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Maurizio Sarri reckons Chelsea could have been luckier tonight’s first half against Manchester United, claiming they were punished over their real faults:

“Tonight we were unlucky because we played a very good first half and at the end of the half the score was 2-0,” the Italian manager told BBC after the final whistle.

“We gave them a few opportunities. We played confusing football in the second half.

“After the first half it wasn’t easy to play with that score. We played very good first half.

“We have to work, we have to speak, we have to find more aggression and determination in both boxes.”

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Chelsea lose 2-0 at home against Manchester United and are out of FA Cup at last 16.

Very bad display from the Blues, with no heart or character shown by the players on the pitch and some disappointed fans leaving the stadium way before the end of the game, even at half-time.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is now on the brink, as it seems he’s not able to lead the team properly anymore and his last signing, Gonzalo Higuain, is far from impressing at Stamford Bridge.

Goals for United were scored by Ander Herrera ( 31′) and Paul Pogba ( 45′).

 

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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)

Former Chelsea midfielder and current Derby County manager Frank Lampard has confirmed he remains focused on his job with the Championship amid reports linking him with a potential takeover at Stamford Bridge, with concerns growing up around Maurizio Sarri‘s role following 6-0 defeat at Man City.

Lampard, speaking at a press conference on Monday, told reporters: “My job is here,” 

“We’re working very hard and my thoughts are on Ipswich Town on Wednesday, and Brighton on Saturday.”

The England international also claimed he believes Blues can bounce back from their last humiliating defeat: “With my Chelsea hat on, 13 years as a player there, you have a feeling for it and it’s not nice, it’s not easy. It doesn’t happen to Chelsea much so when it does it’s a shock.

“But they’re going up against an incredible team and I had some time at Manchester City as well. I have some feelings for them. The work Pep Guardiola and their incredible squad have done is something special.

Lampard added: “For Chelsea it was a tough day. With all top teams the important thing is you come back strong, no matter what type of defeat. What makes top teams is resilience and Chelsea as a club will have it.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri usullay gives interviews in English but in his post-match interview on BT Sport, he was so furious that had his interpreter standing next to him.

And the Italian made clear how he felt about his team:

“I’m really angry about the approach that we adopted today,” the Blues manager said.

“You can find yourself in difficulties from time to time, but we need to react to those difficulties a lot better than we did today.

“It’s an approach we can’t really accept. It was the same in our game against Tottenham.

“We thought we’d overcome that problem, but it seems we really struggle to get ourselves up for these games at times.

“I don’t mind losing but I don’t like losing in this manner.”

Chelsea now sit 4th in the table and lead Arsenal and Manchester United by just three points with 15 games to go.

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Alvaro Morata was surprisingly left out of Chelsea selected squad to face Manchester City tonight: the Spanish forward had some really disappointing performances in the last few games, so it is possible the former Real Madrid striker was sent to the stands because of his lack of form.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri explained his choice:

“I guess we needed someone up there to have more pace and speed, so Pedro plays as a 9 today: I preferred to bring Olivier Giroud on the bench, it’s a tactical choice, Morata is not injured”.

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Following the sacking of Mark Hughes from the managerial role at Saint Mary’s Stadium, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has confirmed the appointment of former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl as new manager.

Hasenhüttl has put the pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal and will take over at the club tomorrow.

Southampton are struggling in 18th position as they collected just 9 points from 14 Premier League games so far.

Chelsea, who won against them earlier in October (0-3 with goals from Eden Hazard, Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata), will host the Saints at Stamford Bridge next month, on 2nd January.

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An important win in Belarus allowed Chelsea to book a place into the Europa League last 36, however Blues boss Maurizio Sarri highlighted the best things from the game against Bate Borisov was the result.

The Italian admitted “Chelsea did not play very well” last despite getting an away victory thanks to Olivier Giroud‘s header:

“I think the best thing of the game is the result, I think. We didn’t play very well” Sarri said.

“I didn’t like the first half. We moved it too slowly. It was very difficult to be dangerous, better in the second half. We didn’t manage the last 15 minutes well. The best thing is the result. It wasn’t very easy to play a good game here, with the conditions. I think we could have done better”.

“I am pleased for [Olivier] Giroud. He is a very important for us. I know very well a striker wants to score. For his confidence I think it is very important.”

Sarri was also asked about the importance of being qualified with two games still to go:

“I think the first aspect is the qualification” he said.

“We need one point more to win the group, that is the next target. Then we can think about the next round in February. They attacked very well in the last few minutes. They played much better than at Stamford Bridge.”

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Today’s hero Ross Barkley spoke after the match stating his confidence is growing game after game

“My confidence is growing, but our aim was to get three points so it’s disappointing, but to get the draw I thought we showed great attitude. When I got sent on the manager just told me to help the team win the game, and get back in it, try to get the result.

“We conceded a goal we should’ve stopped, really, but we came back and showed a great attitude. I’m happy with scoring today, but we came for three points so I’m disappointed.”

 

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Just ahead of Red Devils trip to Stamford Bridge manager José Mourinho admits he would love to reunite with Chelsea star Eden Hazard at Manchester United but he is sure the Blues board won’t allow the Belgian star to move to Old Trafford:

“I would love to have him in Manchester United but I don’t think Chelsea will sell him to Man United so it’s a not problem. Chelsea is led by intelligent and experienced people in football and they would never sell Eden to Man United.”

The Special One continued to praise the Belgian during his pre-match press conference, claiming that when he plays at top levels, Chelsea are usually league champions:

“Very good results, top of the league and of course lots of good players, but history says that when Eden Hazard is the best player of the Premier League, Chelsea is the champion.”

“It happened with me and Antonio [Conte], and this season, it is still the beginning of course, but if he is the best player of the Premier League until now, which I think he is until now, Chelsea is top of the league because he is the kind of player who can make a huge difference.”

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Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has given his availability ahead of a potential move to Real Madrid if their current boss Julen Lopetegui is sacked, according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport.

The Italian has reportedly rejected a move to Stamford Bridge last summer, when Zinedine Zidane suddenly announced his resignation from the managerial role at the club.

However, Conte would consider to become the new Real Madrid manager after just three months without leading the Blues.

Conte’s contract with Chelsea expires in 2019 and is entitled to £9m compensation, with additional money to his backroom staff.

The Italian newspaper believes Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has given three more games to current manager Lopetegui to avoid the sacking after less than six months at the La Liga giants.

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