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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger said the Blues now control their destiny in the race for a spot in the top-four and the qualification for next season’s Champions League.

We have things in our own hands now. It depends only on us”. Rudiger told The Mirror. “We can play ­different styles but it’s always best to find the golden middle. That’s the ­difficult thing”.

According to the German defender the Blues have improved in the last few games: “We have now found a balance. It is a learning curve for the coach as well,” he said. “He learned from that game against Manchester City. There we went to press, we wanted to win the ball, and ­everyone knows what happened”. Rudiger went on. “Now everyone has adapted. People saw the way we played against Tottenham and against Manchester City (Carabao Cup final). It was different from the way we played in the first three months. How we play depends on the coach.

 

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An important win in Belarus allowed Chelsea to book a place into the Europa League last 36, however Blues boss Maurizio Sarri highlighted the best things from the game against Bate Borisov was the result.

The Italian admitted “Chelsea did not play very well” last despite getting an away victory thanks to Olivier Giroud‘s header:

“I think the best thing of the game is the result, I think. We didn’t play very well” Sarri said.

“I didn’t like the first half. We moved it too slowly. It was very difficult to be dangerous, better in the second half. We didn’t manage the last 15 minutes well. The best thing is the result. It wasn’t very easy to play a good game here, with the conditions. I think we could have done better”.

“I am pleased for [Olivier] Giroud. He is a very important for us. I know very well a striker wants to score. For his confidence I think it is very important.”

Sarri was also asked about the importance of being qualified with two games still to go:

“I think the first aspect is the qualification” he said.

“We need one point more to win the group, that is the next target. Then we can think about the next round in February. They attacked very well in the last few minutes. They played much better than at Stamford Bridge.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits that he was surprised by David Luiz in these first months at Stamford Bridge:

“I have to say he is better than I thought before, really better,

“As a player and as a man,” the Italian manager revealed.

“I don’t know [what happened] before, but when I arrived here immediately I had the feeling he is a very good player for my way of football because he is a very technical centre-back. Then, I appreciate very much the man.

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has cited again Antonio Conte’s style of play as one of the reasons of his fickle first season at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to Spanish radio Cadena Ser he was asked about whether he enjoys life under Maurizio Sarri more, he was pretty emphatic in his answer.

“Yes, yes, yes. For me, yes,” he replied.

Morata also went into his injury problems which seemed to go under the radar.

He explained that he should have taken time off instead of forcing himself to play through it:

“A player they pay for can’t finish the season with 15 goals. People think we’re machines.

“If I had stopped for three months, I would have come back with a clear head, but I was professional and I wanted to give everything.

“If I could go back, I would stop for two months.

“I was in pain, I went to Germany to see the doctor, paying for private planes.

“People believe the false life of Instagram, what it shows you; they thought I was at home with my wife.

“Someday, I’ll write a book about what I’ve been through.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri spoke to Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle of Newcastle clash, that gave his team top of the table again.

“It was a tough game, here it’s tough for everybody, the past season Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal lost here,” the Italian claimed.

“It was not easy for our defenders as Newcastle tried to play the ball very quickly every time they were able to take it but we conceded a goal in the only time they entered our box in the second half.

Hazard coming to take the ball in the midfield to limit Jorginho in his playing? Well, in some moments of the game it was surely better to play wider instead that in centre of the pitch, but since Hazard is a crucial player it’s up to us to adapt to his style of playing.”

 

 

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Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, now it’s almost official.

Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is speaking in this moment in a press conference and claimed the deal is about to be closed:

“Sarri is close to be new Chelsea manager, maybe it will be official tonight. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything,” the Italian businessman claimed, as quoted by CalcioNapoli24.com .

“Everything it’s upon him, let’s see what happens”

Jorginho in the deal? These are separate matters”

“I accepted Manchester City offer for him two weeks ago, but I will have to apologize with them: if the player prefers to live in London rather than in Manchester I can understand him, then if Chelsea proposes him better wages I can understand him even more and I cannot do anything”

“But Jorginho at Chelsea is not linked to the Sarri deal”

 

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Gianfranco Zola‘s agent has confirmed the rumours who put the ex Italian player as Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant at Chelsea next season, even though he dismissed direct contacts with the Blues board for now.

