Monday, 30 October 2017

Conte To Make 2 Changes: Predicted Chelsea XI vs AS Roma

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Chelsea can book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a win when they take on AS Roma on Tuesday evening.


Chelsea Roundup: “Drinkwater is ready, Kante is ready, Abraham learning tactically and physically”

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Chelsea's English midfielder Danny Drinkwater plays the ball during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on October 25,

Major injury blow confirmed ahead of Roma vs Chelsea, four definitely out

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Roma defender Bruno Peres has been ruled out of his side’s crucial Champions League group stage clash with Chelsea on Tuesday [31 October] after suffering a thigh tear during his side’s 1-0 win over Bologna on the weekend.

Interviews: Antonio Conte and Morata talk about Chelsea vs Roma in Champions League

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata confesses Roma ‘deserved’ to beat his side and is backing them over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Picking the Best Potential Chelsea Lineup to Face AS Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday Night

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Chelsea are back in European action as they head to Italy on Tuesday night for their game  against AS Roma.

‘Beast’, ‘World class’ – Chelsea fans rave about player after Bournemouth win (not Hazard)

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Chelsea fans watched their side beat Bournemouth 1-0 on Saturday evening, and took to Twitter to delight in the performance of centre-back Antonio Rüdiger.

Chelsea dominated possession in the first half but couldn’t get the breakthrough goal, with Alvaro Morata unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.

The striker turned provider in the second half when he picked out a pass for Eden Hazard.

Bournemouth’s Simon Francis completely missed his kick which let Hazard in on goal and the Belgian beat Asmir Begovic on his near post for the winning goal.

It might not have been the most emphatic victory but it was a solid performance and Antonio Conte will be pleased at the clean sheet – his side’s first in four Premier League games.

Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta were the centre-backs tonight and Chelsea fans were delighted with the performance of the former.

Rudiger, 24, joined Chelsea for £34.5million this summer from Roma and he appears to be slotting into the Chelsea first team well.

This Is Futbol has rounded up some of the best tweets from happy Chelsea fans.

Antonio Conte opens up about Danny Drinkwater at Chelsea

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Antonio Conte has told Chelsea fans that it won’t be long before Danny Drinkwater is back in top shape at the defending champions.


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Eden Hazard had Bournemouth running scared – Frank Lampard

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Eden Hazard is a great Chelsea talent who put fear into the Bournemouth defence – according to Blues legend Frank Lampard.

Alvaro Morata sends clear Chelsea warning to Man United fans

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Alvaro Morata has told Manchester United fans that Chelsea are ready to do what it takes to keep pace with the Red Devils in the Premier League title race.

Eden Hazard: I’m much more confident at Chelsea now, this is why

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Eden Hazard says he is feeling more confident than ever following his recent goals for Chelsea.

Roma: Two more go down injured, officially cursed heading to Chelsea

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You’re not going to believe this, but two more Roma players went down injured yesterday’s match. In their 1-0 defeat both Gregoire Defrel and Bruno Peres had to exit with lower-body injuries, and are now in doubt for their clash against Chelsea on Tuesday.

Full Interview: Conte gives update of Kante injury, Morata’s lack of goals, Premier League and more

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Thoughts on the Bournemouth win

“For sure, we played a good game. Good football. I must be pleased for this game, for the performance. For a big part of the game we played very well, with maturity and good possession, and tried to create and find the right ball between the lines, or to switch the play.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Full Interview: Conte talks about Morata, Drinkwater, Kante, Ancelotti, Ake, Ampadu and more

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On squad

N’Golo is still not ready. We have to wait and hope to have him back for the Roma game. Danny played against Everton but he needs to find the right physical condition. The other players are available.

Picking the Best Potential Chelsea Lineup to Face Bournemouth on Saturday

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Chelsea head to the south coast this Saturday to face AFC Bournemouth, while looking to make it three wins in a row, following defeats of Watford and Everton.

