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Football: Manchester United VS Chelsea on Sunday

Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte Manchester United ChelseaEverything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Manchester United may well have begun a huge eight-day period with FA Cup progress against Huddersfield Town and an away draw in the Champions League at Sevilla but they most certainly have a point to prove when hosting Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side have turned in two less than convincing performances so far this week, most recently delivering a masterclass in underwhelming football on Wednesday in Spain, and while the three points are the number-one target this weekend the fans will be looking for their team to command the game more at the Theatre of Dreams.


MAN UTD INJURIES


Ander Herrera will be unable to repeat his Man of the Match performance in this fixture last season as he misses out due to the muscle injury which saw him leave the 0-0 draw with Sevilla less than 17 minutes in. Marouane Fellaini remains out after undergoing surgery on his troublesome left knee. The Belgian is likely to be absent until the end of March, ruling him out of at least nine fixtures in all competition.

 Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to training this week following a break from first-team football to help him overcome issues after his ACL surgery while Daley Blind is likely to miss out once more due to a muscle injury suffered in training in January. Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones both have knocks to shake off but could be available for Chelsea’s visit.

MAN UTD SUSPENSIONS


United have no suspension issues, and the same is true of Antonio Conte’s side.


MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Jose Mourinho has made a habit of matching up against three-man defences since arriving at Old Trafford, and he could well do the same on Sunday. While Rojo and Jones are not certain to return, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling should be good to start if the manager decides that a centre-back trio is the way to go.

The big question, of course, will be whether Paul Pogba starts in midfield following the discourse of the last few weeks, but it is hard to envisage the Frenchman not being involved particularly in light of Ander Herrera’s injury. Club captain Michael Carrick is on standby to fill a third midfield role, although Scott McTominay’s performance in restraining Ever Banega in midweek may win him a starting shirt once more as the Portuguese looks to put a leash on Chelsea’s more creative players.

A back three could potentially narrow down attacking options even more, but it would give Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku the chance to pair up for the first time without fear of stepping on other toes in the forward line.

Man Utd possible XI

CHELSEA TEAM NEWS


Antonio Conte’s outfit have had the ultimate in inconsistent seasons so far, but a win at Old Trafford on Sunday would take them level with United and really mix things up in the race for Champions League qualification.

For the Blues, David Luiz is currently out with an ankle injury and Tiemoue Bakayoko has a knock that he sustained in training. The duo are the only two players currently unavailable for the Man United game. Bakayoko hasn’t featured since Chelsea’s shock 4-1 defeat to Watford at the start of the month, where his early red card proved costly.

Ross Barkley wasn’t selected in Chelsea’s matchday squad to face Barcelona in midweek, but he has joined in first team training sessions. That 1-1 draw with the Catalans attracted widespread praise, and another such tactical masterclass could be ordered by Conte as he looks to put his old enemy’s nose out of joint.

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TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 14:05 GMT on Sunday, with live coverage available in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League beginning immediately after Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur.


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Manchester United have won just one of their last 14 matches in all competitions against Chelsea (D5 L8) – winning this exact fixture last season in the Premier League (2-0).
  • Chelsea will be looking to do the league double over Man Utd for the fourth time in the Premier League and first time since 2009-10 under Carlo Ancelotti (also 2004-05 under Jose Mourinho and 1993-94 under Glenn Hoddle).
  • Only Liverpool (4) have done the league double over Man Utd more times in Premier League history than Chelsea (3 – level with Man City and Arsenal).
  • Manchester United have lost more Premier League games (18) and conceded more Premier League goals (67) against Chelsea than they have against any other side in the competition.
  • Antonio Conte has won three of his four meetings in all competitions as Chelsea manager against Jose Mourinho (W3 L1) – twice in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup.
  • Jose Mourinho has seen his Man Utd side score more than once in just one of their seven home Premier League games against fellow ‘big six’ teams, although it came last season versus Chelsea (W3 D2 L2).
  • Jose Mourinho has lost only two of his 32 Premier League matches at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager (W18 D12), with both defeats coming at the hands of rivals Man City. Indeed, Mourinho’s (2.06) points per game ratio at Old Trafford for Man Utd is worse than both Louis van Gaal (2.24) and Alex Ferguson (2.42).
  • Eden Hazard has found the net with each of his last three shots from open play – he had scored with three of his previous 31 open play efforts.
  • Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in any of his six Premier League matches against the ‘big six’ this season, attempting just four shots on target in those games.

