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Conte’s Chelsea in Driving Seat for Premier League Title Triumph

Simply put, Chelsea have been outstanding so far this season. Antonio Conte’s Italian revolution is well and truly underway at Stamford Bridge and the Blues are reaping rewards from his varied and extensive skillset in the dugout.

Since taking over at the helm, Conte has taken this Chelsea side from the brink of disaster to eleven consecutive Premier League wins. The Blues are now eyeing up Arsenal’s all-time top-flight record of successive victories and a fifth Premier League title could follow.

It is easy to forget that this is Conte’s first season in charge of a major club side outside of his native Italy – and that is testament to his ability to adapt and tweak his system and style to suit the English game.

Ultimately, Conte has managed to maintain his Italian principles of solid, consistent defending but has incorporated Premier League traditions of playing attacking, free-flowing football. This unique blend has confused their rivals and the Blues, who have now 11 on the spin, are looking unbeatable.

Chelsea’s recent run has been sensational to say the least but it is the manner of these wins that make them all the more impressive. Conte’s men have scored 25 goals during this spell whilst conceding just two – keeping nine clean sheets in the process.

If the former Italy boss can keep his players focused on the task at hand, the title race could be all but over by mid-April. The Blues have already built a six-point lead over nearest rivals Liverpool and both Manchester City and Arsenal are already feeling the heat.

As of December 22nd, Conte’s men are priced at 10/11 to win the title with Betway and plenty of neutrals will be backing Chelsea after their solid start to the campaign. The Blues have lost just once so far this season and that 3-0 defeat to Arsenal was the catalyst for Conte’s revolution to begin.

Prior to that defeat, the Italian was following English football’s tradition of playing four at the back but Chelsea have now reverted to a brand new 3-4-3 system and the rest of the Premier League just cannot figure out how to play against it.

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Eventually, teams will grow accustomed to Chelsea’s system but the Blues have enough quality in their ranks to adapt if needs be. Conte has managed to take Victor Moses, a player who made just one solitary performance for the club last season, and transform him into a reliable wing-back in the space of just three months.

By the same token, former Bolton Wanderers star Marcos Alonso is holding his own on a weekly basis. While he was touted as a superb prospect for the future, nobody expected Conte to get this much out of the Spaniard in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

But without beating about the bush, it would be fair to state that the biggest difference-maker has been Diego Costa. The Spain star has always played with vigour and determination and his new manager has channelled that aggression into goals – and Chelsea fans are now back on the Costa wagon after a hit-and-miss 2015/16 campaign.

Costa has already notched 13 league goals this season; more than anybody else in the top flight. The Golden Boot is well within his sights but a Premier League triumph is the main objective; Conte has got him playing for the shirt rather than for his own glory…

Chelsea still have plenty of work to do in the second half of the season but Conte will be ready for the title push. He has been there and done it all during his stints with Juventus and Italy but a Premier League crown in his first year in England would certainly send out a statement of intent. At 47 years old, Conte is here for the long run and an early title triumph could signal the start of an era of Blues dominance.

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Premier League 2011-2012

With just one week before the 2011 – 2012 season of Premier League will start, the teams are testing players, finalize transfers and make their battle plan for the competition.

Chelsea’s new manager is on fire. He managed the third transfer of the summer. After Oriol Romeu (19 years) and Thibaut Courtois (18), Londoners have got to a deal with Romelu Lukaku Belgian (18) from Anderlecht.

The Striker gave 33 goals in 73 games for Anderlecht and already has 10 national selections in Belgium. Chelsea announced on its official site that Lukaku will support the medical tests and will sign the official contract early next week.

According to British media, the transfer of Lukaku will cost Abramovich about 25 million. The Belgian kid is compared to Drogba because of his style and was mentioned by a British magazine like the best young player in the world at his age category.

With all these acquisitions the Blues have to make a good figure this year in Premier League. But they are not the only ones. Manchester United and Manchester City have a very good chance this year also and, we can’t forget The Gunners.

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More players for Mancheste City

A fact is that City dominated the transfer market and is willing to offer anything just to you have the most important players on the planet. This thing is though something to satisfy their coach, Mancini.

He says that the owners need to bring at least four more players to match the force of Manchester United. Mancini believes that Champions League experience will end his guys physical and ask for backup: “I have 20 players in the squad than I can count, United has 29! We cannot compare now with them.

Mancini complain that they have players, but he told Bellamy, Onuoha, Adebayor and Wayne Bridge that their service are no more needed for the team and let them prepare themselves at Manchester.

Club leaders are about to succeed a new big transfer. Samir Nasri is increasingly closer to the City, like Sneijder, who seems to get a deal with City. Inter will receive 36 million for him and the player has 6 million per season.

The fact that Mancini is unsecure for the next season shows once again why in football you need the entire team to work and individual talents can’t pull after the entire team.

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Patrick Vieira, a great career!

Born
23 June 1976
Dakar, Senegal
Height
1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)
Playing position
Defensive midfielder

Midfielder aged 35 years, with 107 national selections in France, will remain at Manchester City to represent the club in the UK and abroad.

Vieira is world champion with France in 1998, will also receive a position in the sector dedicated to young players.

Patrick Vieira plays at Manchester City from January 2010 when he was on loan from Inter Milan. In June 2010, the Frenchman signed a one year contract.

Patrick Vieira has played during his career at Cannes (1993-1995), AC Milan(1995-1996), Arsenal (1996-2005), Juventus (2005-2006) and Inter Milan (2006-2010) . He was national restras of France in 2009.

Thank you Patrick for a great football!

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Liverpool preparing for the next season

The group that took over Liverpool in 2010, Fenway Sports Group, is confident that they will bring from Aston Villa the player who made sensation, Ashley Young. Americans are sure and the fact that in a few days Kenny Dalglish will sign a contract that makes him the general manager of the club with all the rights.

After having spent over 67 million euros in winter on Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, they are about to invest 17 million in the extreme player from Villa, despite the fact that United is after him too.

Young is entering in the last year of contract with Villa and is attracted to a move that would bring a substantial increase in salary and he apparently wants to go to Liverpool instead United because it would have a place in the first team on the left lane attack, unlike United who have the Nani, Park Ji-Sung and Valencia,.

Besides the transfer of Ashley Young, Liverpool is interested in Blackpool’s captain, Charlie Adam, Gary Cahill from Bolton and Phil Jones from Blackburn.

Is it enough for Liverpool? Only time will tell.

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