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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 came back to winning ways after getting a 5-0 win against Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge earlier this afternoon.

Maurizio Sarri made four changes from the starting XI which suffered a disappointing away defeat at Bournemouth and was fully rewarded by his lads on the pitch.

First goals from Gonzalo Higuain, who scored twice, Eden Hazard‘s brace in style and David Luiz’s header from a corner were enough to seal a much-needed win and move back into the top four (Arsenal will face Man City tomorrow, kick-off: 4.30PM).

Higuain broke the deadlock in the first half, well assisted by midfielder N’Golo Kante before Hazard converted a penalty to make 2-0 at halftime. The Belgian was the main character in Chelsea’s third goal with 25 minutes left to go, then the Argentine striker gifted a masterpiece in the 69th minute as he curled a first-time shot from 20-yards-out and beat Huddersfield keeper Lossl.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) – Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante (Loftus-Cheek 83′), Jorginho (Kovavic 69′), Barkley; Willian, Higuain, Hazard (Hudson-Odoi 77′)

HUDDERSFIELD (4-5-1) – Lossl; Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe; Mbenza (Mounie 27′), Billing (Grant 66′), Bacuna, Mooy, Diakhaby (Pritchard 84′); Kachunga

Scorers Higuain 16′ 69′ Hazard 45+1′ 66′ David Luiz 87′

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Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat against Arsenal last time out as goals from Lacazette and Koscielny sealed a 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium. Spurs moved 4 points clear Blues, who are currently sitting 4th on the Premier League table.

Manager Maurizio Sarri opted to speak in Italian his press conference to properly send a message to the Chelsea squad.

Speaking after the game, defender Marcos Alonso told the club’s official website: “We made silly mistakes,

We provoked them to gain confidence and come to press us because we were making mistakes. In the second half we tried but it was too late and we couldn’t score”.

He added: “When you lose, you learn. We have to analyse the game and improve quickly because there is no time to think. We have to perform again in four days”.

 

“It was a good opportunity,’ acknowledged Alonso. ‘We wasted it and now we have to work even harder to stay in a Champions League position and win games. It has to motivate us”.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri usullay gives interviews in English but in his post-match interview on BT Sport, he was so furious that had his interpreter standing next to him.

And the Italian made clear how he felt about his team:

“I’m really angry about the approach that we adopted today,” the Blues manager said.

“You can find yourself in difficulties from time to time, but we need to react to those difficulties a lot better than we did today.

“It’s an approach we can’t really accept. It was the same in our game against Tottenham.

“We thought we’d overcome that problem, but it seems we really struggle to get ourselves up for these games at times.

“I don’t mind losing but I don’t like losing in this manner.”

Chelsea now sit 4th in the table and lead Arsenal and Manchester United by just three points with 15 games to go.

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Arsenal deserved a 2-0 win against Chelsea at Etihad Stadium earlier today. Goals from striker Lacazette and skipper Koscielny were enough to seal a double lead for Unai Emery’s men.

The Blues struggled to bounce back after the Frenchman scored an opener from a close range, and only Marcos Alonso‘s header in the extra-time was a clear chance as the ball hit the post towards the far corner.

Chelsea had a few chances to reduce the gap in the second period, clearly not enough to cope with the Gunners in a disappointing afternoon. Bad news for the hosts as Hector Bellerin left the pitch after suffering a concerning knee injury.


 

CHELSEA (4 3 3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 63′); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 80′), Hazard, Willian (Giroud 66′)

ARSENAL (4 1 2 1 2): Leno; Bellerin (Elneny 71′), Sokratis, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Torreira, Guendouzi; Ramsey (Maitland-Niles 66′); Lacazette (Iwobi 67′), Aubameyang

Bookings: David Luiz, Barkley,
Scorers Lacazette 14′, Koscielny 39′

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ARSENAL – Leno; Bellerin, Sokratis, Koscielny (c), Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Subs: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Monreal, Elneny, Ozil, Iwobi.

Manager: Unai Emery

 

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Hazard, Willian.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Ampadu, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, UK

Kick Off: 5.30 pm GMT

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Speaking during his pre-game press conference, Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri explained tomorrow’s game vs Arsenal will be very tough for his team.

“This match is a risk and an opportunity because they are doing well at home. As you said before it is a great opportunity for us”. the Italian said. “They are really a very good team. The offensive phase they are one of the best in the PL, they are dangerous, and it will be very important”.

Chelsea won the first Premier League‘s meeting vs Arsenal this season, and now they want to get the same result: “August was a very different match. We learned they had a lot of dangerous movements, especially when our full-back is out of the line”. Sarri however explained. “We worked during this week on this, they are very dangerous. Marcos in that match scored in a very unusual action for us. It wasn’t by chance but similar. I think that we can be dangerous against these opponents, but we have to stay in the match, defend and have good application for 95 minutes”.

Chelsea’s manager then spoke about the January transfer window, underlining he doesn’t know anything about the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, which, in any case seems very imminent:  “I want to be clear, I spoke to Marina two weeks ago, she knows my opinion and then I decided to be focused on the pitch and training”. Sarri claimed. “I know that Marina is working very hard, but I know nothing about the market. I don’t call her every evening, otherwise I spend my energy on the market, it is better to spend mental energy on the pitch”.  

 

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Blues’ legend Petr Cech has announced today that he will retire at the end of this season.

The current Arsenal goalkeeper, played for a decade at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.

Cech made 494 appearances with Chelsea and he set a club record with his 228 clean sheets.

With the Blues the goakeeper won 4 Premier League titles, 4 Fa Cups, 3 League Cups and also one Europa League and most of all the 2012 Champions League.

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata upstaged teammate Cesc Fabregas on his last appearance with the Blues as the former Real Madrid star managed to score a brace which sent Maurizio Sarri‘s men to FA Cup Fourth Round on Saturday afternoon.

The ex Arsenal and Barcelona star, who missed a penalty in a tough first half at Stamford Bridge, then received a warm standing ovation as he left the pitch with five minutes left to go in the second period.

It is understood Fabregas will join AS Monaco in the next few days, after being handed the captain’s armband for his last game in a Chelsea shirt.

However, Alvaro Morata wanted to share his feelings via Instagram with an emotional post dedicated to his compatriot: “You do not know how much I’m going to miss you!” wrote the Spaniard.

“To you and your wonderful family, thank you very much for helping us in EVERYTHING possible.

“Thanks for all the moments lived and good luck in everything you do!”

 

 

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Chelsea lose 1-0 against Leicester City at home and ruin his fans Christmas.

The Blues didn’t impress but seemed in control in the first part of the match but Jamie Vardy’s goal at 55′ changed everything and, once again, Maurizio Sarri’s lads weren’t able to react.

The Blues are still fourth in table with 37 points levelled with Arsenal that won 3-1 against Burnley today thanks to a better goal difference ( 20-16).

Next game is on Boxing day at Watford.

 

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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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