Where do you stand?

 

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Chelsea sells Willian in January for £27million

Blues look to offload BrazilianChelsea are ready to cash in on Willian in January and use the money to sign Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain, reports claim.

Willian has struggled for regular first-team football with Chelsea this season and has often been overlooked in favour of Eden Hazard and Pedro, who have played alongside Alvaro Morata in attack. Reports are now suggesting that Antonio Conte is ready to let him move on, with a number of clubs in China said to be interested, and will draft in fellow Brazilian Moura as a replacement. Likewise Moura has also struggled for action with PSG following the arrival of Neymar in the summer, and reports claimed that week that the French side have already offered Chelsea the chance of doing a deal. Moura would jump at the chance of a fresh start at Stamford Bridge but any deal could hinge on Willian, who is valued at £27million, moving out first.

PSG, Bayern qualify for Champions League last 16

Image result for PSGParis Saint-Germain strolled into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday as Layvin Kurzawa scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 rout of Anderlecht, with Bayern Munich joining them in the knockout phase.

Marco Verratti and Neymar struck at the Parc des Princes before Kurzawa netted an unlikely treble, while Bayern also advanced from Group B after a 2-1 win at Celtic.

Javi Martinez’s brave header clinched qualification for the Germans after Callum McGregor had cancelled out Kingsley Coman’s first-half opener in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, Antonio Conte blasted Chelsea’s lack of hunger after becoming the first English club to lose in the Champions League this season with a ruthless 3-0 rout by AS Roma.

Conte lamented that the English champions — who would have advanced to the last 16 with a win — “lacked everything” after a match where they went a goal down after 38 seconds, the first of a Stephan El Shaarawy double.

El Shaarawy made it 2-0 after 36 minutes when ex-Roma defender Antonio Rudiger failed to control Radja Nainggolan’s long ball forward. Argentine Diego Perotti scored the third midway through the second half, before missing a chance for a fourth.

“Roma proved to have more hunger, more desire, more will to fight and to beat us. We lacked everything,” complained Conte.Image result for Bayern

Moses Shines, Alonso bags brace as Chelsea spoils Spurs Wembley dream

   Nigeria star Victor Moses made his first English Premier League appearance of the season for Chelsea who recorded their first three points with a 2-1 win over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur despite being dominated at Wembley on Sunday.

Moses alongside Timeou Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata and Andreas Christensen were the four players making their first start of the campaign.

Marcos Alonso curled in a superb free-kick in the 23rd minute of the game after David Luiz was fouled at the edge of the box but an own goal from Mitchy Batshuayi in the 82nd minute got Spurs the equaliser.

But Alonso popped up to fire the winner for the reigning EPL champions with six minutes left to play.

Harry Kane had the first shot on goal when he stung the palms of Thibaut Courtois in the 13th minute.

The Belgian goalkeeper was on hand again to stop Kane from scoring three minutes later when he parried his shot for a corner.

Kane also hit the upright after a breaching the Chelsea defence in the 38th minute.

Spur were unlucky not to have restored parity in the 40th minute when Christian Ericksen’s free-kick went inches off the upright.

At the restart, Tottenham continued from where they stopped, creating two chances in the opening few minutes in quick succession.

And in the 75th minute Timo Bakayoko found William whose shot struck the upright.

But in the 83rd minute Batshuayi diverted in Erickson’s free-kick for the equaliser before Alonso sealed a nervy win for the Blues.Moses Shines, Alonso Steals Show As Chelsea Bounce Back

The win was Chelsea’s first win in their last three visits to the Wembley Stadium.

EPL: Burnley stuns 9 man Chelsea at Stanford Bridge

Chelsea had two players sent off as they fell to a stunning 3-2 defeat against Burnley to open their title defence.

Nine-man Chelsea fell to a shock 3-2 home defeat against Burnley as their Premier League title defence began with a stunning upset.

Captain Gary Cahill was sent off after just 14 minutes for a challenge on Steven Defour, but that was just the start of the astonishing drama at Stamford Bridge.

Sam Vokes starred for Burnley with two of his side’s three goals before half-time, Stephen Ward also netting in between the Wales striker’s double.

