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Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata have often been criticised so far during this season and their difficulties have been underlined again after Chelsea‘s goalless draw vs Everton on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

However, the French striker claims he and his team-mates not only have been useful for the Blues in many other ways, but also he promises both will score again soon. All the speculation is part of the sport, part of the job. We must expect good players, good strikers at big clubs. But the both of us just need to carry on and show the team is doing well with us. It’s true that at times we didn’t score. But, as I always used to say, some strikers need to do the runs for team-mates, to do the things that people don’t see”. Giroud told the Evening Standard. “We are fully committed to Chelsea. Even if sometimes it wasn’t perfect, I will always give my maximum. I’m not worried about the future and I’m sure we will score more goals for the team. It (the talk of Chelsea signing another forward) doesn’t trouble me, no. I am a competitor and I will do my best until the end of my contract.”

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Chelsea’s defender Antonio Rudiger was furious after the referee booked him during the Premier League game against Everton at Stamford Bridge last time out.

Speaking after the match, Rudiger himself explained the reason behind his disappointment showed towards the referee and Everton’s midfielder Bernard. “It’s annoying because I don’t even tackle someone, do something and I get booked for being head-butted. Sorry but that’s a joke”. –

Rudiger said: “He [Bernard] was diving and I told him to ‘stand up’. Then he came with a lot of speed and hit me with his forehead, so for me to get a yellow card — to me that’s a joke. 

The referee didn’t see anything. Perhaps it’s the fourth official who was outside [the pitch], maybe he said something to him [Friend] that I had provoked [the player] or something but I just said ‘stand up’.”

Antonio Rudiger also believes things would have been different if the VAR was available: “If there is VAR in England, then Bernard has a problem. He would be sent off.”

 

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It could have been a win, however Maurizio Sarri has set a new record after Chelsea‘s goalless and entertaining draw against Everton at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

The Italian manager has now broken the record for the longest unbeaten run at the start of a managerial career in the English Premier League.

Sarri, who has already faced Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United in the first 12 games of the season, only suffered a defeat in the Community Shield clash against Manchester City

Nottingham Forest boss Frank Clark was the manager who set the previous record at the start of the 1994-95 season.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said the Blues were unlucky against Everton today. The Italian coach believes the Blues did their best to get three points against Toffees today, despite he ‘did not like the first 25 minutes’ at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri said: “To be honest I didn’t like the first 25 minutes very much. Like against Crystal Palace we started the game moving the ball very slowly so it was impossible for us to be dangerous and easy for Everton to defend.

“Then we played a good match in the last part of the first half and for 40 minutes in the second half. We were a bit unlucky. I’m not happy of course but we are going the right way.”

The Chelsea manager was asked if his team was ruthless enough in attack: “I don’t know. Usually, yes. Not in the last three matches because as I said to my players, we created few goal opportunities in relation to how much we played. So in this moment maybe it’s a little problem. We have to be careful because in the last three matches you are right.

“I think we played very well for 65 minutes today. Maybe in this period we are not able to create for how much we played. For example in the last match in the Europa League we played 81 balls in the BATE box but created only four opportunities, and I think we can do better, but we are playing very well, just not at the beginning.”

Sarri also spoked about the Premier League record he set today after going unbeaten in his first 12 matches in charge: “What can I say? I’m very proud. I have to say thank you to the club because they gave me a very good team. I have to say than you to my players and also my staff. But today I would have preferred three points to the record.”

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CHELSEA (4 3 3) Kepa, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Morata

EVERTON (4 2 3 1) Pickford, Coleman, Digne, Mina, Keane, Gueye, Andre Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Bernard, Richarlison

FIRST HALF – Chelsea and Everton produced a vivid first half at Stamford Bridge so far. The visitors had an early chance (Bernard’s effort goes wide), while Marcos Alonso went close to opening the score with a fine volley from the left of the six-yard box, which was deflected by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Chelsea’s midfield duo Jorginho and Kante was booked before both Bernard and Rudiger were shown a yellow card following a controversial quarrel behind the referee’s back. The German international went down touching his face. Also Everton defender Yerry Mina, who’s making his first start for Everton today at Stamford Bridge, was booked earlier.

SECOND HALF – The Blues were denied twice by the woodwork, Morata had a goal disallowed for offside while the visitors defending style had a successful effect. Marco Silva brought in defender Jagielka to stop Chelsea’s efforts. Everton goalkeeper Pickford (time wasting), as well as Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata (dissent), were both booked in the second period. Maurizio Sarri‘s choices Pedro and Ross Barkley failed to make an impact and the lads miss the chance to go top of the table ahead of Manchester derby.

 

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CHELSEA – Kepa, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Morata

Subs: Caballero, Fabregas, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud, Zappacosta, Christensen

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

EVERTON – Pickford, Coleman, Digne, Mina, Keane, Gueye, Andre Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Bernard, Richarlison

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, Tosun, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman

Manager: Marco Silva

Kick-Off: 2:15pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge

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Ross Barkley is flourishing at Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri‘s management, after joining the Blues from Everton on a £15m move in January 2018.

The midfielder became the first Englishman to score in three consecutive Premier League games for Chelsea since Frank Lampard, after scoring against Southampton, Manchester United and Burnley earlier last month.

However, Barkley is aware that Everton fans won’t reserve him a positive reception when he’ll get on the pitch in a Chelsea shirt at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

He said: “I don’t think it [the reception] will be the best. I was approaching 25 and I felt looking back I could have improved a lot more at Everton. Here I knew I’d improve a lot quicker around better players, world-class players”.

“I’m not nervous, I’m excited to play against my former club and team-mates – I understand how some of them play, so that could be an advantage for me”.

“On the day I might get a few nerves as it will feel a bit strange. I’m looking forward to catching up with some of the staff there who I used to get on really well with.”

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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 midfielder Ross Barkley is confident about the season that has just started after struggling in the past campaign for some injuries that stopped him and a lack of feeling and trust with former Blues boss Antonio Conte.

The former Everton player sets an ambitious goal for himself:

“I believe I can hit the 20 goals a season mark,” the England international told The Telegraph.

Barkley probably gained confidence thanks to new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who gave him the chance to start in the first two Premier League games of this season:

 “It’s a lot, but it’s achievable,” he continued.

“You see Lamps do it and Stevie [Gerrard] and [Paul] Scholes. It’s just starting in training first, scoring goals there and practising every day.

“I’ve played with Frank and I saw what he was like around England, and how much of a top professional he was.”

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Kurt Zouma has today joined Everton Football Club on a season-long loan from  Chelsea.

A deal had been agreed by both clubs before 7PM deadline and was eventually confirmed earlier this afternoon.

The Toffees have now completed four siginings on Deadline Day after Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Bernard joined the club on the last day of the transfer market window.

Zouma, who joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne back in 2014, has enjoyed a successful loan-spell at Stoke City collecting 34 appearances in the 2017/18 season despite the Potters were eventually relegated.

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