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Arturo Vidal Expresses His Desire Of Staying At Barcelona

Barcelona’s attacking midfielder, Arturo Vidal, has expressed his desire of continuing his run with FC Barcelona even further in the coming years. In 2018, Barcelona announced an agreement with Bayern Munich for Arturo Vidal’s transfer.

He was officially presented as a Barça player and signed a three-year contract with the club on 6 August 2018. However, Vidal has been lately linked with a move to Inter Milan, a deal which will see him reunite with his former Juventus manager, Antonio Conte.

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Now, Vidal has cleared all the rumours going around in the transfer market and has insisted that he is very happy at Barcelona and wants to prolong his run at the Catalan club.

Arturo Vidal Expresses His Desire Of Staying At Barcelona

“I am very happy and comfortable in Barcelona, of course I want to continue. Now I am more prepared than ever,” quoted Vidal as saying during an Instagram Live chat on Thursday.

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“I am happy, there is a good group and I have great friends in the dressing room,” Arturo Vidal added.

I Feel Very Well Physically: Arturo Vidal

La Liga has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. As the competition is inching closer to its resumption, Vidal, said he feels prepared for both La Liga and the Champions League.

“I feel very well physically, better than ever. In all my career I never had so much time to prepare myself,” he said.

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“We made a plan to the maximum to extend my career as much as possible. I feel prepared for what is coming, both the Champions League and La Liga,” Vidal added.

Since arriving at Barcelona, Arturo Vidal has played a total of 37 games so far in all competitions. He has 7 goals and 3 assists to his name for the Catalan club. His discipline, however, has been a matter of concern has he has received 5 yellow cards and 1 red card so far during his stint with the Spanish giants.

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If The Manager Had Stayed The Same, I Would Have Left – David Luiz

Just after Willian revealed that he would have not have stayed if Antonio Conte was still in charge, another Chelsea player David Luiz has now revealed the same.

David Luiz admitted he’s still at Stamford Bridge only because a new manager was appointed.

The relationship between the former Chelsea manager and few players got worse day by day. It all began when Conte told Diego Costa that he don’t need him and told him to not comeback during a pre-season.

Problems with David Luiz also started to begin. The defender was benched for matches after matches during Conte’s last state of his Chelsea career.

And the Brazilian defender has admitted that he would have left in this transfer window if Conte was still in charge.

Luiz told Sky Sports:
“If the manager had stayed the same, of course, everybody knows maybe I would have had to move clubs. Now I’m here and so happy.”

However, he is now loving life once again at Chelsea after the appointment of Sarri.

“I think every coach comes with new stuff and can improve and help us and of course Sarri are already taught me many things I never saw before. It’s great to understand football – it never stops. Since I started playing football I always learn from every coach, it’s great.”

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After a disappointing last season, Luiz and co wants to bounce back. He also believes it will take some time to adapt to the methods of the former Napoli coach.

“The ambition has to be to win every single match, every single competition. This is Chelsea we can’t think in a different way. But we also have to have humility to understand we’re at the beginning of a new philosophy. So we start day-by-day every single week.”

The 31-year-old defender is in his second spell with Chelsea. He has previously won both the Europa League and Champions League with the Blues.


No, No Chance Anymore – Willian On Playing Under Conte

Chelsea winger Willian Jose reveals he would not have stayed at Chelsea if Antonio Conte was still in charge.

Chelsea sacked Antonio Conte after the Blues failed to make it to the Top 4.

As days passed by, the relationship between some players and manager Antonio Conte started to fall apart. Specially Diego Costa, David Luiz and Willian were the top names.

And in a recent interview, Willian didn’t shy to reveal that there was no chance he would have continue playing for the Blues if Conte was still the manager.

“Would I be here if Conte stayed? No chance. No,” he said. “I’m here. I’m here because I want to play for Chelsea. I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go.”

