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Tammy Abraham, Batshuayi, Kante, Fabregas, Hazard and news of two key injuries ahead of Tottenham.

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It's Monday and we await the last of the international friendlies to finish before life gets back to normal and we can focus on the build-up for Tottenham on Sunday.

In today's five-minute news bulletin we focus on Tammy Abraham, the 38 players out on loan this season, Michy Batshuayi, N'Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas, ridiculous transfer rumours and some early injury news heading into the game this weekend.

Antonio Conte's message to Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard - Go and play with freedom.

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In recent weeks and against Atletico Madrid, with Antonio Conte's switch to a three-man midfield, he has given Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard exactly what they wanted - freedom.

The boss, in my opinion, never received ALL of the plaudits that he should have last season for winning the Premier League and that's because of our lack of involvement in Europe.

Chelsea

Four things we learned from the FA Cup

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London (AFP) – Chelsea dug deep to reach the FA Cup semi-finals and ease the pressure on Blues boss Antonio Conte, while Manchester United’s progress to the last four did little to improve Jose Mourinho’s mood.

Here’s what we learned from the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend:

Chelsea’s show of strength

Antonio Conte has often complained this season of the hand given to him by the Chelsea hierarchy in the transfer market.

Four things we learned from the FA Cup

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London (AFP) – Chelsea dug deep to reach the FA Cup semi-finals and ease the pressure on Blues boss Antonio Conte, while Manchester United’s progress to the last four did little to improve Jose Mourinho’s mood.

Here’s what we learned from the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend:

Chelsea’s show of strength

Antonio Conte has often complained this season of the hand given to him by the Chelsea hierarchy in the transfer market.

Barcelona v Chelsea | Hazard, Willian and Alvaro Morata to start?

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Antonio Conte and his Chelsea team face Barcelona tonight knowing that they need to score. I believe he will start the game with a 3-4-3 formation with Alvaro Morata up front.
I have been torn all day trying to decide whether or not we will play with a three-man midfield with Tiemoue Bakayoko coming into the side in place of Willian, alongside Cesc Fabregas and N'Golo Kante.

Champions League: Lionel Messi Breaks Eight-Game Hoodoo As Chelsea And Barcelona Hammer Out Entertaining 1-1 Draw (Photos & Video)

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At the eighth time of trying, Lionel Messi was finally able to cast off the shackles and prove himself a semi-decent prospect by scoring his very first goal against Chelsea when Barcelona rolled into town on Tuesday night.

The two sides offered up an entertaining 1-1 draw in the first leg of their last-16 showpiece.

Chelsea edge into FA Cup fourth round, Bournemouth rocked

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London (AFP) – Chelsea needed a penalty shoot-out before finally killing off Norwich after a 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s FA Cup third round replay, while Bournemouth slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Wigan.

Antonio Conte’s side finished extra-time down to nine men after late red cards for Pedro and Alvaro Morata at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea edge into FA Cup fourth round, Bournemouth rocked

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London (AFP) – Chelsea needed a penalty shoot-out before finally killing off Norwich after a 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s FA Cup third round replay, while Bournemouth slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Wigan.

Antonio Conte’s side finished extra-time down to nine men after late red cards for Pedro and Alvaro Morata at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea v Arsenal - Antonio Conte to play our strongest team - or not.

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Chelsea take on Arsenal this evening in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge and Antonio Conte's team selection may not be as expected with Leicester City at home in the Premier League this weekend.

Ten days after the classic at The Emirates and in light of Arsenal's shocking defeat (and performance) against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, general opinion is that both Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger will field their strongest eleven as both realise that this is a genuine chance of silverware this season with the Premier League gone barring a complete collapse from Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

Norwich City v Chelsea - All change for the Blues as Antonio Conte could make ten changes.

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Chelsea take on Norwich City in the FA Cup at 17:30 tomorrow evening and it's a chance for Antonio Conte to rotate his squad after a busy festive period. I expect there to be TEN changes to our starting eleven with Cesc Fabregas being the only player to remain in the side that started at Arsenal.

Chelsea secure £15m signing of Ross Barkley - What's your view on our new signing?

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Despite not kicking a ball so far this season, Ross Barkley is due to sign for Chelsea in a deal worth a reported £15m as Chelsea look to strike a deal for a second time with the Toffees - this time £20m less than first offered.

We all know that Chelsea had agreed a fee with Everton for the 24-year-old England midfielder back in August but for the player himself to reject a move at the time due to the injury that he is still recovering from.

Chelsea set to re-ignite interest in English midfield playmaker next month?

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Despite not kicking a ball so far this season, Ross Barkley is once again a transfer target for Antonio Conte next month as Chelsea look to strike a deal for a second time with the Toffees.

