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Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern Munich last week: the Italian coach didn’t meet the club expectations for the beginning of this season and ex Bavarian manager Jupp Heynckes, who won the treble with the German side in 2013, was appointed to take of the team until the end of the season.

Speaking about his experience in Germany and about his future Ancelotti revealed in which country he’s not keen to coach next:

Bayern Munich belong to the past. Sometimes it can happen to be sacked, there is nothing to be sorry for. I’ve always respected every player I’ve coached. As a manager I have to play 11 players and bench seven of them. It is up to the player and to the club to accept the manager’s decision.”

“I don’t know if I will return to Serie A or try another experience abroad. For sure I am not going to train in China.”

AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella has recently – jokingly – revealed that Ancelotti can now become his assistant. Here’s how Ancelotti replied: “He could my assistant and vice-versa. We could coach one game each, we only have to find a team that will allow us to do it.”

Montella is on the brink of being sacked after 3 defeats in the first 7 Serie A games of the season, and next game will be the derby against Inter on Sunday 15, when the Italian championship will restart after international break.

Ancelotti was the first name the media mentioned as a possible Montella replacement, but the former Blues boss claimed he has no intention to coach again during the current season:

“I will remain on holiday for the next ten months, I don’t want to take any other job before June. I respect Montella, Di Francesco and Ventura, I hope they will win all the games until the end of the season. I still want to coach club teams not national teams.”

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Hinting to a Chelsea return in the next months, former Blues player Oscar explained why he had to leave Stamford Bridge last January, claiming that current Italian boss Antonio Conte was among the reasons of his exit after almost five seasons in West London.

Oscar left in the last winter transfer window in a £ 52m move to Shanghai SIPG, where he’s earning £ 400,000 per week, but he’s starting to regret his choice now

“Due to the proposal I had and the situation that was happening to me at the club,” the Brazilian attacking midfielder explained.

“I began the season playing every game as a starter.

“The first eight games I played very well and then I had a League Cup game that I left and the team lost and everything changed.

“Then Antonio Conte changed the team’s way of playing in a 3-4-3 and I did not play anymore.

“I did not have a position to play because I’m a more offensive midfielder and so I decided to leave.”

But Oscar admitted he is open to the idea of one day returning to Stamford Bridge and the Premier League.

“I left the doors open. I would go back. I’m still young, I’m 26.

“Who knows in two, three years to return to the Premier League… I would be very happy. 

“And preferably for Chelsea, who opened the doors for me to return.”

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As we reported before Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata set the time for his hamstring injury recovery with a post on social networks, claiming he was aiming to come back to action against Crystal Palace.

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But not even an hour after the post, the Spanish forward deleted it from Twitter and changed the caption on the Instagram one, still appearing online at the moment, saying: “I have no time to lose! Working hard towards recovery!😁”

This could mean that the return against the Eagles is difficult now, with Morata targeting the Champions League clash against Roma on 18 October or the one against Watford on the 21, even if he is most likely to return on 25 October against Everton in League Cup.

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During today’s press conference to preview the Premier League clash against Stoke City Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke also about Diego Costa, who is completing his move back to Atletico Madrid in these days after being AWOL all summer:

“We want to thank him for what he did with this club, we wish him all the best for the future,” Conte said in a diplomatic way.

When he was asked if the relationship with the Spanish striker was really broken, he continued:

“I’m not interested to continue speaking about this issue, it’s not important, I’m very happy to work with these players.”

Diego Costa won the title with Conte and Chelsea last season, a trophy he won also three seasons ago with Mourinho at the same club, speaking about Costa’s contribution to latest Blues’ trophies, the Italian manager said:

“In this moment I’m not interested to talk about the past, it’s not important, the past stay there, if you did well in the past is ok, I think we have to think for the future of this club.”

“Don’t forget that we won together last season, for sure we want to thank him for his effort with Chelsea, not only last season but all the period at Chelsea.”

Asked if now there will be more chance for Michy Batshuayi, who was Diego Costa’s substitute last season, Conte said:

“He’s one of the players in our squad and last season he didn’t play a lot but he worked very hard, now he is more prepared to face this season and he will have the right chance.”

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Chelsea just announced an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa was agreed today.

