Conte Thanks Chelsea For Two Unforgettable Seasons In EPL

Antonio Conte has thanked Chelsea for providing him with the platform to enjoy two unforgettable seasons in the English Premier League.

Conte, 48, was sacked last week Friday , 55 days after guiding the Blues to beat Manchester United 1-0 in the Emirates FA Cup final.

He also won the Premier League title during his time at the Stamford Bridge with Chelsea doing so with a record number of wins in a season.

In a statement released via the League Managers Association, the Italian hinted at a breakdown in communication with Chelsea’s hierarchy by thanking the players and his staff, but failing to mention anyone from the board.

“I would like to thank all of my friends at Chelsea Football Club for their hard work and support over the past two seasons which enabled us to win the Premier League and FA Cup together,” the statement read.

“It was fantastic for me to be able to share my emotions, passion and enthusiasm throughout two unforgettable seasons with these amazing Chelsea supporters, who will always stay in my heart.

“I hope Chelsea will continue to be successful and I wish everyone well for next season. I have made many memories during my time with Chelsea, which I will take with me into my next challenge.”

Former Napoli boss, Maurizio Sarri, has replaced Conte at Chelsea. He becomes their ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2013.

Roman Abramovich Misses Chelsea Match

Russian state media on Sunday cited an unconfirmed report that Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich’s British visa has run out, while his spokesman declined to comment.
Russian state news agency TASS and other media picked up a report on The Bell website, which said an acquaintance of Abramovich and two in his inner circle had told it the billionaire’s British visa ran out three weeks ago and he is waiting for a new one.

Amid a spiralling diplomatic crisis between Britain and Russia over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent, there have been calls in Britain for sanctions that would hurt super-rich Russians who have homes in London.

Abramovich formally has residency in Jersey in the Channel Islands, a tax haven, but has never taken it up.

The Sunday Times put his wealth at 9.3 billion pounds ($12.5 billion) on its Rich List this year. He has owned Chelsea since 2003.

Abramovich’s spokesman John Mann told AFP he could not comment because “it’s a personal issue.” Mann gave the same response to TASS.

The Bell published the Russian-language report on Sunday. It said it had received “no comment” responses from Abramovich’s spokesman and the Home Office.

AFP also requested a comment on the issue from the Home Office in London, but none was immediately forthcoming.

The report quoted a source in Abramovich’s entourage as saying that Britain had not refused to issue a new visa to Abramovich but was considering his application.

Russia’s Sport-Express website cited sources in Abramovich’s entourage as saying that it had taken a long time for his application to be processed but he was due to get a new British visa shortly.

The Bell was started by the former editor-in-chief of the RBC media group, Elizaveta Osetinskaya. Under her leadership, RBC was known for high-profile investigations.


Victor Moses Reacts To Chelsea’s FA Cup Win Vs Southampton

Nigeria Player of the Year Victor Moses was delighted that Chelsea are through to their second successive Emirates FA Cup final following their 2-0 win over Southampton at the National Stadium in London on Sunday.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring shortly after the restart before Alvaro Morata made sure of the win with a goal eight minutes from time.

Moses has been impressive of late for The Blues and put in a full shift against the Saints in his second appearance in this season’s Emirates FA Cup.

Writing on Twitter, the right wing-back stated : ”Tough game today but through to the final! Come on! Our fans were the 12th man today amazing support at Wembley #CFC”.

Last season, the Nigeria international was sent off in the FA Cup showpiece at Wembley after he was shown a yellow card for diving and will be looking to end this season on a high note by winning the Cup.

Moses can only join the Super Eagles training camp ahead of the World Cup after May 19.

Chelsea’s Alonso Gets Three-Game Ban, Misses FA Cup Semi

Chelsea defender Marcus Alonso has been handed a three-game ban by the English FA and will miss Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Southampton at Wembley Stadium.

Alonso was deemed to be guilty of violent conduct after planting his left boot into Shane Long’s right leg during Sunday’s Premier League meeting between the Saints and Chelsea.

