Monthly Archives: October 31, 2017

The teams: Roma v Chelsea

Gary Cahill comes back into the side for Davide Zappacosta in what is the only change to the team which started at Bournemouth on Saturday. Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to start at right wing-back, with Cahill slotting into the back three alongside David Luiz and Toni Rudiger, who starts on his return to the Stadio…read more

Conte: Listening up

Antonio Conte will speak to N’Golo Kante before deciding whether to bring him back into the team against Roma tomorrow night. The French midfielder, such an integral part in our success since joining last year, has been out since picking up a hamstring injury during the international break earlier this month. He returned to training…read more

Hazard: Confidence rising

Back-to-back league wins and a clean sheet after a six-game run without one boost the belief in the camp reckons Eden Hazard after his goal defeated Bournemouth on Saturday evening. The Belgian international likes a goal against the Cherries, this was his fifth in five appearances against them, and it was another sign he is…read more

Conference Call: Continuity and confidence

Antonio Conte felt we played with control during this evening’s win at Bournemouth and that meant the final outcome was a deserved one. The boss saw Eden Hazard fire in the only goal of the game early in the second half to cap a fine individual display, and at the other end a solid collective…read more

Conte: All our energy required

Antonio Conte gave an injury update at his press conference today as well as his thoughts on Bournemouth, who he believes are in a false position. The boss, speaking at Cobham after today’s training session, and before he and the squad headed south to Bournemouth, also had strong words about recent media speculation. He first…read more

Rudiger: Heading on up

Antonio Rudiger had two reasons to be pleased as he assessed our Carabao Cup fourth round victory over Everton at Stamford Bridge. It was our German defender who impressively put us ahead with a header that mixed strength and subtlety. Not only that, it opened his account for the Blues and set us on the…read more

Defence on the attack

Toni Rudiger became the latest Chelsea defender to make his mark at the other end of the pitch and a rich supply of goals from the back has been a constant feature of Antonio Conte’s time in charge. Indeed, since the start of last season, we have scored more league goals via defenders than any…read more

The teams: Chelsea v Everton

Danny Drinkwater makes his Chelsea debut and will play alongside 17-year-old Ethan Amapdu who is handed his first start.  There is a second start in this competition for Charly Musonda Jr with Willian and Michy Batshuyi completing the attack. The defence is unchanged from the previous round win over Nottingham Forest and there are places…read more

Courtois: Together as one

As the Blues prepare to take on Everton in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup tomorrow, Thibaut Courtois says the team’s sole focus this week is on overcoming the Toffees and going as far in the competition as possible. Following Saturday’s late show against Watford, when we came from behind to win 4-2, attention…read more

Conte: Great satisfaction

Antonio Conte has spoken about the special relationship he has with Chelsea fans and how he is driven by a desire to make them happy. The Blues showed great character to come from 2-1 behind to beat Watford at the Bridge on Saturday, and Conte explained his mindset at the point where the Hornets were…read more