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Michy Batshuayi admits he was lacking confidence at Chelsea while now, at Borussia Dortmund, he plays full of it.

The Belgian striker arrived to Stamford Bridge in summer 2016 and despite playing an important role in last title campaign never had full trust by manager Antonio Conte, who rarely started him in the 18 months he coached him.

However, Batshuayi has been showing all his qualities since he moved on loan to Borussia Dortmund, where he has already scored 5 goals in only 3 games.

The 24-year-old forward took a swipe to his former boss, Conte, claiming he just needed more playing time:

“I don’t know if Conte was watching my game,” said Batshuayi.

“Sitting on the bench, score a goal and then back to the bench is quite difficult to deal with for an attacker.

“It wasn’t always easy at Chelsea. I’m now playing with a lot of confidence.

“They are focusing on the Premier League and have an important Champions League tie next week. I hope it turns out well for them.”

 

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud reacts to his first ever goal scored with the Blues shirt in tonight FA Cup clash against Hull City:

“I was waiting for it [a first goal]. I had a couple of chances in previous games,” the French striker said.

“It was important for me to score my first goal. It’s relieved me a little bit.

“We can see the team had a good team cohesion. It was important to bounce back after some disappointing results.

“This confidence is very important to carry on like that. We need momentum.

“Everything is going in the right way. We’re very pleased with our last two games so let’s carry on.”

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Two Chelsea players were Borussia Dortmund heroes in Europa League tonight.

In fact, Andre Schürrle and Michy Batshuayi were the protagonists of the German side win against Atalanta.

The German midfielder scored the opener at 30′, Atalanta then came back with a brace by Josip Ilicic, but Chelsea loanee Batshuayi his team to an important with with two amazing goals, the first one at 65′ and the second one at 91′, it was his Europa League debut with Dortmund.

The Belgian striker already netted 5 goals in 3 games with his new team.

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Chelsea will play vs Barcelona next week in the Champions League last 16 and according to Spanish striker Alvaro Morata they need to play a very careful game if they want to get a good result.

If we can get a good result here, we have to play a defensive game with spaces and try to bother them as much as possible.” Morata told Movistar.

Also, the Blues forward has his say on Lionel Messi, admitting that “Messi can’t be stopped.”

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During today’s press conference to preview the game against West Bromwich Albion Antonio Conte was asked if he regretted letting Michy Batshuayi go on loan to Borussia Dortmund in light of the revelation that Alvaro Morata’s back injury could be a long-term one.

The Italian boss took a moment to compose himself before sinking his face into his despairing hands then replied:

 

“Now the transfer market has finished,” said Conte, upon regaining his composure

“We took the decision and now this is not important to say, we could do this or the other. Now we have to finish the season in the best possible way.”

 

 

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah reveals his Chelsea flop was due to lack of playing time:

“I didn’t do well because I didn’t play many games,” the Egypt international claimed.

“I was there for one year, but I only played during the first six months. After that, I hardly participated.

“I went to Fiorentina, scored goals, then in Rome I played very well and returned to England. But it’s not a matter of succeeding or not…”

“This year I’m scoring more goals. In any case, I want to help the team to win titles or be in a good position in the league.”

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Esultanza dopo il gol di Edin Dzeko Roma. Goal celebration. Roma 07-02-2017 Stadio Olimpico Campionato Serie A, AS Roma - Fiorentina

AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko confirmed that he held talks with Chelsea but he feels at home in the Italian capital and did not want to move:

“It is true that negotiations have been conducted and that is all I can say about this topic,” he told Klix.

“There was a lot of speculation, falsehoods and even a few ridiculous stories, and I’m really flattered by Chelsea‘s interest, a club that I respect and admire very much.

“So many stories have been told about my departure from Rome over the past few weeks, but I am still here. After all, I am happy to stay because Rome has become my home and an indelible part of my life.

“From the very first day I was accepted in Rome in an unreal way and I can never and will not forget it, and I have had some of the happiest moments in my life in this city.

“For the first time I felt the joy of fatherhood here when my daughter Una was born, and my son Dani was born in Rome. This city is now part of my life and it will always be.”

The Bosnian striker was part of the deal that brought Emerson Palmieri to Stamford Bridge: apparently, the two club agreed a £ 50m fee for both players, but then Dzeko failed to agree personal terms with Chelsea and the deal was called off, with the only Emerson moving to the London side.

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Esultanza dopo il gol di Edin Dzeko Roma. Goal celebration. Roma 07-02-2017 Stadio Olimpico Campionato Serie A, AS Roma - Fiorentina

Speaking after being knocked out by Arsenal in the Carabao Cup Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was cryptic when questioned about Edin Dzeko, who is supposed to join the Blues in the next hours:

“No news on Dzeko,” the Italian coach said.

“I don’t like to talk about the transfer market.”

And when pressed for his thoughts more generally about the transfer market, Conte added:

“No, I don’t need anything.

“I’m a coach and I continue to work with the players I have. They are great players.”

Dezeko, anyway, scored a last gasp equaliser against Sampdoria tonight, in what will probably be his last game for the Giallorossi.

The Bosnian striker has already agreed personal terms with Chelsea, as well as the club reached agreement with AS Roma for the fee, and is expected to travel to London before the weekend to undergo a medical and put pen on his new deal.

 

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