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Chelsea struggled to impose their game in their narrow win against Slavia Prague at Eden Arena as Blues faced the first-leg of Europa League’s quarter-final in Czech Republic. Maurizio Sarri made seven changes from the starting line-up which managed to beat West Ham in the previous Premier League clash, with Olivier Giroud confirmed in the attacking third.

The hosts went close to scoring in the second half but were denied by a strong save from Kepa, a few minutes before Marcos Alonso put Chelsea ahead with less than five minutes left to go. The Blues also hit a post in the first half (Willian).

Chelsea face again Slavia Prague on Thursday 18th April at Stamford Bridge. An home win would ensure the qualification to the semi-final of Europa League 2018/2019.

More to follow…

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Chelsea are through the next stage of Europa League after beating Dynamo Kiev also in the second-tie of last-16 round. The Blues eased into the quarter-finals of competition with a comfortable 0-5 away win in Kiev on Thursday night

A hat-trick from Olivier Giroud as well as Marcos Alonso’s deflection from a close range and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s fourth goal were enough as Maurizio Sarri‘s men secured the biggest away victory in the history of Chelsea in the tournament. 

DYNAMO KIEV (4-2-3-1): Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk (Tche Tche 65′), Shepeliev (Andriyevskiy 88′) ; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Sidcley (Smyrnyi 80′); Garmash

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta (Azpilicueta 70′), Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kovacic, Kante (Jorginho 66′), Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian (Pedro 74′)

Scorers: Giroud 5′ 33′ 59′ Alonso 45′, Hudson-Odoi 78′
Bookings: Azpilicueta

 

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Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat against Arsenal last time out as goals from Lacazette and Koscielny sealed a 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium. Spurs moved 4 points clear Blues, who are currently sitting 4th on the Premier League table.

Manager Maurizio Sarri opted to speak in Italian his press conference to properly send a message to the Chelsea squad.

Speaking after the game, defender Marcos Alonso told the club’s official website: “We made silly mistakes,

We provoked them to gain confidence and come to press us because we were making mistakes. In the second half we tried but it was too late and we couldn’t score”.

He added: “When you lose, you learn. We have to analyse the game and improve quickly because there is no time to think. We have to perform again in four days”.

 

“It was a good opportunity,’ acknowledged Alonso. ‘We wasted it and now we have to work even harder to stay in a Champions League position and win games. It has to motivate us”.

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Speaking during his pre-game press conference, Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri explained tomorrow’s game vs Arsenal will be very tough for his team.

“This match is a risk and an opportunity because they are doing well at home. As you said before it is a great opportunity for us”. the Italian said. “They are really a very good team. The offensive phase they are one of the best in the PL, they are dangerous, and it will be very important”.

Chelsea won the first Premier League‘s meeting vs Arsenal this season, and now they want to get the same result: “August was a very different match. We learned they had a lot of dangerous movements, especially when our full-back is out of the line”. Sarri however explained. “We worked during this week on this, they are very dangerous. Marcos in that match scored in a very unusual action for us. It wasn’t by chance but similar. I think that we can be dangerous against these opponents, but we have to stay in the match, defend and have good application for 95 minutes”.

Chelsea’s manager then spoke about the January transfer window, underlining he doesn’t know anything about the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, which, in any case seems very imminent:  “I want to be clear, I spoke to Marina two weeks ago, she knows my opinion and then I decided to be focused on the pitch and training”. Sarri claimed. “I know that Marina is working very hard, but I know nothing about the market. I don’t call her every evening, otherwise I spend my energy on the market, it is better to spend mental energy on the pitch”.  

 

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In the last few days, Bayern Munich have expressed their interest in signing Chelsea‘s youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The Blues defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed his team-mate asked him about the German giants, while now Marcos Alonso urges Hudson-Odoi to stay at Stamford Bridge as the Premier League is the best league to develop as a player.

He is a good player, but he is very young.” Marcos Alonso told Sky Sports. “He needs to have patience and to be hungry and fight for a place in this team. That is all he needs to do. He has all the conditions to be a great player. Now it is up to him to fight for a place here or try to find more minutes somewhere else.”

The Spaniard also claims especially Bayern Munich is not the right place for his young teammate. “Bayern Munich? We are Chelsea, another great team. The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world. I don’t know why someone would go to Bayern Munich.” Marcos Alonso underlines.

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Chelsea failed to reduce the gap on Man City and Tottenham as Southampton held on for a point at Stamford Bridge, a bad-tempered draw for the Blues following two away wins in a row.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men had several chances to open the scoring in a tough first half against the Saints, but goalkeeper Gunn made two brilliant saves to deny Alvaro Morata’s header as well as Eden Hazard’s effort in the 34th minute.

Winger Willian was forced to leave the pitch after suffering a knock from defender Yoshida earlier in the first half.

