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Chelsea midfielder Oscar has confirmed his January move to Shanghai SIPG is “90% right”, according to reports in GloboSportTV.

The player himself reportedly claimed that the deal “just depends on some bureaucratic details”.

It has been reported the Chinese Super League side are ready to offer around £60m to land the Brazilian star to China in January.

Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is said to be keen on signing the 25-year-old, who would reunite with former team-mates Ramires and Demba Ba.

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The Blues will face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light tonight, when manager Antonio Conte will try to get his 10th win in a row since he took up Chelsea reins at last summer.

Anyway the Italian manager, speaking at press conference, told journalists: “I don’t like to think about records. Every win is important for me because you can take three points to increase your position in the league table”.

“In this case – Conte added – We have won nine games in a row and simply hope to continue that way. We all know that it is not easy to carry on winning but we are trying hard.”

“It is important to plan training sessions but also to see how things go because you can make changes for various reasons”.

Then, Conte ended: “The players will definitely train on Christmas Day, for sure, but it could be either in the morning or the afternoon.”

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Chelsea are set to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light tonight.

The Black Cats are still at the bottom of Premier League table with only 11 points so far.

Venue: Stadium of Light

Kick-Off: Wednesday 14 December 7.45pm BST

Team News

Sunderland

  • Duncan Watmore (knee injury), Lee Cattermole (hip injury) and defender Paddy McNair remain out;
  • Also Sunderland striker Fabio Borini and midfielder Jack Rodwell are not expected to be selected in Moyes’ starting XI tonight.

Chelsea

  • Only captain John Terry is still struggling to recover from a muscular injury suffered ahead of the Blues’ last game against West Bromwich Albion.

Sunderland (4-4-2) – Pickford, Van Aanholt, Djilobodji, Jones, Kone, Pienaar, Denayer, Larsson, Ndong, Defoe, Anichebe

Manager: David Moyes

Chelsea (3-4-3) – Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Matic (Fabregas), Kante, Alonso, Pedro (Willian), Hazard, Diego Costa

Manager: Antonio Conte

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Chelsea star Oscar is set to leave the club and has already told his teammates that he’s moving to Chinese Super League, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly offered him around £60m in a bid to land the Brazilian star to Shanghai SIPG in January.

Oscar, who has played only 456 minutes in the Premier League so far,  has been heavily linked also with a move to Serie A side Inter Milan, as Nerazzurri’s new Chinese owners are said to be great fans of the 25-year-old.

 

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Sky Sports football pundit Paul Merson gave some updates ahead of Chelsea trip to the Stadium of Light as they are set to face Sunderland.

“Didier Ndong will be a miss for Sunderland through suspension as he is the engine in their team – he said – They had a shocking result against Swansea and I can’t see anything other than a Chelsea win”.

Speaking about the last home game against West Bromwich Albion, Merson added: “Chelsea are having to work hard for their wins and West Brom were a bit unlucky not to get anything at the weekend.

“But Chelsea have champagne moments in their team and they are rock solid at the back.”

 

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who spent several experiences with current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, admitted he’s not surprised that the Blues are leaders of the Premier League after 15 games.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all that Chelsea are top of the Premier League – Buffon told Fox Sports Conte is a winner, he doesn’t do second place,”

“I am sure behind the scenes he has privately been getting players into line” he added.

“They have a great chance in the league. Not only do they have one of the best coaches in Europe – but not competing in Europe they have a week between games which is going to help them a lot as the season goes on.”

The Italian goalkeeper won three Serie A titles in a row under Conte, who then became head coach of Italian National Team in 2014.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spoke after his side’s home win over West Bromwich Albion in a tough game, which was decided by Diego Costa‘s goal in the second half.

The Belgium international goalkeeper told the club’s official website: “I remember the year we were champions with Atletico he was very strong, and the year we were champions with Chelsea he was very strong as well,”

“This season up to now he has scored very important goals. He’s really strong on the ball as well and he dribbles past defenders like it’s nothing, so he’s very strong at the moment and we can only enjoy that and use him as our strength”.

“It was a rough time for all the team last year but from January or February Diego was already scoring a lot of goals, and he has just carried that form on.”

Chelsea maintain the leadership following the last home victory at Stamford Bridge: “We are very happy with the points. We had to be patient with our work”.

“I spoke after the game with Nacer Chadli and he said: ‘what can we do against a Chelsea who plays so well offensively? Put a good organisation out there and defend well’. That’s what they did and it was really hard to find a gap”.

“The goal came from a little mistake by their defender and Diego scored fantastically. Then they put all their power up with Chadli, Robson-Kanu, Rondon who is so strong in the air, so it was a tough game for us but a very good three points”.

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Chelsea hosted West Bromwich Albion at the bridge on Sunday lunchtime kickoff.

Chelsea came into the game at the back of an eight game winning streak, manager Tony Pulis men haven’t also lost in their last four games heading into this fixture.

Chelsea got off to a slow start with Westbrom content with sitting back and frustrating play, with chances few and far between,the only highlights of the first half were Hazard’s wide shot and Salmon Rondon‘s effort that went wide.

Chelsea’s topscorer Diego Costa was also kept quiet as well as influential winger Eden Hazard in a frustrating first half for the blues.

The second half although,started differently with Antonio Conte bringing on Cesc Fabregas and Willian for the ineffective pair of Victor Moses and Pedro. And the introduction of Cesc Fabregas paid dividend as the spaniard hit the ball towards the path of Westbrom defender Gareth McAuley who mis-controlled the ball allowing Diego Costa to pounce and finish off nicely to put Chelsea on the lead after a torrid afternoon at the bridge.

Chelsea were strong enough to hold on to their slender lead with Antonio introducing Branislav Ivanovic late on to shore up the defense. Costa’s goal was his twelfth of the season,and Antonio Conte men extended their winning run to nine and go top of the table,three points clear of their closest rivals Arsenal.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c), Moses (Fabregas 74), Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro (Willian 63) Diego Costa, Hazard (Ivanovic 79)
Unused subs Begovic, Aina, Chalobah, Batshuayi.
Booked Kante 48, Matic 88
Scorer 
Diego Costa 76

West Brom (4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom; Fletcher (c), Yacob; Brunt, Morrison (Chadli 79) Phillips (McClean 79) Rondon.
Unused subs Palmer, Olsson, Galloway, Gardner, Robson-Kanu.
Booked Brunt 20, McAuley 29, Dawson 51, Yacob 56.

Referee Mike Dean
Crowd 41,622

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Chelsea v West Brom – Official Lineups

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

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

Manager: Antonio Conte

West Bromwich Albion – Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom; Yacob, Fletcher (c); Brunt, Morrison, Phillips; Rondon

Subs: Palmer; Olsson, Robson-Kanu, Gardner, McClean, Galloway, Chadli

Manager: Tony Pulis

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 12PM BST

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