Chelsea started their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town. This was also Sarri’s debut Premier League match as manager. And Willian was highly impressed with the manager’s attacking tactics.

“We wanted to start like that. I think we played very well, we had control of the game, we had possession. We played a great game at Huddersfield. Also, we are just in the beginning. We know we have to improve.”

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Willian also had his say about Chelsea’s new signing Jorginho.

“Jorginho has played very well, he has a lot of quality and helps our play build up from the back. I think we played very well. Now we have to continue like that because next week we have a great game to play against Arsenal and we want to win again..”

Chelsea will play against their London rivals Arsenal in their 2nd Premier League, what expects to be an absolute thriller. And Willian believes their different style of play will hurt Arsenal.

“Now we have a different profile of football, a different way to play football. The manager tells us to play, to enjoy ourselves on the pitch – with responsibility. Now I think we have a different style to play that’s why we can create problems for Arsenal.”

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Antonio Conte Has Been Sacked by Chelsea

Antonio Conte has been sacked as it has been widely reported that English football club Chelsea has parted ways with the ace manager.

Conte guided the Blues to a memorable Premier League title win in his first season.

Under Conte, Chelsea won 13 Premier League games in a row. And, amassing 30 league wins it eventually came to the end of the campaign. Prior to Manchester City’s ‘Centurions’ side last term, they both are proud owing to the Premier League records.

The manager got his hands on the Premier League trophy, last May, but things would go fast downhill for the Italian. He famously dismissed Diego Costa by simply through a text message, freezing the Spaniard out before he was subsequently sold to Atletico Madrid.

He missed out on his top transfer targets and continually criticised the board in the public eye for their failures. His negativity in his press conferences found its way onto the pitch. And, Chelsea failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Moreover. Conte has now paid the price for his failures, with the club confirming his departure.

The former Juventus manager guided the Blues to a memorable Premier League title win in his first season. His side finished on 93 points after an incredible run of consistency.

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However, things started to fall apart in the next season for Antonio Conte.

Chelsea could only qualify for the Europa League and finished a whopping 30 points. It came behind Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Manchester City (MC).

He made it two trophies from two as his team beat Manchester United (MU) in the FA Cup final but it wasn’t enough to save his job.

Maurizio Sarri has been in the frame for the job at Stamford Bridge a while now and the announcement of him as manager would appear to be imminent.

Easier to manage Burnley than a top club like Chelsea: Conte

Burnley sit just eight points behind Chelsea with five Premier League games left to go as they battle for a Europa League spot, but Antonio Conte thinks that is more “simple” to be Burnley’s manager than to manage the defending champions.

Sean Dyche is likely to secure a top seven finish for Burnley this season which should be enough to see the club qualify for European competition for the first time in 51 years. And, Conte has been impressed with Dyche’s leadership but he insists that Burnley have been able to play without the pressure to win silverware, unlike his Chelsea side.

“He [Dyche] is doing an important job,” Conte told reporters. “I think that he is doing a great job in this season, but I think if you start the season to fight to avoid the relegation zone, it is more simple. It is more simple. Also if you have a small budget, because you count on a team that you [worked with] in the past.

“You then reach the qualification to play again in the Europa League. It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something, because only one team wins. The others must watch the other team win. I think it is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom.

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“Then you can stay between 10 teams that can play only for this target. And then, I repeat, if you have a good base and in the previous season you played very well, you can count on these players. You have to fight only to avoid this. It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and the other don’t win.

“Then you [the journalists] are the first to speak about a failed season, if you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, Carabao Cup, it is a failed season and for this reason it is more difficult to play for this target. In my life, my career I fought to avoid the relegation zone. I didn’t start with Juventus, I started with Arezzo, the bottom.

“It is not important [what I think about Chelsea’s season]. We have to finish our season, our job and then there [are people] who has to judge if the season is a failure or not. This is not my job,” Conte concluded.


