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Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri had his say following his side’s 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The Italian boss told SkySports: “I only saw the match from the bench, and now I have to study it. I thought we did a very good first half, but weren’t very good in the second half”.

“We have not played our football, and in a physical match United were better than us. Tactically, the match was the same. I don’t know why things changed, I have to study it”.

Sarri added: “It’s better to learn in training than in a match, but the match after the international break is always very difficult. The players go to play in another team, another football, another target, then they come back and they’re still in other situations.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he will ‘deal privately with’ assistant coach Marco Ianni after his gesture and celebration caused a touchline scuffle with Man United manager José Mourinho.

He told SkySports after the 2-2 draw against the Red Devils: “Sincerely, I did not see what happened. But I spoke with Jose, and of course then I spoke with my member of staff because I think we were on the wrong side. So I have dealt with it immediately. It’s private”.

Sarri added: “If I spoke with the member of staff and I have to be very hard, then I cannot come here and tell everything, otherwise with my staff I am not credible”. 

“I am not really happy. After I spoke to Jose, I understood we were on the wrong side of the situation.”

Chelsea coach Ianni’s irritanting gesture caused Mourinho over reaction and sparked scuffle

 

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Antonio Rudiger broke the deadlock with a header in the 20th minute, against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, earlier this afternoon.

The Germany international, speaking after the 2-2 draw, told Sky Sports: “Yes it feels like more than a point. We needed a goal and had good luck, scored twice and to get the goal at the end,d we can be happy to take a point.”

“I don’t know what happened at the end, I just saw the benches were standing up and not fighting but speaking and it’s emotions, it’s football.

But I didn’t see everything, it continued on the pitch but that’s emotion. It’s ok. If you shake hands at the end of it, it’s ok.”

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Chelsea were enjoying a narrow lead after 45 minutes against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge following a dominant first half.

A header from Antonio Rudiger, left unmarked into the penalty area, was the difference at the break before José Mourinho’s men completed a massive comeback in the second period thanks to Anthony Martial, who scored a brace.

Both David Luiz and N’Golo Kante went close to scoring and Chelsea earned a vital point into the stoppage time with Ross Barkley, who came off the bench replacing Mateo Kovacic.

The three points seemingly headed for Old Trafford, then a point rescued with a last-gasp goal. Which means Chelsea are currently Premier League leaders with 21 points and one game in hand.

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 68′); Willian (Pedro 74′), Morata (Giroud 77′), Hazard

MAN UNITED – De Gea; Young (c), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Pogba, Matic; Rashford (Sanchez 83′), Mata (Herrera 74′), Martial (Pereira 82′); Lukaku

SCORERS: Rudiger 21′,  Martial 54′ 73′, Barkley 90+5′

BOOKINGS: Rudiger, Hazard, Matic, Young, Mata, Sanchez

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Chelsea are enjoying a narrow lead after 45 minutes against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge following a dominant first half. A header from Antonio Rudiger, left unmarked into the penalty area, is the difference at the break.

Plenty of possession for the Blues, who failed to deliver a single shot on target so far apart from Rudiger’s early goal in the 20th minute.

Manchester United duo Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young, as well as Chelsea star Eden Hazard, were booked by referee Mike Dean in the first half.

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Ross Barkley starts from the bench in today’s clash against Manchester United. The England international scored his first Chelsea goal in the 0-3 victory over Southampton last time out. Also Frenchman Olivier Giroud has been dropped for Alvaro Morata.

Big news for Manchester United as former Chelsea star Juan Mata will play in midfield, while Ander Herrera is benched.

CHELSEA – Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Fabregas, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud, Zappacosta, Cahill.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

MAN UNITED – De Gea, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Mata, Rashford, Lukaku, Martial.

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Sanchez, Pereira, Fred, Herrera, Darmian

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 12.30PM BST

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been speaking at a press conference earlier in the afternoon. The Italian, who warned his team ahead of tomorrow’s game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge (kick-off: 12.30PM), was also asked if Red Devils’ unexpected slow start to the Premier League season was surprising as the Blues are currently leading the table 7 points above them.
Sarri told journalists: “Surprised a little bit but that can happen, we are talking about eight matches, they are doing well in the Champions League and they have the opportunity to improve in the Premier League, it’s only two months.Maybe player by player they have the best team in the Premier League.
“At the moment I think Manchester City are a better team but player by player they are very strong. I don’t know if they will play on us or try to play their football”.
About former Chelsea boss José Mourinho, who’s recently stormed out of a press conference after defeat against Tottenham Hotspur and accused a journalist of ‘bugging’ his phone earlier this month, Sarri said: “We are talking about a coach who has won everything. He has won everywhere, I think I have to respect him. But I think that you all have to respect him as well. 
“I think he is a very good coach, a very good manager and one of the best in the world.” 

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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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Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has given his availability ahead of a potential move to Real Madrid if their current boss Julen Lopetegui is sacked, according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport.

The Italian has reportedly rejected a move to Stamford Bridge last summer, when Zinedine Zidane suddenly announced his resignation from the managerial role at the club.

However, Conte would consider to become the new Real Madrid manager after just three months without leading the Blues.

Conte’s contract with Chelsea expires in 2019 and is entitled to £9m compensation, with additional money to his backroom staff.

The Italian newspaper believes Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has given three more games to current manager Lopetegui to avoid the sacking after less than six months at the La Liga giants.

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Chelsea loanee and Aston Villa forward Tammy Abraham has praised club’s legend John Terry following his appointment as new coach assistant at Villa Park, alongside new manager Dean Smith, earlier last week.

The England international told Press Association Sport: “Everyone sees him as a leader, he was a great captain and great player. The way he was on and off the pitch, he was always a leader. A lot of players will look up to him. Hopefully one day we’ll be seeing him as a first-team manager. He’s got all the qualities to become one.

“He was always so calm and relaxed, he would always encourage but you’d never see him angry. I’d like to see how he is as a manager too”.

Then Abraham added: “When he retired I sent him a nice message and said congrats on retirement and that was the last time we spoke. The next thing I know he’s the assistant manager.

“Even with Chelsea, when I went up to the first team he always welcomed me and took me under his arm.

“I’ve been close to him ever since, before the start of the season he called me and spoke to me about Villa. He said how much he enjoyed it and said it would be a good club for me. Now we’re working together, it’s a funny thing.”

Aston Villa are struggling to climb-up the table having earned just 15 points from 12 games so far.

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Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri had his say following his side's 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The Italian boss told SkySports: "I only saw the match...