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Whistles and jeers were heard at Stamford Bridge last night as a minority of Chelsea fans showed their discontent towards Maurizio Sarri and his concerning results with the Premier League giants.

The Blues were knocked out of FA Cup after losing against Manchester United at home last time out, following an astonishing 6-0 defeat at Etihad Stadium in their most recent Premier League clash on English soil.

Sarri insisted he is “worried about results, not about fans” despite concerns growing up regarding his position at Chelsea, however some supporters were heard chanting “f*** Sarriball” during the game. Zinedine Zidane has been heavily linked with a potential takeover at Stamford Bridge, with the club reportedly monitoring further candidates.

Chelsea face Swedish side Malmo in the Europa League’s last-32 second-tie before taking on Manchester City for the Carabao Cup final. A game which could be crucial to decide Maurizio Sarri’s future.

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Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri spoke following tonight’s defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round tie. The Italian boss said:

“I think so. Of course I’m not sure, but I think so. I think the situation with the players is very good in terms of our relationship but that’s not so important. What’s important is to play and get good results but my relationship with the players at the moment is good”.

“I’m worried about the results, not the fans. Of course I can understand the situation and I can understand our fans because the result wasn’t good and we are out of the FA Cup, but I’m worried at the moment about our results”.

Sarri added: “It’s very easy (to create a more positive feeling). If we are able to win three or four matches in a row it will be very easy. It’s difficult to win five matches in a row”.

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Maurizio Sarri reckons Chelsea could have been luckier tonight’s first half against Manchester United, claiming they were punished over their real faults:

“Tonight we were unlucky because we played a very good first half and at the end of the half the score was 2-0,” the Italian manager told BBC after the final whistle.

“We gave them a few opportunities. We played confusing football in the second half.

“After the first half it wasn’t easy to play with that score. We played very good first half.

“We have to work, we have to speak, we have to find more aggression and determination in both boxes.”

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Tonight Chelsea will face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in a crucial and difficult Fa Cup game.

It’s a huge game, a very difficult game as well,” Willian  told Chelsea’s official website ‘They are in a good moment and playing very well but we play at home and we have to do our job, which is to try to win the game in front of our fans. It will, for sure, be a difficult game for us. They have technical players, a strong team and they are Man United so we have to respect that. It will be a big game”.

Also the Blues want to win the game because the Fa Cup is one of the trophies they can win this season: “We know it’s a different game, not the Premier League but the FA Cup, and we want to win something this season”. Willian went on. “We have great opportunities to win something. We have this one, against them, we have the Carabao Cup, we have the Europa League, and the Premier League is very difficult but we can reach the top four. So we can go from now until the end of the season and do great things.”

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Goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud make the difference as Chelsea beat Malmo in the first-leg of Europa League last-32 in Sweden.

The hosts are still competitive in the tie following a late goal scored by Anders Christiansen, which means the Blues can’t afford a defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri sealed his first away victory in the new year as the squad will travel back to England to prepare the FA Cup clash against Manchester United before the Europa League’s second-leg.

MALMO (4-4-2): Dahlin, Vindheim, Nielsen, Bengtsson, Safari; Traustason (Lewicki 70′), Christiansen (Gall 80′), Bachirou, Rieks; Antonsson (Strandberg 70′), Rosenberg

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Barkley, Jorginho (Kante 74′), Kovacic; Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 85′), Giroud, Willian (Hazard 70′)

SCORERS: Barkley 30′ Giroud 58′ Christiansen 80′

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Spanish attacker Pedro explained Chelsea can implement Maurizio Sarri‘s ideas of football, even if sometimes this can be difficult and tricky.

All the team follows the idea of Maurizio: press really high, stay compact, and to create chances. With good possession, a lot of the ball. We can do this as a team,” Pedro explained. “But sometimes it’s so difficult to play in this way. It depends upon the opponents. City played very well, so it was so difficult to press, to create between the lines and to defend. But it’s Maurizio’s idea, and I prefer to press high when we recover the ball to create chances, not to wait for 90 minutes to recover the ball and run 60 metres to score the goal”.

