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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is warming up for the Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge tonight, when the Blues will face West Ham.

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New signings Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante will likely feature tonight (the Belgium international will probably start from the bench since Diego Costa is expected to lead the Blues’ attack) with Kurt Zouma still recovering from the knee injury he suffered last season.

Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas will fight for a place in the midfield, with the Serbia International who is said to be more likely to play.

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Slaven Bilic has to replace Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini but Dimitri Payet is said to be fit and will play at Stamford Bridge.

Also Diafra Sakho and Doneil Henry are both injured and not expected to feature in the Premier League opener against the Blues.

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PREDICTED LINE UPS

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Kante; Willian, Oscar, Matic, Hazard; Costa

West Ham: Adrian; Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Kouyate, Nordtveit, Noble; Feghouli, Carroll, Ayew

 

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Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma is confident the Blues will challenge for the Premier League title under new manager Antonio Conte.

The 21-year-old reportedly said: “Last season was not good for us. No-one is happy about that. The new manager wants to do much better and he will bring in new players. That is not a problem.”

“Of course Chelsea must be much better next time. Last year we did bad. Tenth in the league is not good for Chelsea.”

“I am confident we will be back challenging for the title. Chelsea has a big team. We have to bounce back and be ready to fight.”

“But not being in Europe will not help us. We are used to playing in the Champions League. The target now is to be back in that competition as soon as we can. It’s a very important competition for the club.”

The Frenchman is currently recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in February.

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Roma are lining up a summer move for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Frenchman has been targeted as a replacement for Antonio Rudiger if the Germany international leaves Italy, since he is currently on loan from Bundesliga side Stuttgart.

Zouma has been out for around 6 months after injuring his knee against Manchester United and is expected to completely recover in July.

 

 

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Chelsea crashed out of the FA Cup against Everton at Goodison Park last night, effectively ending their season by March.

The Blues put in a poor performance yesterday, conceding twice and having a man sent off. It was an awful day at the office all round. But why were they so bad?

After a difficult Champions League game on Wednesday, Goodison Park was always going to be a tough place to go and win having already lost their in the league 3-1 earlier this season.

Interim boss Guus Hiddink decided to replace the injured Eden Hazard with holding midfield player Nemanja Matic. The Serbian is a fine player, but in my opinion, he should have been playing against PSG as it was clear the Blues were overrun in midfield and needed more power in there, in the shape of Matic. Hiddink went with both Matic and Mikel at Goodison Park, leaving very little creativity, but also allowing Everton very few chances as well. It looked as though Chelsea were trying to shut out Everton rather then go for the win themselves.

The Toffees had a clear game plan to wind up Diego Costa, which clearly worked as he was sent off for an outrageous outburst late in the game. Costa couldn’t see enough of the ball, when he does, he always looks like he’s going to make something happen. His chance in the second half was well created and he was unlucky not to put it away.

But a moment of brilliance from Lukaku combined with terrible Chelsea defending saw the deadlock broken. Both Azpilicueta and Ivanovic were out muscled by the Belgian, he then breezed past Mikel and left Gary Cahill on his back side before slotting home. As a manager you just cannot legislate for that kind of defending. This has been an issue all season.

The second Lukaku goal was a brilliant finish through the legs of Courtois. But the Chelsea hierarchy last season signed Felipe Luis, and sold him. This season have signed Baba Rahman for £20 million, a young unknown left back. Having both Zouma and Terry out injured and having to put in a make shift defence, the £20 million man still can not get in the team. It is absolutely ridiculous. And there have been to many of these players that have been signed, barely given a game and then loaned out or sold very soon after. It makes no sense. The Blues went with Kenedy at left back- an attacking midfielder, not a defender. And he played Lukaku clearly onside, due to a lack of experience defending, and this finished off the game and the season for Chelsea.

A terrible season has pretty much ended in March. With nothing left to play for for Chelsea, they need to get their affairs in order now. Get a new manager in, sort through over 30 players out on loan, have a serious look at these young players who can come in, get rid of any players who do not want to be at the club and scout signings that will play and will improve the squad!

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has today announced he has injured his ACL and will be out for around 6 months.

The Frenchman fell awkwardly in the game on Sunday against Manchester United. He today tweeted “Scan today has shown I injured my ACL. I will have surgery this week & will come back stronger. Thank you everyone for all the messages”.

Chelsea will now be looking to the out of favour Gary Cahill to step up in place of Zouma.

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Luke Shaw of Manchester United has sent a message of support to Kurt Zouma after he suffered a horror injury during the second half of the match between the two sides.

