Chelsea Defeats Man U

Manchester United paid the penalty, literally, for a subdued Wembley first half as an Eden Hazard spot-kick won Chelsea the Emirates FA Cup final at Wembley.

A legendary fightback looked on the cards with a thrilling second-half display by Jose Mourinho’s side, yet the Reds were unable to cancel out the 22nd-minute winner from Hazard. United’s half of the stadium were enthralled and rejuvenated by a brilliant rally in the second period but it was that opening half which cost their team the trophy.

Wembley was done up to the nines with all its pre-match pomp and ceremony. Pyrotechnics, flame throwers, flags and a fly past by the Royal Air Force all added to the build-up to the big occasion. There were also two huge banners hanging down from both ends of the stadium to honour the late Ray Wilkins who played for both clubs. The much loved and respected midfielder died last month at the age of 61.

United boss Jose Mourinho had given Romelu Lukaku every chance to be fit to be named in his cup final line-up. Having injured his ankle last month against Arsenal, the striker had been back home in Belgium attempting to make a 100 per cent recovery. He is United’s top scorer in the competition this season with five goals but despite all the best efforts, the medics and Mourinho decided he couldn’t be risked from the start.

Lukaku did make the bench and had to watch his fellow countryman Eden Hazard pretty much dominate the first half of the final. The Belgian midfielder was a thorn in United’s side as he grabbed centre stage above anyone else.

A distribution error from Phil Jones enabled Chelsea to break on United in the ninth minute and Hazard almost prospered but his drive was stopped at his near post by David De Gea’s right leg. It was a warning shot for United.

There were two shouts for spot kicks from both sides but referee Michael Oliver got both calls correct after the challenges on Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alexis correct. The official was also bang on in the biggest moment of the first half.

Hazard again had the opportunity to run at United as Chelsea sprang from their own half and the midfielder got ahead in the race with Jones. United’s centre-back was struggling and had to lunge in to tackle Hazard but the attempt only upended the Belgian and Oliver had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

There was little argument among the Reds’ ranks and in the 12-yard shoot-out, even De Gea couldn’t read Hazard and he went the wrong way as he put Chelsea 1-0 ahead.

At that stage, United could not find any fire or cutting edge to disrupt Chelsea’s comfortable afternoon. Only late first-half efforts by Jones at the far post and Rashford getting snuffed out in the penalty box suggested the Reds might be capable of another fightback.

The Reds certainly had more verve and vitality after Mourinho sent his team out early for the second half. The players looked ready to mount a customary comeback and finally started asking Chelsea some difficult questions.

The fans at United’s end of the stadium were on their feet with something to roar about, most notably when United surged into the danger area in numbers and the attack ended with a crashing drive from Rashford that Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois found tough to handle.

The Reds were looking far more dangerous and the barometer was Chelsea boss Antonio Conte who got more and more animated in the technical area in an attempt to rally his side. Mourinho was far more composed with hands on hips as he realised his dressing room words had had a positive effect yet again.

United’s pressure was mounting, Chelsea’s composure was shredded, and the intensity looked to have paid off in the 63rd minute when Alexis stabbed home from close range after following up a loose ball but the Chilean was flagged offside.

Nevertheless this was the rise in the Reds’ ferocity and fire that the final needed. The Blues were now crumbling as the Reds seized the upper hand. All that was needed was an equaliser.

However, it was the Londoners who almost scored the game’s second goal. The Blues threatened to snuff out United’s gallant rally in the 70th minute when they broke away and the Reds needed another De Gea super stop to deny Marcos Alonso.

United responded immediately to that attack as the Cup final lived up to the billing. The Reds roared back and a Jesse Lingard and Rashford link-up saw Courtois deny the latter in a one-to-one situation.

The pair of Academy graduates were then substituted, with Lukaku and Anthony Martial coming on to pose Conte’s reeling side new problems. But it was Nemanja Matic against his old club who thrashed in a piledriver that again caused Courtois trouble and the Belgian keeper, who seemingly doesn’t like to hold shots, once more batted it away with two fists unconvincingly.

