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Cesar Azpilicueta hails Cesc Fabregas, that was a key man in the win against Manchester City and was back to the starting XI after two months, also thanks to Nemanja Matic‘s injury:

“The passes he did during the win against Manchester City were amazing,” the Spaniard said about his compatriot.

He provided the assist for the goal which got us back into the game. Diego [Costa] scored a very good goal. Not a lot of players can do that kind of pass.

“I have seen him do things like that for years, with Spain as well. The skill that he has is very special. He can see passes before anyone else and is so accurate from such a long distance. Obviously, it is a really difficult thing to do and for others to stop.”

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta commented the win against Boro, after which the Blues got the top of the league:

“Always a win and to be top of the table gives you more confidence because this is where we want be and, obviously, even at this stage, it is important,” the Spanish player said after the final whistle.

I enjoy winning, we are in good shape and we are keeping clean sheets, we are scoring goals and that’s the most important thing. We, the players, are enjoying the way we are playing. It is still a long way to go, but we climbed to the top of the table when we had the chance and we have to keep working.

“The most important thing is to finish, in May, in this position. We are there and we are working to keep this place and to try to be there at the end of the season.”

“We know every game is different. We would like to win every game 5-0, but we know that’s not possible.

“The opponents they play and, today, against some moments we had difficulties but we suffered together and the most important thing is that we have the three points, they are massive points.” 

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has missed Spain’s two opening training sessions in Madrid with muscle fatigue and a left groin bruise but Spanish coach Julian Lopetegui reassures about his fitness, saying his issues are not so serious:

“We haven’t discarded Diego for Saturday’s game,” Lopetegui said to Radio Onda Cero.

“We will see how he progresses. It’s true that his recovery has not been as positive as we had expected.

“But we are hopeful that he will feel better tomorrow and we can take a small step forward thinking ahead of Saturday’s game. We have to wait.”


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West Ham are lining up an audacious loan move to land Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas to the Olympic Stadium, according to reports in England.

It is understood the 29-year-old could accept to leave Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan and the Hammers seem ready to place a bid for the Spaniard.

Fabregas currently earns around £160,000-a-week in wages and is contracted with the Blues until June 2019.

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He joined Fiorentina in summer 2013 after a not very positive experience at Bolton and moving back to England after three years, he found himself heavily improved: new Chelsea signing Marcos Alonso claims that his Italian spell at the Tuscan side made him a better defender, like he attended a university master in defence:

“Italy is a very competitive league, where most of the teams wait for you,” the Spanish full-back claimed.

“It’s like after uni when you go to do a master’s. Italy is like that for defenders.

“Defend, get into position and they are perfect tactically. They also work a lot on the physical aspect, so I think it’s great for defenders to play in Italy.”

“I have learned a little bit in every country, which is an advantage because you become a more complete player.”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored the opener as Spain beat 2-0 Albania in the World Cup qualifier last night.

David Silva took advantage of a poor clearance from the goalkeeper and served the ball to the former Atletico star, who let the dance begin before Manchester City starlet Nolito managed to raise up the score.

Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic was the captain in Serbia’s 3-2 win against Austria.


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AC Milan are still interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas especially following the serious injury suffered by Riccardo Montolivo this week, according to Tuttosport.

The 29-year-old is struggling with game time at Stamford Bridge under new manager Antonio Conte, who recently said: “Cesc is in our plans, we all know him on the pitch as a fantastic player but I am starting to know him also as a man”.

Also Il Corriere dello Sport claimed this morning that the Rossoneri remain keen on the Spaniard:

Fabregas Corriere Sport

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo closed to Diego Costa‘s return.

He told Spanish newspaper AS: “He’s got a deal with Chelsea and I don’t think he will leave them,” 

“Diego Costa has a contract with Chelsea, and I don’t think they’re crazy enough to let him leave”.

Furthermore he told Spanish media outlet Cadena COPE: “Costa is a magnificent player. We had the option to bring him back, but Chelsea did not let him leave.”

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Spain national team Julen Lopetegui spoke ahead of the game against Italy and confirmed Chelsea striker Diego Costa will feature tomorrow night.

“Tomorrow Diego Costa will play, – he said – We decided we must play our strongest team in a game like this,”

“We have not paid much attention to what happened in the Italy-France match in September to make decisions. That was a friendly”.

About Chelsea target Alvaro Morata he added: “He is a great player who is familiar with the high demands of playing at Madrid, Alvaro gives us options.”

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Diego Costa had words of encouragement for Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who was not selecyed by Spain boss Julen Lopetegui for the World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Albania after losing his starting spot in the Chelsea midfield under Antonio Conte this season:

“He knows that he has the chance to come back to the national team one day.

“It’s always important to be called back by the national team.”


On this day 20 years ago Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola scored his first goal with the Blues. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8xxDKvgCvA "I remember the goal well, I would say it...