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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger said the Blues now control their destiny in the race for a spot in the top-four and the qualification for next season’s Champions League.

We have things in our own hands now. It depends only on us”. Rudiger told The Mirror. “We can play ­different styles but it’s always best to find the golden middle. That’s the ­difficult thing”.

According to the German defender the Blues have improved in the last few games: “We have now found a balance. It is a learning curve for the coach as well,” he said. “He learned from that game against Manchester City. There we went to press, we wanted to win the ball, and ­everyone knows what happened”. Rudiger went on. “Now everyone has adapted. People saw the way we played against Tottenham and against Manchester City (Carabao Cup final). It was different from the way we played in the first three months. How we play depends on the coach.

 

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Ahead of Sunday’s game vs FulhamChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted he will make some rotations in his Starting XI:  “I need to value the recovery of every player and then decide”. Sarri explained during his pre-game press conference. “We need to change three or four players”.

One of these changes can involve the goalkeeper with Kepa who will maybe re-gain his place on the pitch: “The Kepa situation is closed. Kepa is our first goalkeeper, but we are very happy for Willy that he can play in a very difficult match”. the Italian manager claimed. “Kepa will be on the pitch for one of the next two matches. I have not decided yet, I want to see the last two trainings of course, for every player. On Sunday we played 120 minutes and 95 on Wednesday. We ran for 15km on Sunday on average and Wednesday was 12km, so we have to consider it”.

Whoever will play, however, Maurizio Sarri wants from his team the same attitude of the last few matches: “In the last three matches we were consistent. Europa League, drew against City and beat Tottenham. We need to continue with the performance. The result was good”. Sarri said. “We were right against City to wait in our half, we started differently against Spurs. It depends on the situation”.

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Yesterday night for the Premier League‘s match vs Tottenham, the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri selected Willy Caballero and benched Kepa after the “incident” in the final minutes of the Carabao Cup final.

Caballero himself now explains how what happened on Sunday at Wembley made the team stronger: “First of all it was a strange situation which everybody saw,” Caballero told Chelsea official website. “I have to leave it, we have to leave it but I think everyone involved in what happened learnt something and this just brings something good in the atmosphere of the team and that’s the good news. We passed the last days in good harmony, just thinking about how to beat Spurs and we did it. It was very important, it wasn’t a final but that doesn’t matter, we’ve improved a lot and we are more together than ever. We spoke about it after the incident and it was good to have a chat with him [Kepa]. He learnt a lot after what happened and we learnt a lot, as a club and as a team. Sometimes these things can pull players apart but in this case we are more together than ever”.

And these words became reality yesterday night when Chelsea defeated Tottenha, at Stamford Bridge: After this victory, of course every supporter of Chelsea, every player and every part of the club is going to be happy,” said the goalkeeper. “The atmosphere was amazing and we needed to win. We did it pretty well, we defended very well and we are happy that we finished a great game by defending well and scoring goals.”

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Obviously, during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Tottenham, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has to answer many questions about Kepa and the refusal by the goalkeeper to be replaced by Caballero during the Carabao Cup final vs Manchester City.

So, the Italian explained he has still to decide if Kepa himself will be included in the Starting XI: “I need to send a message to my group, whether Kepa is on the pitch or off it. I have to decide what is better for my group” Sarri told reporters. “He has to be mentally ready. He made a mistake, there are some consequences. If it is to play he has to be ready, if it is on the bench then he has to be ready”.

Despite what happened on Sunday, Maurizio Sarri believes all the players still respect him and he doesn’t feel undermined: “No I don’t feel undermined: after Sunday for me it is over”. the Italian claimed, then adding, when asked if the players still respect him, “Did you see the match on Sunday? So you know the answer. I think better, yes”.

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Speaking during his pre-game press conference ahead of tomorrow’s night Premier League match vs Tottenham Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri said he is not afraid of losing his job.

I am not under pressure, you have to ask the club”. the Italian said when asked if he needs to win to keep his job. “I don’t know why you ask me. I want to win every match”.

