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WATFORD – Foster, Femenia, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucoure, Hughes, Chalobah, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney

Substitutes: Gomes, Janmaat, Cleverley, Success, Masina, Gray, Kabasele

Manager: Javi Garcia

CHELSEA – Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Hazard, Higuain, Pedro

Substitutes: Caballero, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud, Zappacosta, Willian, Cahill

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 2PM BST

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Arsenal earned a 3-1 win at home against Valencia despite a slow start to the first-leg of Europa League‘s semi-final. The Spanish side got the upper hand earlier in the first half, before Alexandre Lacazette netted twice to complete the comeback in a vivid first half.

A goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the extra-time means Gunners have a good opportunity to win the clash on aggregate. And also chances to see an all-English Europa League final are still alive.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri had his say also on Arsenal 3-1 win at Emirates Stadium: “I want the final against any team, Arsenal or Valencia. For me it’s exactly the same. I want the final and this time I don’t want to play the final, I want to win.

FT – Eintracht v Chelsea 1-1, Pedro scores vital goal in Frankfurt

 

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri watched his side sealing a crucial 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany tonight in the first-leg of Europa League‘s semi-finals. The Blues will host their opponents at Stamford Bridge next Thursday.

The italian manager, speaking after the game, told journalists: “We made a mistake in the first 20 minutes. My feeling from the bench was that we were playing only to manage the result, for the 0-0. We are not able to do that with our characteristics. The difficulty was a mental difficulty I think. We did not approach the match with the right mentality.

Fortunately after the goal we started to play. We started to play after 25 minutes and we played very well until the 85th minute. We deserved to win for the number of goal opportunities. We were for 60 minutes in control of the match”.

Reflecting on the result, Sarri said: “1-1 away is not so bad. They are very dangerous at home, but unfortunately they are also very dangerous away. It depends on the second leg. We have to play at Stamford Bridge. We want the final, but we know we have to play a very good match next week.”

On Ruben Loftus-Cheek: “He is a very important player. He has improved a lot during the season. When he is at the top physically he is a very important player for us. It’s not easy for him to train with consistency because of his back, but in this match he was really fit. Unfortunately with 10 minutes to go he had cramp and asked for a substitution”.

On his choice to rule Eden Hazard out of Chelsea’s starting XI in Frankfurt: “This match was number 59 I think and Hazard also played eight matches in the national team. For a player it’s impossible to play 70, 75 matches in a season. Sometimes Hazard, like all the other players, needs to not play for 90 minutes. This is the first reason. The second is that Eden is usually able to change the match from the bench. For me it was better to start with Willian and try in the last 30 minutes with Eden”.

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Chelsea have revealed 2019/20 kits will be inspired by Stamford Bridge.The Blues’ new home kit for the upcoming season has been unveiled earlier this morning, despite some pictures had emerged on social media a few days ago. “The concept comes to life through a classic Chelsea blue shirt, comprising imagery taken from our famous home” an official statement from the club read.

 

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Chelsea have more than a chance to get a place into the top-four teams of current Premier League season after getting a crucial 1-1 draw against Man United at Old Trafford.

An early lead given by former Blues’ star Juan Mata was not enough as Marcos Alonso leveled up the score a few minutes before the half-time whistle following an effort from Toni Rudiger. The German defender limped-off the pitch, as well as Eric Bailly, due to an injury.

Pedro‘s clearance off the line secures Maurizio Sarri a 4th place on the league table with still two games left to go. Chelsea have a better goal difference than Arsenal and Man United and will host Watford on Sunday before ending up the season at King Power Stadium.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger (Christensen 65′), David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 75′), Willian (Pedro 84′), Higuain, Hazard

MAN UNITED (4-3-1-2): De Gea; Young, Bailly (Rojo 71′), Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Mata (McTominay 81′); Rashford (Sanchez 65′), Lukaku

Scorers Juan Mata 11′ Alonso 43′
Bookings Willian, Kovacic, Herrera, Rojo, Young

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MAN UNITED – De Gea, Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Rashford, Lukaku

Subs: Romero, Sanchez, Martial, Pereira, Rojo, Darmian, McTominay

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

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

Kick-Off: 4:30PM BST

Venue: Old Trafford

 

 

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Loftus Cheek

After yesterday evening draw vs Burnley at Stamford Bridge, Ruben Loftus-Cheek reveals how Blues’ players are frustrated by this result.

It feels like a loss in a way because we could have got three points and made a massive jump in the league, but in a way it is a point gained as well because the other teams did not get points at the weekend,” Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea official website. “Burnley did well set-piece wise but we spoke about that in the build-up to the game, so it was disappointing to concede from two set-pieces. It was frustrating because they time-wasted really well but we have to take it and move on. There were some emotions flying at the end because of what was on the line in the game, so I can understand why a lot of players and staff were frustrated, it is why we love football, you get these emotions flying but like I say, move on.”

Despite the draw, Chelsea can still hope to finish their Premier League in one of the top four spots and qualify for the next Champions League. “I don’t think we are in a bad position but it is just down to us to produce our best football in the run-in to the end of the season”. Loftus-Cheek went on. “These games coming up are massive and we need to be at our best. The focus has to be really sharp and we have to be really on it because this is where it really matters.”

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Chelsea failed to move up to 3rd place in the Premier League table after Burnley earned a vital 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge with goals from Hendrick and Barnes. Chelsea move above Arsenal and into the top four with that point.

The Blues scored two goals within two minutes with N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain to bounce back following the visitors’ opener in a vivid first half. Burnley managed to level the score through a free-kick, Hudson-Odoi limped off the pitch before the half-time whistle. Maurizio Sarri was eventually sent to the stands in stoppage-time.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante (Kovacic 45′), Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Hazard, Higuain (Giroud 77′), Hudson-Odoi (Pedro 41′)

BURNLEY (4-4-2): Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Wood

Scorers: Hendrick 8′ Kante 12′, Higuain 14′, Barnes 24′
Booked: Pedro, Kovacic, Heaton

 

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French midfielder N’Golo Kante is aware the importance of winning the Europa League for Chelsea:

We can make the season beautiful by winning the Europa League,” said Kante. “That’s the only title we can win now, so it would be great to win the Europa League. I think at the beginning of the game it was a good feeling to score three goals like this. The most important thing was to qualify. We’ll go into the semi-final with confidence and we hope to qualify for the final.”

The Blues, as said by Kante, are confident, however, the midfielder doesn’t consider Maurizio Sarri‘s team the favourite to lift the trophy: “We’re not favourites; we played a good match and we will do all we can to get to the final,” Kante went on. “But we’re not favourites. It was important for us to win this game. I think it’s important to be in the semi-finals, it was our target. We played a good game, it was difficult in the second-half but we got what we wanted and we are happy for that. I think they worked very well, they tried to push more and scored two beautiful goals. And after that we managed to hold on to keep the win.”

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