Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. The game was the highlight of the weekend and it delivered. It had all one could ask for: tactical as well as physical battles, uncertainty, controversy, and excitement. Focusing on the tactical battle, let’s take a look at how the game unfolded.   City neutralize Chelsea in the 

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Amid an 8-match winning run, Chelsea’s barren September, where they picked up only one point and slipped to defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal, seems like a long time ago. “We didn’t have the right attitude from the first minute…we have to improve a lot”, was new manager Antonio Conte’s withering assessment of the 3-0 loss 

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Chelsea opened their account of the season with a 2-1 victory over visiting West Ham, with Diego Costa, E. Hazard and Collins (for West Ham) scoring in the encounter. Their fine run of form continued into the second and third week, with wins against Watford [2-1 away] and Burnley [3-0 home] respectively. Antonio Conte’s record 

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Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. Looking at Chelsea’s form over the past few games, outstanding comes short of describing how impressive the blues have been. Six games, seventeen goals scored and zero goal conceded. This spell was made possible by Antonio Conte’s stellar management of the team.   Leadership Conte has displayed great 

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According to recent reports, Chelsea have been linked with a swoop for Inter Milan’s midfield anchor Geoffrey Kondogbia. As reported by the Daily Star: “According to the Daily Mirror, the Chelsea boss is weighing up a raid for the 23-year-old as he seeks to further remodel the squad he inherited from Jose Mourinho. The former 

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Reports have recently linked Chelsea with a move for Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi. As reported by the Daily Express: “Bernardeschi, 22, who has come through the youth ranks at Fiorentina wants to move to Stamford Bridge in the New Year. The Italian under-21 international has been a target for Antonio Conte since he took over 

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John Terry could be the latest in the line of Premier League stars joining the dizzying riches of the Chinese Super League. According to the Daily Mirror, ex-Chelsea boss Andres Villas Boas is keen to reform the partnership he had with Terry whilst at Stamford Bridge. Boas has just replaced Sven-Goran Eriksson at Shanghai SIPG 

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According to the Daily Express, Chelsea are battling with Spanish giants Barcelona over the services of Juventus wing-back Stephan Lichtsteiner. As reported by the paper’s James Cambridge: “Barca are in desperate need of a quality right-back and are yet to replace Dani Alves who joined Juventus on a free transfer over the summer. The Catalan 

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Jamie Redknapp will find it difficult to live down his description of Victor Moses as a “good, young English talent doing well” during his role as a Sky Sports pundit before Chelsea played Southampton. This week Moses will line-up for Nigeria in the World Cup qualifier against Algeria. Redknapp’s naïve laziness is deserving of mockery, 

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Last season, Eden Hazard endured arguably the most difficult time of his career. After a brilliant 2014/15 campaign, the Belgian failed to replicate the qualities that earned him the PFA Player of the Year award. Hazard’s struggles led to him being dropped by manager Jose Mourinho in October, with Mourinho’s replacement Gus Hiddink then describing 

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International games come in again to kill the vibe for all English Premier League lovers this means no football for one weekend to come, but feels like forever. As of now we have a clear picture of how tough the top four will be this season. Many  — including football betting tips websites — would 

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Antonio Conte could be about to bolster his midfield with the acquisition of Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj.   Who is he? The midfielder is a 27 year-old Croatian international, having impressed at Euro 2016 over the summer. He occupies the central midfield position and is a reliant and consistent passer of the ball and his 

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Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation was put to the test against Southampton over the weekend, and once again passed the test with flying colors. Since switching from 4-3-3 to 3-4-3, Chelsea have kept four clean-sheets in a row and scored eleven goals in the process. Here are my talking points 

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When Chelsea were humbled at the Emirates not too long ago, things were looking bleak. The shape was all wrong, players were not performing up to their usual high standards and the defence was being cut open like a knife through butter. Antonio Conte realised he had the task of his managerial career so far. 

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Although their EFL Cup defeat at the hands of West Ham came as a blow, Chelsea will be pretty happy with the start that they have made to life under Antonio Conte. Top teams are always looking to strengthen their squad, however, and recent reports in the Daily Star suggest that the Blues are interested 

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