Cesc Fabregas is happier now than he has ever been. The midfielder, who made his 300th Premier League appearance in Chelsea’s 3-1 win against Swansea, opened the scoring on Saturday afternoon and afterwards lavished praise on his manager Antonio Conte before insisting that he has little intention of leaving the club anytime soon. "I have made a statement and I made it clear I want to stay at Chelsea," was his unequivocal response to one inquiry into his future plans.
Massimiliano Allegri's language skills were back in the spotlight after the Juventus boss was linked with a move to Barcelona. Having recently discussed the progress of his English lessons amid speculation connecting him to the Arsenal job, Allegri was probed on his Spanish skills after rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona. Allegri claimed he found it hard enough to learn Italian when he was at school and joked he had quietly learned Torinese, the local Turin dialect, since joining Juve in 2014.
Without a win since New Year's Eve, the pressure is mounting on Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. The former Bournemouth defender, still only 39, is widely regarded as one of the most promising managers in England, and has been earmarked as a future national team coach. The south-coast club, with a stadium capacity of about 11,000 fans, is in its second season in the Premier League.