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Antonio Conte feels a win against Qarabag could be really important for Chelsea, as the Blues will have a busy schedule from now until February, when the Champions League last 16 will take place.

Should the West London side win against the Azerbaijan team they will qualify for Champions League next stage without waiting for Atletico Madrid’s clash in the beginning of December:

“We have to play the most important game of the season from the start until now,” Conte said.

“If we are able to win against Qarabag, we can go through to the next round of the Champions League and this is very important because this period from now until January is very busy, so it is very important to win the game.

 “For sure it won’t be easy because in the last two games they drew twice against Atletico Madrid, and before that they lost the game but Roma were struggling a lot to win against them so it is very important to be focused, to work and to try to win the game.”
Conte continued:
“I must be honest, these players always show great desire and will to fight in every game.
“Against Roma, together we didn’t show this , me first. I always put myself before the players and I always take the responsibility.

“In Rome we didn’t deserve to finish the first half 2-0 down, but the second half was negative because we didn’t show the desire to come back to try to draw it or win.

“But I think this season, we faced a lot of problems from the start and now we are trying to solve these problems, to recall players, to find the right form for players like, for example, Eden Hazard and it is the same for [Alvaro] Morata who is playing his first season in England.

“Then [N’Golo] Kante is recovering good form and we know very well the importance of these players for us. We had a lot of problems and also we are trying to change something in the tactical aspect and to find different solutions, because when you are conceding many goals, it means you have to find a new balance.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Gary Cahill of Chelsea and David Silva of Manchester City battle for possession during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on September 30, 2017 in London, England.

Gary Cahill warns Manchester City: despite the Citizens leading the Premier League table with 34 points in 12 games, 8 more than Manchester United and 9 more than Chelsea, the Blues captain believes that Pep Guardiola’s side still have a long way to go before securing the title:

“They’ve started off full steam ahead and that’s great for them, but we’re not even at Christmas yet, so let’s just hold fire and see how they get on,” the centre-back told Chelsea’s website.

“They look fantastic at the moment and we have taken a fair bit of criticism at times this season, but we’ve had three clean sheets on the bounce in the league now, it was a great performance and we’ve got a long way still to go.”

Speaking about yesterday’s win at West Brom Cahill said:

“I have to admit it was a superb performance from us, from every single player, and collectively we are very happy,” the 31-year-old said. “I felt we played some good football, we kept the ball when we needed to and we scored goals. We saw a bit of everything from us, so performance-wise it was very, very good.

“We were away from home so we expected to be under a bit of pressure, especially early on, and they did come out of the traps pretty quick. We had five or 10 minutes where we had to get hold of the game, but I thought we dealt with that very quickly and once we had control of the game, we went from strength to strength.

“I’m sure they found it very difficult to play against us, we always seemed to have an option to get out of trouble and there was a lot of composure on the ball, which allowed us to keep it for long periods.

“So it was a great team performance, one we have kind of been waiting for, and the scoreline we have been kind of waiting for, so we’re delighted.”

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Chelsea secure three points at The Hawthorns after a superb display with Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata on fire.

The Belgian star scores a brace, while the Spaniard scores the opener at 16′  and offers a super assist to his team-mate for his first goal at 23′, while Marcos Alonso marks his presence on the score-sheet with a gem at 38′.

Not even ten minutes in the second half and Eden Hazard scores the 4th and definitive goal, while WBA can regret to have not taken the chance to overcome the Blues in the first fifteen minutes of the first half, when they outplayed their rivals and even scored a goal, who was disallowed for offside.

After Morata’s opener it was Chelsea to control the game, with the Baggies trying to score at least one goal to re-open the game but stopped by a great Blues display in defence, with Andreas Christensen again impressing while David Luiz was left again on the bench by Antonio Conte.

Now Chelsea are second in the table with 25 points, 8 behind Man City still leading the Premier League table with 33 after winning 2-0 at Leicester today.

Should Manchester United win against Newcastle tonight ( kickoff at 5.30 pm GMT) and reach 25 points, the Blues will slip to third place.

 

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Speaking to the Evening Standard and looking at current season Chelsea form former Blues midfielder Gustavo Poyet claimed that winning the title is like a virus:

“Winning the title, it’s a virus. After you win it the next year something goes wrong for [Jose] Mourinho, [Carlo] Ancelotti and Conte [at Chelsea]. It’s tough and when you’re champions everyone wants to kill you.

“For Chelsea it was a very strange summer, a mess inside the club. The Diego Costa situation was tough and so was replacing him. The new players need time to adapt and prove themselves.

“Last year, with all respect to the squad players, the team was [stable]. This year you make one team, I make one team, he makes one team, Conte makes another team. That consistency is why they won the league… not just of selection but formation and style of play.”

