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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte reached yesterday his 50th Premier League win with the Blues and, more importantly kept alive the London club’s hopes to qualify for the next Champions League.

“We got three points and it was very important for us if we wanted to keep hopes alive and achieve Champions League football,” Conte said.  “The situation is not in our hands, but the only way to put a bit of pressure on Tottenham is to get three points in every game. It won’t be easy, we know they (Tottenham) will play against Watford. But you know very well football is not simple. It is not simple to win a game in this league but for sure our situation is not in our hands.”

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Before Chelsea‘s Premier League game vs Swansea the Blues manager Antonio Conte stressed the idea that he has to make rotations and make every time the best decision for the team.

Now, also midfielder Cesc Fabregas confirms his manager’s words, insisting all the players must accept to sit on the bench in some occasions:  “We have to cope with the situation,” – Fabregas told the London Evening Standard – “No-one can play every three days even if we want to. If you keep playing, you will keep carrying knocks so it is good to have a break sometimes and come back fresher. To know that the team is performing and winning without Eden really being involved is very good. We started the season without him and he didn’t start against Swansea because he is the best player and needed a rest. Beating Swansea has kept the momentum going. In this period of the year it is just important to keep getting the three points. I think it is important for everyone in the team, especially the manager, to know that he can make a few alterations to the line-up and the team can still perform and get the win. It is crucial for him and the team to see that we can trust anyone. In this case it’s a double victory because everyone is hungry to win, to play and to make it difficult for the manager.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill admits the Blues have to think not only about their chances to defend the Premier League title, but they also focus on finishing into the top four of the table to play in the Champions League also next season.

“It will be a scrap to get into the top four this season. When the season started, everyone was saying that there are six teams that can win the League. There are not going to be four teams that are going to run away with it. It will be tight all the way to the very end”. – Cahill told the Evening Standard – “That is one of the reasons why it is important to beat Swansea. But the main reason is to stay close to the top as much as we can. I don’t think we can keep looking behind us. We are not even at Christmas yet. The right thing and the most positive thing is to keep looking at the team at the front. We have two home games this week so it is an opportunity for us if we start with a win tonight. We can go into it with confidence off the back of our recent performances.”

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David Luiz will not be included in the Chelsea squad who will face Swansea City tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian defender is suffering for a knee injury and the Blues manager Antonio Conte admits he doesn’t know how long David Luiz will be sidelined due to his injury.

Meanwhile, according to some reports, David Luiz himself is holding talks with Real Madrid ahead of a possible move to the European champions in the January transfer window.

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Former Manchester United‘s defender Rio Ferdinand didn’t like Tiemoue Bakayoko performance vs Liverpool on Saturday and he criticised the Blues midfielder.

Today, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte issued a response to Ferdinand during his press conference ahead of the game vs Swansea.

Don’t forget Bakayoko is a player very young. He’s only 22 years old,” – Conte said – “And for many reasons he played a lot of games. I think he needs to improve, under tactical aspect with us and to go into our idea of football. But, at the same time, for a young player to play with this regularity is not simple. He’s playing well. It’s normal you can alternate good performance with other performance less good. But I think he’s a young player, he’s working very well and I’m very happy for his commitment, for his behaviour. But, for sure, he has a lot of space for improvement.”

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Chelsea will have a very busy schedule until the end of the year and so it’s very important to rotate the players and to make the best decisions for the team.

An idea that the Blues manager Antonio Conte stressed today during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Swansea.

But why are you asking about Willian and not Hazard at the start of the season, and not Pedro the same? They have the same situation. Every game I have to make the best decision. I repeat: my players must be happy to stay in Chelsea and to play for Chelsea and to play for our fans. They must be happy. If they start the game, or if they stay on the bench and come on”. – Conte said –  “I think I have clever players to understand the situation and accept the situation. Hazard, at the start of the season, accepted the situation to stay on the bench before finding the right form. It’s the same for Pedro, for Willy, for other players. When you are in a great team, you have to accept this and, at the same time, you must be happy to stay in a great team.”

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With the future of Michy Batshuayi more than uncertain at Stamford Bridge after some poor performances, it seems Chelsea are thinking about recalling Tammy Abraham from his loan at Swansea in the second part of the season.

The young striker has already scored five goals in ten games and Swansea’s manager Paul Clement insists he will stay in Wales all season long.

“There is a stipulation in place that if he does not meet a certain amount of games, a proportion of games by the halfway stage, he can be recalled,”  – Clement explained – That is a normal thing to have on a season-long loan in place to protect the player, to make sure he’s getting the right amount of game time. But if we were bringing in a player of his ability then I felt he was coming here to play. As we stand there is no reason to think he would not meet that criteria. He’s well on course for that and he’ll be here for the year. The only way they can recall him is if he is sat on the bench for the remaining games. But the way he’s playing I can’t see that happening.’

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Will John Terry retire after Sunday game vs Sunderland? Or will he sign for another team in the Premier League or abroad?

While everybody is waiting for the Blues legend’s decision, Swansea manager Paul Clement confirms his interest in John Terry.

“The fact is I know John, he is a top player and a free agent.” – Clement said “So it would only be sensible to have a discussion with him to see if he would be interested. I don’t know if he has already decided on somewhere else. A lot of the time these things are already done. But if that is not the case and he would be open to a conversation, then I would be open to that as well.”

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has started just four games this season with Chelsea but none of them in the Premier League.

The young midfielder hopes to play more regularly next season and so he will ask The Blues to go on loan.

Watford, Middlesbrough and Swansea were already interested in Loftus-Cheek last January and now they will try to sign the Blues youngster also this summer, along with Brighton who have been just promoted to the Premier League.


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