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Chelsea face Liverpool at Anfield in a crucial game for the Blues’ hopes to remain at least 4th in the league table with 33 games played so far.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men are still in the race to win the Europa League title as they take on Slavia Prague on Thursday with a narrow advantage taken in the first-tie (0-1) in Czech Republic.

Eden Hazard was impressive in Chelsea’s last Premier League clash as the Belgian star netted two goals reducing the gap with Sergio Aguero on top of top scorers’ standings.

Hazard, speaking about Liverpool, told Chelsea TV: “I think they have been on fire for two years, not just this season, but City, they are there as well.”

“hey are a fantastic team to watch, I think the manager is great, they have players who are some of the best in the world, so it’s going to be a good game, a hard one, but it’s always hard at Anfield. But we are Chelsea, we can beat anyone, so we will see”.

“We want to win because we want to finish in the top four. We don’t care about who can win the title between City and Liverpool, we want to go there and try to win the game for ourselves”.

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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 face their fourth loss in the last five away Premier League games as Everton earn a crucial win thanks to goals from Sigurdsson and Richarlison in the second period at Goodison Park.

The Blues miss the chance to go level on points with Arsenal, who currently sit 4th on the Premier League table, and remiain 6th after wasting several chances. Eden Hazard hit the post in a vivid first half, Gonzalo Higuain was denied a certain goal a few minutes before Everton doubled their lead.

More to follow…

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; Kante, Jorginho (Hudson-Odoi 75′), Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 66′), Pedro, Higuain (Giroud 66′), Hazard

EVERTON (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina Digne; Gueye, Andre Gomes (Schneiderlin 68′), Richarlison, Sigurdsson (Davies 86′), Bernard (Walcott 78′); Calvert-Lewin

Bookings: Marcos Alonso, Rudiger, Andre Gomes

Scorers Richarlison 49′, Sigurdsson 72′

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, speaking after today’s home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, admitted his side were ‘unlucky’ as they conceded a goal with the visitors’ first effort on goal.

The Italian boss told journalists: “We were unlucky because we conceded a goal in the first situation inside our box, the first and last in 90 minutes,

“We were unlucky for that but at the other end we need to improve in attack. Wolves defended in the last 20 metres with 11 players”.

“We needed to move the ball faster, more movement without the ball, more movement into space, behind the line, and we played with five touches, so if there are no spaces it’s very difficult to score with five or six touches against a very physical team with 11 players in the last 20 metres. We need to improve in this kind of situation”.

Eden Hazard rescued one and deserved point with a brilliant shot in the injury-time. Sarri added: “Hazard is a great player, he solved the situation in the moment. But during the match, was like the other players. He needs more movement without the ball”.

“When you have only 10 matches, every match you’re not able to win is a missed opportunity. Today was a great opportunity but we were not able to gain three points”.

“In the last six matches, we won four and drew the other two, so there is a little consistency in this moment. We have to think only to the next match. We need to recover two points immediately”.

He ended: “As I said before, we are in the moment of consistency. We have only to continue. We are confident of course. We have to be confident”.

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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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