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After losing 1-0 to Leicester City today – the third defeat in the past month- Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri claimed to be concerned:

“The match changed after the goal. We played well for 55 minutes,” the Italian manager told BBC Sport after the game.

“After the goal the reaction was not the right reaction.

“We reacted a little shocked and with mental confusion.

“We had to only keep playing like we did before the goal, there was time to recover.

“I think that of course in some situations we were unlucky but I think that we could have done something better.”

Asked whether losing to ‘smaller’ teams was a source of concern, Sarri added:

“Yes it concerns me, we have to understand the reason for it.”

 

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Speaking to BT Sport after the win against Manchester City, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said:

“” because it is not very easy to win against Manchester City or Pep Guardiola.

“I am happy with the mentality of the team in this match.

“It is difficult for us to find motivation but when we are, we are a very strong team.

“Today we played with a very good level of application, determination and the right level of aggressiveness.

“My players have to continue like this. We had some problems in the first 30 minutes because Eden Hazard played like a striker for the first time and in the defensive movement we weren’t perfect.

“We started well in the second half and in the end we deserved to win. I think he [Hazard] had some problems only for the last 20 minutes.

“He played very well and deserved to score. I am really happy with his first match in this position.

“It is difficult to play in the defensive line when it is not working. It was working well today so it is easier for the centre-backs to play a good match.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was clearly disappointed after his team awful display at Tottenham:

“It’s clear. I knew we had a lot of problems to solve and today it was clear for everybody I think: first of all I hope for the players. We played very badly. It was a disaster.

“I told them before that we had a big problem in the approach to the match. And today there was a difference in the level of the opponent.

“We have a lot of problems to solve but I knew that before this match.”

In the second half Sarri replaced Alvaro Morata with Pedro before eventually also sending on Olivier Giroud, who scored the visitors’ goal.

“I had to do something different, to try and change the match,” he explained.

“But it wasn’t important. They were better than us. I could have changed 11 players and had the same result.”

 

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said the Blues were unlucky against Everton today. The Italian coach believes the Blues did their best to get three points against Toffees today, despite he ‘did not like the first 25 minutes’ at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri said: “To be honest I didn’t like the first 25 minutes very much. Like against Crystal Palace we started the game moving the ball very slowly so it was impossible for us to be dangerous and easy for Everton to defend.

“Then we played a good match in the last part of the first half and for 40 minutes in the second half. We were a bit unlucky. I’m not happy of course but we are going the right way.”

The Chelsea manager was asked if his team was ruthless enough in attack: “I don’t know. Usually, yes. Not in the last three matches because as I said to my players, we created few goal opportunities in relation to how much we played. So in this moment maybe it’s a little problem. We have to be careful because in the last three matches you are right.

“I think we played very well for 65 minutes today. Maybe in this period we are not able to create for how much we played. For example in the last match in the Europa League we played 81 balls in the BATE box but created only four opportunities, and I think we can do better, but we are playing very well, just not at the beginning.”

Sarri also spoked about the Premier League record he set today after going unbeaten in his first 12 matches in charge: “What can I say? I’m very proud. I have to say thank you to the club because they gave me a very good team. I have to say than you to my players and also my staff. But today I would have preferred three points to the record.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits that he was surprised by David Luiz in these first months at Stamford Bridge:

“I have to say he is better than I thought before, really better,

“As a player and as a man,” the Italian manager revealed.

“I don’t know [what happened] before, but when I arrived here immediately I had the feeling he is a very good player for my way of football because he is a very technical centre-back. Then, I appreciate very much the man.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri spoke to Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle of Newcastle clash, that gave his team top of the table again.

“It was a tough game, here it’s tough for everybody, the past season Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal lost here,” the Italian claimed.

“It was not easy for our defenders as Newcastle tried to play the ball very quickly every time they were able to take it but we conceded a goal in the only time they entered our box in the second half.

Hazard coming to take the ball in the midfield to limit Jorginho in his playing? Well, in some moments of the game it was surely better to play wider instead that in centre of the pitch, but since Hazard is a crucial player it’s up to us to adapt to his style of playing.”

 

 

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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is confident about the season that has just started after struggling in the past campaign for some injuries that stopped him and a lack of feeling and trust with former Blues boss Antonio Conte.

The former Everton player sets an ambitious goal for himself:

“I believe I can hit the 20 goals a season mark,” the England international told The Telegraph.

Barkley probably gained confidence thanks to new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who gave him the chance to start in the first two Premier League games of this season:

 “It’s a lot, but it’s achievable,” he continued.

“You see Lamps do it and Stevie [Gerrard] and [Paul] Scholes. It’s just starting in training first, scoring goals there and practising every day.

“I’ve played with Frank and I saw what he was like around England, and how much of a top professional he was.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the main candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, Spanish outlet Marca claims.

The French manager resigned after winning three Champions League in a row, an all time record, for personal reasons.

The Spaniards were pursuing Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, but he just signed an extension of his deal with the North London club.

According to Marca, Conte is now in pole position for the job, as his relationship with Chelsea directors has fallen out in the past year.

Despite winning the Premier League at his first attempt and the FA Cup in his second season, Conte and the board keep disagreeing on transfer market and club strategy.

 

Chelsea still have to finalise the deal with former PSG manager Laurent Blanc, despite agreeing terms several days ago, as they continue to wait for ex Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, who is trying to close his contract with the Italian side without paying a penalty.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is among the candidates to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

The French boss quit his job at the Champions of Europe with an unexpected decision today, after winning three Champions League in a row and a La Liga title in these past three seasons.

Conte one of the contenders to take his place at Santiago Bernabéu, along with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and Germany coach Joachim Löew.

It seems like the last one could be the favourite but it’s also known that Real Madrid wouldn’t encounter much resistance if they tried to recruit Conte from Chelsea, since the relationship of the Italian boss with the Blues board has fell out lately, with Maurizio Sarri ready to move to Stamford Bridge after he parted ways with Napoli last week.

The Azzurri appointed former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti as their new boss, so this make a return to Santiago Bernabéu impossible for him.

 

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The reportedly incoming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants £179m to be made available to revamp his squad next summer, Italian reports claim.

The former Napoli head coach was replaced by ex Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the 2017-18 season following another failed Scudetto bid, with rivals Juventus eventually pipping the Naples club to the title.

Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that he is keen to bring three players with him to London from the Azzurri: central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, full-back Elseid Hysaj and midfielder Piotr Zielinski.

Sarri is expected to be named as the new Blues boss soon, though the report claims he is waiting for Roman Abramovich’s approval.

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is also a target, and there is a possibility that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could be used in the deal for a swap.

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