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Azpilicueta Gives Chelsea Condition to Sign new Contract as Barcelona looms
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Azpilicueta Gives Chelsea Condition to Sign new Contract as Barcelona looms

Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, has asked the club for a two-year deal to extend his stay at the club, according to SportsMail. Azpilicueta is now expected to make a decision on his future at Stamford Bridge after the international break. There are speculations that the Spaniard has agreed to join Barcelona but the defender wants to speak to the club again before finalising his plans. Barca remain favourites to land Azpilicueta because of Chelsea’s policy of only offering players over 31 one-year renewals. The LaLiga club will give Azpilicueta a two-year contract with the option of a third year if he joins this summer. But Azpilicueta has strong ties with Chelsea, the club he joined in 2012 from Marseille. He has three children all born in England and his wife and fami...
Chelsea captain Azpilicueta assures fans: I’m really committed here
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Chelsea captain Azpilicueta assures fans: I’m really committed here

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has assured fans of his commitment as his contract runs down.   The Spaniard recently passed 450 Blues appearances and started his 300th Premier League game in the draw with Brighton last week. He has said his focus is fully on achieving his short-term goals at the club, which includes winning silverware this season. "As I always said, I feel I have the trust and confidence of the club and now I am focused on every game," Azpilicueta told the club's website. "They are very tough games, and I am enjoying the moment. Eventually the moment will come, but I am fully focused on hopefully getting as many trophies as we can and then we will see. "I cannot say anything more than that I am really committed and have a lot of things ahead in the...
I don’t understand it – Azpilicueta slams Ref Taylor, VAR for not giving Sadio Mane red card
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I don’t understand it – Azpilicueta slams Ref Taylor, VAR for not giving Sadio Mane red card

Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta has said that he did not understand why the referee failed to send off Liverpool’s Sadio Mane after the Senegalese’s elbow on him during their 2-2 draw on Sunday. The Spaniard insisted that it was a ‘clear red’ and slammed Premier League officials for their lack of consistency. Just six seconds into the match, Azpilicueta was floored and referee Anthony Taylor showed the Liverpool forward a yellow card. Azpilicueta told Sky Sports after the match that, “It’s a clear red, I don’t mind if it’s five seconds into the game and the first actions, it’s a clear red. “He doesn’t want to challenge, he doesn’t want to see the ball, he just wants to hit with the elbow. Honestly I don’t understand it. “The other day we had two penalties where VAR didn...
Chelsea vs Liverpool: Mane’s foul on Azpilicueta was red card – Edouard Mendy
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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Mane’s foul on Azpilicueta was red card – Edouard Mendy

Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy has said that his Senegal international teammate, Sadio Mane should have been sent off during both teams’ Premier League 2-2 draw on Sunday. Mane caught Cesar Azpilicueta with an elbow in just six seconds during the encounter at Stamford Bridge. The Reds forward only got a yellow card after his arm caught Azpilicueta in the face while he was challenging for the ball in the air. But the result may have been completely different had Mane seen red so early in the game. Mendy was asked for his opinion after the game on whether Mane should have been given his marching orders. The shot-stopper told RMC Sport: “Sadio is my brother, my compatriot. But he should not have stayed on the pitch after one minute.” Meanwhile, just hours after Mane sco...
Real Madrid players welcome Antonio Rudiger
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Real Madrid players welcome Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, will join Real Madrid in the summer amid interest from Manchester United, Bayern Munich and other top European clubs. That is the belief among Real Madrid players who expect the Germany international to quit Stamford Bridge in order to move to the Bernabeu on a free transfer, according to Telegraph. Rudiger is in the final six months of his Chelsea deal and he rejected the club’s last offer to him, which was worth around £140,000-a-week. Rudiger wants to be paid £280,000 a week which places him among Chelsea’s top earners. Chelsea already see this as a problem being that the contracts of the likes of Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are also nearing their end. The club are therefore standing firm as they do not want...
You can stay or leave Stamford Bridge – Tuchel tells ‘fantastic’ Chelsea star
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You can stay or leave Stamford Bridge – Tuchel tells ‘fantastic’ Chelsea star

Thomas Tuchel has told Cesar Azpilicueta that it is in his hands to decide whether to stay or leave the club. The German said this amid growing concerns that the Spaniard could leave the club in the summer. Azpilcueta’s current deal runs out at the end of the season and the player is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January 1. The Spain international and Chelsea are yet to agree new terms at Stamford Bridge. The right-back has attracted interest from Barcelona, with talks said to be at an advanced stage. He has only played 11 times in the Premier League so far this season, however, Tuchel feels the 32-year-old is free to decide his future. “I don’t see any problem here. The situation between Azpi, me and the club is very clear. He is our cap...
Azpilicueta urges Chelsea response after slip-ups
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Azpilicueta urges Chelsea response after slip-ups

