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Maurizio Sarri is happy about is first few months in England as a Premier League manager.

The Italian boss, in an interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport revealed what he likes most about English football: “Eighteen games unbeaten, in a competitive reality like ours, shows we’re on the right track. I’m even happier because we’re playing a lot of games and it’s harder to make headway like this”. Sarri explained. “It’s very tight and playing so much takes away some of the work we do in training, but I always knew that would be the case. Right now I’m trying to find middle ground between training and competitions. What won me over and what would I like to improve? The thing that wins you over immediately is the high level of football at fantastic stadiums. There’s an infinite amount of passion and, from what I have seen so far, it’s expressed in the right way”.

Chelsea‘s manager then also underlined an aspect which, according to him, needs to be improved: “The aspect that needs improving is timing. The limited time to train doesn’t help Coaches or players. We mustn’t only think about the physical component but also the mental one.” Sarri said.

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Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic is enjoying is time with Chelsea and, speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca while on international duty with Croatia he explains the reasons of his move to the London club during the last summer transfer window.

I wanted to be happy and at Chelsea I am,” Kovacic said. “I just wanted to be happy and play matches, feel a responsibility within the team and I’ve found that at Chelsea.  This is not the time to talk about anything other than playing and enjoying. I don’t want to think about what will happen and do want to be happy doing what I like, which is to play football every week”.

 

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Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata have often been criticised so far during this season and their difficulties have been underlined again after Chelsea‘s goalless draw vs Everton on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

However, the French striker claims he and his team-mates not only have been useful for the Blues in many other ways, but also he promises both will score again soon. All the speculation is part of the sport, part of the job. We must expect good players, good strikers at big clubs. But the both of us just need to carry on and show the team is doing well with us. It’s true that at times we didn’t score. But, as I always used to say, some strikers need to do the runs for team-mates, to do the things that people don’t see”. Giroud told the Evening Standard. “We are fully committed to Chelsea. Even if sometimes it wasn’t perfect, I will always give my maximum. I’m not worried about the future and I’m sure we will score more goals for the team. It (the talk of Chelsea signing another forward) doesn’t trouble me, no. I am a competitor and I will do my best until the end of my contract.”

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Chelsea’s defender Antonio Rudiger was furious after the referee booked him during the Premier League game against Everton at Stamford Bridge last time out.

Speaking after the match, Rudiger himself explained the reason behind his disappointment showed towards the referee and Everton’s midfielder Bernard. “It’s annoying because I don’t even tackle someone, do something and I get booked for being head-butted. Sorry but that’s a joke”. –

Rudiger said: “He [Bernard] was diving and I told him to ‘stand up’. Then he came with a lot of speed and hit me with his forehead, so for me to get a yellow card — to me that’s a joke. 

The referee didn’t see anything. Perhaps it’s the fourth official who was outside [the pitch], maybe he said something to him [Friend] that I had provoked [the player] or something but I just said ‘stand up’.”

Antonio Rudiger also believes things would have been different if the VAR was available: “If there is VAR in England, then Bernard has a problem. He would be sent off.”

 

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Chelsea‘s defender David Luiz believes this could be a great season for the London club.

Asked what the Blues could win, the Brazilian defender suggested Chelsea could conquer all the competitions where the team are playing: “You must see it as a great opportunity,” Luiz told the Independent “When you play for a big club and a big must play in many competitions it is an amazing opportunity. It’s better to play than to train and you keep having games. I’m a lucky guy because I always play for a big club and big clubs always try to win titles and I love that”.

David Luiz also gives a lot of credit to the Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri for this great start of the season both for his tactical skills and his human values: “I’ve won with great teams here and I’ve lost with great teams here. I think this team is trying to improve every single day. The manager is here for three, four months now and he’s trying to improve our style of football, our philosophy. The Premier League is not easy and this is just the beginning. We must keep our feet on the ground but the results they are coming because we are working hard every single day.” David Luiz explained. “I’m so happy because Sarri is a great human. He knows how to teach us, he knows how to improve us. So when it’s like that it’s easy to understand and easy to try to be a fantastic player on the pitch. We can get better and we have to think that way. We have to work at improving every single week.”

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Willian scored his third goal of the season in Chelsea‘s win at Turf Moor vs Burnley.