Relentless United were piling it on and Paul Pogba came close with eight minutes to go with a glancing header from an Antonio Valencia corner. With the urgent need for a late goal, Mourinho played his last personnel card. He sacrificed Jones in defence for Juan Mata with three minutes of normal time to go. But the Reds had run out of steam and Chelsea, who had been on the back foot since the interval, were able to survive and hold out for a slender victory.

THE LINE-UPS

United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones (Mata 87), Young; Matic, Pogba, Herrera, Lingard (Martial 73), Alexis, Rashford (Lukaku 73).

Subs not used: Romero, Bailly, Darmian, McTominay.

Booked: Jones, Valencia.

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard (Willian 90), Giroud (Morata 89).

Subs not used: Caballero, Zappacosta, T. Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro.

Booked: Courtois.

TALKING POINTS

Comeback kings almost did it again
United’s ability to bounce back was demonstrated in the previous round at Wembley, in the semi-final against Spurs, when the Reds recovered from an early 1-0 deficit to win a place in the final. But although we knew Jose Mourinho would not settle for the first-half effort against Chelsea, his team just couldn’t find the breakthrough goal that surely would have flattened Antonio Conte’s physically flagging side.

The Reds will have to settle for second place
Yes, a piece of silverware would have been a superb end to the season. But United have still achieved a highest league placing and points tally since 2013 so there is much to be pleased about and much to build on in the 2018/19 campaign.

Source: HCL

Chelsea Don’t Have Crisis Says Giroud

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud  has disclaimed the talk of a crisis at the club after the reigning Premier League champions slumped to their fourth defeat in five league matches against Manchester City.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat, courtesy of a Bernardo Silva goal, left Antonio Conte’s side five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with nine games to play mounting more pressure on a manager whose long-term future was already uncertain.

Conte’s side were flattered by the scoreline at the Etihad Stadium. After starting without a recognised striker, the visitors failed to muster a single shot on target and commanded only 29 percent possession.

“I don’t even question myself about that — it is not a crisis,” said Giroud, who joined the club from Arsenal in January.

“We have played (Manchester) United and City away. Obviously, we could have done better but these are not small games.

 

“We are not happy with that (but) it is not the day and the moment to question whether we are behind the boss or not. Obviously, we are behind him and we are all sticking together.”

Chelsea are in grave danger of missing out on Champions League football for the second time in three seasons.

They remain alive in this season’s competition but must find a way past Barcelona at the Nou Camp next week to reach the quarter-finals.

“It is not a good weekend for us because our opponents in the Champions League race won,” said Giroud, who came on as a second-half substitute against City.

“But we still have nine games to go. We will believe until the end and keep the faith in our game.

“Some top teams will play against each other — you never know. We need to keep the focus on this and win the next game and go step by step. We need momentum to reach fourth place.”

UCL: Conte Believes Chelsea  Can Upset Barca With ‘Incredible’ Showing At Camp Nou

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, says the Blues will do the unbelievable by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League after the Catalan giant forced a draw in clash at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Willian goal was the spirit lifter before  Lionel Messi cancelled the lead  15 minutes from full-time capitalizing on Andreas Christensen’s erro, and Conte was quick to shower accolades on the young Danish defender as one of his best players on the night despite the setback.

“We were close to playing the perfect performance,” Conte said during his post match interview.

“We made one mistake, it is a pity and we are disappointed with the final result.”

‘it was an incredible performance,” said the Italian.

“We are talking about a very young player. It is great that he is able to play this game with maturity and personality. He was one of the best players tonight.

“It is very difficult to mention one player but I think Christensen played a top game and I was very pleased with his performance.

“We made one mistake, but we know against these opponents and players like Messi, Iniesta and (Luis) Suarez, if you make a mistake you pay.”

Conte also revealed that the second leg in Spain billed for the 14th of March won’t be easy despite trailing by away goals.

“It won’t be easy. We must be realistic because we are talking about Barcelona and they showed they are a really strong and fantastic team.

“But we also showed we are ready to work really hard in defence and have the right feeling when we get the ball to create the chances to score.

“We have to respect the opponent and when you play against Barcelona, you know very well that if you go box-to-box that is crazy. The game could not only be 1-0 but 2-0, or 4-0, 5-0, 6-0.

