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WBA – Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom; Brunt, Livermore, Fletcher (c), Field, McClean; Rondon.

Subs: Myhill, M Wilson, Yacob, Morrison, Chadli, Leko, Robson-Kanu

Manager: Tony Pulis


CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Matic, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Ake, Kante, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has warned Chelsea ahead of the clash against Baggies at the Hawthorns set for tomorrow night (8pm BST).

The manager, speaking at a press conference, said: “Firstly, you have to give Chelsea great credit, they deserve to be where they are and have been most consistent team.

“We will give it our best [on Friday]. We’re looking forward to it. We owe it to our supporters and we have our own targets to hit.

“We are looking forward to a game of football which has three points riding on it, nothing else. I think it’ll be a great atmosphere – absolutely fantastic.”

Then Pulis added: “We have three great games, three very competitive games left to come this season. Chelsea, Man City and Swansea on last day.

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West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis has confirmed January interest in Chelsea defender John Terry, adding fuel to fire over a possible move next summer.

“It January’s enquiry was just finding out what the situation was and then it was whether we moved on it or we didn’t – Pulis said speaking at press conference – There was more than one player we enquired about in January”.

“You’ve mentioned John, but there was most probably three or four others of that ilk that we were enquiring about – and I think enquiry is the word”.

Anyway, the Baggies’ manager has confirmed that West Bromwich did not place an official bid in January transfer window for the Blues’ captain. “There was no approach made, it was just finding out what the situation was, and the situation was that John wanted to stay at Chelsea” Pulis added.

“I think he wanted to be there and stay there and be part of going out as a champion.

“If he becomes available in the summer we’ll sit down then and have a little think about what we’ve got and what we haven’t got and then we’ll take it from there.”

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is closing in on a move to Russian Premier League side Zenit St Petersburg after joining the Blues from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008, according to reports.

Also West Bromwich Albion were said to be keeping tabs on the 32-year-old, anyway their manager Tony Pulis claimed: “That’s a definite no. He’s a good player and has done fantastic, but he’s never been on my radar.”

Pulis attended at FA Cup clash against Brentford last week to watch three Chelsea players, as confirmed by the Baggies’ manager himself: “I was at Chelsea to look at players Brentford had mentioned to me. I was also looking at Chelsea’s young players, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek and Zouma”.

“The main reason you want to bring players in to add, is to bring players in that will raise the standard.

“The ambitious players within the group want to do that or else they could get complacent.”

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is disappointed after leaving Stamford Bridge with zero points despite his team good performance: in fact, WBA was only defeated by a Diego Costa‘s stunning striker with just 15 minutes to go:

“What we needed to do – and we’ve got better players than we’ve shown today – is regain possession,” the English coach said.

“Just get that pass off to get up the pitch a little bit further to give us an opportunity and a chance to cause them more problems.”

“The lads worked really hard, Chelsea play a different formation and shape to most teams in the Premier League.

“We had a good week working on it, what we wanted to do and what we didn’t want to do.

“We were well set up, I thought, without possession. Especially first half I thought we caused them some problems on the break.”

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Team News


– John Terry still out for gluteus injury

Oscar out for sickness

– Kurt Zouma still have to find 100% fitness after ACL injury

David Luiz to be valued after hurting his knee in Aguero‘s challenge last week

– Cesc Fabregas could replace Matic again in the starting XI



– Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill still out for ankle injury


Possible Line Ups

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

WEST BROM – Forster, Nyom, Evans, Dawson, McAuley, Phillips, Morrison, Fletcher, Brunt, Yacob, Rondon.



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Tony Pulis

West Bromwich manager Tony Pulis admits he is scared by super-fit Chelsea, who come from a 8 wins in a row run:

“I’ll take a sleeping tablet on Saturday night and then wake up and hope it’s all over,” he said before the game.

“They’ve got three fantastic players, but that’s what the Premier League is all about.

“We go against Manchester United and they’ll have similar players, Arsenal have got similar players.

“That’s what makes this league a great league. The top, top teams have top, top players.”


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Former Chelsea and WBA goalkeeper Tony Godden spoke to the Blues official website ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Stamford Bridge, where the teams will face each other:

West Brom are doing well and I am glad they stuck with Tony Pulis,”

“He is a very thorough and knowledgeable man and a good coach.

