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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte took a closer view at the Blues’ away 0-2 win against Hull City today.

The Blues bounced back impressively from the last defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal, this is the reason why the Italian manager was pleased for his players’ commitment.

“It was very important to win after two defeats, this win is very important for the table, we are working very hard – Conte told SkySports in the mixed zone – We must find the resolution to improve and change, but I saw the right intensity and passion today.”

“When a team plays in this way I am very happy – he added – It has been a good reaction: I repeat, it was not easy and this week I saw my players with great commitment, attitude and will to change and comeback to win”.

“I am sure we can improve a lot if we continue working in this way, I had the answer that I wanted today  Conte ended.

 

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Chelsea earn three points against Hull City thanks to Willian and Diego Costa, who both scored two amazing goals curling the ball into the top left corner from the same position.

Free-kick specialist Snodgrass went close to scoring the 1-0 after 3′ and former Tottenham midfielder Mason worried Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois with a shot from 25 yards just a couple of minutes before the halftime whistle.

Anyway the Belgium international keeper was ready to scramble the ball.

Chelsea Hull City David Luiz Courtois

In the second half Antonio Conte‘s side bounced back from a poor performance as Willian scored curling the ball into the top left corner from 25 yards at 61′.

Another amazing strike secured an impressive win only 5 minutes after the opener: Blues’ forward Diego Costa scored, nearly from the same position, with another curled shot which flew past Hull City goalkeeper Marshall.

N’Golo Kantè missed a clear attempt to score as he didn’t materialize a great counter-attack led by Diego Costa, who linked up with the Frenchman who did not find the goal and his shot went wide above the bar.

Marcos Alonso picked up the first start in the Premier League with his new side, while Nathaniel Calobah made his debut in Premier League after playing the second half against Leicester in the EFL Cup second round.

Crucial win for Chelsea, who reach 6th place with 13 points in the league table.

Chelsea Hull City Hazard

Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

Willian 61′, Diego Costa 66′

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses (Pedro 85), Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian (Chalobah 89), Diego Costa, Hazard (Oscar 81).
Unused subs Begovic, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Batshuayi.
Scorers 
Willian 61, Diego Costa 67
Booked
 Moses 35, Matic 41.

Hull (4-1-4-1): Marshall; Meyler, Livermore, Davies (c), Robertson; Clucas (Huddlestone 81) Snodgrass, Henriksen (Hernandez 71), Mason, Diomande (Maloney 63), Mbokani.
Unused subs Jakupovic, Maguire, Keane.
Booked Livermore 42

Referee Anthony Taylor

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Hull City 0-0 Chelsea

Bookings: 35′ Moses, 41′ Matic (Che) 42′ Livermore (Hul)

Chelsea struggled and did not succeed in getting the lead in the first half as Hull City showed a good performance.

Free-kick specialist Snodgrass went close to the 1-0 after 3′ and former Tottenham midfielder Mason worried Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois with a shot from 25 yards just a few minutes before the halftime whistle, anyway the Belgium international was ready to scramble the ball away.

Still a clean sheet draw after 45′, will the Blues bounce back from a quiet and poor first half? Follow with us the game.

 

 

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche has admitted centre-back Michael Keane is not for sale amid Chelsea interest.

The 23-year-old’s £25m-rated defender and former Manchester United youngster has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge when the transfer market window reopens in January, anyway the Clarets’ manager has rebuffed Chelsea interest in his starlet.

“It’s just life at Burnley – Dyche revealed – It’s that balance of respect that people recognise some of our players but also were we’re not activity selling players.”

“‘Keano’ has been really clear-minded through the summer. He is not for sale.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke about the scandal which has recently damaged England: “I think that when happens this type of situation you have to know the real truth – Conte admitted – because it’s too easy to give fault in this situations, you have to know all the proofs and informations.”

“In this case F.A. are working to investigate and are in search of further information, this is a good way. You have to know the real truth.”

Then, when asked if this scandal could be compared to Calciopoli: “I don’t know if you can compare this two situations, this type of situation is difficult to be compared to the Italian one”.

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TEAM NEWS

Hull City

– Ahmed Elmohamady serves a one-game ban following his dismissal last week so James Weir could start at right-back.

