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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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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s night Carabao Cup semifinal vs TottenhamChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri gave some injury’s updates.

Pedro, Willian and Giroud are doing better, yesterday they had training with their team-mates, with the group”. the Italian explained. “I don’t know if they will be able to play tomorrow, maybe not for 90 minutes.’

On the other hand, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who left the pitch during Saturday’s Fa Cup game at Stamford Bridge vs Nottingham Forest won’t be part of the team tomorrow at Wembley: “Loftus-Cheek of course is out now, we have to understand the situation with his back because in the last month he was in trouble.” Sarri added.

Then, Sarri also spoke about January transfer window: he admitted he thinks Fabregas should leave Chelsea, but, in that case, the club must sign a replacement: “I can say only my opinion. I don’t know the decision of the club. In my opinion he needs to go. You know very well the situation and in this club there is a rule, the renewal for players over 30 is usually one year, he has an offer for three years and I don’t want a very important player like Cesc not happy, but that’s only my opinion, it depends on the club”. Sarri claimed. “If Cesc will go of course we need a replacement. Now with the midfielders we are in trouble because I don’t know about the situation with Loftus-Cheek, if it’s serious or not, without Cesc we only have five so we need a replacement.”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is reportedly set to hold talks with AS Monaco before a move to the French side in the January transfer window.

The Spaniard, who has featured for the last time in a Blues’ shirt in the FA Cup Third Round against Nottingham Forest, joined Chelsea on a permanent move from Barcelona back in 2014.

Eden Hazard told SkySports Fabregas has given ‘everything’ during his five years at the London giants.

He said: “I can say that I was lucky to play with him. Since the beginning when he came, we saw it the first year when we won the double together.

“He is a top guy on the pitch and off the pitch, a great friend of mine.

“I have admiration for this guy and I hope he will have a good future. He is a bit old now but he is still very good, he will enjoy it.”

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata upstaged teammate Cesc Fabregas on his last appearance with the Blues as the former Real Madrid star managed to score a brace which sent Maurizio Sarri‘s men to FA Cup Fourth Round on Saturday afternoon.

The ex Arsenal and Barcelona star, who missed a penalty in a tough first half at Stamford Bridge, then received a warm standing ovation as he left the pitch with five minutes left to go in the second period.

It is understood Fabregas will join AS Monaco in the next few days, after being handed the captain’s armband for his last game in a Chelsea shirt.

However, Alvaro Morata wanted to share his feelings via Instagram with an emotional post dedicated to his compatriot: “You do not know how much I’m going to miss you!” wrote the Spaniard.

“To you and your wonderful family, thank you very much for helping us in EVERYTHING possible.

“Thanks for all the moments lived and good luck in everything you do!”



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In the post match press conference after Chelsea‘s win vs Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge, Carlo Cudicini replaced Gianfranco Zola and commented on Cesc Fabregas who not only missed a penalty, but also probably played his last match with the Blues before joining As Monaco.

I don’t know If it is the last game it is good he played in front of his fans. As I said I don’t know. He was captain in pre-season when Cahill wasn’t on, Aspi wasn’t He can take penalties, it won’t be the first or the last when someone misses a penalty. The keeper did well”. Cudicini said. “What can I say about Cesc? 500 games. He is unique in his position, unbelievable visiojn, awareness and he can spot runs behind the defensive line so precise. He is one of a kind that can do that. He has been fantastic for the teams before us and the contribution to his club has been amazing. He has been fantastic”.

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Today Alvaro Morata scored two goals and helped Chelsea to defeat Nottingham Forest and to advance to the Fa Cup next round.

In his post match press conference, Carlo Cudicini, one of the member of Maurizio Sarri‘s staff spoke about the Spanish striker: “I think he played an important part of the performance. He worked hard for the team, offensively and defensively. It was very important for him to score two goals. We were pleased with his performance, but even when he didn’t score. Hopefully he will be more free in his mind”. Cudicini explained. “I think Gianfranco mentioned before the match that it is difficult when you score goals. He is working hard in training and we knew that he could turn a corner and score goals. We want to do well in this competition. He has the possibility to score 20 goals, he is a great striker and I am sure he can do that. Sometimes everyone is different. Players can be more affected by the critics they can have. It is important he is training hard, the performance on top of the goals was important”.