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Football - Chelsea Training - Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Holland - 14/5/13 Chelsea's Juan Mata (R) with interim manager Rafael Benitez during training

Juan Mata and Rafa Benitez will be rivals next weekend when their current clubs, Manchester United and Newcastle, will face each other in the Premier League.

Speaking ahead of this clash the Spanish midfielder claimed he was lucky to work under his compatriot when they were both at Chelsea in 2013, a short spell for Benitez that ended with the win of the Europa League in Amsterdam.

“Today, we return to training with the mindset on the Newcastle match and the importance of the months that lie ahead, as they come loaded with games, especially during the Christmas period”, Mata wrote in his blog.

“These are moments in which good form of the team can be decisive for the second part of the season.

“Returning now to our game against Newcastle on Saturday, everyone knows they are newly-promoted but they are still a big club with several Spanish players.

“Among them Rafa Benitez, a manager with whom I was lucky to work with in the past.

“It will be nice to see him again.

“We hope to play a good game that allows us to get all three points, and continue showing that strength in Old Trafford.”

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Antonio Conte ignored José Mourinho‘s handshake after winning 1-0 over Manchester United tonight: the Portuguese went toward Chelsea dugout after the final whistle but he snubbed him and ran onto the pitch to celebrate his team’s success with the players and fans.

Mourinho shook hands with Conte’s staff instead and when asked to comment the episode he said:

“Conte disappeared. I shook hands with his assistant, which for me is basically the same.”

“It’s not important,” said the Italian coach about his behaviour.

“It’s important to win the game. You have to have the respect on the pitch not outside the pitch.”

“It’s important to have respect on the pitch.”

 

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Former Chelsea boss José Mourinho speaks about his third Stamford Bridge return since he was sacked by the Blues two years ago.

Last season the Special One suffered two bad defeats with Manchester United in the West London stadium ( 4-0 in Premier League and 1-0 in FA Cup) and this year he wants to come out with a different feeling:

“It’s not a big thing to return to Chelsea: it’s normal, it’s football, it’s professionalism,” the Portuguese coach said.

“It’s football life one day you are in one club and then you are in another club it’s a big thing because it’s a big opponent.

“A match between two top teams but the emotional point of view it’s just one more. I played there with Inter and twice with Manchester United.

“I have to admit it is a little bit different but in the end I want to win like I did with Inter. They want to win like they did last season and it’s just one more day.

“In a couple of years we will be even more natural and in even four or five years people will not remember I was Chelsea manager and it will become normal It’s just because i left a couple of years a go.

“But it’s a big match because they are champions and we are Manchester United.”

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Speaking to Chelsea official website, captain Gary Cahill admits the win vs Watford was useful not only for the Premier League table, but also to restore a bit of confidence for the Blues ahead of a busy schedule with four games in three different competitions before the next international break.

“The hardest thing is when things aren’t going so well and you have to dig in and get results, and Saturday was one of those.” – Cahill said – “When you’re in a difficult moment the mood is going to be slightly down because everyone’s disappointed, they want to win. But that’s not just the case here, or with this team, I would guess it’s the same at every other big club. I spoke in my programme notes about getting the consistency. If we get some games won back to back, all of a sudden it lifts, but we went into the Watford game off the back of two defeats and you kind of feel the weight. It’s all about character and we showed that. Now we move onto the next one and try to build a bit of momentum that way. All of a sudden, when you get a few back-to-back wins you’ll see how everything lifts and we’ll get back to expressing ourselves as we normally do.”

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Everton are almost out of Europa League, with just 1 point collected after three games in this competition.

The Liverpool side lost 2-1 at Goodison Park against Lyon tonight: the French team’s winner was scored by former Chelsea wonderkid Bertrand Traorè, who netted the ball at 75′ with a wonderful back-heel.

The Burkina Faso international joined Lyon on a £8m permanent move last summer.

Ronald Koeman is now on the brink of being sacked: the Toffees are 16th in the Premier League table, just two points and two positions from relegation, and are almost out from Europa League, with just 1 point in 3 games and being on the bottom of their group table ( Atalanta 7 points, Lyon 5, Apollon Limassol 2).

 

 

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Chelsea gained a point yesterday night vs As Roma at Stamford Bridge in a Champions League group stage game and they are top of the table in their group.

However, Cesar Azpilicueta admits the Blues need a win, after this draw, and two consecutive defeats in the Premier League to boost their confidence. “The mood at the moment is not the best,”  – Azpilicueta told the London Evening Standard. –It’s true that we are not in our best moment. We came into the game after two consecutive defeats in the Premier League.  We had the game in our hands when we were 2-0 up, but we also had it lost when we were 3-2 down. We managed to get a point, we are top of the group and we will keep fighting. To come back into the game to get a point against Roma is big for the team, to show the character and that we won’t give up. But the reality is that we have gone three games without a win and we will try to get back to winning ways on Saturday.”

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