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

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

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

NEWCASTLE – Dubravka; Yedlin, Lejeune, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie; Ayoze Perez, Longstaff, Hayden, Atsu; Rondon.

Subs: Schar, Murphy, Fernandez, Manquillo, Joselu, Sterry, Woodman.

 Manager: Rafa Benitez

 

Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire)

Kick  Off: 5.30 pm GMT

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

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Last night Cesc Fabregas was tearful as he applauded all sides of Stamford Bridge after 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Nottingham Forest, during which he had a first-half penalty saved.

The 31-year-old’s contract expires this summer and he has been linked with a January move to Monaco, and a reunion with former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry.

Fabregas joined Chelsea from Barcelona in June 2014 – two years after Hazard signed from Lille – and has won two Premier League titles along with the 2015 League Cup and 2018 FA Cup, during his spell at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard paid tribute to his team-mate, claiming it was an honour to play alongside him during these last years:

“In five years, I can say that I was lucky to play with him,” Hazard said.

“Since the beginning when he came, we saw it the first year, we won the double together.

“Top guy on the pitch, off the pitch, a great friend of mine.

“Just admiration about this guy. I hope he will have a good future. It’s a bit hard now, but he’s still very good and he will enjoy.”

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Chelsea stiker Willian recognises the Blues gained three massive points last night vs Watford: 

It was very difficult,” Willian told Chelsea official website,  “In the Premier League there are no easy games, every match is tough to play, but we got the three points and we played very well. We had a lot of possession and we created a lot of chances but the Premier League is like this, until the end you have to fight, and now we have to continue.”

The Brazilian was very unlucky at Vicarage Road as he hit the post twice, but he knows the most important thing is to keep winning games:  “I think I was unlucky in the first half when I went one against one with the keeper and hit the post,” Willian went on. “We had control of the game, we scored to make it 1-0 but then we conceded a goal. We went out for the second half with the same mentality, scored a goal and tried to create some chances. We were unlucky again, I hit the post twice, but like I said we have to continue in the same way now, we cannot go up and down anymore.”

Willian hit the posts, Eden Hazard scored twice and he became the 10th Chelsea’s player to score 100 goals for the club. “I’m happy for him,” Willian  concluded. “I’m happy because he helped us to win and happy he has scored 101 goals for Chelsea, so I hope there’s more to come from him. Now we have to think about Crystal Palace.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes Eden Hazard can be compared to Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo or Barcelona’s Leo Messi as the Belgian star ‘is a very great plater”.

Hazard, who scored a brace in the Blues’ away victory against Watford tonight, also marked his 100th goal (the opener in Chelsea’s 1-2 win) in all competitions with the Premier League giants.

And Sarri was pleased to remark this record: “Of course he is very important for us, but Messi is very important for Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo is very important for Juventus. He is a very great player”.

“He is able to play in every position. He is playing like a false number nine. He is very able to play in that position, today he scored two goals and I think he made two or three very good assists.

He is very able to come to play with the team-mates, he is able to make space for team-mates, he is very able in that position, but I think that he can play very well in every position.”

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With tonight’s brace Eden Hazard reached the 100th and 101st goal for Chelsea.

The Belgian, who often claimed that his dream is to play in Real Madrid and never guaranteed a Chelsea stay for the future, celebrated this accomplishment

“Scoring 101 goals with this amazing club is something I will never forget, but now I think the fans, the staff, myself, the players, we want more.

 “I want to score more for this club and then try to be a legend like Lampard, Terry, Drogba, I try to do my best. But when we are winning we can enjoy a lot.”

Hazard also said the result was a good response from Chelsea after losing at home to Leicester at the weekend.

“We showed great character against Manchester City after losing to Wolves and today we did the same. We lost three days ago against Leicester and we needed to respond on the pitch and we did well.”

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Eden Hazard’s brace gives Chelsea the 3 points at Watford on 2018 Boxing Day.

The first goal of the Belgian in the end of the first half was the 100th he scored for the Blues. Maurizio Sarri lost Pedro Rodriguez due to an injury picked-up just before Hazard’s opener.

Roberto Pereyra responded a couple of minutes later, so the score was levelled at half-time.

Anyway, Hazard’s 58th-minute penalty ensured that Chelsea got back to winning ways, and moved back above Arsenal into 4th spot in the Premier League standings.

