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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte reached yesterday his 50th Premier League win with the Blues and, more importantly kept alive the London club’s hopes to qualify for the next Champions League.

“We got three points and it was very important for us if we wanted to keep hopes alive and achieve Champions League football,” Conte said.  “The situation is not in our hands, but the only way to put a bit of pressure on Tottenham is to get three points in every game. It won’t be easy, we know they (Tottenham) will play against Watford. But you know very well football is not simple. It is not simple to win a game in this league but for sure our situation is not in our hands.”

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Newly appointed manager Mark Hughes during his first Southampton FC training session and. Mario Lemina(R) at the Staplewood Campus on March 15, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Southampton boss Mark Hughes welcomes Chelsea to St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday and, win or lose, he will make his mark.

If the former Blues striker secures a first top-flight win since being in charge at Saints, he will become only the third manager to beat the Stamford Bridge side in the Premier League with four different clubs.

Hughes has obtained victories over Chelsea, for whom he made 95 Premier League appearances, when he was in charge of Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Stoke City.

The other managers to achieve this were Sam Allardyce and Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson secured victories over Chelsea when manager of Blackburn, Liverpool, WBA and Crystal Palace while Allardyce overcame the Blues when in charge of Bolton, West Ham, Sunderland and Palace.

Should Hughes lose against Chelsea another little record will be set: it would be the third time that Hughes would have been beaten by Chelsea this season, having suffered two defeats while in charge of Stoke City.

Only one other manager has suffered three defeats at the hands of the same opponents in one season: Graeme Souness lost three times to Arsenal as manager of Blackburn and Newcastle United.

 

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Chelsea lost to Tottenham at Stamford Bridge after 28 years and this result made it more difficult for the Blues to finish the Premier League in the top four.

However, Marcos Alonso as many of his team-mates wants to fight until the end of the season and try to reach their target.

We have to stand up now and fight until the end,” Marcos Alons told Chelsea official website. “We are all disappointed, but we have to fight until the end of the season. Winning all seven games has to be the target and then we have to wait for other teams to lose. It’s not going to be easy but it’s what we have to do. I think we aren’t having the same luck as last year. Also, other teams have improved and maybe we don’t have the consistency we had last year. I don’t think we played a bad game against Tottenham, we had many more chances than them. I think as in every game we just need to focus and concentrate for the 90 minutes because we were playing a good game, we were controlling, and then we conceded three goals. So it is hard to take.”

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Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso claims tomorrow’s derby against Spurs is a must-win game:

“It’s not over until it is mathematically impossible, but it would be very difficult for sure if we lost,” Alonso told British media speaking about getting a spot in the Premier League top four.

“It is definitely a must-win game. Here at Chelsea, we have to fight until the end for every target we can achieve, and next year we have to be in the Champions League. On Sunday, we have to get a win,” the Spain international added.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is aware Sunday’s Premier League game vs Tottenham will be crucial for the Blues’ hopes to grab a spot in the top four of the table.

This is an important game. An important game for us.  Our target for this final (stretch) of the season is to take a place in the Champions League and reach the final of the FA Cup and, this season, try and win it. These must be our targets for this final part of the season. Conte said. “Sunday is an important game for us. If we win, we go very close to Tottenham. Otherwise, we continue to stay not so close and, with seven games to go, it will be difficult to take a place in the Champions League. Nothing is impossible. In this run, I put Liverpool as well. But, for sure, for us, we have to try to win every game, not to make a lot of mistakes, don’t drop points. It will be very important in this final (run) of the season.’

 

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Few years ago, Willy Caballero helped Manchester City when they won the League Cup at Wembley vs Liverpool.

Now the Argentinian goalkeeper is performing very well in the Blues’ run in the current Fa Cup and he hopes to lift another trophy at Wembley in just a couple of months.

For me, it’s a fantastic competition and I don’t have this trophy, so for sure I want to win the FA Cup,” Caballero told Chelsea official website.  “Everyone at Chelsea and our supporters want this too. Southampton will be a tough game for us, like Leicester were. We will head to Wembley to play them and have to fight as we did against Leicester and then hopefully we can reach the final. I think we now have a good break [the international break] but the most important thing for the team would be to finish in the top four and get into the Champions League. But of course we have the chance to win a trophy in the FA Cup and that is what we want to do. So we will go to Wembley for the semi-final and hopefully we can do both things – finishing in the top four and winning the FA Cup.” 