“We can try to do something incredible in the Nou Camp and we must play an intelligent game – we are not stupid.”

Hull Boss: We Don’t Fear Chelsea

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins has stated that his cha,pionship side can shock favourites Chelsea in Friday’s fifth round Emirates FA Cup clash at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea will continue their  pursuit for glory since winning trophy in 2012 as they host 2014 finalists Hull.

The Premier League champions came back from straight defeats to  Bournemouth and Watford with a convincing 3-0 home win against West Brom on Monday.

Hull, who will be without Nigeria defender Ola Aina as he is on loan from Chelsea, recorded an impressive 2-0 away league win against Nottingham Forest to halt their four straight league games without a win.

Previewing the game against the Blues, Adkins, a former manager of Southampton, stated that it is Chelsea and not Hull that is under pressure to win.

“It’s going to be a real challenge at Chelsea – but one that everyone is relishing. We are going there under no illusions, but it’s the FA Cup so anything is possible,” Adkins said in his press conference on Wednesday.

 

“The FA Cup is something I have always respected and you always want to be involved. It’s going to be a tough game, we know that, but we have to make it as tough as possible for Chelsea as well.

“For us, there is nothing to lose. On paper, everyone expects Chelsea to win – but football isn’t played on paper! We’ve got to go there and represent Hull City with pride and give the fans that go down to support the team something to shout about.”

Adkins however lamented the spate of injuries to some of his key players but expressed confidence that it would not distract his team.

He said: “We play Friday, Tuesday, Friday so it’s relentless and we’ve been stretched with the injuries in the squad. It’s a juggling act and we are trying to getthe most out of each player, but there is a togetherness here. It is challenging, but we are enjoying it.

“We picked up some injuries at the weekend and those players haven’t trained yet this week, so it’s going to be an interesting challenge. We have to go there and believe we can get a positive result. Importantly, we also have to play with no fear!”

Hazard, Moses Eases Conte’s Troubles

Eden Hazard’s double strike has reduced the mounting pressure on Chelsea’s Antonio Conte as the premiership champions returned to winning ways and moved back to top four of the English Premiership’s top four after trashing the rock bottom West 3-0 on Monday night.

Three-goal loss to Bournemouth and Watford saw Conte’s contract threatened and  becoming the latest Chelsea boss to be dismissed just nine months on from winning the Premier League.

However, the Italian who stated in the build-up to the game it would be “stupid” to sack him was handed a relieve by the brilliance of Belgian Hazard, with Victor Moses also on target for the hosts.

“It’s not easy to lose two games but now we are back,” said Hazard. “We are Chelsea, we are the champions, we have to give everything.”

Chelsea climb into fourth with the gap between Manchester United in second and fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur now just four points in the race to join runway leaders Manchester City in next season’s Champions League.

“Sometimes you lose. The most important thing is to be together,” added Hazard.

At the other end of the table, a third straight defeat is another huge blow to West Brom’s chances of survival with the Baggies now seven points adrift of safety and just 11 games remaining.

“It’s really difficult, you see some of the results go against you and you’re cut adrift,” said West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.

“We have big games against other teams in the bottom half of the table — they’re really big six pointers.”

Crucially for Chelsea ahead of a huge month on three fronts, Conte’s forward options were replenished as Olivier Giroud was handed his full debut, whilst club record signing Alvaro Morata made his return after nearly a month out with a back injury as a second-half substitute.

West Brom were dealt an injury blow themselves inside three minutes when former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge limped off to be replaced by Jay Rodriguez.

Alan Pardew insisted he had no problem fielding Rodriguez, who was charged by the FA on Thursday with using racist language towards Brighton’s Gaetan Bong last month, but has vowed to clear his name.

Rodriguez had by far the best chance of a bright start from the visitors when he latched onto Moses’s wayward defensive header, but dragged his shot wide with just Thibaut Courtois to beat.

Giroud passed up a huge opportunity to mark his Stamford Bridge bow in Chelsea blue with a goal when his weak right-footed effort was easily smothered by Foster on 20 minutes.

But the French international made amends by providing the pass for the opener as a neat one-two opened the space for Hazard to fire his 14th goal of the season into the bottom corner.