Bad news for the visitors as Sarri has revealed that Pedro’s substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi was forced off with a hamstring injury with 5 minutes left to go.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 78′); Willian, Hazard, Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 43′) (Emerson 85′)

WATFORD (4-2-3-1): Foster, Femenia, Kabasele (Mariappa 15′), Cathcart, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Sema (Quina 66′), Deulofeu, Pereyra, Deeney

Scorers:  Hazard 45′ 58′ (PEN) Pereyra 45’+3′

 

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Mateo Kovacic is enjoying his stay at Chelsea and not only he said that coming to London has been a very good choice, but he also claims he would also like to play with the Blues, longer then his season-long loan.

“I think it was the most important thing I did for now in my career”. the midfielder told Sky Sports when asked about his move during the last summer transfer window. “It was a step I wanted a lot, I wanted to come here. I say thank you to my previous club, to Chelsea as well, who wanted me a lot. I am enjoying it and I like it a lot here. “For now, I am happy here. The city is amazing, the club is one of the best in the world, and my team-mates are great. I need to respect my previous club, Real Madrid. I can imagine myself staying here, but I have a contract I need to respect, and that is what I will do”.

If Mateo Kovacic would like a permanent move from Real Madrid to Chelsea, the Spanish giants, on the other hand, want to sign Eden Hazard:

For me, he is an incredible player,” Kovacic explained. “I did not know he was that good and he can easily be one of the two or three best players in the world. He asked me how it was there (at Real) but we are looking forward to having a great season together, to be fully concentrated on Chelsea. He is focused a lot on doing great things with Chelsea.”

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Tomorrow Chelsea will play their first game during the Christmas period, hosting Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.

We have to just think about this match. They are a technical team but have players very fast, so a dangerous mix”. Maurizio Sarri explained during his pre-game press conference. “We need a good performance to gain three points”.

The Italian manager also underlined the Blues are not a contender for the Premier League title:  “I have never seen Chelsea as title contenders for the PL. There are two teams ahead of us”. Sarri admitted. “80 points is a high average and it is not easy in the Premier League”.

For tomorrow’s game vs Leicester City only Christensen is injured: “We have a little injury with Christensen, with his hamstring”. Sarri claimed. “The doctor said it is not serious but needs to rest for one week”.

Finally, Sarri himself spoke about the chance to use Eden Hazard as a “false nine”:  “We started two matches with Hazard as a striker. Then I wanted to see the solution to work in other situations, so I need two or three matches to see it. I explained the point of view to Giroud, then we will see. The solution is good I think. We played a good match against City and against Brighton we were dangerous for 60 minutes”. the Italian manager undelined. “Then it was a different match, more physical. We needed to kill the match before, the players thought it was under control. We lowered the level of application. We need to avoid this as we have to think to kill the match. I don’t know yet. Giroud played 90 minutes on Wednesday, Morata has just started training after ten days out. There isn’t a best position for Hazard. He is a wonderful player, you have to let him be free on the pitch”.  

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After tonight’s win vs Bournemouth, Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant manager Gianfranco Zola commented on the Carabao Cup‘s draw.

The Blues will face Tottenham in the semifinals and so they have the chance to “revenge” their loss in the Premier League game.

It could have been better. But it is the semi-final. We are happy. Spurs gave us a footballing lesson but it will be a different type of game”. Zola said about the draw. “There are a lot of proud players and they want to play this game and show that we were not the ones that played that game. Too many players under played and were hurt. We are pleased that we will play them and we can’t wait”.

Chelsea gained their place in the semifinals thanks to the win vs Bournemouth as Eden Hazard scored a late winning goal:  “The difference was the changes that we made. Of course we have a lot of games and players like Eden we need to keep fit. Even in 20 minutes he can make a big difference.” Zola admitted. “He is certainly one of the players that has given this club a lot of satisfaction. Hopefully he will stay with us and get even bigger. I hope he achieves great things for us in the future”.

Eden Hazard scored the winning goal, but it was Ruben Loftus-Cheek the Blues best player tonight at Stamford Bridge:  “I was impressed with him. He has done well as a wide player, but he showed a lot of sacrifice as a midfielder”. Zola explained. “He was getting tired but was disciplined. He is gone far away from the beginning of the season. He is a good boy and works very hard”.

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