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Antonio Conte sent a clear message today during his press conference ahead of the Fa Cup‘s third round replay vs Norwich City: his task is to win games and to make the best choices for the club and all the players must accept this.

I’m the coach. I decide. It’s not important if one player is happy or not. Only here is there this situation. You are very worried about whether a player is happy or not”. Conte replied to the journalists. “This is not important. My first task is to do the best for the team and the club. Not to make every player happy. Otherwise we’d risk finishing 20th in the table. Every press conference there is always this question about whether I’m worried about making my players happy. No. I’m worried to win”.

In particular, the question about players’ happiness was linked to Eden Hazard‘s situation, who Conte replaced in the last two games Chelsea played.

We are talking about a player who, recently, had a bad injury in his ankle and surgery. Usually, when you have this type of situation, you must pay great attention,” Conte explained. “During the season you can have ups and downs. He missed the pre-season with us, too. I think that, with him, we are trying to find the best way. It’s normal that one player can’t keep always top of the form. But, like the others, my task is to try and improve him and try and put him in the best physical condition to take the best decision for the team during games. Not only for him, but for every single player”.

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During his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game vs Norwich City, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was asked about Alexis Sanchez and the Italian said he doesn’t believe the Blues will compete with Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to sign the striker.

I don’t know, I don’t think so,” Conte said. “About the transfer market – I prefer to talk to the club and give an opinion and I repeat that I don’t want to give my opinion on that.”


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In his press conference ahead of the Fa Cup‘s third round replay vs Norwich City at Stamford BridgeChelsea manager Antonio Conte explained why new signing Ross Barkley will not play.

He is not able to play because the transfer was late.”  Conte said. “We are preparing a friendly game for him this week and we will see his physical condition. He could be ready for the next game or the next game.”

Not only Barkley will miss tomorrow’s game, as both Cahill and Fabregas won’t be available due to their injuries.

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After the 2-2 in Premier League ten days ago, Arsenal and Chelsea got another draw tonight, but this time without goals.

After the game Antonio Conte was asked if the teams, who will meet again in two weeks, are too familiar:

“To play three times in three weeks is very strange,” the Italian manager claimed.

“It is more simple to prepare the game because you know the team and the way they are playing. When you reach the QF or SF of this trophy in England you must be prepared to face big teams.”

Asked if Arsenal, who will play the second leg at home, are favourites, the Blues boss replied:

“I don’t think so. We have the same possibilities to go through to the final. Not to concede could be very important for the second leg. To play at the Emirates is not easy or simple. We deserved to be in the semi-final and be very happy to do this.”

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Tomorrow night during the Carabao Cup semifinal’s first leg Chelsea vs Arsenal, the VAR (Video assistant referee) will be used for the first time in an EL competition.

Today, during his press conference the Blues manager Antonio Conte spoke about this technology which is already used, for example, in Italy. “In Italy from the start of the season we are doing this. This is a good opportunity to improve our football but it will take a bit of time to use in the right way this option. When there is a big mistake it is important to correct this mistake, Conte said, “At the start it wasn’t easy to accept this type of solution, to stop the play and wait the right decision. I think this good be a good solution because you reduce the mistakes, especially big mistakes and I think it is right for football to have less mistakes”.

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Ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup semifinal vs ArsenalChelsea manager Antonio Conte gave some updates on the players who are fit to play.

Hazard is in a good condition, he is in contention for tomorrow’s game”, Conte said.

Also the new signing Ross Barkley is in good physical condition, but it’s still to early for him to play for Chelsea: “Tomorrow night is very soon, is very soon for him. We must be pleased because his physical condition is good and is starting to have the training session with us and understand our idea of football”, Conte explained, “We must be pleased, but he needs a bit of time. His condition is good, very good. I don;t know (when he might play). But I am very positive, he is a good guy and is showing a great will to work and desire to help us very soon. This is very positive and I am very happy to have Ross with us for the rest of the season”.

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Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup semifinal first leg vs ArsenalChelsea manager Antonio Conte said he expects the game to be very open and exciting as the Premier League match last week.

The last one was an exciting game, for those watching”, Conte said, “Tomorrow the game will be very open, both teams wants to try to win and attack and when you have two teams wanting the same things you can have an exciting game. I hope to have a good result. This is the first game, at home, then there is the one away. We want to reach the final, as do Arsenal”.

And, as Chelsea want to reach the final, Conte will choose the best possible Starting XI:  “I think in every game we have to try to make a strong team and if you play in the league, the FA Cup or Carabao Cup, when you play every three days it is important to make the rotation”, Conte went on, “and at the same time your team must be very strong, otherwise you risk to drop this trophy. It is a very important game, this trophy, we deserve to be here”.