West Brom only had themselves to blame for not getting back into the game early in the second period.

Salomon Rondon fired too close to Courtois after outmuscling Andreas Christensen despite Chelsea claims for a foul on the Dane.

And, from the resulting corner, Jonny Evans headed inches over the bar.

Moments later, Pardew’s men were 2-0 down as Moses latched onto Cesc Fabregas’s deflected pass to slot low past Foster.

Hazard then capped a welcome win when he cut inside before drilling a left-footed shot inside Foster’s near post.

Conte’s name was loudly sung by the Chelsea faithful in a clear show of support for their manager.

However, far tougher tests await following Hull City’s visit in the FA Cup on Friday.

Firstly, Barcelona visit the Bridge in the Champions League last 16 in eight days time before back-to-back Premier League visits to Manchester to face United and City.

Chelsea To Move For Enrique and Suarez

Chelsea are considering to replace Conte with former Barcelona coach,Luis Enrique. Conte is currently having a terrible time at Chelsea after series os defeats and present 4-1 defeat against Watford on Monday night, and Roman Abramovich would like to bring to Enrique to London following his time off football. The Chelsea owner is also loking at a possibility of bringing with Enrique, Luis Suarez who is presently having a great time at Barcelona but there is no guarantee that the clubs are ready to let the striker off.

Chelsea will opt for Barcelona star Luis Suarez if Antonio Conte is replaced by Enrique at the  Stamford Bridge, Enrique was inconsistent at Barcelona but enjoyed the best Suarez had to offer. Suarez would be able to provide the energy and aggression to aid him in attack as the new buy Alvaro Morata has not been convincing enough, and might even prove to be a suitable replacement for Eden Hazard on the left side of the attack. The only concern is that at 31 he could be considered past his best.

Antonio Conte isn’t quitting at Stamford Bridge, and there are no plans to get him off by Abrahmovich. Chelsea believe as far as Conte doesn’t lose out on the top four and he is able to make the Champions’ league then there would be absolutely no need to get him replaced. Conte, who has 18 months to run on his contract, has also made it clear that he won’t quit the club.

Looking for the subtext, one possible impression to take from this story is that the two parties are making it plain that they won’t move first. Conte is on £9m a year, so understandably may be reluctant to walk away from a job and financial security. By the same token, Chelsea could be trying to force Conte out without having to stump up £9m in compensation so that they can bring in their new man.

 

 

 

Moses Shines, Giroud Debuts As Watford Humiliated 10-Man Chelsea

Chelsea’s recent bad forms have extended in the Premier League on Monday night as they were trounced 4-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road.

It was their second defeat in their last two league games following their shocking 3:0 home loss to bournemouth

A Troy Deeney penalty and Goals from Daryl Janmaat, Roberto Pereyra,Gerard Deulofeu give the convinving win to Watford

Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off after receiving his second yellow card for a foul on Richarlison.

Super Eagles forward, Victor Moses, played 90 minutes for Chelsea but could not prevent the hammering.

Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud made his debut for Chelsea after replacing Pedro Rodriguez who went off injured.

Chelsea are fourth on 50 points while Watford are 11th on 30 points in the league table.

Willian had Chelsea’s first big chance in the 12th minute but hit effort just over the bar after Moses’ cross rebounded off a Watford defender.

Watford almost made Chelsea pay for a careless play in defence but Richarlison’s goal bound shot was well blocked by Gary Cahill.

In the 26th minute, a corner from Gerard Deulofeu was almost turned into his own net by Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Chelsea were reduced to 10 men as Bakayoko was sent off after receiving his second yellow card for a late foul on Richarlison.

Watford went close to making their one man advantage count as Richarlison tested Thibaut Courtois from range but the Chelsea keeper made a comfortable save.

In the 42nd minute, Watford went 1-0 up through Deeney who converted from the penalty spot after Courtois fouled Deulofeu.

On the stroke of halftime, Etiene Capoue hit a low shot close to the Chelsea area but Cesar Azpilicuerta blocked his effort away for a corner.

Deep into added time, Chelsea had a chance to draw level only for Pedro Rodriguez blazing his shot over the bar.