An FA statement reads: “Marcos Alonso will miss Chelsea’s next three matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission ruled he had committed an act of violent conduct against Southampton’s Shane Long.

“Alonso denied the charge and further submitted that if found proven the suspension would be excessive, however, this was rejected following yesterday’s hearing.

“The incident, which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video, occurred in the 43rd minute of Saturday’s game.”

Referee Mike Dean did not even give a free-kick for the attack by Alonso on Sunday, despite appearing to be in a good position to view the incident.

Giroud Double Keeps Chelsea In Champions League Hunt

Chelsea’s kept their slim hopes of playing Champions League football next season alive as Olivier Giroud came off the bench to inspire an eight-minute turnaround from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Southampton on Saturday.

Defeat is another body blow to Saints’ chances of avoiding relegation as they remain rooted in the bottom three when for so long they seemed set for a first home win in the Premier League since November.

Dusan Tadic and debutant Jan Bednarek put the hosts in command, but Giroud’s first league goals for Chelsea either side of Eden Hazard’s equaliser cut the gap on Liverpool and Tottenham in the fight for a top-four finish to seven points.

The two sides will meet again in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend, and Southampton will do well to raise themselves for cup glory with their place in the Premier League next season looking ever more precarious.

It was a former Chelsea player who got Saints off to a perfect start as Ryan Bertrand burst past Cesar Azpilicueta down Southampton’s left before squaring for Tadic to apply a simple finish.

Only a fine save low to his right from Thibaut Courtois denied Saints a second through James Ward-Prowse as Chelsea struggled to create anything of note before the break.

And their frustration overspilled as tempers flared when Marcos Alonso was lucky to escape unpunished for raking his studs down Shane Long’s calf.

Long nearly doubled Southampton’s lead early in the second period when he turned Andres Christensen and Gary Cahill before his mishit effort almost looped over Courtois, who scrambled to turn the ball behind.

Courtois was left exposed by his defence moments later when Ward-Prowse’s free-kick found Bednarek completely unmarked at the back post to half-volley expertly across the goal and into the far corner.

Conte swiftly responded by hauling off the disappointing Alvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta for Pedro Rodriguez and Giroud.

The French international striker has largely struggled to make an impact since his deadline day move from Arsenal in January.


But Giroud showed what he is capable of with a brave near post header from Alonso’s pinpoint cross to get Chelsea back in the game with his first league goal for the club and spark an incredible fightback 20 minutes from time.

Five minutes later Hazard levelled by smashing home Willian’s cross from close range.

And with Southampton reeling, Giroud completed Chelsea’s comeback when he pounced on a loose ball inside the area to drive into the bottom corner.

Chelsea still needed Courtois to secure just a fourth league win in 12 games in 2018 as the ‘keeper got down well to deny Josh Sims as the game entered stoppage time.


Eden Hazard: Chelsea’s Charm

A sublime performance from Eden Hazard solved Chelsea’s recent scoring problems in their first victory this year conjuring two goals in a 4-0 win away to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

Two goals in the opening six minutes at the Amex Stadium — Hazard’s opener followed by a Willian strike put the team in control, with Hazard adding the London side’s third goal in the 77th minute before Victor Moses wrapped up the win two minutes from time.

This success moved Antonio Conte’s reigning Premier League champions above Liverpool and into third place, 48 hours before the Reds travel to Swansea.

FA Cup: Nine-Man Chelsea Survive Norwich Scare; Swansea, Wigan Advance

Nine-man Chelsea booked their place in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup following a 5-3 penalty shootout win against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Nigeria star Victor Moses was rested for the match, not included in the matchday squad.

The game finished in a 1-1 draw and penalties were needed to separate both teams after 120 minutes of football.

Chelsea finished with nine players after both Pedro Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata were sent off in extra time.

Michy Batshuayi opened scoring for the Blues the 55th minute following a low near post cross by Kenedy.

