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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 get a vital win at Selhurst Park after beating London rivals Crystal Palace thanks to N’Golo Kante‘s  in the 51st minute.

The Blues had three clear chances to break the deadlock in the first half as Willian hit the post from a free-kick before Ross Barkley tried to beat Guaita with an acrobatic effort which goes on the woodwork again. The Brazilian winger had another chance, but his fine strike from a long range is deflected by the keeper.

Chelsea take the lead earlier in the second period when David Luiz assists N’Golo Kante, who picks the ball down and scores to put Maurizio Sarri‘s men in front in South London.

Olivier Giroud had two goals denied due to offside and was replaced by Alvaro Morata after picking-up an injury, however Kante’s mark ensures the Blues end 2018 with a win and 43 points. Tottenham Hotspur, who currently sitting 2nd in the Premier League table, are just 2 points above Chelsea after losing at Wembley Stadium against Wolves on Saturday afternoon.

CRYSTAL PALACE (4-3-3) – Guaita; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Kouyate (Meyer 79′), McArthur; Townsend, Zaha, Schlupp (Wickham 69′)

CHELSEA (4-3-3) – Kepa; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Rudiger, Marcos Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 88′); Willian (Emerson 8′), Giroud (Morata 77′), Hazard

Scorers: Kante 51′
Bookings: Marcos Alonso

 

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante scored his second goal in the Premier League 2018/19 against Man City, after putting his mark in the Blues’ win against Huddersfield Town on MatchDay 1 earlier in August.

The Frenchman, who has recently put the pen to paper on a new contract with Chelsea until June 2023, told the club’s official website: “The most important thing is to give my best on the pitch.”

“I am happy when I can be on the scoresheet and to have scored my second goal of the season. Sometimes I have chances in this position to score. I reacted, got there and had a shot”. 

Kante added: “We had some difficult moments but we were able to suffer together and make the effort together, and after we were rewarded with two goals”.

“We are happy with the win. It’s a good feeling. I think they are the best team in England. It was important to react after the defeat on Wednesday. We did it the right way and we need to continue like this in the next games”.

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Chelsea sealed a crucial win at Stamford Bridge against Man City and get back to winning after two away defeats (against Tottenham Hotspurs and Wolves, last time out).

The Blues deserves an extra credit as they scored with their first attack in a tough first half.

Goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz are enough and mean that Chelsea are still in the race for the Premier League title after getting 34 points from 16 games so far.

Maurizio Sarri, who marked his first ever win against Pep Guardiola, held the Citizens to their first defeat in the league. For the visitors, David Silva limped off with a hamstring injury

Liverpool are now leaders of the Premier League table with 42 points, one ahead of City and 8 ahead of Chelsea.

 

CHELSEA (4-3-3) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 64′); Pedro, Hazard (Giroud 88′), Willian (Loftus-Cheek 74′)

MAN CITY (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph; B Silva, Fernandinho, D Silva (Gundogan 66′); Mahrez (Foden 83′), Sterling, Sane (Jesus 52′)

Scorers: Kante 45′ David Luiz 78′
Bookings: Jorginho Pedro

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was involved in the whole clash in Cardiff on Friday night, when Denmark secured a promotion to the top division of the UEFA Nations League thanks to their 1-2 win against Wales. Also Ethan Ampadu came off the bench in the second half.

Chelsea players featured also for France in Les Bleus’ 2-0 defeat against Netherlands in Rotterdam. Both N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud were selected in Didier Deschamps’ starting XI and the striker was replaced by Ousmane Dembele with 25 minutes left to go. Ronald Koeman’s men have a chance to get a pass to the final stage of competition if they get whether a draw or a win against Germany on Monday.

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Chelsea's Spanish defender Marcos Alonso (R) celebrates with Chelsea's Spanish striker Alvaro Morata after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2017.

Chelsea have 15 players on international duty, not including (Batshuayi, Aina, Pasalic, Miazga, Omeruo, Angban, Kalas) loanees and youngsters contracted with the club.

Both Blues’ striker Alvaro Morata and wing-back Marcos Alonso have been called back in Spain squad earlier this week. Also goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been named in the 25-man list.

