Thibaut Courtois Insists Gerard Deulofeu ‘Dived’ for Penalty in Nightmare Defeat at Watford

Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois has accused Watford debutant Gerard Deulofeu of diving in the Blues’ embarrassing 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road on Monday.

The Barcelona loanee dazzled for Javi Gracia’s side, winning a penalty for the Hornets’ opener and scoring the third against a 10-man Chelsea; sealing the three points on the night.

Courtois was adjudged to have brought down the ex-Everton winger in the box, after Daryl Janmaat slotted a ball in-behind Gary Cahill leaving the Spaniard clean through. Troy Deeney converted the resulting spot kick, putting Watford in the ascendancy.

The Belgian international disputed the decision though and insisted: “The penalty is a clear dive,” as quoted by Sky Sports (via ESPN).

“Yesterday [in Liverpool and Tottenham’s 2-2 draw] we saw when the goalkeeper comes out and is late you make yourself small but the striker puts his foot there and it’s a penalty, every time this will happen. He left his foot and dives… it’s not a penalty.

“I think we all know this kind of players it happens everywhere in the world, this type of striker sees the goalkeeper coming for the ball, I make myself as small as possible with my belly on the ground and he manufactures the contact. I’m sorry but I don’t think it’s a penalty.”

The 25-year-old also disputed the dismissal of Tiemoue Bakayoko, feeling that Mike Dean was harsh to show a card on both occasions in the first half: 

“The red card is very light, first never a yellow and the second too light.”

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Napoli Plan New Deal for Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea & Real Madrid Eye Up Over-Performing Boss

?Napoli face a fight to keep hold of manager Maurizio Sarri, with a number of high profile clubs interested, and are planning to offer the former Empoli boss improved terms to warn off unwanted suitors. 

Chelsea have set their sights on Sarri as a replacement for compatriot Antonio Conte, but the Blues face competition from La Liga giants Real Madrid and Ligue 1 giants Paris-Saint Germain, according to Italian newspaper Il Mattino. 

Conte is under huge pressure at Stamford Bridge after his side was thrashed 4-1 by Watford on Monday. Chelsea’s second successive three-goal defeat, following their previous 3-0 loss to Bournemouth, means they have won just two of their last 10 games, and the defending Champions are now 19 points off league leaders Manchester City. 

??According to the report, however, Chelsea face stiff competition for Sarri’s signature with both Real Madrid and PSG also keen on landing the Italian tactician. 

Zinedine Zidane has endured a torrid time at the Bernabeu this season. Following Saturday’s draw to relegation-threatened Levante, the title holders are a massive 18 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. 

Real were also dumped out of the Copa del Rey after losing out on away goals to Leganes, and the report claims the club hierarchy have had enough and will sack Zidane in the summer. 

Meanwhile, Paris chiefs are looking to get rid of Unai Emery despite the clubs domestic and European dominance thus far. As per the report, their Qatar based owners want someone capable of squeezing more out of world-record signing Neymar and his attack-minded team-mates. 

Serie A leaders Napoli, on the other hand, are ready to offer their in-demand coach an improved contract which will see his earnings rise and the removal of his current £7m release clause, according to reports in Italy. 

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The Tuscan tactician’s current deal runs until 2020, but Napoli’s sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli, whom Sarri is said to share a strong relationship with, is confident that his manager will agree to a contract extension sometime next month. 


Ex-Barça Boss Luis Enrique Lined Up as New Chelsea Boss as Exit Door Beckons for Antonio Conte

Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is believed to be ‘one step away’ from the Chelsea job, with Antonio Conte’s future on the line.

The Italian, who has been under pressure at Stamford Bridge for most of the season, saw things take a shocking turn as his Blues slumped to a 4-1 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday evening. His tenure as boss could soon be over, and just about everyone has tipped him to leave in the coming days.

Enrique, who stepped down from his post at Barcelona, is thought to be on the brink of taking over affairs at the helm of the London side, and according to Spanish source Sport, the 47-year-old is a meeting away from landing the job, with the Blues’ hierarchy set to hold discussions over Conte’s future on Tuesday.

Conte, though, is apparently not worried about losing his job.

“No, I’m not worried. I’m not worried about my job,” he said following Monday’s capitulation.  “I work every day, and I give 120 per cent. Okay? If this is enough, it’s okay.

“Otherwise, the club can take a different decision. But I’m not worried. Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelsea coach or not. Which is the problem? My soul is clear.

“I go to sleep without a problem that maybe, maybe, I could do this or that. I try to do everything. If it’s not good, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on.”

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Enrique, meanwhile, drew up a remarkable record at Barcelona, incredibly winning nine trophies in his three seasons as coach, including two league titles and the Champions League. 


Antonio Conte Ruled Out of National Coach Role by Italy Chief Following Commitment to Chelsea

?Alessandro Costacurta has stated that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is no longer in the race to become Italy’s new national team coach, despite claiming the Blues manager was in contention just last week. 

The 48-year-old Stamford Bridge hot seat holder had been heavily linked back to the position he held from 2014 to 2016 following the sacking of his successor Gian Piero Ventura. which came after Azzurri’s failure to qualify for this summer’s World Cup finals. 

Speculation continued to surface even after the west London boss categorically stated he only had eyes to see out his contract with the Premier League club, which still has 18 months left to run, with Costacurta claiming the Italian was still in the running, alongside former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. 

“Conte said he had 18 months left on his Chelsea contract and would respect it? We’ll see, he’s still a candidate”, the former AC Milan defender said, as quoted by ?

“We heard from (Roberto) Mancini last night, but it was by chance. Now we have some time to think things through.”

However, after seemingly receiving mixed messages from Conte’s assurances to Chelsea that he has no eyes to leave Stamford Bridge before the end of next season, the 51-year-old has since revealed his resignation to the fact that the former national coach is off limits. 

“The availability on the market is going to be a fundamental aspect in the choice of the future Italy coach”, the Italian told ?Sky Sport Italia. 

“Conte, for example, has ruled himself out of the running for the national team job because he has said he wants to be a club coach for the next 18 months.

“Even [Roberto] Mancini is contracted to a club, so it’s not as easy as it might seem to get them. While it’s true we’ve got hugely talented coaches, we still need to see who is available.”

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Chelsea Midfielder Cesc Fabregas Considering Managerial Role When He Eventually Retires

Chelsea’s Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed he is considering becoming a manager once his career as a player comes to an end.

The 30-year-old midfield man has made over 400 appearances across his career so far, seeing him play under some of the world’s greatest managers with Arsenal, Barcelona and Cheslea.

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Despite having been playing at the top level of world football for almost 15 years, Fabregas has revealed, speaking to ?Sky Sports, he has no intentions of slowing down, saying he wants to continue his playing career for “many more years.”

Fabregas then added he would consider going into football management, saying: “At this stage I would say that I want to get into management. In life anything can happen though, everything can change in your mind.

“I am still feeling very good, very young, I think I can play for many more years, so it’s not something I feel I want to do straight away. But in the future I would like to try.”

Chelsea’s next game comes against Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday night with the Blues looking to capitalise on both Tottenham and Liverpool dropping points following the two sides’ 2-2 draw at Anfield.

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