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has urged his teammates to show an immediate response after falling off the top of the Premier League and finishing a disappointing second in their Champions League group. The European champions twice surrendered the lead in Russia on Wednesday to draw 3-3 with Zenit Saint Petersburg and end their Group H campaign as runners-up, meaning they could face Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16. The frustrating result came after they dropped to third in the Premier League table following Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at West Ham, spoiling their impressive defensive record so far this season. Thomas Tuchel’s men, who host Leeds on Saturday, have now failed to win three of their past five Premier League games. Azpilicueta has demanded a reaction...
​Chelsea players ‘bewildered’ over Azpilicueta contract situation
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​Chelsea players ‘bewildered’ over Azpilicueta contract situation

Chelsea's players are not happy that club captain Cesar Azpilicueta may leave in the summer.   The veteran Spaniard, who has played as a right back and right sided centre-back to great effect over the past nine years, has won nearly everything with the team. Azpi has won the Premier League twice, Champions League, FA Cup and the Europa League. According to Eurosport, some Chelsea players are "bewildered" that the club is not doing more to keep Azpi for next season and beyond. While he is no longer first choice, his teammates believe that he still plays an important role on and off the pitch. Barcelona continue to be linked with Azpilicueta, who can sign a pre-contract agreement with the Spanish club next month.
Barcelona in advanced talks to sign Chelsea top star
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Barcelona in advanced talks to sign Chelsea top star

Barcelona board is in advanced talks to sign Cesar Azpilicueta on a free transfer from Chelsea according to reports in Spain. DAILY POST reported earlier that Barcelona new boss, Xavi Hernandez had demanded that the club’s board should sign the veteran defender. Azpilicueta joined Chelsea in 2012 and has won two Premier League titles, two Champions League, an FA Cup and two Europa Leagues during his time at Stamford Bridge club. He has played nine times for the Blues under Thomas Tuchel in the domestic league this season and is the current club captain. The 32-year-old’s current contract at Stamford Bridge runs out in the summer, and is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January 1. El Nacional reports that Barcelona have now entered advanced talk...
Azpilicueta, Alonso reveal secrets behind Tuchel’s Success at Chelsea
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Azpilicueta, Alonso reveal secrets behind Tuchel’s Success at Chelsea

Chelsea duo, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso have revealed the secrets behind manager Thomas Tuchel’s success at Stamford Bridge so far. Azpilicueta and Alonso won the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup under Tuchel, who took over from Frank Lampard in January, this year. The Spaniards are now chasing Chelsea’s first Premier League title since 2017. Speaking on how Tuchel was able to turn things around so quickly for Chelsea in less than a year, Azipilicueta told Metro UK ahead of the Blues’ Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday, “There was not a lot of time, there were games every few days and there was good work in the meeting room, every day in training and every game trying to improve. “Results bring confidence too, which was important. ...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits brutal shoulder charge on Cesar Azpilicueta in World Cup qualifying clash was a deliberate act and that he would do it again
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits brutal shoulder charge on Cesar Azpilicueta in World Cup qualifying clash was a deliberate act and that he would do it again

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted his brutal shoulder charge on Cesar Azpilicueta in a World Cup qualifier last week was a deliberate act and that he would do it all over again. The 40-year-old AC Milan striker sent the Chelsea captain flying after slamming his shoulder into the back of Azpilicueta in the closing stages of Sweden's 1-0 defeat against Spain in the World Cup qualifier on Sunday. As a corner was swung into the box, Ibrahimovic smashed Spain's right back, flooring him on the spot. Speaking to The Guardian, Ibrahimovic explained the brutal shoulder charge was entirely deliberate to put the Chelsea defender in his place for 'acting big' against a younger Sweden player earlier in the game. 'The other day in the national team, I gave a tackle to [Cesar Azpilicueta]...
Xavi tells Barcelona to sign Chelsea captain
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Xavi tells Barcelona to sign Chelsea captain

Barcelona coach, Xavi Hernandez, has told the club hierarchy to sign Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta on a free transfer next summer, according to ESPN. Azpilicueta has spent 10 seasons with the Blues, helping them to win two Premier League titles, the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Europa League on two occasions. The Spain international’s current contract expires at the end of the 2021/22 season and the Blues are yet to agree a new deal with the 32-year-old. Chelsea hoped the Spain international would have to convince the club to remain at Stamford Bridge. ESPN reports that the Catalan giants’ new boss has demanded that they sign the 32-year-old and the former LaLiga champions are now keeping tabs on the player’s situation at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea eye three defenders as Rudiger, Christensen’s replacements
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Chelsea eye three defenders as Rudiger, Christensen’s replacements