The game was halted for a few minutes due to head collision between Moses and Marvin Zeegelaar.

Deulofeu should have doubled Watford lead on 59 minutes but saw his curler go inches wide.

A minute later Richarlison also had a chance following a poor pass by Courtois but the Brazilian’s low shot just missed the target.

In the 66th minute, Courtois made a superb save as he dived full stretch to punch away Abdoulaye Doucoure’s left-footed strike.

Courtois made another good save in the 77th minute as he held Jose Holebas’ long range strike.

With 10 minutes remaining Chelsea had a chance to equalise only for Orestiz Karnezis.

In the 82nd minute Chelsea equalised thanks to Hazard who curled in a brilliant strike into the bottom left corner to make it 1-1.

Watford took the lead again on 84 minutes through Janmaat who danced into the box made a quick interchange of pass with Deulofeu before placing the ball past Courtois.

Things went from bad to worse for Chelsea on 88 minutes as Deulofeu ran towards goal, before slotting into the back of the net with his left-foot.

And in the 91st minute, Pereyra completed the rout as he ran on to Dacoure’s pass before slamming his shot into the net

 Conte Uncertain About Chelsea Future

Chelsea on Monday will battle Watford which is their next Premier League fixture. The blues have not been consistent at the second half of the season with a possibility of  losing out in the Champions’ league spot and also having their Manager face a likely sack.

Fourth-placed Chelsea are currently on the fourth position and are just a point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur after Arsenal dumped them out of the League cup and were beaten at the Stamford Bridge by Bournemouth.

The media reports have always suggested Conte might leave at the end of the season with coach being subjected to having issues to the transfer policy of the club.

Although the 48-year-old has been linked with a return to his former job as Italy manager, Italian football federation (FIGC) assistant commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said on Sunday that he has ruled himself out.

“As Conte reiterated the other day, he wants to continue working as a coach on a day-by-day basis at club level for at least the next 18 months, the length of his Chelsea contract, so he has pulled out of the running,” Costacurta said.

Conte has called on the Chelsea board to end the uncertainty over his future by publicly confirming they trust in his work.

One way or another he may well be disappointed.

The only time Chelsea have done anything similar was in Oct. 2015 when they released a statement backing Jose Mourinho following Chelsea’s worst start to a season since 1979. Two months later the Portuguese was sacked.

Conte’s methods underwent further scrutiny over the weekend when it was revealed that new signing Ross Barkley will miss Monday’s game at Vicarage Road after becoming the eighth Chelsea player to suffer a hamstring injury this season.

Conte has consistently said his squad is not strong enough, although striker Olivier Giroud and defender Emerson Palmieri were recruited last week in an attempt to provide more options.

Publicly at least, Conte is putting a brave face on the situation, refusing to confirm media reports he has been at odds with director Marina Granovskaia, one of owner Roman Abramovich’s most trusted employees, following November’s surprise departure of transfer chief Michael Emenalo.

Conte maintains that he intends to stay until at least until next summer when his contract runs out.

“We are doing the maximum for this club. If the club understands this and the club wants to extend a new contract, we can talk,” he said.

“We can talk. Why not? My contract expires in 2019. My desire and my will are to continue to work with this club.”

Although Conte’s position would be bolstered by a strong showing against Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16, he knows that, after 18 months in the job, he has survived longer than most at a club which has employed 10 managers in as many years.

Courtois Might Miss Chelsea’s FA Cup Semi-Final Against Arsenal

After missing in action for two games, the Blues goal keeper hasn’t found his full fitness and also might miss the game against Arsenal. He could be replaced by his understudy once again.

Thibaut Courtois is set to miss Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final against London rival Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. The second tie comes up Wednesday night.

The Belgium international is down with an ankle injury, having missed two Chelsea’s game. He joined in with first-team training on Tuesday.

However, Chelsea have opted not to take risks with his fitness as the Arsenal game comes too soon and Courtois joins Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas on the sidelines.

Willy Caballero will continue to deputise for Courtois, with the Argentine having started last week’s FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich and Saturday’s 4-0 Premier League victory over Brighton.

Morata has an ongoing back complaint which will see him miss out, while Fabregas is thought to still not be available through a hamstring injury, despite taking some part in Tuesday’s training session.

