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After losing against Gunners in the Premier League, Chelsea came back to the victory against Spurs in Sarri ‘style. An almost perfect high time, Blues went in advantage with Kante and Hazard but Llorente goal brought results on aggregate and penalty was unavoidable.

A Dier’ wrong and Arrizabalaga’ save score with David Luiz’s final score gave the pass to Wembley. After his Argentinian gift Gonzalo Higuain,  another gift for Italian’ coach who was happy and smiling during press conference.

“I think they reacted really very well tonight”.

About yesterday’ hard words against his players he said it wasn’t an attack and spoke about Hazard: “I didn’t attack my players, I only said it was problematic. I think in the last three or four matches we have a problem. I think again we can find enthusiasm, it was very important”.

“I had fun with 70-75 minutes with Hazard, I think he was tired at the end. He played a fantastic match. I think the position is not a big problem. I think we played with another mind and motivation and determination. His qualities are more important than that position”.

Someone asked about his last final and he said: “The final for the play-off of Serie A. If you say I have never won anything at this level, you are right. I started with non professional teams and won”.

“I am really very happy because I get to play at final at Wembley. But now we have to think about the FA Cup, then the next dangerous match with Bournemouth. Bournemouth is the most important match”.

“I think we have to think about the two matches, and we deserved to win”.

He spoke also about market and about Emerson reassuring: “Emerson stays with us for sure. We are improving, sometimes when we are in the beginning, we are not a physical team. I am very happy with him and he is improving”.

“I said I was happy with the performance, at that moment I was not worried about the result. I was very happy with the performance”

 

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Chelsea will face Man City in the Carabao Cup final after beating Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. The first-leg at Wembley Stadium was bittersweet for Blues as a VAR-assisted penalty gave Spurs the lead on aggregate.

The hosts completed a massive turnaround as goals from N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard gave the lead both on the pitch and on aggregate, before Fernando Llorente‘s header which made 1-2 and sent both teams to face penalties (2-2 on aggregate).

Then Eric Dier smashed the ball just over the bar, Kepa Arrizabalaga deflected Lucas Moura’s effort from the spot, while Chelsea players were able to convert every penalty (Willian, Azpilicueta, Jorginho and David Luiz).

Maurizio Sarri‘s men will take on Pep Guardiola on 24th February.

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 81′); Pedro (Willian 77′), Giroud, Hazard

TOTTENHAM – Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies (Rose 33′), Sissoko (Sanchez 80′), Dier, Winks, Eriksen, Lamela, Llorente (Moura 68′).

Scorers: Kante 27′ Hazard 38′ Llorente 50′

Bookings: Jorginho Kante Azpilicueta Sissoko

 

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri spoke following his side’s home win against Newcastle United.

The visitors managed to level the clash against Blues before Brazilian star Willian flashed a curled effort which sealed a crucial win for Chelsea.

Sarri told journalists: “I’m really very happy with the result. I was happy with the performance at Tottenham, today we started well for 10 minutes but after the goal we thought it was easy and it wasn’t. We slept for 25 minutes and we were in trouble.

“It was better in the second half but we need to improve in the mental reaction because after the first goal something happened. We stopped playing. It was very important to get three points, and to score, and for now that’s enough”.

“It’s very difficult to understand [why Chelsea players ‘stopped playing’]. In the last five matches it was difficult to score, today we did after eight or nine minutes so I think the team felt it was easy.

We stopped playing and then of course we had problems. We were not able to react in the right way to the difficulties but today there were no difficulties as we scored after nine minutes”.

He added: “For the first time, at Watford we reacted well to their goal in the last minutes of the first half. We reacted very well at Tottenham. Today we only had to manage a positive situation, not a difficulty. I think we need to improve our mentality”.

On Willian: “He is a very important player for us. As I said yesterday in the press conference, in my opinion he has to stay with us.

He’s very important player, like Pedro. Hudson-Odoi is becoming a very important player so with Eden like a striker today, we need wingers, so we need Pedro, Hudson-Odoi and Willian, of course. At this moment he’s a fundamental player”.

