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Eden Hazard and Blues’ loanee Michy Batshuayi were dominant in Belgium’s away victory against Scotland at Hampden Park.

The Chelsea star gave the lead before providing an assist to the 24-year-old striker, who scored a brace. Batshuayi has now scored 8 goals of his 10 for the Red Devils coming off the bench as a substitute.

On the other hand, Hazard has been directly involved in 26 goals in his last 26 matches with the national team, scoring 13 goals. Scotland have tonight conceded the heaviest defeat at home since 1973 (Scotland 0-5 England).

 

 

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during the International Friendly match between Italy and Netherlands at Allianz Stadium on June 4, 2018 in Turin, Italy.

Roberto Mancini earned a vital point in Italy’s UEFA Nations League opener against Poland at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna.

The Azzurri struggled to find consistency in a tough first half as they conceded a goal scored by SSC Napoli star Piotr Zielinski in the 40th minute.

Chelsea star Jorginho was the man who sealed a home draw after Federico Chiesa was kicked inside the penalty area. The Brazilian born midfielder converted into a goal the penalty with 12 minutes left to go.

Eden Hazard and Blues’ loanee Michy Batshuayi were on fire in Belgium away victory over Scotland at Hampden Park. The Chelsea star scored the opener and provided an assist to the 24-year-old striker, who netted his 7th and 8th goal coming as a substitute for the Red Devils. Hazard has been involved in 26 goals during his last 26 matches with the National Team, scoring 13 goals with 13 assists too.

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While on international duty with ItalyChelsea‘s midfielder Jorginho spoke to the Blues official website about his impact with the Premier League.

Jorginho himself is enjoying is new life in England: “The Premier League is really nice, it’s wonderful,’”he said. “It is also quite difficult to explain certain things. You need to experience them personally to take it all in. I enjoy the high tempo of the matches and the fact that all the players get involved 100 per cent in the games. There is a big difference to Serie A, in terms of rhythm, physicality. Everybody knows this, of course, but I am enjoying it a lot”.

According to the new Chelsea midfielder there is a big difference not only on the pitch during the matches, but also when the team are training: “To understand the difference with the infrastructure in England you have to experience it,” Joriginho added. “At Cobham, we have 38 pitches. Enough said.’

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Chelsea Under-19 will take on Molde FK in their UEFA Youth League first round, with the first leg to be played in England and the second one in Norway.

Either IF Elfsborg or KR of Iceland will be Chelsea’s next opponents if Joe Edwards’ side go through the next stage, which will lead the winning teams to the Round-of-16.

 

Chelsea’s opening game against Molde is scheduled on Wednesday 3 October at Stamford Bridge, with the return on Wednesday 24 October.

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been recently linked with a move to Olympique Marseille, who also failed to land Mario Balotelli from OGC Nice in the summer transfer market window.

The Frenchman came off the bench in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth last time out as he provided an assist for teammate Pedro Rodriguez in the second half.

Also Maurizio Sarri has praised the former Arsenal star despite he has not been given many chances with the Blues so far. And Giroud told French outlet Telefoot: “I still have one year of contract, plus possibly another year. The board of the club have been positive in terms of giving me it.

“I do not know yet, we’ll see how things are in April or May, but I won’t exclude any possibility. We’ll see.”

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“I thought we did well for long periods of the game” said Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe when asked to give his thoughts on today’s clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“They’re a completely different team this year and they’re going to be a very difficult team to play against”.

“We tried to nullify their strengths and did have our chances, but it was a cruel way to concede with a deflection from Steve Cook”.

Howe had confirmed earlier this week he’s still a huge admirer of Maurizio Sarri and he attended some training sessions of the Italian manager in Italy when the current Chelsea boss was in charge at Serie A side Empoli.

Howe added: “I think they’ll improve as the season goes on. Maurizio Sarri’s team is a really difficult one to play against. We prepared well for the match but they’re an organised side”.

“We tried to make it difficult for individual players to hurt us and we knew that we’d have limited opportunities to score and play on the counter-attack”.

“Hazard has individual brilliance and at times you have to accept that, but Chelsea have a number of these players so you have to make sure your team is prepared”.

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Maurizio Sarri could extend his winning streak as Chelsea are keen to get their fourth victory in a row against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge today.

 

Here are the official line-ups ahead of today’s clash:

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

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

BOURNEMOUTH – Begovic, S.Cook, Ake, Francis, Rico, Smith, Lerma, Gosling, Fraser, Wilson, King

Subs: Boric, Mings, Surman, L.Cook, Ibe, Brooks, Mousset

Manager: Eddie Howe

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 3PM BST

 

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Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham has today joined Championship side Aston Villa on a season-long loan, both clubs have confirmed.

The 20-year-old, who earned two international caps with England in the 2017/18 campaign, scored 26 goals on loan at Bristol City and was named the club’s Player of the Year.

He told Aston Villa’s official website: “Aston Villa are a big club that belongs in the Premier League and I’m here to help them achieve that. 

“At this stage of my career, I need games and this is a great place for me to come and showcase my talent. I can’t wait to get started.”

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Izzy Brown has joined Leeds United on season-long loan from Chelsea, as the Championship side confirmed  via official statement.

The 21-year-old, who’s currently recovering from a serious knee injury, was crucial for Huddersfield Town in getting the promotion to Premier League back in 2016/17 season.

Brown said: “The decision was easy. I can’t wait to see what this season brings us, it’s going to be a good one”.

The Chelsea youngster then reunites with Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker, who have been both loaned to Marcelo Bielsa’s side earlier this summer. Leeds United are currently enjoying an impressive start to the season after getting 13 points from 5 games so far.

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