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In the post match press conference after Chelsea‘s win vs Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge, Carlo Cudicini replaced Gianfranco Zola and commented on Cesc Fabregas who not only missed a penalty, but also probably played his last match with the Blues before joining As Monaco.

I don’t know If it is the last game it is good he played in front of his fans. As I said I don’t know. He was captain in pre-season when Cahill wasn’t on, Aspi wasn’t He can take penalties, it won’t be the first or the last when someone misses a penalty. The keeper did well”. Cudicini said. “What can I say about Cesc? 500 games. He is unique in his position, unbelievable visiojn, awareness and he can spot runs behind the defensive line so precise. He is one of a kind that can do that. He has been fantastic for the teams before us and the contribution to his club has been amazing. He has been fantastic”.

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Chelsea face Greek side PAOK in the UEFA Europa League’s group stage at Stafmord Bridge tonight (kick-off: 8PM BST). The Blues, whose unbeaten run came to an end following their away defeat to Tottenham Hotspurs last time out, have already esured their place into the last-32 of the competition despite a far from convincing display against BATE Borisov in Belarus.

Team News

Eden Hazard has been ruled out of tonight’s clash with an ankle problem, while Victor Moses is not recovered from a back problem. Ethan Ampadu has been regularly included in the provisional squad to face PAOK tonight: Kepa, Caballero, Bulka, Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpiilcueta, David Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu, Fabregas, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Giroud, Willian, Morata, Hudson-Odoi-

Predicted Line Up

Arrizabalaga; Emerson, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta; Barkley, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek; Willian, Giroud, Pedro

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Chelsea Assistant Manager, Gianfranco Zola gives instructions during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea FC at St. James Park on August 26, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Assistant manager Gianfranco Zola was on press conference ahead of Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool today and was obviously asked to give some thoughts on tomorrow’s game.

The Italian man and club’s legend told journalists: “The game on Saturday is going to be huge, the type of game means a lot. But I think starting from tomorrow it’s going to be competitive. We are greedy, we want to win both of them if we can”.

“We have a lot of players, we didn’t do a big pre-season, so these games can serve also as a pre-season, to give time to players like [Andreas] Christensen, [Gary] Cahill, who haven’t had opportunities to get games”.

Zola also provided an injury update on England international and former Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek. 

‘Ruben has had an injection and is still recovering” he said.

“It is very unlikely he will be part of the game tomorrow. Same with Rudiger. Pedro is recovering very well, but it’s tough for them to be part of the game tomorrow”.

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Chelsea have today unveiled Maurizio Sarri as their new boss with a press conference at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager told journalists: “Clearly we would always like to keep the strongest players, this is what any manager and club wants to do. We will have to see where the transfer market goes.

I am more of a field manager, a pitch manager than a general manager. I think I am one of the few managers bored by the transfermarket. I don’t want to talk about it, I am keen to growing the players we have”.

About Chelsea targets in the transfer market, Sarri added: “I cannot give you the names, because I don’t know. I spoke with the club and ideally I think that a pinch of quality is lacking in our centre-halves for a certain type of play. At the end of the transfers I will understand which type of game is the most suitable”.

“I cannot change 20 players, I must adapt and then I will see if we change some thing in my game because of their characteristics”.

About English players currently under contract at Chelsea: “Well, a number of English players is imposed so there will be some. I don’t want to make this distinction, I am not bothered about nationality.

Cahill can still give us a lot. In keeping the English players, something must be left. Juventus had the most Italians and it led to good results. We should respect a very long tradition”.

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Cahill talks about his season, about his Blues’ life, disappointments and his wishes. He knows how about particularity of Chelsea’ supporters and he also know that sometimes happens that there’s someone criticizes him and talks also about this.


Despite often he’s at centre of market rumors, he wants still prove how determinant and determined he is also in relation to criticism.

“I’m sure the club bought me at that stage to be a squad player”

“For £7million and the fact I’m English and qualify for home-grown, 100 per cent, you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to realise ‘ok they’ve brought me in to be one of four or five’. That’s the feeling I got when I came here. But I can remember how determined, how hungry, I was to make this a success”

“The majority of Chelsea fans have been unbelievable to me, but there is maybe an element of five per cent always thinking ‘get the next best thing in’ or ‘move him on’. I can feel that in a certain percentage. It always seems to be that when someone is signed, it’s ‘oh Cahill’s on his way”.

“It always seems to be that when someone is signed, it’s ‘oh Cahill’s on his way’. I’ve had that for as long as I can remember being at this club. Last year, John Terry was captain off the pitch but I was captain the majority of the time on the pitch and yet I’m hearing ‘Cahill might be fighting for his place’.


Cahill was once again written off during Chelsea’ bad period but he came back on his place: 

“I find it tough to be left out, to sit there and not influence anything. Thankfully, now I’m back in playing and at level where I feel I should be, whereas before I feel there were a few games when I was very disappointed in my game.”


Cahill is exciting for the FA CUP Final, especially because, during the last one Final he couldn’t play ‘cause was injury:

“100 per cent, it’s the one that I’d like to win on the pitch,” said Cahill. “I was really disappointed last season because we won the League early and, rightly so, it was a relaxed atmosphere.

“We enjoyed the rest of the League and tried to switch on the week before to play the final, and I think we put up as short a performance in that game as we had all season. I felt like it was one we let slip away that we let get away.

