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A lucky Chelsea get through Carabao Cup last 16 and qualify for quarter finals.

Sarri’s lads won 3-2 over Derby County with two own goals- Fikayo Tomori at 5′ and Richard Keogh at 21′- and Cesc Fabregas,who netted the winner at the end of the the first half, 41′, after the Rams had levelled twice with Jack Marriot, 9′, and Martyn Waghorn, 27′.

In the end of the game first Willy Caballero with a couple of great saves and then the post saved Chelsea from penalty shoot-outs or even a defeat.

The night was also marked by Frank Lampard return to Stamford Bridge: the Derby manager received a fantastic welcome back from his old fans and club.

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Chelsea are currently fighting for the top spot in the Premier League table, but Blues’ midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes Maurizio Sarri‘s team could still improve, especially in their “killer instinct” when it comes to score goals.

I believe a lot in this team. As long as we are winning, the confidence of the team will be higher and higher. It’s impossible to be perfect but be as close to perfection as possible” Fabregas said. “Sometimes one nil, two nil, it’s not enough. If we want to be a top team, sometimes we need to go for the kill.”

The Spanish midfielder also said once more what it is his favourite way of playing: “Sometimes you need to take risks. You have to fight for your team-mates and for the club”. Fabregas went on. “My type of football has always been to play with the ball, to have the ball, to create chances, have a forward mentality. Having movement with or without the ball”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he will “have to” make several changes to the starting line-up for tomorrow’s Europa League clash against Hungarian side FC Vidi at Stamford Bridge. The Italian confirmed he will pick at least five players, who did not find space so far in the campaign.

When asked if Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi could start together in Chelsea’s attacking third, Sarri said: “For sure not both, or Hazard or Odoi. I don’t know at the moment. As I said I would like to see every player in the period from the first international break and the second”.

Sarri confirmed tomorrow could be “time to see” Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield. On the England international he added: “He was unlucky in the last three weeks after the match with the national team. He had a problem, in the last five days he has been better so I think that he is able to play tomorrow. 

The pressure is normal for a player here, so also Ruben needs to get used to the pressure. It is normal for a player of our starting XI to have pressure from the club, the papers, television, from the manager”.

The Chelsea manager also gave an injury update on winger Pedro, before assessing Cesc Fabregas “has to improve the physical condition”.

He said: “I have to speak to Pedro who is doing better like Loftus-Cheek, but I think that tomorrow every player is available. I have to change five, six, seven players. I don’t know at the moment. I want to see training in the afternoon and to see the last training tomorrow morning.”

“I think Cesc [Fabregas] played very well in the last 30 minutes in Greece as well as for 90 minutes in Liverpool. He has to improve the physical condition of course but I think that he is a great option in this position. Not changing his style too much because Cesc is very good in moving the ball like Jorginho so we don’t need to change the way of football with Fabregas.”

 

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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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