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Sep 22

Antonio Conte backs Chelsea’s ‘polite’ Álvaro Morata to fill Diego Costa’s shoes

• Conte: ‘You’d be open to have this type of person marry your daughter’
• Chelsea manager backs record signing to thrive with extra responsibility

Antonio Conte has backed Álvaro Morata to fill the void left by Diego Costa at Chelsea, describing the striker, who joined the champions for a club record fee in July, as a “complete player” and, somewhat bizarrely, the type of person a father would be happy for his daughter to marry.

Chelsea announced on Thursday they had reached an agreement with Atlético Madrid over the sale of Costa, with the 28-year-old set to complete a return to the Spanish club, subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical, for a fee in the region of £57m. The transfer will bring an end to a turbulent three-year stay in London for Costa, ranging from the highs of scoring 52 goals in 89 top-flight appearances and winning two Premier League titles to the low of going into exile in his native Brazil this summer in order to force a move away.

Related: There is irony in Diego Costa’s deal with Atlético but Chelsea saw the best of him | Dominic Fifield

Related: Stoke City v Chelsea: match preview

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Sep 22

Stoke City v Chelsea: match preview

Stoke take on the champions after a loss at Bristol City which Mark Hughes described as their worst of the season and with only one centre-back available. Chelsea will be without David Luiz, their fourth sending off this season. “Maybe they haven’t quite got the dark arts right on spec at the moment. But I don’t see them as a team with a discipline problem,” said Hughes. Mark Tallentire

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/22/stoke-city-chelsea-match-preview

Sep 21

There is irony in Diego Costa’s deal with Atlético but Chelsea saw the best of him | Dominic Fifield

In their last league game, Antonio Conte’s side missed how the forward would have driven Arsenal to distraction and the 28-year-old will depart Stamford Bridge having more than played his part in the successes

There is an irony that Diego Costa’s tortuous departure from Chelsea should be finalised, pending the results of a stringent medical, just after a fixture when his absence had been so keenly felt.

Not the Champions League stroll beyond Qarabag or even the midweek saunter past Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup. But, last Sunday, Arsenal ventured across the capital and earned a point, with Shkodran Mustafi, in most people’s eyes, emerging from the stalemate as man of the match. Even accepting that the centre-half is a Germany international and clearly a player of pedigree, it is hard to envisage he would have been quite so unruffled had Costa lined up for the hosts at Stamford Bridge.

Related: Chelsea confirm agreement to sell Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid for £57m

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/sep/21/irony-diego-costa-deal-atletico-chelsea-saw-best-of-him

Sep 21

Chelsea confirm agreement to sell Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid

• Spain striker’s return to La Liga subject to medical and personal terms
• Costa has not played for Chelsea this season after dispute with Antonio Conte

Chelsea have confirmed they have reached agreement with Atlético Madrid over the sale of Diego Costa, with the Spain striker expected to complete his return to La Liga subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.

The 28-year-old has yet to feature for the Premier League champions this season after being told he was not part of Antonio Conte’s plans. But despite Atlético being subjected to a transfer ban, a statement from Chelsea on Thursday said Costa is set to rejoin the Spanish club for a fee believed to be in the region of £55m three years after he moved to London for £32m.

Related: Despite this clod-hopping powerplay, Diego Costa may be on to something | Barney Ronay

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/21/diego-costa-chelsea-atletico-madrid-confirm-agreement

Sep 20

Michy Batshuayi hits treble and Charly Musonda excels as Chelsea silence Forest

Charly Musonda Jr had waited five years for his opportunity and even on his compatriot Eden Hazard’s long-awaited return to the starting line-up, he was not to be upstaged.

The baby-faced forward spent last season on loan at Real Betis but has been forced to sit by patiently for a Chelsea debut ever since arriving at the club as a 15-year-old in 2012. A brilliant performance capped by the third goal as Michy Batshuayi also scored a hat-trick in this thrashing of a poor visiting side ensured it was worth the wait.

Related: Manchester United and Marcus Rashford allow Burton little consolation

Related: Nervous Arsenal scrape past Doncaster after Theo Walcott’s neat finish

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/20/chelsea-nottingham-forest-carabao-cup-match-report

Sep 20

Chelsea under investigation by Fifa for third time over youth player signings

• Premier League champions say they complied with Fifa regulations
• Chelsea investigated twice previously over signing of minors

Chelsea are under investigation by Fifa for a third time in eight years over a potential breach of the regulations that relate to the signing of foreign players under the age of 18.

The Premier League champions have said they comply with “all Fifa statutes and regulations when recruiting players” but the world governing body has been alerted to alleged impropriety and says it is looking into it.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/20/chelsea-under-investigation-fifa-third-time-youth-player-signings

Sep 20

Conte: Hazard will start match against Nottingham Forest – video

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he had great respect for Championship side Nottingham Forest before their League Cup third-round tie at Stamford Bridge. He also discusses midfielder Eden Hazard’s move from the bench following an injury to starting Wednesday’s match 

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Sep 19

Football transfer rumours: Atlético make final £57m bid for Chelsea’s Diego Costa?

Today’s rumours are gonna let you down

Atlético Madrid’s men have still got Diego Costa on their minds and so have rounded up all the dosh that they haven’t spent on their new stadium – reportedly in the region of £57m, according to Marca – and submitted a ‘take it or leave it’ offer to Chelsea for the loveable Brazil-born rogue. The Spain international fell off the track with Antonio Conte in the summer and is privately said to be breaking his back for a chance to join his former club. Atlético’s reported offer for Costa, £1m short of the fee Chelsea paid to Real for Álvaro Morata, might just help the London club decide that enough is enough.

Related: Jürgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ‘relieved’ to join Liverpool

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/19/football-transfer-rumours-atletico-make-final-57m-bid-for-chelseas-diego-costa

Sep 18

Sead Kolasinac adds missing muscle to Arsenal’s array of skill-gnomes | Barney Ronay

The Bosnian represents an echo of the powerful, hard-running players who characterised Arsène Wenger’s best title-winning teams

One thing you often lose watching a football match on television is the sound levels. Not just the noise of the crowd but the noise of the players, a scale of collision and opposing force that means certain incidents, and indeed the careers of certain players, can have an entirely different register in the flesh.

David Luiz’s red card against Arsenal on Sunday was one such case. Replays and stills will show a raised foot but really this was a red card you had to hear. So profound was the thunk of contact those nearby knew instantly the challenge went beyond necessary force and into the realms of dangerous excess.

Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Related: Eden Hazard cameo underlines Chelsea’s need for extra source of flair | Barney Ronay

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/sep/18/sead-kolasinac-arsenal-missing-muscle-arsene-wenger

Sep 16

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte content to ignore the outside noise

The Italian has shrugged off a difficult summer and an opening-day defeat and his side are firing on all cylinders again

When Antonio Conte said that a manager’s job is difficult, for a brief moment it felt necessary to make sure that the Italian was not bending the truth, given how easy he has made everything look at Chelsea. Yet even he is unable to ignore modern football’s cut-throat reality, especially after a week that began with Crystal Palace landing another blow in the war on patience by sacking Frank de Boer 77 days after appointing him.

The way to survive in such an unforgiving world, Conte believes, is to keep the faith. “One experience can be positive or negative,” he said. “But I don’t change my mentality. I don’t change my idea of football. This is for sure.”

Related: Antonio Conte quietly confident force is with Chelsea to avenge Arsenal losses

Related: Arsène Wenger searches for formula to end Arsenal’s bad run at Chelsea

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/15/chelsea-antonio-conte-content-ignore-outside-noise

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