In-form Vokes now has seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances after netting only five in the previous 58.

Antonio Conte gave Alvaro Morata 31 minutes from the substitutes’ bench on his Premier League debut and he scored with a header.

Any hopes of a recovery were dented when Cesc Fabregas was sent off after collecting a second booking late on, although David Luiz did set up a grandstand finish with a powerful volley to make it 3-2 with two minutes left. Robbie Brady then hit the post at the opposite end from a free-kick as Burnley pushed for a fourth.

The unexpected result is Chelsea’s first opening-day defeat for 19 years and only the second time the Premier League’s defending champions have lost their first game in 26 years.

Cahill’s early departure stunned Stamford Bridge, the defender taking a heavy touch and diving forward with his boot raised in a bid to win back possession against Defour, with referee Craig Pawson immediately brandishing a straight red.

It was the third consecutive competitive match in which the Blues have received a red card, having had Victor Moses sent off in May’s FA Cup final and Pedro removed in last week’s Community Shield, both games against Arsenal.

Conte made a tactical reshuffle after Cahill’s exit, Andreas Christensen coming on for Jeremie Boga, who had been named a surprise debutant due to Pedro’s injury.

Vokes had a header ruled out after James Tarkowski was penalised for a foul in the build-up, but Burnley soon scored a goal that did count as Chelsea’s afternoon took another turn for the worst after 24 minutes.

Matt Lowton’s right-wing cross found Vokes and he sent a bouncing volley into the far corner, with Thibaut Courtois unable to get across in time.

Burnley doubled their lead after 39 minutes, Ward playing a one-two with Jack Cork before unleashing an excellent half volley into the far corner.

And four minutes later, Burnley incredibly scored a third. A quick free-kick led to Defour swinging in a cross from the right and an unmarked Vokes planted a header past Courtois, with loud boos greeting the champions when the half-time whistle was blown.

Marcos Alonso’s long-range drive was tipped over by Tom Heaton as Chelsea registered their first shot on target early in the second half, while Morata came on to replace the ineffective Michy Batshuayi in attack.

Heaton made an excellent stop from Alonso’s curling free-kick, but Chelsea did get a goal back with 21 minutes remaining, Morata swooping in to beat the Burnley keeper with a diving header after Willian’s delivery found him in space.

Morata tapped in again soon after, but was denied by an offside flag after converting Christensen’s delivery, which may have gone in had the ex-Real Madrid striker left it.

Any chance of a Chelsea recovery appeared to be at an end with nine minutes left as Fabregas – who had been booked for sarcastically applauding a Pawson decision in the first half – received a second yellow for a foul on Cork.

But David Luiz then gave the Blues further hope, rifling a volley past Heaton after racing on to a Morata flick-on.

A frantic finale continued at the other end as Brady hit the woodwork with a set-piece as Burnley ultimately held on through four minutes of added for a famous triumph that piles the pressure on Chelsea after their tumultuous close-season.

 

 

Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte signs new two-years extension

Image result for Antonio ConteUp Blues! Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte has just signed a two-year contract extension . The new development will see him stay at Stamford Bridge till 2021.

Speaking to Chelsea FC’s official website about his new contract, Conte said: “‘I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea. We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top. The Chelsea fans have given me so much support since I arrived here one year ago and it is important we continue to succeed together.”

Last season, Conte took the Blues from tenth in the Premier League to the peak and to their fifth league title under Roman Abramovich .

Roma defender Rudiger completes £34m Chelsea move

The centre-back had been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge last year and the Blues reignited their interest this summer, agreeing a fee with the Serie A side last week.

He has signed a five-year deal with the Premier League champions, and will wear the No.2 shirt that was vacated by Branislav Ivanovic following his sale to Zenit in January.

Rudiger spent two seasons at Roma after joining from Stuttgart, and made 26 Serie A appearances in 2016-17 as they finished second to Juventus, and he has now signed a five-year deal at the Blues.

He had been contracted to Roma until 2020, but has opted for a switch to the Premier League, becoming the Blues’s second summer signing following the arrival of goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

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“It’s a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this,” he told the club’s official website.

“I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and I’m very proud to officially become a Chelsea player.”

The 24-year-old adds to Antonio Conte’s defensive options after the departure of John Terry, now with Aston Villa, and Nathan Ake, sold to Bournemouth for £20m.

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