Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that his team will struggle to finish in the top-four after their defeat at Manchester United. He said that the league is more competitive than ever and that his team will have a hard time qualifying for the Champions League.
After another season full of the usual shocks, surprises and general drama, the Premier League is coming to an end once again. It’s a shame to have to say goodbye to one of the country’s most celebrated pastimes but at least we have the consolation prize of the World Cup, which will set sail in a few short weeks.
The more regular punter will set out their bets prior to the weekend’s action getting underway, so it makes more sense than ever to take a look at the Premier League fixtures in the run-up to the final weekend of the season. Choosing your own bets can be difficult, especially to the newcomer, but that’s where sites like Footy Accumulators step in, providing their own football tips for today, tomorrow, and any day where football is in full flow, with their own recommended bets, betting tips and insightful previews. Continue reading
Spanish defender Marcos Alonso believes Chelsea have taken a lot of positives from their Champions League experience against Barcelona. The Blues played with intensity over the course of the double-legged round of 16 tie but they were a tad unfortunate to have lost by a 4-1 scoreline, after hitting the woodwork on three occasions.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had admitted that he is a bit of a disaster when it comes to persuading his club’s hierarchy to spend on top quality recruits. The Blues had been linked with a couple of high-profile signings during the winter transfer window, but Conte ultimately had to contend with the arrivals of Ross Barkley, Emerson Palmieri, and Olivier Giroud.
In the lead-up to the West Brom game, Conte admitted that he learns to be more persuasive with the Blues’ board especially with the big spending being done by some of their league rivals, he said: “I have to speak more with the managers who are very, very good at persuading their clubs to spend money to buy top players. I think I’m a bit of a disaster to convince the club to buy players. I think that in this aspect I can improve a lot. I have to learn a lot from the other coaches, the other managers, in that aspect.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has claimed that the blues may need to take each game as they come after the goalless draw with Everton on Saturday. It was a hugely disappointing result for the defending champions, who already look like out of the title race.
However, this result may have just confirmed that this position as Chelsea are now an incredible 16 points behind Manchester City, who were unable to get a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth. After the recent disappointment against West Ham, Conte claimed that Chelsea’s hopes of winning the title may have effectively gone. Continue reading
Chelsea star striker Alvaro Morata has had to publicly come out and re-pledge his desire to play for the club after appearing to say he wants to go back to Italy and finds living in London “too much stress”.
Antonio Conte and his squad have recently had a very busy week which saw Chelsea facing off with West Bromwich Albion and claiming a very dominant 4-0 triumph and 4 days later having to make a 2,500 miles trip over to Azerbaijan in order to face off with FK Qarabag for a UEFA Champions League qualifying match.
3 days after making this trip and Antonio Conte as well as his team had to make another return trip in order to play with Liverpool, before another hectic spell against Atletico and Manchester City. Continue reading
Former West Ham goalkeeper ShakaHislop believes that Antonio Conte could pursue the services of free-agent Bacary Sagna.
The France international has been on the search for a new club ever since his release from Manchester City at the end of last season.
The English champions were keen on signing the right-back on deadline day, but they could still snap up his signature outside of the transfer window as he is still out-of-contract. Speaking on ESPN FC, Hislop admitted that Conte could find a place for Sagna in his squad after having turned former outcast Victor Moses into a Premier League winner.
He said: “Quite clearly he was surplus to requirements at Manchester City. I’ll say this, ordinarily, I would have said no. But I’m going to say yes. Antonio Conte turned Victor Moses into a Premier League-winning player. Now he hopped around and in my opinion probably showed less promise than Bacary Sagna. If Conte can find a system to suit Moses, there is no question in my mind that Conte can find a system to suit anybody. You and I still have a chance of making a career under Conte.” Continue reading
Antonio Conte’s debut season as the head coach of Chelsea was widely considered to be as one of the best in the history of the entire English Premier League. The Italian coach was able to surpass the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp.
It was a sensational season for Chelsea as they dominated the 2016-17 season of the EPL with the vast majority of the campaign for the team of Antonio Conte being spent at the top spot with very little opposition from any of their main rivals. Continue reading
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has revealed that Chelsea’s controversial loan system played a key role in his decision to leave Stamford Bridge.
The 26-year-old spent two years with the Premier League champions between 2012 and 2014, although most of his time was spent on loan spells abroad. De Bruyne has since joined Manchester City following a stellar spell with German club Wolfsburg, and he is now regarded as one of the leading midfielders in the Premier League.
In a Belgian news conference on Thursday, De Bruyne discussed the difficult period he went through in the Blues’ loan system, he said: “After those experiences, I’d rather wanted to be sold. Otherwise, I would end up in the same situation all over again: playing well on loan, returning to your parent club and then, every year again, feel like the young player back from loan who still has everything to prove. That’s something I didn’t want to experience for the third time in a row. Let’s say that I would perform well at Wolfsburg, that I would play a good World Cup and that I would return to Chelsea afterwards with the same status that I had before. No, I didn’t fancy that. I decided to leave on a permanent basis.” Continue reading