Shaw, who is recovering from his own serious injury said “Best wishes to @KurtZouma get well soon!” via twitter. This was an outstanding show of sportsmanship by the young England international.

Zouma was replaced by Gary Cahill in the match which ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Chelsea meet Manchester United at Stamford Bridge as they look to continue their unbeaten run under interim boss Guus Hiddink.

Chelsea started with the same team that drew 0-0 at Vicarage Road on Wednesday as they handed Willian his 100th start for the team. The Blues began the game very slowly, with United dominating over 70% of possession and all in Chelsea territory within the first 10 minutes of the match.

And in the 18th minute Courtois was called in to action to make a brilliant save from Anthony Martial. As the Frenchman cut inside Ivanovic and attempted to bend the ball into the far corner only for Courtois to make an acrobatic stop.

It took until the half hour mark for Chelsea to create a real goal scoring chance as Oscar played Diego Costa in behind the Manchester United defence for him to drive the ball just wide of David De Gea’s far post. Just a few minutes later, some brilliant play from Willian to beat United left-back Borthwick-Jackson and fire across goal and Oscar was a whisker away from making it 1-0 to the Blues but the Brazillian couldn’t quite connect.

Just before half-time, Chelsea have a strong penalty claim turned down as John Terry made his way forward, and more brilliant build up play from Willian, the ball found its way to the Chelsea captain in the penalty area only to have his shot blocked by what looked to be Daley Blind’s arm. But referee Michael Oliver adjudged the ball to have come off of Blind’s chest.

The second half had a frantic start with action in both halves, as the dangerous Martial found more room down the Chelsea right to cut inside, but couldn’t find the target. Soon after Thibaut Courtois was called in to action as Jesse Lingard attempted to bend the ball past the Belgian who made a diving save to his left.

It took less then 10 minutes into the second half for the introduction of Eden Hazard to try and make the difference for the Blues. And only two minutes later Kurt Zouma was taken off for what looked like a bad injury after a nasty fall.

And on the hour mark the first goal went to Manchester United after another attack down the Chelsea right hand side a ball across the goal found Jesse Lingard in space to turn and fire past Courtois to make it 1-0 to the Red Devils on the hour mark.

Chelsea finally managed a fine save from De Gea as Ivanovic found himself in the United area and smashed a volley goal bound only for the Spaniard to make a brilliant diving stop. The same was said as his international team mate Fabregas produced a great turn in the box only to be thwarted by another top save from De Gea.

After end to end action in either half it took a late late goal from Diego Costa to draw the Blues level. After a great off the ball run from Terry, Costa found space in the United area and was picked out by Fabregas, only for his initial shot to be blocked, but he was there to tap in the rebound.

And in the final minute of added time Costa had the chance to take all three points, only to see the brilliant De Gea to make another fantastic save. And the game finished 1-1, which under reflection seemed a fair one and means Guus Hiddink retains his unbeaten record with the Blues.

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Chelsea’s young centre-back Kurt Zouma says he’s very surprised at John Terry being allowed to leave the West London club.

Zouma, who was signed on transfer deadline day in January 2014, spoke to the Evening Standard after his team-mate Terry announced the club wouldn’t be renewing his contract “I am very surprised – I didn’t know. Now we have to see what John wants to do because I think he can play for another one or two years.

“This feels like when we lost Didier (Drogba) last summer. He (Terry) is a huge personality at Chelsea. When you lose these kind of players, you have to replace them but I don’t know how John can be replaced. We have to think about it.

“For me he can play many more times. He is still at a top level. He has been playing very well since I arrived at Chelsea (in 2014). He can continue for sure.

“His performances have been consistent. Since I have been at the club, I haven’t seen him play badly. That’s the truth. He was always helping everybody.

“He has been a massive support to me. When I started my first games last year he was always talking to me. He is a legend and a very good leader. I have learnt a lot from him. I don’t know what to say, I am very surprised.”

Terry has won the FA Cup five times as well as four Premier League titles in a glittering career for the Blues.

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Chelsea are closing in on the signing of MLS star Matt Miazga.

Miazga, 20, who currently plays for MLS side New York Red Bulls, is due to fly to London before Saturday in order to complete his £3.5 million move to the Blues.

The 6ft 4in centre back is regarded as a promising young talent, having already made his debut for the U.S national team under former German international Jurgen Klinsmann.

This will come as some concern to Chelsea’s current centre back Gary Cahill, whose already finding it difficult to break into the first team under Guus Hiddink. With Chelsea captain John Terry and promising young Frenchman Kurt Zouma ahead of him in the pecking order.

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