However, Sarri himself admitted the team has had some problems since they lost to Tottenham at Wembley: “At the beginning we had more enthusiasm I think, to remedy mistakes. Then we played without enthusiasm for a period, maybe we were only tired. Of course in the defensive movement we are better now. If we don’t stop to defend, against City we stopped to defend (6-0 loss)”. the Italian explained. “Now we are improving in the defensive phase and in the last two matches. I think we are able to have a great solidity in the defensive phase”.

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Yesterday Chelsea lost the Carabao Cup final vs Manchester City: of course this is not a good result for Maurizio Sarri‘s side, but, altough disappointed, defender Antonio Rudiger claimed there are some positive aspects.

We sat back and waited to counter-attack”. Rudiger told Chelsea’s official website. “Defensively we did well. At the end of the day a penalty shoot-out is 50-50, and they won”.

According to Rudiger, Chelsea’s performance was good, because their tactics was different from the one’s shown during the Premier League game at Etihad Stadium, when Manchester City trashed the Blues: “Against certain teams you have to sit back and wait. At City a couple of weeks ago we went attacking, attacking, attacking and we all know what happened”. Rudiger went on. “Of course it’s disappointing to lose a final. We had only one chance, with N’Golo Kante. Defensively we did what we could and at the end of the day penalties is always 50-50.”

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Chelsea and Man City are still 0-0 after 45′ minutes in the League Cup final at Wembley: a first half with a slow pace and few emotions.

These are the team line-ups:

 

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Hazard, Willian

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Higuain

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

MAN CITY – Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, D Silva, De Bruyne, B Silva, Aguero, Sterling

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Gundogan, Sane, Mahrez, Foden

Manager: Pep Guardiola

 

Referee: Jon Moss

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, UK

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Tonight Chelsea will face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in a crucial and difficult Fa Cup game.

It’s a huge game, a very difficult game as well,” Willian  told Chelsea’s official website ‘They are in a good moment and playing very well but we play at home and we have to do our job, which is to try to win the game in front of our fans. It will, for sure, be a difficult game for us. They have technical players, a strong team and they are Man United so we have to respect that. It will be a big game”.

Also the Blues want to win the game because the Fa Cup is one of the trophies they can win this season: “We know it’s a different game, not the Premier League but the FA Cup, and we want to win something this season”. Willian went on. “We have great opportunities to win something. We have this one, against them, we have the Carabao Cup, we have the Europa League, and the Premier League is very difficult but we can reach the top four. So we can go from now until the end of the season and do great things.”

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Spanish attacker Pedro explained Chelsea can implement Maurizio Sarri‘s ideas of football, even if sometimes this can be difficult and tricky.

All the team follows the idea of Maurizio: press really high, stay compact, and to create chances. With good possession, a lot of the ball. We can do this as a team,” Pedro explained. “But sometimes it’s so difficult to play in this way. It depends upon the opponents. City played very well, so it was so difficult to press, to create between the lines and to defend. But it’s Maurizio’s idea, and I prefer to press high when we recover the ball to create chances, not to wait for 90 minutes to recover the ball and run 60 metres to score the goal”.

Today’s match vs Malmoe in the first leg of Europa League‘s last 32, can be a good chance for the team to improve under this aspect: “In the last few games it’s not been in very good condition for the results. Now is a good opportunity tomorrow to win and get our best confidence. It’s not good for [Sarri] and the team because the results have not been good, but it’s good for us to change this dynamic now.” Pedro went on. “It’s good for us going into the final against City, the FA Cup against United. In the league, it’s difficult for us to hit our targets, but we’re still in four competitions. That’s good for us. It’s too early to analyse the season. We do that at the end of the season. Malmo is a good opportunity.”

 

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After Chelsea‘s heaviest Premier League defeat, Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante tried to find the reasons of Sunday’s tremendous loss with Manchester City.

It’s difficult to explain,’” Kante told Chelsea official website. “They outclassed us. It was a collective failing. They outclassed us from the first minute to the last minute, and they made the difference in the first minutes of the first half. It was very difficult to come back from that”.

All the Blues players, however have to react and the busy schedule of the next few weeks can help them to do so: “It’s a great disappointment and we have to react. It’s difficult to accept such a heavy defeat, but we have a lot of matches coming up to lift our heads and give us hope for good results at the end of this season”. the French midfielder went on. “We all have disappointment etched across our faces, but we`ve got a lot to learn from this, and hopefully we will not repeat the same mistakes in the future.”

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