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Chelsea 18-year-old Ethan Ampadu limped off with a suspect of knee injury following a challenge on the pitch and was replaced by Andy King after 50 minutes.

The Wales international was also consoled by his Chelsea teammates Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata before being substituted.

 

Wales could be without Ampadu on Tuesday, when they will face Ireland in Dublin as the UEFA Nations League goes on. A victory would represent a massive result for when Ryan Giggs’ men following a win (4-1 against Ireland on September 6th) and a defeat (2-0 against Denmark on September 9th) from the first two games of the competition.

 

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Chelsea Assistant Manager, Gianfranco Zola gives instructions during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea FC at St. James Park on August 26, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Assistant manager Gianfranco Zola was on press conference ahead of Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool today and was obviously asked to give some thoughts on tomorrow’s game.

The Italian man and club’s legend told journalists: “The game on Saturday is going to be huge, the type of game means a lot. But I think starting from tomorrow it’s going to be competitive. We are greedy, we want to win both of them if we can”.

“We have a lot of players, we didn’t do a big pre-season, so these games can serve also as a pre-season, to give time to players like [Andreas] Christensen, [Gary] Cahill, who haven’t had opportunities to get games”.

Zola also provided an injury update on England international and former Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek. 

‘Ruben has had an injection and is still recovering” he said.

“It is very unlikely he will be part of the game tomorrow. Same with Rudiger. Pedro is recovering very well, but it’s tough for them to be part of the game tomorrow”.

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Maurizio Sarri revealed Antonio Rudiger may not feature against Liverpool in next Wednesday clash at Anfield after the German international defender was injured in the draw against West Ham today and the Italian manager admits he is wary of Liverpool’s much-vaunted front three:

“Against Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane? I think it is impossible,” he added.

“It will be really a very difficult match. Maybe a spectacular match but, for us, very difficult I think.”

Continuing to speak about the clash with the Reds, Sarri said:

“[Liverpool] have played yesterday and have one day’s more rest than us.

“I don’t know. I want to see the picture of the situation tomorrow morning during the training session. Now, really, I don’t know. Maybe I will have to change 11 players, maybe only five. At this moment, I don’t know.”

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Chelsea winger Pedro limped off in agony after a collision with the PAOK goalkeeper in Europa League’s first game in Greece yesterday.

Speaking after the clash, manager Maurizio Sarri has given an update on the Spaniard, whose injury seems to be “not a very serious one”. 

He said: “I don’t know. The problem is shoulder, but I don’t know exactly the situation.

I have spoken with the doctor, but only for a few seconds. The doctor told me that probably it’s not a very serious injury.”

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Chelsea are not concerned about about Mateo Kovacic’s fitness.

The Croatia international picked up an injury against Cardiff City and limped off five minutes into the second half at Stamford Bridge, where the Blues won 4-1.

But head coach Maurizio Sarri has been told by Chelsea’s medical team that the problem doesn’t seem serious.

Asked if he was concerned about Kovacic’s injury, the Italian coach said:

“No. I asked the doctor a few minutes ago and he said it’s not serious,” Sarri commented after the final whistle.

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Chelsea loanee Charly Musonda has returned to the club from Vitesse Arnhem after suffering an injury with the Eredivisie side in a friendly clash against Royal Antwerp on Saturday, according to Dutch newspapers.

The 21-year-old joined Vitesse on a season-long loan from Chelsea last month on Deadline Day.

 

Everyone at Chelsea and Vitesse is hoping the injury won’t rule Musonda out for a lengthy period.

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has cited again Antonio Conte’s style of play as one of the reasons of his fickle first season at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to Spanish radio Cadena Ser he was asked about whether he enjoys life under Maurizio Sarri more, he was pretty emphatic in his answer.

“Yes, yes, yes. For me, yes,” he replied.

Morata also went into his injury problems which seemed to go under the radar.

He explained that he should have taken time off instead of forcing himself to play through it:

“A player they pay for can’t finish the season with 15 goals. People think we’re machines.

“If I had stopped for three months, I would have come back with a clear head, but I was professional and I wanted to give everything.

“If I could go back, I would stop for two months.

“I was in pain, I went to Germany to see the doctor, paying for private planes.

