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Section: 502 | Row: CHELSEA FANS. Chelsea FC transfer news, match previews and reviews & chelsea FC latest news! Chelsea are back in the Premier League this season after a tumultuous summer in which they sacked manager Antonio Conte. The Italian parted ways with the club after just one season at Stamford Bridge and has been replaced by former Italy and Juventus boss Gianfranco Zola. The Blues have started well under their new manager but there are still big challenges ahead for them if they want to win silverware again this season. Let’s take a look at some of their key players and see how they might fare against Man City on Sunday afternoon.
The Chelsea manager is likely to be more concerned about this summer’s transfers than any of his predecessors. Last season, they spent nearly £150 million on new players and lost out on major targets like Romelu Lukaku and Virgil van Dijk due to Financial Fair Play restrictions imposed by Uefa.
Conte frustrated at Chelsea’s failure to land top targets
Conte is frustrated that Chelsea have failed to land top targets, including Gonzalo Higuain and Kylian Mbappe. He wants to bring in players who can make a difference, but he also wants to bring in young players with potential.
He said: “We need this type of player, a striker or two central defenders or two midfielders.”
Morata Conte satisfied with the progress he has made at Chelsea
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is happy with the progress of Alvaro Morata. The Spanish striker has scored four goals in six games for the Blues since joining from Real Madrid in the summer, including a brace against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Morata’s start has been cause for celebration among fans and pundits alike – but it’s not just about his goal tally; it’s also his attitude and effort that have impressed Conte so much since arriving at Stamford Bridge. “He is trying to adapt very well to our style,” said Conte after their win over the Gunners last weekend.”We try to help him as much as possible because we know he had a good season with Real Madrid last year where he scored 24 goals in 32 appearances.”
Thibaut Courtois set to sign a new record deal at Chelsea – reports
Chelsea are set to reward Thibaut Courtois with a new record contract. The Belgian goalkeeper has been in excellent form this season and it looks like he will be rewarded with a big pay rise.
Courtois’ current deal is worth £120,000-a-week but the Blues want to offer him more money when they see how much value he adds to their team. Section: 502.
Chelsea have started well but have tough tests ahead says JT
The Blues have started well, but they have a tough test ahead. They have a good squad and team spirit, plus they have a good manager and coaching staff. They are also a good team on paper and will be challenging for the title in May.
Cesar Azpilicueta has hailed Alvaro Morata’s instant impact at Chelsea
Cesar Azpilicueta has hailed Alvaro Morata’s instant impact at Chelsea. The Spain international was signed from Real Madrid for £60m in the summer transfer window, but he has struggled to find his feet in England, scoring one goal in eight matches for the Blues so far this season. However, Morata has settled in well at Stamford Bridge and will be hoping to add more goals before the end of the campaign. Section: 502.
He scored a hat-trick on his debut against Burnley on September 16th 2018 (3-3) and followed that up with another brace against Cardiff City last weekend (2-1). The 24 year old also scored twice against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month although they lost 2-1 after extra time – something which is sure to give him confidence moving forward into fixtures where Chelsea need points badly if they want to remain champions of Europe!
The Chelsea manager said: “I see a player with great possibilities, who can improve in his game, but also a man with good experience in the league. That’s important because we have lots of young players here who need more time before they can play this high level – or even better than us.”
De Bruyne a threat for us says Chelsea captain Cahill
But Cahill says that De Bruyne is a threat for Chelsea. “He’s been one of the best players in Europe over the last few years,” he told Chelsea’s official website. “He’s got great vision, he can play anywhere on the left side or right side – he can play behind or through the middle as well.”
With De Bruyne set to return from injury this season, it will be interesting to see how he fares against his former club Manchester City.
Antonio Conte has confirmed he would “like” to be reunited with Diego Costa in the future. The Spanish striker is reportedly on his way out of Chelsea after a season-long loan deal was not renewed by Atletico Madrid, who are now expected to sell him permanently.
Costa has been linked with a move back to Atletico Madrid and Conte says he would be prepared to take up their offer if they come knocking again, but insists he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge rather than leave for another club.