The Chelsea trio will face Mateo Kovacic and Mario Pasalic as Luis Enrique’s men will travel to Croatia for a UEFA Nations League game, before an international friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina at home.

Also Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri will be involved in the European tournament as the Azzuri face Portugal on Saturday. France see Chelsea stars Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante named in the squad list which will take on Netherlands on Friday (UEFA Nations League as well).

Andreas Christensen has a chance to get the promotion with Denmark, while England’s qualifications for the final stage will depend also on Spain result against Croatia. Chelsea duo Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be involved in the Three Lions’ home games against USA and Croatia.

 

 

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CHELSEA (4 3 3) Kepa, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Morata

EVERTON (4 2 3 1) Pickford, Coleman, Digne, Mina, Keane, Gueye, Andre Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Bernard, Richarlison

FIRST HALF – Chelsea and Everton produced a vivid first half at Stamford Bridge so far. The visitors had an early chance (Bernard’s effort goes wide), while Marcos Alonso went close to opening the score with a fine volley from the left of the six-yard box, which was deflected by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Chelsea’s midfield duo Jorginho and Kante was booked before both Bernard and Rudiger were shown a yellow card following a controversial quarrel behind the referee’s back. The German international went down touching his face. Also Everton defender Yerry Mina, who’s making his first start for Everton today at Stamford Bridge, was booked earlier.

SECOND HALF – The Blues were denied twice by the woodwork, Morata had a goal disallowed for offside while the visitors defending style had a successful effect. Marco Silva brought in defender Jagielka to stop Chelsea’s efforts. Everton goalkeeper Pickford (time wasting), as well as Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata (dissent), were both booked in the second period. Maurizio Sarri‘s choices Pedro and Ross Barkley failed to make an impact and the lads miss the chance to go top of the table ahead of Manchester derby.

 

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CHELSEA – Kepa, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson, Barkley, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Giroud, Hazard

Subs: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Ampadu, Kovacic, Kante, Hudson-Odoi, Willian

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

BATE BORISOV – Scherbitski, Rios, Volkov, Filipenko, Filipovic, Hleb, Dragun, Baga, Skavysh, Signevich, Stasevich

Subs: Chichkan, Yablonski, Berezkin, Ivanic, Tuominen, Polyakov, Moukam

Manager: Aljaksej Baha

Venue: Borisov Arena

Kick-Off: 5:55pm

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DERBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Frank Lampard manager of Derby County celebrates the win after the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Preston North End at Pride Park Stadium on August 25, 2018 in Derby, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Maurizio Sarri makes eight changes to his line-up as Chelsea face Derby County in the Carabao Cup tonight. Only N’Golo Kante, Alvaro Morata and Willian had been named in the XI to face Burnley at Turf Moor earlier on Sunday. On the other hand, Frank Lampard confirmed the squad which started in their 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough.

CHELSEA – Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson, Kante, Fabregas, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Morata, Willian

Subs: Bulka, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Drinkwater, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Pedro

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

DERBY COUNTY – Carson, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone, Huddlestone, Mount, Wilson, Waghorn, Lawrence, Marriott

Subs: Roos, Forsyth, Johnson, Bennett, Holmes, Nugent, Davies

Manager: Frank Lampard

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Leicester City have confirmed earlier tonight club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among the five people killed in Saturday’s helicopter crash.

An official statement from Chelsea read: “Everybody at Chelsea Football Club is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of five people at Leicester City’s King Power stadium on Saturday evening, including the club’s chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Also on board were Nursara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

Khun Vichai was a passionate owner and supporter of Leicester, overseeing their incredible, unforgettable 2015/16 Premier League success with N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater both a part of that team managed by Claudio Ranieri. He was a regular attendee of matches and a popular figure with fans and colleagues alike.

Our thoughts at this sad time are with the family and friends of all those who lost their lives, as well as the players, staff and supporters at Leicester City”.

Also Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri offered words of sympathy towards Leicester City and Srivaddhanaprabha‘s family before speaking about his side’s 0-4 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

He said: “Before speaking about football, I want to say that I am really sorry about what happened in Leicester. For the family, for the club, for the players.”

 

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