Southampton created their first chance of the game in the second period as Armstrong tried to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga through a fine shot, which was deflected by the Chelsea star. The Spaniard also stopped a low effort from former Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu.

Alvaro Morata managed to put Blues in front with 20 minutes left to go but was flagged offside in a controversial call. The Chelsea forward had been brilliantly assisted by Cesc Fabregas, who replaced Ross Barkley in the second half.

Another save from Southampton goalkeeper Gunn denied Morata’s shot from a close range in the 78th minute, before Marcos Alonso tried to break the deadlock from 20-yards-out, then appealing for a penalty in the extra-time.

 

Tonight’s goalless draw at Stamford Bridge means Chelsea remain 4th in the Premier League table just three points behind Man City, who face Liverpool tomorrow night. Manchester United are rising up the table after grabbing their fourth win in a row since Gunnar Solskjær replaced José Mourinho.

Maurizio Sarri’s men will take on Nottingham Forest on Saturday (FA Cup Third Round) before facing Tottenham Hotspurs in the first leg of Carabao Cup semi-finals. The next Premier League clash for Blues is scheduled on Saturday 12nd January (against Newcastle United at home).

CHELSEA (4-3-3) – Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley (Fabregas 69′); Willian (Loftus-Cheek 37′), Morata, Hazard

SOUTHAMPTON (3-4-3) – Gunn; Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard; Valery, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Cedric; Redmond (Stephens 90+5′), Ings (Long 45′), Armstrong (Austin 90′)

Bookings: Rudiger, Bednarek, Romeu

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After the defeat vs Wolverhampton on Wednesday night, Chelsea have fallen 10 points behind Manchester City and the Blues will face Pep Guardiola‘s team on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

For Maurizio Sarri‘s side another defeat can mean the end of their Premier League title’s hopes, even if Marcos Alonso believes, whatever Saturday’s result will be, it’s too early to write Chelsea’s title hopes off.

It’s too early to talk about it, obviously. If we lose we are going to be 13 points from the top and that’s a lot of points but we have to think, prepare for the game well, and not pay attention to the table at the moment”. Alonso told Sky Sports. It is the perfect opportunity to come back. It will be a great game for sure, everyone will be very motivated to play”.

Also, Marcos Alonso explained where Chelsea have to be better if they want to get a good result vs the current Premier League champions: “We have to play more as a team. It’s something we have to analyse, we will try our best to improve as soon as possible,” Alonso added. “We’re not doing very well at the moment. More individually (than) as a team, we have to get better as a collective. We had the chances to win, we were controlling the game and started the second half having a couple of chances. The last few games we were not loyal to our style of play and, even if we did not deserve it, we lose”.

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Sarri conference

During his pre-game press conference, Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri said Wolverhampton will be a tough opponent tomorrow night for the Blues Premier League match.

I expect a very difficult match. They have technical players, they were unlucky in the last two matches, but it is not easy to play there”. the Italian explained.

Sarri also confirmed every Chelsea player is fit for tomorrow’s game: “I spoke with the doctor ten minutes ago, but we have no injuries at the moment”. Sarri said. “We have a little problem with Kovacic and Alonso in he last match, but they are ready to play. We have one more training session”.

The Blues manager also admitted Ruben Loftus-Cheek is becoming a very important player for Chelsea: “He has played in the Europa League and League Cup, some in the Premier League but not starting”. Sarri explained. “At the moment he is very important for us. He had some problems to understand what I wanted, but he is improving and in the last two matches I have been very happy with him. I want him to stay with me, with us”.

Finally, Maurizio Sarri commented on Azpilicueta‘s new contract and reflected also on Fabregas and David Luiz‘s situations: “He is important for the club, staff and team-mates. I am very happy with the contract” the Italian said about Azpilicueta, while on David Luiz and Fabregas he went on: “I spoke with the club about this one month ago. I know very well it is not easy, but I think we can do a new deal for both. They are very important players for us. It is very difficult to find a centre-back for this level and it is difficult to find a centre-midfielder technical like Fabregas, so I think they have to stay with us. The deal is very difficult for this reason (over 30), the club want a short contract and the players want a long contract, it is difficult for this reason but we can find a solution”.

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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 have announced wing-back Marcos Alonso has put the pen to paper on a new and improved five-year contract at Stamford Bridge earlier this morning.

The Spaniard, who’s now contracted with the Blues until June 2023, told Chelsea’s official website: “I am so happy to stay here longer and to keep playing for one of the best teams in the world. It’s been a very good two seasons and I am looking forward to more.”

Alonso was among Antonio Conte‘s first signings at the beginning of his Chelsea reign in August 2016 as he joined the future Premier League champions on a £23m move from Fiorentina.

The left-back is enjoying a brilliant start to the season also under new Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri, who’s already hailed him as a “world-class defender”.

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