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Chelsea defender and captain Cesar Azpilicueta made his 300th appearance last evening in the Blues‘ home victory against Man City at Stamford Bridge, with goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men sealed a crucial win to go 8 points behind Liverpool, who are currently leading the Premier League table with 42 points.

Azpilicueta shared his feelings via Instagram: “The best way of celebrating my 300th appearance for Chelsea! Big win at the Bridge and big TEAM performance!”

The Spaniard has put the pen to paper on a new and improved deal with the club (four-year contract) earlier on Monday.

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante scored his second goal in the Premier League 2018/19 against Man City, after putting his mark in the Blues’ win against Huddersfield Town on MatchDay 1 earlier in August.

The Frenchman, who has recently put the pen to paper on a new contract with Chelsea until June 2023, told the club’s official website: “The most important thing is to give my best on the pitch.”

“I am happy when I can be on the scoresheet and to have scored my second goal of the season. Sometimes I have chances in this position to score. I reacted, got there and had a shot”. 

Kante added: “We had some difficult moments but we were able to suffer together and make the effort together, and after we were rewarded with two goals”.

“We are happy with the win. It’s a good feeling. I think they are the best team in England. It was important to react after the defeat on Wednesday. We did it the right way and we need to continue like this in the next games”.

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Chelsea defender David Luiz scored a vital goal in the Blues’ home win against Man City at Stamford Bridge earlier on Saturday.

The Brazilian defender, speaking after the 2-0 victory against the Citizens, told Chelsea’s official website: “It was a great game, all the team did great”.

“You have to be honest, I think we were playing against the best team in Europe at the moment. They are together more than three years, they have great players and are playing very well”.

David Luiz added: “We accepted we had to suffer when we had to suffer. We had a lot of humility, and then we took our chances to score. We did a different plan to try to win the match and it worked well”.

“We have trained a lot this season to try to improve. We had some bad results, but the humility was the key. We keep fighting and we keep our feet on the ground”.

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Man City manager Pep Guardiola believes also Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs and Arsenal are currently involved in the race to lift the Premier League title in May. Liverpool are currently leading the table with 42 points, one above the Citizens.

The Spaniard, speaking after his side’s away defeat against Maurizio Sarri‘s men at Stamford Bridge, told journalists: “We are in December, also Tottenham or Chelsea or Arsenal can win the Premier League: everybody can win the Premier League.”

 “Last season it happened the same in that period. I said that isn’t going to happen. Yesterday they asked me in the press conference and I said again that isn’t going to happen. We are not here to be invincible, we are here to try and be champion, to try and make one point more than our opponents”.

Guardiola added: “We monopolise the ball like Chelsea, we create the chances, we have two thousand million passes”.

“They beat us in one counter-attack and one set piece. We played the way we want to play. After that, when the opponent is good it’s always to congratulate them, shake hands and improve for the next game.”

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Chelsea sealed a crucial win at Stamford Bridge against Man City and get back to winning after two away defeats (against Tottenham Hotspurs and Wolves, last time out).

The Blues deserves an extra credit as they scored with their first attack in a tough first half.

Goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz are enough and mean that Chelsea are still in the race for the Premier League title after getting 34 points from 16 games so far.

Maurizio Sarri, who marked his first ever win against Pep Guardiola, held the Citizens to their first defeat in the league. For the visitors, David Silva limped off with a hamstring injury

Liverpool are now leaders of the Premier League table with 42 points, one ahead of City and 8 ahead of Chelsea.

 

CHELSEA (4-3-3) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 64′); Pedro, Hazard (Giroud 88′), Willian (Loftus-Cheek 74′)

MAN CITY (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph; B Silva, Fernandinho, D Silva (Gundogan 66′); Mahrez (Foden 83′), Sterling, Sane (Jesus 52′)

Scorers: Kante 45′ David Luiz 78′
Bookings: Jorginho Pedro

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Chelsea suffered their second straight away defeat in the Premier League season as Wolves completed a massive comeback at Molineux against the Blues.

Goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota sealed a 2-1 victory after Ruben Loftus Cheek had put Chelsea in front with a shot deflected into the bottom corner. Maurizio Sarri‘s men went close to double their lead before conceding two goals in 5 minutes.

Both Olivier Giroud and Pedro came off the bench to respond but Wolves cruised quite comfortably to a 2-1 win, which means Chelsea are now level on points with Arsenal in 4th place. Premier League leaders Man City (Chelsea’s next opponents) remain 10 points above the Blues, with Liverpool and Tottenham respectively in 2nd and 3rd position.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kante (Kovacic 77′), Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek; Willian (Pedro 65′), Morata (Giroud 66′), Hazard

WOLVES (3-4-3) Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Moutinho, Vinagre; Gibbs-White (Costa 72′), Jimenez (Dendoncker 81′), Jota (Cavaleiro 88′)

Scorers: Loftus-Cheek 18′ Jimenez 58′ Jota 63′
Bookings: Fabregas, Giroud, Alonso, Christensen, Saiss, Mourinho, Coady, Vinagre

 

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Following the sacking of Mark Hughes from the managerial role at Saint Mary’s Stadium, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has confirmed the appointment of former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl as new manager.

Hasenhüttl has put the pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal and will take over at the club tomorrow.

Southampton are struggling in 18th position as they collected just 9 points from 14 Premier League games so far.

Chelsea, who won against them earlier in October (0-3 with goals from Eden Hazard, Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata), will host the Saints at Stamford Bridge next month, on 2nd January.

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has put the pen to paper on a new and improved deal until June 2022, as the club’s official website confirmed earlier this morning.

After signing a new four-year deal to stay put at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard told Blues’ official website: “I am really happy to extend my stay here at Chelsea”.

“Since I came, I felt the joy and responsibility to play for this club, these fans, and every time I go on the pitch I try do my best. Hopefully there is a lot to come and we can keep Chelsea where it belongs.”

Azpilicueta, who joined the club back in 2012 from Olympique Marseille, is now just two appearances away from reaching 300 games with Chelsea’s shirt.

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Chelsea got a crucial victory in the London SW6 Derby against Fulham at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek mean the Blues got back to winning ways and restored their 3rd place, with Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool still waiting to play their games of MatchDay 14.

An early goal from Pedro Rodriguez, who replaced Willian in Chelsea’s starting XI today, gave Blues the lead in a convincing first half. Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard both tried to double the score earlier in the period, before Claudio Ranieri‘s men showed a renewed confidence. Defender Callum Chambers went close to scoring, brilliantly stopped from goalkeeper Kepa. After coming off the bench for Giroud, Alvaro Morata  somehow kicked a comfortable ball over the crossbar from a close range, then Ruben Loftus-Cheek (who replaced Kovacic in the 67th minute) sealed a 2-0 score exploiting an interplay from Hazard and Pedro and firing past Sergio Rico to celebrate his 50th appearance in Premier League.

The squad will travel to West Midlands as Chelsea face Wolverhampton at Molineux Stadium on Wednesday night.

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso (Zappacosta 78′), Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 67′); Pedro, Giroud (Morata 70′), Hazard

FULHAM – Sergio Rico; Christie, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand; Chambers, Seri; Sessegnon (Kamara 45′), Cairney (Kebano 75′), Johansen; Mitrovic

Scorers: Pedro 4, Loftus-Cheek 82
Bookings: Azpilicueta, Morata, Odoi

 

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Olivier Giroud replaces Alvaro Morata up front and Pedro replaces Willian as Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made two changes from the side which suffered first defeat of Premier League season earlier last week.

Former Blues’ winger Andre Schurrle is not included in the matchday squad for Fulham, replaced by Stefan Johansen.

CHELSEA (4 3 3) Kepa, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud.

Subs: Caballero, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Zappacosta, Willian, Christensen, Morata.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

FULHAM (4 2 3 1) Rico, Sessegnon, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand, Chambers, Christie, Seri, Johansen, Cairney, Mitrovic.

Subs: Bettinelli, Kebano, Ayite, Ream, Byram, Cisse, Kamara

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

Kick-Off: 12PM BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge

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