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Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 21 Oct 02:15

Chelsea ace Alvaro Morata does magic trick on Instagram

On the day that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claimed to be a 'magician', striker Alvaro Morata showed that he too has a gift for wizardry. He used a red light to show off his trickery and slight of hand.

Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 21 Oct 02:01

Antonio Conte tells players to face up to injury crisis

Antonio Conte has told Chelsea’s players they must play without fear to have any chance of keeping their Premier League title defence alive, starting on Saturday.

Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 21 Oct 00:42

Chelsea v Watford: Team news, line ups, KO, odds and stats

Get the latest team news and stats ahead of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.

Chelsea – teamtalk.com 20 Oct 21:21

Euro Paper Talk: Arsenal looking to poach Milan star; Real to offer Spurs striker swap

Real Madrid reportedly regret not selling Gareth Bale last summer, while Arsenal and Barcelona are chasing an AC Milan forward, according to Friday’s European papers.

 

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Tottenham would be open to sell Toby Alderweireld for a fee close to €35million, a report from Calciomercato claims.

Serie A side Inter have been informed about the player’s price-tag, and the Nerazzurri are contemplating whether to make a January move, the Italian outlet claims.

Inter have been linked with a move for the defender for months, with reports in April suggesting Spurs had no intention of selling a key man.

There have been several rumours since suggesting the Belgium international is in line for a new deal to extend his stay in North London.

SportMediaset claims that although Inter are happy with the performance so far of Joao Miranda, they have one eye on the fact he is 33 years old.

 

AND THE REST

Barcelona and Arsenal are looking to poach new Milan forward Andre Silva (Corriere della Sport)

Barcelona and Liverpool will resume Coutinho talks in the coming days (Mundo Deportivo)

Real Madrid are willing to offer striker Karim Benzema as a makeweight in order to land Tottenham’s Harry Kane (El Gol Digital)

Inter Milan management have targeted Spanish Under-21 international winger Brahim Diaz (18), playing in Manchester City development area (FcInterNews)

Barcelona have put Brazilian midfielder Rafinha (24) up for sale. The La Liga giants might be soon start talks with clubs interested in him, some of which are from Italy and UK (Sport)

Meanwhile, Madrid regret not selling Manchester United target Gareth Bale last summer (Diario Gol)

Barcelona have pulled out of the race for Virgil van Dijk, leaving Liverpool in pole position (Mundo Deportivo)

Barcelona are keeping tabs on Manchester United forward Anthony Martial (Mundo Deportivo)

Athletic Bilbao’s highly-rated defender Aymeric Laporte rejected offers to join Manchester City and Chelsea in the summer (L’Equipe)

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben isn’t thinking about his future despite his contract with the club expiring next summer (Sky Germany)

Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement to sign Brazil Under-17 international Alan from Palmeiras with the playmaker set to move to the Spanish capital next summer (AS)

AC Milan are interested in Barcelona’s out-of-favour full back Aleix Vidal (Calciomercato)

Antonio Conte will not leave Chelsea before the end of the season, though his long term future at the club is uncertain (Corriere dello Sport)

Stoke City have been scouting Real Betis’ young midfielder Fabian Ruiz (Diario de Sevilla)

Lazio will offer Ciro Immobile a contract extension until 2023 and their president is also going to offer his star striker an improved salary that will be raised to € 2.5 million-a-year plus add-ons (Calciomercato)

AC Milan are considering the future of Vincenzo Montella (Corriere dello Sport, Tuttosport)

Max Allegri has not been playing Daniele Rugani in the last five games because he wants the Italian centre-back to be more aggressive (Gazzetta)

Juventus starlet Marko Pjaca is set to make return to action by the end of November (Tuttosport)

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ESPN FC - Chelsea News 20 Oct 21:04

Could Watford's Marco Silva be auditioning for a Chelsea vacancy?

Could Marco Silva be in Roman Abramovich's eye with Antonio Conte's future uncertain? Champions Chelsea are troubled. Manager Antonio Conte's long-term future is far from certain, and similar noises of dissatisfaction were made before the departures of fellow title-winning predecessors such as Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti. Saturday, then, appears an opportune time for Marco Silva to bring high-flying Watford to Stamford Bridge. John Brewin previews the weekend's Premier League action and highlights five key storylines in W2W4. Click here for more.

Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 20 Oct 19:25

Cesc Fabregas only fit midfielder for Chelsea: Conte

Antonio Conte fears Cesc Fabregas will be his only fit senior midfielder to face Watford and says he knows 'nothing' of his players' fitness in Chelsea's current injury crisis.

