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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has blamed his former boss Antonio Conte for his playing style: according to the Spanish striker, the Italian coach’s direct football was one of the main reason for his inconsistent form in the past campaign:

“For me, it’s easy. I could have gone back to Spain or Italy, all the people believe in me there, but I want to change things here,” said Morata.

“I want to, not for all the haters, but for me and for Chelsea.

“Chelsea gave me everything that I needed and now I have time to give back all that Chelsea give me.

“The most important thing is the way we play. Last season it was direct balls and for me to protect the ball in the air is not my best quality.

“Now I can attack the space, I can play one touch and go in the area for the crosses. It’s better for me.”

Morata admits that Maurizio Sarri‘s playing style is more suitable for his qualities:

“Sarri works with the ball always and when you always have the ball the strikers have more chances.”

Speaking about this season’s goals he said:

“I want to score more than 30 goals, but I would prefer to score 15 or 20 and get the Premier League or one big trophy.”

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Speaking after his 30-minute appearance for Chelsea in last Saturday 3-2 win over Arsenal, Blues midfielder Mateo Kovacic told Sport Klub TV:

“I am happy because of victory, the most important is that team played good.

“I feel fine, I miss rhythm but I just joined the team. I am working fine and improving. It was important for me after three years without continuity of play in Madrid, to find a team and coach that want me, and that happened in Chelsea.

 “The club who wanted me and the coach that believes in me. That is what I need. Sarri knows me for a long time and I watched a lot of his matches. He loves to play, the team is great, with a lot of big players. I don’t expect it to be hard for me to adapt.”

Kovacic finished last season’s La Liga campaign with Real Madrid with an 88% dribble success rate, the best of any player to have attempted at least 30 dribbles.

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Spanish striker Alvaro Morata scored the second Chelsea‘s goal on Saturday in the Blues win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

This goal was important for the team and Morata himself: The last year was very hard for me, not just with confidence. The injury [last season] was very bad for me and my head, but when the ball goes into the net everything changes. Your mind isn’t blocked anymore and I hope now I can score a lot of goals.” Morata told Chelsea official website. “I think for me the most important thing is the mode we play. Last year it was direct, I had to protect the ball in the air and that’s not my best quality. Now I can attack the spaces, play one-touch and go into the area for the crosses which is better for me.

Alvaro Morata is happy not only on a personal note, but also because of the way Chelsea started their Premier League campaing. “I think we play good football when we have the ball”. the striker said.‘We need to improve on small things but it’s only been one month since we’ve all been together with the manager and I think if we continue like this we can play against any team in the world. I’m very happy because it was three very important points against Arsenal. In the Premier League I think if you win your first five games you’re in the fight because here in every game you can lose or drop points.’

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has laughed off rumours of a rift with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after appearing to snub him in the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s Premier League derby.

The Spaniard headed straight down the dressing room tunnel following the Gunners’ 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge, having seen his side concede a late goal.

Emery has revealed that he instead waited for Sarri in the dressing-room area, though, as the Italian coach was busy celebrating with supporters behind his dugout.

Asked about the lack of a handshake at full time, Emery told reporters:

“I waited for him in the dressing room to give him my hand.”

Emery is without a point from his first two Premier League matches, having a 2-0 to Manchester City last weekend.

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Speaking after the 3-2 win against Arsenal in his first Premier League derby Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri explained why he didn’t start Eden Hazard against the Gunners.

The Italian coach preferred Willian instead:

“It’s clear. He is a great player,” Sarri started when asked about Hazard.

“But I think that, at this moment, he’s not able to play for 90 minutes, so I thought it was better to give him 25-30 minutes when the intensity of the match has come down.

“But I think, I hope, that in one week, maximum two weeks, he’ll be able to play the whole game.”


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Maurizio Sarri reckons Chelsea are not ready to be title contenders yet.

“No, not in this moment,” he said when asked if his side were among the favourites to win the Premier League after the 3-2 win against Arsenal.

“We did very well in the last 25 minutes, but I think we have to work.

“We have to improve in the defensive phase and I’m not talking about only the defenders. The defensive phase of all the team, all the players.

“If we press very high, we are able to do well. But, at the other moments, when we are not able to press in the other half, we are in trouble. So I think we have to work and we need to improve.”


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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed why Ruben Loftus-Cheek was left out of the team-squad in yesterday’s derby against Arsenal:

“It depends on the position on the pitch,” said Sarri, when asked why Loftus-Cheek was not included.

“I prefer to have on the bench two wingers, and only one midfielder. So it depends on this. Not any other situation. ‘I needed on the bench one goalkeeper, one full-back, one centre-back, maybe two midfielders and only one winger, but yesterday I preferred vice versa, two wingers and one midfielder.”

Chelsea won 3-2 with goals by Pedro, Morata and Marcos Alonso.

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Maurizio Sarri enjoyed a second consecutive Premier League win as Chelsea got the upper hand against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge this evening.

The Italian manager, speaking at a press conference, confirmed he remains happy at the performance from the squad despite the whole team “lost distances” in the last 15 minutes of a vivid first half.

Sarri said: “I think we have done very well for 75 minutes, 15 minutes were horrible. We lost distances. We were not able to press, only one player or two players. In the other 15 minutes it was better to smoke, I think. It was a wonderful match for everybody”.

I think that the players were very good in the second half because it was not easy for the final part of the first half”.

When asked if Chelsea can be competitive in the race for the title, he added: “Not in this moment, we did very well in the last 25 minutes but I think we have to work and I am not talking about the defenders, the defensive phase is the team. If we press very high we are able to do well. In the other moments if we are not able to press we are in trouble. If we want to defend by looking only at the ball we need to stay very compact and press in the other half. In that 15 minutes we were not able to do this and so we were in trouble”. 

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CHELSEA – Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Pedro, Morata

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Moses, Hazard, Kovacic, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri


ARSENAL – Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang.

Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Ramsey, Welbeck, Lacazette.

Manager: Unai Emery


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New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is thrilled ahead of tomorrow Premier League game vs Arsenal which will be not only his first official game at Stamford Bridge, but also a London derby.

I’m looking forward to my first [competitive] game at Stamford Bridge, because I will be the coach of one of the most important clubs in Europe, in one of the most important stadiums in Europe, for my first London derby. Sarri confirmed during his pre-game press conference. “I’m looking forward to it”.

The Italian manager gave also updates on the injured players: “Fabregas is out for this match. I hope he will be able to be on the pitch next week. he explained. “I’m not sure. Nothing serious, but he has a very unusual injury. Nothing serious. I hope in the next week we will be able to have him training.”

Also new signing Mateo Kovacic won’t be included in the starting XI because, according to Sarri “he’s not ready now for 90 minutes, but maybe, tomorrow, for the first 30 or the last 30 minutes he could be used. I expect a lot from him because, for me, he’s a very great player. In my opinion, he can improve more.”

Finally, Sarri tried to make some predictions on Chelsea’s season: “I think that, at this moment, in English football there is one club above the others. This club is Manchester City. We have to try to do our best. We have to try to reach 101% of our potential. Then we have to see. I don’t know, now, what can happen. But my feeling is that we can be a very good team.” the Italian said. “We started to work all together only 10 days ago, so we have to work. We have to improve. But, in my opinion, in two months we can be a very good team.”


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