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Antonio Conte revealed the team has got two targets for today’s game: 30 wins in one Premier League season ( it would be the new record) and Thibaut Courtois‘ Golden Glove.

– The Italian tactician didn’t reveal if John Terry will start in the last game of his Chelsea career at Stamford Bridge, but t seems most likely that he will come as a substitute.

– Conte revealed he’s got no injury concerns for this game



– The Black Cats, instead, have got at least 11 injured players: Paddy McNair, Duncan Watmore, Jan Kirchhoff, Steven Pienaar, George Honeyman, Wahbi Khazri, Jason Denayer, Victor Anichebe, Papy Djilobodji, Lamine Kone and Didier Ndong were all ruled out for the trip to London.

– Sunderland are already relegated and this will be their last Premier League game for at least one year.


Predicted Line Ups

CHELSEA - Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Pedro, Hazard, Diego Costa.

SUNDERLAND - Pickford; Jones, O’Shea, Lescott; Manquillo, Cattermole, Oviedo, Larsson, Gibson; Defoe, Borini.

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Conte celebrates at the end of the FA Cup semifinal against Spurs © Francesca Ceciarini

Antonio Conte revealed that Chelsea are not targeting only the FA Cup in this end of the season, but the team still have to reach Premier League wins record and have to help Thibaut Courtois to win the Golden Glove.

On Sunday Chelsea legend John Terry will play for the last time at Stamford Bridge as a Blues player. This is what Conte said about this:

“John Terry deserves the best and for this reason I think we will start what happens on Sunday, it’s important to make the best decision to find the best solution for his career, he’s been very important to win this title.

“John has the chance to continue his career, we all know that he prefers to play regularly, for this reason he decided to lave, I think he’s got the possibility to do this because he’s still strong and he showed it when I called him to play.

“When you arrive at this point in your career, you have to feel your body, your mind, your desire to play and John has got all of this. 

“It’s very difficult to find a lot players that were at one club their whole career, John was all his career at Chelsea, for sure Totti, Del Piero, Maldini played for just one club in their whole career, I wish him the best.

“When you are in this stage of your career it’s important to take the best decision, the decision must come from the players, not coach or clubs. John knows very well my thought about him.”

About his future, Conte said:

“First of all it’s important to repeat I have a 2 years contract to go, I’ve always told you is very important to finish this season, to be focused on our target, on Sunday we can win 30 games, an unbelievable record, and we have to help Thibaut to win the Golden Glove.

“Then manager and players we have the time to discuss with our club. Now it’s important to be focused on this target, they’re more important than a single person.
We have this chance to reach this target, and we will do that.”

About this title campaign, the Italian boss claimed:

“I think that every season is very difficult to win the title in England, don’t forget that winning the title this season for us was incredible, because nobody trusted us to win the title.

“It’s very important to have the situation very clear. Sometimes winning is not so easy, for sure it will be a difficult season but if we work in the right way, we will be ready to face this situation.

“First of all the player must have pleasure to stay in Chelsea, this is the most important thing, if they have this pleasure we work together.

About the tactical changes that transformed Chelsea this season, Conte said:

“I think to change our system was really important because we found the right suit for these players, we continue to work very hard, it seems a simple word, but when I say “hard work” it means hard work, we worked really hard every single day, I found the will to change what happened last season, I think this was the secret, this link. Every single manager can have a good idea of football, but if then players don’t go into the idea, it’s very difficult for every coach to go into the idea.”

Gary Cahill can be next Chelsea captain:

“I think that Gary is our vice-captain in this season and he put the armband every time John didn’t play, he’s got a good prospect to be next captain, but to speak about next season is very dangerous because we still got targets to reach.

This will be the celebration weekend, with guys like Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses and Michy Batshuayi that never celebrated a title before:

“It’s important to celebrate, because this is a great win. It’s important for me, the club, the fans to celebrate in the right way. to celebrate this league is very important, I can’t wait to do this with my players, with the fans, and we have not to forget also that Steve Holland is leaving after 8 years and he is an important man in this club. I have the pleasure to work with him in this season.

“It’s good for these guys that haven’t won titles before, it’s good because it wasn’t easy to win, half of my squad won in the past, the other half started to win. It’s very important for Marcos, for Moses, for Michy, for many guys that were with us in the squad to win the league.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits he has been always confident of winning the Premier League title this season.