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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 grabbed a vital away victory with goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard in a brilliant start to the game for Maurizio Sarri‘s men. Antonio Rudiger went close to adding a third in the first half, while Marcos Alonso hit the post through a powerful effort from the edge of the penalty area in the 60th minute, just three minutes before Solly March reduced the gap for the hosts, well assisted from Bernardo’s header.

 

Eden Hazard looked painful in the 77th minute, after Brighton midfielder Stephens kicked the Belgian’s ankle with a late challenge on him. However, Hazard continued to play for five more minutes, then Olivier Giroud came off the bench to replace him. Chelsea managed to defend the lead, held on and deserved a vital win to maintain the 4th place, two points behind Tottenham and three above Arsenal. The Blues remain seven points behind league leaders Manchester City.

BRIGHTON (4-4-1-1) – Ryan; Montoya, Balogun, Dunk, Bernardo; Knockaert (83′ Locadia), Stephens, Propper, March; Gross (80′ Bissouma), Murray (60′ Andone)

CHELSEA – (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (75′ Barkley), Pedro (66′ Loftus-Cheek), Hazard (83′ Giroud), Willian

Scorers 17′ Pedro 33′ Hazard 66′ March
Booked Dunk, Andone, Alonso

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Chelsea face Greek side PAOK in the UEFA Europa League’s group stage at Stafmord Bridge tonight (kick-off: 8PM BST). The Blues, whose unbeaten run came to an end following their away defeat to Tottenham Hotspurs last time out, have already esured their place into the last-32 of the competition despite a far from convincing display against BATE Borisov in Belarus.

Team News

Eden Hazard has been ruled out of tonight’s clash with an ankle problem, while Victor Moses is not recovered from a back problem. Ethan Ampadu has been regularly included in the provisional squad to face PAOK tonight: Kepa, Caballero, Bulka, Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpiilcueta, David Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu, Fabregas, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Giroud, Willian, Morata, Hudson-Odoi-

Predicted Line Up

Arrizabalaga; Emerson, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta; Barkley, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek; Willian, Giroud, Pedro

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Chelsea take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in Premier League MatchDay 13 this evening. No changes for Maurizio Sarri‘s side from the last home game against Everton (0-0) before the international break.

Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura start from the bench in Spurs’ line-up. Also Jan Vertonghen not included in the starting XI as the Belgian defender is still recovering from an injury. Serge Aurier replaces Kieran Trippier (groin injury) in defense.

TOTTENHAM – Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Davies, Sissoko, Dier, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.

Substitutes: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Winks, Lamela, Moura, Llorente.

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

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

Substitutes: Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Barkley, Fabregas, Pedro, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Kick-Off: 5.30PM

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Chelsea duo Michy Batshuayi and Eden Hazard faced a disappointing relegation to UEFA Nations League‘s League B after suffering a massive comeback from Switzerland in the last game of Group 2.

Eden Hazard‘s brother gave a double lead to Red Devils in the first half, before goals from AC Milan’s Ricardo Rodriguez, Nico Elvedi and a hat-trick from Haris Seferovic completed the turnaround with 5′ left to be played.

Switzerland win means that Belgium failed to get the promotion to this summer’s final stage of UEFA Nations League, level on points with their recent opponents. Eden Hazard played the whole clash, while Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi came off the bench later in the second half.

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Spain suffered an away defeat in a dramatic clash against Croatia. A late goal from Tim Jedvaj, who had scored earlier in the second half before Sergio Ramos made 2-2 through a penalty, means both Croatia and England have a chance to go through the final stage.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata came off the bench with 25 left to be played, while Kepa and Azpilicueta were unused subs as well as Blues’ midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

Meanwhile, Valencia star and Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi scored a brace in Belgium’s home win against Iceland. The Red Devils are currently leading the table with 9 points from 3 games and will face Switzerland on Sunday to defend their 1st place. Hazard was handed the captain’s armband.

Maurizio Sarri saw Ruben Loftus-Cheek involved in the second half of a 3-0 friendly win over USA, while Ross Barkley was an unused sub. Defender Antonio Rudiger featured for Germany in their home win against  Russia.

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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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