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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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Chelsea defender David Luiz believes Manchester United “came with a plan just to defend and play on the counter-attack” in their first-half at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian star told Chelsea’s official website: “We tried to win from the beginning of the game,’ he said. ‘We controlled the game with possession, trying to create some space to score some goals. They came with a plan just to defend and play on the counter-attack”.

“I think in the first half it was just us who played. We could have done better by scoring the second goal to kill the game, but it is never easy to win in the Premier League, especially against a big opponent”.

“It gave them a chance because we had only scored one goal and in the second half they came and scored a lucky goal with the ball touching a player and bouncing about”.

David Luiz confirmed José Mourinho‘s men were far better in the second period: “After they scored they had a bit more confidence, and it was a great game. This is the Premier League against fantastic teams, so we have to keep going and try to work hard”.

“Even though we were 2-1 down, we kept trying to score the equaliser and we did that in the end so I think the spirit was amazing. This was a big game against a big club, and it is always like this. We have to realise we had amazing spirit to try and score the second goal and we did that in the end”.

“We are happy we have gone this many games without losing, but we are keeping on working hard to try and improve our team because it is just the beginning”.


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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 from the bench, and now I have to study it. I thought we did a very good first half, but weren’t very good in the second half”.

“We have not played our football, and in a physical match United were better than us. Tactically, the match was the same. I don’t know why things changed, I have to study it”.

Sarri added: “It’s better to learn in training than in a match, but the match after the international break is always very difficult. The players go to play in another team, another football, another target, then they come back and they’re still in other situations.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he will ‘deal privately with’ assistant coach Marco Ianni after his gesture and celebration caused a touchline scuffle with Man United manager José Mourinho.

He told SkySports after the 2-2 draw against the Red Devils: “Sincerely, I did not see what happened. But I spoke with Jose, and of course then I spoke with my member of staff because I think we were on the wrong side. So I have dealt with it immediately. It’s private”.

Sarri added: “If I spoke with the member of staff and I have to be very hard, then I cannot come here and tell everything, otherwise with my staff I am not credible”. 

“I am not really happy. After I spoke to Jose, I understood we were on the wrong side of the situation.”

Chelsea coach Ianni’s irritanting gesture caused Mourinho over reaction and sparked scuffle


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Manchester United manager José Mourinho and Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni got involved in a touchline scuffle after Ross Barkley turned home a late leveller at Stamford Bridge.

Ianni, who run in front of Red Devils’ dugout to celebrate Barkley’s goal into the stoppage-time, has already apologised with Mourinho, who lost his temper.

Mourinho told SkySports“I am not annoyed with anything. What happened with Sarri’s assistant, Sarri was the first one to come to me and say he will resolve it.

“The assistant has already come to me and apologised, I told him to forget it. I have made a lot of mistakes in my career. I can tell you that the 97 minutes game was so good that you have to focus on that”.

The Manchester United manager also lifted three fingers to the Chelsea fans after the final whistle: “I did not get respect back from Chelsea fans but that is not my responsibility. What I did here today I will do in Madrid, in Milan, in Porto, the reaction from the fans is not up to me”.


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Chelsea were enjoying a narrow lead after 45 minutes against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge following a dominant first half.

A header from Antonio Rudiger, left unmarked into the penalty area, was the difference at the break before José Mourinho’s men completed a massive comeback in the second period thanks to Anthony Martial, who scored a brace.

Both David Luiz and N’Golo Kante went close to scoring and Chelsea earned a vital point into the stoppage time with Ross Barkley, who came off the bench replacing Mateo Kovacic.

The three points seemingly headed for Old Trafford, then a point rescued with a last-gasp goal. Which means Chelsea are currently Premier League leaders with 21 points and one game in hand.

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 68′); Willian (Pedro 74′), Morata (Giroud 77′), Hazard

MAN UNITED – De Gea; Young (c), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Pogba, Matic; Rashford (Sanchez 83′), Mata (Herrera 74′), Martial (Pereira 82′); Lukaku

SCORERS: Rudiger 21′,  Martial 54′ 73′, Barkley 90+5′

BOOKINGS: Rudiger, Hazard, Matic, Young, Mata, Sanchez

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Chelsea are enjoying a narrow lead after 45 minutes against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge following a dominant first half. A header from Antonio Rudiger, left unmarked into the penalty area, is the difference at the break.

Plenty of possession for the Blues, who failed to deliver a single shot on target so far apart from Rudiger’s early goal in the 20th minute.

Manchester United duo Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young, as well as Chelsea star Eden Hazard, were booked by referee Mike Dean in the first half.

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Ross Barkley starts from the bench in today’s clash against Manchester United. The England international scored his first Chelsea goal in the 0-3 victory over Southampton last time out. Also Frenchman Olivier Giroud has been dropped for Alvaro Morata.

Big news for Manchester United as former Chelsea star Juan Mata will play in midfield, while Ander Herrera is benched.

CHELSEA – Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Fabregas, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud, Zappacosta, Cahill.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

MAN UNITED – De Gea, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Mata, Rashford, Lukaku, Martial.

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Sanchez, Pereira, Fred, Herrera, Darmian

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 12.30PM BST


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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 legend Frank Lampard has confirmed he won’t face a normal clash as Derby County will take on the Blues in the Carabao Cup round four on Wednesday 31st October.

The former Chelsea midfielder, whose side remain 5 points behind current leaders Leeds United and Middlesbrough following the 1-1 draw against Norwich City last night, told journalists: “Of course it will be very special to go back to Stamford Bridge. It was my home and my club for 13 years and the opportunity to go back and see the fans and the people behind the scenes is an incredible occasion for me”.

“It’s a club that took me in. I moved across London from a so-called rival and they took me in instantly. I was fortunate enough to spend successful years there and it was a family. It still feels that way but the club moves on. It’s a nice story and nice emotions around it personally, but the great test is for the players”. 

“It’s a very tough game for us to win again, but I think the test for the players against such a fantastic team is going to be a great one for them”.

Derby County booked a place into the fourth round of Carabao Cup after getting a massive win on penalties at Old Trafford last month.

Lampard added: “We came through the Manchester United game so well with a mixture of the younger players and the experienced players and to go and perform at Old Trafford like we did is a credit to them. It’s a similar occasion for them to go to Stamford Bridge and give a good account of ourselves whatever the result may be.




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