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Another defeat for Chelsea. After 2-0 lost against Liverpool, Sarri came at the press conference and spoke about the match, about championship and also about Rudiger’ injury.

Italian’ coach said Blues were a little bit unlucky,  expecially about second score and about two-three opportunities wasted. He praised Salah and Liverpool’ team and Reds’ game. He also said himself proud of guys and happy about Chelsea’ improving.

“Of course Liverpool are one of the best teams in Europe at this moment, they play very well for 90 minutes but I think we stayed in the match really well.”

We were a bit unlucky on the second goal. Salah is a talent, the second goal was a little bit unlucky for the timing and then a bit unlucky because in three minutes we have three opportunities, two with Hazard and one with Higuain and we hit the post, number 35 of our season”

“I am happy with the performance, we stayed in the match, probably two or three months ago we weren’t able to stay in this game”.

“We were defending low at the start of the first half, but we did that at the start of the first. Liverpool is able to approach the first and second half in the ten minutes, so it isn’t easy to play against them in that moment“.

“I think we were able to pass the first ten minutes with the same result in the last 20/25 we could find a lot of spaces because they needed to win and so the target was to arrive in the last 20 minutes at 0-0”.

We are improving, its hard to cover the gap because the level is high and to cover it against Liverpool and City for us will be difficult. Now we are close to the other teams”.

He also spoke about which team will win he said it’s difficult to make predictions “It’s difficult to say, because probably it will depend on post in, post out, Point point by point but the difference will be one or two points”

And about Rudiger’ injury said:“I hope nothing serious but at the moment I am not able to say anything. We need another visit with the doctor and something else to be sure it’s not serious”.

 

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Official line-ups

Livepool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Keita, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Subs: Mignolet, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi

Chelsea XI (4-3-3) : Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Hazard, Willian

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Barkley, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Higuain

 

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Chelsea face Liverpool at Anfield in a crucial game for the Blues’ hopes to remain at least 4th in the league table with 33 games played so far.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men are still in the race to win the Europa League title as they take on Slavia Prague on Thursday with a narrow advantage taken in the first-tie (0-1) in Czech Republic.

Eden Hazard was impressive in Chelsea’s last Premier League clash as the Belgian star netted two goals reducing the gap with Sergio Aguero on top of top scorers’ standings.

Hazard, speaking about Liverpool, told Chelsea TV: “I think they have been on fire for two years, not just this season, but City, they are there as well.”

“hey are a fantastic team to watch, I think the manager is great, they have players who are some of the best in the world, so it’s going to be a good game, a hard one, but it’s always hard at Anfield. But we are Chelsea, we can beat anyone, so we will see”.

“We want to win because we want to finish in the top four. We don’t care about who can win the title between City and Liverpool, we want to go there and try to win the game for ourselves”.

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Chelsea struggled to impose their game in their narrow win against Slavia Prague at Eden Arena as Blues faced the first-leg of Europa League’s quarter-final in Czech Republic. Maurizio Sarri made seven changes from the starting line-up which managed to beat West Ham in the previous Premier League clash, with Olivier Giroud confirmed in the attacking third.

The hosts went close to scoring in the second half but were denied by a strong save from Kepa, a few minutes before Marcos Alonso put Chelsea ahead with less than five minutes left to go. The Blues also hit a post in the first half (Willian).

Chelsea face again Slavia Prague on Thursday 18th April at Stamford Bridge. An home win would ensure the qualification to the semi-final of Europa League 2018/2019.

More to follow…

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CHELSEA (4 3 3) – Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud, Willian

Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Luiz, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Higuain.

SLAVIA PRAGUE – Kolar, Coufal, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Deli, Boril, Traore, Kral, Masopust, Sevcik, Stoch, Olayinka

Subs: Zmrhal, Husbauer, Van Buren, Kudela, Skoda, Frydrych, Kovar

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Chelsea‘s youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, speaking with Chelsea Tv admitted he watched his team-mate Eden Hazard in awe as he scored his first goal vs West Ham on Monday night at Stamford Bridge.

All I can say is that I watched the whole thing with my mouth wide open,” the England international said. “He’s an exceptional player, though, and I do expect things like that from him. I just watch and learn from him in training, and then in games. Watching someone like that, he is a superb role model to look up to.”

Hazard goal, and his second in the second-half were not only beautiful, but also very important in the Blues’ race for a top-four spot in the Premier League table. “The three points were absolutely crucial,” Hudson-Odoi told Chelsea TV. “A couple of other teams dropped points so we needed to get the result, and we did and we did it in the right manner as well. Our mentality was strong, we worked hard throughout the game, and we had to stay patient because they stayed very compact. So we just had to keep working, and getting our way through and trying to keep moving the ball, and I felt we did that well.”

 

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Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been charged with drunk driving after he crashed his car into a wall early on Monday morning.

According to reports by The Sun, the Chelsea midfielder, who was treated for minor injuries, had been at a charity party on Sunday night.

Drinkwater was arrested and then released on unconditional bail ahead of a court appearance on May 13.

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Chelsea win 2-0 against West Ham in the Monday night match and goes up to the third place in the table.

Eden Hazard was the man who gave the Blues the 3 points with a fantastic brace: the Blues now sit third in the Premier League table with 66 points, two more than Spurs ( 64, 4th) and three more than Arsenal ( 63, 5th) who have a game in hand, anyway.

Chelsea dominated the ball in the opening period, but had to wait until the 24th minute to cut West Ham open thanks to some Hazard brilliance.

In the end of the first half Gonzalo Higuain could score the second one for Chelsea after another Hazard superb playing but he hit the post.

West Ham had a couple of chances to equalise in the second part but Hazard sealed the game at 90′ with a half-volley on Barkley‘s cross.

Next game is at Anfield with leaders Liverpool on Sunday evening.

 

 

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Chelsea earned a crucial win in their race to reach a top-four finish along with Arsenal, Man United and Tottenham Hotspur. An opener from Olivier Giroud before Eden Hazard’s curled shot and Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s second consecutive goal in the second half were enough to seal a 3-0 home victory.

Manger Maurizio Sarri told BBC Sport after the game he’s lucky to have so many back-up options in his squad: We needed to change. We’re lucky because Callum is doing very well. Loftus has no problem with his back for the first time this season. Giroud is in a good period.” 

The Blues host West Ham United on Premier League’s Monday night.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) – Kepa; Azpilicueta (Zappacosta 73′), Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek (Kovacic 82′), Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Hazard (Willian 84′)

BRIGHTON (4-3-3) – Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Stephens, Propper, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh (Bernardo 75′), Andone (Murray 70′), March (Knockaert 30′)

Scorers: Giroud 38′ Hazard 60′ Loftus-Cheek 63′

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Chelsea defeated Dinamo Zagreb 6-4 after penalties today in London to gain a place in Uefa Youth League final-four which will be played between Aprile 26th and April 29th in Nyon.

The Blues went down 0-2 due to Marin‘s brace for Dinamo Zagreb, but in the last 15 minutes, Chelsea captain McCormick scored twice and forced the game to the penalty shoot-out.

Chelsea scored all their penalties, while Dinamo Zagreb missed two.

In the semifinal the Blues will face Barcelona.

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