Injury news for Bournemouth?
“Morata, Willian and Luiz are out. The other players are available.”
Did Batshuayi train today?
“Yes, he’s in contention for tomorrow’s game.”
What about his move to Germany?
“I don’t know. But now he’s a Chelsea player. For this reason, he’s in contention for tomorrow’s game. Also because I have Morata injured and I don’t have other options. Especially as Willian is also injured. Hazard can play No9, so I’d need to find another No10.”
Do you need another forward?
“I can hope for everything. But the most important thing is reality. Now the reality is this. I have to prepare the game in the right way with these players, and I’m very happy to do this. As you know very well, I always say that I would be happy in both cases: if the club decides to add players.
Otherwise I’m very happy to work with these players because they show me every day great behaviour and great commitment. My only hope is this transfer window finishes very soon, especially because that means you can change this line of questioning for me.”
What happened with Dzeko?
“I don’t like speaking about players from other teams, but I think he’s Roma’s player. I think he will continue to be Roma’s player.”
Emerson Palmieri on his way?
“If you remember, I said that, in case the club decides to send on loan Kenedy, we have two options: to buy another player, or to work with a young player like Sterling, who is a young player and a very good prospect for Chelsea. If there is news, the club will inform you about Palmieri.”
Do you remember him from your time in Italy?
“No, I don’t remember Palmieri because he only came to Italy last season, when he had an important season for Rome. Then he had a bad injury. He broke his ligaments. Now he’s recovering. I don’t know if he’s ready to play. I know that he played only one game in the Italian club against Torino. But we are talking about a player of another team in this moment.”
Olivier Giroud on his way in?
“As I said before, I gave my opinion to my club. Then the club is trying to do the best in the transfer market. I can speak about specific characteristics of the players, or the role that we can improve. But we are talking about the players of another team. I think it’s right to continue to have respect for other players.”
What about Fernando Llorente? You tried to buy him in the summer.
“In the summer, it was the summer. Now it is January and it is winter. It’s a different situation. I repeat, we are talking about players of other teams.”
Is David Luiz just injured, not leaving?
“He’s injured. He was injured two days before the game against Newcastle. An injury in his ankle. He’s trying to recover and needs a bit of time to recover.”
Is it hard to prepare for Bournemouth when the transfer window shuts tomorrow night?
“Yes. Yes, for sure, it’s not the best situation in which to prepare the game. A league game against Bournemouth. But there are these type of situations. You must be prepared to face them and prepare the game. For sure, it hasn’t been easy to prepare the game in this way.”
Has it been a frustrating month for you?
“Frustrating? No. But I’ve been really annoyed for this period. Also to play games every three days meanas you must have a press conference every three days. I must be honest, in this period, it’s very difficult.”
Has the window annoyed you, or the media?
“To have always the same questions. If our target is this, or another, if the relationship is good or not, if I’m happy or unhappy… That’s natural for you, but you are sitting there. I’m sitting here every three days, and to have always the same questions is a bit frustrating… Look, I’m joking.”
Will Batshuayi play tomorrow?
“Against Newcastle, I decided to start with him and this showed, for me, that the most important thing is the present. Not the future. We have to face every three days one game. In this case against Newcastle, tomorrow against Bournemouth. For us, it’s very important to look at the present. If you look to the future, you risk making a lot of mistakes.”
Are Courtois and Fabregas okay?
“Yes, they are okay for selection.”
How tough will Bournemouth be?
“Tomorrow is a big challenge for us. This period is finishing – the transfer market period – and, for us, it will be very important… For many reasons, you can have distractions.
But I’m very happy because I have players with great focus and, also, today the training was positive, was great. The behaviour and commitment of my players. Tomorrow we have to face not only Bournemouth but a difficult situation with the market closing.
That’s one problem we have to face, and then we have to face the injury problems. To miss Morata, Willian and have this situation with Batshuayi in the balance it’s not simple to face this game. But no excuses. Don’t fing excuses. Try and get three points.
We have to play a team who have rested for 10 days and have had a lot of time to prepare this game, rather than us playing every three days. A lot of problems. For this reason, the game tomorrow won’t be easy for us.”
Is Batshuayi in the right frame of mind for tomorrow?
“But, for sure, in this type of situation, the coach has to speak with the player, no? With the player involved in this type of situation.
It’s not simple, this situation with Batshuayi. There is only one day. It’s not the best situation for me or the player but, as you know very well, the transfer market in January is not simple. To find a solution for players coming in and going out.
But the player knows very well the situation. Today he trained well and I prepared the game with him. But you don’t know what will happen tonight or tomorrow. We must be ready to face every situation. It’s not the best situation to face, but we have to face it.”
Should there be fixtures played on deadline day?
“Yes, it’s not right to have a match when there is the deadline passing on the market… this is not right. Not right. You can have this type of situation.
To have players who stay half and half. In the future, whoever decides the fixtures should reflect a bit before deciding to prepare this type of situation.
Now I have to face this situation. There are many coaches who don’t like to have a game when there is the deadline of the transfer market.”