Gary Cahill (hamstring) and Danny Drinkwater (ankle) will also likely return in some capacity, while Pedro is back from his one-game suspension after being sent off against Norwich.

The first leg finished 0-0 at Stamford Bridge, so the tie is finely balanced as Chelsea aim to set up a final clash with Manchester City, who overcame Bristol City on Tuesday night.

With Chelsea one match away from a return to Wembley, manager Antonio Conte is excited by the chance of reaching another final within two years of joining the club.

“For me, my players, for the fans, it’s an important target, especially for me,” he said.

“In my first year or so I have the opportunity to win the Premier League, play the FA Cup final and now I can play another final in the EFL Cup.

“To have this possibility to play many finals in this country, it is very important for me. To play the final we must get past Arsenal, which is always a big challenge. Arsenal will also want to go to the final.”

Chelsea In Talks With Roma’s Emerson Palmieri Agent Confirms

 

 

Fernado Garcia, the agent to Roma defender Emerson Palmieri has claimed that the Italian club are in talks with Chelsea over a possible move for the Italy international.

 

Several left-backs has been linked with the blues in recent months – with Juventus’ Alex Sandro a serious target but his club’s demand has put  Chelsea off the radar. Marcos Alonso is said to be given more competition from his coach.

 

The 23yr old has only played twice for Roma since returning from a serious knee injury at the start of December, making just 25 Serie A appearances last term.

 

And Garcia, claims a move to Chelsea is a “concrete possibility”.

 

“There’s nothing certain yet,” he told Calciomercato. “We are in a phase of discussion and evaluation.

 

“Chelsea are a concrete possibility, absolutely. Now the two clubs are talking, so we will see if they reach a positive conclusion. I have no planned trips to Italy, at least for the moment, as we are waiting for developments.

 

“Obviously, Emerson would love to play in the Premier League and it would be a dream to work with Conte, as he is among the best coaches in the world.”

 

 

 

No Offer From Chelsea Yet But Conte is A Fan Of Dzeko

Edin Dzeko’s agent Irfan Redzepagic  has claimed that there’s no offer yet on the table even though Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is a big admirer of the player.

 

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international and Roma striker, who scored twice in the 3-3 Champions League draw with the Blues at Stamford Bridge in October, is one of the hottest centre forwards who has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this January.

 

When asked about the reported interest, he said “No, I don’t know anything about this. I’ve no information to that effect,” he told romagiallorossa.it

 

“Dzeko is a Roma player. You know that well.

 

“Every time you talk about Dzeko, clubs like Chelsea, Chinese clubs, even Mexican clubs crop up. They’re only rumours. The truth is that Dzeko wants to stay at Roma.

 

“My role is not to reveal certain dynamics of the market. All I can say is that Conte likes Dzeko. But who doesn’t like Edin?”

 

Conte is said to be keen to sign a striker who poses a strong aerial threat, having seen Fernando Llorente join Tottenham over Chelsea in the previous transfer window.

 

Surprise moves for West Ham’s Andy Carroll and Stoke City veteran Peter Crouch have also been suggested.

Edin Dzeko’s agent Irfan Redzepagic  has claimed that there’s no offer yet on the table even though Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is a big admirer of the player.

 

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international and Roma striker, who scored twice in the 3-3 Champions League draw with the Blues at Stamford Bridge in October, is one of the hottest centre forwards who has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this January.

 

When asked about the reported interest, he said “No, I don’t know anything about this. I’ve no information to that effect,” he told romagiallorossa.it

 

“Dzeko is a Roma player. You know that well.

 

“Every time you talk about Dzeko, clubs like Chelsea, Chinese clubs, even Mexican clubs crop up. They’re only rumours. The truth is that Dzeko wants to stay at Roma.

 

“My role is not to reveal certain dynamics of the market. All I can say is that Conte likes Dzeko. But who doesn’t like Edin?”

 

Conte is said to be keen to sign a striker who poses a strong aerial threat, having seen Fernando Llorente join Tottenham over Chelsea in the previous transfer window.

 

Surprise moves for West Ham’s Andy Carroll and Stoke City veteran Peter Crouch have also been suggested.