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The war between two coaches that made history at Chelsea, Antonio Conte and José Mourinho, is still on.

After the Manchester United manager claimed he doesn’t have to act as a clown on the touchline to show his passion and commitment to his team:

Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline it means I lost my passion? I prefer to do the way I do it. Much more mature, better for my team and myself.

“You don’t have to behave like a crazy guy on the touchline. The way a person is dedicated to his work, not what you do in front of the cameras.”

Many thoughts the Portuguese coach took a dig at the Italian one with his “clown” comments and Conte’s reply was ready today:

“Mourinho has to see himself in the past,” the Blues manager started.

“Maybe he was speaking about himself in the past, maybe sometimes people forget what they did, maybe he’s got something like dementia,” he concluded.

A very strong statement that will probably have further effects.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Stoke, claiming there are no fresh injuries:

No, no news,all the players are available, the same of the last games,” the Italian tactician said.

“Musonda and David Luiz are improving and I think their recover is very close, for sure against Norwich they will be available.

“I guess tomorrow it will be a very difficult game against Stoke City, last season in the same period we suffered a lot to beat them at home, I remember that match very well.

“We have to go game by game, it’s normal when we have to play every two days, I have to make rotations. I give all my players the same credit. I trust all of them, it doesn’t matter if there are some changes in the starting XI.”

About the competition to finish in the Premier League top 4, he said:

“I think it’s always successful to finish in the top 4 in this league, there are six teams fighting for the title and there are just 4 spots for Champions League and 2 for Europa League, it’s normal when your competitor is doing so well, like Manchester City, it’s tough to fight for the title. But to do it for our fans and to improve our work.”

Thibaut Courtois, whose deal with Chelsea will expire in summer 2019, hasn’t renewed his contract with the Blues yet:

“He’s got a contract also for next season with Chelsea,” Conte said.

“He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world and my staff and I are proud to have him as keeper, we’re proud to create this synergy with the 3 goalkeeper, I am very happy to have them, I hope to keep them for the next season.

“As you know very well there is a private conversation between the agent and the club, of course I hope he will stay, he is a very good goalkeeper and a very good guy.

“For sure when you are in a great club, a great project, you want to stay, I guess the family is not a big issue, there are private conversation among club, agents and players and of course I will be very happy if he will stay with us, with this great synergy also with the other goalkeepers and the goalkeeper coach.”

Eden Hazard is in the same situation and it is believed he rejected a new contract with Chelsea:

“My answer is always the same, this is a private conversation among club, agents and player. I can say the same I just said for Eden, I am proud to have him in my squad, I am very happy to work with him, he’s a really good guy, he’s space to improve but I repeat the club and agents take care of this.”

And about him staying at Chelsea next season and the upcoming transfer window, Conte said:

“I am very happy to stay here and to work with these players, I guess the transfer market and this window can be important if we are able to bring the right players. I am a coach, I have to work with my players, the club take care of th transfer market, they will decide if they have to improve the team.

“You’re talking about two important players for us, for sure it will be very important to continue with this kind of players, it’s very important to improve your team, not to sell your best players.”

On the Premier League Christmas period schedule, he said:

“Personally I am very happy to stay here, to work here, to have this time of Christmas period, I think is great not only for me but also for the players, there is a fantastic atmosphere, but I would like after this period to have a little period of rest, it would be important to have a little rest for everyone in England to prepare for the final rush, after this busy period to play after three days is tough, you pay it later, when the Champions League restart, it’s difficult to play after this period.”

About Baba Rahman, who is recovering from a bad ACL injury, he said:

This player is coming from a bad injury, he’s struggling a bit to recover his best form.

“I don’t know what will happen with Baba, under the human aspect I would like to give an opportunity to come back stronger, now he’s facing recovery, he is showing a great patience because he’s struggling a lot, I would be happy to give him a chance, because there is not just the player, there is also the human aspect.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte commented the Boxing Day win over Brighton with these words:

“In the first half we had the right chances to score but didn’t take them,” the Italian coach said.

For this reason it becomes difficult because your opponent stays with 10 players behind the ball.

“In the second half we settled very well and created many chances. It was a good performance with good intensity.

“It’s the same performance against Everton, against them we showed 25 times we had shots on goal but today we scored twice. We are in a good moment of form and just continue this way.”

Speaking about title race he claimed:

“This season is different to last season. Last season a lot of times we won games and were a bit lucky, like against West Brom here, Sunderland. This season sometimes we could have more luck.

“We have great respect for Manchester City because they are doing an extraordinary thing.”


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