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Following the sacking of Mark Hughes from the managerial role at Saint Mary’s Stadium, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has confirmed the appointment of former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl as new manager.

Hasenhüttl has put the pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal and will take over at the club tomorrow.

Southampton are struggling in 18th position as they collected just 9 points from 14 Premier League games so far.

Chelsea, who won against them earlier in October (0-3 with goals from Eden Hazard, Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata), will host the Saints at Stamford Bridge next month, on 2nd January.

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has put the pen to paper on a new and improved deal until June 2022, as the club’s official website confirmed earlier this morning.

After signing a new four-year deal to stay put at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard told Blues’ official website: “I am really happy to extend my stay here at Chelsea”.

“Since I came, I felt the joy and responsibility to play for this club, these fans, and every time I go on the pitch I try do my best. Hopefully there is a lot to come and we can keep Chelsea where it belongs.”

Azpilicueta, who joined the club back in 2012 from Olympique Marseille, is now just two appearances away from reaching 300 games with Chelsea’s shirt.

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Chelsea got a crucial victory in the London SW6 Derby against Fulham at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek mean the Blues got back to winning ways and restored their 3rd place, with Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool still waiting to play their games of MatchDay 14.

An early goal from Pedro Rodriguez, who replaced Willian in Chelsea’s starting XI today, gave Blues the lead in a convincing first half. Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard both tried to double the score earlier in the period, before Claudio Ranieri‘s men showed a renewed confidence. Defender Callum Chambers went close to scoring, brilliantly stopped from goalkeeper Kepa. After coming off the bench for Giroud, Alvaro Morata  somehow kicked a comfortable ball over the crossbar from a close range, then Ruben Loftus-Cheek (who replaced Kovacic in the 67th minute) sealed a 2-0 score exploiting an interplay from Hazard and Pedro and firing past Sergio Rico to celebrate his 50th appearance in Premier League.

The squad will travel to West Midlands as Chelsea face Wolverhampton at Molineux Stadium on Wednesday night.

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso (Zappacosta 78′), Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 67′); Pedro, Giroud (Morata 70′), Hazard

FULHAM – Sergio Rico; Christie, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand; Chambers, Seri; Sessegnon (Kamara 45′), Cairney (Kebano 75′), Johansen; Mitrovic

Scorers: Pedro 4, Loftus-Cheek 82
Bookings: Azpilicueta, Morata, Odoi

 

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Olivier Giroud replaces Alvaro Morata up front and Pedro replaces Willian as Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made two changes from the side which suffered first defeat of Premier League season earlier last week.

Former Blues’ winger Andre Schurrle is not included in the matchday squad for Fulham, replaced by Stefan Johansen.

CHELSEA (4 3 3) Kepa, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud.

Subs: Caballero, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Zappacosta, Willian, Christensen, Morata.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

FULHAM (4 2 3 1) Rico, Sessegnon, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand, Chambers, Christie, Seri, Johansen, Cairney, Mitrovic.

Subs: Bettinelli, Kebano, Ayite, Ream, Byram, Cisse, Kamara

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

Kick-Off: 12PM BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge

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Callum Hudson-Odoi bagged his first ever senior goal in Chelsea‘s 4-0 win against PAOK at Stamford Bridge tonight. The visitors suffered an early red card as defender Khacheridi was sent off after stopping Olivier Giroud as the last man.

The French forward found the lead in the 27th minute following a brilliant display from Pedro on the edge of the penalty area. Giroud scores again in the first half, while Callum Hudson-Odor netted his first senior goal cutting inside and firing home past the goalkeeper with a shot which goes behind his near post. There’s still one to come as Alvaro Morata, well assisted by the 18-year-old, headed home from a close range.

Chelsea’s top spot was already guaranteed as a result of BATE Borisov‘s home win against MOL Vidi earlier this evening.

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Bate Borisov‘s 2-0 victory against MOL Vidi earlier this evening means that before a ball is kicked at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have qualified to the last-32 of competition as group winners.

