Chelsea Team News – Morata, Luiz And More -Southampton (Home) 

Antonio Conte has just finished his latest pre match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Southampton the visitors to Stamford Bridge.

First up the Italian spoke of availability following injuries such as Alvaro Morata, who missed the midweek win at Huddersfield. The Spaniard is a maybe with Conte confidently informing the press filled room that the striker has trained the past couple of days and is in contention to play this weekend.

Another notable absence recently has been David Luiz. Amid stories of talks between the two with the Brazilian desiring to sort out his future with the transfer window imminent. Conte spoke of the latest of his injury problems stating his has a big inflammation on his knee and doesn’t know when the former PSG man will be back. Make of that what you will. However, it will certainly not put any rumours to bed in the short term.

Continuing on the absentee front it’s good news as there have been no further injuries this week.

How Chelsea line up remains to be seen, but bare in mind the blues face Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday before the busy festive period and so changes and players being rested is a huge possibility. 

In reference to playing without a recognised striker on Tuesday night… Conte explained it’s an advantage as it doesn’t give the opponent a point of reference. Adding “keeping a good balance remains the key” A possible hint that Morata may not figure from the start perhaps? One possible replacement to lead the line is Batshuayi. On the Belgian…  “He is part of my squad. He was out for three weeks because he had a problem in his ankle and then he struggled a bit to find the right physical condition. Now he is starting to stay in good form” 

With 3 points being paramount to any prolonged title challenge… The former Juventus coach said “We must find the right solution to contend for the title and challenge Manchester City”

On Southampton… The Italian is certainly not underestimating the visitors and commented the blues will find it difficult tomorrow due to the saints “young and fast players” Picking out Long, Bouffal, Tadic and Austin as the most dangerous. He went onto mention how unlucky they were in losing late on at the Etihad recently. 


Luiz In Conte Talks?

Out of favour Chelsea defender David Luiz is in talks with blues boss Antonio Conte over his future according to reports this morning.

Re-signed from PSG last summer in a £30m deal, the Brazilian played a huge part in Chelsea’s title success last season, but has found regular appearances hard to come by of late, with youngster Andreas Christensen proving a perfect replacement. 

Luiz originally lost his place in the team after being sent off against Arsenal. He has also suffered with injury problems of late, making a total of 13 appearances of which 8 have been in the Premier League.

A huge character and personality within the dressing room at Stamford Bridge, the man known for his trademark curly locks may well be seeking some answers about his future with Bayern Munich reportedly showing an interest. 

Whether the no nonsense Conte will give him the answers he wants to hear remains to be seen. 

With the transfer window reopening in just over two weeks, this story could run for some time as their are bound to be other suitors for the 30 year olds signature.

Should David Luiz look for pastures new? Or should Antonio Conte restore him to the starting line up?

Comment below with your thoughts..

Musonda Signs New Deal For Blues

It has been confirmed that Chelsea’s exciting youngster Charly Musonda has signed a new deal with the blues that keeps him at Stamford Bridge until 2022.

On signing Musonda told 

I am very happy and very proud. I came here very young and am very happy to continue my journey here. I love this club so it’s a great moment for me and my family. Now I want to establish myself and progress into the team and stay here permanently.’

The young Begian spent last season on loan at La Liga club Real Betis. This season the 21 year old has been a regular addition to the first team squad and made his full debut in the Carabao Cup against Nottingham Forest, a game in which he scored. He has gone on to make a total of 5 appearances and is seen as having huge potential to become a star at Stamford Bridge. 

The Countdown To West Brom Away – Will Chelsea Clinch The Title?

This time tomorrow, Antonio Conte, his staff and the entire Chelsea squad will be preparing for the game that all blues fans hope will signal the end of the hunt for this season’s Premier League title. Standing in Chelsea’s way are a West Brom side, currently 8th in the table with very little to play for. However, The Baggies will be playing their last home fixture of the season and will want to entertain The Hawthorns faithful even though they haven’t won in 6 games. Chelsea in contrast are in a rich vein of form in front of goal having scored 14 goals in their last 4 matches.

During his pre match press conference the Italian remained confident that Chelsea can secure what would be a 6th League title, but humbly reiterated the importance to stay focused. He added that there are no new injury worries. He also paid great respect to West Brom. A trait he is becoming renowned for.

​Conte says he is not worried about the physical condition of the players. He says it is good. #CFC

Conte says he has to thank the club, the players and the staff for working so hard to change things.  #CFC

Conte says when West Brom came to Stamford Bridge this season they played a great match, which is why we must pay attention. #CFC

Conte reports that the players are very focused and concentrated, and realise what an important moment this is.  #CFC

Conte emphasises that tomorrow’s game is against a tough team and the atmosphere can be hot there, but it is something to enjoy.  #CFC

Antonio Conte reports no injuries ahead of tomorrow’s game. All players are available. #CFC

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Whether the pensioners will secure the title tomorrow or have to wait till possibly Sunday (If Tottenham lose to Manchester United) or on Monday evening at Stamford Bridge against Watford. This season has no doubt seen a remarkable turnaround after last season’s problems.

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