The former Chelsea’s goalkeeper commented also on Loftus-Cheek‘s injury:  “We are very sorry for the kid. His impact for the games that he played so far, even today I feel he was contributing very much It is a pity”. Cudicini said. “It is something we need to resolve and maybe he might have to stop for a bit to resolve. He is doing very well”.

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The Spaniard was determinant in Blues’ 2-0 home win against Nottingham Forest earlier in the afternoon.

Cesc Fabregas, who was handed the captain’s armband, missed a chance from the penalty spot in the 30th minute on his last game for Chelsea before joining AS Monaco on a permanent move. The Spaniard received a warm standing ovation in the second half as he left the pitch with 5 minutes left to go.

Eden Hazard came off the bench to replace Ruben Loftus-Cheek in a tough first half for the England international, who limped off after picking-up a minor injury.

Chelsea were dominant in the second period as they found the lead with Alvaro Morata, well assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi, before doubling the score thanks to a fine header from the Blues’ forward.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Caballero; Zappacosta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Barkley, Fabregas (Kante 85′), Ampadu; Loftus-Cheek (Hazard 41′), Morata (Azpilicueta 74′), Hudson-Odoi

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (4-2-3-1): Steele; Daria, Yacob, Fox, Janky; Guedioura, Colback; Cash (Lolley 57′), Carvalho, Osborn; Murphy

Scorers: Morata 48′ 59′
Bookings Barkley, Colback



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Chelsea face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Third Round before taking on Spurs in the Carabao Cup’s semi-finals later on Tuesday. Official line-ups for the upcoming clash have been announced:

CHELSEA (4 3 3) – Caballero; Zappacosta, Christensen, David Luiz, Palmieri; Ampadu, Fabregas, Barkley; Loftus-Cheek, Morata, Hudson-Odoi

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (4 2 3 1) – Steele; Darikwa, Yacob, Fox, Janko; Guedioura, Colback; Cash, Osborn, Carvalho; Murphy

Manager: Aitor Karanka

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 3pm GMT

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For tomorrow’s game vs Nottingham Forest, Sarri’s assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has ruled out Willian, Olivier Giroud and Pedro.

The injuries will leave space for some of the young players”. Zola explained. “There are players who have played five or six games in a short period of time, so it will be necessary to do a little bit of rotation”.

One of the player who will be included in the starting XI will be Callum Hudson-Odoi: “Callum Hudson-Odoi is back in full training. Yesterday he trained with the whole team and he is certainly available”. Zola revealed. “It is very much looking like he is going to play.” Not only he is going to play tomorrow, but the youngster will stay for a long time at Stamford Bridge:

I know Bayern Munich are very interested in him but we are as well. We have proposed him a contract for quite a while so we are waiting to see what the player thinks about that. We certainly value him as a player. I know he has not played probably as much as he wanted but this is down to the quality of the players he has in front of him”. the assistant coach went on. “But I have already told him it is not a waste of time. It is a time you can really get better and I hope Callum is using this time in a wise way as it will do good things to his football, and hopefully he will come to sign the contract with us. We believe he can have a bright future here”.

On the other hand, Cesc Fabregas destiny could probably be different: “Cesc has always been a wonderful professional ever since I have been here. I don’t know to be honest”. Zola said. “You are asking me a question I wish could answer. His contract runs out in six months and I don’t know how it is going to go but despite that, I know if he plays tomorrow he will as usual deliver a good performance.”

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Tomorrow Chelsea will start their Fa Cup campaign facing Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant coach Gianfranco Zola explained the game will be another step in the process of improving as a team: “For this club, and also for us [this squad and staff], all competitions are important.” Zola told Chelsea official website. “We are trying to establish ourselves and we respect this competition very much so we are going to try to do well”.

Chelsea was held to a goalless draw by Southampton on Wednesday night and now Zola is aware tomorrow’s game can be similar to the Premier League‘s one.  “Nowadays the teams come to Stamford Bridge and 90 per cent of the time they sit back in the last 40 metres, and bear in mind with that task it is not easy for anybody. In the past Barcelona had that problem, Bayern Munich, Man City, Liverpool, everybody suffers when there are no spaces up there”. the Blues assistant coach explained. “This is something we need to get used to, this is the big issue we have – for the amount of time we have the ball we do not create a lot of goal opportunities but we know this is part of the process. We are not a perfect team yet. We are going to sort it, I am sure. We have intelligent, quality players up front and the players are going to get used to it. They just need to adjust to the task.”


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