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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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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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German defender Antonio Rudiger explained he plays in a different way from last season as Italian manager Maurizio Sarri has asked him to do.

Last season I mostly played only long passes,” Rudiger told Chelsea official website. “This season it has changed of course with another coach and another system. For me it was very important to adapt very quickly to it and in that case I think I am doing very well. He told me you have to try to build the game up from behind and not only play long balls, and I took that seriously and that’s what I am trying to do: play from the back. I want to play so I have to try! In life everything is about adapting quickly.”

Rudiger tried to play from the back also during Chelsea’s win vs Newcastle on Saturday at Stamford Bridge: “It was an important win [against Newcastle]. Now we run away a bit from Arsenal and next week we are playing against them. It’s a derby and also a very important game for staying in the top four”. Rudiger explained. “We have to secure the top four as quickly as possible. If something different happens we can still be title contenders then why not, but if we have the chance to go ahead of Arsenal and also Man United we have to win our games.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes Gary Cahill would be properly replaced by youngster Ethan Ampadu at Stamford Bridge if the defender left the club in January.

When asked if Cahill is on his way to join Fulham or another side, Sarri told reporters: “No, at the moment I want to understand the situation: if he wants to go or not.

“At the moment his mind is not completely involved in our situation, so we need to wait. For Cahill the situation is different because we have [Ethan] Ampadu, so we don’t need a replacement.”

The London Evening Standard reported earlier this week Cahill is closing in on a loan to Fulham until the end of current season.

Also midfielder Cesc Fabregas is reportedly on his way following a lucrative offer from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.

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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 Cesar Azpilicueta has put the pen to paper on a new and improved deal until June 2022, as the club’s official website confirmed earlier this morning.

After signing a new four-year deal to stay put at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard told Blues’ official website: “I am really happy to extend my stay here at Chelsea”.

“Since I came, I felt the joy and responsibility to play for this club, these fans, and every time I go on the pitch I try do my best. Hopefully there is a lot to come and we can keep Chelsea where it belongs.”

Azpilicueta, who joined the club back in 2012 from Olympique Marseille, is now just two appearances away from reaching 300 games with Chelsea’s shirt.

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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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After a difficult season because of many injuries and a difficult relationship with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, now Brazilian defender David Luiz is enjoying his life at Stamford Bridge and he has regained a place in the Blues’ starting XI.

David Luiz himself believes his new happiness in London is linked with the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as the new Chelsea boss: “First of all he’s a great person, great as a human. I think his philosophy to live life is already great because he wants to enjoy every day, David Luiz told Chelsea’s official magazine. “He wants to be happy and he wanted to take this opportunity to start one more chapter in his life. I think that is one of the most important things in life: when you love to do something, when you’re happy.”

The Brazilian defender also claimed Sarri’s work and philosophy is useful for all the team: “So, I believe in this philosophy, and then after that he is a great coach. He wants to play with the ball, he wants to play with intensity, to work on the details and to give us all the information he can about the next game and the opponent”. the defender explained. “Every week he tries to make the best plan possible for the exact game and this is great because he is working in the best way for the team, for the collective.”

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma doesn’t give up on his career at Stamford Bridge: the French central back moved on loan to Everton last month, a year after signing a new six-year deal with Chelsea.

“I will go back, yes,” Zouma told British media.

“I have always believed in myself since I started playing football at 16. I have always wanted to show myself at Chelsea since I have been there.”

Zouma, who spent last season at Stoke City, said new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri agreed to the temporary switch only because there had been a surplus of centre-back options at Stamford Bridge.

“I knew I needed to play regularly so I didn’t want to stay on the bench and wait for my chance after two or three months,” he added.

He (Sarri) agreed with me. I spoke with him and I knew at Chelsea they had five central defenders already.”

Zouma still have to find his best form after recovering from an ACL injury that occurred more than two years ago and last season played on loan at Stoke City:

“I have come here to play and I want to take the opportunity the manager has given me,” Zouma said.

“We played well in the three games, especially with the away games with 10 men. The spirit is good. With the players we have, we can do something.”

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has confirmed he is not expected to play for England national team following 8 years, 5 goals and 60 caps earned with the Three Lions.

Cahill, speaking in an interview which is available on “5th Stand official app”, told Chelsea’s official website: “I think it’s time that I take a step back now. It’s the right moment to do that. I’ve been hugely proud of what I’ve achieved, over 60 caps, I’ve captained my country on a few occasions, which has been a huge honour and something I’ve been really proud of”.

“At the same time, in your football career you never want to shut a door completely, I’ve been hugely honoured to play for my country and if I’m ever needed, I’m there”.

Speaking after Chelsea’s away win at Newcastle on Sunday, Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Cahill still needs more time to get the best shape and start to be a regular starter for the club.



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