“People believe the false life of Instagram, what it shows you; they thought I was at home with my wife.

“Someday, I’ll write a book about what I’ve been through.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri ruled Cesc Fabregas out for tomorrow’s game against Bournemouth:

“Cesc is still out,” the Italian manager revealed.

“He is working in water. We hope that next week he will be able to work on the pitch. I am sure the injury is not serious, but he has pain in the knee. The pain is still there so for him it is impossible to run on the pitch, only in water.’

Sarri claimed he had no reaction to his Premier League Manager of the Month nomination,but he spoke about Marcos Alonso, who is up for the Player of the Month:

“Alonso played very well for three matches. He is a very good player who can improve in the defensive phase. He has physical qualities at the top level, so I think he can do more in the defensive phase, but I’m not worried. He is a very good player and I think he can do more.”

The Italian coach was asked if anyone might leave before the loan transfer window closes tonight

“Maybe Tammy [Abraham]. It’s up to him. I am not able to guarantee to him a spot at the moment, but if he wants to remain I am very happy with him. He is very young for a striker, and he can improve more. It’s up to him.”

Sarri also commented Jorginho and N’Golo Kante performances so far this season

Jorginho in this moment is a very important player for us and he is used to playing my football. He is very useful for me, first of all, but also for his team-mates.

“Kante is a great midfielder, and he is able to play in every position in my midfield. It’s not a problem for him! I have been surprised by the technical qualities of Kante.”

Sarri spoke also about Ruben Loftus-Cheek who he says can feature more in the coming months

“I am very, very happy with him. In the last 10 days he has improved a lot. I am really very happy with him. He will be important for sure, starting in September when we will play every three days. I think Loftus will be very useful for us.

“I think he can be a Premier League starter at Chelsea. It’s not easy to play here, there are 25 very good players so it’s not easy to play in the starting XI, but if he improves more he will be ready to play from the beginning.

“He has to improve in order to play my football. He has great qualities from the physical and technical point of view, but he has to improve in the tactical point of view.”

Sarri didn’t want to discuss the Europa League draw claiming he has to study Chelsea opponents before, but he did revealed he met Cherries manager Eddie Howe some years ago:

“Eddie came to Empoli three or four years ago for a few days, and then I had three days with him when Napoli played a friendly in Bournemouth last year.

“I know him very well. He is a very interesting young coach. He will make a mark in English football in the future.

“Bournemouth are very dangerous opponents for us. They are well organised, they are dangerous in counter-attacks, so the match will be very difficult for us, but we want to be in control of the match, and try to gain points.”

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Spanish striker Alvaro Morata scored the second Chelsea‘s goal on Saturday in the Blues win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

This goal was important for the team and Morata himself: The last year was very hard for me, not just with confidence. The injury [last season] was very bad for me and my head, but when the ball goes into the net everything changes. Your mind isn’t blocked anymore and I hope now I can score a lot of goals.” Morata told Chelsea official website. “I think for me the most important thing is the mode we play. Last year it was direct, I had to protect the ball in the air and that’s not my best quality. Now I can attack the spaces, play one-touch and go into the area for the crosses which is better for me.

Alvaro Morata is happy not only on a personal note, but also because of the way Chelsea started their Premier League campaing. “I think we play good football when we have the ball”. the striker said.‘We need to improve on small things but it’s only been one month since we’ve all been together with the manager and I think if we continue like this we can play against any team in the world. I’m very happy because it was three very important points against Arsenal. In the Premier League I think if you win your first five games you’re in the fight because here in every game you can lose or drop points.’

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Ross Barkley was brilliant in Chelsea‘s first pre-season friendly against Perth Glory today despite failing to find the net with big efforts during.

The 24-year-old, speaking after the game at Optus Stadium, said: “Last season has been another difficult season for me with the injury, but now I’m feeling strong and I’m ready.

I am looking forward to the season ahead. You have got to take one step at the time. We are going to take every game as it comes and hopefully each game we’ll feel better and then we’ll be ready for the season”.

Then Barkley added: “I got 75 minutes today, I haven’t played that much for a while. I am confident I will get sharp and I will get more training session and games”.

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