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Homesick Conte ready to return to Italy

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Milan (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he misses his native Italy and plans to return home soon.

“Yes, I miss Italy. And in my mind, there’s no doubt I will be home before long,” Conte said in an interview Monday with Italian radio station Anch’io Sport.

“Italy is my homeland, so once I have had some good experiences, important and life-changing experiences, I’ll be back.

Homesick Conte ready to return to Italy

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Milan (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he misses his native Italy and plans to return home soon.

“Yes, I miss Italy. And in my mind, there’s no doubt I will be home before long,” Conte said in an interview Monday with Italian radio station Anch’io Sport.

“Italy is my homeland, so once I have had some good experiences, important and life-changing experiences, I’ll be back.

On-song Morata gives Conte Chelsea cheer

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Alvaro Morata will approach Chelsea’s Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid next week in top form after his hat-trick inspired his side to a 4-0 win at Stoke City.

Morata struck three times at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday to take his Chelsea tally to seven goals in six games since his close-season move from Atletico’s local rivals Real Madrid.

On-song Morata gives Conte Chelsea cheer

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Alvaro Morata will approach Chelsea’s Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid next week in top form after his hat-trick inspired his side to a 4-0 win at Stoke City.

Morata struck three times at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday to take his Chelsea tally to seven goals in six games since his close-season move from Atletico’s local rivals Real Madrid.

Chelsea boss Conte takes high road over Costa rift

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte refused to take a parting shot at Diego Costa on Friday after the exiled Chelsea striker got his wish to rejoin Atletico Madrid.

Blues boss Conte fell out with Costa following the Spain star’s attempts to engineer a move away from Stamford Bridge last season.

Chelsea boss Conte takes high road over Costa rift

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte refused to take a parting shot at Diego Costa on Friday after the exiled Chelsea striker got his wish to rejoin Atletico Madrid.

Blues boss Conte fell out with Costa following the Spain star’s attempts to engineer a move away from Stamford Bridge last season.

Chelsea’s Luiz ‘must’ play despite broken wrist – Conte

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is pinning his hopes on David Luiz playing against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League next week even though the defender has a broken wrist.

Luiz sustained the injury in Sunday’s goalless draw with Arsenal when he clattered into the advertising hoardings at the end of the first half.

Conte warns Chelsea to avoid ref rage in Arsenal clash

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea stars to keep their cool as they bid to avoid more red card misery against Arsenal on Sunday.

Conte’s side have lost their past two meetings with Arsenal in the FA Cup final and the Community Shield after having a player sent off in each encounter.

Conte warns Chelsea to avoid ref rage in Arsenal clash

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea stars to keep their cool as they bid to avoid more red card misery against Arsenal on Sunday.

Conte’s side have lost their past two meetings with Arsenal in the FA Cup final and the Community Shield after having a player sent off in each encounter.

Conte wants Chelsea to play on after London Underground attack

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte says Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Arsenal should go ahead on Sunday despite an explosive device being detonated on a tube train near the club’s west London stadium.

At least 22 people were injured after a bomb exploded on a packed London Underground train during the morning rush hour on Friday in what police are treating as a “terrorist incident”.

Conte wants Chelsea to play on after London Underground attack

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte says Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Arsenal should go ahead on Sunday despite an explosive device being detonated on a tube train near the club’s west London stadium.

At least 22 people were injured after a bomb exploded on a packed London Underground train during the morning rush hour on Friday in what police are treating as a “terrorist incident”.

Chelsea manager Conte expects selection gamble to pay off

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte believes his decision to rest several of Chelsea stars for their Champions League demolition of Qarabag will be rewarded when the Blues face Arsenal on Sunday.

Conte left out David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Victor Moses and Alvaro Morata for Tuesday’s 6-0 thumping of the Azerbaijan minnows at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Conte expects selection gamble to pay off

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte believes his decision to rest several of Chelsea stars for their Champions League demolition of Qarabag will be rewarded when the Blues face Arsenal on Sunday.

Conte left out David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Victor Moses and Alvaro Morata for Tuesday’s 6-0 thumping of the Azerbaijan minnows at Stamford Bridge.

Rampant Chelsea hit Qarabag for six

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London (AFP) – Chelsea made a swaggering start to their Champions League challenge as memorable strikes from Pedro and Davide Zappacosta inspired a 6-0 rout of Qarabag on Tuesday.

Antonio Conte’s side were in businesslike mood against the minnows from Azerbaijan, with Pedro’s long-range effort putting them ahead early on at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s Conte set to shuffle pack for Qarabag

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte indicated on Monday he will rotate his players for his side’s Champions League opener against Azerbaijani newcomers Qarabag.

