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  • Head coach Antonio Conte wants Chelsea to start the season with victory over Arsenal in Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley. Games against Arsenal in part shaped Chelsea's Premier League title-winning season, when Conte revived the Blues from 10th the previous term.Following last September's 3-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium, the Italian switched to a 3-4-3 formation and the Blues won 13 successive Premier League games.The Premier League win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in February then provided impetus for the title run-in.But then Conte was denied the double in his first season as Blues boss when Arsenal won May's FA Cup final 2-1.Conte said: "It was a pity to lose the game, to lose the FA Cup final against Arsenal after a really great season for us."Now there is another game. We know very well Arsenal is a strong team."We're waiting a game very difficult for us and want to try to start the season with a win. The same (for) Arsenal. I want to see a ..

    Chelsea boss Antonio Conte keen to kick-start season with Community Shield win

    Head coach Antonio Conte wants Chelsea to start the season with victory over Arsenal in Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley. Games against Arsenal in part shaped Chelsea's Premier League title-winning season, when Conte revived the Blues from 10th the previous term.Following last September's 3-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium, the Italian switched to a 3-4-3 formation and the Blues won 13 successive Premier League games.The Premier League win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in February then provided impetus for the title run-in.But then Conte was denied the double in his first season as Blues boss when Arsenal won May's FA Cup final 2-1.Conte said: "It was a pity to lose the game, to lose the FA Cup final against Arsenal after a really great season for us."Now there is another game. We know very well Arsenal is a strong team."We're waiting a game very difficult for us and want to try to start the season with a win. The same (for) Arsenal. I want to see a ..
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  • Burnley's pre-season friendly at home to Hannover has been abandoned on police advice.The Clarets were leading 1-0 at half-time thanks to a goal from Ben Mee when the announcement came.A short statement on the club's Twitter account read: "Today's game has been abandoned, on police advice."Photographs showed unrest in the stands, with police holding back Hannover fans from their home counterparts. Source: PA Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.

    Burnley’s pre-season friendly against Hannover abandoned following crowd trouble

    Burnley's pre-season friendly at home to Hannover has been abandoned on police advice.The Clarets were leading 1-0 at half-time thanks to a goal from Ben Mee when the announcement came.A short statement on the club's Twitter account read: "Today's game has been abandoned, on police advice."Photographs showed unrest in the stands, with police holding back Hannover fans from their home counterparts. Source: PA Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.
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  • Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill is in no doubt the club have added quality to the squad over the summer - but it is the quantity which is a worry for the England defender. The reigning Premier League champions lost 4-1 on penalties to Arsenal in Sunday's Community Shield after the game finished 1-1.Victor Moses, who was sent off when Arsenal beat Chelsea to lift the FA Cup in May, opened the scoring this time around.The Gunners levelled through debutant Sead Kolasinac after Pedro had been dismissed for a crude foul on Mohamed Elneny.With the new 'ABBA' penalty shoot-out format introduced for the first time, Cahill put Chelsea in front but it would prove to be the only successful spot-kick for Antonio Conte's men.Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blazed his effort over before new striker Alvaro Morata hit the post, with Arsenal scoring all four of their kicks to lift the shield.Conte has spoken out several times over his frustrations about the size of Chelsea's squa..

    Gary Cahill concerned by size of Chelsea’s squad heading into new season

    Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill is in no doubt the club have added quality to the squad over the summer - but it is the quantity which is a worry for the England defender. The reigning Premier League champions lost 4-1 on penalties to Arsenal in Sunday's Community Shield after the game finished 1-1.Victor Moses, who was sent off when Arsenal beat Chelsea to lift the FA Cup in May, opened the scoring this time around.The Gunners levelled through debutant Sead Kolasinac after Pedro had been dismissed for a crude foul on Mohamed Elneny.With the new 'ABBA' penalty shoot-out format introduced for the first time, Cahill put Chelsea in front but it would prove to be the only successful spot-kick for Antonio Conte's men.Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blazed his effort over before new striker Alvaro Morata hit the post, with Arsenal scoring all four of their kicks to lift the shield.Conte has spoken out several times over his frustrations about the size of Chelsea's squa..
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  • Manchester City fans will be able to boo the Champions League without rebuke after UEFA changed its competition rules.City fans have regularly booed the competition anthem over the years, with European football's governing body going as far as to open disciplinary action over it in October 2015.The booing was reported by the match delegate after City's Champions League win against Sevilla, but UEFA decided not to take any action against the club.There will be no such problems going forwards for any club as the disciplinary regulations have been changed.Two years ago "the disruption of national or competition anthems" was listed under article 16 of its disciplinary regulations.From June 1, 2016 it changed to "causing a disturbance during national anthems" and in the new 2017 disciplinary regulations there is no reference to competition anthems.Among the UEFA-related issues that have angered City fans over the years was CSKA Moscow fans being in attendance at a match that..

    No sanctions this season for booing Champions League anthem

    Manchester City fans will be able to boo the Champions League without rebuke after UEFA changed its competition rules.City fans have regularly booed the competition anthem over the years, with European football's governing body going as far as to open disciplinary action over it in October 2015.The booing was reported by the match delegate after City's Champions League win against Sevilla, but UEFA decided not to take any action against the club.There will be no such problems going forwards for any club as the disciplinary regulations have been changed.Two years ago "the disruption of national or competition anthems" was listed under article 16 of its disciplinary regulations.From June 1, 2016 it changed to "causing a disturbance during national anthems" and in the new 2017 disciplinary regulations there is no reference to competition anthems.Among the UEFA-related issues that have angered City fans over the years was CSKA Moscow fans being in attendance at a match that..
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  • Jack Cork is happy to be playing under Sean Dyche at Burnley after admitting the revolving door in the Swansea manager's office unsettled players last season.Cork moved to Turf Moor in a deal worth up to £10million last month, ending two-and-a-half years in south Wales during which he played under five managers, including two-time caretaker Alan Curtis.Last term proved particularly turbulent, with Francesco Guidolin, Bob Bradley, Curtis and, finally, Paul Clement, taking to the dugout.Clement finally won the season-long battle against relegation but Cork believes the constant changes behind the scenes proved unhelpful and has linked up with Dyche, who is the third longest-serving boss in the top flight."It was tough with the change of managers at Swansea, it did affect us last year," he said."They probably made the right decisions with the managers in the end but it did affect us. I t's good to come to a stable club with the manager here. The board and players trust him..

    Jack Cork enjoying Burnley stability after last season’s Swansea turmoil

    Jack Cork is happy to be playing under Sean Dyche at Burnley after admitting the revolving door in the Swansea manager's office unsettled players last season.Cork moved to Turf Moor in a deal worth up to £10million last month, ending two-and-a-half years in south Wales during which he played under five managers, including two-time caretaker Alan Curtis.Last term proved particularly turbulent, with Francesco Guidolin, Bob Bradley, Curtis and, finally, Paul Clement, taking to the dugout.Clement finally won the season-long battle against relegation but Cork believes the constant changes behind the scenes proved unhelpful and has linked up with Dyche, who is the third longest-serving boss in the top flight."It was tough with the change of managers at Swansea, it did affect us last year," he said."They probably made the right decisions with the managers in the end but it did affect us. I t's good to come to a stable club with the manager here. The board and players trust him..
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