Chelsea are eyeing a move for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Juventus’s Matthijs de Ligt and Villarreal’s Pau Torres if their centre-backs, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, eventually leave Stamford Bridge on free transfers, Eurosport reports. Rudiger and Christensen, who have been impressive under their manager, Thomas Tuchel, are yet to extend their contract with Chelsea. Rudiger is unwilling to accept Chelsea’s latest salary offer, while talks have now also broken down with Christensen as veteran defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva are also out of contract next summer, leaving Tuchel’s side on the verge of a potential crisis at the defence. Chelsea’s hierarchy are keen on bringing in two high-profile centre-backs to bolster their backline before the start of next se...
Carabao Cup: Tuchel reveals three Chelsea players sustained injury during training
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Carabao Cup: Tuchel reveals three Chelsea players sustained injury during training

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed that the trio of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all picked up injuries in training on Monday. The Blues needed a penalty shoot-out to see off Southampton and qualify for the Carabao Cup quarter-final on Tuesday night. The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, as Che Adams cancelled out Kai Havertz’s opener. Tuchel admitted after the game that his team selection was impacted after three players suffered injuries the day before on the training pitch. Azpilicueta has a shoulder problem, Christensen has been forced into minor surgery on a tooth issue and Loftus-Cheek has injured his hip. “We hope Azpi is back for the weekend. He had a shoulder injury yesterday in training when he fell on it. It’s very painf...
Ballon d’ Or: Very odd – Aluko reacts as organizers snub Chelsea star
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Ballon d’ Or: Very odd – Aluko reacts as organizers snub Chelsea star

Former Chelsea star, Eni Aluko has described goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s omission from this year’s Ballon d’ Or 30-man shortlist as ‘very odd’. Aluko believes Mendy should have been included in the Ballon d’ Or 30-man nominees released recently. DAILY POST reports that the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or was announced some few days ago, with five Chelsea players included. Cesar Azpilicueta, Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, all made the cut. Mendy enjoyed a stunning debut season in the English Premier League, EPL, and capped it off by winning the UEFA Champions League, as Chelsea defeated Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 in the final. The Senegal goalkeeper also won the UEFA Super Cup with Thomas Tuchel’s men. Speaking on th...
Ballon d’ Or: He won Champions League – Thiago Silva questions organizers for snubbing Mendy
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Ballon d’ Or: He won Champions League – Thiago Silva questions organizers for snubbing Mendy

Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has questioned Ballon d’Or organizers for not including his fellow teammate, Edouard Mendy, in their 30-man shortlist released last week. Silva believes Mendy should have been included in the Ballon d’ Or 30-man nominees released last week. DAILY POST reports that the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or was announced some few days ago, with five Chelsea players included. Cesar Azpilicueta, Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, all made the cut. Mendy enjoyed a stunning debut season in the English Premier League and capped it off by winning the UEFA Champions League, as Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the final. The Senegal goalkeeper also won the UEFA Super Cup with Thomas Tuchel’s side. Reacting to the de...
Ballon d’Or: Explain why he wasn’t nominated – Rudiger slams organizers for snubbing Chelsea player
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Ballon d’Or: Explain why he wasn’t nominated – Rudiger slams organizers for snubbing Chelsea player

Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger has slammed Ballon d’Or organizers for not including his fellow teammate, Edouard Mendy, in their 30-man shortlist released last week. Rudiger demanded an explanation for Mendy’s Ballon d’Or snub after his man of the match display against Brentford in Saturday’s Premier League 1-0 win. Recall that the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or was announced some few days ago, with five Chelsea players included. Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount all made the cut. Mendy enjoyed a stunning debut season in the English Premier League and capped it off by winning the UEFA Champions League, as Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the final. The Senegal goalkeeper also won the UEFA Super Cup with Thomas ...
Ballon D’Or 2021: I’m not interested in five Chelsea players nominated – Tuchel
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Ballon D’Or 2021: I’m not interested in five Chelsea players nominated – Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has brutally dismissed five members of his squad nominated for this year’s Ballon D’Or. Captain Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku all made the 30-man shortlist. Although Tuchel said he is “super happy” for them, he made it clear he does not care for individual awards. Ahead of their Premier League at Brentford on Saturday, Tuchel was asked about his players receiving a nomination for this year’s Ballon d’Or. “Do you believe me if I tell you that I don’t even know who it is on the list? “I’m not into these single, individual awards. I believe this is a team effort. I believe what we did last season, for these players on the list, was a team effort. “We were more than just single players, we were a tea...
2021 Ballon D’Or: Messi, Jorginho, Lewandowski make 30-man nominees [Full list]
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2021 Ballon D’Or: Messi, Jorginho, Lewandowski make 30-man nominees [Full list]

