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Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri spoke following tonight’s defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round tie. The Italian boss said:

“I think so. Of course I’m not sure, but I think so. I think the situation with the players is very good in terms of our relationship but that’s not so important. What’s important is to play and get good results but my relationship with the players at the moment is good”.

“I’m worried about the results, not the fans. Of course I can understand the situation and I can understand our fans because the result wasn’t good and we are out of the FA Cup, but I’m worried at the moment about our results”.

Sarri added: “It’s very easy (to create a more positive feeling). If we are able to win three or four matches in a row it will be very easy. It’s difficult to win five matches in a row”.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he’s happy with the performance of his lads following the Blues away win (the first since December 2018) against Malmo in the Europa League last night. Goals from Ross Barkey and Olivier Giroud were enough to seal a vital result in Sweden.

Sarri told journalists after the game: “I am happy because we played with a very good level of confidence,’ he said, ‘and that was not very easy after the last match. Today we had confidence because we moved the ball also inside our box. We played very well, the risk only came from set-pieces because Malmo are more physical than us”.

“We could score more but we conceded a goal because of a mistake,’ he added, ‘but today the level of application and attention was good. We made an individual mistake so I think we could win better. We had three or four goal opportunities at 2-0, so we could have killed the match, but I am happy with the confidence”.

He added: “If we concede a goal like this [the one tonight against Malmo] to a team like Man United, Man City and Tottenham, then you risk conceding three goals in 10 minutes, so we have to do better, but I think the performance was a good performance”.

Source: www.chelseafc.com

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Goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud make the difference as Chelsea beat Malmo in the first-leg of Europa League last-32 in Sweden.

The hosts are still competitive in the tie following a late goal scored by Anders Christiansen, which means the Blues can’t afford a defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri sealed his first away victory in the new year as the squad will travel back to England to prepare the FA Cup clash against Manchester United before the Europa League’s second-leg.

MALMO (4-4-2): Dahlin, Vindheim, Nielsen, Bengtsson, Safari; Traustason (Lewicki 70′), Christiansen (Gall 80′), Bachirou, Rieks; Antonsson (Strandberg 70′), Rosenberg

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Barkley, Jorginho (Kante 74′), Kovacic; Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 85′), Giroud, Willian (Hazard 70′)

SCORERS: Barkley 30′ Giroud 58′ Christiansen 80′

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Gonzalo Higuain of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge on February 2, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Chelsea are set to face Malmo in the first leg of Europa League last-32 at New Stadion tonight (kick-off at 8pm BST). Maurizio Sarri named a 23-man squad which traveled to Sweden yesterday:

GOAKEEPERS – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Jamie Cumming

DEFENDERS – Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Davide Zappacosta, Ethan Ampadu, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson

MIDFIELDERS – N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Ross Barkley

STRIKERS –  Eden Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Gonzalo Higuain, Olivier Giroud

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Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane emerged as a potential candidate to replace Maurizio Sarri, should the Italian boss fail to gain the trust of Chelsea board facing sack from his role, according to several reports in England.

The Frenchman, who won three Champions League titles in a row with Los Blancos, left the club last summer and is believed to be considering the prospect of working in the Premier League in a near future.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer widely improving Manchester United’s results (despite their recent UCL defeat against Paris Saint-Germain) a move to Old Trafford looks unlikely before the end of current season.

We reported yesterday Maurizio Sarri should be given at least an additional month to persuade Roman Abramovich he’s the right man to lead Chelsea.

Maurizio Sarri has a month to gain the trust of Chelsea board

 

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard insisted Maurizio Sarri‘s style of play remains his favourite since moving to Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian told Chelsea’s official website: “All the managers I’ve played for have given me something,”

“From when I started with Claude Puel at Lille to now with Maurizio Sarri.

“They all see football in different ways, which is why I’m the player I am. They have all given me important advice. Mourinho was special, but the way Sarri and Garcia like to play is more like my philosophy of football.”

It is understood Hazard’s contract expires in June 2020, with Real Madrid heavily linked with a move to land him to Santiago Bernabeu next summer.

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Maurizio Sarri has a tight schedule to persuade Chelsea board he deserves to be confirmed as Blues’ manager despite recent and disappointing defeats at Vitality Stadium (4-0 vs Bournemouth) and Etihad Stadium (6-0 vs Man City).

Chelsea will face Europa League last-32 first-leg tie against Malmo on Thursday and the Italian manager sees on the horizon before the end of February both FA Cup (Manchester United) clash and Carabao Cup final (Manchester City).

Sarri will also have to cope with Premier League clashes against Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur, the team who gave Chelsea a “lesson” earlier in November before being eliminated from the Carabao Cup in January.

One month to save his job at Stamford Bridge, according to The Guardian.

While speculations over his future as Chelsea manager are growing up, Sarri told Sky in Italy he has not been in touch with club’s president Roman Abramovich in the recent weeks. “If Abramovich calls me, I will be happy” he said.

“I never really speak to him, so I’d be happy to speak to him. That’s not a problem at all.

But I don’t know what to expect, to be honest with you. You always ask me questions about what the club will do. I don’t know. It will be your job to talk to the club.”

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Chelsea faced an humiliating defeat in their last Premier League clash against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium, when Pep Guardiola‘s men were 4 goals ahead within just 25 minutes on.

Maurizio Sarri, whose position is under speculation following the 6-0 defeat, revealed to Sky in Italy he has not been in touch with club’s president Roman Abramovich in the recent weeks.

He said: “If Abramovich calls me, I will be happy. I never really speak to him, so I’d be happy to speak to him. That’s not a problem at all.

But I don’t know what to expect, to be honest with you. You always ask me questions about what the club will do. I don’t know. It will be your job to talk to the club.”

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DERBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Frank Lampard manager of Derby County celebrates the win after the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Preston North End at Pride Park Stadium on August 25, 2018 in Derby, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Former Chelsea midfielder and current Derby County manager Frank Lampard has confirmed he remains focused on his job with the Championship amid reports linking him with a potential takeover at Stamford Bridge, with concerns growing up around Maurizio Sarri‘s role following 6-0 defeat at Man City.

Lampard, speaking at a press conference on Monday, told reporters: “My job is here,” 

“We’re working very hard and my thoughts are on Ipswich Town on Wednesday, and Brighton on Saturday.”

The England international also claimed he believes Blues can bounce back from their last humiliating defeat: “With my Chelsea hat on, 13 years as a player there, you have a feeling for it and it’s not nice, it’s not easy. It doesn’t happen to Chelsea much so when it does it’s a shock.

“But they’re going up against an incredible team and I had some time at Manchester City as well. I have some feelings for them. The work Pep Guardiola and their incredible squad have done is something special.

Lampard added: “For Chelsea it was a tough day. With all top teams the important thing is you come back strong, no matter what type of defeat. What makes top teams is resilience and Chelsea as a club will have it.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was spotted while refusing to hands with Manchester city boss Pep Guardiola following his side’s 6-0 defeat at Etihad Stadium today.
“I didn’t see him at that moment. I will see him afterwards, it was by chance. I wanted to go the dressing room” Sarri said speaking at a post-match press conference.
Guardiola added: “I just spoke with Zola, Sarri didn’t see me. I have a great relationship with him, no problem. 
The Manchester City manager added: “I know what he wants to do, this football always helps to make us better. They want to try to do it, they beat us at Stamford Bridge.
The people don’t understand how difficult it is to do something. The people expect that it immediately comes, it needs time. It only is the belief of the owners. Today we were really good and why we won”.

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