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Blues’ legend Petr Cech has announced today that he will retire at the end of this season.

The current Arsenal goalkeeper, played for a decade at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.

Cech made 494 appearances with Chelsea and he set a club record with his 228 clean sheets.

With the Blues the goakeeper won 4 Premier League titles, 4 Fa Cups, 3 League Cups and also one Europa League and most of all the 2012 Champions League.

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Chelsea will take on Swedish side Malmo in the Europa League‘s last 32.

The Blues will face their first game in Sweden on 14th February and will play the second leg at Stamford Bridge on 21st February, a week later. As Chelsea’s official website confirmed, “both legs kick-off at 8pm UK time”.

Uwe Rosler’s men, who have finished 5th in their league, don’t have any competitive game scheduled as the new season will start in March.

Chelsea and Malmo have never met before in their history.

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A minor section of the 1,273 Chelsea supporters who attended the Europa League game against MOL Vidi FC in Budapest on Thursday night, began chanting anti-Semitic words which has been condemned ‘loud and clear’ from the club.

An official statement was released after the clash as a spokesman from the club said: “Anti-semitism and any other kind of race-related or religious hatred is abhorrent to this club and the overwhelming majority of our fans. It has no place at Chelsea or in any of our communities”. 

“We have stated this loud and clear on many occasions from the owner, the board, coaches and players. Any individuals that can’t summon the brain-power to comprehend this simple message and are found to have shamed the club by used using anti-Semitism or racist words or actions will face the strongest possible action from the club.”

Chelsea, according to reports in the London Evening Standard, face a partial closure of Stamford Bridge in the upcoming Europa League games as a result of the anti-Semitic chanting.

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After playing yesterday vs Mol Vidi in Chelsea‘s last game in the Europa League‘s group stage, the Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas claimed he is frustrated for the few chances Maurizio Sarri is giving him during this season.

“I know what my role is. Unfortunately it’s not the one I want,” Fabregas said when asked about his role as backup. “I’m keeping it professional as usual. I’m always trying to do my best, in the conditions, playing with the youngsters, playing with the first team, even though this year I still haven’t played with the full, full first team one game.”

In the last few weeks Cesc Fabregas has been also linked to a move to Ac Milan in the next transfer window or next summer.

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Chelsea failed to get their 6th win from 6 games in Europa League‘s Group L after MOL Vidi FC sealed a surprising 2-2 draw in Hungary earlier this evening.

However Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri, speaking at a press conference following the clash, confirmed he was pleased with ‘the character and the reaction’ after the hosts completed a two-goal turnaround (from 0-1 to 2-1), as well as he was pleased with the performances of Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Sarri said: “We made a lot of mistakes from the tactical point of view. I am happy with the character and reaction from the second goal.

From the tactical point of view we made a lot of mistakes. We lost a lot of ball, can manage it better at the end”.

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, who scored a decisive goal later in the second half against Vidi FC, came off the bench to replace injured Alvaro Morata just before the half-time whistle in the Blues’ Europa League clash tonight.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was also asked to give an injury update on the Spaniard, who suffered a knock on his left knee.

T”he first impression of the doctor is that it isn’t too bad” he said.

“But we have to check tomorrow” Sarri added.

Chelsea will face Brighton Hove&Albion on Sunday afternoon before taking on Bournemouth in the Quarter Finals of Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

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Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri fail to complete a perfect record in the Europa League group stages as Blues were held to 2-2 draw from Hungarian side MOL Vidi FC in Budapest.

An early opener scored by Willian was denied two minutes later, when Ethan Ampadu‘s header became an unfortunate own goal. The hosts found an unexpected lead in the second half through a volley from 15 yards out, before Olivier Giroud managed to level with a curled shot into the top corner. The Frenchman had replaced injured striker Alvaro Morata (knock) earlier in the first half.

No pain for Chelsea, who end up their run as leaders of Group L. European football pauses until February, this means Maurizio Sarri and Blues will find out their next opponents on Monday.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) – Caballero; Zappacosta, Ampadu, Christensen, Emerson; Fabregas (c), Barkley, Loftus-Cheek; Willian (Pedro 56′), Morata (Giroud 46′), Hudson-Odoi

MOL VIDI (4-5-1) – Kovacsik; Fiola, Juhasz (c), Vinicius, Stopira; Nego, Hadzic (Patkai 85′), Huszti (Hodzic 81′), Nikolov, Milanov (Kovacs 81′); Scepovic

BOOKINGS Loftus-Cheek, Juhasz, Huszti, Vinicius, Nego

SCORERS: Willian 30′, Giroud 75′ Ampadu OG 32′, Nego 56′

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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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Giroud

Giroud after the double against PAOK spoke about the goals scored, the confirmation that French needed to have enough elements to find the confidence to come back at the top.

But as the forward said, the real target of the evening was come back to the win to react after Saturday night’ defeat.

The main target was to win, we needed a strong team reaction and we did it well tonight. I am really happy with the team spirit and we can move forwards now and start some new momentum”

About yesterday night French admitted he was in confidence with that kind of play and praised his team-mates who assisted him and who with shared good vibes’ night.

He went in score against BATE in the last match of Europa League, and he also scored against Tottenham, in the last Premier’ match finished for 3-1 in favor of Spurs.

“I’ve scored goals in the past but it’s true that I was waiting for more chances. You need a bit of luck in front of goal”.

I had a good assist from my team-mates, I love this kind of ball behind the defence. Four goals plus a clean sheet, a good night for us. When the manager starts me I try to give my best, do my part”.

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