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In his press conference before tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Newcastle, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri explained his team are performing very well, but his players are lacking when it comes to score goals.

We need to score,” Sarri stressed. “We need to solve this problem. In the last match we played very well, with continuity and with a very good offensive and defensive phase, and with a great performance from a physical point of view – the best of the season – but we didn’t score. We have to work and try to solve it as soon as possible”.

And, according to the Italian manager, it will be important to score very soon as he expects a game very similar to the ones vs Leicester and Southampton: “I think the match will be the same, but I hope to score in the first 30 minutes,’” Sarri went on. “If the match is the same we have to be patient and improve, not in the offensive phase, but in the box and attacking the box from lateral balls, and improve attacking spaces from uncovered balls. We need to improve in the last 20, 25 metres.”

Also, Sarri revealed that both Andreas Christensen and Callum Hudson-Odoi can feature in the team vs Newcastle even if they played both Chelsea’s cup ties in the last few days. “He [Christensen] has improved in defending by looking at the ball. Now he is ready to play. We have a very good option for David, for Rudiger. I don’t know about tomorrow because he played 2 matches in three days for the first time this season, as Callum did”. Sarri explained. “Callum recovered very well from the first match, yesterday he was a little bit tired but I think that’s normal for the first time in the season when you play two matches in three days. I want to see today the level of recovery.”

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Andreas Christensen played yesterday in Chelsea‘s defeat at Wembley vs Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semifinal’s first leg.

The Danish defender however, believes the Blues deserved a better result:

It was a tough result,” Christensen told Chelsea Tv. “I felt as though, especially in the second half, we had a good spell in the game. We played good and had chances, and we probably feel as though we should have at least got a draw from it.”

The 1-0 loss is a bad result, but not too bad as Chelsea can play the second leg at Stamford Bridge and have many chances to advance to the Carabao Cup final.  “After we went 1-0 down it was good that we didn’t just think it was over, we kept going and we knew we just had to stay in the game because it’s over two legs,” Christensen added. “We’re still in it and we think we can decide the game at home.”

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Tomorrow Chelsea will play their first game during the Christmas period, hosting Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.

We have to just think about this match. They are a technical team but have players very fast, so a dangerous mix”. Maurizio Sarri explained during his pre-game press conference. “We need a good performance to gain three points”.

The Italian manager also underlined the Blues are not a contender for the Premier League title:  “I have never seen Chelsea as title contenders for the PL. There are two teams ahead of us”. Sarri admitted. “80 points is a high average and it is not easy in the Premier League”.

For tomorrow’s game vs Leicester City only Christensen is injured: “We have a little injury with Christensen, with his hamstring”. Sarri claimed. “The doctor said it is not serious but needs to rest for one week”.

Finally, Sarri himself spoke about the chance to use Eden Hazard as a “false nine”:  “We started two matches with Hazard as a striker. Then I wanted to see the solution to work in other situations, so I need two or three matches to see it. I explained the point of view to Giroud, then we will see. The solution is good I think. We played a good match against City and against Brighton we were dangerous for 60 minutes”. the Italian manager undelined. “Then it was a different match, more physical. We needed to kill the match before, the players thought it was under control. We lowered the level of application. We need to avoid this as we have to think to kill the match. I don’t know yet. Giroud played 90 minutes on Wednesday, Morata has just started training after ten days out. There isn’t a best position for Hazard. He is a wonderful player, you have to let him be free on the pitch”.  

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Tonight, at Molineux Stadium, Chelsea will face Wolverhampton.

These are the confirmed lineups for both Maurizio Sarri and Nuno Espirito Santo. Andreas Christensen will start for the Blues.

Wolverhampton: Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady , Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Moutinho, Vinagre; Gibbs-White, Jiminez, Jota.

Subtitutes: Ruddy, Hause, Dendoncker, Traore, Cavaleiro, Bonatini, Costa.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hazard, Morata.

Substitutes: Caballero, Zappacosta, David Luiz, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud.

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After signing Tiemoué Bakayoko on loan in the last summer transfer window AC Milan are interested to loan another Chelsea player, Andreas Christensen.

The Denmark international has struggled for first-team football since Maurizio Sarri summer arrived at Stamford Bridge in July and is yet to make a single appearance in the Premier League this season.

Chelsea are reportedly determined to keep the 22-year-old, while Christensen himself has hinted that he doesn’t want to leave in January despite being unhappy with his current situation.

However, Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Milan are still interested in the Denmark international and will look to prise him away from Stamford Bridge when the transfer window reopens.

Milan are understood to be in the market for defensive reinforcements due to injury issues – all of their starting defenders are out for at least one month – and believe Christensen could be an ideal signing.

 

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was involved in the whole clash in Cardiff on Friday night, when Denmark secured a promotion to the top division of the UEFA Nations League thanks to their 1-2 win against Wales. Also Ethan Ampadu came off the bench in the second half.

Chelsea players featured also for France in Les Bleus’ 2-0 defeat against Netherlands in Rotterdam. Both N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud were selected in Didier Deschamps’ starting XI and the striker was replaced by Ousmane Dembele with 25 minutes left to go. Ronald Koeman’s men have a chance to get a pass to the final stage of competition if they get whether a draw or a win against Germany on Monday.

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Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola, who spoke after the Carabao Cup’s 3-2 win against Derby County instead of Maurizio Sarri, has confirmed both defenders Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen “could have done better in the first half” against Frank Lampard’s men.

Zola said: “A player like Cahill, they play and then they don’t for a while, so they might have a problem. I didn’t mean the defenders didn’t defend well. Everyone has to participate in the defensive phase. Some things didn’t work”.

“I thought Gary [Cahill] and Christensen could have done better in the first half. Normally their distribution is better than tonight. That’s the complaint. But we’ll go through this.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Eden Hazard will be ‘out for sure’ due to a back problem in the Blues’ third Europa League clash against Bate Borisov at Stamford Bridge tonight.

“We are trying to solve the problem for Sunday” the manager confirmed. He also added: “The other one out is Ethan Ampadu because of a knee injury”.

Sarri told journalists Andreas Christensen will feature against the Belarusian side: “Christensen I think will be on the pitch, I don’t know for Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek maybe” he said.

About the game: “This match is not a big problem, because we have to play five days after the last match. The problem will be on Sunday as we have to play after 65 hours, so we need to change something.

We need to think and be careful. For instance Jorginho needs to rest now as he played two 90 minutes in two match for the Italy national team and then nearly 100 minutes in our last game, so it is time to rest for him”.

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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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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has ruled out a potential January exit for Danish defender Andreas Christensen, who is struggling to get first-team opportunities so far.

The Italian boss has confirmed the former Borussia Monchengladbach star remains a key player in Chelsea squad despite his father recently claimed the centre-back could leave the club when the transfer market window reopens: “If his situation doesn’t change around Christmas, we’ll obviously schedule a chat with Chelsea and say: ‘OK, what can we do for Andreas? Can we move him?’ For me, it’s not a loan again.”

However, Sarri told journalists at a press conference ahead of next game against Man United: “I’m not interested. What can I say? I think in the first part of the season David and Antonio have played very well so it’s not easy to change. In our last six matches Christensen has played in three so for his father the record is not important, but for us it’s important.”

“He’s very young. He has to improve but he’s a technical defender so he’s suitable for me and my way of football, in the future he will be able to play more often”.

 

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