We all know that Chelsea had agreed a fee with Everton for the 24-year-old England midfielder back in August but for the player himself to reject a move at the time due to the injury that he is still recovering from.

Chelsea v Southampton: Bench Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante.

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Chelsea take on Southampton at Stamford Bridge tomorrow afternoon fresh from a better performance against Huddersfield and I believe that we should take the opportunity to rest two of our most influential players.

Of course with the busy period we are in now leading up to Christmas, Antonio Conte will be tempted to rotate his players once again and in my view, we could see as many as five or six changes to the Chelsea side that started against Huddersfield.

It's Barcelona in the Champions League with a nightmare run of games sandwiched in between.

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Chelsea have drawn Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 knockout stages with our first leg at home on February 20th followed by the return leg on March 14th.

It's the second best draw we could have hoped for with Besitkas being the preferred tie. We have avoided PSG which is a result as they face Real Madrid but looking at the dates of our games against the Catalan side, it gives Antonio Conte and his Chelsea side a problem with what could be key Premier League games sandwiched in between.

Chelsea v Atletico Madrid - It's all or nothing for Atletico - Three points wins the group for Chelsea.

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Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in match-day six of the Champions League knowing that having already qualified for the knock-out stages, victory will win the group.

The Dilemma for Antonio Conte tonight will be how to approach the game this evening.

Fabregas vows to maintain Chelsea title charge

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London (AFP) – Cesc Fabregas has promised Chelsea will be dogged in their ongoing pursuit of Manchester City despite admitting Pep Guardiola’s side appear on course for the Premier League title.

Chelsea moved to back to within 11 points of the league leaders after labouring to a 1-0 win over struggling Swansea City and will attempt to close the gap when they face Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

FC Qarabag 0-4 Chelsea: A professional performance earns praise from the boss.

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Chelsea sealed their progress into the last 16 of the Champions League with a emphatic 4-0 win over FC Qarabag with goals from Eden Hazard, Willian (2) and Cesc Fabregas.

Antonio Conte mindful of a big game at Anfield coming up on Saturday evening made the decision to make four changes to his starting eleven and a chance to our formation heading into the game.

Barcelona, Chelsea reach Champions League last 16 as Manchester United lose

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Paris (AFP) – Barcelona and Chelsea progressed to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday, but Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United must wait to seal their spot after a last-gasp 1-0 defeat in Basel.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde rested Argentina star Lionel Messi in Turin, later introducing him as a second-half substitute as a 0-0 draw against Juventus sent the five-time European champions through as winners of Group D.

Barcelona, Chelsea reach Champions League last 16 as Manchester United lose

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Paris (AFP) – Barcelona and Chelsea progressed to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday, but Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United must wait to seal their spot after a last-gasp 1-0 defeat in Basel.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde rested Argentina star Lionel Messi in Turin, later introducing him as a second-half substitute as a 0-0 draw against Juventus sent the five-time European champions through as winners of Group D.

Cesc Fabregas - Is he now an invincible at Chelsea when played in the right position?

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Cesc Fabregas was voted a Man of the Match for his performance against Manchester United last Sunday in what I personally believe to be his best ever game in a Chelsea shirt.

Against Manchester United on Sunday, Cesc Fabregas was deployed as a number ten playing alongside Eden Hazard with the security of N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko playing behind him.

Cesc Fabregas looks ahead to Chelsea vs Man Utd

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has taken to social media to remind his followers that the Blues face Manchester United tomorrow. The Spain...

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Cesc Fabregas plans to snub Man Utd

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he wants to sign a new contract at the club amid interest from Manchester United. The Spain international has...

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Man Utd show fresh interest in Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea plot new deal

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Chelsea are planning to offer midfielder Cesc Fabregas a new contract to see off fresh interest from Manchester United, according to The Times....

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Can We All Take A Moment To Fully Appreciate Mamadou Sakho’s Baffling 91st-Minute Backheel Against Chelsea?

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On a weekend that saw Man City roll seven goals past Stoke, Kevin De Bruyne at his surgically-incisive best and Troy Deeney bulldoze over Arsenal's cojones, Pies' alternative highlight of the round came during stoppage time of Crystal Palace's somewhat unlikely 2-1 win over Chelsea at Selhurst Park.

Chelsea: Champions Lose At Selhurst Park As Crystal Palace Finally End Nightmare Start (Video)

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Crystal Palace's appalling start to the new season finally ended at Selhurst Park on Saturday, with Roy Hodgson's side deservedly beating Chelsea 2-1.

It took 11 minutes of the game for the Eagles to end a goal-drought which stretched all the way back to last season, with Cesar Azpilicueta deflecting in Yohan Cabaye's effort.

Video: Cesc Fabregas’ sprint challenge vs Charly Musonda

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has many attributes, but blistering pace has never been one of them. Young team-mate Charly Musonda, by contrast, is...

