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Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri spoke following tonight’s defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round tie. The Italian boss said:

“I think so. Of course I’m not sure, but I think so. I think the situation with the players is very good in terms of our relationship but that’s not so important. What’s important is to play and get good results but my relationship with the players at the moment is good”.

“I’m worried about the results, not the fans. Of course I can understand the situation and I can understand our fans because the result wasn’t good and we are out of the FA Cup, but I’m worried at the moment about our results”.

Sarri added: “It’s very easy (to create a more positive feeling). If we are able to win three or four matches in a row it will be very easy. It’s difficult to win five matches in a row”.

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Tonight Chelsea will face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in a crucial and difficult Fa Cup game.

It’s a huge game, a very difficult game as well,” Willian  told Chelsea’s official website ‘They are in a good moment and playing very well but we play at home and we have to do our job, which is to try to win the game in front of our fans. It will, for sure, be a difficult game for us. They have technical players, a strong team and they are Man United so we have to respect that. It will be a big game”.

Also the Blues want to win the game because the Fa Cup is one of the trophies they can win this season: “We know it’s a different game, not the Premier League but the FA Cup, and we want to win something this season”. Willian went on. “We have great opportunities to win something. We have this one, against them, we have the Carabao Cup, we have the Europa League, and the Premier League is very difficult but we can reach the top four. So we can go from now until the end of the season and do great things.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he’s happy with the performance of his lads following the Blues away win (the first since December 2018) against Malmo in the Europa League last night. Goals from Ross Barkey and Olivier Giroud were enough to seal a vital result in Sweden.

Sarri told journalists after the game: “I am happy because we played with a very good level of confidence,’ he said, ‘and that was not very easy after the last match. Today we had confidence because we moved the ball also inside our box. We played very well, the risk only came from set-pieces because Malmo are more physical than us”.

“We could score more but we conceded a goal because of a mistake,’ he added, ‘but today the level of application and attention was good. We made an individual mistake so I think we could win better. We had three or four goal opportunities at 2-0, so we could have killed the match, but I am happy with the confidence”.

He added: “If we concede a goal like this [the one tonight against Malmo] to a team like Man United, Man City and Tottenham, then you risk conceding three goals in 10 minutes, so we have to do better, but I think the performance was a good performance”.

Source: www.chelseafc.com

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Goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud make the difference as Chelsea beat Malmo in the first-leg of Europa League last-32 in Sweden.

The hosts are still competitive in the tie following a late goal scored by Anders Christiansen, which means the Blues can’t afford a defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri sealed his first away victory in the new year as the squad will travel back to England to prepare the FA Cup clash against Manchester United before the Europa League’s second-leg.

MALMO (4-4-2): Dahlin, Vindheim, Nielsen, Bengtsson, Safari; Traustason (Lewicki 70′), Christiansen (Gall 80′), Bachirou, Rieks; Antonsson (Strandberg 70′), Rosenberg

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Barkley, Jorginho (Kante 74′), Kovacic; Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 85′), Giroud, Willian (Hazard 70′)

SCORERS: Barkley 30′ Giroud 58′ Christiansen 80′

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Tonight Chelsea will face Malmo in the first leg of Europa League‘s last 32.

Here are the confirmed lineups:

Malmo: Antonsson, Bachirou, Bengtsson, Dahlin, Nielsen, Rieks, Ronseberg, Safari, Traustason, Vindheim.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Barkley, Willian, Giroud, Pedro

Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Kante, Hudson-Odoi, Zappacosta, Hazard

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Spanish attacker Pedro explained Chelsea can implement Maurizio Sarri‘s ideas of football, even if sometimes this can be difficult and tricky.

All the team follows the idea of Maurizio: press really high, stay compact, and to create chances. With good possession, a lot of the ball. We can do this as a team,” Pedro explained. “But sometimes it’s so difficult to play in this way. It depends upon the opponents. City played very well, so it was so difficult to press, to create between the lines and to defend. But it’s Maurizio’s idea, and I prefer to press high when we recover the ball to create chances, not to wait for 90 minutes to recover the ball and run 60 metres to score the goal”.

Today’s match vs Malmoe in the first leg of Europa League‘s last 32, can be a good chance for the team to improve under this aspect: “In the last few games it’s not been in very good condition for the results. Now is a good opportunity tomorrow to win and get our best confidence. It’s not good for [Sarri] and the team because the results have not been good, but it’s good for us to change this dynamic now.” Pedro went on. “It’s good for us going into the final against City, the FA Cup against United. In the league, it’s difficult for us to hit our targets, but we’re still in four competitions. That’s good for us. It’s too early to analyse the season. We do that at the end of the season. Malmo is a good opportunity.”

 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Gonzalo Higuain of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge on February 2, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Chelsea are set to face Malmo in the first leg of Europa League last-32 at New Stadion tonight (kick-off at 8pm BST). Maurizio Sarri named a 23-man squad which traveled to Sweden yesterday:

GOAKEEPERS – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Jamie Cumming

DEFENDERS – Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Davide Zappacosta, Ethan Ampadu, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson

MIDFIELDERS – N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Ross Barkley

STRIKERS –  Eden Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Gonzalo Higuain, Olivier Giroud

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Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane emerged as a potential candidate to replace Maurizio Sarri, should the Italian boss fail to gain the trust of Chelsea board facing sack from his role, according to several reports in England.

The Frenchman, who won three Champions League titles in a row with Los Blancos, left the club last summer and is believed to be considering the prospect of working in the Premier League in a near future.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer widely improving Manchester United’s results (despite their recent UCL defeat against Paris Saint-Germain) a move to Old Trafford looks unlikely before the end of current season.

We reported yesterday Maurizio Sarri should be given at least an additional month to persuade Roman Abramovich he’s the right man to lead Chelsea.

Maurizio Sarri has a month to gain the trust of Chelsea board

 

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard insisted Maurizio Sarri‘s style of play remains his favourite since moving to Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian told Chelsea’s official website: “All the managers I’ve played for have given me something,”

“From when I started with Claude Puel at Lille to now with Maurizio Sarri.

“They all see football in different ways, which is why I’m the player I am. They have all given me important advice. Mourinho was special, but the way Sarri and Garcia like to play is more like my philosophy of football.”

It is understood Hazard’s contract expires in June 2020, with Real Madrid heavily linked with a move to land him to Santiago Bernabeu next summer.

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After Chelsea‘s heaviest Premier League defeat, Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante tried to find the reasons of Sunday’s tremendous loss with Manchester City.

It’s difficult to explain,’” Kante told Chelsea official website. “They outclassed us. It was a collective failing. They outclassed us from the first minute to the last minute, and they made the difference in the first minutes of the first half. It was very difficult to come back from that”.

All the Blues players, however have to react and the busy schedule of the next few weeks can help them to do so: “It’s a great disappointment and we have to react. It’s difficult to accept such a heavy defeat, but we have a lot of matches coming up to lift our heads and give us hope for good results at the end of this season”. the French midfielder went on. “We all have disappointment etched across our faces, but we`ve got a lot to learn from this, and hopefully we will not repeat the same mistakes in the future.”

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