Jamal Lewis equalised for Norwich City in the final minute of stoppage time, nodding home Timm Klose’s cross.

In the shoot out, Chelsea scored all five kicks, while Norwich City were only able to convert three.

The Blues will host Newcastle United in the next round.

At the Liberty Stadium, Swansea beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 to progress to the next round where they will meet Notts County.

Jordan Ayew bagged the opening goal in the 11 minutes, while Diogo Jota levelled scores for Wolves in the 66th minute.

Ivorian forward Wilfred Bony scored the winner three minutes later.

Wigan also progressed to the next round courtesy of a 3-0 win against Bournemouth at the DW Stadium.

The Latics will face West Ham United in the fourth round.

Egyptian midfielder Sam Morsy, Dan Burn and Callum Elder were all on target for Wigan in the encounter.

Carabao Cup: Conte Blames Wastefulness For 0-0 Draw Against Arsenal

Manager Antonio Conte has called on Chelsea to rediscover their ruthless streak after Arsenal left Stamford Bridge with a goalless draw in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.

It was the second consecutive 0-0 draw, coming four days on from Championship side Norwich City restricting the Premier League champions to a scoreless stalemate.

“We shot 20 times. We created chances to score, but we didn’t take them,” Conte lamented at a post-match news conference.

“I think in the last period we must be more clinical, better offensively. Otherwise, if you don’t score, if you’re lucky the game finishes in a draw.

“After Norwich it’s the second 0-0 in a row. We have to reflect on this and try to improve during training sessions and try to improve in this situation.

“Honestly, I think you must be worried if you don’t create chances to score and it becomes very difficult to score. This team in every game creates chances to score.

“This season maybe we’re a bit unlucky. We’re not so good to take these chances. My speech is not for the strikers. For example, Christensen had two fantastic opportunities to score.

“I think we have to improve with all the players, not only the strikers or midfielders. When you have the chance you have to score, especially in these games.”

Alvaro Morata’s personal goal drought extended to four matches, while defender Andreas Christensen proved ill-suited to the task when two golden headed opportunities fell his way after half-time.

Ex-Chelsea Boss Di Matteo Keen To Return To Management

Former Chelsea and West Brom boss Roberto di Matteo insists he wants to return to management.

The 47-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Aston Villa last year.

“You feel it after a while – you feel you want to have that fire in your belly again,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m going to manage again, it’s just a question of time.

“I’ve had loads of offers; in fact, the more you tell people you’re not really interested in a coaching position, the more offers you get it seems.

“I speak a few languages and I’m always looking to learn and expand my horizons so I’m open-minded.”



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Morata Speaks On Destiny Bringing Him To Work Under Conte

Chelsea’s new signing Alvaro Morata believes he was destined to play under manager Antonio Conte at a club good enough to compete with Europe’s elite.

Morata had joined Juventus ahead of the 2014-15 season, shortly after Conte had left the side to take charge of the Italian national side.

The pair has now been united at Stamford Bridge and the Spanish striker was confident he can adapt to Conte’s tactics.

“I know Antonio wanted me in the past and I really want to work with Antonio, and final destiny put us together,” Morata told the club website.

“It was disappointing in 2014 when he went to Italy, but I played well and had a good year at Juventus, but I really want to work with this coach and finally I can.

“I know his work, the staff. I know it is a lot of tactics and I really like this game and I know how to play with this system.”

The 24-year-old Spain international backed the defending Premier League champions to go toe-to-toe with Europe’s top sides, including his former club Real Madrid, who won their second successive Champions League title last season.

“There are very good players here and I think we can do something amazing this year,” the Spaniard added.

“It is hard to leave Madrid but it is not so hard when you come to a club like Chelsea, with these players and with this coach, and I think we can play against Real Madrid and Barcelona and win.”

Morata took the vacant No 9 jersey and is expected to make his Chelsea debut in a pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich in Singapore later on Tuesday.