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Antonio Conte and Chelsea fans have an amazing relationship, this is no mystery.

Speaking to the club official website ahead of Everton clash in the Carabao Cup, the Italian boss praised them and thanked them for their support, even in a not positive moment like the one that Chelsea are going through right now:

“I think my relationship with the fans is incredible. They always support me, from my first game against West Ham, they prepared a big Italian flag in the stands. I think the feeling with the fans is incredible and I feel pressure to repay this. They call my name, and me and my players want to give great satisfaction to our fans because they deserve this.

“I trust in my work, I give all myself in my work and I feel the pressure to give satisfaction to my players, our fans and the club, because I ask a lot of myself.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was seen applauding Middlesbrough fans after the game last night, before speaking with some of the Boro players.

The Italian manager told journalists after the game: “In this case, it’s important to celebrate your win and it means for us we are close to winning the title,” 

“For me, in the first season, it’s great. But it’s great to see a team that got relegated and to see their fans clapping the players and them staying behind to clap them back”.

Then Conte added: “This situation happens only in England. In Italy it’s difficult to see a team being relegated.

“I felt in my heart to go and clap these fans and tell every single player good luck.”

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Chelsea captain and legend John Terry expressed his feelings after announcing he will leave the club after 22 years with a letter to the fans posted on his Instagram account.

The Blues skipper stressed the unconditional love for Chelsea and his fans, claiming he hopes to come back in the future with another role and highlighting this was the toughest decision of his life.

The complete message:

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Former Spurs and West Ham boss Harry Redknapp didn’t like the attitude of Chelsea fans toward their former manager Jose’ Mourinho.

The Blues supporters insulted and called “Judas” the Portuguese coach during the FA Cup game against Manchester United last Monday and Mourinho showed them three fingers, a way to remind them he won three leagues with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

When asked about this in the post-match press conference, Jose’ said:

“I am Manchester United manager and I have to defend my club, but I would like to remind Chelsea fans that until a coach will win 4 Premier League titles with them, Judas will be their number 1.”

Harry Redknapp explained that Chelsea fans behaviour was not fair:

“I didn’t like to see Chelsea fans giving their former manager so much stick either,” the English coach told Evening Standard.

“But this is the world we live in now, that’s how the game is.

“You go back somewhere and people give you grief.

“How can they give him stick after the job he did there?

“I didn’t blame him for reminding them how many titles he won in two spells by flicking three fingers.”

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Former Chelsea boss José Mourinho took a dig at his ex fans after he was defeated with Manchester United in tonight’s FA Cup quarter finals game at Stamford Bridge.

The Manchester United manager was asked an opinion about some Blues supporters considering him a Juda for joining Red Devils last summer:

“Do they call me Juda? Well, until someone will win 4 league title with them I will be their number one coach”.

 

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West Ham released a statement on their official website to condemn last night fans riot occurred in occasion of the EFL cup game against Chelsea.

The statement read:

“West Ham United and London Stadium partners unreservedly condemn the behaviour of individuals involved in incidents during this evening’s fixture with Chelsea.

“Whilst quickly brought under control, the club, in line with its clear zero tolerance policy, will work closely with London Stadium 185, the Metropolitan Police Service and Chelsea to identify the individuals involved.

“Once identified, those found to have acted improperly will be banned from attending any West Ham United fixtures for life and we will request the courts serve banning orders to prevent these individuals attending any other football.”

 

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While speaking to Sky Sports after the game West Ham boss Slaven Bilic claimed the riots between the fans were shameful but, at the same time, it was concerned also the attention they were gaining was obscuring their great win:

“It is disappointing: to be fair, I did notice it, but I was more concentrated telling [Aaron] Cresswell not to watch that and to be concentrated on the game.

“I don’t know what happened. I saw something, but whatever happened, it’s a shame because we should be talking only about this great football game and a great win.”

The Hammers manager was, anyway, delighted with the way his players performed as they deservedly beat in-form Chelsea.

“You can have a plan and you always have a plan, but your opponents have a plan as well,” Bilic said.

“As Mike Tyson said, you have a plan, then you get hit in the mouth and the whole plan is out. But we hit them in the mouth in the beginning of the game.

“They started good. Of course, they are Chelsea. But then we scored and after that, we played really fantastic and we should have been two up.

“The crucial moment was the beginning of the second half. When we scored, it lifted us and gave us extra strength.

“In the last half an hour, they pushed and put three world-class players on the pitch. It was hard to defend, but we defended great as a unit and we hurt them on the counter-attacks.”

 

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It was announced and, unfortunately, it happened: the EFL Cup between Chelsea and West Ham was ruined by some clashes between the two sides supporters.

Everything happened when the game was almost over and the Blues were down 2-0: some fans attempted to burst through the segregation line and stewards couldn’t avoid the contact between them, this is when the riot police was forced to enter the stadium, but clashes continued with people throwing bottles, coins and seats, using also match programmes as missiles.

A Chelsea fan was spotted with a bad cut on his head provoked by a thrown coin.

Anyway, the tension had been boiling since before the kick-off, as the SportsMail reports and explains:

“A large group of Chelsea fans came all together and they had to be held back at the bottom of the stairs as West Ham supporters were entering just a couple of hundred yards along the way, so they also had to be restrained,” a Police officer said to the British paper, that continues:

“What followed was 10 minutes of scuffles and foul-mouthed arguments. With kick-off approaching, supporters became increasingly frustrated by the authorities’ refusal to let them enter, while the police and the response team (stewards appointed by the stadium operator) did not seem entirely on the same wavelength.

As a handful of Chelsea fans broke ranks, the response team appeared to panic with dozens of stewards sprinting to the scene. The police seemed irritated by the reaction of the stewards.”

 

 

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Aston Villa owner and chairman Dr Tony Xia has taken the decision to sack Roberto Di Matteo just 123 days after appointing him with the club sat 19th in the Championship table.

The Villans haven’t won since 13 August and had drawn five matches in a row prior to yesterday’s 2-0 defeat to Preston North End.

Fans chanted ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ as the Italian trudged off at the final whistle and Xia has acted to appease them.

Steve Bruce, Steve Clarke, Ryan Giggs and Sam Allardyce are amongs the coaches that are candidates to replace Di Matteo at Aston Villa.

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