The Brazilian winger believes he and his teammates played one of their best games so far in their Premier League campaign.

I think we enjoyed the game and we played very well,” Willian told Chelsea’s official website. “From the beginning they started very well. In the first 10 minutes we coped with the pressure and we were in control. Then we had the ball, we tried to just play, move the ball and have possession. I think we played a great game.”

Willian also claims that the fact a lot of players are performing well and can compete for a place in the Starting XI is one of Chelsea’s secrets: “For sure it’s good for us,” he added, “We have players who are all playing very well and it’s good to have players performing like that.”

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Chelsea will face Burnley on Sunday in the Premier League and this will be an important game for Maurizio Sarri‘s side who want to be in the title race until the end of the season.

Blues defender Gary Cahill is aware of the difficulties of this match:

It (the battle for the Premier League) is certainly going to be tight this season. As far as the Burnley game goes, these are the matches you need to win if you are going to compete at the top”. Cahill told the Evening Standard. “This is a very difficult game – going away to Burnley. Everyone knows that. These are the fixtures you have to churn out the victories in. That is how I have seen it over the years and this season will be no different”.

Moreover, the season is still very long and Chelsea have now one more rival, according to Gary Cahill: “Arsenal are on an incredible run of form at the minute. When they lost at our place (in August) and already points off the top, people were writing them off”. the defender went on. “All of a sudden they have been in unbelievable form. That’s what can happen. We did it the last time we won the League after losing at Arsenal and at home to Liverpool. Then we won 13 games in a row, which is why people should wait till the new year.”

In any case Chelsea are now in a good position and they can compete to win the Premier League: “I think if you are in a good position after Christmas and coming into January, you feel like you have a chance,” Cahill said. “There are loads of games to play until then, a lot can happen. It’s just a matter of going from one weekend to the next and building a momentum.  It’s great when you go back into training after getting three points. It’s the same going into training today after winning in the Europa League (against BATE Borisov) last night. It’s much better than going in after a loss. That’s why I say momentum is key and we have that right now.”

 

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Speaking during his pre-game press-conference ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League game vs Bate BorisovChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri gave some injuries’ updates and confirmed two important players will miss the match.

Tomorrow Hazard is out for sure,” Sarri explained. “He has a back problem and we are trying to solve the problem for Sunday. It’s not very easy.”

Also Jorginho is very unlikely to feature in tomorrow’s Starting XI: The problem will be on Sunday, when we will play after 65 hours, so we need to change something,” Sarri added. “For example, Jorginho needs to rest now because he played for 90 minutes in the two matches with the national team, then for 90 minutes – or, better, for 100 minutes – in the last match”

So, with the Italian manager thinking about some rotation vs Bate, defender Andreas Christensen will find a place on the pitch after a long time: “Rotation in this period [is hard]. It is not easy for me to change the four defenders, because we have to do a lot of work”. Sarri confirmed. “Christensen will be on the pitch [on Thursday], I think. I don’t know for [Callum Hudson-] Odoi; [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, maybe.”

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Chelsea Assistant Manager, Gianfranco Zola gives instructions during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea FC at St. James Park on August 26, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Chelsea‘s assistant coach and Blues legend Gianfranco Zola has revealed how things are going under Maurizio Sarri saying the Italian manager works very hard on every aspect of the game.

It’s a lot, the level of details that he puts. He really doesn’t leave anything by chance,” Zola told Soccer AM.So when the players go out on the pitch the players know everything about what they have to do and that’s a big help.He’s obsessed with knowing everything about the opposition and then going to the pitch to prepare everything. He knows player by player. All the key players of the opposition, how they defend, how they attack and so therefore doing everything to stop them from playing and playing around them, there is a lot of work”.

Not only Sarri works a lot, but he wants his assistants to do the same: “I can not stop”, Zola went on. “I am watching more games in the last two months than in the last five years”.

 

 

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Ross Barkley had a crucial role in Chelsea‘s draw vs Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, scoring the 2-2’s goal in injury time.

Speaking to the club’s official webisite, the midfielder now admits he is improving as a player during his experience in London:

I believe I’m a better player now. ‘I’ve matured and I understand the game more, which is natural growing up, I’m 24 now,” Barkley said. “I’m at a big club with a lot of expectation and fantastic players around me, and my performances are showing that.”

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