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Watford managed to get their second consecutive Premier League win as they beat Burnley at Turf Moor last time out. The Hornets cruised to a 3-1 victory thanks to Troy Deeney and Will Hughes, who both found the net after Tarkowski had canceled out Andre Gray’s opener.

Watford are now level on points (6) with Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the standings. Liverpool and Crystal Palace, who both won their openers last week, will play their Premier League fixture on Monday.

CARDIFF CITY 0-0 NEWCASTLE UNITED

EVERTON 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON (Walcott 14′ Richarlison 31′ Ings 54′)

LEICESTER CITY 2-0 WOLVERHAMPTON (Doherty 29′ OG Maddison 45′)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3-1 FULHAM (Lucas Moura 43′ Mitrovic 52′ Trippier 74′ Kane 77′)

WEST HAM 1-2 BOURNEMOUTH (Arnautovic 33′ PEN Wilson 60′ Cook 66′)

 

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MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 LEICESTER CITY (Pogba 3′ PEN Luke Shaw 83′ Jamie Vardy 83′)

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1-2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (8′ Dele Alli 11′ Joselu 18′ Jan Vertonghen)

Man United and Spurs start Premier League campaign with narrow wins

BOURNEMOUTH 2-0 CARDIFF CITY (24′ Fraser 90’+1 Wilson)

WATFORD 2-0 BRIGHTON HOVE&ALBION (35′ 54′ Roberto Pereyra)

FULHAM 0-2 CRYSTAL PALACE (41′ Jeff Schlupp 76′ Wilfried Zaha)

WOLVERHAMPTON 2-2 EVERTON (17′ 67′ Richarlison 44′ Ruben Neves 80′ Raul Jimenez)

LIVE ON SUNDAY – West Ham face Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon, with also Saints called to action against Burnley, who will face Istanbul Başakşehir in the second-tie of Europa League third qualifying round match on Thursday.

ARSENAL – MAN CITY (Kick-Off: 3PM BST)

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Champions League qualification is closer for Spurs thanks to Dele Alli and Harry Kane. The former broke the deadlock at 16′, the latter scored in the second half closing the match at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur are now just one point behind Liverpool and 5 points above Chelsea.

Harry Kane found the net following a frustrating period and scored his 38th goal from 45 games. The England international striker had also scored at 73′, but was caught offside. Mohamed Salah remains the Premier League top scorer with 31 goals, while Manchester City star Sergio Aguero is still behind the Tottenham Hotspur forward with 21  goals this season so far.

Spurs will be facing West Bromwich Albion next Saturday before hosting Newcastle United and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium for the last two games of Premier League season.

 

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Tiemoue Bakayoko has recently returned to training after suffering an injury which kept him out for several weeks. And Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the Frenchman has spent injury spell learning from his poor performance showed against Watford in February.

Conte told journalists: “If I have to see a positive aspect about his injury because he had a lot of time to metabolise the bad performance against Watford. Now he’s training with us for a week. His physical condition is not bad. But don’t forget that Baka is only 22 years old. He’s a really young player”.

“This season, I think we are paying a bit for a lack of experience of many players. About Baka, he has the right personality to become an important player for Chelsea. I hope in the present but, for sure, in the future”.

Then he added: “We are working with him in the same way that we are working with the strikers, with [Andreas] Christensen, with every single player. Yes, for sure I trust Bakayoko. Only because, don’t forget, in the squad there are four midfielders. I must trust in my players. I have to continue to insist and trust.”

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New Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud made his first appeareance in the Starting XI with the Blues yesterday night in the Premier League game vs West Bromwich Albion.