Tuesday’s encounter at Stamford Bridge is the second in a sequence of seven matches in 21 days for Conte’s Premier League champions.

Chelsea’s Conte set to shuffle pack for Qarabag

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte indicated on Monday he will rotate his players for his side’s Champions League opener against Azerbaijani newcomers Qarabag.

Tuesday’s encounter at Stamford Bridge is the second in a sequence of seven matches in 21 days for Conte’s Premier League champions.

Haunted by Euro woes, Conte eyes redemption

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London (AFP) – Frustrated by his past failures in the Champions League, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has set his sights on a mission of redemption as he returns to the competition after a four-year absence.

Conte still bears the scars from a snowy night in Istanbul in 2013 when Juventus suffered a shock defeat against Galatasaray that sent the Italian giants crashing out of Europe’s elite club competition.

Haunted by Euro woes, Conte eyes redemption

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London (AFP) – Frustrated by his past failures in the Champions League, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has set his sights on a mission of redemption as he returns to the competition after a four-year absence.

Conte still bears the scars from a snowy night in Istanbul in 2013 when Juventus suffered a shock defeat against Galatasaray that sent the Italian giants crashing out of Europe’s elite club competition.

Chelsea call on fans to stop anti-Semitic chant about striker Alvaro Morata

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea were forced to plead with their fans to ditch an anti-Semitic song about the club’s striker Alvaro Morata after they sang the offensive chant during a 2-1 win at Leicester City on Saturday.

Morata scored his third goal for Chelsea since his club record move from Real Madrid to open the scoring.

Chelsea call on fans to stop anti-Semitic chant about striker Alvaro Morata

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea were forced to plead with their fans to ditch an anti-Semitic song about the club’s striker Alvaro Morata after they sang the offensive chant during a 2-1 win at Leicester City on Saturday.

Morata scored his third goal for Chelsea since his club record move from Real Madrid to open the scoring.

Chelsea still attractive to stars says Conte

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte insists Chelsea can still attract the world’s best players despite the chaotic conclusion to their transfer window.

Conte spent much of the close season grumbling about Chelsea’s failure to land his top targets after watching Manchester United beat him to Romelu Lukaku’s signature.

Chelsea still attractive to stars says Conte

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte insists Chelsea can still attract the world’s best players despite the chaotic conclusion to their transfer window.

Conte spent much of the close season grumbling about Chelsea’s failure to land his top targets after watching Manchester United beat him to Romelu Lukaku’s signature.

Manchester United can swagger to league title, says Mourinho

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho says recent history proves it takes a defensive mindset to win the Premier League, although he insists his Manchester United side can buck that trend.

In one of his by-now frequent and thinly veiled critiques of his former club Chelsea, Mourinho pointed out that his successor Antonio Conte employed a defence-first, counter-attacking style to win last season’s title.

Manchester United can swagger to league title, says Mourinho

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho says recent history proves it takes a defensive mindset to win the Premier League, although he insists his Manchester United side can buck that trend.

In one of his by-now frequent and thinly veiled critiques of his former club Chelsea, Mourinho pointed out that his successor Antonio Conte employed a defence-first, counter-attacking style to win last season’s title.

Chastened Chelsea sign Drinkwater, Zappacosta

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London (AFP) – Premier League champions Chelsea completed a challenging transfer window on Friday by bringing in England midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City and Italy right-back Davide Zappacosta from Torino.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte saw moves for several targets fail to come off over the course of the transfer window, but has managed to boost his squad ahead of his side’s Champions League campaign.

Fabregas, Morata put Chelsea on cruise control

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London (AFP) – Chelsea lifted Antonio Conte’s spirits ahead of the crucial final days of the transfer window as goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory over woeful Everton on Sunday.

Conte has spent the last few weeks grumbling about Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets, and with the window closing next week, the Blues boss is hoping to bolster his depleted squad with several signings.

Fabregas, Morata put Chelsea on cruise control

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London (AFP) – Chelsea lifted Antonio Conte’s spirits ahead of the crucial final days of the transfer window as goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory over woeful Everton on Sunday.

Conte has spent the last few weeks grumbling about Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets, and with the window closing next week, the Blues boss is hoping to bolster his depleted squad with several signings.

Chelsea

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest - Antonio Conte to make nine changes to the Chelsea team.

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With our busy schedule domestically and within Europe, Antonio Conte is expected to ring the changes to the Chelsea starting eleven this evening with as many as nine changes to be made to side that drew with Arsenal.

Nottingham Forest are the visitors and will come here with their full strength side looking for a giant-killing in the Carabao Cup so it's important that although changes will be made, that we put out a strong side to win the game.

Chelsea v Arsenal: Cahill, Hazard and Zappacosta to start in a massive game at Stamford Bridge?

