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Watford managed to get their second consecutive Premier League win as they beat Burnley at Turf Moor last time out. The Hornets cruised to a 3-1 victory thanks to Troy Deeney and Will Hughes, who both found the net after Tarkowski had canceled out Andre Gray’s opener.

Watford are now level on points (6) with Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the standings. Liverpool and Crystal Palace, who both won their openers last week, will play their Premier League fixture on Monday.

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More from Maurizio Sarri, who has been asked also on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata during the press conference following Chelsea‘s home win against Arsenal.

About the Spaniard, who scored a decisive goal and provided a convincing performance at Stamford Bridge, Sarri told journalists: “It was important for him, but I think he can do better. He can do better in the future I think”.

On Eden Hazard, whose assist was crucial for Marcos Alonso’s decisive goal: “It’s clear, he is a great player, but I think in this moment he is not able to play for 90 minutes”.

“I thought it was better for 25 or 30 minutes when the match was going down. I hope one week, maximum two weeks, he can have 90 minutes”.

On Loftus-Cheek: “It depends on the position on the pitch. I prefer on the bench to have two wingers and only one midfielder. It depends on any other situation”.

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Maurizio Sarri enjoyed a second consecutive Premier League win as Chelsea got the upper hand against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge this evening.

The Italian manager, speaking at a press conference, confirmed he remains happy at the performance from the squad despite the whole team “lost distances” in the last 15 minutes of a vivid first half.

Sarri said: “I think we have done very well for 75 minutes, 15 minutes were horrible. We lost distances. We were not able to press, only one player or two players. In the other 15 minutes it was better to smoke, I think. It was a wonderful match for everybody”.

I think that the players were very good in the second half because it was not easy for the final part of the first half”.

When asked if Chelsea can be competitive in the race for the title, he added: “Not in this moment, we did very well in the last 25 minutes but I think we have to work and I am not talking about the defenders, the defensive phase is the team. If we press very high we are able to do well. In the other moments if we are not able to press we are in trouble. If we want to defend by looking only at the ball we need to stay very compact and press in the other half. In that 15 minutes we were not able to do this and so we were in trouble”. 

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Chelsea faced Arsenal in their second Premier League clash of the season. Maurizio Sarri, speaking ahead of his first London derby as the Blues’ manager, confirmed he was looking forward to getting underway.

Chelsea scored twice in the first half as Pedro and Alvaro Morata were clever both to exploit their chances, with Arsenal struggling to score despite three massive efforts missed from a close range by Mesut Ozil, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan earlier in the period.

The Blues failed to keep their double advantage as Unai Emery‘s men bounced back with two goals in the 37th and 41st minute in a vivid first half. Lucas Torreira replaces Granit Xhaka, who ha been shown a yellow card, while Maurizio Sarri made his first two changes by putting on Hazard and Kovacic respectively for Willian and Barkley.

The Belgian star swept past Lacazette before assisting in the six-yard box Marcos Alonso, who fires home for 3-2. Chelsea earn their second win in a row, the first one at Stamford Bridge also for the newly-appointed Italian manager. Five goals were scored in a dramatic London derby.

 

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CHELSEA – Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Pedro, Morata

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Moses, Hazard, Kovacic, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

 

ARSENAL – Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang.

Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Ramsey, Welbeck, Lacazette.

Manager: Unai Emery

 

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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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Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be very useful this season for Chelsea under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

The England international, speaking to the club official website, has discussed the position on the field he would love to play:

Playing in a 4-3-3 in an attacking midfield position is kind of my position really, my suited position, so hopefully I can bring my best football to the team,” Loftus-Cheek said.

Then, the young midfielder also spoke about how the team is developing the new boss’ ideas: “The boys are working really hard trying to understand how the boss wants us to play, on and off the ball, and it will only get better”. he added.

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Kenneth Omeruo has today joined La Liga side Leganes on a season-long loan, as Chelsea confirmed via their official website.

The 24-year-old who joined Chelsea form Standard Liege back in 2012, spent last season on loan at Turkish side Kasimpasa.

Omeruo also made two appearances for Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia.

Former Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has been recently appointed as new manager at Leganes.

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Chelsea starlet Ola Aina will spend next season on loan with Serie A side Torino, who also have an option to make the deal permanent at the end of current season.

The Nigerian star told Torino’s official website: “The club has been keeping tabs on me for a long time, I hope I can make an impact here. I am aware this is a club which trust young players and this is very important for me”.

“I hope I can learn many things in Italy, especially in the way to cover the pitch properly because tactics and organization are crucial aspects in football. I can’t wait to get started”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is confident striker Alvaro Morata could help the Blues in their Premier League game at Stamford Bridge vs Arsenal.

Speaking to Chelsea official website, the Italian admitted Morata’s performances are becoming better and better:  “Against Huddersfield I think he was better than in pre-season.” Sarri said. “He needs to score, but every striker in the world needs to score”.

Then Sarri himself also explained the difficulties his team had in the first half of their Premier League opener: “In the first half we had a problem pressing against their three defenders and it was a surprise for us because in pre-season Huddersfield had played 4-2-3-1, so this was their first time with three defenders and I had some problem in the first part of the game because of this.”

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