After the match the French forward expressed his satisfaction for this new step in his career: “It’s been a while since I played regularly and that’s why I needed to move,” Giroud said. “I needed a new challenge and Chelsea was the perfect club for me. It’s the Premier League, a club which has won more titles in the past ten years than any other. It’s a massive club and I am very proud to be here and to carry on my career. I feel very good. It’s been maybe two months since I started a game so I felt good. I worked hard in training to be physically ready and to do what the coach asked me to do tactically. There is still room for improvement but I take a lot of pleasure from (my performance) and I’m happy to set the first goal for Eden. I was very excited to make my debut at Stamford Bridge and I’m very happy for the team. Obviously we needed the three points to get the confidence for the following games and we’ve done the job. It’s true you could see the team was not playing with the full freedom at times but it’s normal after two disappointing results (successive defeats by Watford and Bournemouth). It’s a new challenge and it’s been special for me to leave Arsenal. I had five amazing years there but now it’s a new chapter of my career and I am focused 100 per cent on the Blues to reach our targets and I’m very happy to be here. I said at half-time when they put stitches in my head that I wanted to carry on, but the calf was very painful and I couldn’t play the whole game.”

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Antonio Conte comes out in this delicate moment for Chelsea claiming his commitment to the club hasn’t changed lately:

“I’m not thinking for only one moment about the possibility of going away from this club. I repeat, my commitment is totally for this club, like that of my players,” the Italian said in today’s press conference.

“But, as you know very well, because we are talking about football a lot of times – I don’t agree with this – the coach depends on the results.

“For this reason, we have to pay great attention.

“When you have this period with such poor results, you have to divide the responsibility between me, the players and the club.

“We have to try to stop this bad run and to try to get three points against West Brom.

“It won’t be easy because in this type of situation the confidence is not high but we have to trust in our work.”

Conte opted to give his players three days off following Monday’s humilation against Watford when they conceded three goals in the final six minutes.

With a two-legged Champions League tie against Barcelona coming up, the Blues boss felt this week was a rare opportunity for his players to have a break.

“I think it was the only moment in the season to give them a rest. I think in the future it will be very important to try (to create) a little space, a little room with the federation (FA) to try to give rest to the players,” he said.

Speaking about the disappointing performance at Vicarage Road, he added:

“I think Watford was a really bad game but it can happen. Our performance was totally negative.

“The performance was negative from the start and we didn’t create the chances to score. I think that the coach has to understand and try to find the best solution to avoid this type of situation. I didn’t like the Watford performance.”

 

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After the two consecutive Premier League losses with Bournemouth and Watford,  Cesar Azpilicueta claims all the players are working hard for Chelsea and the Blues manager Antonio Conte as they are the first to be disappointed by this bad moment.

“We are here altogether. We are all disappointed with the results,” Azpilicueta said after the Watford defeat. “We know that there is speculation here all the time – it has been that way in the six years I have been here. Are the players letting the coach down? No. I think if you see the training sessions, we all fight hard. We are the first to be disappointed with the way the last two games went. We are getting penalised in the bad moments we are having in the game. It’s not a long period, but in this league, which is so tough, you get punished as soon as you drop a bit.”

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has given his players three days off to try to recover from this bad moment of form.

The Blues limped again against Watford last night, losing 4-1, after last week 3-0 humiliation against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

Now, their campaign risks to be really compromised, with Barcelona coming to play at Stamford Bridge in two weeks.

The Italian coach and many of his players have admitted that they are feeling the physical effects of a demanding and at times unfavourable fixture schedule in recent weeks, and this move is intended to give them some much-needed rest with Chelsea not in action again until next Monday, when they host West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in Premier League.

Chelsea’s players were regularly given as many as two days off after matches last season, thanks largely to the club’s lack of involvement in European competition, but opportunities for extended breaks have been limited this term as the team is playing Champions League, reached League Cup semifinals, who they lost against Arsenal a couple of weeks ago, and had to play an FA Cup replay match against Norwich to process to fourth round.

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Antonio Conte was clearly upset after his side was humiliated by Watford with a 4-1 defeat last night.

“I have great disappointment,’ Conte said after the game.

“Our performance was very poor. We started very badly, without personality. We played with fear.

