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Antonio Conte spoke again after Chelsea win to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge  last time out.

When asked about his desire to lift a trophy following the experience with Juventus and Italy, he said:I have a great experience, not only as a manger but as a player”,

“When you play 13 years at Juventus, you have a lot of these situations. I won five titles as a footballer, but a lot of times I arrived in second place, and I think when you arrive in second place it’s not good. People remember only those who win.”

Then Conte added: “I also bring a lot of examples with the national team. I lost two finals, the World Cup and European Championship, and you must know my anger in every game – the will to fight, the will to win – because I know in my career, I am lucky to win a lot, but I also lost a lot”. 

“When you arrive at this point – he pointed out – You think that everything is simple, but it’s not true”.

About Chelsea: “You can see in the previous games – Swansea beat Liverpool, and Watford beat Arsenal – there are lots of examples. For this reason, we must pay great attention and prepare every game with great attention”.

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Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso is happy for another three points’ following the Blues’ 3-1 home win against Arsenal last time out.

The Spaniard told the club’s official website: “We played a very good game, we were consistent and we need to keep going”.

“I think we controlled the game for the 90 minutes. We’re a little bit disappointed with the goal we conceded but it was a very good performance from everyone and now we need to keep our focus and concentration”.

“We’re enjoying a good run. Three points against a direct opponent is like six points. It was good to score another goal and with the point we got on Tuesday it’s been a very good week for us”.

Arsene Wenger said the former Fiorentina star made a clear foul on Hector Bellerìn.

“I jumped a bit higher and got to the ball first – Alsonso said – I didn’t even see him coming so I don’t think it’s a free-kick. I feel sorry for him, he’s a good friend but I didn’t see him. I hope he’s okay”.

Chelsea are ready to face Burnley away next Sunday: “We just need to go game by game – he ended – After this win the result in midweek is an even better point so we’ll see what the other teams do and enjoy a couple of days off”.

“We are working had during the week and you can see that, we are giving everything on the pitch and getting results”.

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted that Chelsea are currently dominating the league, anyway the Gunners are still mathematically in to catch the Blues.

“We are still mathematically in but obviously we are a long way behind, – Cech said – We need to make sure that we win our next games and we need to now win pretty much every game if we want to hope, so let’s see how we go.”

“I thought that first half we did pretty well, but obviously they had their first chance and they managed to tap in the rebound which gave them confidence and this is what they needed because they could close the space and wait for the counter-attack”.

Then Cech added: “They are dangerous on the counter-attack, but we didn’t allow them to have many chances”. 

“Second half we felt that we were still in the game, that we could come out second half and score the equaliser and then to see what we can do. Unfortunately the next goal came for them, and then obviously the third one”. 

Arsenal must win all their remaining games to remain close to Chelsea, according to former Blues’ keeper Petr Cech.

 

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was interviewed after today’s 3-1 win against Arsenal, when Antonio Conte moved 12 points clear at the top of Premier League table.

“Fantastic – Cahill claimed – In football you get opportunities to put things right. I remember walking off after defeat at Arsenal. I felt like a bit of am mug after that game”.

“That result added a bit of desire. We are confident at home and we knew a win was vitally important. Personally I felt after that away game I wanted the chance to put things right. It felt good today”.

Then he added: “We practice this formation and tactics. The manager is very thorough. We created a lot. We could have had more goals. Eden scored a special goal. For me that killed the game”.

“We put ourselves in a great position. We knew today was important for that.”

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard scored an outstanding goal against Arsenal today.

Speaking after his side’s 3-1 home win at Stamford Bridge, he said: “It is always good to score beautiful goals, against a massive team,” 

“I enjoyed the game and the goals. We scored three beautiful goals and we deserve to win this game.” 

Then Hazard added: “We created a lot of chances but in the counter attack we can get better”.

“We are still top of league. We have good confidence and we want to finish the season and stay top.”

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

Subs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Chalobah, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Arsenal Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Alexis Sanchez

Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Maitland-Niles, Reine-Adelaide, Welbeck, Giroud

Manager: Arsene Wenger

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 12.30 PM BST

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident Blues’ midfielder N’Golo Kante can improve to even higher levels.

When asked about the 25-year-old, speaking at press conference in Cobham, Conte said: “N’Golo is playing very well, and in the last game he played in an outstanding way”.

“I am working with him to improve him. I think that he can improve a lot and try to look first to always play forward, in this situation he can improve but he is a fantastic guy and an example”.

“What is very important is he wants to improve and to show that he deserves to play for Chelsea in every game. This is fantastic because he wants to improve in every game.”

It is understood Arsenal tried to land Kante to Emirates Stadium before he joined Chelsea, anyway Conte was coy about those rumours.

“I don’t know about this, but I know for sure that N’Golo was our target and we tried to buy him and yes, we are pleased now to have him in our squad – Conte claimed – If it is so simple, next season I think that every team will pay £100 million for N’Golo to be sure to win the title”.

“If football is so simple, I will try to keep him for the whole life in Chelsea and we are sure to win the title in every season!”

“But first of all, we haven’t won the title this season. I hope this is so at the end of the season and for sure, if it happens it will be a great achievement for N’Golo. But I don’t trust in a team that can win only because of one player. It never happens. Win or lose or draw, it is the team together. I am sure about this”.

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses spoke ahead of the Blues’ clash against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge today. 

 

About last draw at Liverpool, he said: “It was a good point for us in the end but we probably should have won the game,”

“If Diego’s penalty had gone in we would have done, but that’s part of the game. I felt we played very well but we’ve moved on from that now and our focus is on Arsenal”.

“It’s another big fixture and we’re just taking each game as it comes. It’s important for us to remain grounded and hopefully we can get the three points today”.

The Nigerian star confirmed that Arsenal are a big step to overcome: “Obviously we have the opportunity to increase our lead over them so it’s a massive game for us,”
“Arsenal are a good side but we’re playing at home and hopefully we can use that to our advantage. We’ve already played Liverpool this week, now we face Arsenal and we still have a lot of tough games to come. We will be giving 100 per cent to make sure we win the match”.

“They will be desperate to win after losing at home to Watford during the week, but we lost 3-0 to them away earlier in the season so we want to make up for that result ourselves. I think it will be an exciting game”.

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Manchester City winger Kevin De Bruyne is still confident that his side can challenge and catch Chelsea in the title race.

“Football can go a little crazy sometimes, – De Bruyne said – Chelsea are far ahead but even if you lose three games and (we) win three games you are there. Three games is nothing”.

“We just have to do our thing and not look at what Chelsea and the others are doing. If we win our games we will have a good place and, hopefully, the best possible.”

When asked about their real chances to catch Chelsea, De Bruyne added: “I don’t know — we are going to try. In the Premier League you have to be there every week”.

“All the injured players are coming back which I am very happy about as we have a lot of games with the league and Champions League”.

“And we will need everyone. It will be very important to have series of wins to put pressure on the rest.”

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Eden Hazard explained his instincts on the pitch with Chelsea, as well as the relationship between him and teammates during a game.

The Belgium international told SkySports: “It’s more easy for me to play with my right foot. It’s simple”.

“When I go there [to the right], I see Diego [Costa] and I have different solutions. I can go alone or pass or play a one-two. And, to be fair, if I go this way [to the left] my left foot is not that good”.

Hazard impressed fans after scoring 9 times in 22 Premier League appearances so far.

“To bring two players and to create movement for the other one, if the right winger comes and the right-back come, they come together against me and maybe [Marcos] Alonso or [Nemanja] Matic can be alone and I just pass, they are free”.

Then Hazard ended: “It’s instinct. I don’t think too much. It’s instinct.”

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