“So I feel blessed at the minute that we are gearing up for another one and it’s one that could save a big chunk of the season. However you dress it up that final is a huge, huge game.”


Ucl’ qualification or winning of Fa Cup? “I know that it is vitally important for the club to be in the Champions League, in terms of everything, and it’s something that Chelsea is used to being involved in”.

“But a trophy is a trophy and you are talking to an Englishman who knows the meaning of the FA Cup and has watched the FA Cup since I have been small. Maybe it’s different for the foreign lads who come over, I’m not sure. But, for me, the FA Cup is huge. It’s a tough question, but a trophy is a trophy.”


England manager has doubts over Cahill ahead of the World Cup and for 32-year-old be a part of that team is a big gol despite difficulties expecially after his left out during last friendlies matches 

“I spoke to the manager and I have got a good relationship with him,” said Cahill. “That’s personal, but I respected him for speaking to me before finding out elsewhere. And that was then, and it is what it is. No problem”

“Clearly I was disappointed to not be involved, especially when I have been involved for the last seven to eight years and played in the majority of the qualifying games to get to this tournament. So, of course, it was disappointing.

“So if you are asking me am I capable of going to the World Cup, I feel personally yes I am. If you’re asking me if I’ve got the CV or the experience, then yes, but that is my opinion and the only opinion that matters is obviously the manager’s and his assistant.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed he will ‘make rotations and give everyone the possibility to play’ also in defense against Southampton tomorrow afternoon (Kick-Off 12.30PM BST).

The Italian coach said: “We are talking about a young player. For him it is the first season playing at this level. Playing at this level means you lose a lot of mental energy. It could be that he is a bit tired in this respect”.

“At the same time, to have the possibility to play Gary Cahill is right. We are talking about an important player not only for Chelsea, but also for the national team. I have this opportunity to make rotations, especially in the defensive line. When I see some situations, I try to change something”.

“For sure [Andreas] Christensen can contribute in the last few weeks of the season. I have four central defenders at the moment. From now until the end I will make rotations and give everyone the possibility to play”.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill believes the Blues should remain focused on a top four place as “qualifying for the Champions League is the ambition”. 

The England international told Chelsea’s official website: “We had to show a lot of determination, the three points was all that mattered today, however we got them. In the first half, we could have got three or four. By the end they were throwing everything at it, as you’d expect. They made it difficult late on”.

‘We have to show a lot of courage and ambition to finish the season strongly. Qualifying for the Champions League is the ambition. We have put ourselves in a difficult situation, and we have to work hard to get ourselves out of it”.

Then Cahill added: “Up until the Bournemouth game things were fine, and since then results haven’t gone our way. We have to show the character and work-rate we did yesterday to finish in the top four”.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill is among the players who spoke ahead of tonight’s clash against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge. The England international, who faced several times Luis Suarez – when the Uruguayan was playing for Liverpool as well as at World Cup – knows the damage the 31-year-old can cause.

Cahill said: “There have been games where he has killed me and won the game for the opposition, but I have also had moments where my team has won and it’s been good. There have been a lot of different performances but I have to respect he is a very special player”.

“The last time I played against him in a competitive match was in the World Cup and I will never forget it.  He scored a great first goal and the second was very fortunate because one of our players deflected the ball back towards our end and he went on to finish. It meant we were out of the World Cup. It wasn’t just one of my worst moments playing against him, it was one of the worst moments during my time in the game.

“I had good experiences too. Even though I was injured for the 2012 Cup final, I picked up a winners’ medal and there were also some big League wins against his Liverpool side. Anyway, you have to be a special player to go to Barcelona and make your mark like he has done at a club where Messi is revered”.

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Chelsea travel to Brighton as tomorrow the Blues will face the Seagulls in the Premier League at the AMEX ArenA. Alvaro Morata and Pedro are both suspended after being shown a red card agains Norwich, while also Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill ruled out for the clash.

Conte said: “I think Ross is in a good physical condition. Yesterday he played 70 minutes. Tomorrow he is in the squad and comes with us. I don’t know if during the game I decide to give him the chance to play or wait, or if the game doesn’t ask this type of situation. He has to work with us in our idea. Now he is in the squad”.

“Cahill and Fabregas also, they are out. I need to check on a couple of other situations”.

When asked to provide further comments on Alvaro Morata’s display against Norwich, Conte added: “For sure in the Norwich game the player knows very well his mistake. There was frustration in the first yellow card. You must learn to control himself, because the second yellow card was for dissent. I agree with the player for the first yellow card, but not with him on the second yellow”. 

“The striker this situation can happen. For Alvaro this is the first season he is playing a full season and that it might be the first season he is having these problems. You can score, the most important thing is to work hard for the team. Before if you stay on the bench you don’t have this type of situation. He has to move on, we trust him”.

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Several Chelsea players have posted on social media their reactions following yesterday’s away win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. 4 goals for the Blues, who are bouncing back from a slow start to the season as they earned the 4th victory in a row.

CESAR AZPILICUETA – An away win with beautiful goals and a clean sheet which is never bad, is it?


GARY CAHILL Great team performance today

ANTONIO RUDIGER – Great game by the lads today

MICHY BATSHUAYI – Well done today

WILLY CABALLERO Great performance boys. A complete job well done

ALVARO MORATAWe keep adding points! Go Blues!


Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri spoke following tonight's defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round tie. The Italian boss said: "I think so. Of course I’m not...