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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the clash against Tottenham Hotspur, which is set for this evening (5.30PM).

The italian head coach told the club’s official website: “I liked these types of games, for sure, they are not normal”.

“In Italy, when we played the derby against Torino it wasn’t easy. I remember a lot of games like that when I was a footballer, not only as a manager. These games are unpredictable”. 

“It’s normal in Italy too to have very tough games when you play against the big teams: Juventus-Inter, Juventus-Milan, against Roma. In Italy, I can tell you about it from my experiences in these types of game against Torino, and when I played with Lecce against Bari – these games are very tough and the supporters feel this: for sure there is a fantastic intensity during the game”.

Speaking about the Premier League: “In London there are a lot of teams, but this game is special for our fans. It’s not important to look at the past and I hope it’s not difficult to keep focus”.

“We are working a lot to improve our football, to play good football, and I think during the game we must be focused on the game, and then to put our right passion in. I want my players to play with great intensity and great passion, but always in the right way.”

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Team News

CHELSEA 

– John Terry picked up a gluteus injury after recovering from ankle injury a couple of weeks ago

– John Obi Mikel suffered a muscular injury as well

– Kurt Zouma still needs to be 100% fit to return to first team squad

– Cesc Fabregas might return to match squad after missing a couple of games for a minor injury

 

SPURS 

– Pochettino will miss both his left-back as Danny Rose is suspended and Ben Davies is suffering ankle injury

– Erik Lamela still out for a hip problem

– Toby Alderwereireld recovered from his knee injury but he still not fit to play

– Tottenham last win as Stamford Bridge was in February 1990 ( 2-1) but have won more points in Premier League London derbies since the start of last season than any other side (20 points – W5 D5 L1).

Possible Line Ups

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Matic, Kante, Marcos Alonso; Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Pedro.

SPURS – Lloris; Walker, Dier, Wimmer, Vertonghen; Wanyama, Moussa Dembele, Son Heung-Min; Dele Alli, Kane, Eriksen.

 

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses spoke ahead of the clash against Tottenham, with the Blues currently top of the table and the Nigeria international who has become a key player in Antonio Conte‘s tactical plan.

He told the official Chelsea website: “It was a big boost for me but the most important thing is the team,” 

“We all worked very hard and enjoyed the game against Middlesbrough. It was a match in which we had to graft in order to get the three points because we knew we would go top of the league if we won”.

“We just have to keep believing in ourselves. I’m enjoying my game at the moment and I just want to keep on improving.”

About his teammate Pedro, Moses added: “He has been playing really well, he’s getting used to the Premier League and he understands the game very well. He’s enjoying his football, scoring a few goals and helping out defensively as well. I like playing with Pedro, we have a great understanding between us and it’s working well for the team”.

“He’s a great player and he’s won everything so you have to respect his achievements, – the Spaniard added – When you come to a new country it can be difficult but he’s got to grips with it now and he’s doing well. The fans are enjoying what he brings to the team and we’re all pleased for him.”

Moses pointed out the importance of next game against the Spurs: “We know it will be a difficult game and we know how good Spurs are,”

“They have quality players but we just need to concentrate on ourselves. We’ve been working very hard in training and we know what we need to do individually. Hopefully it will all come together on Saturday and we can get another three points.”

“It will be tough but we believe in ourselves and we know we have the players who can score goals and make a difference.”

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho is still keen on Chelsea attacking-midfielder Willian, according to exclusive reports in the Daily Star.

It is understood the Special One is a great fan of the 28-year-old and has reportedly tried to land the Brazilian star in January without success.

Willian has put the pen to paper on a new four-year deal in July but is struggling to break into Antonio Conte‘s XI lineup since he changed system.

 

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Chelsea stars Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois are set to put the pen to paper on a new deal with the Blues, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move to former side Atletico Madrid, while the Belgium International has been targeted by Real Madrid, but head coach Antonio Conte reportedly held “private talks with the duo, reiterating his desire to keep them and outlining his vision to make Chelsea competitive again”. 

It is understood they are both under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2019.

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Tottenham star Moussa Sissoko is ready for “another battle” against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Last May Spurs lost their title race when they drew 2-2 in West London, giving Leicester City the mathematical certainty of the title and their frustration led to some incredible fouls on Blues players that also caused some scuffles on the pitch before the final whistle.

Sissoko was a Newcastle player at the time, but he could see the match on TV:

I saw the tackles flying in on TV last season and it is going to be another massive game on Saturday,” he told the Daily Star.

“But I am sure we will be ready for it. All the players will be up for it.

Spurs were knocked out from the Champions League after losing 2-1 in Monaco, a big failure that can also bring more motivation in the Premier League to Mauricio Pochettino‘s squad:

“I think the Chelsea game comes at the right moment for us because going out of the Champions League is such a big disappointment we feel we must do something to put it right.

“We need to show more character and play better than we did in Monaco,” Sissoko added.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Eduardo has revealed where does he see himself at the end of career as a football player after joining the Blues last summer.

The Portuguese international the club’s official website: “We always go back to Portugal when we can because it’s fast, so when we have time off we try. The first time I left was to visit my brothers in Luxembourg when I was young. They lived and worked there”.

“I think I’ll live in Portugal [at the end of professional career]. My family is there, we are from there and I have lived for so many years outside of Portugal. It would be nice to come back home but you never know in life. Even after football we could work in other countries or schools, coaching”.

Then Eduardo ended: “It’s like our professional life, you never know. I want to stay connected to football after I retire teaching kids in my specific area so I don’t know when or where the opportunity will come, but if it’s in Portugal or outside, it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that we are happy with our life”. 

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has fully recovered from his knee ligament injury suffered against Manchester United in February last season.

“I am very pleased to play another 90 minutes. I need to play, keep going and to work because I was out for a long time, – claimed Zouma – I am very happy to play (for the Under-23s), I need game-time. I am used to being with the first team, but I am so lucky because I can play with the Under-23s and with a very good team”.

The French star is currently playing with Chelsea’s Under-23 team in order to find the right shape and played alongside John Terry, Cesc Fabregas and Michy Batshuayi against Southampton’s kids in a 3-2 victory on Monday.

 

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West Ham United are lining up a January loan move to land  Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to the Olympic Stadium, according to reports in the Daily Express.

It has been reported that both sides have already entered talks to discuss a potential move when the transfer market window reopens.

It is understood Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a great admirer of the 20-year-old, who played just a few games in the EFL Cup so far.

 

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Chelsea are interested in Atalanta starlet Mattia Caldara, according to exclusive reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Also Arsenal are said to be keeping tabs on the 22-year-old centre-back, who is impressing under Gian Piero Gasperini in the Italian Serie A so far.

The U21 international is under contract until June 2021 and Serie A champions Juventus are lining-up a January move to land both Caldara and midfielder Franck Kessié to Turin, according to reports in Italy.

 

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