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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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Chelsea will face Manchster City today at Stamford Bridge. Italian midfielder Jorginho is back in the Starting XI for the Blues, while is Sterling who will start as forward in Pep Guardiola‘s team.

Here you are the confirmed lineups:

Chelsea: Kepa, Alonso, Rudiger, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Pedro, Willian, Hazard.

Subs: Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Giroud, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, Silva (C), Mahrez, Sane, Bernardo, Sterling

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Gundogan, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden

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In his pre-game press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game vs Manchester City at Stamford Bridge the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri explained he is confident his team can get a good result vs Pep Guardiola‘s side.

At the moment we have no serious injuries. I think that every player will be able to play. But, of course, I have to see the last training [session]. The match, for us, is really very important”. Sarri said. “You know very well it’s a very difficult match against, maybe, the best team in Europe at the moment. So we know very well it’s very difficult. It’s impossible to beat them in a long period, of course, in this moment. But in a match, everything can happen.”

However, the Italian manager he is not sure also his players have the same kind of confidence at the moment: “I don’t know, but I think we have a problem to manage the match at the moment. In the last two matches we played well for 55/60 minutes but then, at the first difficulty, we went in black out”. Sarri admitted. “The first match we were lucky because they didn’t score. In the last match, we were a little bit unlucky because, for the opponents, there are five shots and only two on target, and we conceded two goals. But, after the first goal, we went in black-out and were not able to react.”

So, to overcome this difficult period, Sarri is trying to understand what he and the team can do: “We need leaders, but I think also we need a collective target. A collective target. That can give us motivation, and the motivation can give us determination”. the Italian explained. “I saw that, in some matches, we lack determination. Like in the last match. I think we were not able to have the right determination to win the match.”

This target, motivation and determination can help Chelsea reduce the gap with Manchester City:  “We started with 30 points of difference. We have to work to reduce the gap. I think that we are improving, but they are improving also, so it’s very difficult to recover the gap”. Sarri went on. “I don’t know the difference at the moment. We started very well, this season, but now we have to face some difficulties. I think it’s normal. Sooner or later, it’s normal to have some difficulties in a new way of playing. It’s normal. We have to work, we have to try to solve problem by problem, day by day. And to improve in a definitive way.”

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TalkSport pundit Adrian Durham criticised Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after the Blues suffered a 3-1 defeat at Wolves.

The popular journalist claimed the West London side will struggle to reach the top 4 this year:

“I would love to hear from Chelsea fans because I’m pretty certain that they would agree with most of the points I’m about to make,” Durham started.

“There’s no pace up front for Chelsea: Callum Hudson-Odoi has to be given a chance in the first team at some point. How he hasn’t had one I do not know.

“I’ve heard stories about a loan spell, just get him in the team! There’s no pace, no zip, it’s not full of energy, it’s not bright. Get him in there and see what he can do.

Durham suggested even more changes:

Ethan Ampadu in for David Luiz, it’s a no brainer. Luiz cannot defend, Ampadu can and Ampadu can do all the things Luiz can. If they want him to balloon a 30-yard free-kick into orbit like Luiz does then he can do that too!

Olivier Giroud over Alvaro Morata… always, always, always has to happen! How Morata started last night I do not know.

“Put Kante where he belongs. Even with Jorginho out of the team against Wolves Kante wasn’t where he belongs because Fabregas was there. Ridiculous!

Ruben Loftus-Cheek always has to start.

“Full-backs need a kick up the backside, Sarri needs to stop smoking because that’s a level of unprofessionalism that he’s bringing into Chelsea Football Club.

“Right now, what Chelsea are on course for is a place out of the top four and Eden Hazard wanting to leave.

“He [Sarri] is steering them, he’s hurtling them towards a place where Chelsea do not want to be and it’s not good management.”

 

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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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Maurizio Sarri was clearly disappointed after Chelsea defeat at Wolves but the Blues boss didn’t see such a bad performance from his lads:

“I think that we played very well for 55 minutes. After the goal, it was an accident because we were in full control of the match. We were suddenly a different team, I don’t know why. I am really very worried, not for the result but for the fact we didn’t respond to the first goal.

Chelsea complained for a possible not awarded penalty for a foul on Alvaro Morata:

“I don’t know about that. We could have scored four or five goals. We missed them.

Asked if he regrets something in his selection choices, Sarri said:

“If you had asked me the same question after 55 minutes I would say I was happy. We lost everything. It can happen, but I don’t think it. It was without reaction.

Sarri was asked if he is worried for next Saturday’s game against Manchester City after this second defeat in only three games:

“As I said before, City are in another category. They are not in our category. We have to play and to fight to be in the top four I think. The result is very difficult for this. In every match you have to gain points. I lost Serie A with 91 points, so I know every match you have to gain points.

Probably there was a foul in Wolves’ second goal build-up:

“I don’t know, but I think it is more important to talk about our attitude, the first goal. We were not the same team. It was not for me. I have to understand why. Only for a goal. We had to play 35 minutes after that.

Asked if this defeat makes Man City’s clash harder, Sarri replied:

“No. As I said before City are the best in Europe, maybe in the world, they can win the Champions League, but it depends on moments. If you have to play against them for ten months they are the best in the world at the moment. After this match we lost confidence, but maybe it is better. Sometimes my players show me they have too much confidence.”

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Tonight, at Molineux Stadium, Chelsea will face Wolverhampton.

These are the confirmed lineups for both Maurizio Sarri and Nuno Espirito Santo. Andreas Christensen will start for the Blues.

Wolverhampton: Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady , Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Moutinho, Vinagre; Gibbs-White, Jiminez, Jota.

Subtitutes: Ruddy, Hause, Dendoncker, Traore, Cavaleiro, Bonatini, Costa.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hazard, Morata.

Substitutes: Caballero, Zappacosta, David Luiz, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud.

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has put the pen to paper on a new and improved deal until June 2022, as the club’s official website confirmed earlier this morning.

After signing a new four-year deal to stay put at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard told Blues’ official website: “I am really happy to extend my stay here at Chelsea”.

“Since I came, I felt the joy and responsibility to play for this club, these fans, and every time I go on the pitch I try do my best. Hopefully there is a lot to come and we can keep Chelsea where it belongs.”

Azpilicueta, who joined the club back in 2012 from Olympique Marseille, is now just two appearances away from reaching 300 games with Chelsea’s shirt.

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Bate Borisov‘s 2-0 victory against MOL Vidi earlier this evening means that before a ball is kicked at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have qualified to the last-32 of competition as group winners.

Goals from Signevich and Ivanic put the Belarusian side into the 2nd place with still one game left to go, and both teams involved in the game are currently level on points, six clear from Maurizio Sarri‘s men.

The Blues, who are set to face PAOK at home tonight, will start with the following line-up:

CHELSEA – Kepa, Zappacosta, Christensen, Cahill, Emerson, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Subs: Caballero, Alonso, Ampadu, Jorginho, Kovacic, Morata, Willian

 

 

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Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has been ruled out of Blues Europa League clash against PAOK because of an ankle injury he picked up against Spurs in last saturday defeat.

The Belgian player, anyway, is expected to play against Fulham next Sunday.

Victor Moses is also out for a back issue, with manager Maurizio Sarri likely to make changes ahead of 10 matches in the month of December.

Sarri’s men need to avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge to guarantee top spot in a game they’re expected to win comfortably.

Even a defeat may still be enough as Chelsea are six points ahead of second-placed MOL Vidi so the Hungarian side would need a win to stand any chance of overtaking the Premier League side.

 

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