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Conte drops Costa from Chelsea’s Champions League squad

Exiled striker Diego Costa was not included in Chelsea’s 25-man squad for the Champions League group phase on Monday. Diego Costa Costa, 28, has been frozen out by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and spent the transfer window angling for a return to former club Atletico Madrid that never materialised. Atletico, who were drawn in Champions League Group C alongside Chelsea, are banned from signing new players until January. By not including Costa in their squad, Chelsea have ensured he will not become cup-tied, meaning he could play in the competition for another team in the second part of the season. Despite being named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad, Costa has not played in any of their league games to date, his place taken by £58 million ($75.1 million, 63.1 million euros) record signing Alvaro Morata. Chelsea will also face Roma and Azerbaijani newcomers Qarabag in their group. Manchester United included Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their squad despite his current unavailability as he recovers from a serious knee injury. United manager Jose Mourinho has said Ibrahimovic, 35, will not be available until next year, but his inclusion in United’s squad will raise fans’ hopes he could return ahead of schedule. United open their Champions League campaign at home to Basel next Tuesday and will also face Benfica and CSKA Moscow in Group A. Mourinho also found room for 21-year-old striker James Wilson, who has not played a competitive game for United since October 2015. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp omitted right-back Nathaniel Clyne from his squad. The England international is currently sidelined with a back injury and has been replaced in Liverpool’s starting XI by youth product Trent Alexander-Arnold. Philippe Coutinho was also included in Liverpool’s squad after his hopes of joining Barcelona were thwarted by the club’s refusal to sell him. French centre-back Eliaquim Mangala was named in Manchester City’s squad after City were unable to find a buyer for him in the transfer window.

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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.

Don’t compare Costa and Sanchez situations

 
Both players sat out of their sides’ Premier League openers last weekend but the Gunners boss believes there is no comparison with Chelsea’s situation

Arsene Wenger has again insisted Alexis Sanchez will not leave Arsenal in this transfer window and believes his is a very different situation to Diego Costa’s at Chelsea – because the Gunners want to keep their star man.

Both Sanchez and Costa missed their respective sides’ first Premier League games of the season at the weekend, but while the Chelsea forward seemingly has no future at Stamford Bridge, Wenger is determined not to let his own player leave.

With the Chile international’s contract up next year, Arsenal would lose Sanchez for free at the end of the season if they cannot agree a new contract – but Wenger remains hopeful.

“Of course [Sanchez will stay],” he told beIN Sports. “[The Costa scenario] is a little bit of a different situation.

 hope – even now – that we can extend the contract of Sanchez, [Alex Oxlade-]Chamberlain and [Mesut] Ozil, so it’s difficult for me to analyse the Chelsea situation with Costa.”

Regardless of any renewed deal, though, Wenger expects Sanchez to respect his current contract and see out the season at Emirates Stadium.

“It looks unusual to the media sometimes that clubs want contracts to be respected,” he said. “For me, it looks logical. I am amazed that you are amazed. It looks normal.

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“If I sign a contract, I respect it. Of course, if a club releases me, it is normal that I can go somewhere else, but I know that, when I sign for two years with Arsenal, Arsenal have that contract and I have to respect it.”

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.

 

 

Community Shield: Wenger explains Sanchez, Ozil, others absence

 

Twitter video is loadingThe Gunners boss provided updates on the fitness of his Chilean forward and experienced defender Per Mertesacker following victory at Wembley

Arsene Wenger says he left Alexis Sanchez out of the Community Shield victory against Chelsea because the Arsenal forward was short of preparation.

Sanchez only returned to training on Tuesday, having initially been given a later start date due to his involvement in the Confederations Cup with Chile, which was then further delayed by illness.

 Wenger explained the absence of the 28-year-old, who has been heavily linked with Manchester City with only a year left on his contract, while also allaying fears over Per Mertesacker’s head injury after he had to come off in the first half at Wembley following an aerial clash with Gary Cahill.

Arsenal won 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, despite being without Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi.

“I left them all out because some are short of preparation like Alexis Sanchez,” Wenger told reporters.

“Per had a cut on his forehead. It is nothing bad. It was just bleeding and open, but it is not bad.”

Ozil (ankle) and Ramsey (calf) are doubts for Arsenal’s opening Premier League match at home to Leicester City on Friday.

Asked if any of the players who missed the Community Shield would play, Wenger added: “Overall, we will see.

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“Let’s just focus on the next game and try to start well. We play Leicester, they have experience and have the same team for four years now and that will be another battle.”

Trending: How Chelsea Signed £40m Bakayoko From Monaco

Chelsea have completed the signing of French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco on a five-year deal believed to be in the region of £40m. Chelsea made the announcement on their official website on Saturday.

“Tiemoue Bakayoko is a Chelsea player having today completed a transfer from Monaco,” a statement on Chelsea’s website reads.

“Bakayoko, 22, is a tall, strong and quick central midfielder who was instrumental in Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph last season, as well as their impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals.

“He recently made his debut for France in the same line-up as new team-mate N’Golo Kante, and is widely recognised as one of the best young central midfielders in European football.”

Bakayoko, who will wear the No.14 shirt, said: ” I am very happy to be here and to join this great team. I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood.

“I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great team-mates.”

Bakayoko becomes Chelsea’s third signing after Willy Caballero and Antonio Rudiger arrived from Manchester City and Roma respectively.

Eden Hazard set to join Real Madrid as Chelsea ‘agrees deal

Eden Hazard has reportedly already agreed a deal to join Real Madrid from Chelsea in the summer

According to reports in Spain, the Belgian international will move to the Bernabeu and be on similar wages to Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale

Eden Hazard has agreed a deal to make a sensational switch to Real Madrid, according to reports.

The Chelsea star has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu in a bank-busting £100million move after rediscovering his form at Stamford Bridge

An Spanish outlet Don Balon are claiming Hazard, 26, has reached an agreement to make the move to the La Liga giants in the summer.

 Real boss Zinedine Zidane is a huge fan of the Belgium international and has hinted at testing the Blues resolve in keeping one of their key men.

The deal would also see Hazard earn similar wages to that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

And it could also see James Rodriguez flogged to Manchester United to create funds for the mega-money move with Roman Abramovich demanding at least £85million.Eden Hazard has been linked with a move away from Chelsea with Real Madrid keen on the Belgian international

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