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A very unlucky and disappointing first half for Chelsea at Vicarage Road tonight, with Watford winning 1-0 at half-time.

Antonio Conte’s lads didn’t impress in the first 30 minutes of the game, but things got worse after Tiemoué Bakayoko got booked twice in only five minutes and was sent off.

Willian, one of the best men on the pitch until that moment, was replaced by Cesc Fabregas in order to give more consistence to the Chelsea midifield.

After ten minutes, Thibaut Courtois committed penalty on Gerard Deulofeu, being lucky not to get a red card as well, and captain Troy Deeney gave the lead to the Hornets.

 

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January signing Ross Barkley will make his first start for Chelsea tonight in the Blues’ Premier League game vs Bournemouth.

Chelsea: Courtois | Cahill (c), Christensen, Azpilicueta | Alonso, Bakayoko, Kante, Zappacosta | Pedro, Hazard, Barkley

Substitutes from: Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Moses, Fabregas, Hudson-Odoi

AFC BournemouthBegovic | Daniels, Ake, S.Cook, Francis | Fraser, L.Cook, Gosling, Ibe | Stanislas | Wilson

Substitutes from: Boruc, Simpson, Surman, Arter, Pugh, King, Mousset

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In his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s night Premier League game vs BournemouthChelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed three players are not fit and they won’t be included in the team.

David Luiz is suffering an ankle injury; Alvaro Morata returned to Spain for the funeral of a close friend; Willian is still recovering from the injury he suffered last week vs Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semifinal.

On the other hand, Thibaut Courtois and Cesc Fabregas are now fit and they will be back on action tomorrow night.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte revealed three players are not in contention for next Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Newcastle:

“Morata, Willian, Courtois are out,” the Italian said.”

When questioned on their recovery time, he claimed:

“I don’t know because it’s very difficult to tell today how many days they need to come back.

Morata has got this problem in his back, Courtois received a kick in his ankle, Fabregas trained today with us and tomorrow I will check his form.

Willian is out and he will have a scan today to value the extent of his injury.”

During this afternoon pre-match press conference Conte was also questioned about this winter transfer window, that is about to close but, again, he told he has nothing to do with signings, giving all the responsibility to the club:

“As you know very well the club will inform you if there are any news, as I repeated before and I say every three days, I will be very happy to continue to work with my players, to continue to work with some players, my opinion and my mind doesn’t change after only three days.

“I am repeating always the same thing, I am the coach, my task is to try to do the best for this club and to try to improve my players.”

As I said before, for the transfer market there is the club, I don’t speak about this, if there are news they will inform you

When asked if he will be at Chelsea next summer, Conte replied:

Nothing has changed since last summer, I am happy to for with my players and to work for this club, I am happy to try to put everything, all myself, for this job every day.

“I think every competition is important, in Carabao Cup we tried to go until the final, we reached the semifinal and then we lost against Arsenal. Now there is this other competition, FA Cup, we will try to go to next round but as you know very well this competition is very difficult and our opponent have the same idea.”

Conte was also asked about what changed respect to last season with games played every three days in this one:

“I think the players are happy because they want to play every game and this kind of situation is more difficult for the coach, not for the players, because they love to play and don’t have training sessions.”

Ross Barkley made his debut with Chelsea shirt against Arsenal last Wednesday and the manager revealed he is ready to start:

“After a bad injury you need a little time to be fit 100%, if you want to speed this process up he has to play, not only training during the week, after Willian and Morata’s injury, we don’t have other options.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois slams Blues fans after they booed the team at Stamford Bridge following today’s goalless draw – the third one in a row- against Leicester.

Antonio Conte’s side offered a really discouraging performance in the clash against the Foxes and the people attending the game showed their disappointment after the final whistle booing their own team:

“It doesn’t help when the fans boo and whistle after each misplaced pass,” said the Belgian goalkeeper, who was a protagonist in the match with an unbelievable save on Ndidi’s header in the first half that helped his team to keep a clean sheet.

 

“We didn’t play well but that’s when we need the fans behind us.”

 

 

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Another disappointing game for Chelsea, another goalless draw, the fourth one in a row if we consider the FA Cup and the League Cup, where the Blues obtained two 0-0 against Norwich City and Arsenal.