Speaking about the two keeper he stated:

 “Thibaut Courtois and Ben Foster are excellent. They make saves.

“You hear managers saying they want keepers who can control a ball and pass 30 yards and it makes me smile because my question is can he make saves, because that is how he is going to win you a game.

“These two are keepers that win points for their clubs.”

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The ghosts were back to Stamford Bridge tonight to haunt Chelsea players and fans in what seems a season curse.

The team seemed to have improved under Hiddink in attitude and confidence but tonight not one, but twenty steps back were made.

Chelsea seemed again the team we saw from August 2 to December 14, when Mourinho was in charge this season: sloppy attitude, poor confidence, low pace.

WBA get a well deserved 2-2 in west London and remain 3 points ahead of Chelsea, that is still 14th in the table, with 27 points, while the Blues collected 24 until now, just 6 more than Sunderland -18- that would be the last team to relegate if the Premier League ended tonight.

Almost 20 points behind the two teams in the top of the table- Arsenal and Leicester- that both lead with 43 and 12 point from the 4th place, the last Champions League spot ( after playoff) where we find Spurs with 36 points: in between ten teams.

Too many, probably, to reach the fourth spot in the remaining four months if the attitude and the determination will be the same Chelsea showed tonight and in many other games this season.

Is Hiddink’s magic touch already finished after nearly one month? We hope not.

But tonight we saw a movie we’ve already seen many times in this campaign: Chelsea starting well, with a good rhythm and pace, trying to dominate the opponent, then getting the equalizer from the opponent and having a mental collapse.

The Blues found an early goal- at 20′ with Cesar Azpilicueta after Diego Costa incredibly missed the ball on an almost perfect cross by Ivanovic, concluding a nice playing by Willian, again the best player in his team- and then relaxing and conceeding too much to the rival instead of trying to find the 2-0 to virtually close the game.

And the sloppy attitude was evident in Pedro’s superficial mistake, when the Spaniard lost the ball on Chelsea midfield and Fletcher was quick to serve Craig Gardner, who beat a numb Courtois that dived way too late to try to save the ball. It was minute 33 and Chelsea, like it happened in other matches before, lost all their confidence after the opponent scored.

West Bromwich then went very close to score 2-1 and Chelsea seemed to become a little nervous.

At half time Pedro leaved the pitch for Kenedy, and – like it happened on Sunday with another youngster, Ruben Loftus-Cheek – the young substitute immediately brings freshness to the team, creating chances and opening up space for the team-mates with his speed.

Also Diego Costa seemed to be very dangerous with Kenedy supporting him, and the Brazilian youngster gets his reward where after a good playing by Fabregas and Willian he provokes McAuley own goal, with the WBA defender deflecting the ball behind Myhill with his knee.

It seemed that Chelsea could go home with the 3 precious points, but the team relaxed again conceding too much to the rival, that never lost the faith and continued to attack, being dangerous especially on corners.

And, at the end, also WBA got their reward and McLean canceled his mistake on the own goal when with a great shot beat Courtois – again not reactive enough – with just 4′ to go.

Chelsea had little nervous reaction to try to get the victory, but West Bromwich kept calm and at the end almost risked to win with a couple of chances around 90′.

When referee Anthony Taylor blew the final whistle the “boos” from Chelsea fans invaded Stamford Bridge again: the ghosts were back, let’s hope Hiddink can shoo them away again.


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WBA manager Tony Pulis refused to give credit to Guus Hiddink for Chelsea’s revival.

Pulis always had a good relationship with Hiddink‘s predecessor, José Mourinho: the pair got a lot of mutual respect and often sent esteem messages to each other.

When Pulis was asked about Chelsea’s good run after Mourinho‘s sacking, he reacted like this:

To be honest, what’s been said is a load of c**p in lots of respects.

“The fact Mourinho won the league by a country mile – to say someone’s come in and changed it and they’re playing better and doing everything else better.”

There might have been other reasons that things didn’t go so well this year.”

Pulis also added that sacking Mourinho was really disrespectful to the Portuguese coach and the players who won the title last year:

“But to put Jose down is completely and utterly out of order. It’s disrespectful to Mourinho and also the players that won the league last year, because they played some great football.”


"Our fans were fantastic today" Chelsea manage Antonio Conte claimed speaking after the game at Britannia Stadium against Stoke City yesterday evening. "They pushed the team a...