what to do. We have been first for a few months, we want to stay at the top and we have to take it game after game”.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas revealed how manager Antonio Conte scolded the players at the interval.

“We had so many chances and we were playing very well, I don’t think it was a free-kick to be honest – it was a very soft one for them. It was one of the few chances they could score, and they did, so after that we had to show fight, character and pride, and we did that”.

“I’m happy with everything – the victory and three points was very important. We have to take it game by game and it’s not easy, but hopefully now we can keep it going for a long time.

Then he added: “It’s important to keep winning because the more you win, the less you have to worry about the other teams. There’s belief and we just have to get three points after three points”.

Chelsea are edging ever closer to the Premier League title after beating Swansea at Stamford Bridge.

Anyway, Fabregas is focused only on the next game: “At the end of the day you play 38 games like everybody else”,

“Some teams have a good period at the beginning, other teams finish stronger. Ultimately you will play against everyone and you just have to be regular and try to be solid every time you play. At the moment we feel good but I agree completely with the manager: there is still a long way to go.”

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Swansea assistant-coach Claude Makelele did not forget the importance of Chelsea in his career as a footballer, as the Frenchman spent 5 seasons in London with the Blues.

“Chelsea gave me a lot in my career, - Makelele told Swansea’s official website - Now I go there not as an enemy, but as an opponent who works for a different club”.

“The fans of Chelsea understand I am on a different side now, but I can’t and won’t forget my time there”.

Makelele won EFL Cup, FA Cup, Community Shield and Premier League during his Chelsea spell.

“I see two clubs - he ended - Real Madrid and Chelsea as my home”.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was the man of the match against Swansea as he scored a brilliant opener on his 300th Premier League appearance.

The Spaniard admitted it was a touching moment: To be honest, I feel humbled and very proud, I’ve worked very hard to make it to 300 and all I can say is thank you to everyone who has helped me reach this mark – to Arsenal, to Chelsea, to Arsene Wenger, Mourinho, Hiddink and Antonio”.

“Obviously thanks goes to all the fans who support me, my family and friends as well. It has been many years, although it doesn’t feel like it, it feels like it was yesterday, but it’s been a long journey and hopefully it will be an even longer one”.

Then he added: “I could have had a hat-trick, I had a few chances, but the most important thing was that the team won, I felt it was a very difficult game and we knew it would be. Swansea have changed since the new manager has come in, they play very compact, so it was difficult for us”.

Chelsea suffered Swansea’s comeback just a few minutes before the halftime whistle as Fernando Llorente equalized the game with a great header.

“Like every Premier League game you have to work hard, you have to dig in, and in the second half we had to show our character and come back into the game”.

Fabregas ended: “It wasn’t easy at all so I’m very happy for the win”.

 

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A lucky manager, this is how Antonio Conte defines himself: the reason of this is the group of player he’s got at Chelsea, true winners that already lifted many trophies in their careers and know how to stay at the top:

“I have a lot of players who played and won titles in the past,”

“They know very well the way that we must continue to try to keep at the top of the table, to try and win the title.

“For this reason, I’m lucky. I’m lucky to have a lot of players who, in the past, won a lot.

“If, sometimes, I can see some of them relaxing, it’s right for me to try and help them be focused for every moment. But, honestly, it wasn’t necessary for me to keep the concentration and focus of the players.”

 

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Antonio Conte started Cesc Fabregas against Swansea today and the Spaniard repaid him with a great opener and a massive performance.

The Italian coach admits he cannot assure the ex Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder will be a regular starter from now on, but he claimed that he’s making his way into the Blues team for what is left in this season:

“Cesc played a really good game, but it’s important for me to have these solutions and also to analyse the games, game by game, to understand when we need to have a player with more quality (on the ball), and to lose something in height and physique.

“For me, I consider Nemanja Matic a top player, and also [N’Golo] Kante, but also Fabregas. He’s a really good player. 

“I’m really pleased to see him in this form despite not starting the last game in the league. This is the right way to continue. 

“The other example is Pedro and Willian. I’m pleased to have this type of players. They’re putting themselves in the team. To have this type of player is fantastic for a coach.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte revealed his half-time pep talk to his players in the game against Swansea: the Blues were dominated the game but ex Juventus and Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente equalised some seconds before the end of the game first part.

The Italian boss knew his team deserved more and this is what he said to his players in the Stamford Bridge dressing room to motivate them:

“I told them we are playing very well, we are dominating the game, we are creating chances, but it’s 1-1. We don’t deserve it but it’s the reality. So go to the second half and push because we need to win.

“They did this. We started the second half and Hazard did a great combination with Costa and Fabianski made a great save, then Fabregas hit the crossbar, then we scored the goal.

“After the first half it was a bit frustrating for us to be drawing. But in this situation, when the tension starts to increase, it’s important to see the right answer of my players. Today I saw a lot of right answers from my players.”

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