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Chelsea take on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge this afternoon and this early in the season both teams cannot afford to drop points. It's imperative that Chelsea keep up with the pace of Manchester City.

Chelsea head into the game with just new signing Danny Drinkwater ruled out with a muscular problem, everyone else is reported fit with Gary Cahill available after suspension and Eden Hazard pushing for a return to the starting line up.

Morata: Chelsea wanted Lukaku before showing interest in me

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At the start of the summer, it looked as though Manchester United were set to sign Alvaro Morata while Chelsea were keen to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

Surprising everyone, United managed to bag Lukaku, leaving Antonio Conte to go for his second choice, Morata.

The Spanish striker has confirmed that he didn't think a move to the west London club was on the cards because they had their sight set on Lukaku.

Hot Air: Roy Keane Thinks Diego Costa Is A ‘Balloon’ And Chelsea Should Get Rid Of Him ASAP

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Roy Keane has bestowed us with his definitive assessment of Diego Costa as the impasse between the striker and his current employers, Chelsea, continues to rumble on into a third month.

Costa is currently refusing to return to the club after being informed (via text message) that he was surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte after finishing as top goalscorer in the Blues' title-winning 2016/17 season.

Hazard In Chelsea Squad For Leicester Trip

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Antonio Conte has confirmed that Eden Hazard is in theChelseasquad to face Leicester this weekend after recovering from an ankle fracture.

The attacking midfielder has not featured for the Blues since last season after picking up an injury while on international duty with Belgium.

After coming on as a substitute for his country this week, though, Conte has confirmed he is fit and ready to return for Chelsea.

Reports: Turkish Giants Fenerbahce Eye Loan Move For Chelsea Outcast Diego Costa

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Fenerbahce are eyeing a swoop for Diego Costa, with the Turkish giants reported to have opened talks with Chelsea over a loan deal for the striker.

Costa was deemed surplus to requirement by Blues' boss Antonio Conte, and remains in his homeland of Brazil after failing to move away from Stamford Bridge before the end of transfer deadline day.

How much of an impact can Danny Drinkwater make at Chelsea under Antonio Conte?

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Chelsea finally managed to get the protracted signing of Danny Drinkwater for £35m on transfer deadline day completed. I look at how much of an impact the midfielder can have at Chelsea under Antonio Conte.

Let's be honest from the beginning of this blog post, if we had put a poll of Chelsea fans together at the end of last season asking who they would want to sign this past summer then Danny Drinkwater would have not been a player that many of us would have stated that they wanted.

Chelsea Fans Outrage At Michael Emenalo

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Chelsea had an underwhelming transfer window as they failed to secure a number of targets but went some way to making amends in the final hours.

Antonio Conte isn't in charge of signing players for Chelsea and thus the pressure has been piled upon directors Marina Granovskaia and Michael Emenalo after a series of rejections around transfer deadline day.

Rejected by FOUR Premier League players with transfer fee's agreed. What is going on at Chelsea?

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In this summer window, according to various reports, Chelsea have missed out on FOUR of their transfer targets as each player rejected a move to Stamford Bridge after a fee was reportedly agreed between the clubs.

The summer transfer business Chelsea must do before the window closes

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Despite being crowned champions quite comfortably in 2016/17, all is not necessarily well at Stamford Bridge. Far from reflect glowingly on a fantastic first season in English football, manager...

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Diego Costa: 100 days without playing - issued warning and final HUGE offer submitted by Atletico.

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Today the 20th September marks 100 days since Diego Costa played an official football match for Spain against Macedonia in a World cup qualifier in June.
The continued stand-off is nothing but an embarrassment to all of us and an ongoing issue that does not seem to be going away for the next three months.

Get rid of the doom and gloom. It's time for Chelsea fans to focus on the players that are here.

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Despite all the doom and gloom from those so-called Chelsea fans around the world, looking at our squad now heading into the first half of the season with the new signings that we HAVE made, I am pleased that we have added quality this summer.



Last season it's fair to say that once Antonio Conte settled on his 3-4-3 formation the team was pretty much a settled side with only a couple of positions being rotated (Pedro/Willian and Matic/Fabregas) so it's important to look at those that first eleven for the majority of last season compared to our possible first team this season:


Now, let's also focus on the players that are not named in that starting eleven put forward by Goal.

The Rest

Monday Kickoff: Mesut Ozil interested in Man United, Antonio Conte looks ahead to return to Italy and more

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One Premier League star could be on the move when his deal expires at the end of the season while one Premier League manager is looking ahead to life after England.

With his contract situation still unresolved, Mesut Ozil reportedly has interest in joining Manchester United. (REPORT)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he does not expect to stay abroad for too long as he hopes to return to managing in Italy.