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Football analyst Garth Crooks warned Chelsea they have only one chance of silverware this season: this chance is called FA Cup and not Premier League, as the two Manchester sides are obsessed in winning the title.

Naming Cesc Fabregas in his BBC team of the week, the English pundit claimed:

“Fabregas came back into the team [following suspension] and played like he had never been out, and scored an opening goal which oozed pure class.”

“With both Manchester clubs obsessed with the Premier League title I can see Chelsea winning the FA Cup. They are very capable of winning that but I can’t see Cesc Fabregas, or Antonio Conte for that matter, winning anything else, even with the Spaniard in this mood.”

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John Obi Mikel is convinced Chelsea will win more silverware under Antonio Conte‘s management:

“I can only see Chelsea winning trophies with this guy and hopefully we can achieve that.” Mikel told Goal.

The manager knows what he wants, we are behind him, we support him as players and we have to go with him, so I think that everyone is looking forward to this season.

“It is going to be a very interesting season with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton, everyone has spent a lot of money and it is going to be very difficult. We want to be, at the end of the season, on the top and, if we can win it, why not [go for it].”

The Nigerian international also described the Italian manager’s approach to work:

“Yes, [Conte shouts a lot] in training. In games I don’t even need to say, you can see how passionate he is and how passionate he is about winning, it is just the passion he has for the game and the way he thinks that he can get his message across to the players on the pitch.

“Sometimes the manager needs to communicate with the players even when they are on the pitch, to do what he needs them to do. I have never seen anyone that passionate, but yes, he is very, very passionate about winning games.”

“Antonio is a really lovely guy. I have spoken to him a few times now and the person you see on the touchline is the person you see totally outside the football pitch, he is a nice person.

“A lovely guy to talk to and he listens to what you say. I don’t think any player has a problem telling him how they feel because I think he listens quite a lot and I think it helps that he also played football and he knows what we go through and players like to be listened to sometimes, and I think that Antonio does that really well.”

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As any Chelsea fan or player Cesar Azpilicueta feels disappointed by this season but he’s motivated and positive looking to the next one:

“We have Premier League games to win and our motivation is to finish as high up the table as possible, because for Chelsea it’s not enough to be fighting in mid-table,” he said to Chelsea magazine.

“We haven’t won any trophies this season but we want to win as many games as we can and prepare to lift trophies again next season.

“I’ve been here four seasons. In two seasons, I won trophies and in two I didn’t win. So hopefully we will get back to winning trophies again next season. I think we will improve and for Chelsea the only target is to win.

“For the big clubs, if you have one bad season where you don’t win trophies, you have to bounce back. We are in a big club here and we have to fight again for trophies next season.”



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