Chelsea coach Conte accepts FA charge

London, Dec 2; Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte accepted the charge imposed on him by the England Football Association following his dismissal against Swansea in the English Premier League (EPL) tie.

The Italian was sent back to the stands after protesting against the referee in the EPL tie on Wednesday. Chelsea eventually went on to win the match 1-0.

“I think it’s right to accept and to pay the fine. I want to respect this decision and also to pay this fine,” the 48-year-old was quoted saying by the Independent on Friday.

“I hope also the referee will learn something about this, because Swansea were wasting time. In this situation the referee has to protect the team that wants to play football, to try to win the game.”

“I hope in the future that I tell my players to go on the pitch and tell this to the referee. I’ll try to avoid suggesting this to the fourth official. I’ll change because I’ll go to my players to get them to tell this to the referee,” Conte added.

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Conte Praises Chelsea Youngsters’ Performance In U-17 WC

London, Oct 30 (IANS) Chelsea chief coach Antonio Conte heaped praise on the club’s youngsters, who were a part of the England team which recently won the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Chelsea academy products Marc Guehi, Jonathan Panzo, George McEachran, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Conor Gallagher were a part of the England U-17 team which defeated Spain 5-2 in Kolkata on Saturday to lift the World Cup.

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“I am very happy for our five players, and sometimes Odoi has travelled with us (the first team),” the Italian was quoted as saying by the Guardian on Sunday.

“I am very happy for our academy because it means our academy is working very well. I want to give these possibilities — but you have to deserve these possibilities,” Conte added.

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The 48-year-old also said football in England is developing at an incredible pace and in future it will be difficult for any nation to beat their senior team.

“I think football in England is growing in an incredible way because it is not the only result the young players (have had),” the Chelsea coach said.

“The under-19s won, the under-20s have won and the under-21s also played a really good European Championship. It means football in England is growing and improving a lot. I am sure that in the future it will be very difficult to beat, the England national team, the first team,” Conte added.


Difficult Season For Chelsea, Says Conte

London, Oct 16 (IANS) Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has said the ongoing season will be difficult for the reigning English Premier League (EPL) champions following their 1-2 defeat against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea have endured a poor start to the season and are currently fifth in the EPL table with 13 points from eight matches. The defeat away to Crystal Palace was their third in the EPL this season.

“We must not be happy. This season will be very difficult for us. For this reason, we have to put 150, 100 percent won’t be enough,” the Italian was quoted saying by the Guardian on Sunday.

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The 48-year-old also said he has player in his squad with abilities to fight and retain their EPL title.

“I have players with a great will to work and fight. For sure we have to find the strength to overcome this moment. Everyone can see our situation,” Conte said.

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The former Juventus coach said the current season will be more difficult as unlike last season, the Chelsea players will have to cope with the extra physical and mental burden of competing in domestic tournaments as well as the Champions League.

“I think every season is different. Last season is the past. Now it is another squad, different players and for this reason, if we compare last season we didn’t play Europa League or Champions League. This season we are facing four competitions and we are having a few problems doing this,” Conte said.


Will Not Remain Abroad For Long, Says Homesick Conte

London, Sep 25 (IANS) English football champions Chelsea’s Italian manager Antonio Conte has admitted he misses his home and will not spend the rest of his coaching career abroad.

“For me, I do miss Italy and this I can say without any doubt, there is certainly no thought in my mind of remaining abroad for a long time,” he said.

“Italy is my country so, once I’ve had a good, learning experience, I will return to Italy,” Conte told RAI Radio 1.

The former Juventus boss was linked to a move back to his hometown after being frustrated by Chelsea’s transfer policy despite leading them to an English Premier League (EPL) title.

Conte signed a new contract in July, although that merely improved his terms and did not extend the length of his commitment at Stamford Bridge beyond the remaining two years of his initial deal.

“I don’t know when it will be, but I’ll come back. It’s always hard to predict the future, especially for us coaches because it’s one of the riskiest jobs around — today you are in one place, tomorrow you are in another because you are dependent on results,” he said.

