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Italian website TopCalcio24 published an exclusive picture of Gonzalo Higuain at Milano Malpensa airport before traveling to London to undergo Chelsea medical this morning.

The Argentina international is supposed to be doing his medical tests at this right moment we are writing.

He will then sign his Chelsea contract and later he will probably join his new team-mates in Cobham to train for the first time as a Blues.

Maurizio Sarri, who already coached Higuain at Napoli three years ago, would like to make him debut in the second leg of the League Cup semifinal against Tottenham tomorrow night.

 

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri usullay gives interviews in English but in his post-match interview on BT Sport, he was so furious that had his interpreter standing next to him.

And the Italian made clear how he felt about his team:

“I’m really angry about the approach that we adopted today,” the Blues manager said.

“You can find yourself in difficulties from time to time, but we need to react to those difficulties a lot better than we did today.

“It’s an approach we can’t really accept. It was the same in our game against Tottenham.

“We thought we’d overcome that problem, but it seems we really struggle to get ourselves up for these games at times.

“I don’t mind losing but I don’t like losing in this manner.”

Chelsea now sit 4th in the table and lead Arsenal and Manchester United by just three points with 15 games to go.

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ARSENAL – Leno; Bellerin, Sokratis, Koscielny (c), Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Subs: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Monreal, Elneny, Ozil, Iwobi.

Manager: Unai Emery

 

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

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Ampadu, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, UK

Kick Off: 5.30 pm GMT

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CHELSEA –  Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Willian, Hazard, Pedro.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Ampadu, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

NEWCASTLE – Dubravka; Yedlin, Lejeune, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie; Ayoze Perez, Longstaff, Hayden, Atsu; Rondon.

Subs: Schar, Murphy, Fernandez, Manquillo, Joselu, Sterry, Woodman.

 Manager: Rafa Benitez

 

Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire)

Kick  Off: 5.30 pm GMT

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

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Harry Kane’s VAR penalty gives Spurs adavantage after League Cup first leg semifinal played at Wembley tonight, as Tottenham win 1-0 over Chelsea.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side took the lead in the 26th minute thanks to a VAR decision when Kane, adjudged to have been offside, raced through on goal before being upended by Kepa.

Referee Michael Owen wanted the offside call to be checked and once it was confirmed that the English forward was actually level with play the decision to award the spot-kick was an easy one and the English international gave his team the lead.

Chelsea came out strongly at the start of the second half, with Ngolo Kante testing Paulo Gazzaniga from distance, while Andreas Christensen missed a goal from close range.

Despite plenty of possession in the second part of the game, the Blues could not find a way to beat Gazzaniga, pointing out again the lack of a real striker upfront for Sarri’s lads.

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Alvaro Morata was officially ruled out for tonight game against Spurs “for a minor hamstring problem in training this morning” as Chelsea media reported.

But there are reason to believe this might not be the truth.

In fact the Spaniard has been recently linked to Seville and it’s possible he is travelling to Andalucia in these hours to have a medical and seal the transfer.

Morata had gone through some tough times at Stamford Bridge in the past months: it seems he fell out with manager Maurizio Sarri and with most past of Chelsea fans, that are disappointed with some of his recent bad performances.

Within hours we will know what happens in the former Real Madrid striker’s future.

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Chelsea are preparing a £50m bid for PSG striker Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguay international has been on the Blues’ radar for a while and since the London club have struggled without a consistent striker in the starting XI, with Álvaro Morata linked with a move to Seville and Olivier Giroud out of contract at the end of the season.

The newspaper claims that Chelsea will face tough competition for Cavani, with different clubs in China weighing up a move for him, but PSG seem reluctant to let him go, as they are pursuing Champions League glory this year.

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Last night Cesc Fabregas was tearful as he applauded all sides of Stamford Bridge after 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Nottingham Forest, during which he had a first-half penalty saved.

The 31-year-old’s contract expires this summer and he has been linked with a January move to Monaco, and a reunion with former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry.

Fabregas joined Chelsea from Barcelona in June 2014 – two years after Hazard signed from Lille – and has won two Premier League titles along with the 2015 League Cup and 2018 FA Cup, during his spell at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard paid tribute to his team-mate, claiming it was an honour to play alongside him during these last years:

“In five years, I can say that I was lucky to play with him,” Hazard said.

“Since the beginning when he came, we saw it the first year, we won the double together.

“Top guy on the pitch, off the pitch, a great friend of mine.

“Just admiration about this guy. I hope he will have a good future. It’s a bit hard now, but he’s still very good and he will enjoy.”

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Also Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc commented Christian Pulisic‘s move to Chelsea, who was officially announced today:

“It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League,” he told Borussia Dortmund’s official website.

“That certainly has to do with his American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract.

“Against this background, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity.”

“Christian Pulisic is a character perfect player,” added Zorc.

“I am sure that in the coming months he will do everything in his power to bring his high quality to the team and to achieve his sporting goals with his team-mates Borussia Dortmund.”

Pulisic is believed to be Eden Hazard‘s substitute at Stamford Bridge, with the Belgian that will probably move to Real Madrid next summer.

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Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia commented Christian Pulisic signing:

“We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players.

“Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come.

“We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season.”

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