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Man of the Match Cesc Fabregas believes that his sharpness has returned after struggling to find last seasons’ form during the early part of this campaign. Playing against his former club, Fàbregas put in a very good shift in midfield and was handed the man of the match champagne to reward his efforts.

“I’m nearly there, I think I’m feeling very sharp I think my brain is much quicker than maybe the last few months”, he said to Sky Sports

“I struggled for a little but I don’t know really why but the sharpness is back. I feel that under pressure I’m much more in control I’m not shaky . My team-mates made it always easier for me, but definitely in the last year probably I’m in the best form right now.

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A huge boost for Chelsea today, beating Arsenal 1-0 away from home at the Emirates Stadium. Guus Hiddink had plenty to say in his post match interview.

I’m proud of the guys who performed as they did. We had a good first half, we played well.

He spoke about Diego Costa in particular.

He’s focusing on his first job that he is good at. We had conversations, don’t waste any energy, you need to put it where you are good at and he’s focusing on that and finally it paid off.

The Blues boss then went on to discuss whether the title race in still in contention for his side.

“If we stay unbeaten then its a positive but its a big gap. A big gap, the team knows that it’s big gap but I want to see the ambition of the team always there.”

A very pleased Guus Hiddink talking about his teams win today but trying to take it step by step and not look too far into the future as far as challenging for the title is concerned.

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry reacted to his former team’s defeat to Chelsea.

The Gunners relinquished top spot, dropping to third place, with Leicester capitalising, the Foxes now lead with 47 points while Arsenal have 44, the same of Manchester City that occupy second spot due to goal difference.

According to Henry, this game will have a huge impact in the title race:

There’s always an expectation when Arsenal play Chelsea… are they going to finally beat them?” said the ex Gunners striker that now is a Sky Sports pundit.

“Again, it’s Diego Costa and Chelsea having the last laugh.

“It’s difficult to point to things after the sending off but they didn’t start the game well enough to be able to be on top of it.

“So are we going to talk about the same thing? Is it going to have a massive impact on the title? Yes, in a way. But on the other side, no one is really capitalising on taking advantage of mistakes from other teams.

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A disappointed Arsene Wenger spoke after the 1-0 loss his team suffered at the hands of Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.

“It’s a shame to put such an energy level into a game and come out without a point.

“Overall I felt that we gave absolutely everything until the end and we should come out of the game with at least a 1-1, even down to 10 men. Many opportunities, maybe not clear cut but you think one of them you should take.

“Of course, we had a mountain to climb with 10 men but even then I believe there was enough to come out with 1-1.”

Clearly not happy with the result of the game and wanted more from his players and the chances they had.

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Chelsea captain John Terry can end his adventure with the Blues at the end of the season © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea skipper John Terry was the hero this afternoon at Stamford Bridge, with a last second equaliser that fixed the result on 3-3.

His goal was slightly offside but, as he said to Sky Sports after the final whistle, it was not important to him:

“I don’t really care [that it was offside] as it was my first this season. It’s an important one as we’re still undefeated since the manager has come in.

“To keep that little momentum, ideally we needed three points, we’re not happy where we are in the league, we need to start winning games but every game’s tough and every opposition seems to be stepping up their game.”

“It was difficult especially after going 2-0 down. A lot of teams would have thrown the towel in, but the fight and the desire from the squad was unbelievable to come back, and we were unlucky not to win the game I think.

“Both teams were sussing each other out a little bit [in the first half], then it opened up slightly with more goals and chances, but it was a tireless effort from the boys.

“I think all we can do at the moment is give everything and I think the fans appreciate that even at 2-0 down, [with] everyone on their feet singing and applauding the players.

“[It was] different class from them, unbelievable desire from the players as well. As I said before, we want to get out of this position we’re in — we will do if we continue that fighting desire.”

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink was disappointed with the 2-2 result against West Brom, but analysing the game he reckons it was fair:

At the end I think it’s a fair result,” he said in the press conference after the game.

Although in the first half, after going 1-0 up, we had a few chances to make it 2-0 which didn’t happen. Then we conceded an unfortunate goal, we let them penetrate too easily. They scored with two shots from outside the box, they were easy goals. The result is the result.