The official 30-man shortlist for this year’s Men Ballon D’Or award has been released by the organizers, France Football, on Friday. It is dominated by the Premier League, with 14 of the players plying their trade in England’s topflight. There are five players from Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s LaLiga, while France has four players. Lionel Messi remains the favourite to win the prize on November 29. The 34-year-old scored 38 goals in 47 games last season, helping guide Barcelona to the Copa del Rey before winning the Copa America with his country this summer. FULL LIST: Premier League: Cesar Azpilicueta, Kevin de Bruyne, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Dias, Bruno Fernandes, Phil Foden, Jorginho, Harry Kane, N’Golo Kanté, Romelu Lukaku, Riyad Mahrez, Mason Mount, Mohamed Salah...
Werner overcomes VAR setback to fire Chelsea past 10-man Saints
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Werner overcomes VAR setback to fire Chelsea past 10-man Saints

Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell both struck late as Chelsea overcame 10-man Southampton 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in a game shrouded in VAR controversy. Trevoh Chalobah headed in an early opener for the hosts (9) and Thomas Tuchel's men thought they had doubled their lead when Werner's header was ruled out by VAR for a foul from Cesar Azpilicueta on Kyle Walker-Peters in the build-up. Southampton took full advantage of their reprieve as a foul by Ben Chilwell on Tino Livramento inside the box allowed James Ward-Prowse to level (61) but the Saints captain then saw red for a late challenge on Jorginho, upgraded to a red following VAR review. It proved a turning point as Werner met Azpilicueta's cross to restore Chelsea's lead (84), and Chilwell added a third five minutes later to ensu...
UCL: Cesar Azpilicueta equals Drogba, Lampard’s records as Juventus defeated Chelsea
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UCL: Cesar Azpilicueta equals Drogba, Lampard’s records as Juventus defeated Chelsea

Chelsea defender, Cesar Azpilicueta, on Wednesday night, equalled the club’s legends, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard’s Champions League records after starting in his side’s 1-0 defeat against Juventus. Azpilicueta became the seventh Chelsea star to start 50 games in the European club competition alongside Drogba and Lampard. Other Chelsea players in this exclusive rank are John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Peter Cech, and Ashley Cole. However, Azpilicueta’s milestone didn’t end well as Chelsea bowed to Juventus in Turin. After a goalless first half, Federico Chiesa put the Serie A giants ahead just 10 seconds into the second half, shooting past goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Juventus blew away a good chance to double their advantage later, although Thomas Tuchel’s ...
Real reason Man City defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – Cesar Azpilicueta
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Real reason Man City defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, has revealed that Manchester City defeated the Blues 1-0 at Stamford Bridge because Pep Guardiola’s men were at their best level. Azpilicueta explained that Chelsea could not keep the ball and made so many mistakes against Man City during the encounter. A second-half goal from Gabriel Jesus ensured the Premier League champions defeated Thomas Tuchel’s side at Stamford Bridge. “It was not our best performance,” Azpilicueta was quoted by Daily Mail as saying at his post-match press conference. “Especially in the first half, it was hard to get out. We didn’t create chances and lost the ball too easily. After the goal, we had a good reaction, but it was not enough to get something from the game. “They were at their best level. We couldn’t ke...
Tuchel ‘disappointed’ as Chelsea plan to sell key player
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Tuchel ‘disappointed’ as Chelsea plan to sell key player

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel is disappointed by the club’s decision to sell Antonio Rudiger, Daily Express reports. The Blues’ director Marina Granovskaia is ready to sell Rudiger, who has emerged as one of Tuchel’s most trusted stars in January The German centre-back – along with Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen – have become the pillar of Chelsea’s defence. All three players are, however, out of contract next summer. But while Azpilicueta and Christensen will soon commit to new deals, there is less certainty over Rudiger. Rudiger is attracting interest from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus. If the 28-year-old does not sign a new deal by June 2022, he will leave the club as a free agent, a situation Chelsea do not want. There is also a feeling at Stam...
I’m honoured to be your coach – Thomas Tuchel tells ‘fantastic’ Chelsea star
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I’m honoured to be your coach – Thomas Tuchel tells ‘fantastic’ Chelsea star

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has told the club’s captain Cesar Azpilicueta that it is an ‘honour’ and a ‘pleasure’ to coach him. The Spanish defender, described as ‘fantastic’ by his boss, has been a mainstay at the club since he joined the Blues from Marseille in 2012. Now 32-year-old, Azpilicueta made his 300th Premier League appearance for the Stamford Bridge outfit before the international break and has helped them win two league titles, the Champions League, the Europa League and FA Cup over the past nine years. Tuchel hailed the Spaniard for reaching 300 league appearances and described the Spanish defender as a fantastic player on and off the pitch “What a fantastic achievement. This is fantastic and the guy totally deserves it,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website...
Tuchel names Chelsea squad to face Arsenal at Emirates
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Tuchel names Chelsea squad to face Arsenal at Emirates

