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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, speaking after his side’s 0-5 away win against Dynamo Kiev which ensured the Blues are onto Europa League’s quarter-final,  was also asked if he would like to play Napoli in the next round.

The Italian said: “I prefer to find them in the final! First of all, because it means we are in the final and I am happy. And second because it means Napoli are in the final and I’m happy”.

“Because of my relationship with the city and the people, for me it would be very difficult to play against them in Naples”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was full of praise following his side’s away win against Dynamo Kiev in the second-tie of Europa League’s last-16.

The Italian boss told journalists: “We started very well. We wanted to start in this way because it was important to score after the result in Stamford Bridge. We were able to score after five minutes. For the opponent it was a difficult situation”.

“We played a very good first half. In the second we managed the result. It was a wonderful performance for 90 minutes”.

On Olivier Giroud, who scored a hat-trick tonight: “It was very, very good. In the last period every time he has been on the pitch he was able to play really very well. He scored nine goals in this competition. Olivier is a very important player for us. I am very happy for him and his hat-trick, and I am very happy with him”.

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Chelsea are through the next stage of Europa League after beating Dynamo Kiev also in the second-tie of last-16 round. The Blues eased into the quarter-finals of competition with a comfortable 0-5 away win in Kiev on Thursday night

A hat-trick from Olivier Giroud as well as Marcos Alonso’s deflection from a close range and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s fourth goal were enough as Maurizio Sarri‘s men secured the biggest away victory in the history of Chelsea in the tournament. 

DYNAMO KIEV (4-2-3-1): Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk (Tche Tche 65′), Shepeliev (Andriyevskiy 88′) ; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Sidcley (Smyrnyi 80′); Garmash

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta (Azpilicueta 70′), Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kovacic, Kante (Jorginho 66′), Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian (Pedro 74′)

Scorers: Giroud 5′ 33′ 59′ Alonso 45′, Hudson-Odoi 78′
Bookings: Azpilicueta


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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes the 3-0 against Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge in the first-leg of Europa League last-16 ‘is a good result’ as the Blues have a comfortable lead ahead of their trip to Ukraine next week.

Speaking at a press conference after the game, the Italian added: “We were able to not concede, and to not concede a goal at home is very important in this competition. We could have scored more, especially in the first half”.

“Now we have to be careful. We have to go there with a very good level of application and determination if we want to qualify”.

Sarri said: “If you concede a goal you can go mentally in trouble. We have to go there with the right level of attention”.

“He played very well, also in the defensive phase. He missed two or three goals but he played a very good match”.

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Chelsea will face Dynamo Kiev in Europa League last 16 on 7th March ( Stamford Bridge) and 14th March ( Ukraine).

The other London club in the competition, Arsenal, were drawn against Rennes.

The draw in full, the first team drawn will play the first leg at home, the second one away:

Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev

Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter

Dinamo Zagreb v Benfica

Napoli v Salzburg

Valencia v Krasnodar

Seville v Slavia Prague

Arsenal v Rennes

Zenit v Villareal

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be the most wanted free-agent in Europe next summer

Next summer several European top players will go free agent.

Some of them can be good deals, especially for clubs like Chelsea that won’t have Champions League incomes.

Here are the best 10 footballers that every club can have for free:

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ( 03/10/1981) – Striker/ PSG

2. Mehmet Topal (03/03/1986) – Defensive midfielder/ Fenerbahce

3. Sofiane Feghouli  (26/12/1989)  – Attacking Midfielder, Winger/ Valencia

4. Hatem Ben Arfa  (07/03/1987) – Attacking Midfielder, Winger/ Nice

5. Steve Mandanda (28/03/1985) – Goalkeeper/ Olympique Marseille

6. Miguel Veloso (11/05/1986) – Midfielder / Dynamo Kiev

7. Gregory Van der Wiel  (03/02/1988) – Full Back / PSG

8. Martin Caceres (07/04/1987) – Full Back / Juventus

9. Michael Carrick (28/07/1981) – Defensive Midfielder / Manchester United

10. Alvaro Arbeloa (17/01/1983) – Full Back, Central Defender/ Real Madrid




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Jose Mourinho has made a huge impact on English football during his 2 spells at Chelsea, these spells ranging from 2004 to 2015. He won a lot of silverware for the club and not just this, he won the hearts of the Chelsea fans.

