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Hazard forced into central role as Giroud, Morata benched

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London (AFP) – Eden Hazard is expected to operate in an unusual centre-forward role after Chelsea boss Antonio Conte left Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata on the bench for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Barcelona.

Giroud has made just two starts since joining from Arsenal on transfer deadline day last month, but opened his Chelsea account against Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday.

Hazard forced into central role as Giroud, Morata benched

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London (AFP) – Eden Hazard is expected to operate in an unusual centre-forward role after Chelsea boss Antonio Conte left Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata on the bench for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Barcelona.

Giroud has made just two starts since joining from Arsenal on transfer deadline day last month, but opened his Chelsea account against Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday.

Morata, Lukaku seek return to form as Chelsea face Manchester United

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London (AFP) – Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku will be under pressure to fire their teams back into the Premier League title race when the misfiring strikers clash in Chelsea’s showdown with Manchester United on Sunday.

Chelsea forward Morata and United front man Lukaku were the toast of their clubs after celebrating their close-season transfers with a barrage of goals.

Morata denies finding London “stressful”

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Rome (AFP) – Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has dismissed suggestions he finds life in London “too stressful”, saying he would sign for ten years with the English Premier League champions if offered.

The 25-year-old - who signed a club record £58 million ($76.6 million) deal from Real Madrid in the close season - was quoted in Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday as saying he missed playing for former Italian club Juventus.

Morata denies finding London “stressful”

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Rome (AFP) – Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has dismissed suggestions he finds life in London “too stressful”, saying he would sign for ten years with the English Premier League champions if offered.

The 25-year-old - who signed a club record £58 million ($76.6 million) deal from Real Madrid in the close season - was quoted in Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday as saying he missed playing for former Italian club Juventus.

Chelsea’s Morata eyes quick return from injury

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London (AFP) – Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has set his sights on a quick return from the hamstring injury that forced him to pull out of Spain’s World Cup qualifiers.

Morata was injured in the first half of Chelsea’s 1-0 Premier League defeat against Manchester City last weekend.

Chelsea’s Morata eyes quick return from injury

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London (AFP) – Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has set his sights on a quick return from the hamstring injury that forced him to pull out of Spain’s World Cup qualifiers.

Morata was injured in the first half of Chelsea’s 1-0 Premier League defeat against Manchester City last weekend.

Five eye-catching transfers in Spain for 2016-17

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Madrid (AFP) After the close of the transfer window on Wednesday, AFP Sports takes a look at the five biggest incoming deals of the transfer window in Spain:

Alvaro Morata

Juventus (ITA) to Real Madrid, 30 million euros ($33.4 million)

Fresh from winning a second Champions League in three years, Real Madrid resisted the temptation to go for a new Galactico, but did strengthen an already fearsome forward line with the return of Spanish international striker Morata.

Five eye-catching transfers in Spain for 2016-17

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Madrid (AFP) After the close of the transfer window on Wednesday, AFP Sports takes a look at the five biggest incoming deals of the transfer window in Spain:

Alvaro Morata

Juventus (ITA) to Real Madrid, 30 million euros ($33.4 million)

Fresh from winning a second Champions League in three years, Real Madrid resisted the temptation to go for a new Galactico, but did strengthen an already fearsome forward line with the return of Spanish international striker Morata.

Personal kudos nothing if Spain don’t beat Italy – Morata

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Montpellier (France) (AFP) Alvaro Morata is joint top scorer at Euro 2016 but doesn't care who hits the net if Spain beat a familiar Italy side to a coveted quarter-final place in their last 16 clash on Monday.

"I couldn't care less about the top scorer's chart if we lose," Morata said after the defending champions' shock 2-1 defeat to Croatia left them second in Group D and facing a nightmare draw as they bid to retain their title.

Personal kudos nothing if Spain don’t beat Italy – Morata

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Montpellier (France) (AFP) Alvaro Morata is joint top scorer at Euro 2016 but doesn't care who hits the net if Spain beat a familiar Italy side to a coveted quarter-final place in their last 16 clash on Monday.

"I couldn't care less about the top scorer's chart if we lose," Morata said after the defending champions' shock 2-1 defeat to Croatia left them second in Group D and facing a nightmare draw as they bid to retain their title.

Opinion

Time to evaluate Chelsea's new signings this season - A massive 40% of Antonio Conte's squad.

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With the transfer deadline now closed, it's time to have a look at our new signings this season and to evaluate Antonio Conte's squad - I think we have done well, I really do.

OK, so Chelsea have not gone all out and spent ridiculous money on players this month as the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United (Sanchez wages) and Arsenal have, but in my opinion, have made three shred signings for around £55m that fill the holes within Antonio Conte's squad as we head into the final third of the season.

I needed to play and in Chelsea I have got what I wanted - Alvaro Morata.