Chelsea’s squad to face Arsenal in today’s English Premier League, EPL, tie has been revealed According to Football London, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named a 23-man squad to tackle Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. Chelsea head to the game following a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace in their previous Premier League fixture last weekend. Arsenal, meanwhile, lost 2-0 against Premier League newcomers, Brentford. Below is Chelsea’s squad against Arsenal: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli, Edouard Mendy. Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ethan Ampadu. Midfielders: Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Tino Anjorin. Att...
Tuchel given credit for reviving three Chelsea players ‘finished’ under Lampard
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Tuchel given credit for reviving three Chelsea players ‘finished’ under Lampard

Former Chelsea striker, Tony Cascarino, has given manager, Thomas Tuchel, credit for reviving the careers of three players of his squad since taking over from former coach, Frank Lampard in January. The players are Christian Pulisic, Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta. Cascarino believes Tuchel needs to be credited with getting the best out of his current squad and for his decision-making in the summer transfer market. Tuchel has transformed Chelsea since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, taking a disjointed set of talented players and creating a unit that gets the best out of the collective squad. Under Tuchel, Chelsea won the 2020/21 Champions League last season and also finished in fourth position. The German also led Chelsea to victory in the Super Cup final ...
Chelsea vs Villarreal: Tuchel explains new roles for Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi
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Chelsea vs Villarreal: Tuchel explains new roles for Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has explained his decision to play Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic as wing-backs ahead of their UEFA Super Cup game against Villarreal on August 11. According to the German, it is his plan B. Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic played in that position as the Blues beat Arsenal 2-1 in a pre-season friendly on Sunday. Chelsea are currently without Ben Chilwell, Emerson Palmieri and Reece James, who were given extended holidays after participating in Euro 2020. Cesar Azpilicueta is still unfit, while it’s unclear if Marcos Alonso is nursing an injury. “Yes, maybe [Pulisic will play in that position against Villarreal]. “He played there with me at Dortmund — and we have played many times like this with Callum [Hudson-Odoi]. Marcos [Alonso] was n...
UEFA Announces Champions League Team of 2020/21 Season [Full list]
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UEFA Announces Champions League Team of 2020/21 Season [Full list]

  UEFA has announced the Champions League team of the 2020/21 season. The 2020/21 Champions League season ended on Saturday night with Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat of Manchester City in the final in Porto, Portugal. Kai Havertz’s first-half goal gave Chelsea the victory over Pep Guardiola’s side. Below is UEFA’s team for the 2020/21 season; Goalkeeper: Édouard Mendy  (Chelsea) – 66 points Defenders: Kyle Walker (Man. City) – 62 points Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) – 63 points Rúben Dias (Man. City) – 60 points César Azpilicueta  (Chelsea) – 61 points Midfielders: İlkay Gündoğan (Man. City) – 58 points Jorginho (Chelsea) – 57 points Phil Foden (Man. City) – 65 points Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 63 points Erling Haaland (Dortmund) ...
EPL: Ian Wright Identifies ‘Weak Link’ in Tuchel’s Chelsea Squad
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EPL: Ian Wright Identifies ‘Weak Link’ in Tuchel’s Chelsea Squad

  Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, has named Kurt Zouma as Chelsea’s “weakness” in their 1-0 defeat to the Gunners on Wednesday evening. Emile Smith Rowe netted the winner in the first half, following Jorginho’s poor back pass. Blues boss, Thomas Tuchel, was without Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for the match, so Zouma started on the left side of a three-man defence with Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta. Wright believes Zouma looked “nervous” in that role due to his indecisiveness on the ball in the build up to Arsenal’s winning goal. “The thing is I think Kurt Zouma is somebody who you should put pressure on, especially playing on the left-hand side of the defence,” Wright told Premier League Productions. “He’s not comfortable, he looks very nervous and t...
Man City vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash at Etihad confirmed
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Man City vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash at Etihad confirmed

Chelsea’s squad to face Manchester City in today’s English Premier League, EPL, tie has been revealed. According to Football London, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named 24 players to tackle Man City at Etihad. Chelsea head to the game after beating Real Madrid 2-0 in the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie on Wednesday, while Pep Guardiola’s side knocked PSG out of the Champions League. Chelsea’s full squad against Man City: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero and Edouard Mendy. Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and Emerson. Midfielders: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, ...
Tuchel Names Chelsea’s Premier League Squad to Face Fulham
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Tuchel Names Chelsea’s Premier League Squad to Face Fulham