The 59-year-old Italian manager has yet to be appointed as Chelsea are currently working on a compensation package with Napoli, even though he has already left his role as head coach there.

Sarri was replaced by Blues legend Carlo Ancelotti at the Azzurri last month, the Italian club are still paying him a salary since his contract runs until 2021 and had a € 8m release clause valid until the end of May that can be effective again by the 1st of July.

“There have not been contact with Chelsea or with Sarri’s staff,” Fulvio Marrucco, Zola’s agent, told CalcioNapoli24.

“The first step is to find an agreement between Conte and Chelsea for the contract termination, then Sarri needs to sign.

“Zola is very happy about the rumours.

“His managerial idols are Guardiola and Sarri. Working with Maurizio would be a fantastic thing.

“For him, it would be a return home, as Chelsea is home away from home for Zola.”

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Gazzetta dello Sport claims Maurizio Sarri is ‘very close’ to Chelsea but warns his Napoli € 8m release clause will return in a matter of weeks.

The Italian sports paper claims Chelsea have prepared a ‘lucrative’ two-year contract for Sarri, which includes an extend option for a third season, while Blues legend Gianfranco Zola will assist him at Stamford Bridge.

However,  Chelsea would have to hurry their negotiations with Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis as the manager release clause, which expired at the end of May, will become effective again ‘at the start of July’.

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Chelsea winger Pedro has praised Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic amid reports linking him to become the next Blues manager.

The Spaniard described the Serbian tactician as a “great manager” and expressed an interest in working with him.

“We know there might be some changes, we’re awaiting. We know that he [Slavisa Jokanovic] is a great manager,” Pedro told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.

“Many names have been mentioned and he is one of them. If a new manager comes, we’ll try to work in the best way possible.”

This could be a huge tip about who could be the next manager to occupy Stamford Bridge dug-out next season.

Chelsea are yet to officially announce the departure of current manager Antonio Conte although the Italian is widely expected to leave the club after failing to guide them into the Champions League last season and falling out with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

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Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri could leave the Italian side to head to Stamford Bridge, this is what it emerges after the Tuscan coach revealed that yesterday’s win against Crotone could be his last game in charge at the Azzurri.

A few days ago Sarri met Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis to discuss the the coach future and there was optimism on the continuation of their professional relationship, as the Azzurri owner proposed him 4-million-per-year-contract and a 8m release-clause.

But out of the blues, after yesterday’s match, Sarri didn’t seem so sure about his future in Naples: it is believed Chelsea are keeping tracks on Sarri’s situation to propose him a deal if Conte won’t continue in London next year, this could have led the Azzurri coach to change his mind.

De Laurentiis would demand Abramovich to pay his release clause, that will exprire in the end of this month ( after that, a club that would like to appoint Sarri would have to negotiate with Napoli, and it won’t be easy)

“The season finished 20 minutes ago.The truth is as Insigne put it, even I don’t know what I will do,” the Italian coach revealed after the last Serie A game of the season yesterday.

“After the match in Florence, when it became clear we wouldn’t win the League, we gave ourselves this new target of the points record. Right now I am hungry”.

“Tomorrow I will talk to my family before anyone else. That’s what is right at this moment.”

The president needs a response quickly. We are at the end of the season and he needs to plan. I understand that he needs an answer”.

“My only confusion is that in life everything comes to an end. It’s the truth and sometimes it’s better to finish stories while they are good”.

“When I arrived, the team had finished 24 points off the top. Now, we are four points behind. We have not reached the target, but the journey has been fantastic. I need to thank the crowd. Regardless of what I am doing next year, they will always have a place in my heart.”

“Is it a complicated situation, you can’t say that we’ll move forward and try again with this group, because I don’t know whether this group will all be able to stay together. Some of them have release clauses and offers from top teams in the world”.

“I’m not sure if the club will manage to keep all of this group.”

Speaking about the extraordinary season Napoli had, he said:

“The crowd in Naples has been stupendous for the whole year. Even today, 50,000 of them supported us for our points record even though we didn’t win the Scudetto”.

“Since there have been three points for a win, anyone who has ever passed 90 points has always won.

“The team has had an extraordinary season. For three consecutive years we have had club record point hauls. We have always been growing.”

“I don’t think I could go to another Italian team immediately. The memory of Napoli would be too strong.”

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