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Chelsea failed to move up to 3rd place in the Premier League table after Burnley earned a vital 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge with goals from Hendrick and Barnes. Chelsea move above Arsenal and into the top four with that point.

The Blues scored two goals within two minutes with N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain to bounce back following the visitors’ opener in a vivid first half. Burnley managed to level the score through a free-kick, Hudson-Odoi limped off the pitch before the half-time whistle. Maurizio Sarri was eventually sent to the stands in stoppage-time.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante (Kovacic 45′), Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Hazard, Higuain (Giroud 77′), Hudson-Odoi (Pedro 41′)

BURNLEY (4-4-2): Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Wood

Scorers: Hendrick 8′ Kante 12′, Higuain 14′, Barnes 24′
Booked: Pedro, Kovacic, Heaton


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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri reached the Europa League semi-finals after beating Slavia Prague both in Czech Republic as well as at Stamford Bridge (5-3 on aggregate).

The Italian manager, when asked to provide an expalnation on the Blues’ poor start to the second half, which led from 4-1 to 4-3, told journalists after the game: “It’s a problem we have had for the last two months where we start the second half badly. We need a solution to solve this because in the last 10 matches it has been the same”.

“Maybe at the end of the first half we thought we had qualified already but against this opponent that wasn’t true because they are the most physical team I have seen in my career”.

On Slavia: “They have physical numbers I’ve never seen before so it was clear the second half would be difficult for us but of course we did something wrong in the first 15 minutes”.

“I said the target was to start with the same application and attention as the first half but we didn’t do it – we are not able to restart the game immediately. I don’t know why that is. It’s not easy to understand otherwise we could solve the problem quickly”.

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Chelsea booked a place in the last-four of Europa League following their 4-3 win against Slavia Prague at Stamford Bridge. This result means Maurizio Sarri’s side will face Eintracht Frankfurt in Europa League semi-finals. The German outfit leveled up the aggregate with Benfica earlier tonight with goals from Kostic and Rode. The Blues will face Eintracht on Thursday 2 May, with the return at the Bridge a week later.

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Chelsea are onto the Europa League semi-finals after beating Slavia Prague thanks to goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Olivier Giroud in a massive first-half at Stamford Bridge. The visitors had huge chances to reduce the gap in the second period, scoring twice to reach a final 5-3 result on aggregate. Maurizio Sarri‘s men were leading 3-0 within 17 minutes. The Blues will face Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday 2 May, with the return at the Bridge a week later.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Kovacic, Barkley (Jorginho 70′); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 86′), Giroud, Hazard (Willian 65′)

SLAVIA PRAGUE (4-2-3-1) Kolar; Kudela, Ngadeu, Deli, Bonl; Kral, Soucek; Sevcik (Stoch 78′), Traore, Zmrhal (Skoda 86′); Masopust (Olayinka 53′)

Scorers: Pedro 5′ 27′ Deli (OG) 9′ Giroud 17′ Soucek 26′ Sevcik 51′ 54′
Bookings: Kante, Emerson, Kepa, David Luiz, Soucek, Kudela


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CHELSEA – Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Emerson, Kante, Barkley, Kovacic, Hazard, Pedro, Giroud

Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Jorginho, Higuain, Hudson-Odoi, Willian

SLAVIA PRAGUE – Kolar, Ngadeu-Ngadjiu, Kudela, Boril, Deli, Zmrhal, Soucek, Sevcik, Traore, Kral, Masopust

Subs: Kovar, Zeleny, Frydrych, Stoch, Olayinka, Van Buren, Skoda

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Chelsea face Liverpool at Anfield in a crucial game for the Blues’ hopes to remain at least 4th in the league table with 33 games played so far.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men are still in the race to win the Europa League title as they take on Slavia Prague on Thursday with a narrow advantage taken in the first-tie (0-1) in Czech Republic.

Eden Hazard was impressive in Chelsea’s last Premier League clash as the Belgian star netted two goals reducing the gap with Sergio Aguero on top of top scorers’ standings.

Hazard, speaking about Liverpool, told Chelsea TV: “I think they have been on fire for two years, not just this season, but City, they are there as well.”

“hey are a fantastic team to watch, I think the manager is great, they have players who are some of the best in the world, so it’s going to be a good game, a hard one, but it’s always hard at Anfield. But we are Chelsea, we can beat anyone, so we will see”.

“We want to win because we want to finish in the top four. We don’t care about who can win the title between City and Liverpool, we want to go there and try to win the game for ourselves”.

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Chelsea struggled to impose their game in their narrow win against Slavia Prague at Eden Arena as Blues faced the first-leg of Europa League’s quarter-final in Czech Republic. Maurizio Sarri made seven changes from the starting line-up which managed to beat West Ham in the previous Premier League clash, with Olivier Giroud confirmed in the attacking third.

The hosts went close to scoring in the second half but were denied by a strong save from Kepa, a few minutes before Marcos Alonso put Chelsea ahead with less than five minutes left to go. The Blues also hit a post in the first half (Willian).

Chelsea face again Slavia Prague on Thursday 18th April at Stamford Bridge. An home win would ensure the qualification to the semi-final of Europa League 2018/2019.

More to follow…

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CHELSEA (4 3 3) – Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud, Willian

Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Luiz, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Higuain.

SLAVIA PRAGUE – Kolar, Coufal, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Deli, Boril, Traore, Kral, Masopust, Sevcik, Stoch, Olayinka

Subs: Zmrhal, Husbauer, Van Buren, Kudela, Skoda, Frydrych, Kovar

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Chelsea earned a crucial win in their race to reach a top-four finish along with Arsenal, Man United and Tottenham Hotspur. An opener from Olivier Giroud before Eden Hazard’s curled shot and Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s second consecutive goal in the second half were enough to seal a 3-0 home victory.

Manger Maurizio Sarri told BBC Sport after the game he’s lucky to have so many back-up options in his squad: We needed to change. We’re lucky because Callum is doing very well. Loftus has no problem with his back for the first time this season. Giroud is in a good period.” 

The Blues host West Ham United on Premier League’s Monday night.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) – Kepa; Azpilicueta (Zappacosta 73′), Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek (Kovacic 82′), Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Hazard (Willian 84′)

BRIGHTON (4-3-3) – Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Stephens, Propper, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh (Bernardo 75′), Andone (Murray 70′), March (Knockaert 30′)

Scorers: Giroud 38′ Hazard 60′ Loftus-Cheek 63′

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Unlucky Cardiff City suffered a controversial defeat against Chelsea as Blues completed a massive comeback in stoppage time. Victor Camarasa’s opener was canceled out by goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The Spaniard looked to be offside, while the second-half substitute put the ball past Etheridge with a fine header from Willian’s cross in the 1st minute of extra-time.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men are still alive in the race for a top-four finish, despite struggling to get a win in South Wales today. Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said after the game: “I thought we could have had two penalties today. I look at the possible red card – I thought Ken [Zohore] would have got to the ball before the ‘keeper. You could go on and on, but decisions have just not gone our way”.



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