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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was full of praise when asked to give his own view on today’s clash against Brighton, in which the Premier League champions earned three points thanks to two second-half goals from Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso.

“It was a good performance, I saw the stats and today we shot 25 times, eight on target, we had 13 corners and a lot of possession, – said Conte – We dominated the game, like against Everton, but the difference today was we scored twice. We had many chances to improve the final result but I think I saw good intensity and great commitment from my players. We wanted to win and it’s very important to start the second part of the season with a win. We are doing a good job and we have to continue in this way”.

Cesar Azpilicueta provided an assist to Alvaro Morata as the Chelsea striker broke the deadlock after 46′ with a brilliant header. When asked about Azpilicueta’s display today, Conte added: “Azpi has to score also, not only assist, Azpi is a defender with good feet and there is this great link between him and Alvaro, it’s not the first time, I hope they continue in this way. Morata has to pay for not just one dinner but more for Azpi, if they invite me I want to go with them”.

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ChelseaCourtois, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Moses, Alonso, Fabregas, Hazard, Kante, Bakayoko, Morata.

Subs: Caballero, Drinkwater, Pedro, Zappacosta, Willian, Ampadu, Batshuayi.

Manager: Antonio Conte

BrightonRyan, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner, Schelotto, Stephens, March, Kayal, Pröpper, Izquierdo, Hemed.

Subs: Krul, Bruno, Baldock, Knockaert, Gross, Murray, Goldson.

Manager: Chris Hughton

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 3PM BST

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Brighton & Hove Albion are on the verge of completing the signing of Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé when the transfer market window reopens in January, according to reports in England.

It is understood also Chelsea are keen on the former Fulham youngster, who has scored just 4 goals this season (32 goals in the 2016/17 campaign).

Chelsea will face Brighton on Boxing Day at Stamford Bridge (kick-off time 3PM BST), following the goalless draw at Goodison Park against Everton in the last Premier League clash.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton recently said: “Dembele is a very good player and he has had a very good season, but he’s not out player. He is one of probably 100 names you could mention that, if I had an opportunity to want them, then you probably would. We’ll work as hard as we can in this period of time leading into January”.

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Antonio Conte spoke on Christmas Day to wish an Happy Christmas to Chelsea fans all over the world. The Premier League champions, who currently sit 3rd in the standings, will face Brighton Hove&Albion tomorrow, before hosting Stoke City next Saturday and then playing a crucial derby against Arsenal on 3rd of January.

Speaking about Boxing Day, Conte said: “This is the first time in Serie A that they are playing during the Christmas period. But then they will have the winter break later in January”.

“It’s not a bad idea after the Christmas period to give a bit of rest, also in England. The players deserve it. To play football over Christmas is a bit strange for me. Last season was the first time for me and my family, but it was great”.

“Christmas is an important period because you can spend a lot of time with your family, and it’s fantastic for the people to spend a part of Christmas at the football with us, and for us to all stay together”.

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More from Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who spoke ahead of next game against Brighton Hove&Albion at Stamford Bridge (Kick-Off 3PM BST).

The Blues face Brighton on Boxing Day before hosting Stoke City next Saturday, and the German defender is keen to get the best result from both games: “The target can only be six points, – Rudiger told Chelsea’s official website – It’s not easy but that’s our aim, that’s what we’re going for, we want six points”.


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Marcos Alonso, who returned to the starting XI against Everton after missing the Carabao Cup game due to suspension, reckons Chelsea deserved to earn a different result against the Toffees at Goodison Park last time out.

“Yes, definitely, two points lost – said the Spaniard – We were very unlucky not to win after controlling the whole game and having a lot of chances. But we take one point, it is what it is, very disappointing”.

Then Alonso added: “We knew it was going to be tough and as the game was passing it was getting harder because they were defending closer to their goal. The performance wasn’t bad, we just need to be more clinical”.

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger believes Everton’s defense got the upper hand in the clash against Blues last time out at Goodison Park, when Antonio Conte’s men had a total of 25 shots on goal.

“Of course it’s very disappointing [to have a 0-0 result at the end] because I think we were the better team and we had a lot of chances to score but you have some days when it’s like that – Rudiger told Chelsea’s official website – You can even play for maybe three hours and you wouldn’t score”.

“We needed the three points so we have to keep going. We played a good match but we were just unlucky”.

Chelsea host Brighton Hove&Albion in the next Premier League game, which is set for Tuesday 26th December (kick-off time 3PM BST)

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Everton failed to have a shot on target in the last Premier League clash agains Chelsea at Goodison Park, but the final result says the Blues earned just one point from the game. Thibaut Courtois, speaking following the goalless draw, told Chelsea’s official website: “I think we deserved to win, and coming here to Everton is always a tough game. I think they always give something more against the big teams, they had a good run the last five games so we came here and we knew we had a tough game”.

“We tried to win, I think we were a bit unlucky with a few balls that were saved on the line. Jordan Pickford made two good saves and there was an unlucky ball that hit the bar, so we did not have the luck”.

“We had to be careful of the counter-attack but except a corner and a dangerous free-kick, they did not have any chances so we defended very well and we were unfortunate not to win”.

Chelsea remain 3rd on the league table, still 3 points behind Manchester United, who sealed a 2-2 draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last night.

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Chelsea are set to face Everton in the Premier League Matchday 19 at Goodison Park. The Premier League champions visit Merseyside keen to extend their gap on Arsenal and Liverpool. Here’s the starting XI for Chelsea:

EVERTON – Pickford, Schneiderlin, Keane, Jagielka, Lennon, Martina, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Kenny

Subs: Robles, Williams, Bolasie, Ramirez, Niasse, Holgate, Baningime

Manager: Sam Allardyce

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro.

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Batshuayi, Hudson-Odoi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Kick-Off: 12.30PM BST

Venue: Goodison Park

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has reflected on his positive passing percentage, as the Denmark international reached a 93.8% pass completion rate in the Premier League and 95.9% in the Champions League so far.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Christensen said: “It all depends on what type of game it is and recently we’ve played against a lot of sides who have sat deep, so the only option has been for me to play the ball to the sides”.

“I don’t focus too much on statistics, I just like to focus on what’s best for my team in certain situations. Sometimes it can look easy when you play a simple pass but, when possible, I like to try to play the ball forward”.

“Also, I’m the last man so it’s important I don’t try to be ridiculously brave, I have to be careful. Sometimes keeping it simple and just moving the ball helps the team build a good rhythm, that’s my job and then I can focus on my defensive work as well”.



Chelsea striker Pedro scored the winning goal on Sunday vs Leicester and helped the Blues to qualify to the Fa Cup semifinal. An important win, not only because it sent Antonio Conte's side...