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Alvaro Morata has scored seven goals in ten Premier League appearances so far and heading back to Spain to play for the national team against Costa Rica, Morata has spoken of the decision to leave Real Madrid.

When Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata for a fee of around £58m in the summer there were plenty of raised eyebrows.

A blow for Antonio Conte as this Chelsea star ruled out of Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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Alvaro Morata will not have enough time to recover from his grade two hamstring strain suffered nine days ago at Manchester City to face Crystal Palace this weekend.

What a start Alvaro Morata has made at Chelsea since his arrival in the summer. He has received plenty of plaudits for his goals, assists and performances and rightly so.

Alvaro Morata out for six weeks - Will Antonio Conte show faith in Michy Batshuayi?

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After his excellent start at Chelsea, Alvaro Morata's progress has come to a shuddering halt with news that he has a grade two tear in his hamstring and will out for six weeks. It's now make or break for Michy Batshuayi.

There were plenty of raised eyebrows around Stamford Bridge on Saturday night as Alvaro Morata was replaced by Willian in the first half of our defeat against Manchester City.

Have Chelsea found a striker better than Diego Costa in Alvaro Morata?

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After an impressive start to his Chelsea career with three goals and a couple of assists, Alvaro Morata is quickly becoming a Chelsea fans favourite. Have we found ourselves a better alternative to Diego Costa?

We all know the qualities that Diego Costa displayed during the three seasons he spent at Chelsea.

Journalist claims that Antonio Conte will be disappointed to not have signed these two players.

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Now that the transfer window has closed until January, respected Guardian journalist Dominic Fifield has spoken of Antonio Conte's disappointment in not having signed Virgil Van Dijk and Romelu Lukaku.

Football is a game of opinions and that's why we take time to catch up on developments regarding the game on a day-to-day basis whether that's on Blogs such as this one, websites, TV coverage and Social Media such as Twitter or Facebook.

Alvaro Morata - Why he will not fail at Chelsea and will prove to be a better signing than Romelu Lukaku.

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Alvaro Morata will be a major success at Chelsea, will not suffer the same problems as Fernando Torres and will prove to be a better signing than Romelu Lukaku mark my words.

The signing of Morata in my view comes only second to Antonio Conte signing a new contract to re-affirm his commitment to Chelsea.

Arsenal

Alvaro Morata frustrations.

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Alvaro Morata is having a testing time at the moment having drawn another blank against The Arsenal last night. It's important to stick with him and not turn against him.

It sounds ridiculous to say it really considering the start he has had to his Chelsea career but if anything, it's because he started so well and pretty much set the standard, when he falls below those he is seen as a disappointment.

Could this be Arsenal’s best chance to land a Top Top striker?

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Arsenal have been linked with many, many strikers over the years, with very few ever coming close to to joining, but this summer may well prove to be our best chance to nab one. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be the man to join our attack, because according to today's reports, he will be moving to [.

Poll: Which attacker should Arsenal splash out on this summer?

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Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are strongly linked with the exit door this summer, and with a mass rehaul of the squad also touted, at least one big signing should arrive. A striker that can make up for the loss of Alexis will be needed if we are to challenge for the Champions League places [...]

Early Arsenal rumour round-up – Belotti, Morata, Insigne, Onyekuru, Ghoulam

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With no match this weekend for Arsenal, there isless stories to throw about, sowhy not bring you an update of the latest speculation regarding our club's future transfers... Alvaro Morata is hardly a new name to be linked with our club, but the latest is that he has supposedly issued Real Madrid an ultimatum, that [.

Would Morata deal soften Arsenal’s Alexis departure?

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Alexis Sanchez is claimed to be ready to quit Arsenal, andthey are now claimed to be set to use his departure to land Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. The Chilean is into the final 18 months of his contract with the Gunners, and has so far failed to agree terms on a new one. The [...]

Arsenal transfer rumour round-up- Fabinho, Morata, Alexis & Wilshere targeted

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The rumour mill has been going round the clock speculating about Arsene Wenger and his possible replacement, but thought we'd look at the other rumours circulating. Alexis Sanchez is one who we all keep circling back to, and will continue to keep coming back to until his future is finally sorted out.

Which Arsenal target would we realistically try to sign?

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Arsenalhave been linked with a move to sign three top strikers in the past 24 hours, but which one do we actually believe we would be willing to pay for? Alexandre Lacazette was claimed to be keen on leaving Lyon in the near future to make the step-up in his career, and having scored consistently [.

Which striker should Arsenal sign this summer?

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Arsenal are being linked with both Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti at present, but which would be better for Arsenal? Former GunnerPaul Mariner has spoken highly of the Italian, who is currently in a amazing run of form in front of goal scoring 15 goals in his 20 Torino appearances thus far, including the opening [.

