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Today Chelsea‘s manager Antonio Conte spoke to the media at Cobham ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford vs Manchester United.

The Italian is aware of the importance of the game and he said his team will do everything they could to win.

We have to look at ourselves and understand that from now until the end of the season every game is very important,” Conte said. “To get three points will be important for ourselves and United. The fight for the Champions League is open, there are many great teams and someone has to miss out. This is not a simple game, especially when you play at Old Trafford, but at the same time after playing Barcelona this test will be very important for us, to see our reaction and approach in a difficult atmosphere. You have to start the game with only one target in your mind, to try to get three points.  This is very important for the mentality. If you have a winning mentality you try to reach only one result, to win. During the game a lot of situations can happen. If you draw against United it could be a good result but only after you’ve played to try to win. Last season we lost the game so we must pay great attention.  They have a lot of fantastic players, their team is also very physical. We must pay great attention because when you play against United anything can happen. It’s a massive game for us and we have to put 120 per cent of our strength into it, we want to try to get three points, it will be difficult but we must try.”

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After two bad defeats in the Premier LeagueChelsea have bounced back with the wins vs West Bromwich and Hull City and the draw, with a great performance, vs Barcelona.

However, this is the past, and speaking to Chelsea official website, defender Cesar Azpilicueta claims the Blues must be focused on their next games: first of all the one vs Manchester United on Sunday.

After two tough defeats a few weeks ago the team responded with two wins against West Brom, and then Hull City in the FA Cup,” Azpilicueta said. “Against Barcelona it was also a great performance from the team, nearly perfect. Now we have a tough game on Sunday and we have to turn our heads to the next target, the Premier League, and try to get as high as possible. The next game is always the most important because it’s where you can get the three points. At the moment we are getting closer and closer to the end of the season, so we have to get the points.”

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Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso is thrilled to face Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 and he believes he knows how the Blues can overcome their rivals.

We know they’ve been one of the best teams in the world in recent years, if not the best, and it will undoubtedly be a very tough tie,” Marcos Alonso told Chelsea official website. “I think we’ll have to defend very well and take our chances because, like I said, they’re a very tough team to beat, let alone over two legs. Still, we will prepare as best we can and give it a shot, and we’ll see how the tie unfolds. The general consensus has been that it’s better to be at home in the second leg, but I don’t think it matters much. Obviously, it will be important to acquit ourselves well on home turf in the first leg so that we’re in with a good chance going to the Camp Nou, which is a very difficult place to win.”

Also, Marcos Alonso claimed that the fact Chelsea won the Premier League last season, made him desire to win a trophy also on European stage.

Yes, of course,” Alonso responded, when asked if last season’s title triumph has inspired him to want to achieve even more. “Especially considering how hard it will be for us to win the Premier League at this point. The whole team are raring to do well in the Champions League and we’re looking forward to a fantastic tie against Barça. Now that I know how amazing it feels to win an important trophy such as the Premier League, I’m hungry for more. This year we’ll fight until the end.”

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LINCOLN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Kylian Hazard of Chelsea takes the first penalty during penalty shoot out of the Checkatrade Trophy - Semi Final match between Lincoln City and Chelsea at Sincil Bank on February 6, 2018 in Lincoln, England.Photo by Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Great win for Chelsea development squad in their Premier League 2 game vs Manchester United played on Friday night.

The Blues scored early in the first half with Castillo, then, in the second half found other three times the back of the net with HazardJames and St. Clair as they won the game 4-0.

Thanks to this result Chelsea are now sixth in the Premier League 2′ table.

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An easy job for Chelsea tonight: four goals in the first half to beat Hull City and gain FA Cup quarter finals.

Everything went smoothly for the Blues when after only 160 seconds Willian netted the opener with an amazing shot of his from the box limit that just entered in the posts cross.

The Blues took control of the game and, in only 25 minutes, had the time to miss four chances with Fabregas, Willian, Giroud and Pedro.

The Spaniard, anyway, redeemed himself with a beautiful goal at 27′ and, only five minutes later, Willian sealed the game with his personal brace with another shot from the limit.

Right before half-time Olivier Giroud could score his first goal in Chelsea shirt assisted by Emerson Palmieri, at his official debut tonight.

The game was practically over only after 45 minutes, with the two sides doing something more than a training in the second part.

Chelsea will know their rivals in the quarter finals next week, but now their mind is only at the Champions League clash against Barcelona next Tuesday.

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Bournemouth‘s manager Eddie Howe is delighted after seeing his team defeating Chelsea tonight at Stamford Bridge.

According to Howe the Cherries showed their best performance in their Premier League seasons so far: “I think that has to be our best result and the best performance in getting the result. We had to be at our best against Chelsea and everyone was magnificent,” Howe told BBC Sport. “Our aggressiveness, our work-rate was spot on. It was a game of few chances but we deserved the scoreline in the end. We were desperate for a clean sheet, the last few stages were difficult to watch as the lads tired and we just wanted to get those three points and secure the clean sheet. It’s not a statement to other teams as such but more for ourselves; we’ve beaten Arsenal and Chelsea recently so if we needed any more belief then that has to come now.” 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte analysed the Blues win at Brighton and, of course, he noticed his team improved respect to the performances of the last month, where they barely scored a goal:

“[It was] A good game, a good result for us. In the last period, we didn’t score a lot. Instead today we scored four goals, we created other chances to improve the final result,” the Italian claimed.

