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Middlesbrough (4-5-1) – Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Da Silva, Traore, Forshaw, Clayton, de Roon, Ramirez, Negredo. 

Subs: Bernardo, Leadbitter, Rhodes, Fischer, Guzan, Downing, Nsue.

Manager: Aitor Karanka

Chelsea (3-4-3) – Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Costa, Hazard. 

Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Oscar, Batshuayi, Terry, Chalobah.


Manager: Antonio Conte

Venue: Riverside Stadium

Kick-Off: 4:00 BST


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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had his say on speculation regarding a possible move to offer ex-star Frank Lampard a new role at Stamford Bridge.

“Frank Lampard has been a great player, a fantastic player for Chelsea, – the Italian manager said – He won a lot with this team”.

“But now for me he’s still playing and for this reason I don’t know his future. I repeat: he has been a fantastic player, a legend for this club. I have great respect for him. 

Then Conte added: “For me it’s very difficult to reply to the question when the question starts ‘if’. It’s important to know.”

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Chelsea are set to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, when Antonio Conte‘s side will try to reach their 6th Premier League win in a row without conceding a goal.

Team News


– Chelsea’s full squad are available for the first time since Conte became manager;

– Diego Costa and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who were in doubt, are expected to be fit and ready to feature today;

– Even Cesc Fabregas is available again after recovering from a muscle injury.


– Daniel Ayala is still injured due to an ankle injury;

– Also George Friend is still in doubt;

– Middlesbrough star Gaston Ramirez returns available after a one-match ban.

Predicted LineUps

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-5-1) Valdes; Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; Ramirez, Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Traore; Negredo

CHELSEA (3-4-3) Courtois; Cahill, David Luiz, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Matic, Kante, Moses; Hazard, Costa, Pedro


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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has revealed his aim to win titles again with the Blues after joining his current side in 2012 from LOSC Lille.

“If I ever leave, it’ll be after winning a championship, – the Belgium international reportedly told The GuardianI’m playing without pain now. Last year was complicated and some people didn’t believe it, but I played with a hip injury for a long time”.

“I was never 100 per cent and when you are not completely fit it’s hard to play at your best”.

Then Hazard ended: “I had a good break after the Euros, a good pre-season, and was ready. Liberated, yes. It feels like that sometimes, being injury-free and if a system brings the best out of you.”

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Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake’s header decided Bournemouth away win against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium this evening.

Some reports suggested that Chelsea could cut short his season-long loan at the Cherries, but manager Eddie Howe decided to play the 21-year-old against Mark Hughes’ side and was fully repaid for his choice.

Ake spent last season on loan at Vicarage Road with Watford playing 24 times and scoring once.


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Chelsea are in advanced talks to land Bayer Leverkusen attacking-midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu to Stamford Birdge in January transfer window, according to exclusive reports in The Sun.

The Turkish international could move for a fee esteemed around £17m by the Bundesliga outfit.

It is understood Calhanoglu could represent an alternative should Chelsea star Oscar leave the club when the transfer market window reopens, with Inter Milan reportedly interested in the Brazilian star.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte underlined the importance of both Diego Costa and Eden Hazard in his squad ahead of the clash against Middlesbrough.

“Diego Costa is a very good player and the same for Eden Hazard, and it is important for me and Diego’s team-mates to see him every game working a lot with and without the ball” Conte said speaking at press conference.

“He is an example for all and if he continues to score – Conte added – I am very happy but I am happier to see this commitment and this work rate in training and in the games. If all the players are able to think this way then we are a very good team, a very tough team.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the clash against Middlesbrough, where the Blues will try to go ahead with good performances.

Anyway, the Italian manager is not worried about the new start after an international break, which could represent a new and difficult restart: “We have been working these days to avoid this, – Conte told the club’s official website – We are working to find the right concentration and the right focus because on Sunday we know we will have a tough game against a strong team that drew with Arsenal and Manchester City”.

“I must be honest, there is this possibility that this right momentum will stop and we are working very hard to avoid this, and I am confident of finding the right way very quickly.”

Then Conte added: “For sure when you arrive in a new club and also in a new country, it is more difficult to bring your method, your idea, your philosophy and it be followed quickly, particularly if players are used to another philosophy.”

“I am pleased because from the start of the season I always saw the right work-rate, the right commitment from the players and it is normal that to understand the method, you need a bit of time, but now I am very glad to see they are adapted to this method.”

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Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has confirmed he is delighted to stay at the Serie A side amid Chelsea interest.

The Senegal international, who has put the pen to paper on a new deal until 2021, told France Football“I love this city, it’s magnificent. There’s the sun, the sea. The Neapolitans are very welcoming. I’m very, very happy here.”

“They offered to me £30, 35, 40, 45, 50 [million], – Koulibaly recently told SkySports – Mr. Conte I said, ‘The marina is behind me, follow me’, I offered him that.”

“Last moment, two days before the closing of the market, I hear £58 milion, or something like that.”

His agent Bruno Satin recently declared to Radio CRC“Premier League? Kalidou doesn’t think about it anymore”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been named October’s Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month.

His side have beaten Hull City, Leicester City, Manchester United and Southampton without conceding a goal, having also switched to a new 3-4-3 system.

“This is the first time I’ve won the award, it’s a great honour and I want to share it with my players and the club, – Conte told the club’s official website – It’s now important we continue and maintain our form. After an international break it’s not easy to restart but we must follow our way and work very hard”.

“Our next game is against Middlesbrough on Sunday, we know they are really strong and it will be a tough game, but we have prepared very well.”

Antonio Conte


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