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Drogba impressed by Morata start

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With three goals and two assists in four games for Chelsea, Alvaro Morata has left Didier Drogba suitably impressed.

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba believes Alvaro Morata has already begun to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge.

The Spain international, signed from Real Madrid for a reported club-record fee of £60million in July, has registered three goals and two assists in his first four appearances in the Premier League.

The 24-year-old opened the scoring in the 2-1 win over Leicester City on Saturday, a result that lifted Chelsea to within a point of leaders Manchester United, and is in line to make his first outing for the club in the Champions League against Qarabag on Tuesday.

Drogba, who scored 164 goals during a glittering career with the club, has been hugely impressed by Morata’s start to life in London.

« He is scoring goals that are winning games so I am really happy for him and for the club as well, » Drogba told Sky Sports News.

« It is very important to score. As a striker, when you start with a new team, people have high expectations.

« When you match those expectations, you are just happy and the goals continue to come.

« I hope he will have a great season because we need that. »

N’Golo Kante struck what proved to be the winner against his former club, prompting head coach Antonio Conte to hail his form as evidence that he is the top flight’s best player.

« He doesn’t score much but when he does everyone is happy for him because he is working a lot for the team and giving everything, » Drogba said of the midfielder.

« I was proud that he scored his goal. It was a very difficult game. It is always difficult to play at Leicester so I am happy with the result. »

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Martial: « Mourinho is hard with me »

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Author of a good start to the season as a replacement with Manchester United, Anthony Martial looks back on his relationship with José Mourinho.

It’s much better for Anthony Martial. A one-year absence from the French team, the Manchester United striker found Didier Deschamps’ starting lineup against Germany (2-2) on Tuesday and signed a superb assist on the opening of the score of Alexandre Lacazette. A return to the international scene that results from his start to the season with the Red Devils. Lining Marcus Rashford on the left wing, the 21-year-old has turned into a super sub, with 6 goals and as many assists on his meter.

« Toto » Martial especially took the fold of the discipline that José Mourinho imposed on him for a year and a half. « He’s tough with all of us and he’s tough with me, that’s not the question, » said the native of Esssone on the Premier League channel. He recalls his long complicated relationship with the Portuguese coach: « At first we did not know each other very well, but things are better now. He knows my strengths and weaknesses and the result is that we learn to give the best every time.  »

I also know that he really loves me

If the former Monegasque, recruited for 50 million euros in 2015, manages to become a top player one day, he will probably thank the « Special One ». « I know it’s for my benefit and I also know he really loves me, so there’s no problem with this discipline », concludes Anthony Martial. Especially since the young striker now knows that the efficiency, which he knows to show today with his limited playing time, can allow him to be in the France group for the 2018 World Cup.

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Chelsea without Michy, Musonda ni Moses but with David Luiz

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Against WBA, Chelsea will not be able to play Michy Batshuayi, Moses or Musonda.

Batshuayi is injured. (Marc Atkins / OFFSIDE / PRESS SPO / PRESS SPORTS)
Traveling to West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea will have to do without Michy Batshuayi (ankle), Danny Drinkwater (calf), Charly Musonda (knee) and Victor Moses (ischios). On the other hand, David Luiz returned to the group after being sidelined by Antonio Conte.

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Chelsea: the cost of the future stadium explodes and becomes historic!

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Determined to build a new stadium, keeping the foundations of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea has revised upward the cost of its future speaker. Moreover, the next stadium of the Blues could become the third most expensive cave in the world.

In a world of football business where the race for money has become the major stake of clubs, the renovation or the construction of new stadiums are one of the means studied by the trainings to increase their income. In France, the Atlantic Matmut of Bordeaux or the Groupama Stadium of Lyon are two of the most telling examples. In England, the big arms of the Premier League have also yielded to temptation.
And if Tottenham, who plays all his home games at Wembley, is waiting for the delivery of his new White Hart Lane at the start of the 2018/2019 season, Chelsea is also preparing to give Stamford Bridge a serious facelift. Like the Spurs, the Blues rely on existing infrastructure to expand their stadium. A mission entrusted to the architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. For the moment, nothing has been built yet, but according to the Times, the cost of the case is being exposed.
Clearly, the London club had expected a renovation to the tune of £ 500m, or about 561 M €. But the English newspaper reveals that the bill should eventually amount to 1 billion pounds, or 1.122 billion euros! A total cost that would be multiplied by two. A great accounting difference that would bring the new Stamford Bridge into the record books. Indeed, the future speaker of the Blues would become the third most expensive stadium in the world, behind two American behemoths: the Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons) and MetLife Stadium (New York Giants) whose cost is estimated at 1.3 billion euros.

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