 

Chelsea

– John Terry still out for ankle injury

– John Obi Mikel misses the game for a small muscular injury

– Ivanovic can be dropped after his poor performance against Arsenal, with Azpilicueta moved to the right back and Alonso starting as a left back

 

Predicted Line-Ups

HULL CITY ( 4-5-1): Marshall; Weir, Livermore, Davies, Robertson; Hudderstone, Mayler, Mason, Snodgrass, Henriksen; Abel Hernandez.

 

CHELSEA ( 4-2-3-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Marcos Alonso; Matic, Kante; Oscar, Hazard, Willian; Diego Costa.

 

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Kick-off: Saturday 3pm

Venue: KCom Stadium

Chelsea will travel to the KC stadium on Saturday, at the back of consecutive defeats to Premier League rivals Liverpool and Arsenal.

It has been a turbulent September for Antonio Conte, whose side made a flying start to the season but ended up with just 1 point after their September fixtures, the absence of captain John terry and defensive errors compounded their struggles but they will be looking to return to winning ways at Hull inorder to gain grounds on title rivals.

Hull on the other hand have struggled since making a surprising good start to the season and were at the receiving end of a 5-1 drubbing from Liverpool.

Chelsea will go into the game with confidence, haven’t not loosed to Hull in the Premier League, winning six times and drawing twice.

John terry is still expected to be absent after another setback as well as Kurt Zouma who’s still on his way back from injury and Mikel who’s out with a muscular problem,these are the only notable absentees for Chelsea.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Chelsea XI

(Gk) Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Azpillicueta, Kante, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa

Hull XI

(Gk) Marshal, Weir, Livermore, Davies, Robertson, Mason, Huddleston, Meyler, Snodgrass, Hernandez, Henriksen

MANAGER QUOTES

Antonio Conte speaking ahead of the game: “It is never good when you lose, but I think also in these two games we saw and learnt a lot of important things. We must work very hard to recover.”

‘We finished 10th last season – when you finish 10th it means you have problems. Now we are trying to solve this situation, but we haven’t got a magic wand.”

“We faced two teams who were very strong and for me, these two teams are now at the top. We have a lot to improve, but this is the hope we must have.’I see the present and the opportunity to improve, it’s not easy. But we know this.”

Mike Phelan speaking ahead of the game:

“You win, you lose and you draw, you have to take the good and the bad, but you have to beprogressive and I think we will be because I’ve seen signs of that.”

“I’m sure Chelsea will come here in a good mood because they are a top class team. I don’t see why they won’t be challenging for the title this season, there will be a few teams in that category as we’ve experienced in the last two weeks.”

“They’re very strong physically and mentally. A lot of questions have been asked about them in the last couple of weeks and strong teams will respond to that.”

“We can only do our own job and our own game plan. We have to try and execute that well and cause them issues to make them change their approach to the game. We have to be in the game to get something out of it and our players are more than capable of that.”

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Fabregas, Azpilicueta and Pedro have been left out of Spain National team, anyway Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is sure that this decision will have positive consequences if they ‘work harder’ during the international break.

“Cesc, Azpi and Pedro are all three important players for Chelsea – Conte told medias – I am pleased for their attitude and commitment, this is important.”

Speaking about their aim to play international football, Conte added: “It can be an opportunity to work harder and to be in the team, in the squad of Spain, this can be an opportunity to work harder, we are talking about three great players.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that a strong point is having a good relationship with owner Roman Abramovich.

“It’s always important to have good relationship and be very clear with players and owner – Conte claimed – I like it because Abramovich is a great passionate about football and to discuss with him about football to have a confrontation is great”.

“it’s important to be very very clear, you’ll be always ok” the Italian manager ended.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich attended the Blues’ training session and practice in Cobham, before having lunch with manager Antonio Conte a few days ago, according to The Times.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that is important to focus only on the present to ‘improve and change the story’ this season.

When asked about the suggestion that Chelsea owner Abramovich could help him by giving money in January, Conte replied: “I think that we must think at the present which is more important, I do not see January as an opportunity to spend money, I see the present as an opportunity to improve, change the story of the last season.” 

“It’s very clear, we don’t forget this and we want to use last season as an instrument tu push more.”

“We don’t have to forget the past – Conte added – when you finish 10th it means that you have problems and we are trying to solve the situation, me and the club”.

“In this situation we haven’t the magic wand to change everything, we only have to work, understand, not only win or lose. We can fill the gap that now we have, we faced two teams very strong and for me these teams are top of the table, we have to improve” he ended.

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