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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke before the important EFL Cup derby against Southampton,  first of all he was asked about players’ fitness:

Terry is fit to start, he’s in a good shape, tomorrow I will decide the starting line up, but John is fit, he trained very well and he is ready.

“We know that this surely a tough game, against a big rival like West Ham, we played them in the league and I remember it was a tough game, all the players are ready to play a good game, I hope to see a good atmosphere, in England the atmosphere is fantastic during the games

Ivanovic is better, he trained with squad yesterday and today, he needs a bit of time to be fit, Fabregas is not still well, we must wait because he had a muscular problem, we must patient because it was in his thigh, I hope to see him in the team.

“I’m pleased Zouma played yesterday, he’s a young player and he’s really good, I hope to see him really soon, I hope he will start to work with us, I am very happy he played with the U23, he had good answer after the game yesterday and we were pleased for this.”

The manager continued to analyse tomorrow’s game:

“For us the EFL Cup is an important competition, this cup can let you see some players that are working very well and normally don’t start, you can see the development of these players, in this season we just have this cup and Fa Cup to see other players, so tomorrow probably we will see some changes.”

Asked about what happened with Mourinho at the final whistle on the touchline he said:

“I think in this moment is not important to talk again about a game that for me, the players and the club is the past, Manchester United is the past, now it’s important to be very focused on tomorrow’s game, I think we played a good game, with a good intensity, now it’s important to continue. We have to build something important for the present and for the future

“I think that everyone must show respect for me, for my work, I think that in every game I show myself, I have a history, and you can see it also in my past, this was my behavior on the touchline, I am a passionate man, I want to play with the players and help them, but I always show respect for other teams and clubs, and my history speaks for me.”

Conte spoke also about Chelsea youngsters and possible turnover:

“I think new players are coming up, it’s important for the coach to have players with different carachteriscs, we played with different systems this seasons, after two bad defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal I decided to change because the situation wasn’t good for us, for this reason we play with this system, the important thing is to understand the right principles, to play the ball quick, to stay compact, short, then the system is not important.

“Yesterday it was not easy to shout because I lost my voice, but now I am recovering.

Willian is recovering, he’s in a good moment now, he’s a very good man, we love him, the players and I, and he is ready to play.

Bathsuayi is a young player, he can do great improvement, he’s working very well, he started two games with us, I have full confidence in him and I am sure that if Michy will play, he will play a good game

“When you are in a great team and you have the chance to work with great players you can learn a lot, he’s a got a great potential, both physically and technically

Tammy Abraham, is another young player that has got a future in Chelsea, I saw him only one week in the USA in the pre-season, then we decided to loan him to play more, he’s a got great potential, the academy is working very well. Now it’s early to speak about the next season. We got many young players in the squad, academy players like Chalobah, Ola Aina, Solanke and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.”

ChelseaNews24 asked Conte how many of these players can play tomorrow night:

“Tomorrow we want to win, this message is important, if I will plays some youngsters is not to give them a gift but because I really trust them

“West Ham had some difficulties at the start of this championship but now, after two wins the confidence is high, if I see their squad I see they got very good players, I know some of them very well like Zaza and Ogbonna, I know their manager how he works, I got a lot of respect for them I remember a tough game when we played in the PL.”

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

Arsenal legend and now Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson claims England caretaker coach Gareth Southgate was wrong in not selecting two youngsters for the World Cup qualifier against Malta scheduled for tonight: Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Southampton winger Nathan Redmond.

“Redmond has done well at Southampton this season and every time he’s gone away with the under-21s he’s performed,” the former Arsenal, Villa and Portsmouth midfielder claimed.

“He’s turned up for every game but all of a sudden the senior squad comes and he’s not in it.

These lads might get disheartened,” he added.

The under-21s should be a stepping stone to the seniors. These players deserve a chance.

“Why isn’t Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the squad? It’s Malta. You can experiment. I reckon a lot of the under 21s thought they had a chance of getting in considering it was Gareth, their old boss.”



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Three Chelsea youngsters are in the 40 nominees shortlist to win Golden Boy Award 2016:

Attacking midfielder and winger Nathan Allan (on loan to Vitesse Arnhem) defender Andreas Christensen ( on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach) and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek were considered among the 40 best talents in the world.

The complete nominees list:

Dele Alli (Tottenham), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Leon Bailey (Genk), Riechedly Bazoer (Ajax), Gabriel Boschilia (Monaco), Julian Brandt (Leverkusen), Carlos Fernandez (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb), Amadou Diawara (Napoli), Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Monchengladbach), Danilo Barbosa (Benfica), Moussa Dembele (Celtic), Ousmane Dembele (Dortmund), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Gabriel Barbosa (Inter),  Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Goncalo Guedes (Benfica),  Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Alen Halilovic (Hamburg), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Emanuel Mammana (Lyon), Nathan (Vitesse), Olivier Ntcham (Genoa), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Jairo Riedewald (Ajax), Ruben Neves (Porto), Tonny Sanabria (Betis), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Almamy Toure (AS Monaco).