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Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta commented the win over Chelsea at Camp Nou last night:

“It’s what we always talk about. Leo makes the difference in every game. It’s a blessing,” he told beIN SPORTS.

“I hope we can get closer to this Champions League. We’ve taken another step.”

Iniesta believes Ernesto Valverde‘s side are capable of winning the trophy for a sixth time this season.

“It’s always a motivation to win the Champions League but it’s always complicated. A bad game leaves you out,” he said.

“The challenge is to minimise the mistakes because I think we have the team and the form to win it.”

 

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In the press conference with the media ahead of tomorrow’s night Champions League game vs Chelsea, Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said the Spanish side’s task against the Blues will be difficult, but they will try to qualify for the next round using their classical style of play.

It is going to be a hard match, this is the Champions League. We are playing against a very good team with a defensive play. We will try to get the ball, they are well prepared and it will be hard”. Busquets said. “We will try to play hard to get the win, but 0-0 could be a good result. If they score we could be really suffering for that. Chelsea has lots of resources to do what they do and play compact at the back. They are also good on the offense and counter attack. They are going to have this plan then they will do one thing or the other. We will try to be clever and not speculating. 0-0 is a good result, but we shouldn’t speculate”.

And then, when asked about Willian, the Catalan midfielder went on: “We have to pay special attention to him, but Morata, Pedro or Hazard. They have specific attack profiles. They are a good team”.

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Chelsea lose 2-1 against Manchester United after being the best team in the first 45′ and taking the lead with Willian after 32′: the Red Devils respond with Lukaku ( 39′) and Lingard ( 75′) so, eventually, it’s José Mourinho that wins the duel with Antonio Conte after the war started in the press room a couple of months ago.

The Blues start better and Alvaro Morata hits the crossbar after only 5 minutes, an effort that would have deserved more luck after Marcos Alonso put in a great volée assist.

Conte’s lads are dominant in the first game but not able to produce serious dangers to David De Gea, who doesn’t have to save any ball, while United seem strained.

At 32′ Chelsea take the lead after a counter-attack brilliantly finished by Willian, with Man United goalkeeper that could have done better on the shot on his pole.

This is the episode that wakes Romelu Lukaku the Red Devils up: the Belgian, until then one of the worst on the pitch, finally controls a ball and, after great play by Pogba and Sanchez, scores the equaliser.

In the second half Mourinho’s boys enter with more determination and will to win: after a few minutes Lukaku, always him, almost net the ball again with a superb volée: Courtois miraculously saves hits and deflects in corner.

It wasn’t long, however, before the striker impacted the match – with his cross being headed into the back of the net by Lingard with 15 minutes to go, the English midfielder had entered some minutes before to replace an evanescent Martial.

Morata thought he had equalised in the 85th minute, but his goal was ruled out for offside, though replays showed the striker was onside. However, the referee ruled him offside before he even controlled the ball.

Manchester United were able to hold on to take all three points and consolidate their place in the top four while Chelsea now languish in fifth place with a crunch match against Manchester City to come next Sunday.

 

 

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante spoke to the club official website ahead of this afternoon clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford:

“It’s important to win,” said the 26-year-old.

“The Premier League is another competition, we are fourth in the table and if we want to play Champions League next season we have to win these type of games.

“We know Man United have good players but it’s one team against another, our tactics against their tactics. We did well against them at home, I think it will be a little bit different but I hope we can win.’

“I’ve never won at Old Trafford but at Chelsea we’ve beaten them three times.

“I hope I can win my first game against them away.

“We are playing Manchester United and if we win we will be level on points with them.

Liverpool are four points in front of us [having played a game more], Tottenham are fifth but only one point behind so it’s very tight.

“We have to keep winning and hopefully we will be in the Champions League next season. Second place is still possible, we have to fight for it and see what we can do at the end of the season.”

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