Hazard compares Morata with Costa: “When good players play together, they don’t need two years”

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Eden Hazard says it took no time at all to strike up a partnership with Chelsea’s summer signing Alvaro Morata, a partnership similar to the one he had with Diego Costa.

Conte confirms injury blows in Live Press Conference: “There’s a lot of bull***t”

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Antonio Conte has dismissed speculation that his Chelsea future is in fresh doubt.

Reports on Friday suggested former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti is on standby for a return to Stamford Bridge because the club hierarchy do not expect Conte to see out his contract.

Conte tells Arsenal star to join him at Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reportedly asked Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud to join him at Stamford Bridge.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Chelsea told the real reason midfielder rejected £35m transfer on deadline day

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Former Everton coach Alan Stubbs claims Ross Barkley rejected a switch to Chelsea on transfer deadline day as the midfielder had fears regarding potential game-time at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea ready to pay £71m to land Atletico Madrid star

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Chelsea’s midfielder has been hit by a number of injuries this season and Antonio Conte is lining up a huge move to bring another world-class option into the mix.

“So Impressed” – Chelsea fans heap praise on unlikely hero following Everton victory

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Chelsea edged past Everton in a 2-1 victory, to claim their spot in the last eight of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.

Michy Batshuayi to be punished on Social Media after Everton win

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Chelsea 2 – Everton 1
Chelsea progressed through to the quarterfinals of the League Cup on Wednesday night.

Antonio Conte impressed by Chelsea youngsters, reacts to Drinkwater’s display

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Antonio Conte has set his sights on further progress in the Carabao Cup while continuing to give young players a chance after he saw the side he selected win what he described as a dangerous tie.

Antonio Conte gives significant N’Golo Kante injury update after Everton win

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CHELSEA boss Antonio Conte says N’Golo Kante is ready to return from a hamstring injury.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

“I need to improve on the ball” – Chelsea midfielder admits to failings

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Tiemoue Bakayoko is a player with a huge amount of raw potential but he’s still very much a rough diamond.

Conte personally blocks Chelsea star’s January exit

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Antonio Conte will not let Charly Musonda leave Chelsea in January as he plans to utilise the Belgian more over the course of the season, reports claim.

Chelsea stars look sharp in training ahead of Everton clash despite ongoing injury woes

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Chelsea players have been snapped being put through their paces ahead of facing Everton in the Carabao Cup.

Picking the Best Potential Chelsea Lineup to Face Everton in the EFL Cup on Wednesday

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Chelsea will host an Everton side in the 4th round of the Carabao Cup, who will be without Ronald Koeman after he was shown the door following another dismal performance which saw the Toffees collapse 5-2 last Sunday at home to Arsenal.

Eden Hazard Snubbed Lionel Messi To Pick Chelsea Team-Mate For Best FIFA Award

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As expected Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award last night, but there were still some surprises in the voting.

‘We want him for life!’ – Chelsea fans back this man despite controversial rumours

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Football fans can turn on managers quickly depending on the team’s results, and at Chelsea, a recent run of games did not go to plan.

Courtois: “We will fight for Antonio Conte”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will have the full support of his players to help him avoid suffering a similar fate as that of Jose Mourinho two years back, the Premier League champions’ goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to stun Premier League with Gareth Bale swoop – report

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That’s according to Spanish news outlet Don Balon who reckon the Italian chief was to reinvest the cash banked from Diego Costa’s sale.

‘Perfect time to retire’, ‘I hope this is his last game’ – Chelsea fans call for key player to retire

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Gary Cahill made his 250th appearance for Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Watford at Stamford Bridge.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Diego Costa sends message to Michy Batshuayi after Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Watford

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Michy Batshuayi’s super-sub display in Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Watford has been praised by Diego Costa.

Antonio Conte says three Chelsea players were ‘amazing’ against Watford

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Antonio Conte hailed the contributions of Davide Zappacosta, Willian and Michy Batshuayi as amazing after Chelsea came from behind to beat Watford 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte reaction: This is what I think of Chelsea’s thrilling 4-2 win over Watford

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Chelsea’s thrilling victory over Watford relieved some pressure from Antonio Conte, who admitted in the run up to the game that he felt it. After the win?