“We are not used to playing this type of football. We can lose, but always try to play football and try to be positive. Instead we started very badly. Then the double yellow card didn’t change things, but the situation became serious. Then there was the penalty, and when you go 1-0 down with 10 men it’s very difficult to come back.

“In the second half I saw great will and great desire, but I saw a lot of confusion. We were able to equalise, and in that moment we had to do better to manage the situation and understand the moment. A great team must do this. Instead in 10 minutes we conceded three goals. In this case, it’s right for everyone to take responsibility, me and the players.”

The Chelsea manager insisted his players should have shown more personality:

“To play football for a great club, it means you must have personality. It’s simple to play when you have confidence. In this type of moment, you can see who plays with personality and risks something. In this moment you have to show you have personality.

“We have to try to work, but sometimes work is not enough to change the situation. I will try to continue to work, and to improve different aspects of my players, but our performance was very poor and for sure I have to take responsibility, because maybe I made the wrong decision for the starting XI.”

Asked if he was worried to be sacked after the second humiliation in a row in Premier League with a “smaller”side, Conte said:

“I’m not worried about my job. I work every day and I give 120 per cent. If this is enough, it’s okay. Otherwise the club can take a different decision. Every press conference I am asked if I’m worried. I’m not worried. Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelsea coach, or not. What’s the problem? My soul is clear.”

The manager also insisted he sees his players giving everything as well:

“Do you think a club can decide to sack a coach if there is not the support of the players? Only here you think this. You think the players have this power? This is wrong.

“When I was a player, I was captain of Juventus, I never, never spoke about a coach with my club. And if the club asked me, this is not my problem.

“I repeat: my task is to work with these players. I have honest players who show me every day great commitment and great behaviour. The question is for you to find something wrong or create a problem with the club, and then the players. I do my job; I do my work. If this is enough, it’s okay, otherwise I go home and I have zero problem to sleep well.”

Conte admitted this is probably the hardest time since he’s arrived at Chelsea:

“For sure this is a difficult moment. If we want to find excuses, we can find everything: tiredness, injuries, but this is not my way to face the situation and solve the problem.

“The problem you have to solve through work. The winner finds a solution; the loser finds an excuse. In my life I like to be a winner, and I am a winner.”

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Another humiliation for Chelsea tonight, with a heavy 4-1 defeat at Watford.

The Hornets deserved the 3 points after a brilliant performance against an unrecognisible Chelsea.

The Blues didn’t start well but somehow tried to control the game and created chances, the best one for Willian that after 12′ shot wide from a good position.

Antonio Conte‘s lads didn’t impress in the first 30 minutes of the game, but things got worse after Tiemoué Bakayoko got booked twice in only five minutes and was sent off.

Willian, one of the best men on the pitch until that moment, was replaced by Cesc Fabregas in order to give more consistence to the Chelsea midifield.

After ten minutes, Thibaut Courtois committed penalty on Gerard Deulofeu, being lucky not to get a red card as well, and captain Troy Deeney gave the lead to the Hornets.

Chelsea tried to react in the beginning of the first half, but however it were Watford that were more dangeours, with Deulofeu and Richarlison going close to score around 60′.

At the first real shot on goal of their game, Chelsea equalised with Eden Hazard at 82′.

Only two minutes after Daryl Janmaat gave the lead to Watford again taking advantage of awful defence by the Blues.

Three minutes later, at 87′, Gerard Deulofeu crowned his super performance with a great goal, that sealed the game.

During injury time Roberto Pereyra found the net again for the Hornets, giving Chelsea another humiliation after last week’s defeat against Bournemouth.

This is the Blues’ first ever defeat at Watford since 1999.

In this moment Antonio Conte’s side still sit fourth in the table with 50 points, only 1 more than Spurs ( 49) behind Manchester City ( 69) Manchester United (56) and Liverpool 51.

Now the question is if, after this new year’s bad run, Roman Abramovich will lose his patience again and will give Conte the boot.

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