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes that he has to take all the chances he’ll get under new manager Antonio Conte this season.

‘When I get opportunities I always want to do well and enjoy my football – the English starlet told the club’s official website – I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself but I’ve played a few games and now it’s time for me to start producing big performances and giving the manager something to think about.

‘We want to win every competition we’re in and even though the team may change, the drive to succeed remains the same” he ended.


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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first goal with Chelsea first team with Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea are set to face Leicester in the EFL Cup second round tonight and youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek is confident that the Blues are eager to ‘get back to winning ways’.

The 20-year-old told the club’s official website: “I think it’s a great opportunity to bounce back, Leicester are a strong team, the champions, so it will be a really good test for us”.

“It might be a slightly different side but for those who played on Friday, as well as the players who didn’t, it’s about responding and making sure we don’t lose again. We really want to win this game.”

Speaking about the opponent: Loftus-Cheek added: “They’re on a good run and they’re at home where their fans really get behind the team,  so we’ll have to play good football to break Leicester down because they work hard as a team and they’re very organised, it will be tough.”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has scored 4 times this season but was shown 3 yellow cards in 4 games so far, then the Spaniard is seriously risking to face a ban as a player can be booked no more than 5 times per-round.

When asked about the current Premier League suspension rule, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claimed: “I am not worried about this, Diego is growing also in this situations and he showed great behaviours despite some situations had been very difficult for a player like him”.

Then Conte added: “He showed great attitude, he is a passionate man who puts this in the football when he plays. He needs to do it in the right way”.

“Anyway – the Italian manager confirmed – It’s very difficult to tell you players ‘pay attention because you are risking a ban’, I think that Diego knows this and is important to not take yellow card for other things, only for tackles”.

Then Chelsea would face Diego Costa’s suspension if he picked up additional two yellow cards in these months, but Conte is not worried about it: “We have Michy Batshuayi, who is training very hard and is waiting the right moment to show his qualities but there’s also Ruben Loftus-Cheek who can play in that position”.

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is happy as new manager Antonio Conte made him an important man for his squad and wants to repay him with good performances this season.

The 20-year-old, who has just penned a new deal at Stamford Bridge, claimed: “It is good for confidence that he believes in my potential, and I just want to give back to the club,”

“They have shown faith in wanting me to stay and I want to repay that – and when I play, help us win.”

Conte used the midfielder also as a striker during pre-season and decided to keep him with the first team as he is clearly a great fan of the England-U21 starlet.

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Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek spoke after the Blues’ win over Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup second round at Stamford Bridge.

The 20-year-old played alongside Belgium international Michy Batshuayi as a striker and he spoke about his own performance during the game: “I think I did alright and in a position that is still a bit foreign to me, but I gave it my all and I am kind of satisfied with it,”

“We were 3-1 up but we made the game more complicated for ourselves. We wanted to come out and kill off the game but that didn’t happen so we had to dig in right to the end”.

“We said at the start that this was the game of Bristol Rovers’ lives and we have to match that in motivation, and we got to 3-1 up but a little lapse in concentration and they are back in the game so it is a lesson to be learned”.

“To win these games when you’re not playing too well on the ball you need to dig in and fight together and stick together. It shows the spirit of the team. Even though they have been tight games we are still winning and that is the sign of a good team. As a team we are really happy”.

Then, when asked about the season, he added: “There is no Champions League this season but we want to win trophies. We can concentrate on the Premier League and the cups as well. It is a minus not being in the Champions League but it is a plus in a way that we can focus on these two cups”.

About new manager Antonio Conte, Loftus-Cheek ended: “He is a very patient manager and he realises it is a new system and a new way he wants us to play, and he respects that it is not going to come overnight”.

“We are still getting used to it but we have done really well to win these three opening games, and we can only get better”.


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Antonio Conte praised again Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek that last night started against Bristol Rovers and was replaced only at 82′, by Oscar, for a well deserved rest after a great display:

“I liked it [ Ruben’s performance] because he played a good game with a good intensity. He did what I wanted. In defensive situations he became a midfielder, when we were attacking he became a forward.

“I am happy with his commitment and his attitude. Ruben has great potential. He is a young player who can improve a lot. I see him every day and during the training sessions he wants to improve, he wants to work very hard and I like this.

“He has the right characteristics to play in this role [as a striker]. He is physically very strong, he is very good playing with his back to goal, he also has good technique, he sees the goal very well, and he has a good shot. He can play in this role.

“It’s right to give opportunities to young players like Loftus with great talent to stay with the first team and help us. It’s the same for Ola Aina.”


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