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Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri have a chance to go level on points with Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp’s men were held to a 1-1 draw in their Premier League fixture against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

The Italian manager gave an important injury update also on Blues’ star Eden Hazard ahead of the upcoming clash between Chelsea and Crystal Palace (kick-off time 4PM GMT) at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri told journalists: “Yesterday Eden had a large part of the training with the team. 

Maybe he will not be ready to play for 90 minutes at the moment, because it was the first training in the last two weeks, but probably he will be able to play for 40, 45 minutes”.

He added: “I will speak to him before deciding whether he starts. For us it’s important.”


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Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has praised the improvements in Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who are “following Maurizio Sarri’s instructions very well” so far.

The Chelsea legend, who spoke at a press conference ahead of Carabao Cup clash against Derby County, told journalists Eden Hazard is unlikely to be involved tonight. Chelsea trio Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Ethan Ampadu remain a doubt ahead of the game: “their conditions will be assessed tomorrow” said Zola.

Chelsea will face also club loanees Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, who are eligible to feature against the Blues. The Italian explained also reasons behind Chelsea’s decision to give Derby County permission for the two youngsters to be involved: “What’s important for us is that Mason and Tomori grow up as players, and we believe playing against us is an opportunity for them to grow up quicker”.

“The more they play against Premier League teams the more experience they can get, and the better the evaluation we can make on them. It was a great opportunity to see them play in front of us and we took it”.

“There will be a lot at stake. It will be a game where the technical, tactical and physical side is on a higher level than the ones they play in their own league”.

“As well as that there will be a psychological component because they will have to play in front of a big crowd, and they know it’s the crowd of the team they belong to, so it will give them a good test”.

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Despite a clear-cut win at Turf Moor Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri claims he still misses Eden Hazard, that today couldn’t play because of a fitness issue:

“I want Hazard in every match if it’s possible because we have a lot of very good players but Hazard I think is something different,” the Italian coach said.

“I am very happy because the team was able to score seven goals in two matches without Hazard. It’s a very good sign. I want Eden as soon as possible. I don’t know for Wednesday but I hope for Sunday.”

Ross Barkley in particular has stood out in recent games and, after earning a point against Manchester United last weekend, the England midfielder played a superb pass for Alvaro Morata’s goal before sending a 25-yard effort fizzing into the bottom corner.

“Barkley is doing very well in this period. He improved in the defensive phase, improved very much,” Sarri said.

“He improved his physical condition because the last season for him was really very difficult. He’s a very good player from the technical point of view. Now I think Ross is complete.”

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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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