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More from Maurizio Sarri, who has been asked also on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata during the press conference following Chelsea‘s home win against Arsenal.

About the Spaniard, who scored a decisive goal and provided a convincing performance at Stamford Bridge, Sarri told journalists: “It was important for him, but I think he can do better. He can do better in the future I think”.

On Eden Hazard, whose assist was crucial for Marcos Alonso’s decisive goal: “It’s clear, he is a great player, but I think in this moment he is not able to play for 90 minutes”.

“I thought it was better for 25 or 30 minutes when the match was going down. I hope one week, maximum two weeks, he can have 90 minutes”.

On Loftus-Cheek: “It depends on the position on the pitch. I prefer on the bench to have two wingers and only one midfielder. It depends on any other situation”.

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Chelsea take on Olympique Lyon for their third International Champions Cup game. The first one for Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge. Here are official lineups for the upcoming game:

CHELSEA – Bulka, Zappacosta, Christensen, Ampadu, Emerson, Loftus-Cheek, Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Moses, Abraham, Willian

LYON – Lopes, Dubois, Marcelo, Morel, Mendi, Tousart, Nambiar, Aouar, Traore, Mariano, Memphis 

TRANSFERMARKET – Nabil Fekir has been reportedly left out of the squad following his refusal to rule out a potential and late move to Chelsea as Deadline Day takes place on Thursday. Meanwhile, reports from Italy are suggesting Chelsea will complete the signing of Kepa and Kovacic, with Tiemoue Bakayoko reportedly a target for AC Milan. The Frenchman has been included in the starting XI, while Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante will likely come off the bench in the second half.

HT – CHELSEA 0-0 LYON – The game is still goalless at the break at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea went close to scoring with Willian, who’s wearing the armband tonight and whose free-kick was deflected by Lopes. Also Olympique Lyon had a couple of chance to take the lead as Chelsea’s goalkeeper Bulka denied a certain goal from Memphis Depay before Tousart’s low shot on the edge of the box went just wide.

FT CHELSEA 0-0 LYON – Maurizio Sarri revamped Chelsea squad with complete changes in midfield, attack and defense: Kante, Jorginho and Ross Barkley are on as well as Piazon, Giroud and Hazard in the 68th minute. Five more changes at 74′ as 38-year-old Rob Green comes on, as well as Cahill, Alonso, Rudiger and Azpilicueta. Ruben Loftus-Cheek hit the post before Memphis Depay’s effort was denied well by Chelsea keeper Bulka. Also Kante went close to scoring after receiving the ball from Jorginho, but the effort is kept out by the feet of Lopes.

FT – CHELSEA 5-4 LYON (ON PENALTIES) – The Ligue 1 giants went first in the shootout: Pape Diop saw his effort saved by Rob Green, before Eden Hazard netted the decisive penalty. Chelsea end their experience in the International Champions Cup with 5 points, coming from two wins on penalties and 6-5 loss against Arsenal on Wednesday.


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Chelsea have introduced their new away kit ahead of 2018/19 campaign earlier this morning. An official statement on the club’s official website read: “The yellow shirt and shorts are complemented by a pair of rush blue socks which feature a yellow band across the shin.

The custom Knit Tape along the back neckline of the shirt allows improved stretch ability across the kit, enhancing players’ movement and agility”.

The club return to wear a yellow kit since 2014/15 winning season. Here are some pictures unveiled today:

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Belgium booked a place into the World Cup semi-finals after beating Brazil in Kazan Arena tonight. An own-goal from Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne’s stunning strike gave a double lead after 30 minutes.

Substitute Renato Augusto scored with a header with 15 minutes left to go. Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois denied a certain goal with a world class one-handed save on Neymar in the extra-time.

Eden Hazard went close to scoring in the second half, well assisted by former Blues’ Kevin De Bruyne.

Meanwhile, Chelsea winger Willian was replaced with Roberto Firmino following a poor performance in the first half. Brazil are out of the World Cup, while Belgium will face N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud in the semi-final which takes place on Tuesday night.

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Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill played the whole game against Belgium tonight, saving a certain goal from Michy Batshuayi earlier in the first half.

The England international and Blues’ captain was selected in the starting XI to face Red Devils in Kaliningrad, with also Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek involved in the game.

Chelsea stars Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi featured for Belgium, while Eden Hazard was an unused sub in Roberto Martinez’s team.

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Former Chelsea‘s Chief Executive Trevor Birch has warned Blues’ fans after Roman Abramovic decided to halt the £1bilion redevelopment of Stamford Bridge facing also many difficulties in getting a new UK visa.

Some rumors suggested the Russian is considering to sell the club and Birch, who left the Premier League giants in 2003, told BBC Radio 4: “Chelsea fans now face the prospect of no stadium, no manager and no star player if Eden Hazard, above, moves to Real Madrid. The stadium news is obviously linked to the visa situation.

“There have been rising costs and it’s a difficult project to deliver, but this is clearly Roman [Abramovic] upping the ante in the spat with the Home Office. If the visa issue isn’t resolved anything could happen.”

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In the press conference with the media ahead of tomorrow’s night Champions League game vs Chelsea, Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said the Spanish side’s task against the Blues will be difficult, but they will try to qualify for the next round using their classical style of play.

It is going to be a hard match, this is the Champions League. We are playing against a very good team with a defensive play. We will try to get the ball, they are well prepared and it will be hard”. Busquets said. “We will try to play hard to get the win, but 0-0 could be a good result. If they score we could be really suffering for that. Chelsea has lots of resources to do what they do and play compact at the back. They are also good on the offense and counter attack. They are going to have this plan then they will do one thing or the other. We will try to be clever and not speculating. 0-0 is a good result, but we shouldn’t speculate”.

And then, when asked about Willian, the Catalan midfielder went on: “We have to pay special attention to him, but Morata, Pedro or Hazard. They have specific attack profiles. They are a good team”.

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More from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who spoke after his side’s home win against West Bromwich Albion thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Victor Moses.

The Italian boss said: “For sure I have to thank the fans. They showed me great support because I think they are reading speculation and rumours about me. I’m grateful to the fans for supporting me in this way. It means that, maybe in our 18 months together, they understand my passion and my will to defend these colours, this shirt, this badge. I want to thank them”.

“To feel this atmosphere around me is very important. It’s very important to feel that people appreciate my work here in Chelsea.

“For sure, for me it’s important. I repeat: me and the players are trying to do our best to give them the best satisfaction. Sometimes we can do this, sometimes not, but the will is always present.”

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard was full of praise when gave his comments on today’s clash at AMEX Stadium against Brighton. The Belgian star told SkySports HQ: “We started the game very well. The combination between Michy, Willian and me, even the midfield were brilliant. We need to do more like this week after week”.

“Then at the end of the first half we had a little bit of a problem, but Willy was there and he saved some goals today and by the end of the game we won by 4-0, that’s good. We succeeded in keeping the clean sheet and scoring again. It’s a massive win”. 

Willy Caballero added: “We needed to get back to winning ways, we did it and it’s important for the table and the whole team”.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard earned an important personal milestone after scoring the opener against Brighton and Hove Albion today, getting his 100th goal of career.



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