CHELSEA ARE EIGHT WINS FROM WINNING THE EPL TITLE SAYS ANTONIO CONTE

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his side need 24 points from their remaining 11 fixtures to win the Premier League title.

Leaders Chelsea, who are yet to face four other teams from the top seven, appear to be running away with the league title as they sit 10 points above the chasing pack but Conte was not thinking too far ahead.

“Now I think we need 24 points to win the league. It’s important for us to go game-by-game without looking forward,” Conte said on Friday.

Conte played down reports suggesting he was stalling over a new contract in the hope of gaining more control of transfers.

“For now it is important for me and the players to be focused on the present to reach our target. I repeat I’m very happy to be Chelsea’s coach,” the Italian added.

“Honestly I have a good relationship. When I need something I speak with the club and we find always to try and find the right solution. Always together.”

Midfielder N’Golo Kante, who joined from Leicester City last year, has had a stellar debut campaign at Chelsea and is being touted to win the player of the year award.

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CHELSEA 3-1 ARSENAL: RAMPANT BLUES SAW OFF ARSENAL TO MOVE 12 POINTS CLEAR

Marcos Alonso opened the scoring before a superb solo goal from Eden Hazard and a strike from Cesc Fabregas sealed victory for Antonio Conte’s men

An Eden Hazard-inspired Chelsea extended their lead at the Premier League summit with a dominant 3-1 win over title rivals Arsenal.

Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea a 13th-minute lead, heading home the rebound when Diego Costa’s header looped up off the crossbar.

The wing-back’s robust challenge on Hector Bellerin that allowed him to score is likely to draw post-match rancour from Arsene Wenger, but the suspended Gunners manager could have no complaints when those alongside him in the stand were brought to their feet in the 53rd minute.

Hazard made his mazy way from his own half to the edge of the Arsenal six-yard box to score the kind of goal that can come to define title triumphs.

Arsenal could muster little in the way of a response as they limply succumbed to a defeat more chastening than the one they dealt out to Antonio Conte’s men in September, when the prospect of Wenger besting an elite opponent in the dugout briefly re-emerged.

At Stamford Bridge, as substitute Cesc Fabregas collected Petr Cech’s woeful clearance and lobbed into an unguarded net, it was nowhere to be seen.

By the time Olivier Giroud headed a stoppage-time consolation from Nacho Monreal’s centre, the fact Liverpool can shave Chelsea’s advantage to 10 points by beating Hull City later on Saturday felt of greater significance.

Chelsea’s measured playing out from the back has been a feature of their transformation under Conte but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and David Luiz passed their way into trouble in the second minute.

Mesut Ozil intercepted and Alex Iwobi’s low drive deflected agonisingly wide with Courtois beaten.

The hosts’ first opening came from a set-piece when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain brought down Victor Moses and Gary Cahill headed into the turf and over.

Arsenal failed once more to deal with their opponents’ aerial threat when they fell behind.

Costa planted a header from Pedro’s excellent right-wing cross against the crossbar and, with Cech peeling himself off the turf, an onrushing Alonso emphatically beat the stationary Bellerin to the rebound.

The groggy Spain right-back was substituted shortly afterwards after failing to recover and Costa fired into the side netting as Chelsea scented blood.

Shkodran Mustafi was redeployed to right-back and earned a booking for clattering Hazard, although the Belgium playmaker recovered sufficiently to orchestrate a flowing 32nd-minute move that ended with Cech unconvincingly spilling Pedro’s attempt behind.

Bellerin’s replacement Gabriel had a glorious chance to equalise before the break but could not keep his free header down and Courtois acrobatically clawed to safety.

Early in the second period, Laurent Koscielny made a vital challenge on Hazard as the last man but, shortly afterwards, the mercurial Belgian effortlessly shimmied past the France centre-back – having unceremoniously shrugged off Francis Coquelin – to score a stunning solo goal.

Wenger shuffled his pack to little effect – as if rearranging the deck chairs on a once-famous ocean liner – and an increasingly understaffed midfield appeared ever more to Hazard’s liking.

His old protege Fabregas applied the final insult in the 85th minute and declined to celebrate. The midfielder was in a small majority as Stamford Bridge lapped up a famous triumph – Giroud offering the briefest punctuation to the party atmosphere.

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Francesc Fabregas Soler

Francesc fabregas soler is a Spanish footballer known for his excellent vision, perfect timing and creativity. Born in Arenys de Mar, Barcelona, Catalonia to Nuria Soler and Francesc Fabregas Sr.

Fabregas has been a fan of Barcelona from his childhood and went to see his first Barcelona match when he was 9 months old. He started his football career with CE Mataro before he signed for La Masia, Barcelona’s youth academy in 1997, aged ten. Senor Blai, his first coach, reportedly didn’t want to select Fabregas for games in order to hide him from Barcelona’s scouts.

However, this tactic couldn’t prevent Barcelona for long, and he gave in allowing Fabregas to train with Barcelona once in a week. He initially trained as a defensive midfielder playing alongside popular names like Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique. Even though he was a prolific goal scprer for the club’s youth teams, he could play a first team football at the Camp Nou.

During his years at Barcelona’s youth academy, Cesc idolised the then Barcelona captain and number for Pep Guardiola, who late gave Fabregas his shirt as a consolation when his parents divorced.

Cesc then moved to Arsenal at the age of 16 in September 2003. Injuries from Arsenal midfielders like Patrick Viera, Edu and Gilberto Silva in the beginning of Arsenal’s 2004-05 season made Arsene Wenger to call on Fabregas and he since then established himself as one of the best midfielders in the game. He went on to break many records during the process at Arsenal and won the 2005 FA cup. He made 303 appearances in Arsenal shirt, starting 266 and coming on as a sub 37 times.

Fabregas’s performance made Barcelona come calling and he completed an extended transfer saga to Barcelona on the 15th of August 2011 in a deal of around 35 million pounds.

During his 3-year spell at Barcelona, Cesc played along Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. He won the la liga title, FIFA club world cup, Copa del Rey, 2 Spanish super cups and the UEFA super cup.

The arrival of Luiz Enrique saw Fabregas move back to London, not to Arsenal, but Chelsea for a fee of 30 million pounds. In his first season at Stamford bridge, he was one of Mourinho’s best players and his assists helped Chelsea to win the Premier league title and League cup.

On the international level, Francesc Fabregas made his first appearance for Spain in March 2006. He since then represented Spain in the 2006 FIFA World cup help in France, UEFA Euro 2008, FIFA Confederations cup in 2009, FIFA World Cup in South Africa 2010, UEFA Euro in 2012, FIFA confederation cup in 2013 and the FIFA World Cup in 2014. Ceac Fabregas was an important figure in the domination of Spain National Team in recent years. He made his 100th international cap on 12th of October 2015.

Fabregas is known for having the midfield role of a playmaker where he can make use of his technique, excellent vision, ball control, and great passing ability to control the game play. He always play alongside a defensive midfielder which serves as a cover for him and allows him to have more time and space on the ball.

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