The Belgian international told the club’s official website: “In the end it’s paid off so it’s nice for the players that all the work we’ve done this season counts for something and means we get to have this amazing feeling again. It’s an amazing feeling. I live for these moments of joy and excitement”.

“It was very bad if you lose 3-0 against another top opponent in a London derby. We had a bad game against Arsenal and it was this time we decided to switch to a 3-4-3. The players picked it up straight away, with a lot of work on it at the beginning, because it’s not so easy that you just change and you win your games”.

Then Courtois ended: “A lot of teams have tried to do it and it’s not always so easy. We did it, we picked it up very well and I think that was because of our work ethic, combined with the hunger of not wanting another season like last year”.

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Thibaut Courtois is ready to play on Friday vs West Bromwich and he hopes Chelsea will win to celebrate his second title with the Blues.

“We hope to do this at the first attempt” – the goalkeeper said – “We know West Brom are a hard team to play against. Every opponent who goes there has a hard game. They are eight in the league and have had a very good year. But we’re very close and it will be very enjoyable after last year”.

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According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are ready to offer a new contract to Thibaut Courtois to prevent his move to Real Madrid next summer.

The British outlet revealed that the Belgian goalkeeper will receive an increase on his £120,000-per-week wages, while his existing deal which runs out in 2019 will be extended.

Courtois was often linked to Real Madrid since the Champions of Europe have been looking for top keeper for at least two years.

The ex Atletico number one is tempted to move back to a city where he was well settled when he was playing for Simeone’s side and Florentino Perez would reward him with a huge salary, should he accept to move to the Bernabéu.

Chelsea are trying to increase his wages to keep him at Stamford Bridge, but it’s unclear which shirt Courtois would like to wear next season.

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After missing the game vs Manchester United for a right ankle problem, Thibaut Courtois injured the same ankle on Sunday at Goodison Park.

It seems there’s nothing too serious for the Blues goalkeeper and Courtois wants to play through the pain and help Chelsea to gain the Premier League title.

“When I had to kick the ball against Spurs, there was a bit of pain” – Courtois told the Evening Standard before Everton game – “Obviously, I had to stand on my right foot, which was not easy at times, but it was incredible that after one and a half weeks I was able to play. I was with the physios from 10 in the morning until 5 in the evening at Cobham. I will have to get more treatment on it.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was full of praise after his side’s vital win at Goodison Park against Everton last time out.

The Belgium international told Chelsea’s official website: “It feels very significant, Everton won their last eight home games, they’ve been on a good run and they score a lot of goals so to keep a clean sheet, play well and win was good”.

Courtois made some great saves to deny Everton’s opener in the first half: “In the first half we had some difficulties because [Idrissa] Gueye was following Eden everywhere so it was difficult to find space – he added – In the second half Pedro scored a great goal and from that point we were able to control the game better”.

“We scored a good second goal, although maybe it was a bit lucky, and a fantastic third, so it feels good. There aren’t many games left so obviously it’s a good win”.


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Manchester United will use Real Madrid star James Rodriguez as a part of the deal to land David De Gea to Santiago Bernabeu next summer, according to Spanish outlet Diario Gol.

The 25-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move to Chelsea but will reportedly join the Red Devils as Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane made De Gea a top target and seems desperate to make a move to sign him.

This could mean that Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois won’t leave Stamford Bridge.

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Thibaut Courtois skipped Manchester United‘s clash after an ankle injury he picked up during a commercial shoot, but it seems the Belgian keeper will be able to play tomorrow in the FA Cup semifinal against Spurs:

“He recovered for his injury and trained with us in this week, this is the most important thing.

“I spoke about what happened with the club, I keep secret what we said, commercial is an important part for the club, we have to find the right solution.”

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Both Chelsea and Tottenham have injury issues related to their goalkeepers before the Fa Cup semifinal which will be played on Saturday at Wembley.

After Thibaut Courtois ankle problems, Asmir Begovic is likely to start for The Blues, while, for The Spurs, Michel Vorm will not be fit, so it will be Hugo Lloris who will be included in the Starting XI.


Today Chelsea defeated Arsenal 3-0 in a friendly game; before the game Marcos Alonso had spoken to the club official website about the Blues pre-season and the training...