“The home crowd always want to win but it was a very entertaining game, high intensity, high speed and high tempo from both sides, but at the end we like to win. Especially with the week we have. We’re into the next round of the FA Cup and we have the Everton game on Saturday. It would have been the perfect week if we could have won all three, that was the target.

On Kenedy-Pedro substitution he said:

We didn’t anticipate very well on the loss of the ball (for the first goal). We are now in a period where we want to give the youngsters some chances. Kenedy’s a young guy and was involved in our (second) goal. In the last game we brought on Loftus-Cheek and every now and then they must have this experience.”

About the battle of Diego Costa with WBA defenders:

They were challenging each other. That’s their right, there was a bit of provoking but that’s their way. I didn’t see any bad things. If you have to push the players it’s difficult to survive in the Premier League. Every now and then if you have to control them it’s much better.”

Hiddink doesn’t believe the hopes for the fourth spot are over:

As long as it’s possible mathematically to get fourth position we will go for it. We have to win all our games, at home at least. We need an average of 2.8 points which is difficult. You have to win your games at home.”

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Guus Hiddink was not happy for the Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against WBA, but was even un-happier about referee Anthony Taylor‘s performance.

For the Dutch boss the referee made a huge mistake when he didn’t show the red card to West Brom’s midfielder Claudio Yacob, that made some dangerous tackles, especially on Oscar and Diego Costa:

The unbeaten run goes on but we would have preferred the win,” Hiddink started when analysing the game.

West Brom always bounce back, there is great character. It was an intense game.

According to the Dutch coach, Taylor had to show Yacob the second yellow card after a hard tackle on Costa:

Diego Costa controls himself, he is very dangerous. The player is concentrated on his job and doing very well.

“The manager [Tony Pulis] made a wise decision when he took over the role of the referee and took off Claudio Yacob. The referee forgot to do it.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois thinks that the 2-2 against WBA tonight came also because of the attitude of Pulis‘ guys on the pitch: according to the Belgian they kept provoking Chelsea players, so to destabilise them in a match that was already tense between two teams that are struggling at the bottom of the table:

We are very disappointed,” said the Blues keeper.

It was a tough game with them playing the long ball and, second ball, trying to provoke players.”



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Speaking to Chelsea TV after the win against Scunthorpe, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill claimed that Chelsea’s season can still be saved trying to go as far as the team can in two major competitions:

“I think the FA Cup and the Champions League can be two massive competitions for us, and two that we want to go as far as we possibly can in.

“Every game’s important, but the FA Cup is definitely important for us this year.”

In 2012 it happened: Chelsea won both FA Cup and Champions League and a season that started not in the bast way suddenly became magical: Blues fans are already dreaming of it.


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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first official goal with Chelsea against Scunthorpe © Francesca Ceciarini

Ruben Loftus-Cheek commented yesterday’s win against Scunthorpe and shared his feelings after his first goal with Chelsea first team:

“It was a really tough game,” the Chelsea academy said.

Scunthorpe came here with massive motivation to beat us. It was a big game for them and for us really in our situation, so everyone wanted to win but we stuck in there, got the second goal and just tried to carry it on.

“We did well to soak up pressure and we defended quite well when we had to, and then could go down the other end to score and take the pressure off.

“I made the run to get in the box and went for the cut back, and fortunately Azpi pulled it back and I had to keep it on target.

“I was really happy to just to be on the pitch and it’s even better to score my first goal and I will remember this for ever.”

When he was told he shot with the first shot in the target for the first team, he said:

“It’s 100 per cent and I will try to keep that going, but I am just happy to come on and help the team.

“I will carry on being patient and I will just try to enjoy it and relish every moment on the pitch.

“I am really pleased to play for the manager, he is a really nice man as well as a good manager. It is different to change the manager but we have got to get on with it and I think we are doing really well.

“We have made a start definitely. The training is really good at Cobham and we need to keep it up and bring what we do on the training pitch into the games.

“We are really motivated to keep winning and it is good to have wins on the trot now, and we have to keep that going.”



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