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Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri spoke following tonight’s defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round tie. The Italian boss said:

“I think so. Of course I’m not sure, but I think so. I think the situation with the players is very good in terms of our relationship but that’s not so important. What’s important is to play and get good results but my relationship with the players at the moment is good”.

“I’m worried about the results, not the fans. Of course I can understand the situation and I can understand our fans because the result wasn’t good and we are out of the FA Cup, but I’m worried at the moment about our results”.

Sarri added: “It’s very easy (to create a more positive feeling). If we are able to win three or four matches in a row it will be very easy. It’s difficult to win five matches in a row”.

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

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

 

MANCHESTER UNITED – Romero, Young (c), Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Lukaku, Rashford.

Subs: De Gea, Bailly, Dalot, Fred, McTominay, Perreira, Sanchez.

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he’s happy with the performance of his lads following the Blues away win (the first since December 2018) against Malmo in the Europa League last night. Goals from Ross Barkey and Olivier Giroud were enough to seal a vital result in Sweden.

Sarri told journalists after the game: “I am happy because we played with a very good level of confidence,’ he said, ‘and that was not very easy after the last match. Today we had confidence because we moved the ball also inside our box. We played very well, the risk only came from set-pieces because Malmo are more physical than us”.

“We could score more but we conceded a goal because of a mistake,’ he added, ‘but today the level of application and attention was good. We made an individual mistake so I think we could win better. We had three or four goal opportunities at 2-0, so we could have killed the match, but I am happy with the confidence”.

He added: “If we concede a goal like this [the one tonight against Malmo] to a team like Man United, Man City and Tottenham, then you risk conceding three goals in 10 minutes, so we have to do better, but I think the performance was a good performance”.

Source: www.chelseafc.com

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Tonight Chelsea will face Malmo in the first leg of Europa League‘s last 32.

Here are the confirmed lineups:

Malmo: Antonsson, Bachirou, Bengtsson, Dahlin, Nielsen, Rieks, Ronseberg, Safari, Traustason, Vindheim.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Barkley, Willian, Giroud, Pedro

Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Kante, Hudson-Odoi, Zappacosta, Hazard

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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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Chelsea star Eden Hazard insisted Maurizio Sarri‘s style of play remains his favourite since moving to Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian told Chelsea’s official website: “All the managers I’ve played for have given me something,”

“From when I started with Claude Puel at Lille to now with Maurizio Sarri.

“They all see football in different ways, which is why I’m the player I am. They have all given me important advice. Mourinho was special, but the way Sarri and Garcia like to play is more like my philosophy of football.”

It is understood Hazard’s contract expires in June 2020, with Real Madrid heavily linked with a move to land him to Santiago Bernabeu next summer.

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Maurizio Sarri has a tight schedule to persuade Chelsea board he deserves to be confirmed as Blues’ manager despite recent and disappointing defeats at Vitality Stadium (4-0 vs Bournemouth) and Etihad Stadium (6-0 vs Man City).

Chelsea will face Europa League last-32 first-leg tie against Malmo on Thursday and the Italian manager sees on the horizon before the end of February both FA Cup (Manchester United) clash and Carabao Cup final (Manchester City).

Sarri will also have to cope with Premier League clashes against Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur, the team who gave Chelsea a “lesson” earlier in November before being eliminated from the Carabao Cup in January.

One month to save his job at Stamford Bridge, according to The Guardian.

While speculations over his future as Chelsea manager are growing up, Sarri told Sky in Italy he has not been in touch with club’s president Roman Abramovich in the recent weeks. “If Abramovich calls me, I will be happy” he said.

“I never really speak to him, so I’d be happy to speak to him. That’s not a problem at all.

But I don’t know what to expect, to be honest with you. You always ask me questions about what the club will do. I don’t know. It will be your job to talk to the club.”

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Chelsea faced an humiliating defeat in their last Premier League clash against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium, when Pep Guardiola‘s men were 4 goals ahead within just 25 minutes on.

Maurizio Sarri, whose position is under speculation following the 6-0 defeat, revealed to Sky in Italy he has not been in touch with club’s president Roman Abramovich in the recent weeks.

He said: “If Abramovich calls me, I will be happy. I never really speak to him, so I’d be happy to speak to him. That’s not a problem at all.

But I don’t know what to expect, to be honest with you. You always ask me questions about what the club will do. I don’t know. It will be your job to talk to the club.”

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