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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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After leaving the field for an injury during the second half of his World Cup‘s debut vs Perù on Saturday, today Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was included in the Denmark starting XI who faced Australia.

The Blues’ player recovered perfectly from his injury and played 90 minutes. Denmark scored first with Eriksen, but Australia equalized with a Jedinak‘s penalty.

Denmark is now on top of the Group C table with 4 points in two games. Later today France will face Perù.


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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen limped off the pitch with ten minutes left to go in Denmark‘s World Cup opener today.

The defender, who looked in some discomfort following a knock, left the pitch due to a cramp, according to head-coach Age Hareide.

The Danes will miss defensive midfielder William Kvist, who’s reportedly a broken rib following a clash with Perù winger Farfan.

Hareide said: “We think he has broken the rib. If that is the case, Kvist is out of the World Cup. We can not pick up another player. We could only do that (bring in a replacemnet) if he had been injured 24 hours before the first match.”

Good news for Chelsea as Christensen’s experience with Denmark goes on.


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Andreas Christensen was brave and solid in stopping Peru‘s attempts to score in World Cup opener with Denmark at Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia.

However, the centre-back limped off the pitch in some discomfort lately in the second half following a great performance.


Christensen could be a concern for the Danes as they will take on Australia (Thursday 21st June) and France (Tuesday 26th June) to complete Group C.

Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta was an unused sub in Spain 3-3 draw against Portugal last night, while both Olivier Giroud (who provided an assist) and N’Golo Kante featured in France win against Australia today.

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Belgium played the last friendly game ahead of the World Cup in Russia on Monday night. Also Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi was among the goalscorers in Red Devils‘ 4-1 win over Costa Rica.

Eden Hazard limped off the pitch lately in the second half following a “knock on his leg”, as head coach Roberto Martinez confirmed yesterday.

He said: “There’s nothing to worry about. He’s very strong, he just had a dead leg towards the end of the match.”

“I really enjoyed his performance. He was sharp and strong, he was majestic.”

Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois started in goal while Eden Hazard played alongside Dries Mertens supporting Romelu Lukaku in the attacking third.


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Bad injury for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud during the friendly France played last night vs Usa ahead of Russia 2018 World Cup.

Giroud was taken out of the field during the second half after a violent clash of heads with Usa’s defender Matt Miazga. Both players may have a suspected concussion and Giroud World Cup campaing with France is now seriously in doubt.

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Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Stoger, speaking at a press conference following yesterday’s defeat to Schalke 04 in 152nd Ruhr derby, was asked to give an update on Michy Batshuayi‘s injury:

“I didn’t think it looked like the kind of injury that he would be back from quickly” the former Koln head coach said.

“I hope, of course, that I’m mistaken. I can’t yet say anything specific, other than the fact that he’s in pain and will now be examined in more detail. Hopefully it’s not as bad as it looks.”


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After a great start of the season, Spanish striker Alvaro Morata hasn’t mantained the level of his performances.

Now, the Chelsea player reveals he has been influenced by his back’s problems.

Everything was good until I had the problems with my back,” Morata told Chelsea Tv. “I played with a lot of pain and it probably would have been better if I’d stopped. But I wanted to play with my teammates, for the club and the fans. Now it’s in the past. My first year could have been better, but there are still more games to go and we have a chance to win the FA Cup.”


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