Conte, Mourinho spat adds tension to top-four clash

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Such has been the war of words between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte it is easy to forget that a vitally important top-four battle will break out on the Old Trafford pitch on Sunday. From the moment Conte’s Chelsea thrashed Mourinho’s Manchester United 4-0 to kickstart their 2016-17 Premier League title charge, a simmering tension has existed between the pair, who both won the Premier League in their first season in England - and both with the London side. This season the discord ...

Conte keen to rotate Chelsea squad against Arsenal

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has said he will continue to rotate his squad ahead of facing Arsenal in the first of three fixtures against their London rivals this month. Winger Eden Hazard and midfielder Cesc Fabregas were rested during Chelsea’s convincing 5-0 Premier League win over Stoke City on Saturday, with both replacements Danny Drinkwater and Willian scoring. The Premier League champions can reclaim second spot in the league table with a win at Arsenal on Wednesday as Conte ...

Conte wants Chelsea to improve squad depth in January

Friday, 29 December 2017

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the club’s fortunes this season could be decided by whether they acquire significant reinforcements in the January transfer window. The defending Premier League champions have struggled to cope with the added demands of playing in the Champions League, despite signing six players at the start of the campaign. Third-placed Chelsea have fallen 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City but could still lift a trophy having ...

Conte urges Chelsea to ease pressure with Qarabag triumph

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Chelsea must seal progression to the Champions League knockout stages with a crucial win over Qarabag on Wednesday to help ease the pressure during a congested fixture schedule, manager Antonio Conte has said. Premier League champions Chelsea are second in their Champions League group and need one win to seal their spot in the knockout stages with two group fixtures remaining. Conte has urged his side to get the job done in Azerbaijan and avoid the tension of battling ...

Conte salutes his Chelsea fighters after battling display

Sunday, 20 August 2017

For all the talk of crisis at Stamford Bridge following last week’s meltdown against Burnley, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was left saluting his side on Sunday after they edged Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in a match they could just as easily have lost. “I think I must be pleased,” said Conte, whose nine-man side were beaten 3-2 by Burnley in their opening match of the new Premier League season. “I want to thank my players because they showed me great ...

Chelsea cancel victory parade after Manchester bomb attack

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Chelsea have cancelled a planned victory parade in London on Sunday in light of Monday’s bomb attack in Manchester. Antonio Conte’s side won the Premier League title and could claim the double by winning Saturday’s FA Cup at Wembley. Thousands of fans were expected to turn out for the parade. “In light of these tragic events, we feel it is inappropriate to go ahead with the victory parade in London on Sunday,” the club said in a statement. ...

Conte to stay and improve Chelsea next season

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge and improve the squad next season after lifting the Premier League in his first season in English football. With reports in local media saying Italian club Inter Milan wants to bring the former Italy and Juventus coach back home, Conte believes there is more to come from his Chelsea squad that has now adapted to his tactical plans. Asked if he would be at the club next season, Conte told reporters: ...

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte linked with Barcelona vacancy

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Barcelona could make an incredible move for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as the replacement for Luis Enrique, according to the Sunday Express. Prior to this, Catalunya Radio reported FC Barcelona are in touch with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc. It is known as well, to be considering many options including Juan Carlos Unzue, Ernesto Valverde (Athletic Club Bilbao), Ronald Koeman (Everton), Eusebio Sacristan (Real Sociedad), Óscar García (Red Bull Salzburg) and Juan ...

No European football has helped Conte’s Chelsea: Mourinho

Monday, 13 March 2017

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has enjoyed a “position of privilege” by not having to deal with both European and domestic campaigns in his first season in England, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said. Chelsea sacked Mourinho 16 games into a dismal campaign last season, which saw them finish 10th in the Premier League and fail to qualify for even the Europa League. Conte, who joined the London club at the start of the season, has led the club 10 ...

Chelsea goes top with Everton rout as Man City is held again

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Eden Hazard scored twice in a 5-0 demolition of Everton demonstrating the attacking might that is capable of propelling Chelsea to the title

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