Goals from Signevich and Ivanic put the Belarusian side into the 2nd place with still one game left to go, and both teams involved in the game are currently level on points, six clear from Maurizio Sarri‘s men.

The Blues, who are set to face PAOK at home tonight, will start with the following line-up:

CHELSEA – Kepa, Zappacosta, Christensen, Cahill, Emerson, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Subs: Caballero, Alonso, Ampadu, Jorginho, Kovacic, Morata, Willian

 

 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur scores his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Chelsea failed to extend their unbeaten as Spurs widely dominated the Premier League clash against the Blues at Wembley Stadium earlier this evening.

Early goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane were enough to tangle up Maurizio Sarri’s plan, as well as Heung-min Son’s stunning 3-0 put the game beyond doubt in the second half, with more than half an hour left to be played.

Ross Barkley, Pedro and Olivier Giroud came off the bench replacing Kovacic, Willian and Alvaro Morata. A late consolation goal by the French striker is not enough as Tottenham Hotspurs jumped above Chelsea into 3rd place.

After facing PAOK at home on Thursday night, the Blues will host Fulham and former club’s boss Claudio Ranieri and will try to get back to winning ways to restore their position in the Premier League table.

Chelsea (4-3-3) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 57′); Willian (Giroud 75′), Morata (Pedro 57′), Hazard

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Son (Lamela 78′), Alli (Winks 86′), Eriksen, Kane

Scorers: Alli 8′ Kane 16′ Son 54′ Giroud 85′
Bookings: Rudiger, Hazard, Jorginho

 

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Chelsea take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in Premier League MatchDay 13 this evening. No changes for Maurizio Sarri‘s side from the last home game against Everton (0-0) before the international break.

Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura start from the bench in Spurs’ line-up. Also Jan Vertonghen not included in the starting XI as the Belgian defender is still recovering from an injury. Serge Aurier replaces Kieran Trippier (groin injury) in defense.

TOTTENHAM – Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Davies, Sissoko, Dier, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.

Substitutes: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Winks, Lamela, Moura, Llorente.

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

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

Substitutes: Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Barkley, Fabregas, Pedro, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Kick-Off: 5.30PM

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has today extended his stay at Stamford Bridge, as the club’s official website confirmed earlier this morning.

The Frenchman has put  the pen to paper on a new and improved five-year deal with the Blues.

After joining from Leciester City back in the summer of 2016, Kante has been crucial in Antonio Conte‘s line-up as well as an ever-present midfielder in Chelsea unbeaten start to the current Premier League campaign under Maurizio Sarri‘s management.

Kante told Chelsea’s official website: “I’m happy to extend my time with Chelsea, it has been two beautiful years and I wish for more to come. Since I came, I completely improved as a player, challenged myself and got some awards I never thought about. I like the city, I like the club and I am happy to be here for more time”.

Club director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted N’Golo has signed a new contract and sees his long-term future with Chelsea. When he arrived, we knew we had signed a special player but he has astounded everybody with his tireless and unselfish displays.

“Off the pitch, he remains a dedicated professional and a humble human being despite the fact he is a world champion and a two-time Premier League winner. We now look forward to five more years with N’Golo at the heart of the Chelsea midfield”.

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has today extended his stay at Stamford Bridge, as the club’s official website confirmed earlier this morning.

The Frenchman has put  the pen to paper on a new and improved five-year deal with the Blues.

After joining from Leciester City back in the summer of 2016, Kante has been crucial in Antonio Conte‘s line-up as well as an ever-present midfielder in Chelsea unbeaten start to the current Premier League campaign under Maurizio Sarri‘s management.

Club director Marina Granovskaia told Chelsea’s official website: “We are delighted N’Golo has signed a new contract and sees his long-term future with Chelsea. When he arrived, we knew we had signed a special player but he has astounded everybody with his tireless and unselfish displays.

“Off the pitch, he remains a dedicated professional and a humble human being despite the fact he is a world champion and a two-time Premier League winner. We now look forward to five more years with N’Golo at the heart of the Chelsea midfield”.

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