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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spoke ahead of today’s clash between the Blues and Manchester City, who bounced back from their unexpected defeat at Newcastle with two comfortable wins against Arsenal and Everton last time out.

The Italian boss, speaking at a press conference, said: “You know very well that the midfield of Manchester City is one of the best in the world, with Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, David Silva”

“Technically I think they have the best midfield in Europe at the moment so it will be very difficult to be in control of the match, but I think the match is more than just the strikers”.

Sarri added: “They are able to play if you can stop Fernandinho and I think we are able to play also if you stop Jorginho. We have options. Maybe they have more options than us because they have worked on this for three seasons, but I remember in Naples it wasn’t a big problem if there was a man on Jorginho, so I hope it will be the same here in the future”.

“Of course, we have another striker, but we can make other decisions and maybe we will play with a false nine. I have to decide, the situation is not unlike in the other matches”.

On his rival Pep Guardiola: “I expect his team to always want to be in control of the match and always be in possession of the ball, and they are able to do it so it is a very difficult match”.

“We are used to having the ball possession and today it will be very difficult, so maybe we will have to defend lower. We will try to play our football, but if they are able to play their football, of course you have to stay lower. In the first match, they were able to press us in our half, it wasn’t a choice, it was a necessity and I think this match will be the same.

“We were lucky to score and then in the second half, especially in the first 20 or 25 minutes of the half, they gave us spaces, so it was a little bit easier”.

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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 manager Maurizio Sarri spoke at a press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game as the Blues take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Italian boss said: “It’s a very difficult match because in the last three matches at home they were able to not concede a goal to the opponent, then they are very dangerous on the counter attack. We have to play against a very dangerous team, especially with it being away”.

Chelsea are currently struggling to cope with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Man City, however Sarri believes only two teams are “a step ahead of the others” in Premier League at this stage.

“As I said from the beginning, there are two teams a step ahead of the others, Liverpool and Man City” he added.

“Now there is a little gap but I think City will be able to cover the gap, I think the title will be fought for between City and Liverpool”.

 

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Chelsea defender and captain Cesar Azpilicueta made his 300th appearance last evening in the Blues‘ home victory against Man City at Stamford Bridge, with goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men sealed a crucial win to go 8 points behind Liverpool, who are currently leading the Premier League table with 42 points.

Azpilicueta shared his feelings via Instagram: “The best way of celebrating my 300th appearance for Chelsea! Big win at the Bridge and big TEAM performance!”

The Spaniard has put the pen to paper on a new and improved deal with the club (four-year contract) earlier on Monday.

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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 defender David Luiz scored a vital goal in the Blues’ home win against Man City at Stamford Bridge earlier on Saturday.

The Brazilian defender, speaking after the 2-0 victory against the Citizens, told Chelsea’s official website: “It was a great game, all the team did great”.

“You have to be honest, I think we were playing against the best team in Europe at the moment. They are together more than three years, they have great players and are playing very well”.

David Luiz added: “We accepted we had to suffer when we had to suffer. We had a lot of humility, and then we took our chances to score. We did a different plan to try to win the match and it worked well”.

“We have trained a lot this season to try to improve. We had some bad results, but the humility was the key. We keep fighting and we keep our feet on the ground”.

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Man City manager Pep Guardiola believes also Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs and Arsenal are currently involved in the race to lift the Premier League title in May. Liverpool are currently leading the table with 42 points, one above the Citizens.

The Spaniard, speaking after his side’s away defeat against Maurizio Sarri‘s men at Stamford Bridge, told journalists: “We are in December, also Tottenham or Chelsea or Arsenal can win the Premier League: everybody can win the Premier League.”

 “Last season it happened the same in that period. I said that isn’t going to happen. Yesterday they asked me in the press conference and I said again that isn’t going to happen. We are not here to be invincible, we are here to try and be champion, to try and make one point more than our opponents”.

Guardiola added: “We monopolise the ball like Chelsea, we create the chances, we have two thousand million passes”.

“They beat us in one counter-attack and one set piece. We played the way we want to play. After that, when the opponent is good it’s always to congratulate them, shake hands and improve for the next game.”

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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 climbed up the table moving level on points at the top of Premier League table, along with Man City and Liverpool following a goalless draw between Reds and Citizens at Anfield earlier this evening.

Ross Barkley scored his first Premier League goal for the West London side, also providing an assist to Eden Hazard. The Belgian star fired home to make 7 goals from 8 games and remains the best in the league so far. Also Alvaro Morata was among the goalscorers in Chelsea’s 0-3 win against Southampton at St.Mary’s Stadium earlier this afternoon.

Maurizio Sarri maintains an unbeaten start to the season, made by 6 wins and 2 draws after 8 games in their campaign.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup clash against the Blues at Anfield, has revealed doubts as he currently sees “people always talking about Man City or us being champions at the end of the season, completely forgetting Chelsea”.

Klopp said: “This team is experienced. They have won the title already, 80 per cent probably twice and they know how it works. That is a really good group, a really strong football team.”
The German manager also praised Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who’s started properly the season following 5 wins from 6 Premier League games so far.
He said: “It is the biggest change of system I ever saw in such a short period of time. Wow. The style has completely changed. What a manager he is”.

“I am a supporter of him since I saw them playing at Naples. That was outstanding football and now he is doing it with a very interrupted pre-season, without a lot of players involved.

“Okay, Chelsea were maybe a bit fortunate with their players but [Eden] Hazard was not involved or [Olivier] Giroud so a few players were out.

“Starting the season, you see immediately the impact. [He has] all my respect. It is really good to watch. Good job so far, I have to say.”

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