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Even if Chelsea defeated Dinamo Kiev 3-0 one week ago at Stamford Bridge, the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri doesn’t want to underestimate tonight’s opponent in Europa League last 16’s second leg.

I want to send to my team the message that the match is very important. I don’t want to make a mistake in this”. the Italian explained in his pre-game press conference.

Then, Sarri himself gave an irritated response when asked if Callum Hudson-Odoi will be in the Starting XI: Why not (Ethan) Ampadu? Tell me the difference,” Sarri said. “I have a lot of players of course. I know very well that for you (the media) Odoi is the best, but for me I want to see them all at the same level. Odoi is doing very well in the last period. He will be for sure in the 18 – maybe on the pitch, I don’t know. As you know, in the last match Odoi was the first change. So you know very well that Odoi is on my mind for every match.”

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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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Chelsea face Hungarian side MOL Vidi FC as Europa League’s group stages come to an end tonight.

The Blues have already booked a place into the last 32 of the competition. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed earlier this morning that both youngsters Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi could have been selected in the starting XI. Also Caballero is given first time football, with Andreas Christensen confirmed as a centre-back. Jamie Cumming and George McEachran are on the bench.

Here’s how the teams will start (kick-off time: 5.55PM BST) in Budapest:

CHELSEA – Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Ampadu, Emerson, Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Morata, Hudson-Odoi

Subs: Cumming, Alonso, Jorginho, Pedro, Giroud, Luiz, McEachran

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

VIDI FC –  Vinicius, Fiola, Hadzic, Huszti, Nego, Nikolov, Stopira, Juhasz, Scepovic, Milanov

Subs: to be announced

Manager: Marko Nikolic

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Chelsea will face today Vidi in their last Europa League Group stage’s match.

The Blues are already sure to finish top of the table their group so Maurizio Sarri will make some rotations in his Starting XI.

For tomorrow we have three 2000 in the 18. Maybe Odoi will be on the pitch, I don’t know at the moment. Ampadu maybe on the pitch because of Cahill injury. Premier League, I don’t know. I don’t think in Manchester City, United, the other big teams there are 2000 with a lot of minutes. I hope in the future there will be a chance for Callum, for Ampadu. It is up to them I think”. the Italian manager explained.  “Odoi played in August, the Community Shield, two Europa League matches. Tomorrow maybe he is on the pitch so it is four opportunities. I think they have only to play very well in this opportunity. For the moment Odoi did it. Now I am looking forward to Ampadu. The future for them is very important. They have to improve every day. Technically they are very good.”

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Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has praised the improvements in Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who are “following Maurizio Sarri’s instructions very well” so far.

The Chelsea legend, who spoke at a press conference ahead of Carabao Cup clash against Derby County, told journalists Eden Hazard is unlikely to be involved tonight. Chelsea trio Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Ethan Ampadu remain a doubt ahead of the game: “their conditions will be assessed tomorrow” said Zola.

Chelsea will face also club loanees Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, who are eligible to feature against the Blues. The Italian explained also reasons behind Chelsea’s decision to give Derby County permission for the two youngsters to be involved: “What’s important for us is that Mason and Tomori grow up as players, and we believe playing against us is an opportunity for them to grow up quicker”.

“The more they play against Premier League teams the more experience they can get, and the better the evaluation we can make on them. It was a great opportunity to see them play in front of us and we took it”.

“There will be a lot at stake. It will be a game where the technical, tactical and physical side is on a higher level than the ones they play in their own league”.

“As well as that there will be a psychological component because they will have to play in front of a big crowd, and they know it’s the crowd of the team they belong to, so it will give them a good test”.

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Speaking during his pre-game press-conference ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League game vs Bate BorisovChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri gave some injuries’ updates and confirmed two important players will miss the match.

Tomorrow Hazard is out for sure,” Sarri explained. “He has a back problem and we are trying to solve the problem for Sunday. It’s not very easy.”

Also Jorginho is very unlikely to feature in tomorrow’s Starting XI: The problem will be on Sunday, when we will play after 65 hours, so we need to change something,” Sarri added. “For example, Jorginho needs to rest now because he played for 90 minutes in the two matches with the national team, then for 90 minutes – or, better, for 100 minutes – in the last match”

So, with the Italian manager thinking about some rotation vs Bate, defender Andreas Christensen will find a place on the pitch after a long time: “Rotation in this period [is hard]. It is not easy for me to change the four defenders, because we have to do a lot of work”. Sarri confirmed. “Christensen will be on the pitch [on Thursday], I think. I don’t know for [Callum Hudson-] Odoi; [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, maybe.”

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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Manchester United, Chelsea‘s boss Maurizio Sarri has given some updates on the Blues’ injured players.

There are some problems. So now we have the most serious, I think, is Ampadu. Then we have a little problem with Hudson-Odoi, and a little problem with Barkley”Sarri admitted. “But with Odoi and Barkley it’s only a question of one or two days. The injury for Ampadu I think is serious. I don’t know how much, but serious. We hope to recover him in a couple of weeks. Rudiger has done better in the last two days, like Kovacic. I think they will be able to play.”

Chelsea will face Manchester United and Maurizio Sarri showed all his respect for the opponents and their manager José Mourinho.  “They are a very strong team. Maybe, player by player, they are the best team in the Premier League.” the Italian claimed. “At the moment I think City are better as a team, but player by player, they are really very, very strong. So I don’t know if they will play us or try and play their football”.

So Chelsea will need a perfect performance if they want to beat the Red Devils: “I’m really, really happy with the results. But I think we need to improve. And I think also we can improve. We can improve because we have had no time to work. I had eight players only at the beginning of August”. Sarri explained. “Then we have started to play every three days. So it’s very difficult to work and very difficult to improve the team and the players. I think that, in the future, we can improve and we need to improve. To improve more on the performance on the defensive phase because, at the moment, we are giving too many opportunities to the opponents. So we need to improve, I think.”

 

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Chelsea 18-year-old Ethan Ampadu limped off with a suspect of knee injury following a challenge on the pitch and was replaced by Andy King after 50 minutes.

The Wales international was also consoled by his Chelsea teammates Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata before being substituted.

 

Wales could be without Ampadu on Tuesday, when they will face Ireland in Dublin as the UEFA Nations League goes on. A victory would represent a massive result for when Ryan Giggs’ men following a win (4-1 against Ireland on September 6th) and a defeat (2-0 against Denmark on September 9th) from the first two games of the competition.

 

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Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata both started for Spain, while Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga came off the bench in the second half to replace Man United star David De Gea on Thursday night at the Millennium Stadium.

Spain defeated Wales 4-1 with goals from defenders Marc Bartra and Sergio Ramos and a brace from Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer.

 

Wales defender and Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu was picked-up to play as a central midfielder and went close to scoring for Ryan Giggs‘ men. Then the 18-year-old limped off the pitch with a knee injury in the second half, as Chelsea’s official website confirmed.

 

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Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu made his competitive debut with Wales on Thursday night and, after the game vs Republic of Ireland, he spoke about his contrasting feelings about the start of the season with the Blues.

You could say there’s been frustration on one hand, but at the same time I’m getting experience training with the players,” Ampadu told reporters. “I’m just trying to improve to get into the team. This season’s plans are this season’s plans and at the moment I’ve just to keep improving to try and get in the team. I want to show the manager what I can do.”

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