Today’s match vs Malmoe in the first leg of Europa League‘s last 32, can be a good chance for the team to improve under this aspect: “In the last few games it’s not been in very good condition for the results. Now is a good opportunity tomorrow to win and get our best confidence. It’s not good for [Sarri] and the team because the results have not been good, but it’s good for us to change this dynamic now.” Pedro went on. “It’s good for us going into the final against City, the FA Cup against United. In the league, it’s difficult for us to hit our targets, but we’re still in four competitions. That’s good for us. It’s too early to analyse the season. We do that at the end of the season. Malmo is a good opportunity.”

 

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Maurizio Sarri has a tight schedule to persuade Chelsea board he deserves to be confirmed as Blues’ manager despite recent and disappointing defeats at Vitality Stadium (4-0 vs Bournemouth) and Etihad Stadium (6-0 vs Man City).

Chelsea will face Europa League last-32 first-leg tie against Malmo on Thursday and the Italian manager sees on the horizon before the end of February both FA Cup (Manchester United) clash and Carabao Cup final (Manchester City).

Sarri will also have to cope with Premier League clashes against Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur, the team who gave Chelsea a “lesson” earlier in November before being eliminated from the Carabao Cup in January.

One month to save his job at Stamford Bridge, according to The Guardian.

While speculations over his future as Chelsea manager are growing up, Sarri told Sky in Italy he has not been in touch with club’s president Roman Abramovich in the recent weeks. “If Abramovich calls me, I will be happy” he said.

“I never really speak to him, so I’d be happy to speak to him. That’s not a problem at all.

But I don’t know what to expect, to be honest with you. You always ask me questions about what the club will do. I don’t know. It will be your job to talk to the club.”

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The draw for the last 16 of the FA Cup took place tonight and Chelsea will face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

As the tournament enters its business end with places in the quarterfinals at stake, Manchester City travels to either Middlesbrough or League Two’s Newport County, while Crystal Palace face a trip to Doncaster Rovers after ousting Tottenham.

Ties will be played between Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, Feb. 18.

The draw can be seen in full below:

Bristol City vs Shrewsbury or Wolves
AFC Wimbledon vs Milwall
Doncaster Rovers vs Crystal Palace
Middlesbrough or Newport vs Manchester City
Chelsea vs Manchester United
Swansea City vs Barnet or Brentford
Portsmouth or QPR vs Watford
Brghton or West Brom vs Derby County

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After helping Chelsea go through FA Cup last 16 with a goal in the 3-0 against Sheffield Wednesday Callum Hudson-Odoi spoke about his future.

The Blues talent has recently been linked to Bayern Munich, who would like to sign him before this window transfer window ends:

Asked if that was his last appearance in a Chelsea shirt, Hudson-Odoi told the BBC:

“I don’t know, I can’t say. But you know I just keep working hard and you never know what happens.”

He was then asked if he’d spoken to Bayern Munich at all, he added:

“I can’t say. I haven’t, I haven’t chatted.”

Speaking about the goal he scored, he said:

“I think that’s definitely one of my highlights. It was a great game today. I think Andreas [Christensen] found me well, saw the run and it was nice to top it off with a goal as well.”

Turning to man-of-the-match Willian, who was also being interview, he joked: “I learnt it from him as well!”

 

 

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Willian brace and Callum Odson-Hodoi’s goal against Sheffield Wednesday sent Chelsea to FA Cup last 16 tonight.

New Blues striker Gonzalo Higuain made his debut with the Blues shirt with an average performance and was far to impress but he will have time to adapt to English football.

Chelsea scored his first goal with Willian on penalty,  Hudson-Odoi ( who could move on loan elsewhere in the next days) scored the second goal at 64′ finding space inside the area and firing in off Keiren Westwood to put the Londoners in total control.

Willian then sealed the match at 83′ with an outstanding finish from the edge of the box.

 

 

 

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