ESPN FC - Chelsea News 20 Oct 18:57

Chelsea duo David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko doubtful to face Watford

Chelsea Watford 11:30 AM UTC Game Details Home: 2/5  Draw: 4/1  Away: 8/1  Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter GameCast Lineups and Stats Antonio Conte quells reports of player unrest at Chelsea amid the club's injury dilemma and three-match winless skid. Chelsea's Antonio Conte hit back after he was asked about Jose Mourinho's jibe suggesting rival bosses cry about injuries. David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko are Chelsea's latest injury concerns ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Watford. Defender Luiz (calf) and midfielder Bakayoko (groin) suffered knocks against Roma and head coach Antonio Conte says he has ''many doubts'' to face the Hornets. Midfielders Danny Drinkwater (calf) and N'Golo Kante (hamstring) are out along with right wing-back Victor Moses (hamstring). Watford must again do without defenders Sebastian Prodl (thigh) and Younes Kaboul (hamstring)...

ESPN FC - Chelsea News 20 Oct 18:51

Brazill recall Douglas Costa to squad, leave out David Luiz for friendlies

Douglas Costa has earned a recall to the Brazil squad. Brazil summoned Juventus winger Douglas Costa and left out Chelsea defender David Luiz for friendlies against Japan and England next month. Brazil will play Japan on Nov. 10 in the French city of Lille, and England four days later in London. All of the teams have qualified for the World Cup. The priority was to test midfielders and forwards like Costa and still keep the team's identity, coach Tite said in a news conference on Friday. "We called Costa at times in which he had physical problems, and...

ESPN FC - Chelsea News 20 Oct 18:20

Cesc Fabregas fondly remembers his one-time 'enemy' Jose Mourinho

Chelsea's Antonio Conte hit back after he was asked about Jose Mourinho's jibe suggesting rival bosses cry about injuries. Cesc Fabregas insisted that he will always harbour a "very positive memory" of Jose Mourinho from their time together at Chelsea, despite admitting that he viewed the Portuguese coach as "my enemy" when he played for Arsenal and Barcelona. Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea for the second time in December 2015, having presided over a disastrous Premier League title defence and what technical director Michael Emenalo described as "palpable discord" between the management and players. Fabregas was forced...

Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 20 Oct 18:16

Chelsea stars put injury crisis to one side in training

Antonio Conte may be suffering something of an injury crisis ahead of this weekend -but the fit players in his squad certainly appeared to be in high spirits nonetheless.

ESPN FC - Chelsea News 20 Oct 18:05

Conte slams 'stupid' Mourinho questions

Chelsea's Antonio Conte hit back after he was asked about Jose Mourinho's jibe suggesting rival bosses cry about injuries.

Chelsea – teamtalk.com 20 Oct 17:00

Predictions: In-form Watford to sting Chelsea; Spurs-Liverpool tough to call

Milburn singer Joe Carnall is predicting wins for Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton over Arsenal – but there’s no agreement over Tottenham v Liverpool.

 

Just like last season, our writers will take on a different band or artist by making their Premier League predictions each week, while you can join in the fun using the story comment facility (below) or Your Say forum.

Last time out, Ulysses Wells went up against us – and you can see who came out on top here.

This time around, it’s Joe Carnall from MILBURN who locks horns with TEAMtalk’s Marshy.

We have previewed another set of exciting games ahead of the Premier League weekend, exclusively for our friends over at Betsafe .

Premier League matchday 9

West Ham v Brighton (Fri, 8pm)

Joe: 2-1

Marshy: 1-1

 

Chelsea v Watford (12.30pm)

Joe: 2-0

Marshy: 1-1

 

Huddersfield v Manchester United

Joe: 1-3

Marshy: 0-4

 

Manchester City v Burnley

Joe: 4-0

Marshy: 3-1

 

Newcastle v Crystal Palace

Joe: 1-0

Marshy: 1-2

 

Stoke v Bournemouth

Joe: 1-1

Marshy: 1-1

 

Swansea v Leicester

Joe: 2-0

Marshy: 1-2

 

Southampton v West Brom (5.30pm)

Joe: 2-1

Marshy: 1-1

 

Everton v Arsenal (Sunday, 1.30pm)

Joe: 2-1

Marshy: 1-2

 

Tottenham v Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm)

Joe: 2-0

Marshy: 2-2

 

Joe Carnall, life with Milburn and his passion for football

TEAMtalk: How did you come to support your club and what are your favourite memories from your time as a fan?

Joe: I didn’t have a choice but to support Sheffield Wednesday as all my family are Wednesdayites. Although we had a great team in the early 90s I was only about 6 so can’t say that I really remember the games. The first exciting team I remember was in the mid 90s when we signed both Paolo Di Canio and Benito Carbone. Just watching them warm up before the game was worth the price of the ticket; their touch and ability to beat players symbolised the foreign influx of talent into the Premier League.

More recent memories involve both promotions from League 1 – particularly the 2011/12 season when we pipped the pigs (Sheffield United) to the post and won automatic promotion.

TEAMtalk: Who have been your biggest heroes during your time supporting the club?

Joe: Chris Waddle – although he came to Hillsborough towards the end of his career he still oozed class (see SWFC 5 – 0 WHUFC. A.k.a ‘The Waddle Game’).

