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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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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Gonzalo Higuain of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge on February 2, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Chelsea are set to face Malmo in the first leg of Europa League last-32 at New Stadion tonight (kick-off at 8pm BST). Maurizio Sarri named a 23-man squad which traveled to Sweden yesterday:

GOAKEEPERS – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Jamie Cumming

DEFENDERS – Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Davide Zappacosta, Ethan Ampadu, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson

MIDFIELDERS – N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Ross Barkley

STRIKERS –  Eden Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Gonzalo Higuain, Olivier Giroud

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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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DERBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Frank Lampard manager of Derby County celebrates the win after the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Preston North End at Pride Park Stadium on August 25, 2018 in Derby, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Former Chelsea midfielder and current Derby County manager Frank Lampard has confirmed he remains focused on his job with the Championship amid reports linking him with a potential takeover at Stamford Bridge, with concerns growing up around Maurizio Sarri‘s role following 6-0 defeat at Man City.

Lampard, speaking at a press conference on Monday, told reporters: “My job is here,” 

“We’re working very hard and my thoughts are on Ipswich Town on Wednesday, and Brighton on Saturday.”

The England international also claimed he believes Blues can bounce back from their last humiliating defeat: “With my Chelsea hat on, 13 years as a player there, you have a feeling for it and it’s not nice, it’s not easy. It doesn’t happen to Chelsea much so when it does it’s a shock.

“But they’re going up against an incredible team and I had some time at Manchester City as well. I have some feelings for them. The work Pep Guardiola and their incredible squad have done is something special.

Lampard added: “For Chelsea it was a tough day. With all top teams the important thing is you come back strong, no matter what type of defeat. What makes top teams is resilience and Chelsea as a club will have it.”

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Michy Batshuayi has joined Crystal Palace on loan until the end of current season on Deadline Day a few hours ago.

An official statement from Chelsea read: “Michy Batshuayi has joined Crystal Palace on loan for the remainder of the season, having returned from Valencia”.

The Belgian starlet failed to complete a loan move to West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur before moving to Selhurst Park to remain in London following Bundesliga and La Liga spells with Borussia Dortmund and Valencia.

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Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed their interest in signing Callum Hudson-Odoi after announcing Benjamin Pavard will join the club at the end of current season with Bundesliga side Stuttgart.

It has been reported Bayern Munich have placed a fourth bid in the region of £35m to land the 18-year-old to Allianz ArenA in January.

Hudson-Odoi, who featured in last night’s defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, is contracted at Stamford Bridge until June 2020.

Salihamidzic said: “All I can say about Callum Hudson-Odoi is that I think he’s a good player and he’s a player who we have a great interest in. Anything else, we will see.

“In my opinion, he’s a player who would fit in well at our club. He’s got unbelievable qualities. He’s good at dribbling and has pace. In my opinion, he’s a player we would definitely like to have. Let’s see what happens. “

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri spoke following his side 0-1 defeat at Wembley in the first-leg of Carabao Cup‘s semi-finals last night.

Harry Kane was awarded a penalty following the assistance of VAR which overturned the referee’s decision. Maurizio Sarri confirmed the situation was controversial as ‘Kane was offside, clearly offside’. 

Sarri told reporters: “I think that they need to study better the system. It is very strange in the Premier League there is not the system, but in the Carabao Cup suddenly there is the system.

“Of course it is very strange for us, for the players, but also for the referees.”

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He added: “In Italy there is the VAR. In the first period it was a disaster, also in Italy it was very difficult for the referee to get used to the system,” the Italian said. 

“I think that at the moment here the referees are not ready to use in the right way the system. For example, apart from the image in our camera, Kane was offside, clearly offside, but it is not important.

“I think it is more important that the linesman stopped running, he didn’t follow the ball, so for the players on the pitch it is clearly offside so I think he had a big influence on our defenders”.

The second leg will be played at Stamford Bridge on Thursday 24 January.

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22-year-old star Kasey Palmer has ended-up his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers and has joined Bristol City on loan until the end of the season.

The Chelsea loanee told the club’s official website: “I spoke to Jay when making the decision. He told me it was a great club to be at and it’s the right club for me,” 

“My first impressions are all good. I’ve walked around the stadium, got a feel for the place, I’ve met the staff and I’m raring to go. Hopefully I can repay the trust that the head coach has shown in me.

“The first day is always difficult, getting to know everyone but hopefully I can get down to business quickly, train with the boys and get to know everyone and hopefully produce the goods on the pitch.”

Palmer made 14 appearances with Blackburn Rovers in the first six months of current season, scoring once against Brentford in July.

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Maurizio Sarri has confirmed his side need ‘something different’ to improve and strengthen Chelsea‘s forward options following a goalless draw against Southampton at Stamford Bridge last night.

The Italian boss, speaking after the game, told SkySports“The club knows very well my opinion. I think we need something different for characteristics,” 

“I’m not in charge of the market. I have to try to improve my players, my team, my offensive phase, or better my offensive phase in the last 20 metres. The club knows my position, my opinion. It’s up to the board”.

“At the moment we’re in trouble with the offensive players.”

With Olivier Giroud sidelined due to an ankle injury, Chelsea are currently keeping an eye on Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, according to reports in the Mirror earlier today.

The club announced the signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund on a £58m move yesterday morning. The USA international will spend the remaining months of current season with the Bundesliga side, before joining Blues next summer.

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Cesc Fabregas is edging ever closer to joining AS Monaco in January, as French publication L’Equipe wrote on Wednesday.

The midfielder, who came off the bench to replace Ross Barkley in the Blues’ goalless draw against Southampton last night, tweeted earlier this morning: “500 games in English football, the best and most competitive football in the world, what a ride it has been! A proper dream come true to reach these numbers. Another proud moment in my career. I will see you all at the Bridge on Saturday”.

The Spaniard, who has been heavily linked also with a move to AC Milan, is expected to play his last game for Chelsea against Nottingham Forest, in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday.

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