Man City fan goes viral after posting tweet when Batshuayi came on for Chelsea v Watford

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Chelsea have been on a poor run of form recently.

The Blues were winless in three before yesterday’s match-up with Watford, but they got off to a great start with Pedro’s wonder-goal.

Batshuayi reveals what Antonio Conte said to him before Chelsea’s 4-2 comeback against Watford

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Michy Batshuayi has revealed that he received minimal instructions from Antonio Conte before he came on as a substitute in Chelsea’s win over Watford on Saturday.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Conte To Make 1 Change As Key Man Ruled Out: Predicted Chelsea XI vs Watford

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Chelsea will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Eden Hazard issues warning to rivals

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Eden Hazard reckons Chelsea can still retain the Premier League title despite slipping off the pace in recent weeks.

Five injuries for Chelsea vs Watford confirmed, double boost expected very soon

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High-flying Watford will remain without six first-team players for their trip to defending Premier League champions Chelsea this weekend.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Chelsea star openly admits Jose Mourinho was his ‘enemy’

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Cesc Fabregas admits that Jose Mourinho was his ‘enemy’ before the manager brought him to Chelsea in the summer of 2014.

Watch: David Luiz shouts at Conte in Italian and he has no kind words

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Chelsea star David Luiz was not happy, to say the least, when Antonio Conte decided to replace him in the second half of Chelsea-Roma.

Eden Hazard defends Antonio Conte after one big mistake against A.S. Roma

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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has admitted that he cannot confirm the reason why Antonio Conte took him off in Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Roma in the Champions League.

Willian opens up on Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard partnership

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Willian believes there is even more quality to come from Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Conte admits mistake in picking wrong tactics for Chelsea against Roma

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Antonio Conte took responsibility for Chelsea’s subpar result on Wednesday night, crediting the commitment and effort of his players, while admitting that he made a mistake in setting out his team in a more reactive 3-5-2 rather than a more proactive 3-4-3 formation.

The assessment is in stark contrast with Chelsea’s last game, after which Conte supposedly “ripped into” his players for the poor showing in losing to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. This time, Conte questioned his own choice of setting out with a more conservative — even though that got us into a 2-1 lead — and rued his decision not to go with a more proactive 3-4-3 from the start — even though Roma scored two goals after we switched to that in the wake of David Luiz’s substitution.

“I like to be honest. For sure I didn’t like the type of football that we did for a lot of the game.

“It’s right to take responsibility for this. I tried with one hand to protect my team to become more solid, and move a central defender into midfield, Luiz. On the other hand, we totally lost our style of football. I didn’t like this.

“In the end I think the result was fair. We were 2-0 up but we weren’t in control of the game and it’s right to take the responsibility for this. Sometimes you have to find the right solution to try to protect your team. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad.

“When we switched back to our system, we pushed deeper, we had chances and in some instances we played good football.

“You know our situation very well. It was good to draw because Roma deserved this result. I have to praise my players because they showed me a big effort, a big commitment tonight otherwise we lose the game.”

-Antonio Conte; source: Chelsea FC


If nothing else, we should appreciate the candor and the honesty of the man in charge. The players undoubtedly do as well.

There were some good signs we can build on for the weekend, where we’re unlikely to go with another defensive showing, especially since we might be down to just one healthy midfielder. Watford are having a good season and are stronger than their name would lead us to believe. As ever, it won’t be an easy game, but if we can learn from our mistakes, we can hopefully put together a good performance and get back on the winning track.

Antonio Conte provides David Luiz and Bakayoko injury update

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Antonio Conte says David Luiz was substituted as a precaution as he did not want to risk further injuries to his Chelsea squad.

Frank Lampard believes Chelsea should be 'happy with a point' against Roma

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"I think it [the biggest worry] was not getting to grips with what we said at half-time, which was the switch of play.