“We kept another clean sheet, which is very important for us, despite Brighton creating chances to score. Before the game, a lot of people had a lot of apprehension for suspensions and injuries.

“But, during the game, we showed a great personality to be a team. We started the game very well, scored twice quickly with good combinations between our strikers. This is very important and we must be happy for this.”

Speaking about man of the match Eden Hazard, he said:

Eden Hazard scored twice. For us, it’s important Hazard, Willian and Moses all score. But, from tomorrow, every single player that scored today has to forget he scored and must try and score again against Arsenal.

“This is the most important thing: to be happy for today’s performance but, from tomorrow, to think about another important game against Arsenal, another important situation to try to help the team to win.”

Then, his answer to the people who said that Chelsea were in a “crisis”:

“Whoever said this has to pay attention to the stats. We’re unbeaten in 14 games. It’s normal that the press try to see the negative aspect and don’t see the positives.

“But this team, with many problems, are unbeaten in 14 games in every competition. This means means we are performing important work with these players to win in this way, despite five players less: Fabregas, Drinkwater, Courtois, two suspensions in Pedro and Morata. Despite this, we won 4-0.

“That means that every player deserves his chance, and every player has to fight to play. Now we have to continue in this way. I’m pleased with the responses of all the players today. You could see on our bench there were Charly Musonda and Sterling and Ampadu, the present and future of Chelsea.

“The club has committed to work with the young players to improve, and I’m doing this. Christensen is only 21 and playing every game. We are doing an important job for this club. We have to continue in this way. Every player today showed a great responsibility.

“For this reason, I’m very happy because every player felt this responsibility. To grow in this aspect is very important for us.”

Conte also explained why Danny Drinkwater was ruled out of the game:

“Danny had a kick on his ankle in the game against Norwich. He’s not so lucky this season (with injuries).

“He’s having many problems from the start of the season. I hope to recover him very quickly.”

About the two penalties that referee Jon Moss didn’t concede to Brighton when the score was still 0-2, Conte said:

“I think that, in England, seeing a penalty is not simple. It’s very difficult to see a referee whistling for a penalty. You can see what happened in the last game against Norwich.

“In this league, there is this type of valuation for one team, for another team. I don’t know because I didn’t see these two situations, so I can’t give an evaluation about this.

“But, at the same time, I can tell you that the new system – if we learn to use it very quickly – can help a lot to avoid big mistakes if there are big mistakes. This system will be very important for every team because, in this way, you won’t have doubts.”

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Antonio Conte sent a clear message today during his press conference ahead of the Fa Cup‘s third round replay vs Norwich City: his task is to win games and to make the best choices for the club and all the players must accept this.

I’m the coach. I decide. It’s not important if one player is happy or not. Only here is there this situation. You are very worried about whether a player is happy or not”. Conte replied to the journalists. “This is not important. My first task is to do the best for the team and the club. Not to make every player happy. Otherwise we’d risk finishing 20th in the table. Every press conference there is always this question about whether I’m worried about making my players happy. No. I’m worried to win”.

In particular, the question about players’ happiness was linked to Eden Hazard‘s situation, who Conte replaced in the last two games Chelsea played.

We are talking about a player who, recently, had a bad injury in his ankle and surgery. Usually, when you have this type of situation, you must pay great attention,” Conte explained. “During the season you can have ups and downs. He missed the pre-season with us, too. I think that, with him, we are trying to find the best way. It’s normal that one player can’t keep always top of the form. But, like the others, my task is to try and improve him and try and put him in the best physical condition to take the best decision for the team during games. Not only for him, but for every single player”.

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Chelsea difence didn’t concede a goal in their last three games, but, also, the Blues weren’t able to score vs NorwichArsenal and Leicester.

Speaking to Chelsea official website, Antonio Rudiger admits Antonio Conte’s side cannot be happy with the last three goalless draw.

Honestly, I prefer that we win this game and concede a goal, at least we would have the three points. Of course we are disappointed with the performance and I think we are lucky that Leicester did not score in the first half”. Rudiger said. “We cannot be happy with the last few weeks. It is difficult weeks for everyone and there are lots of mistakes that we are doing. It is like this sometimes. You just need that one moment. At the moment it is difficult, but we have to go for it.”

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Despite all the rumours about his possible move to Real Madrid next season, Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is focused on Chelsea and tonight’s London derby vs Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

I think it’s important over the Christmas period, with a lot of games, that you pick up as many points as possible, especially now we are playing a big rival who are below us, because if we can win there it will be good for us and we will go up to second again,” – Courtois told the official Chelsea website. – “We want to try to close the gap to Man City as much as possible in case they drop points. We are in good form, we are defending well and not conceding goals so hopefully we can keep that run going, but the most important thing against Arsenal is to win.”

Chelsea’s good run has been determined so far also by impressive defensive performances and Courtois is aware of this aspect:  “It’s good to know that sometimes you need just one goal to win a game, so if you are capable of keeping clean sheets and defending well that’s good,’ – Courtois said – “At the beginning of the season we struggled to not concede, we gave away some silly goals at times but then we changed. Since then we’ve worked better defensively as a whole and if you can match that with scoring, that’s good. In the last 12 games we’ve had eight clean sheets and only conceded four goals, which is great. In a big game anything is possible, it might be 4-3 or whatever, but hopefully we can have a good game defensively, score and win”.

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