 

The 00s were pretty barren in terms of quality but I have to give both Chris Brunt and Glenn Wealen mentions who’ve since gone on to have long spells in the top tier. Although Fernando Forestieri is the most talented player we’ve seen in 20 years, it’s Kieren Lee for me. He makes our current team tick and always gives an 8/10 performance.

TEAMtalk: What do you make of the current team? What are your hopes for the season?

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Joe: The last 6 months have been incredibly frustrating. We’ve got one of the most talented teams in the division but football isn’t played on paper (as my dad used to say). However, the Championship is arguably at its most competitive and it’s a long season where anyone can beat anyone. Ask me again at Christmas. (TEAMtalk -we will!)

TEAMtalk: Everyone has a soft spot for another team. Who’s yours and why?

Joe: I got a Real Betis shirt when I was about 16 and have always looked out for them ever since. I think it was all those Denilson step overs. My grandad was from Glasgow so I have a natural soft spot for Celtic and, like loads of other fans, admire the way Tottenham play.

TEAMtalk: What’s going on with the band/for you as an artist at the moment?

Joe: We’ve just released our third record and are all set to go on tour in the UK and Europe. We play Leicester, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and Newcastle in November.

 

Listen to Milburn’s new single on the TEAMtalk playlist.

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Chelsea – teamtalk.com 20 Oct 15:34

Conte answers speculation over future; admits Chelsea train 70% less

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has dismissed rumours of discontent over his training methods.

Conte insists Chelsea’s training loads are “70 per cent less” than during last season’s Premier League-winning campaign.

And Conte says the proximity of matches renders the work which brought success last term “impossible”.

“I don’t know about this,” said the Italian, when asked about media speculation of disgruntlement at Chelsea.

“I have my methods. It’s the same, like last season when we won the league.

“Honestly I think we are working maybe 70 per cent less this season. Maybe for this reason we are having trouble.

“When you play every three days it’s impossible to work on the tactical aspect and physical aspect.

“I think we are paying less attention in every detail.”

Chelsea play Watford on Saturday, seeking to avoid a third successive Premier League loss after defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

The last time Chelsea lost three straight league games was autumn 2015 as Jose Mourinho’s second spell as boss was unravelling before his departure that December.

Conte was asked about his position and his happiness.

“At the moment, after two defeats and a draw, I’m happy for the commitment, efforts of my players,” Conte added.

“If you ask me about the last results I’m not happy because after two defeats and one draw no coach can be happy.

“If I feel the pressure? I think every coach, every manager has to feel the pressure.

“When I go to my house I’m happy because I know in every moment I put all myself in my job for this club, for the fans, for my players.

“(But) you know very well anything can happen in football.”

The Blues, who top Champions League Group C after Wednesday’s 3-3 draw with Roma, are nine points behind Premier League leaders City entering this weekend’s fixtures.

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Chelsea – teamtalk.com 20 Oct 14:52

The Champions League stat leaders after three games

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Chelsea – teamtalk.com 20 Oct 14:41

Premier League title race is a two-horse race, says Neville

Gary Neville believes the Premier League title will be heading back to Manchester this season.

Asked his thoughts on the title race at the renaming of Salford City’s ground today the former Manchester United man ruled out all of the two Manchester clubs’ main rivals.

Pep Guardiola’s City lead Jose Mourinho’s United by two points, with third-placed Tottenham within touching distance three points back.

But Neville, who played for United for 20 years, conceded City look a “fantastic” outfit this time around after having the missing ingredient in the last few years.

“It’s looking that way,” said Neville when asked if City and United were the teams to beat. “They look like the two clubs. I love watching Tottenham, but have the got the depth to challenge United and City this season? I’m not sure.

“Arsenal? No. Chelsea look like they’re in a difficult moment and Liverpool are not quite there, either. So it’s United and City.

“At the moment, City are looking in the better form, but United have got the maturity and I’m sure they will get through the winter months well, which can be key.

“There’s consistency, definitely,” said Neville of United. “There’s strength, there’s power, they’re tough to beat, there are a lot of very good things.

“This season will be a big challenge to win the league, City are looking fantastic.

“But there’s something there that tells me they’re capable of winning the league.

“I’ve not seen that for the last three or four years. I’ve not seen a team capable of challenging, let alone winning it.

“What I’m seeing now is a team that’s consistent, a team that’s hard to beat, that defends well and has got goals in it, so it’s got all the credentials.”

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 26 Jun 21:32

Lyon sign Chelsea's Traore for Ł8.8m

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore joins Lyon for a fee of ÂŁ8.8m on a five-year contract.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 26 Jun 18:37

Hazard, Ba & Cabaye invest in NASL club

Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye are among the investors backing a new football club in the United States.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 26 Jun 12:53

Chelsea close to deal for Bakayoko

Chelsea are close to signing midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from French champions Monaco and the deal could be completed this week.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 23 Jun 19:18

Shield proceeds to be given to Grenfell

Proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 22 Jun 13:29

Juve get 'substantial offer' for Sandro

Juventus receive a "substantial offer" for Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, who is reported to be a target for Chelsea.

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