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Today’s hero Ross Barkley spoke after the match stating his confidence is growing game after game

“My confidence is growing, but our aim was to get three points so it’s disappointing, but to get the draw I thought we showed great attitude. When I got sent on the manager just told me to help the team win the game, and get back in it, try to get the result.

“We conceded a goal we should’ve stopped, really, but we came back and showed a great attitude. I’m happy with scoring today, but we came for three points so I’m disappointed.”


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Sarri’s only concern is centre- back Antonio Rudiger: he withdrew from the Germany squad with a groin injury during the international break, but will be hopeful of recovering in time.

Manchester United

Luke Shaw and former Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic are available: both players missed international duty due to ankle injuries but returned to training this week and travelled with the team to London.

Marouane Fellaini did not feature in Belgium’s friendly against Holland on Tuesday, but Roberto Martinez insists he ‘should be fine’.

Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are all back in training – but only Lingard is in contention to return to action on Saturday.



Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Giroud, Hazard.

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Fellaini, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku, Sanchez


Kick Off: 7.30 pm GMT

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Referee: Mike Dean

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been speaking at a press conference earlier in the afternoon. The Italian, who warned his team ahead of tomorrow’s game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge (kick-off: 12.30PM), was also asked if Red Devils’ unexpected slow start to the Premier League season was surprising as the Blues are currently leading the table 7 points above them.
Sarri told journalists: “Surprised a little bit but that can happen, we are talking about eight matches, they are doing well in the Champions League and they have the opportunity to improve in the Premier League, it’s only two months.Maybe player by player they have the best team in the Premier League.
“At the moment I think Manchester City are a better team but player by player they are very strong. I don’t know if they will play on us or try to play their football”.
About former Chelsea boss José Mourinho, who’s recently stormed out of a press conference after defeat against Tottenham Hotspur and accused a journalist of ‘bugging’ his phone earlier this month, Sarri said: “We are talking about a coach who has won everything. He has won everywhere, I think I have to respect him. But I think that you all have to respect him as well. 
“I think he is a very good coach, a very good manager and one of the best in the world.” 

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has ruled out a potential January exit for Danish defender Andreas Christensen, who is struggling to get first-team opportunities so far.

The Italian boss has confirmed the former Borussia Monchengladbach star remains a key player in Chelsea squad despite his father recently claimed the centre-back could leave the club when the transfer market window reopens: “If his situation doesn’t change around Christmas, we’ll obviously schedule a chat with Chelsea and say: ‘OK, what can we do for Andreas? Can we move him?’ For me, it’s not a loan again.”

However, Sarri told journalists at a press conference ahead of next game against Man United: “I’m not interested. What can I say? I think in the first part of the season David and Antonio have played very well so it’s not easy to change. In our last six matches Christensen has played in three so for his father the record is not important, but for us it’s important.”

“He’s very young. He has to improve but he’s a technical defender so he’s suitable for me and my way of football, in the future he will be able to play more often”.


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Sarri conference

Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Manchester United, Chelsea‘s boss Maurizio Sarri has given some updates on the Blues’ injured players.

There are some problems. So now we have the most serious, I think, is Ampadu. Then we have a little problem with Hudson-Odoi, and a little problem with Barkley”Sarri admitted. “But with Odoi and Barkley it’s only a question of one or two days. The injury for Ampadu I think is serious. I don’t know how much, but serious. We hope to recover him in a couple of weeks. Rudiger has done better in the last two days, like Kovacic. I think they will be able to play.”

Chelsea will face Manchester United and Maurizio Sarri showed all his respect for the opponents and their manager José Mourinho.  “They are a very strong team. Maybe, player by player, they are the best team in the Premier League.” the Italian claimed. “At the moment I think City are better as a team, but player by player, they are really very, very strong. So I don’t know if they will play us or try and play their football”.

So Chelsea will need a perfect performance if they want to beat the Red Devils: “I’m really, really happy with the results. But I think we need to improve. And I think also we can improve. We can improve because we have had no time to work. I had eight players only at the beginning of August”. Sarri explained. “Then we have started to play every three days. So it’s very difficult to work and very difficult to improve the team and the players. I think that, in the future, we can improve and we need to improve. To improve more on the performance on the defensive phase because, at the moment, we are giving too many opportunities to the opponents. So we need to improve, I think.”


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During the last summer transfer window, Belgian star Eden Hazard seemed close to a move to the Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Then the Blues striker spoke with the new Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri and now Hazard himself reveals how the Italian convinced him to stay at Stamford Bridge: “He just told me that he wanted me to be one of the best players in the world. That’s it. And he tried to give me this confidence… and he asked me to score goals”. Hazard told The Premier League Show. “When I speak with him he always says, “You can score three goals every game”. But you know sometimes he is hard, but I try to do my best.”

The Belgian then also praised Maurizio Sarri: “We knew that Sarri was a fantastic manager. He showed to England now that he’s maybe one of the best in the world”. he added. “So at the moment like I say we are playing good, we are scoring goals, creating chances. So it’s good to be here.”




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More from Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who’s been speaking after the Blues cruised to an away win over Southampton earlier this afternoon.

Goals from Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata, as well as Ross Barkley‘s first Premier League goal and assist for the club secured a 0-3 result at St.Mary’s Stadium. Chelsea maintain their unbeaten start to the season with 20 points from 8 games so far.

Sarri told journalists: “His best game was the one in the Carabao Cup, but I am very happy with the goal and assist for him today”.

“I am very happy with him, he is improving all the time. I spoke to him from the first day that he has great physical and technical quality. Now he has improved. Potentially he is a great player. he has quality, very important ones in the physical and technically, now he is improving in the tactical point of view. He can be a very important player in England and for their national team”.

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Alvaro Morata has played very well” says Maurizio Sarri speaking after his side’s 0-3 win at St.Mary’s Stadium earlier this afternoon.

The Spaniard, whose goal helped Chelsea to cruise to a narrow victory in their Europa League clash against MOL Vidi on Thursday, scored against Southampton as Blues moved up to the top of Premier League table.

Sarri said: “I am very happy for him. It is important for the striker to score, to have scored in the Europa League and today. But it was important the performance. He has played very well. I think we can restart easily now”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes his side’s last goal at Southampton today, scored by Alvaro Morata following 31 passes completed from his teammates on the pitch, is “sure the favorite goal” so far as he can see the “way of football” he wants to bring in this season.

Speaking at a press conference, he told journalists: “We moved the ball very quickly. I think one touch, sometimes two. We arrived at the goal so easy. It’s my football. My favorite goal? Sure, because here I can see my way of football.”

When asked if Chelsea showed “Sarri-ball” football for the whole clash at St. Mary’s Stadium this afternoon, he added: “I think sometimes, not always. I think we can do better because they had two or three opportunities. We need to be in control of the match. We can do better in the defensive, sometimes also in the offensive phase. Today we did wrong in two or three counter attacks”.

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Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek reacts

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will continue working at Cobham after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.

The Italian boss, speaking after Chelsea’s narrow win in their second Europa League clash against FC Vidi, told journalists: “It’s better to stay in Cobham. At the moment for him, it’s very important to have a lot of training. In the last three, four weeks, he hasn’t been training a lot”.

“Now it’s better for him to stay to work. I have seen he is a great player from the technical point of view, from the physical point of view. He has to improve from a tactical point of view”.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was given game time again after coming off the bench in the second half against both Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town.


Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri had his say following his side's 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The Italian boss told SkySports: "I only saw the match...