“As far as I am concerned, I always want to finish a project and for things to go the right way, but if you ask me if I miss Italy, then yes I do miss Italy, this is a matter of fact.

“Definitely this experience in England has enriched me a lot in all aspects. Like I said, it’s not easy. In Italy, you have the comfort with the language, the way of life, the habits and you find people who are used to this way of life, so that makes it easier. 

“I’m improving in many ways and in the future I don’t know, maybe I’d like to try something different, maybe be a director or something else. Become a sporting director? I could,” he added.

Conte also led Italy to the quarter-finals of the European Championship last year.

“You have got to get used to a different language and this leads to a substantial loss of energy as you need to concentrate to work in a different language,” Conte said. “For me, it’s not easy to coach abroad.

“You find an atmosphere which is incredible in the stadiums, fans come to live the event and a festival and last year I saw scenes which left me open-mouthed. 

“I recall when we played against Middlesbrough and we beat them, earning almost certainly the title and sending them down, but the whole stadium of Middlesbrough was applauding their team.

“It was the same with Sunderland. They live football like a celebration. It matters to them that the players give everything for the shirt they are wearing, more than the result.”

Conte said retaining the title is going to be even harder this season.

“Definitely the English league is very, very difficult because there are six sides challenging for it, and this year there are even more big clubs, with the two Manchester clubs back who didn’t do so well last year.

“Tottenham, who are a very, very good team, together with Liverpool and Arsenal — it’s a battle and you cannot say who will win the league,” he said.

Chelsea face Atletico Madrid in their second Champions League fixture of the season on Wednesday with Conte not yet wanting to see beyond a group stage which also includes Serie A side Roma.

“I don’t think we’ve been lucky with the draw as we’ve got one of toughest groups,” he said. “Atletico have always done well in recent years, reaching the final and semi-finals, and they’ve got a good squad with a lot of experience.”

“We’re back after let’s call it a sabbatical year, with a lot of enthusiasm and we’ve got the aim to do the best in this competition, which is very difficult. 

“Roma are competitive in Italy and they can be equally competitive in the Champions League, so we’ve got to be careful,” he added.


We Want To Avoid The ‘Mourinho Season’, Says Conte

Singapore, July 30 (IANS) Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has warned his players against complacency, asserting that they will have to churn out consistent performances in order to stage a successful defence of their English Premier League (EPL) title next season.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday evening, Conte held out the example of his predecessor Jose Mourinho, who won the league with Chelsea in the 2014-15 season but was sacked the following season when the club was battling relegation at the 16th place.

Chelsea ultimately staved off the ignominy of being consigned to the lower divisions, finishing the 2015-16 season at a lowly 10th place. Conte, who took over the reins at Chelsea at the start of the 2016-17 season, urged his players to learn lessons from that experience and avoid a repeat.

“Two years ago Chelsea finished 10th, that cannot happen again,” Conte said after a 1-2 defeat by Italian football club Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup (ICC), a pre-season tournament also involving Arsenal and Bayern Munich.

“We know the difficulty of the next season and for sure we want to avoid the ‘Mourinho season’ with Chelsea. Two years ago the team ended the league in 10th place and we want to try to avoid this,” he said.

“The coaches of the previous two (EPL) champions (Chelsea and Leicester) both lost their jobs and we are working very well to find the best solutions and use them. We have a lot of young players and it is necessary to try and develop them,” the 47-year-old former Juventus coach was quoted saying by the British media.

Chelsea mixed results in the pre-season matches, defeating bitter London rivals Arsenal 3-0 before losing to Bayern and Inter.

Conte however, expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance although he admitted that playing back-to-back matches against strong teams like Bayern and Inter has been taxing on the players.

“We played against two strong teams in Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in a period that is very important as we are working very hard,” the former Italy defender said.

“To play three games with the same players means you finish and are tired. We are tired, very tired.”

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