  Chelsea’s squad to face Fulham in today’s English Premier League, EPL, tie has been revealed. According to Football London, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named a 22-man squad to tackle Fulham at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea head to the game following a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first-leg encounter last Tuesday. Tuchel’s men are currently in the fourth position on the Premier League table with 58 points from 33 games. Below is Chelsea’s squad against Fulham: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Edouard Mendy. Defenders: Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Emerson Palmieri. Midfielders: Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, B...
Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Tuchel explains why he substituted Azpilicueta, Pulic, Werner
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Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Tuchel explains why he substituted Azpilicueta, Pulic, Werner

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said he took off Cesar Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner during their 1-1 draw with Real Madrid, because they were struggling with tiredness. Pulisic opened the scoring in the 14th minute of Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg. Werner had earlier missed a golden chance to break the deadlock, firing a close-range strike straight at Thibaut Courtois. The Blues were soon made to pay for their profligacy, after Karim Benzema equalised on the half-hour mark. Reece James, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz were brought on in place of Azpilicueta, Pulisic and Werner with 20 minutes left. When asked whether it was always his plan to make changes just past the hour-mark, Tuchel replied: “No, you cannot plan. But in ...
Champions League: Azpilicueta reveals only regret after 1-1 draw with Real Madrid
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Champions League: Azpilicueta reveals only regret after 1-1 draw with Real Madrid

  Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, has said they should have scored more against Real Madrid on Tuesday. The Blues played out a 1-1 draw with the Spanish giants in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday night. Thomas Tuchel’s men dominated Real in the opening stages of the game and should have had up to three goals, but Timo Werner squandered several chances. They eventually took the lead through Christian Pulisic, but Karim Benzema equalized before the break. Azpilicueta told BT Sport: “We started really well. We got the goal. We could have scored more. They came back from a set play and we suffered for a bit. “We knew playing a semi-final against Real Madrid was going to be tough. “We knew we had to perform at our best level. We started with...
Thomas Tuchel Names Untouchable Player in Chelsea Squad
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Thomas Tuchel Names Untouchable Player in Chelsea Squad

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has named the untouchable in his squad ahead of the Blues’ Champions League semi-final first leg tie with Real Madrid on Tuesday night in Spain. According to Tuchel, captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, will always be on the pitch for Chelsea, adding that the Spaniard is everything the west London club means because he is reliable. “He [Cesar Azpilicueta] is everything Chelsea means,” Tuchel said at his post-match press conference following Chelsea’s 1-0 win against West Ham in the Premier League over the weekend. “He is fantastic, and I want him absolutely to be on the pitch because he is a fantastic captain and a fantastic sportsman. “He’s everything Chelsea means in my point of view – he is humble, he’s a fighter, he constantly thinks about ...
Atletico Madrid Linked With Summer Move For Chelsea Skipper Azpilicueta
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Atletico Madrid Linked With Summer Move For Chelsea Skipper Azpilicueta

Laliga giants Atletico Madrid are considering a surprise move for Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta this summer. Atletico are potentially in the market for defensive reinforcements ahead of the 2021/22 La Liga season with current right back options Kieran Trippier and Sime Vrsaljko out of contract in 2022 and Jose Gimenez linked with an exit.  According to reports from Gol Digital, Diego Simeone is monitoring Azpilicueta closely, with the Spanish international reduced to a squad role under German coach Thomas Tuchel, despite remaining as Blues club captain. Chelsea are also reportedly looking for defenders this summer, with German star Niklas Sule on Tuchel’s radar meaning Azpilicueta would likely be moved even further down the pecking order as a result. Azpilicueta has 12...
West Ham vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel’s squad for EPL clash at London Stadium confirmed
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West Ham vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel’s squad for EPL clash at London Stadium confirmed

  Chelsea’s squad to face West Ham United in today’s English Premier League, EPL, tie has been revealed. According to Football London, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named 24 players to tackle West Ham at the London Stadium. Chelsea head to the game after playing a goalless draw with Brighton in their previous Premier League encounter last Tuesday. Chelsea’s full squad against West Ham includes: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero and Edouard Mendy. Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and Emerson. Midfielders: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Faustino Anjorin and Jorginho....
Chelsea vs Man City: Tuchel Names Squad for FA Cup semi-final
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Chelsea vs Man City: Tuchel Names Squad for FA Cup semi-final

  Chelsea will take on Manchester City for a place in this year’s FA Cup final on Saturday. This is the second semi-final the Blues will be featuring in. Earlier this week, they saw off FC Porto and will face Real Madrid in the Champions League last four. Mateo Kovacic missed that game, after picking up an injury in training and will miss the City encounter at Wembley. Defender Andreas Christensen is also out with hamstring injury. N’Golo Kante has been given the ‘green light’ though to play 90 minutes. Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell, Emerson Palmieri Midfielders: Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz,...
Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Man City players named in Champions League team [Full list]
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Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Man City players named in Champions League team [Full list]

