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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup semifinal’s second leg vs TottenhamChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed striker Gonzalo Higuain will sign very soon for the Blues.

Higuain is a few hours away from signing his contract at Chelsea,” Sarri said. ‘We are hoping he will start scoring straightaway for us but there is more to his game than goals. He is a very strong striker and was especially strong during my first season in Naples, he did very well and scored 36 goals in 35 games in Serie A, and 39 in total. For sure he is one of the best strikers in my career, he has the right experience to play here”.

Not only Higuain, according to Sarri, will help Chelsea with his goals, but also thanks to his winning mentality, the aspect about which the Italian manager has strongly criticised his players in the last few days.

He wants to win all the time, in any situation”. Sarri went on. “As far as failure is concerned, I wouldn’t call it that, he still scored nine goals (at AC Milan) and he found himself in a team which is not at the same level at Juventus.”

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While Chelsea‘s fans are waiting for the signing of Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata’s move to Atletico Madrid, once again Eden Hazard hasn’t ruled out the chance of a future with Real Madrid.

When asked by France Football about his move to the current champions of Europe, the Blues’ star claimed:

Why not? I’ve seen all there is to see”. Hazard explained. “I‘ve won everything here: the two cups, the league, apart from the Community Shield, but that doesn’t mean I am going to leave. I have always said that, after England, I wanted to discover something else. But there are things that could make me stay too. I’m not far off the peak of my career, that’s sure. Even if things can always be better, that’s for sure too. I am at a crossroads, yes. We are going to take the right turn.”

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Cardiff City‘s latest club-record £18m signing Emiliano Sala was on board an aircraft which vanished from radar near the Channel Islands last night.

The Argentine striker was reportedly traveling back to Wales from Nantes, where he spent a few hours with former teammates in France.

French news agency AFP reported a search and rescue operation is now underway.

More to follow…

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard explained who all his managers have always expected more from him and have been frustrated, in some way, by his performances:

I didn’t just frustrate Conte,” Hazard told France Football “In my career, I’ve frustrated all my managers, and now, I’m frustrating Sarri. I frustrated Mourinho. They all think you need to score more, do more of this and more of that. I’ll also frustrate the next manager I have.”

 

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Gonzalo Higuain is expected to fly to London on Tuesday to finalize a loan move to Chelsea, according to reports in Italy and England.

The Argentine striker reportedly won’t be allowed to leave the club and undergo his medical at Chelsea until AC Milan have completed the signing of Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa CFC.

Higuain has been left out of tomorrow’s clash against Genoa CFC and will move from his parent club Juventus to Stamford Bridge on a six-month loan.

Speaking at a press conference, AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso told journalists: “I accept his decision. He could have done something more and maybe we could have helped him fit in better”.

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Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat against Arsenal last time out as goals from Lacazette and Koscielny sealed a 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium. Spurs moved 4 points clear Blues, who are currently sitting 4th on the Premier League table.

Manager Maurizio Sarri opted to speak in Italian his press conference to properly send a message to the Chelsea squad.

Speaking after the game, defender Marcos Alonso told the club’s official website: “We made silly mistakes,

We provoked them to gain confidence and come to press us because we were making mistakes. In the second half we tried but it was too late and we couldn’t score”.

He added: “When you lose, you learn. We have to analyse the game and improve quickly because there is no time to think. We have to perform again in four days”.

 

“It was a good opportunity,’ acknowledged Alonso. ‘We wasted it and now we have to work even harder to stay in a Champions League position and win games. It has to motivate us”.

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Arsenal deserved a 2-0 win against Chelsea at Etihad Stadium earlier today. Goals from striker Lacazette and skipper Koscielny were enough to seal a double lead for Unai Emery’s men.

The Blues struggled to bounce back after the Frenchman scored an opener from a close range, and only Marcos Alonso‘s header in the extra-time was a clear chance as the ball hit the post towards the far corner.

Chelsea had a few chances to reduce the gap in the second period, clearly not enough to cope with the Gunners in a disappointing afternoon. Bad news for the hosts as Hector Bellerin left the pitch after suffering a concerning knee injury.


 

CHELSEA (4 3 3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 63′); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 80′), Hazard, Willian (Giroud 66′)

ARSENAL (4 1 2 1 2): Leno; Bellerin (Elneny 71′), Sokratis, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Torreira, Guendouzi; Ramsey (Maitland-Niles 66′); Lacazette (Iwobi 67′), Aubameyang

Bookings: David Luiz, Barkley,
Scorers Lacazette 14′, Koscielny 39′

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ARSENAL – Leno; Bellerin, Sokratis, Koscielny (c), Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Subs: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Monreal, Elneny, Ozil, Iwobi.

Manager: Unai Emery

 

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Hazard, Willian.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Ampadu, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, UK

Kick Off: 5.30 pm GMT

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Speaking during his pre-game press conference, Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri explained tomorrow’s game vs Arsenal will be very tough for his team.

“This match is a risk and an opportunity because they are doing well at home. As you said before it is a great opportunity for us”. the Italian said. “They are really a very good team. The offensive phase they are one of the best in the PL, they are dangerous, and it will be very important”.

Chelsea won the first Premier League‘s meeting vs Arsenal this season, and now they want to get the same result: “August was a very different match. We learned they had a lot of dangerous movements, especially when our full-back is out of the line”. Sarri however explained. “We worked during this week on this, they are very dangerous. Marcos in that match scored in a very unusual action for us. It wasn’t by chance but similar. I think that we can be dangerous against these opponents, but we have to stay in the match, defend and have good application for 95 minutes”.

Chelsea’s manager then spoke about the January transfer window, underlining he doesn’t know anything about the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, which, in any case seems very imminent:  “I want to be clear, I spoke to Marina two weeks ago, she knows my opinion and then I decided to be focused on the pitch and training”. Sarri claimed. “I know that Marina is working very hard, but I know nothing about the market. I don’t call her every evening, otherwise I spend my energy on the market, it is better to spend mental energy on the pitch”.  

 

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Italian defender Davide Zappacosta has played so far just 18 minutes in the current Premier League and according to some reports, italian side SS Lazio would like to sign him in the January transfer window.

Angelo Alessio who was Antonio Conte‘s assistant coach at Chelsea last season, believes the defender has the right to tell his club to let him go and play regularly with another team.

“If he wants to play regularly it is right for him to ask Chelsea to let him go. There is little space there for him and they are not guaranteeing him a starting position”. Alessio told La Lazio siamo noi.  “I think he wants to leave and play and clearly the clubs have to deal with the financial aspect of the deal.”

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