Chelsea Player Speaks For First Time Since Costa's Departure

Lynette Rowe
September 24, 2017

United at times continue to steer that slippery chicane which swings between sublime and sorry, and a close observer would have noticed passages of play in the games they've played this season, where the team seems to lack that extra bit of concentration.

Chelsea will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they head to the Potteries to take on Stoke City on Saturday (today). And yet, strangely enough it isn't. BVB hasn't conceded a goal yet this year, a sterling defensive record that not many expected.

Chelsea have already been handed three red cards in the early part of the season, and Hughes, who sees his club take on the Blues on Saturday, believes the club may now be lacking in the ability to walk the fine line between agitating an opponent and being sent to the stands, which he claims Costa was a master of.

The Blues won three-straight matches over Tottenham, Everton and Leicester before a goalless draw to Arsenal on Sunday.

Watch a selection of the best goals from matchday five in the Premier League.

It is quite hypercritical of the Spaniard to pull up The Cityzens up on their spending habits, considering how much José Mourinho has spent in his first two seasons at Old Trafford including this summer spending in excess of £100million on the likes of: Victor Lindelöf, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matić and Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Antonio Conte has fired out a warning to the Manchester clubs that as many as six teams can compete for the Premier League title, report the London Evening Standard.

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Stoke have been up and down to start the season.

"He's a guy I encourage to play, not just to score goals", Guardiola said. They finished 19th, five points adrift of safety.

Arsenal managed a strong start to their title defence at the beginning of 2004-05.

I didn't like what I saw of Chelsea in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal. (Thierry Henry's contribution was surprisingly modest, considering he went on to be that year's top goalscorer - only putting away four goals in that opening five). Conte will likely pick Christensen or Antonio Rudiger to start in place of Luiz.

Read: Stoke v Chelsea match preview. The Premier League Pass costs $50. If proof were needed, just look at how Chelsea (and Carlo Ancelotti) fared in 2010-11.

Manchester United v Southampton match preview. The duo with a combined nine goals this season has the creative force of David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne behind them.

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