The Blues published a short note on their official website:

Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa.

The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.

The Brazilian-born striker will finally return to the Spanish club, a move that he desperately wanted all summer long, where he was even AWOL after falling out with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in June.

Costa won’t be able to play in official games until January 2018, after Atletico’s transfer ban will end in December 2017.

The fee is undisclosed, but it’s believed to be in the region of £40/50m.

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard ruled out a move to PSG claiming he has no intention to play in League 1 at the moment:

“There are some big clubs, and it was an attractive league even when I played in it six years ago,” Hazard told SFR Sport on the progress being made in French football.

“Big stars want to play in Ligue 1, and that is a good thing.  But if I am to return it will be to play for Lille,  they are my club.

“I still have a career to carve out, with a number of seasons ahead of me.”

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The time has come: after playing only some minutes as a substitute against Qarabag and Arsenal, Eden Hazard is ready to start his first game with Chelsea in this season.

The Belgian star spent all summer recovering from a broken ankle injury and Blues boss Antonio Conte decided that tomorrow’s League Cup game is the right one to be back in action for real:

“I think for Eden now is the right moment to start the game and try to play the whole game,” he said ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Nottingham Forest.

“I hope to be, with him, at the final step for the injury. I think we have managed very well his situation. In my career I was injured a lot of times and I have a bit of experience about this situation.

“I think with him, we are managing the situation very well. Now he is ready to start the game and I hope to stay, with him, the final step.”

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Eden Hazard is back after recovering all summer from a broken ankle injury and, despite Conte claiming he needs to be 100% fit to perform, he feels excited thinking he can make his seasonal debut with Chelsea tomorrow night in Champions League clash against Qarabag:

“I feel ready, ready to be part of the team,” said Hazard who came off the bench in the later stages of the 2-1 at Leicester City on Saturday.

“I had the chance to play with the national team also last week, I did a good job there. Since one month now, I’ve been working hard to be fit.

“On Tuesday, we have the Champions League so I’m just happy to be on the pitch.”

Asked how tough was it last season not playing in the Champions League, the Belgian replied:

” As a player you want to play In the tournament.

“Last year we just watched on TV,  it’s not a good feeling, you want to play in this kind of games because every time you play Champions League, it’s a big game. Everyone is watching you, so, yeah, happy to be back”

Hazard was asked if it was painful to watch those clashes on TV, and replied:

“I don’t like to watch game, I just like to watch my brother play. That’s why I watched the Champions League . But of course as a player, like I said before, we want to play.”

The Belgian star has never hidden the Champions League is a trophy he wants to add to his cabinet and he considers it the team main goal this season:

“Yeah, this year is important. I have only got to the semi-final when we lost to Atletico Madrid. So it’s in my head to win this trophy, I won the Premier League and the same in France. Now all the big players want to win the Champions League. I think now is time to win this. We have a good squad, good manager, so now we are ready for that.”

What if he doesn’t succeed in winning it?

“No problem. I try to give everything on the pitch, if I win, I’m happy, if I don’t win, no regrets.”

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Antonio Conte was obviously happy to see Eden Hazard back onto the pitch, but the Blues boss is cautious about the Belgian star who recovered all summer long from a broken ankle injury:

“This is good news for us,” said Conte after his side’s win against Leicester City.

“For sure he needs time to be 100 per cent but for us his recovery is very important.”

Chelsea are in action again on Tuesday night at home to Qarabag in and Hazard could get another run-out in the Champions League group game opener:

“We all know very well the importance of Hazard for us.

“Now we must have patience to give him the possibility to improve his form, but I am pleased for him because after a bad injury it’s great to see him with us”.

 

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Everton - London, Britain - August 27, 2017 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring their first goal

LEICESTER CITY – Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Mahrez, Slimani, Vardy

Subs: Hamer, Chillwell, Amartey, King, Gray, Ulloa, Iheanacho.

Manager: Craig Shakespeare

 

CHELSEA – Courtois; Rudiger, David Luiz, Azpilicueta; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Pedro, Morata.

Subs: Caballero, Drinkwater, Eden Hazard, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Christensen.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Kick Off: 3 pm BST

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester, UK

Referee: Lee Mason

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