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Tomorrow night, France and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud will try to score his first World Cup‘s goal and help the Blues to reach the final.

However, Giroud himself knows it won’t be easy as the Belgium goalkeeper is his club’s team-mate Thibaut Courtois: Thibaut has an impressive wingspan. It’s hard to beat him on the sides. He can stop balls in any area. Giroud told beIn Sports. “I have scored a few goals against him in training with Chelsea and I hope I can do it on Tuesday”.

Then Giroud went on comparing Courtois with France and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris: “They’re both great keepers”. the striker explained. “And they both deserve to be elected as best keeper of the tournament, even if I have a preference for Hugo. The best is Hugo. Sorry Thibaut”.

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Chelsea will rival Tottenham Hotspur in the race to acquire Jamaal Lascelles from Newcastle United, London Evening Standard reported earlier this morning.

The 24-year-old, who made an impact in Premier League with the Magpies this season, is believes to be allowed to leave for a bid in the region of £40m.

Should David Luiz leave the club in summer, Chelsea board would strengthen the squad with a defensive replacement.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly leading the race as they are expected to sell Toby Alderweireld on a £55m move with Manchester United still interested in the Belgian defender.

Also Everton, who recently appointed Marco Silva as their new manager, are said to be keeping tabs on Lascelles.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has put the pen to paper on a new deal until June 2023, an official statement from the club has confirmed.

The Argentine has been recently linked with a move to Chelsea as he emerged among the candidates to take over the job if Antonio Conte leaves the club in the summer.

He said: “I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the Club’s history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium”.

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Chelsea fail to get a vital win at Stamford Bridge as Huddersfield produced a brilliant defensive display following Depoitre’s controversial opener in the 56th minute. The Belgian striker ran towards the penalty area, with Caballero off the line, and the two collided. Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata had two huge chances missed previously in the first half.

Just an incredible defensive clearance which hit Marcos Alonso‘s face secured Chelsea a very bizarre equalizer. The Blues pushed for a further reaction, but the visitors’ defense has been able to resist until the final whistle.

If Spurs are mathematically qualified for next Champions League’s group stages (thanks to their home win over Newcastle United), Chelsea will need a win against the Magpies at St.James’ Park next week to keep the hope alive. On the other hand, if Liverpool get at least one point against Brighton at Anfield on Sunday, this would mean that Antonio Conte’s men will play in the Europa League next season.

Huddersfield are safe from relegation following away draw against Chelsea

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas spoke about the race to finish in the Premier League‘s top four and gain a place in the next Champions League:

What has changed is that we’ve won the last four games we played, they’ve been dropping points and it’s got to a point where now we are close to them”. Fabregas said. “The bad thing about all of this is that it’s not up to us. What’s up to us is winning the last two games, putting pressure on Liverpool and Spurs and seeing what happens”.

Pochettino‘s side and the Reds, as Fabregas said have dropped points recently and the Blues midfielder hopes this will happen again tonight and on Sunday: “We’ll be watching closely to see what they can do and if they drop points that’s fantastic because the target is winning titles, of course, but for clubs like Chelsea it’s also being in the top four and doing well in the Premier League”. Fabregas went on. “To always be in the Champions League is very important”.

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Chelsea are still chasing a place in the next Champions League: the Blues have to defeat Huddersfield Town and Newcastle and hope Liverpool or Tottenham will drop points.

It won’t be easy, but Marcos Alonso claimed Antonio Conte‘s side must do what they can to reach their goal and win both their games.

We have to do our part and win both games and see what happens, but we have to have faith until the end and win our two games,” Alonso told Chelsea official website. “It’s not on us. We have to do our part and win the two games we have left and wait for one of the other teams to lose one game and get there.”

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During his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Huddersfield, the Blues manager Antonio Conte said they want to keep alive their winning streak and put pressure on Tottenham and Liverpool, but he is aware destiny is in the Reds’ and Spurs’ hands.

To put pressure we have to get three points every game. We got three points at Southampton, Burnley and Swansea, then against Liverpool. Conte said. “For sure the situation is not in our hands and if they beat Brighton they can reach the CL and it is the same for Spurs. They have two games at home and it will be enough to draw and win one game”.

This is the reason why Conte said also it’s better to stay ahead of the opponents, especially before the last games of the season: “I prefer to stay ahead and the other teams to have to put pressure like last season. Chelsea manager explained. “In the last 12 games Tottenham won ten games to put pressure on but we were able to keep ahead. It is easier to stay ahead of the other teams because the situation is in your hands”.

Chelsea are getting good results now, but they had some problems before and they dropped many points; Antonio Conte knows it very well, but he believes it’s not good to think about it now: “For sure there is a bit of disappointment because we dropped many points in a stupid way where we didn’t need to and created many chances but weren’t able to score. At the end the result was bad for us”. Conte said. “Now there is not time to regret. We have to play two games and then the FA Cup final and then at the end of the season we will see”.

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“It is not in our hands,” said Eden Hazard when asked if Chelsea are still in the race for the 4th spot in the league table. Tottenham remain 2 points above the Blues despite losing at the Hawthorns with a late goal from Jack Livermore last time out.

“It does not only depend on us but we will play, we will hopefully win and then we will see the results of Tottenham and Liverpool and we will give everything”.

“Beating Liverpool is a massive result. Now the target is just to win and be in the top four at the end of the season, and if we play like this the last three games, we can have something special at the end of the season. Let’s hope for something big. We all work together and when we play this kind of game, it is a good feeling after the game”.

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard is confident the Blues can have a great end of the season and reach their goals, especially if the team play as they did yesterday vs Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

It is not in our hands”. Hazard said. “It does not only depend on us but we will play, we will hopefully win, and then we will see the results of Tottenham and Liverpool and we will give everything”.

Hazard also claimed not only the result, but also the performance, gave Chelsea players a good feeling: “Beating Liverpool was a massive result. Now the target is just to win and be in the top four at the end of the season, and if we play like this the last three games, we can have something special at the end of the season. Let’s hope for something big. We all work together and when we play this kind of game, it is a good feeling after the game.”

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