Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is unsure whether Eden Hazard will start this weekend’s London derby against Arsenal.
The Belgium international came on for the final half an hour of the Blues’ 6-0 triumph over Qarabag in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Hazard has made two cameo appearances for Chelsea this month after making his injury comeback during the World Cup qualifiers for Belgium. While the attacker has insisted that he is up to full fitness, Conte has refused to take any risks with the Belgian crucial to the club’s progress across all competitions.
Speaking after the Qarabag win, he said: “We must have a bit of patience with him and to try to give the possibility for Eden to recover very well. We must be calm and to do the best for the player and for the team. Otherwise, we risk a bad injury to delay the situation. This is the right way. This process is good for him.”
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Sky Sports expert Gary Neville believes Antonio Conte has the 100 percent backing from his players following Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium.
The Blues boss had cut a frustrated figure earlier this month following back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Burnley in the Community Shield and the Premier League respectively.
Following last weekend’s 3-2 loss to Burnley, the odds were against Chelsea to win at Wembley but they managed to clinch a surprise win with a brace from left wing-back Marcos Alonso. Speaking on his Podcast, Neville admitted the game was important for a number of reasons, but importantly for the harmony between the players and the coach.
He said: “In the last two or three weeks, people have been writing Chelsea off. We are aware of what happened last time after Chelsea won the title. Mancini, Ranieri and Mourinho have all been sacked pretty quickly after winning the title. They stood up today.
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Chelsea could end their three-year association with striker Diego Costa this summer after manager Antonio Conte texted the player personally to suggest that he has not future at Stamford Bridge.
The Spain international became only the third Blues player to achieve the 20-goal mark in two separate seasons as his team clinched the Premier League title last term.
Despite the trophy success, his future has been the talk in the media in recent weeks with suggestions that he could entertain a move to former club Atletico Madrid. However, this route appears to have stalled for the immediate future after the Spanish club failed to have their transfer embargo overturned at the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
With that option of the radar, super agent Jorge Mendes has begun talks with AC Milan, who are willing to spend big to bring back the olden days. According to The London Evening Standard, Mendes is in discussions over a proposed deal for his client, although Costa prefers a return to Madrid. Contrasting reports also suggest that Mendes could be negotiating for James Rodriguez, who is eyeing a fresh challenge away from Real Madrid.
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Antonio Conte thinks that Arsenal has better chances than his team of clinching the FA Cup.
The reason why Conte thinks so is that Arsenal has not achieved much this season. In fact, they have underachieved. They have failed to meet the standard that they have set for themselves in the last couple of decades. So, they would be desperate to have some kind of success at last.
The Blues, on the other hand, have absolutely swept the English season with as many as thirty victories in the top flight. The Premiership title is already theirs. So regardless of whatever happens in the Cup final, it will go down as a successful season for them and the players know that. And because of that Conte fears that they may not have as much hunger in them as the Gunners.
However, as per Conte, while addressing his team ahead of the Cup final, he would remind the players that they are only equalised with Arsenal and not ahead of them as far as the head-to-head numbers are concerned because they have played two games against them in the season, have beaten them once and have been beaten by them once and the margin of goals in both the results was almost the same.
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Top pundit Gary Neville has hailed the way Chelsea manager Antonio Conte used David Luiz this season. The former Man United star said it was one of the best managerial decisions of the season.
The player returned to Stamford Bridge in a shocking move last summer on the final transfer day. He had moved to France to play for Paris St Germain but returned to be one of the key players this season. He is amongst the three defenders that Conte plays in his famed 3-4-3 formation.
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Premier League giants Chelsea are almost clear to lift the title after seeing off Bournemouth away on Saturday.
A shocking loss at home to Crystal Palace on the first day of this month had opened up possibilities for late season drama. However, with back to back victories against Manchester City and now Bournemouth, the Blues seemed to have sealed their grip on the title.
Chelsea defeated the Cherries 3-1 to maintain their seven points lead over closest rival Tottenham Hotspur. The entertaining affair was one the Antonio Conte-led side were desperate to see off following a victory for Spurs against Watford.
