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After playing yesterday vs Mol Vidi in Chelsea‘s last game in the Europa League‘s group stage, the Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas claimed he is frustrated for the few chances Maurizio Sarri is giving him during this season.

“I know what my role is. Unfortunately it’s not the one I want,” Fabregas said when asked about his role as backup. “I’m keeping it professional as usual. I’m always trying to do my best, in the conditions, playing with the youngsters, playing with the first team, even though this year I still haven’t played with the full, full first team one game.”

In the last few weeks Cesc Fabregas has been also linked to a move to Ac Milan in the next transfer window or next summer.

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Chelsea failed to get their 6th win from 6 games in Europa League‘s Group L after MOL Vidi FC sealed a surprising 2-2 draw in Hungary earlier this evening.

However Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri, speaking at a press conference following the clash, confirmed he was pleased with ‘the character and the reaction’ after the hosts completed a two-goal turnaround (from 0-1 to 2-1), as well as he was pleased with the performances of Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Sarri said: “We made a lot of mistakes from the tactical point of view. I am happy with the character and reaction from the second goal.

From the tactical point of view we made a lot of mistakes. We lost a lot of ball, can manage it better at the end”.

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, who scored a decisive goal later in the second half against Vidi FC, came off the bench to replace injured Alvaro Morata just before the half-time whistle in the Blues’ Europa League clash tonight.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was also asked to give an injury update on the Spaniard, who suffered a knock on his left knee.

T”he first impression of the doctor is that it isn’t too bad” he said.

“But we have to check tomorrow” Sarri added.

Chelsea will face Brighton Hove&Albion on Sunday afternoon before taking on Bournemouth in the Quarter Finals of Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

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Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri fail to complete a perfect record in the Europa League group stages as Blues were held to 2-2 draw from Hungarian side MOL Vidi FC in Budapest.

An early opener scored by Willian was denied two minutes later, when Ethan Ampadu‘s header became an unfortunate own goal. The hosts found an unexpected lead in the second half through a volley from 15 yards out, before Olivier Giroud managed to level with a curled shot into the top corner. The Frenchman had replaced injured striker Alvaro Morata (knock) earlier in the first half.

No pain for Chelsea, who end up their run as leaders of Group L. European football pauses until February, this means Maurizio Sarri and Blues will find out their next opponents on Monday.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) – Caballero; Zappacosta, Ampadu, Christensen, Emerson; Fabregas (c), Barkley, Loftus-Cheek; Willian (Pedro 56′), Morata (Giroud 46′), Hudson-Odoi

MOL VIDI (4-5-1) – Kovacsik; Fiola, Juhasz (c), Vinicius, Stopira; Nego, Hadzic (Patkai 85′), Huszti (Hodzic 81′), Nikolov, Milanov (Kovacs 81′); Scepovic

BOOKINGS Loftus-Cheek, Juhasz, Huszti, Vinicius, Nego

SCORERS: Willian 30′, Giroud 75′ Ampadu OG 32′, Nego 56′

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Chelsea face Hungarian side MOL Vidi FC as Europa League’s group stages come to an end tonight.

The Blues have already booked a place into the last 32 of the competition. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed earlier this morning that both youngsters Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi could have been selected in the starting XI. Also Caballero is given first time football, with Andreas Christensen confirmed as a centre-back. Jamie Cumming and George McEachran are on the bench.

Here’s how the teams will start (kick-off time: 5.55PM BST) in Budapest:

CHELSEA – Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Ampadu, Emerson, Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Morata, Hudson-Odoi

Subs: Cumming, Alonso, Jorginho, Pedro, Giroud, Luiz, McEachran

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

VIDI FC –  Vinicius, Fiola, Hadzic, Huszti, Nego, Nikolov, Stopira, Juhasz, Scepovic, Milanov

Subs: to be announced

Manager: Marko Nikolic

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Chelsea will face today Vidi in their last Europa League Group stage’s match.

The Blues are already sure to finish top of the table their group so Maurizio Sarri will make some rotations in his Starting XI.

For tomorrow we have three 2000 in the 18. Maybe Odoi will be on the pitch, I don’t know at the moment. Ampadu maybe on the pitch because of Cahill injury. Premier League, I don’t know. I don’t think in Manchester City, United, the other big teams there are 2000 with a lot of minutes. I hope in the future there will be a chance for Callum, for Ampadu. It is up to them I think”. the Italian manager explained.  “Odoi played in August, the Community Shield, two Europa League matches. Tomorrow maybe he is on the pitch so it is four opportunities. I think they have only to play very well in this opportunity. For the moment Odoi did it. Now I am looking forward to Ampadu. The future for them is very important. They have to improve every day. Technically they are very good.”

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It’s still unclear if Brazilian defender David Luiz will sign a new contract with Chelsea or not, but Luiz himself has made clear which is his first choice for his career:

We are still talking, let’s see. Let’s see what the future brings,” the Blues player told Eurosport. “I love this club, everybody knows I want to stay”. 

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger revealead how the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri inspired him and his team-mates before the Premier League game vs Manchester City.

[Sarri] was very calm and clear-minded. He spoke with us and made it clear that we have to believe in ourselves. He wanted us to go into the City game looking for the win”. Rudiger explained.  “We spoke together. We all knew what was going on, we didn’t have to lie to ourselves: the mentality was the problem”.

On the other hand, Sarri’s reaction was very different after Wednesday’s loss vs Wolverhampton: “After the Wolves game, he [Sarri] was terrifying,” the Blues defender said. “He was going crazy. But that was okay because we shouldn’t have lost this match”.

Also Antonio Rudiger admitted that vs Manchester City, Chelsea was able to find again a very important “feature” from last season:  “One of the things that made us strong in difficult moments last season was that we knew how to suffer. This season, because things were going so good, we were thinking, ‘We don’t need to suffer’”. Rudiger claimed. “Two teams, Tottenham and Wolves, proved us wrong. That’s why, against Manchester City, everyone saw a team that was ready to fight. We wanted to take the supporters with us and we did that. By ‘suffering’, what I mean is when we are having a tough time, we need to man up, keep our chins up and work. We were playing beautiful football at the start of the season, but that doesn’t mean you forget the ugly side of it: winning tackles, tracking back, doing everything defensively. Against Manchester City, we were very clinical, which was also important. That has been missing over the last month, but against City, we did something out of nothing.”

 

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Chelsea defender and captain Cesar Azpilicueta made his 300th appearance last evening in the Blues‘ home victory against Man City at Stamford Bridge, with goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men sealed a crucial win to go 8 points behind Liverpool, who are currently leading the Premier League table with 42 points.

Azpilicueta shared his feelings via Instagram: “The best way of celebrating my 300th appearance for Chelsea! Big win at the Bridge and big TEAM performance!”

The Spaniard has put the pen to paper on a new and improved deal with the club (four-year contract) earlier on Monday.

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante scored his second goal in the Premier League 2018/19 against Man City, after putting his mark in the Blues’ win against Huddersfield Town on MatchDay 1 earlier in August.

The Frenchman, who has recently put the pen to paper on a new contract with Chelsea until June 2023, told the club’s official website: “The most important thing is to give my best on the pitch.”

“I am happy when I can be on the scoresheet and to have scored my second goal of the season. Sometimes I have chances in this position to score. I reacted, got there and had a shot”. 

Kante added: “We had some difficult moments but we were able to suffer together and make the effort together, and after we were rewarded with two goals”.

“We are happy with the win. It’s a good feeling. I think they are the best team in England. It was important to react after the defeat on Wednesday. We did it the right way and we need to continue like this in the next games”.

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