Chelsea vs. Brentford: Score and Reaction from 2017 FA Cup

Jan 31, 2017, 00:14
Chelsea vs. Brentford: Score and Reaction from 2017 FA Cup

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to sign a replacement for his second-choice stopper before sanctioning Begovic's move but the former Stoke man has made it clear he wants to move on to play regularly again. "Then I will have the training session [on Monday afternoon] and, after the training session, I'll see about this". But with Chelsea set for a return to Champions League football next season, they are declaring themselves ready to provide the greater squad depth that will be required.

The Chelsea side that defeated Brentford so comprehensively featured a number of the squad's younger players, including defender Nathan Ake, who was recently recalled from his loan spell at Bournemouth, and midfielders Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah.

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"Thibaut is on absolute fire this year and is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, I knew that, and I wanted to test myself against those guys".

Chelsea have now won 10 successive home games but Pedro and Cesar Azipilicueta were the only likely members of the Blues starting side at Anfield that featured against fellow west London club Brentford. If everyone is happy then I hope something gets done, but if not, I have a huge respect for the manager and the club so they know my feelings and it is nothing other than wanting to play. It deserted Chelsea last season but they are a club that has been transformed by the Italian's presence.

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"When you start the season with a certain group and you try to create a link between the staff and players, we are sorry if someone decides to go away".

Antonio Conte had revealed before the match that his mantra would be to take it one game at a time but he made nine changes to the team that beat Hull City last weekend in the league.

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Asked if he would be sorry to see Ivanovic go, Conte said: "Yes, for sure". The same for Oscar, for example. If we are able to find a good place, he will go.

"I haven't news about Asmir", Conte added. He wants to play every game but Asmir knows our situation. Otherwise he will stay with us and fight until the end, to fight to win the title.

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