Today the former Chelsea boss celebrates his 53rd birthday but unfortunately he’s not celebrating with the Blues at Stamford Bridge. He struggled in the opening few months of the 2015/16 season and he left owner Roman Abramovich with seemingly no choice but to dismiss the manager.

Chelsea players and fans were gutted with the decision. Mourinho has done more than prove himself in the English league over the years and maybe should been given longer to save the season which we all know was a possibility.

Injuries had a part to play in the downfall of Chelsea’s season and also poor form with the likes of Eden Hazard not playing well. However, if there is anyone in the world of football to motivate players to perform, it’s surely Jose Mourinho himself.

The feelings between Mourinho and the supporters could be seen a few months back when Chelsea played at home against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. It was a dramatic game that saw Willian score the winner in the 83rd minute and shortly afterwards the Chelsea fans chanted Mourinho’s name and he bashfully waved with tears in his eyes. His emotion and love for the fans was so clear that night.

Jose Mourinho’s determination and loyalty is second to none. He spoke out towards the end of his time at Chelsea.

“I want to make it clear. One, I don’t run away. Two, if the club wants to sack me, they have to sack me because I’m not running away from my responsibility, from my team.”

He also released a statement through his agents 2 days after his sacking and he gave a lot of thanks to the supporters but left out the Chelsea club as a whole.

“Jose Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea Football Club because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years. He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea, and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club.”

This shows just how much love and pride he has for his fans and the happiness to give them what he knows they deserve. He has no thanks for the club, indicating the relationship had deteriorated with the way he was treated by the Chelsea board and directors.

Who knows what Jose’s wish will be tonight when he blows out the candles on his cake. Maybe a new start for him, a new job? Maybe even a little wish for all the Chelsea fans out there that supported him when he needed them most. I’m sure the fans will be wishing Mourinho all the best for the future in whatever he does in his career.

No matter where he finds himself in the future and however Chelsea end the season, Jose Mourinho will always be loved by football fans in general but Chelsea fans in particular. He will always be known as a Chelsea LEGEND!

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Porto manager Julen Lopetegui has praised his players for their the great effort they put during the defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a result of which, the Portuguese team got eliminated from the Champions League.

Besides Chelsea for the next round of the competition got promoted Dynamo Kiev. The team that that was theoretically weaker than the Portuguese side, but still coach Lopetegui refused to criticise his players for their performances in the Champions League during this season.

Lopetegui told Sport TV:

“With 10 points normally that it is enough to qualify but we lost the previous match [to Kiev] and [the Chelsea game] was complicated,”

“We played against one of the best teams in the world on the counter-attack and we started better than them.”

“We had a plan but the goal changed everything. We wanted to stop their transitions but Chelsea became calmer and forced us to change.”

“Now we will compete in the Europa League. We will fight for another title.”

“The team made a titanic effort in the second half. It was a perfect backdrop for Chelsea but the team’s attitude in the second half was very good. They fought to the end and I have nothing to point out to them.”

“We had some physical problems. We have played several games in recent times.”

“We wanted to take control of the game and prevent their movement. We had a good opportunity from Brahimi at the beginning.”


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The full line-up for the knockout stages of the Champions League is already known. And between them, the winner of Group G, Chelsea.

The 16 teams who will go into the draw on Monday are:

Group A:

Real Madrid
Paris St Germain

Group B:

PSV Eindhoven

Group C:

Atletico Madrid

Group D:

Manchester City

Group E:


Group F:

Bayern Munich

Group G:

Dynamo Kiev

Group H:

Zenit St Petersburg

The last 16 draw will take place on Monday December 14 at 11am (GMT) at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.


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