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Chelsea are onto the Europa League semi-finals after beating Slavia Prague thanks to goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Olivier Giroud in a massive first-half at Stamford Bridge. The visitors had huge chances to reduce the gap in the second period, scoring twice to reach a final 5-3 result on aggregate. Maurizio Sarri‘s men were leading 3-0 within 17 minutes. The Blues will face Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday 2 May, with the return at the Bridge a week later.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Kovacic, Barkley (Jorginho 70′); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 86′), Giroud, Hazard (Willian 65′)

SLAVIA PRAGUE (4-2-3-1) Kolar; Kudela, Ngadeu, Deli, Bonl; Kral, Soucek; Sevcik (Stoch 78′), Traore, Zmrhal (Skoda 86′); Masopust (Olayinka 53′)

Scorers: Pedro 5′ 27′ Deli (OG) 9′ Giroud 17′ Soucek 26′ Sevcik 51′ 54′
Bookings: Kante, Emerson, Kepa, David Luiz, Soucek, Kudela

 

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Chelsea earned a crucial win in their race to reach a top-four finish along with Arsenal, Man United and Tottenham Hotspur. An opener from Olivier Giroud before Eden Hazard’s curled shot and Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s second consecutive goal in the second half were enough to seal a 3-0 home victory.

Manger Maurizio Sarri told BBC Sport after the game he’s lucky to have so many back-up options in his squad: We needed to change. We’re lucky because Callum is doing very well. Loftus has no problem with his back for the first time this season. Giroud is in a good period.” 

The Blues host West Ham United on Premier League’s Monday night.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) – Kepa; Azpilicueta (Zappacosta 73′), Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek (Kovacic 82′), Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Hazard (Willian 84′)

BRIGHTON (4-3-3) – Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Stephens, Propper, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh (Bernardo 75′), Andone (Murray 70′), March (Knockaert 30′)

Scorers: Giroud 38′ Hazard 60′ Loftus-Cheek 63′

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was full of praise following his side’s away win against Dynamo Kiev in the second-tie of Europa League’s last-16.

The Italian boss told journalists: “We started very well. We wanted to start in this way because it was important to score after the result in Stamford Bridge. We were able to score after five minutes. For the opponent it was a difficult situation”.

“We played a very good first half. In the second we managed the result. It was a wonderful performance for 90 minutes”.

On Olivier Giroud, who scored a hat-trick tonight: “It was very, very good. In the last period every time he has been on the pitch he was able to play really very well. He scored nine goals in this competition. Olivier is a very important player for us. I am very happy for him and his hat-trick, and I am very happy with him”.

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Chelsea are through the next stage of Europa League after beating Dynamo Kiev also in the second-tie of last-16 round. The Blues eased into the quarter-finals of competition with a comfortable 0-5 away win in Kiev on Thursday night

A hat-trick from Olivier Giroud as well as Marcos Alonso’s deflection from a close range and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s fourth goal were enough as Maurizio Sarri‘s men secured the biggest away victory in the history of Chelsea in the tournament. 

DYNAMO KIEV (4-2-3-1): Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk (Tche Tche 65′), Shepeliev (Andriyevskiy 88′) ; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Sidcley (Smyrnyi 80′); Garmash

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta (Azpilicueta 70′), Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kovacic, Kante (Jorginho 66′), Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian (Pedro 74′)

Scorers: Giroud 5′ 33′ 59′ Alonso 45′, Hudson-Odoi 78′
Bookings: Azpilicueta

 

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Chelsea have one foot in the Europa League’s quarter-finals after beating Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev with a comfortable 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Goals from Pedro, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi are enough to give a commanding lead for the next round. The Blues had at least three more chances to extend the gap and score again before the Brazilian star converted a free-kick and the 18-year-old youngster came off the bench to add one for Maurizio Sarri‘s men.

CHELSEA – Kepa; Zappacosta, Christensen, David Luiz, Alonso; Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 62′), Jorginho (Kante 62′), Kovacic; Willian (Hudson-Odoi 77′), Giroud, Pedro.

DYNAMO KIEV – Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Shabanov, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Shepeliev; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Buyalskiy (Sidcley 71′); Rusyn (Garmash 66′)

Bookings: Shepeliev, Buyalskiy

Scorers: Pedro 17′ Willian 65′ Hudson-Odoi 90′

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Chelsea are still far from perfection despite beating 3-0 Swedish side Malmo in the Europa League last-32 second-tie at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men booked a place to the next round of competition thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi in a dominant second half.

The Frenchman netted his sixth goal in five Europa League appearances with Chelsea this season, before the England international converted a free-kick with a curled shot a few minutes before Malmo’s Bengtsson was shown a red card. The 18-year-old made it 3-0 with 5 minutes left to go, brilliantly assisted by Willian.

The draw for Europa League round of 16 takes place in Nyon on Friday 22 February (13:00CET ).

It is understood Sarri has two more games to win (Carabao Cup final against Man United as well as Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur) as he wants to gain trust of Chelsea board following the recent disappointing results as Blues’ manager.

 

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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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Maurizio Sarri has confirmed his side need ‘something different’ to improve and strengthen Chelsea‘s forward options following a goalless draw against Southampton at Stamford Bridge last night.

The Italian boss, speaking after the game, told SkySports“The club knows very well my opinion. I think we need something different for characteristics,” 

“I’m not in charge of the market. I have to try to improve my players, my team, my offensive phase, or better my offensive phase in the last 20 metres. The club knows my position, my opinion. It’s up to the board”.

“At the moment we’re in trouble with the offensive players.”

With Olivier Giroud sidelined due to an ankle injury, Chelsea are currently keeping an eye on Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, according to reports in the Mirror earlier today.

The club announced the signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund on a £58m move yesterday morning. The USA international will spend the remaining months of current season with the Bundesliga side, before joining Blues next summer.

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Maurizio Sarri makes twho changes from Chelsea‘s 1-2 win at Watford last time out. Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley are in, while injured Pedro Rodriguez and midfielder Mateo Kovacic start from the bench at Selhurst Park. Also the starting line-up of Crystal Palace has been revealed:

CRYSTAL PALACE (4 5 1) – Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha

Subs: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Meyer, Ayew, Wickham, Puncheon

Manager: Roy Hodgson

CHELSEA (3 4 3) – Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Hazard, Giroud

Subs: Caballero, Kovacic, Zappacosta, Christensen, Morata, Emerson, Ampadu

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Venue: Selhurst Park

Kick-Off: 12PM BST

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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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