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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 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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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 18-year-old starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi will start for the Blues in the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur tonight.

Bayern Munich have reportedly placed a fourth and improved offer to land the striker in the January transfer window. However, Chelsea stand firm and the Bundesliga champions have already three bids rejected by the Premier League giants

Hudson-Odoi, who replaces injured Alvaro Morata against Spurs, spoke ahead of the clash and insisted this will be ‘definitely the biggest game’ of his career so far.

He told Chelsea’s official website: “It’s definitely the biggest game of my career so far. I am fully focused on the game. We are all determined to work our hardest out there.

“Hopefully there’ll be a great atmosphere. It’s a big stadium that everybody dreams of playing at”.

“It’s going to be a big game for us and hopefully we can get the result”.

 

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Chelsea take on Spurs in the first-leg of Carabao Cup’s semi-finals tonight. Official line-ups have been unveiled as Alvaro Morata is ruled out due to a minor injury he suffered earlier this morning. Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces the Spaniard in the attacking trio.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS (4 3 1 2) – Gazzaniga, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane

Subs: Lloris, Davies, Foyth, Walker-Peters, Skipp, Lamela, Llorente

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

CHELSEA (4 3 3)  Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Hazard, Hudson-Odoi

Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Luiz, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Kick-Off: 8PM GMT

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Chelsea failed to get their 6th win from 6 games in Europa League‘s Group L after MOL Vidi FC sealed a surprising 2-2 draw in Hungary earlier this evening.

However Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri, speaking at a press conference following the clash, confirmed he was pleased with ‘the character and the reaction’ after the hosts completed a two-goal turnaround (from 0-1 to 2-1), as well as he was pleased with the performances of Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Sarri said: “We made a lot of mistakes from the tactical point of view. I am happy with the character and reaction from the second goal.

From the tactical point of view we made a lot of mistakes. We lost a lot of ball, can manage it better at the end”.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi bagged his first ever senior goal in Chelsea‘s 4-0 win against PAOK at Stamford Bridge tonight. The visitors suffered an early red card as defender Khacheridi was sent off after stopping Olivier Giroud as the last man.

The French forward found the lead in the 27th minute following a brilliant display from Pedro on the edge of the penalty area. Giroud scores again in the first half, while Callum Hudson-Odor netted his first senior goal cutting inside and firing home past the goalkeeper with a shot which goes behind his near post. There’s still one to come as Alvaro Morata, well assisted by the 18-year-old, headed home from a close range.

Chelsea’s top spot was already guaranteed as a result of BATE Borisov‘s home win against MOL Vidi earlier this evening.

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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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After a brilliant pre-season, when Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri included him in the starting XI in various occasions, Callum Hudson-Odoi hasn’t played a minute in the Premier League until now.

However, Maurizio Sarri claimed, speaking to Chelsea official website, that the Blues youngster will be very useful and he will get his chances as the London club have, after the international break, to play not only in the Premier League, but also in the Uefa Europa League and in the Carabao League Cup.

Pedro has played the first three games, I started him, but on Saturday I thought it was better to play at the beginning with Willian but at the end I think I am lucky because if a coach can choose either Pedro or Willian he is a lucky coach”. Sarri explained. “Pedro is a great player and it is normal for him to score but I am really very lucky because Hazard, Pedro, Moses and Willian in the same position, that’s very lucky and I don’t want to forget Hudson-Odoi.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri seemed satisfied about his team performance in tonight’s game vs Arsenal.

We had the first training on the 16 of July. We are late compared to Arsenal on the physical condition”. Sarri said in his post-match press conference. We have done very well in the first half and then we made a mistake in the last minute”.

Then the Italian manager praised Hudson-Odoi, one of the best Chelsea players tonight and “justified” Alvaro Morata who missed a penalty in the first half.  “Hudson-Odoi is a young player. We have to wait. But in the future he will be a very, very strong player”. Sarri explained. “Will he be in the first team squad? I think so He will be staying with us for all the season”.

On Morata, on the other hand: “I don’t know if he’s not confident. Maybe he was tired. The last three days for him have been very intense so maybe in this match he was tired”.

Finally, Maurizio Sarri spoke also about Willian, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois who could leave Chelsea in the last few days of 2018 summer transfer window. “I will see them on Saturday for the first time so I don’t know the situation in this moment. the Italian manager admitted. “We are talking about top players and I think every club wants to keep top players”.

 

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