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Chelsea will play their first Europa League game tomorrow night as the Blues will face Paok in Greece.

Italian manager Maurizio Sarri has decided to left out of the squad who is travelling to Greece, Belgian star Eden Hazard, defenders David Luiz and Emerson Palmieri and midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

On the other hand, both Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have returned to training and they are part of the squad ready to face Paok tomorrow night.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spoke ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash between the Blues and newly-promoted side Cardiff City.

The Italian boss, speaking at a press conference, told journalists midfielder Cesc Fabregas could be sitting on the bench for the first time this season:

“The best news is that Fabregas is now very well” Sarri said.

“He has been training with the team during the week, so now he only has to improve his physical condition.

In a few days, one week, he will be ready to play. At the moment Fabregas is able to be on the bench. I want to speak to him. Maybe it’s better for him to have two days of training”. 

About Emerson Palmieri, Davide Zappacosta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Sarri added: “Yesterday there were some problems with a fever and sore throat for Emerson and Zappacosta, and a little problem after the match with the national team for Loftus-Cheek, with the right tibia.

I don’t know today the situation because I have to speak with the doctor. I don’t know if he’ll be able to play tomorrow. I have to see the last training session”.

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New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is thrilled ahead of tomorrow Premier League game vs Arsenal which will be not only his first official game at Stamford Bridge, but also a London derby.

I’m looking forward to my first [competitive] game at Stamford Bridge, because I will be the coach of one of the most important clubs in Europe, in one of the most important stadiums in Europe, for my first London derby. Sarri confirmed during his pre-game press conference. “I’m looking forward to it”.

The Italian manager gave also updates on the injured players: “Fabregas is out for this match. I hope he will be able to be on the pitch next week. he explained. “I’m not sure. Nothing serious, but he has a very unusual injury. Nothing serious. I hope in the next week we will be able to have him training.”

Also new signing Mateo Kovacic won’t be included in the starting XI because, according to Sarri “he’s not ready now for 90 minutes, but maybe, tomorrow, for the first 30 or the last 30 minutes he could be used. I expect a lot from him because, for me, he’s a very great player. In my opinion, he can improve more.”

Finally, Sarri tried to make some predictions on Chelsea’s season: “I think that, at this moment, in English football there is one club above the others. This club is Manchester City. We have to try to do our best. We have to try to reach 101% of our potential. Then we have to see. I don’t know, now, what can happen. But my feeling is that we can be a very good team.” the Italian said. “We started to work all together only 10 days ago, so we have to work. We have to improve. But, in my opinion, in two months we can be a very good team.”

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After winning on penalties vs Inter MilanChelsea lost tonight in Dublin their second game in the International Champions Cup.

Maurizio Sarri‘s team scored first with Antonio Rudiger‘s header on a Cesc Fabregas’ corner. Then, in the first half, Alvaro Morata missed a penalty.

In second half’s injury time Arsenal equalised with French striker Lacazette and the winner of the game was decided on penalties. Unai Emery‘s team scored all their six penalties, while Loftus-Cheek missed the last one for Chelsea, with former Blues goalkeeper Cech making a beautiful save.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas played today in the Blues’ win over Perth Glory in their first pre-season friendly which marked also Maurizio Sarri‘s debut on the London club’s bench.

Fabregas himself recognised that many things have changed for the last two seasons under Antonio Conte:  “You have to be ready for everything, it’s all about getting the rhythm. This was our first game after the FA Cup final, so nearly 9 weeks ago. We are getting there slowly, slowly. Of course it was a different style with Antonio”. Fabregas said. “For example we played with five at the back, now we have four defenders. It will be tight to adapt to what Maurizio wants from us. We’ve been practicing for two years with another system, but I think with intelligent players we will learn fast”.

Things are new also for Fabregas who will play in a different position: “My new position? the Spanish midfielder went on. “Not more far than usual. Yes, in the last two years I’ve been playing as a defensive midfielder, very deep in midfield. Of course this new position [attacking midfielder] is better for me, this is the position where I have played in all my career but I am ready to play in every position, wherever Sarri will put me. We have three places in midfield”.

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Speaking at a press conference ahead of Chelsea pre-season friendly vs Perth Glory, midfielder Cesc Fabregas urged his team-mate Eden Hazard to stay with the Blues.

I think he’s our best player. We are a top club, we want to be a top team, we want to win things, and for that you need your best players. Eden is one of them,” Fabregas told reporters. “He’s a player that we all love to play with, especially me. For us, he’s our most important player. Everyone loves him – the fans, the club, the players, and we need him. He knows that.”

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Cesc Fabregas wanted to share his feelings following the news of Antonio Conte‘s sacking from managerial role at Chelsea earlier this afternoon.

The Spaniard, who liked “by mistake” a post which was celebrating Conte’s departure, wrote on his Twitter account: “Thank you Mister for another Premier League title and FA Cup“.

“It wasn’t easy for me to convince you in the beginning but in the end I hope I did you proud! Good luck for the future”.

Fabregas, who struggled to get first-squad football earlier in the 2016/17 campaign due to the perfect duo Matic-Kante in midfield, reached also a personal record as he provided his 100th  Premier League assist in the 4-2 win over Stoke City on 31st December 2016.

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Cesc Fabregas was not included in the Spain squad for the Russia 2018 World Cup, so he is watching his Chelsea‘s team-mates who are playing in Russia.

Fabregas, in particular, has is say on Eden Hazard who is playing very well with Belgium: “Eden talent wise is top class,” Fabregas told BBC Radio 5 Live. “The only thing he should realise, and I always tell him as well, he could be much more than this. Sometimes talent is not enough.”

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Cesc Fabregas shared his impressions after the FA Cup final, claiming it was a well deserved trophy for Chelsea but also admits the real target of the season was another one:

“It hasn’t been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it’s important for them.  

“It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it’s more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it’s tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined.”

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