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Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri had his say following his side’s 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The Italian boss told SkySports: “I only saw the match from the bench, and now I have to study it. I thought we did a very good first half, but weren’t very good in the second half”.

“We have not played our football, and in a physical match United were better than us. Tactically, the match was the same. I don’t know why things changed, I have to study it”.

Sarri added: “It’s better to learn in training than in a match, but the match after the international break is always very difficult. The players go to play in another team, another football, another target, then they come back and they’re still in other situations.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he will ‘deal privately with’ assistant coach Marco Ianni after his gesture and celebration caused a touchline scuffle with Man United manager José Mourinho.

He told SkySports after the 2-2 draw against the Red Devils: “Sincerely, I did not see what happened. But I spoke with Jose, and of course then I spoke with my member of staff because I think we were on the wrong side. So I have dealt with it immediately. It’s private”.

Sarri added: “If I spoke with the member of staff and I have to be very hard, then I cannot come here and tell everything, otherwise with my staff I am not credible”. 

“I am not really happy. After I spoke to Jose, I understood we were on the wrong side of the situation.”

Chelsea coach Ianni’s irritanting gesture caused Mourinho over reaction and sparked scuffle

 

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Antonio Rudiger broke the deadlock with a header in the 20th minute, against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, earlier this afternoon.

The Germany international, speaking after the 2-2 draw, told Sky Sports: “Yes it feels like more than a point. We needed a goal and had good luck, scored twice and to get the goal at the end,d we can be happy to take a point.”

“I don’t know what happened at the end, I just saw the benches were standing up and not fighting but speaking and it’s emotions, it’s football.

But I didn’t see everything, it continued on the pitch but that’s emotion. It’s ok. If you shake hands at the end of it, it’s ok.”

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Chelsea were enjoying a narrow lead after 45 minutes against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge following a dominant first half.

A header from Antonio Rudiger, left unmarked into the penalty area, was the difference at the break before José Mourinho’s men completed a massive comeback in the second period thanks to Anthony Martial, who scored a brace.

Both David Luiz and N’Golo Kante went close to scoring and Chelsea earned a vital point into the stoppage time with Ross Barkley, who came off the bench replacing Mateo Kovacic.

The three points seemingly headed for Old Trafford, then a point rescued with a last-gasp goal. Which means Chelsea are currently Premier League leaders with 21 points and one game in hand.

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 68′); Willian (Pedro 74′), Morata (Giroud 77′), Hazard

MAN UNITED – De Gea; Young (c), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Pogba, Matic; Rashford (Sanchez 83′), Mata (Herrera 74′), Martial (Pereira 82′); Lukaku

SCORERS: Rudiger 21′,  Martial 54′ 73′, Barkley 90+5′

BOOKINGS: Rudiger, Hazard, Matic, Young, Mata, Sanchez

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Chelsea are enjoying a narrow lead after 45 minutes against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge following a dominant first half. A header from Antonio Rudiger, left unmarked into the penalty area, is the difference at the break.

Plenty of possession for the Blues, who failed to deliver a single shot on target so far apart from Rudiger’s early goal in the 20th minute.

Manchester United duo Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young, as well as Chelsea star Eden Hazard, were booked by referee Mike Dean in the first half.

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Ross Barkley starts from the bench in today’s clash against Manchester United. The England international scored his first Chelsea goal in the 0-3 victory over Southampton last time out. Also Frenchman Olivier Giroud has been dropped for Alvaro Morata.

Big news for Manchester United as former Chelsea star Juan Mata will play in midfield, while Ander Herrera is benched.

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

Subs: Caballero, Fabregas, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud, Zappacosta, Cahill.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

MAN UNITED – De Gea, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Mata, Rashford, Lukaku, Martial.

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Sanchez, Pereira, Fred, Herrera, Darmian

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 12.30PM BST

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been speaking at a press conference earlier in the afternoon. The Italian, who warned his team ahead of tomorrow’s game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge (kick-off: 12.30PM), was also asked if Red Devils’ unexpected slow start to the Premier League season was surprising as the Blues are currently leading the table 7 points above them.
Sarri told journalists: “Surprised a little bit but that can happen, we are talking about eight matches, they are doing well in the Champions League and they have the opportunity to improve in the Premier League, it’s only two months.Maybe player by player they have the best team in the Premier League.
“At the moment I think Manchester City are a better team but player by player they are very strong. I don’t know if they will play on us or try to play their football”.
About former Chelsea boss José Mourinho, who’s recently stormed out of a press conference after defeat against Tottenham Hotspur and accused a journalist of ‘bugging’ his phone earlier this month, Sarri said: “We are talking about a coach who has won everything. He has won everywhere, I think I have to respect him. But I think that you all have to respect him as well. 
“I think he is a very good coach, a very good manager and one of the best in the world.” 

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Belgian star Eden Hazard has been linked many times with a possible move to Real Madrid.

However, in the last few days the player himself claimed he would be happy also to stay at Stamford Bridge for his entire career.

“I can finish with Chelsea,” Hazard said. No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here. So If I don’t go to Spain, it is not a problem. I love the fans – I think the fans love me! What happens in the future, I will be happy, so that’s it.”

 

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has ruled out a potential January exit for Danish defender Andreas Christensen, who is struggling to get first-team opportunities so far.

The Italian boss has confirmed the former Borussia Monchengladbach star remains a key player in Chelsea squad despite his father recently claimed the centre-back could leave the club when the transfer market window reopens: “If his situation doesn’t change around Christmas, we’ll obviously schedule a chat with Chelsea and say: ‘OK, what can we do for Andreas? Can we move him?’ For me, it’s not a loan again.”

However, Sarri told journalists at a press conference ahead of next game against Man United: “I’m not interested. What can I say? I think in the first part of the season David and Antonio have played very well so it’s not easy to change. In our last six matches Christensen has played in three so for his father the record is not important, but for us it’s important.”

“He’s very young. He has to improve but he’s a technical defender so he’s suitable for me and my way of football, in the future he will be able to play more often”.

 

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Sarri conference

Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Manchester United, Chelsea‘s boss Maurizio Sarri has given some updates on the Blues’ injured players.

There are some problems. So now we have the most serious, I think, is Ampadu. Then we have a little problem with Hudson-Odoi, and a little problem with Barkley”Sarri admitted. “But with Odoi and Barkley it’s only a question of one or two days. The injury for Ampadu I think is serious. I don’t know how much, but serious. We hope to recover him in a couple of weeks. Rudiger has done better in the last two days, like Kovacic. I think they will be able to play.”

Chelsea will face Manchester United and Maurizio Sarri showed all his respect for the opponents and their manager José Mourinho.  “They are a very strong team. Maybe, player by player, they are the best team in the Premier League.” the Italian claimed. “At the moment I think City are better as a team, but player by player, they are really very, very strong. So I don’t know if they will play us or try and play their football”.

So Chelsea will need a perfect performance if they want to beat the Red Devils: “I’m really, really happy with the results. But I think we need to improve. And I think also we can improve. We can improve because we have had no time to work. I had eight players only at the beginning of August”. Sarri explained. “Then we have started to play every three days. So it’s very difficult to work and very difficult to improve the team and the players. I think that, in the future, we can improve and we need to improve. To improve more on the performance on the defensive phase because, at the moment, we are giving too many opportunities to the opponents. So we need to improve, I think.”

 

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Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri had his say following his side's 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The Italian boss told SkySports: "I only saw the match...