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Chelsea FC: Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio wants Antonio Conte as Azzurri manager

Antonio Conte left Italy after Euro 2016 Sunday, November 19, 2017 Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio has suggested Antonio Conte would be his preferred choice as national team boss. The Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) sacked Gian Piero Ventura following Italy’s failure to qualify for next summer’s World Cup and Tavecchio would like to see Chelsea boss Conte return to his former role. Conte left for Stamford Bridge after Euro 2016, but, after winning the Premier League title in his first season in west London, has been forced to…

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Antonio Conte claims fixture schedule has left Chelsea at a disadvantage

Chelsea have been dealt an unfair hand by schedule makers in comparison to Premier League leaders Manchester City, according to boss Antonio Conte. The Blues won their fourth successive league game by defeating West Brom 4-0 at The Hawthorns on Saturday, but still trail Pep Guardiola’s City by nine points after they beat Leicester to make it 16 wins on the bounce in all competitions. One of those came at Stamford Bridge in late September, three days after the Blues had beaten Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and four…

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hails performances of Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta in victory over Manchester United

Conte with passionate celebrations after earning three points against Manchester United Sunday, November 5, 2017 Antonio Conte sung the praises of Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta after the two combined to score the winning goal in Chelsea’s narrow victory over Manchester United.  Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Alvaro Morata heads winner as Blues dominate Red Devils Azpilicueta’s lovely cross found an unmarked Morata who headed beyond David De Gea to put Chelsea one point behind the Red Devils.  The win was the perfect response to their 3-0 drubbing at Roma in…

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte passes on his “suffering” to players

Antonio Conte tries to pass on his “suffering” after a defeat to his Chelsea players in a bid to get a positive response. Conte declined to discuss Nemanja Matic’s transfer from Chelsea to Old Trafford, or comment on his relationship with Jose Mourinho, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United. The Blues boss instead focused on his own team, who are seeking to respond from Tuesday night’s 3-0 Champions League loss at Roma, which saw Conte questioning their “hunger”. Adversity will reveal the true character of his players,…

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Chelsea FC news: 'Reports of rift between Roman Abramovich and Antonio Conte denied by Blues'

Friday, November 3, 2017 Chelsea have moved to play down claims Antonio Conte is facing the sack. Leading Spanish publication Marca reported this week that the Italian’s relationship with club bosses has deteriorated and owner Roman Abramovich has begun the search for a new manager. Conte led the Blues to Premier League title glory in his first season in charge but his second term has been much more challenging so far. Amid criticisms of a lack of spending in the summer, Conte has cut a frustrated figure on the touchline…

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Cesc Fabregas insists there is no dressing room unrest towards under pressure Antonio Conte

Cesc Fabregas says Chelsea players are not unhappy with the training regime of manager Antonio Conte, but are finding the hectic domestic and Champions League schedule challenging. The Blues impressed last season as they built towards the Premier League title, but have not been able to replicate that consistency while juggling a return to elite European competition. Chelsea were beaten 3-0 away to Roma on Tuesday night and host Manchester United, and former manager Jose Mourinho, on Sunday. Reports of unrest within the Blues squad over the methods of the…

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Chelsea lacking hunger and need to have the will to dig deep – Conte

Chelsea must rediscover their “hunger” after a 3-0 Champions League defeat by Roma, says manager Antonio Conte. Stephan El Shaarawy scored twice as Roma moved above the Blues, who could have progressed to the knockout stage with a win, to the top of Group C. Chelsea will go through if they beat Qarabag in their next group game. “If you are a great team, you must have stability and consistency,” said Conte. “In this moment we are struggling to have this balance.” The Italian guided the Blues to the Premier…

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