  Four Chelsea players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post on its website on Thursday following the conclusion of the week’s quarter-final first-leg games on Wednesday. The four Chelsea players are César Azpilicueta, Edouard Mendy, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. Chelsea players made the list alongside Paris Saint-Germain stars, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marquinhos. Recall that Chelsea defeated FC Porto 2-0, thanks to goals from Mount and Chilwell. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after the conclusion of this week’s last-8 matches: Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) Defenders: César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Marquinhos (PSG) Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) Midfielders: ...
Porto vs Chelsea: Reece James clashes with Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of Champions League tie
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Porto vs Chelsea: Reece James clashes with Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of Champions League tie

  Chelsea right-back, Reece James, clashed with captain Cesar Azpilicueta in the club’s dressing room at Stamford Bridge following the Blues’ Premier League 5-2 shock defeat to West Brom over the weekend. According to the Telegraph, Azpilicueta was quick to give James a piece of his mind after Chelsea’s backline began their inquest into how they conceived five goals at home to a West Brom side that have scored just 25 all season. James was partly at fault for the visitors’ second goal and struggled to shake off the after-effects of that mistake. The 21-year-old England international was also guilty of a number of stray passes for the remainder of the encounter as Sam Allardyce’s men ended Thomas Tuchel’s 14-match unbeaten run, thanks to goals from Matheus Pereira (2), ...
Chelsea vs West Brom: Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash Confirmed [Full list]
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Chelsea vs West Brom: Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash Confirmed [Full list]

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, will be without midfielder, N’Golo Kante, when they host West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday. Kante picked up a hamstring injury while on international break with France. However, Thiago Silva will be available for selection. The Blues occupy fourth spot in the table and are facing pressure from a host of teams, including Everton, West Ham United and Liverpool, to keep hold of that final Champions League place. The kick-off time for the Chelsea vs West Brom match is 12.30 pm. Full Chelsea squad available to face West Brom: Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga & Willy Caballero. Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso & ...
Four Chelsea Players, Man City stars named in Champions League team [Full list]
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Four Chelsea Players, Man City stars named in Champions League team [Full list]

Four Chelsea players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post via its website on Thursday afternoon following the conclusion of the week’s round of 16, second-leg fixtures on Wednesday. The four Chelsea players are Edouard Mendy, César Azpilicueta, Emerson and Hakim Ziyech. Chelsea players made the list alongside Manchester City stars, João Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne and İlkay Gündoğan. Recall that Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0, thanks to goals from Ziyech and Emerson. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after the conclusion of this week’s round of 16 second-leg matches: Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) – 7 points Defenders: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern) – 8 points César Azpi...
‘Azpilicueta was Frightened’ – Tuchel Opens up as Chelsea Escape Red Card
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‘Azpilicueta was Frightened’ – Tuchel Opens up as Chelsea Escape Red Card

Thomas Tuchel has opened up on penalty call against Cesar Azpilicueta in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Hakim Ziyech’s first-half opener and Emerson Palmieri’s late effort secured a 3-0 aggregate win for Thomas Tuchel’s side But Chelsea were lucky not to finish the game with 10 men. Azpilicueta under hit a backpass towards his goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and then tugged Atletico’s Yannick Carassco’s waist to stop him from chasing the ball but the officials overlooked and no penalty was awarded. Pundits blamed the match officials for not recommending VAR check on the incident and believe the Spain defender should have sent and penalty awarded Atletico. Asked about the incident after the match, Tuchel said “Is it a penalty? (Azpilicueta foul) Azpi got a ...
Chelsea vs Atletico: ‘100 percent red card, penalty’ – Ferdinand blames officials for not sending off Azpilicueta
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Chelsea vs Atletico: ‘100 percent red card, penalty’ – Ferdinand blames officials for not sending off Azpilicueta

  England legend, Rio Ferdinand has blamed the referee and VAR officials for not showing a red card to Chelsea captain, César Azpilicueta during their 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 second leg in London on Wednesday. Hakim Ziyech’s first-half opener and Emerson Palmieri’s late effort secured a 3-0 aggregate win for Thomas Tuchel’s side Chelsea had won the first leg 1-0 in Madrid thanks to Olivier Giroud’s overhead kick. However, Ferdinand, a former Manchester United defender felt Chelsea were lucky not to finish the game with 10 men. Azpilicueta under hit a backpass towards his goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and then tugged Atletico’s Yannick Carassco’s waist to stop him from chasing the ball but the officials overlooked and no penalty was aw...
Chelsea Shortlist Three Centre-backs to Sign for Tuchel
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Chelsea Shortlist Three Centre-backs to Sign for Tuchel

