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EVERTON –  Pickford; Coleman (c), Keane, Mina, Digne; Gueye, Gomes; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Schneiderlin, Davies, Walcott, Tosun, Lookman.

Manager: Marco Silva

 

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizo Sarri

 

Referee- Anthony Taylor

Venue – Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

Kick Off – 4.30 pm GMT

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Chelsea lose the League Cup final 4-3  against Manchester City at penalties after an intense game that ended goal-less in the 120′.

After a low pace first part with no special moments, Maurizio Sarri‘s team impressed in the second regular half but missed a couple of huge chances with Kanté and Pedro.

The extra time was leveled but still goal-less but the highlight of those 30′ was in the final minutes with Maurizio Sarri going literally mad at his goal-keeper Kepa, who refused to come off after a knock for Willy Caballero, who was ready to replace him.

Jorginho and David Luiz missed their penalties in the final shoot-outs and Sterling scored the fifth one for Citizens, after also Sanè missed his, giving them the cup and, so, first trophy of the season.

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Chelsea and Man City are still 0-0 after 45′ minutes in the League Cup final at Wembley: a first half with a slow pace and few emotions.

These are the team line-ups:

 

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Hazard, Willian

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Higuain

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

MAN CITY – Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, D Silva, De Bruyne, B Silva, Aguero, Sterling

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Gundogan, Sane, Mahrez, Foden

Manager: Pep Guardiola

 

Referee: Jon Moss

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, UK

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Chelsea will face Dynamo Kiev in Europa League last 16 on 7th March ( Stamford Bridge) and 14th March ( Ukraine).

The other London club in the competition, Arsenal, were drawn against Rennes.

The draw in full, the first team drawn will play the first leg at home, the second one away:

Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev

Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter

Dinamo Zagreb v Benfica

Napoli v Salzburg

Valencia v Krasnodar

Seville v Slavia Prague

Arsenal v Rennes

Zenit v Villareal

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Maurizio Sarri reckons Chelsea could have been luckier tonight’s first half against Manchester United, claiming they were punished over their real faults:

“Tonight we were unlucky because we played a very good first half and at the end of the half the score was 2-0,” the Italian manager told BBC after the final whistle.

“We gave them a few opportunities. We played confusing football in the second half.

“After the first half it wasn’t easy to play with that score. We played very good first half.

“We have to work, we have to speak, we have to find more aggression and determination in both boxes.”

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Chelsea lose 2-0 at home against Manchester United and are out of FA Cup at last 16.

Very bad display from the Blues, with no heart or character shown by the players on the pitch and some disappointed fans leaving the stadium way before the end of the game, even at half-time.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is now on the brink, as it seems he’s not able to lead the team properly anymore and his last signing, Gonzalo Higuain, is far from impressing at Stamford Bridge.

Goals for United were scored by Ander Herrera ( 31′) and Paul Pogba ( 45′).

 

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CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

 

MANCHESTER UNITED – Romero, Young (c), Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Lukaku, Rashford.

Subs: De Gea, Bailly, Dalot, Fred, McTominay, Perreira, Sanchez.

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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The draw for the last 16 of the FA Cup took place tonight and Chelsea will face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

As the tournament enters its business end with places in the quarterfinals at stake, Manchester City travels to either Middlesbrough or League Two’s Newport County, while Crystal Palace face a trip to Doncaster Rovers after ousting Tottenham.

Ties will be played between Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, Feb. 18.

The draw can be seen in full below:

Bristol City vs Shrewsbury or Wolves
AFC Wimbledon vs Milwall
Doncaster Rovers vs Crystal Palace
Middlesbrough or Newport vs Manchester City
Chelsea vs Manchester United
Swansea City vs Barnet or Brentford
Portsmouth or QPR vs Watford
Brghton or West Brom vs Derby County

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The Guardian claims that the FIFA investigation into Chelsea‘s transfer dealings involves ‘over 100 young player cases’ with the club set to find out whether they will be banned from the market for two years.

Officers from FIFA’s Integrity and Compliance unit have spent over three years investigating into these cases: at first, it was  thought that the number of cases being probed was around 25, however now the number has increased and it is believed the cases can be over 100.

According to French online news site Mediapart, one of the organisations publishing the findings of Football Leaks, Chelsea could be punished with a fine of £45,000 and an embargo on all signings to cover a total of four transfer windows, from next summer to summer 2021, with the club back on transfer market in January 2021.

The unit have delved not only into how players are transferred but how they are being registered at the club’s academy.

The disciplinary committee is now closing in on its decision, which means the West London club will find out soon whether they will face any financial sanctions or a transfer market ban. Should they be found guilty, the club would have the right to an appeal to FIFA and then to the court of arbitration for sport.

FIFA are investigating other Premier League clubs for similar breaches.

Chelsea on Wednesday night said: “The club has fully co-operated with FIFA and has provided comprehensive evidence demonstrating its compliance with FIFA regulations. We will not comment further.”

A FIFA spokesman added: “Investigations were opened concerning Chelsea as well as other English clubs. No further information can be provided.

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