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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had his say about Tottenham clash, after speaking at press conference in Cobham yesterday.

Here’s what he had to say in the pre-match programme notes: “The last few weeks have been very good for us, but it’s still very early in the season – Conte stated – We are not yet at the end of November and we have a lot of work ahead of us” 

“It will be a passionate match at a very high level and we are prepared for that. We have to continue to work hard, to concentrate and to play with the same intensity and the same trust in each other and in our system.” the Italian manager ended.

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Chelsea skipper John Terry did not feature in the London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur this evening, anyway the centre-back wanted to share the Blues’ pre-match with the squad.
Terry travelled with the squad today getting to Stamford Bridge with his teammates, as usual, despite gluteal muscle injury.
“For tomorrow I don’t have available John Terry – Conte said speaking at press conference yesterday – John has a muscular problem”.
It has been reported the England defender could face more than two weeks out due to his latest injury: “Gutted to be out injured for a few weeks” he wrote on his official Instagram account.
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Chelsea (3-4-3) – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Chalobah, Oscar, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Tottenham (4-2-3-1) – Lloris (C), Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Wimmer, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane

Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Winks, Onomah, Nkoudou, Janssen.

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 5.30PM BST

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the clash against Tottenham Hotspur, which is set for this evening (5.30PM).

The italian head coach told the club’s official website: “I liked these types of games, for sure, they are not normal”.

“In Italy, when we played the derby against Torino it wasn’t easy. I remember a lot of games like that when I was a footballer, not only as a manager. These games are unpredictable”. 

“It’s normal in Italy too to have very tough games when you play against the big teams: Juventus-Inter, Juventus-Milan, against Roma. In Italy, I can tell you about it from my experiences in these types of game against Torino, and when I played with Lecce against Bari – these games are very tough and the supporters feel this: for sure there is a fantastic intensity during the game”.

Speaking about the Premier League: “In London there are a lot of teams, but this game is special for our fans. It’s not important to look at the past and I hope it’s not difficult to keep focus”.

“We are working a lot to improve our football, to play good football, and I think during the game we must be focused on the game, and then to put our right passion in. I want my players to play with great intensity and great passion, but always in the right way.”

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses spoke ahead of the clash against Tottenham, with the Blues currently top of the table and the Nigeria international who has become a key player in Antonio Conte‘s tactical plan.

He told the official Chelsea website: “It was a big boost for me but the most important thing is the team,” 

“We all worked very hard and enjoyed the game against Middlesbrough. It was a match in which we had to graft in order to get the three points because we knew we would go top of the league if we won”.

“We just have to keep believing in ourselves. I’m enjoying my game at the moment and I just want to keep on improving.”

About his teammate Pedro, Moses added: “He has been playing really well, he’s getting used to the Premier League and he understands the game very well. He’s enjoying his football, scoring a few goals and helping out defensively as well. I like playing with Pedro, we have a great understanding between us and it’s working well for the team”.

“He’s a great player and he’s won everything so you have to respect his achievements, – the Spaniard added – When you come to a new country it can be difficult but he’s got to grips with it now and he’s doing well. The fans are enjoying what he brings to the team and we’re all pleased for him.”

Moses pointed out the importance of next game against the Spurs: “We know it will be a difficult game and we know how good Spurs are,”

“They have quality players but we just need to concentrate on ourselves. We’ve been working very hard in training and we know what we need to do individually. Hopefully it will all come together on Saturday and we can get another three points.”

“It will be tough but we believe in ourselves and we know we have the players who can score goals and make a difference.”

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Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin believes the Blues will have an edge in the clash against Tottenham this weekend as the Spurs’ will play a crucial Champions League game.

“It should help us a little this weekend that Spurs have a must-win Champions league match in Monaco tonight to recover from, – Nevin said – Oddly enough, recovery was a particular thought for us at the weekend”. 

“The performance wasn’t as sparkling against Middlesbrough as it was against Everton but most of the players had been away on international duty. That isn’t a problem for this weekend with no midweek game, but then the atmosphere at a Chelsea v Spurs game doesn’t usually leave any time to think about tiredness”. 

Nevin added: “It should be buzzing next Saturday evening as we all recall the atmosphere and tension the last time they arrived at the Bridge”.

“There is enough needle already between the clubs but that night when Chelsea finally destroyed their chances of catching Leicester last season, it added yet another chapter in the litany of grievances from the Spurs fans against Chelsea.”

Speaking about next Chelsea’s rivals in Premier League, he ended: “Spurs at home and Man City away will be interesting for every football fan,

“Even though Chelsea have won six league games in a row there is still the thought of those games we lost against Arsenal and Liverpool lurking at the back of everyone’s minds.

“Six points would be great and Antonio will go for them but in the circumstances two, three or four out of six would not be that bad.”

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After being out for an ankle injury for more than two months Harry Kane returned the past week and last Saturday he helped Tottenham to win in the crucial clash against West Ham with a brace in the last two minutes.

Now the English striker feels ready for another derby, the one at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

Doubts rose about his fitness, as Spurs got another important game against Monaco tonight that will define their future in the Champions League, but Kane claims he feels ready for both games:

“Can I play against Monaco and Chelsea? I feel I can. It was tough, it was my first 90 minutes in a while, but we have a couple of days to recover. 

“I’ll always be there for the gaffer if he wants to pick me. It’s his choice. I feel fit, I don’t think I played the best I’ve ever played but it’s what I’m there for, to put the ball in the back of the net.”

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Chelsea are lining up an audacious move to land Napoli highly-rated midfielder Amadou Diawara, according to The Sun.

The 19-year-old starlet joined the Serie A giants on a £13m move three months ago and put the pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Azzurri.

It is understood boss Antonio Conte wants the Guinean teenager as N’Golo Kante needs a back-up.

Anyway it is understood also Tottenham Hotspur are keeping an eye on the former Bologna star.

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told the Evening Standard that his side have their own identity and will fight to win against Chelsea on November 26th.

“I cannot say if it is a better way to play in the future but it is important to be flexible and it is a good step forward for the team to use different systems, different ways to try to play.” the Spaniard said.

“Chelsea, when they played here, started with a back four and after 3-0 in the 60th minute they changed to three. But last season we played against Watford, December 28, with three centre backs”.

Then Pochettino concluded: “Just because Chelsea won 5-0 yesterday, they didn’t discover the system”.

 

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Liverpool win 6-1 against Watford and are top of the league with 26 points while Chelsea remain second with 25.

The goals were scored by Sadio Mane ( brace) Firmino, Coutinho, Emre Can and Wijnaldum, with Janmaat scoring the only goal for the Hornets.

Arsenal and Spurs draw 1-1 in the Northern London Derby and sit respectevly 4th and 5th in the table with 24 and 21 points, with Man City sitting in the 3rd place with 24.

Manchester United and Everton are 6th and 7th with 18 points.

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