Arsenal waiting for Real Madrid decision on striker?

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Arsenal are in the hunt to bring in a new striker this summer, and have so far failed to do so, but does Wenger have a trump card in mind? Our club was strongly linked with the capture of Alvaro Morata toward the end of last season, with Real said to be looking to trigger [...]

Arsenal striker search in turmoil again

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Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette was taken off injured during the Trophee Des Champions between his side and Paris Saint-Germain this weekend, which looks likely to hamper his possible move to Arsenal this summer. The 25 year-old has been strongly linked with a move to the Gunners this summer, having already missed out on numerous other targets, [.

Which Arsenal linked striker will we rue missing out on?

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Arsenal have had a number of their strike targets agree to move elsewhere this summer, while some are simply no longer leaving their clubs, but who would have made the most impact at the Emirates? Gonzalo Higuain has been a huge talking point this summer, having made a huge £75 Million move to Juventus, which [.

Real Madrid manager refusing to rule out Arsenal target Morata’s exit

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has refused to rule out an exit for Alvaro Morata this summer, with Chelsea and Arsenal both linked. The striker returned to the Spanish capital from Juventus in the current window, after Real triggered his buy-back clause, which was included in his sale two years back.

Should Arsenal cough up £64M for Chelsea target Morata?

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Chelsea are claimedto have had a bid for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata turned down, with the club looking to hold out for the full £64 Million asking price. The Blues are believed to be leading the race to sign the striker now, but Arsenal are desperate to add a top goalscorer to the team, in [...]

Arsenal going all out to sign Real Madrid star

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The Spain international Alvaro Morata's future has been a huge talking point this summer, with many reports claiming that the Spanish giants wReal Madrid ould re-sign him from Juventus, via a buy-back clause included in his initial sale, before selling him on for a sizeable profit. The first part of that has been proven true, [.

More boosts in Arsenal’s striker chase, but who will we end up signing?

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We have received supposed boosts in our respective bids to sign trio Romelu Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata, but we won't be signing all three... We are believed to be working hard on trying to sign a top striker to challenge Olivier Giroud for the sole striker role this season, and have already endured [.

Arsenal fans are hard-to-please with strike-targets under fire

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Arsenal fans have been crying out for a new striker to lead the line in recent years, but all I hear is negativity around our supposed targets. We have been linked with a number of targets in recent years, but despite Arsene Wenger working hard to land a new forward, none of the targets tick [...]

Chelsea

Everton 0 Chelsea 0 Saturday 23rd December 12:30.

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Yes, nothing says festive cheer on the part of the FA the day before Christmas Eve more than sending people FOR A 12:30 KICK OFF IN THE LAND OF SCOUSE.

In the News: St. Pep is under investigation by the Spanish police. So perhaps he isn't entirely coated in teflon.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Chelsea fan on selling Matic, Morata over Lukaku and sacking Conte

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You can stream Chelsea v Manchester United live via Sky Sports from 16:00 on Sunday afternoon. ROM readers get 15% off!

Ahead of this afternoon's game between Chelsea and United, here are the thoughts of Chelsea fan Andrew Turmer on his team's efforts this season, selling Matic and signing Morata.

Sorpasso Chelsea sul Milan. I Blues nel futuro di Alvaro Morata

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Sembrava vicinissimo al ritorno in Italia, con la maglia del Milan, che aveva puntato forte sul madrileno, ma invece Alvaro Morata è ormai prossimo all'approdo al Chelsea di Antonio Conte. Il team londinese, infatti, sembra aver raggiunto un accordo con il Real per la cifra monstre di 80 milioni di euro + bonus (se l'affare [.

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USWNT roster, Columbus Crew email hoaxer uncovers info, and more: Freedom Kicks for November 1, 2017

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Halloween held it down.

Happy Wednesday everyone, and welcome to November! Hope you had a happy Halloween. Let's jump right into it:

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Because it's not a FIFA window and Chelsea Ladies have Champions League, there's no Crystal Dunn on the roster.

Antonio Conte: Not a risk to start Alvaro Morata against Roma tomorrow night.

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Antonio Conte has confirmed that after three days training with the first team that Alvaro Morata is in contention to start tomorrow night against Roma at Stamford Bridge.



When asked of Morata and having answered that he was in contention Antonio Conte was asked again if he would start.

The Rest

Alvaro Morata: The perfect solution for Chelsea to Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku.

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Having missed out on Romelu Lukaku and standing by his decision to sell Diego Costa, Antonio Conte has offered Real Madrid £70m for Alvaro Morata with the player pushing for a move to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are clear to make their move for Alvaro Morata who is rumoured to have been Antonio Conte's first choice summer signing after Lukaku's deal was confirmed to Manchester United yesterday.