  Chelsea have shortlisted a three-man centre-backs to sign for their manager, Thomas Tuchel, this summer, according to The Athletic. Tuchel is keen to bolster his backline despite an excellent defensive record since he replaced Frank Lampard last January. Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule is one of the names Chelsea is looking at. Another option being looked at is Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez, who has been impressive for Diego Simeone’s men so far this season. Chelsea is also keen on RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate, with the French star also on the radar of Premier League rivals Manchester United. However, If Chelsea manages to sign one of the top-class centre-back, then they would at least offload one of their existing defenders, and Kurt Zouma is likely to be the pla...
Chelsea vs Liverpool: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for Premier League Clash Confirmed
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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for Premier League Clash Confirmed

Chelsea’s squad to face Liverpool in tonight’s Premier League tie has been revealed. According to Football London, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named a 25-man squad to tackle Liverpool at Anfield. Tuchel’s side head to the game after playing a 0-0 draw against Manchester United last Sunday in the Premier League, while Liverpool defeated Sheffield United 2-0. Chelsea’s full squad against Liverpool include Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso. Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Emerson Palmieri, Ben Chilwell Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Billy Gilmour, Kai Havertz, Faustino Anjorin, Lewis Bate Forwar...
Chelsea Gets Major Boost Ahead of Liverpool clash
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Chelsea Gets Major Boost Ahead of Liverpool clash

  Chelsea has been handed a significant injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday. Chelsea winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, was substituted just at 30 minutes during Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. The England international was replaced by Reece James, and he was later seen with an ice pack and strapping around his left thigh. And after the match, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, confirmed at his post-match press conference that Hudson-Odoi had picked up a minor injury, adding that the decision to take him off was also a ‘tactical choice’. “[He was] a little bit injured,” Tuchel said. “The reason [he was replaced] was a tactical reason and a little injury, a combination, because we swi...
Thomas Tuchel Names Chelsea Captains
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Thomas Tuchel Names Chelsea Captains

  Thomas Tuchel has named his captains at Chelsea. The German says he is pleased to have Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Jorginho, and Ngolo Kante as Chelsea captains. He also compared Azpilicueta with former Blues captains John Terry and Frank Lampard. Azpilicueta who fell in the pecking order during Lampard’s reign as manager, has seen himself back playing regularly under the new manager. The 31-year-old Spaniard is one of several Chelsea players who have featured in each of the five Premier League games under Tuchel so far. “I strongly believe in the power of captains in football teams,” Tuchel told Chelsea TV. “I had the pleasure to have Thiago Silva as my captain in Paris, together with Marquinhos, and now I have Azpi, Thiago, Jorginho and [N’Golo] Kante...
Chelsea vs Newcastle: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash Confirmed
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Chelsea vs Newcastle: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash Confirmed

  Chelsea’s squad to face Newcastle United in tonight’s Premier League tie has been made public. According to Football London, Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has named a 24-man squad to tackle Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel’s men head to the match after beating Barnsley 1-0 in the FA Cup in their previous fixture last Thursday. Chelsea are currently in the 5th position on the Premier League table with 39 points from 23 matches. Chelsea’s full squad against Newcastle: Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero. Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri. Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kova...
Champions League Squad Ahead of Atletico Madrid tie [Full list]
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Champions League Squad Ahead of Atletico Madrid tie [Full list]

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has released a 25-man list for the Champions League knockout stages. The west London Blues face LaLiga giants, Atletico Madrid in the knockout stages of the competition after finishing top of their group. The first leg takes place on February 23, in Madrid while the second leg comes up in Stamford Bridge on March 17 Two names have been removed from the first being Fikayo Tomori who joined AC Milan on loan and Ian Maatsen after his loan move to Charlton Athletic. Young duo, Nigerian-born Tino Anjorin, and Henry Lawrence have made the knockout squad. The list also has Billy Gilmour, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount all included on List B. Here is the confirmed squad list in full: List A: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso,...
We Feel Like We Have To Score Three Or Four Each Game – Cesar Azpilicueta
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We Feel Like We Have To Score Three Or Four Each Game – Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea's defensive issues are so bad that they need to score several goals each game to stand a chance of winning, says captain Cesar Azpilicueta. They have conceded nine times in five Premier League games this season and were 2-0 and 3-2 up against Southampton on Saturday before drawing 3-3. Last month Chelsea came from 3-0 down to draw against West Brom. "When you're weak defensively sometimes we feel like we have to score three or four each game," Azpilicueta said. "I see football as a collective. When we don't score, as a defender I think how can we put our attacking players in better situations. "Through a season you are not going to be winning 3-0 or 4-0 every week. You have to work to get results and at the moment we have to improve that."

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