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Chelsea face Liverpool at Anfield in a crucial game for the Blues’ hopes to remain at least 4th in the league table with 33 games played so far.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men are still in the race to win the Europa League title as they take on Slavia Prague on Thursday with a narrow advantage taken in the first-tie (0-1) in Czech Republic.

Eden Hazard was impressive in Chelsea’s last Premier League clash as the Belgian star netted two goals reducing the gap with Sergio Aguero on top of top scorers’ standings.

Hazard, speaking about Liverpool, told Chelsea TV: “I think they have been on fire for two years, not just this season, but City, they are there as well.”

“hey are a fantastic team to watch, I think the manager is great, they have players who are some of the best in the world, so it’s going to be a good game, a hard one, but it’s always hard at Anfield. But we are Chelsea, we can beat anyone, so we will see”.

“We want to win because we want to finish in the top four. We don’t care about who can win the title between City and Liverpool, we want to go there and try to win the game for ourselves”.

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Speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s game vs BrightonChelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri admitted Callum Hudson-Odoi could make his debut in the Blues’ starting XI in a Premier League game.

I know very well Callum, and I want him to improve more because the potential is higher. And Callum is always in my mind. In my opinion, he is our future”. Sarri explained. Now he’s ready to play. Probably he will start tomorrow or in the next match Firstly I want to see the condition of all the players. The condition of Willy, Pedro, Eden, all the wingers. But of course, he is in my mind.”.

The Italian also said he has always thought about Callum Hudson-Odoi as an important player for Chelsea: “First of all, in pre-season after four or five training sessions, I realised that Callum was really a player with a very great potential.  In my opinion, in that moment, he wasn’t ready to play at this level. But during the season, he has improved. And now he’s ready to play.” Sarri went on. “But I decided at the beginning of the season that he had to stay with us, and I put him in the squad. So I know very well Callum, and I want him to improve more because the potential is higher. And Callum is always in my mind. In my opinion, he is our future”.  

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In the last few weeks Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri has been “under siege” with many fans demanding his sacking by the London club.

However, midfielder Mateo Kovacic spoke out and praised the Blues’ manager: “When players are used to playing other football and then to come here and change everything, it’s difficult”. Kovacic told Chelsea TV. “But he has his football in his mind and that’s a great personality. He just wants to play his football and that’s what we’re trying to do and trying to win a trophy. Because in the end the most important thing is to win trophies but the players know it. The players are used to winning trophies and I’m sure we will have a great year this season.”

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EVERTON –  Pickford; Coleman (c), Keane, Mina, Digne; Gueye, Gomes; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Schneiderlin, Davies, Walcott, Tosun, Lookman.

Manager: Marco Silva

 

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.

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

Manager: Maurizo Sarri

 

Referee- Anthony Taylor

Venue – Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

Kick Off – 4.30 pm GMT

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was full of praise following his side’s away win against Dynamo Kiev in the second-tie of Europa League’s last-16.

The Italian boss told journalists: “We started very well. We wanted to start in this way because it was important to score after the result in Stamford Bridge. We were able to score after five minutes. For the opponent it was a difficult situation”.

“We played a very good first half. In the second we managed the result. It was a wonderful performance for 90 minutes”.

On Olivier Giroud, who scored a hat-trick tonight: “It was very, very good. In the last period every time he has been on the pitch he was able to play really very well. He scored nine goals in this competition. Olivier is a very important player for us. I am very happy for him and his hat-trick, and I am very happy with him”.

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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 will face Dinamo Kiev tonight in Ukraine.

The Blues won 3-0 the Europa League Last 16’s first leg at Stamford Bridge last Thursday.

Here are the confirmed lineups:

Dinamo Kiev: Boyko, Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko, Sydorchuk, Shepelev, Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Ferreira Pereira, Harmash

Subs: Bushchan, das Neves Pinheiro, Andrievsky, Frezarin Bueno, Shabanov, Smyrnyi, Alibekov

Chelsea: Kepa, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Subs: Caballero, Barkley, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jorginho, Pedro, Hazard.

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Loftus Cheek

After Sunday’s draw vs Wolverhampton at Stamford BridgeChelsea are sixth in the Premier League table.

However, the Blues midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is confident Maurizio Sarris team can achieve one of the top-four spots.

“It’s still all to play for. It’s been up and down for us but we will keep going, keep working hard in training.” Loftus-Cheek told The Mirror. “The points gap is not too big, so we will keep going to try to get those wins. We must keep believing.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, speaking after today’s home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, admitted his side were ‘unlucky’ as they conceded a goal with the visitors’ first effort on goal.

The Italian boss told journalists: “We were unlucky because we conceded a goal in the first situation inside our box, the first and last in 90 minutes,

“We were unlucky for that but at the other end we need to improve in attack. Wolves defended in the last 20 metres with 11 players”.

“We needed to move the ball faster, more movement without the ball, more movement into space, behind the line, and we played with five touches, so if there are no spaces it’s very difficult to score with five or six touches against a very physical team with 11 players in the last 20 metres. We need to improve in this kind of situation”.

Eden Hazard rescued one and deserved point with a brilliant shot in the injury-time. Sarri added: “Hazard is a great player, he solved the situation in the moment. But during the match, was like the other players. He needs more movement without the ball”.

“When you have only 10 matches, every match you’re not able to win is a missed opportunity. Today was a great opportunity but we were not able to gain three points”.

“In the last six matches, we won four and drew the other two, so there is a little consistency in this moment. We have to think only to the next match. We need to recover two points immediately”.

He ended: “As I said before, we are in the moment of consistency. We have only to continue. We are confident of course. We have to be confident”.

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Chelsea are level on points with Arsenal following a frustrating game against Wolverhampton at Stamford Bridge. The visitors broke the deadlock with striker Raul Jimenez, who gave the lead in their only effort on goal of the game.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men went close to scoring but were denied from Wolves’ resilient defence before Eden Hazard curled a low-effort beyond Rui Patricio in the 92nd minute. The Belgian star rescues one point for Chelsea with a superb finish in the injury-time.

Nuno Espirito Santo failed to defend the lead despite putting on two midfielders (Gibbs-White and Adama Traore) replacing both strikers Raul Jimenez and Jota. Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek and Willian were decisive as they added quality to Chelsea display on the flanks as well as in midfield.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho (Willian 72′), Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 56′); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 61′), Higuain, Hazard

WOLVERHAMPTON (3-5-1-1): Patricio; Saiss, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jota (Gibbs-White 82′) ; Jimenez (Traore 89′)

Bookings: Doherty, Saiss, Jota, Rudiger

Scorers: Jimenez 56′ Hazard 90+2′

 

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