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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 Makes Premier League History In Chelsea Win

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has become the first player in Premier League history to both score and assist in each of his first two home games.

The big-money signing from Real Madrid this summer didn't get his Blues career off to the best of starts as he missed a penalty in the Community Shield loss at the hands of London rivals Arsenal earlier in the month at Wembley.

Tottenham v Chelsea: This predicted Chelsea starting eleven can win us three points at Wembley.

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Antonio Conte takes his Chelsea side (who are in apparent turmoil) to Wembley for Tottenham's first Premier League game in their temporary home live on SkySports on Sunday at 4pm UK Time.

If you want to read the opinion of member of the press, the media, ex-footballers turned pundits and anyone else this week for that matter, then Chelsea are in a mess, the Manager is on the verge of quitting and our season will be over if we are defeated on Sunday.

Antonio Conte and Chelsea now "clear favourites" to land £50m English midfielder.

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Chelsea look to have stolen a march on Tottenham and are preparing to meet the £50m asking price from Everton to sign Ross Barkley as we look to bolster the English numbers within our ranks.

People have been talking of Ross Barkley as a direct replacement for Nemanja Matic but I do not agree at all as both are very different players.

Arsenal

Why has it been so easy to say Goodbye to Sanchez?

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Usually when one of our 'star' players leaves, it is painful to see them in another team's strip. I've felt none of that angst when watching Sanchez play for the red mancs. Why?

Is it because he's only scored one goal since moving?

Could it be that we knew he wanted to go to City and collect a Prem winners medal but had to accept the far less appealing move to a lesser team but for more money?

Do Arsenal fans consider The Ox a traitor for joining Liverpool?

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Arsenal have considered many players to be traitors when they have forced Arsene Wenger to let them leave the club, like Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas, but I'm not really too sure what fans think of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Ox joined us from Southampton in 2011 but after six years at the Emirates, in [.

Fabregas admits hitting Alex Ferguson with pizza

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London (AFP) – Cesc Fabregas has admitted he threw the pizza that struck then Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson in the infamous “Battle of the Buffet” 13 years ago.

Arsenal, for many years locked in a titanic duel for Premier League supremacy with Manchester United, saw their 49-game unbeaten run come to an end at Old Trafford in October 2004 and a clash in the tunnel followed.

Fabregas admits hitting Alex Ferguson with pizza

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London (AFP) – Cesc Fabregas has admitted he threw the pizza that struck then Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson in the infamous “Battle of the Buffet” 13 years ago.

Arsenal, for many years locked in a titanic duel for Premier League supremacy with Manchester United, saw their 49-game unbeaten run come to an end at Old Trafford in October 2004 and a clash in the tunnel followed.

Battle Of The Buffet: Cesc Fabregas Admits He Was The Arsenal Player Who Threw Pizza At Sir Alex Ferguson In The Old Trafford Tunnel Back In 2004

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It's been nigh-on 13 years but the identity of the mystery Arsenal assailant responsible for wanging a slice of pizza into Sir Alex Ferguson's face after a match at Old Trafford has finally been revealed.

In what has since come to be known as 'Pizzagate' or 'The Battle of the Buffet', Manchester United beat the Gunners 2-0 in a suitably tempestuous encounter on 24th October, 2004, thus bringing the away side's 49-game unbeaten run to an abrupt halt.

Arsene Wenger ready to gamble with Alexis Sanchez

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Arsenal potentially selling one of their stars is nothing new for the north London club. From 2007 to 2012, the Gunners let go of Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, and Robin van Persie at a time in which neither the team nor the fans really wanted the players to leave.

Champions League

Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona – A single punished mistake away from the perfect performance.

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Lionel Messi struck for Barcelona, capitalising on Chelsea's one and only mistake in the game to cancel out Willian's opener to give Barcelona the all-important away goal heading into the second leg at the Nou Camp.

All of us can't help but feel disappointed that we have not walked away from the game with a clean sheet and at least a two-goal lead to take to Spain in a few weeks' time.

If you start with fear, then that hands the game to Barcelona.

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Chelsea take on Barcelona tonight in the round of 16 first leg at Stamford Bridge and two ex-Barcelona players have had their say on the tie this evening believing that Barcelona are beatable.

It's a game the world will be watching with the memories of previous classic encounters in the Champions League over the years still fresh in our minds.

Chelsea v Barcelona – The tactical formation/starting eleven to beat Barcelona.

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Despite the obvious calls for Chelsea to play with Willian alongside Eden Hazard in support of our main striker against Barcelona tomorrow evening, I personally believe that Antonio Conte will resist and revert to the three-man midfield.

We must take everything into consideration ahead of the game and for me it's the sensible decision despite Tiemoue Bakayoko being forced out of the game with injury.

The Rest

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.