Stamford Bridge boos its disappointment after the final whistle after witnessing another deplorable performance and thanks Thibaut Courtois for keeping a clean sheet against a team that, especially in the first half, played for the three points and had more chances: his save on Ndidi in the first part was unbelievable.

Antonio Conte even tried a desperate move when, with no substitutions left after Gary Cahill was forced out with a hamstring injury at 33′, when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, both irritating and lacking of pace in this game, with Willian and Pedro trying to give a boost to the team.

Chelsea also had the advantage to play 11 vs 10 for more than 20 minutes after Ben Chilwell was sent out for double booking at 68′ but  hey didn’t use it.

The only real dangerous chance of their game in the last seconds of injury time, when Marcos Alonso tried the match-point on a free-kick that was brilliantly saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

A very nervous Alvaro Morata failed to impress again, seeming to have lost his feeling with the goal.

With this draw the Blues maintain third position in the league with 47 points but should Liverpool win against Manchester City – still leading with 62 points- they will catch them.

Manchester United, now second with the Blues same points, will play against Stoke City on Monday night.

Chelsea will have their chance to redeem themselves in front of their fans in FA Cup third round replay against Norwich City on next Wednesday night.

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Eden Hazard has confirmed he’s willing to commit his future to Chelsea, despite several rumors linked the Belgian star with a move to Real Madrid, alongside with his compatriot and teammate Thibaut Courtois.

Speaking about future at Stamford Bridge, Hazard told Daily Mirror‘s reporter at an NBA game in London: “I think Thibaut first, then I will sign.”

Hazard is contracted with the Premier League champions until June 2020, while Courtois’ deal at Stamford Bridge expires in 2019.

 

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Sky Sports pundit and Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims Real Madrid will do everything to sign two Chelsea stars: Belgian internationals Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard.

“Real Madrid need big names and they have lined up Courtois, they want Hazard,” the Spaniard revealed.

“Those are the kind of names they want for next season. Doesn’t mean they will get them, but that’s the shopping list they have.

“It’s becoming clearer in the minds of the directors of Real Madrid they need another striker, that Karim Benzema has to be sold. He doesn’t even have the backing of the fans.

“Real Madrid will always do their plan of getting a Galactico every year or couple of years and they realise their front men are getting older, it’s more difficult for them to score.”

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Despite all the rumours and speculations about an agreement already reached with Real Madrid for next season, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois seems now willing to sign a contract extension with the Blues.

Speaking with HLN’s Kristof Terreur, the Belgian said about his contract: “It has just turned the new year, so we will wait a few weeks and then sit around the table. I’m happy at Chelsea and a deal is close.”

Courtois, also revealed to Kristof Terreur that his contract extension could be linked to Hazard‘s one: “Do Eden and I encourage each other? Yes. He will say ‘if you sign, I will sign’ and I say the same to him. With the money he will raise, you can buy five players but none of them will be like Eden. It would be like Barcelona losing Lionel Messi or Real Madrid losing Cristiano Ronaldo.”

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Despite all the rumours about his possible move to Real Madrid next season, Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is focused on Chelsea and tonight’s London derby vs Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

I think it’s important over the Christmas period, with a lot of games, that you pick up as many points as possible, especially now we are playing a big rival who are below us, because if we can win there it will be good for us and we will go up to second again,” – Courtois told the official Chelsea website. – “We want to try to close the gap to Man City as much as possible in case they drop points. We are in good form, we are defending well and not conceding goals so hopefully we can keep that run going, but the most important thing against Arsenal is to win.”

Chelsea’s good run has been determined so far also by impressive defensive performances and Courtois is aware of this aspect:  “It’s good to know that sometimes you need just one goal to win a game, so if you are capable of keeping clean sheets and defending well that’s good,’ – Courtois said – “At the beginning of the season we struggled to not concede, we gave away some silly goals at times but then we changed. Since then we’ve worked better defensively as a whole and if you can match that with scoring, that’s good. In the last 12 games we’ve had eight clean sheets and only conceded four goals, which is great. In a big game anything is possible, it might be 4-3 or whatever, but hopefully we can have a good game defensively, score and win”.

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