Diego Costa was denied from booking his name on the scorers’ list as his attempt was converted to an own goal by defender Adam Smith. Within three minutes of the goal, an impressive N’GoloKante slipped through his attackers to send a long pass to an equally impressive Eden Hazard. The Belgium international beat goalkeeper ArturBoructo get the second goal.
Bournemouth had an attempt hit the post but their resilience paid off in the later stages of the first half when Joshua Kings’s effort made it 2-1. After the break, the hosts pushed for an equalizer but Chelsea proved why they are atop the league. Marco Alonso’s 68th minute brilliant free kick put the game beyond Eddie Howe’s men.
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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has revealed the philosophy that helped him to through his lengthy period out with injuries.
The 22-year old suffered a knee injury in February 2016 following an extended run of games last season, thereby putting an end to his season and ruling him out of Euro 2016 for France.
However, the French international finally returned to first – team action earlier this year in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Brentford, as he tries to work his way back into the team.
Zouma explains that it was his positive attitude and state of mind that has been key to his recovery and rehabilitation.
“If you are mentally good and stable, your recovery is going to be better and quicker. That’s his philosophy,” he told The Mirror.
He revealed that if you give up and you become sad while thinking about the injury, you are likely going to struggle. He feels he is still very young and can enjoy the life as a professional footballer.
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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed that the impressive return for Diego Costa after 15 days of incredible rumours shows that the team has incredible unity and spirit.
Conte had to fend off numerous questions about Costa after he was left out of the squad against Leicester City. Even though the manager claimed that it was due to a back injury,Costa was pictured having a bust up with the fitness coach and having to train alone as a result of it. The bust up reported to be created by Costa angling for a move to China, where he had reportedly been offered £30 million per year.
As one of the top strikers in the world,Costa makes a difference in any team. This was evident in the in 2-0 win over Hull City. Chelsea were struggling to create clear-cut opportunities in the game against a relegation threatened opponent. However, the blues came up with a goal just before half-time through Costa.
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English Premier League giants Chelsea are reportedly in talks with Victor Moses for contract extension.
The impressive form the player is showing, and rising interests in him by oppositions have forced Stamford Bridge to bring talks forward. Even Sky Sports claims Barcelona have made Moses a transfer target.
Chelsea switched formation to 3-4-3 that has seen Moses put up a series of brilliant performances in a new wing-back role. His display has been crucial to the success of the Blues and partly responsible for the brilliant turn-around that has sent them to the top of the league standings. Chelsea have enjoyed a seven-game winning streak that saw them end Tottenham Hotspur’s unbeaten record in the Premier League over the weekend. Moses got the second goal in the 2-1 victory, aside goals against Burnley and Leicester City. His four goals in 14 games have contributed to the hastening of the new deal.
The 26-year old Nigeria international is under contract until 2019 since he signed in 2015, but will likely get an extension that will tie him down till 2021. He was on loan to West Ham after signing the contract in 2015, starting only 16 games before returning to Stamford Bridge. His new role has made him an almost permanent member of Coach Antonio Conte’s side.
Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo – a Nigerian as well – has been impressed with the player’s recent performances, and Sky Sports report that he is key in the new deal Moses would get. Barcelona want Moses as the player’s transition from the winger role means he takes up defensive jobs. The Nou Camp want Moses to take up the right back position as they want replacement or at least competition for Sergi Roberto. Conte wants Moses to remain at Chelsea, and he has advised that he remain focused on the present.
Rich English football club Chelsea would be required to spend more money in transfer deal if they want Steven N’zonzi, according to reports.
The midfielder has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge but his parent club Sevilla are set to offer him a new deal that would see his release clause raised far above the £27 million he is currently priced.
Daily Star report that the Europa League defending champions want the player to remain, but would get as much as possible if he were to exit the side. Club president Jose Castro told Spanish football news outlet, Don Balon:
“I know that N’Zonzi is attracting a lot of interest, and because of that we’re talking about a new contract. It is only a good thing that teams are chasing him, there isn’t anything negative in that. We always want to keep good players in our team, unless there are offers that you can’t turn down.
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