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Inter Milan have announced the appointment of Antonio Conte as their manager after the Italian put the pen to paper on a three-year-contract.

The former Chelsea boss led the Blues to the Premier League title in 2017 before lifting an FA Cup back in 2018.

Current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri could join Conte in Italy as he reportedly received a massive offer from Serie A champions Juventus following the victory in Europa League final earlier on Wednesday in Baku.

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Chelsea secured third place on the Premier League table as Maurizio Sarri’s men end up the season with a goalless draw at King Power Stadium against Leicester City. Only Liverpool and Man City earned more points and the Citizens were crowned league champions today.

The Blues, who are expected to fly to Boston tomorrow to take part of a charity match, will face Arsenal in the Europa League‘s final on 29th May.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) Caballero; Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Alonso; Barkley (Kovacic 76′), Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Higuain (Giroud 84′), Willian (Hazard 69′)

LEICESTER CITY (4-4-1-1) Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Choudry, Ndidi (Okazaki 66′), Albrighton (Simpson 77′), Tielemans; Maddison (Barnes 83′); Vardy

Bookings: Jorginho

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Chelsea transfer ban for the next two transfer windows has just been confirmed.

The club will be allowed only to sell players, while both Mateo Kovacic and Gonzalo Higuain could be signed on a permanent move before the end of June, when their season-long loan expires.

Also USA international star Pulisic will join the Blues at the end of current season. However, Chelsea will be prevented from signing any new player until January 2020.

An official statement from the club reads: “Chelsea FC has today received the decision of the FIFA Appeal Committee.

‘The Club notes that the FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to partially uphold the appeal lodged by Chelsea FC against the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. However, the Club is very disappointed that the transfer ban of two consecutive registration periods was not overturned.

“Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the FIFA Appeal Committee. It acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)”.

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Chelsea defender and captain Gary Cahill has played his last game with Blues at Stamford Bridge in the 3-0 win against Watford on Sunday afternoon.

The England international defender came off the pitch in the 89th minute to get a deserved farewell by Chelsea fans and several players.

Cahill, who has barely featured under Maurizio Sarri‘s management this season, eventually labelled his last campaign with Blues as “terrible” after the Italian boss reportedly refused to explain reasons behind his decision to left the 33-year-old defender out of starting XI on a regular basis.

He added: “It will just be erased out of my head when I leave Chelsea. My last memory will be last season’s FA Cup final.

“It’s been very difficult. I have played on a regular basis over the previous six seasons and I’ve won everything with Chelsea, so to be watching from the stands is something I didn’t expect”.

“I know how the whole club works, I’ve got a big relationship with all the players and staff, and yet none of that has been utilised. If you are not playing a player, any player, for two, three, four games, then you don’t have to give a reason for that. But if it gets to eight or nine games, then you have to explain the situation. What’s going on? But the manager hasn’t done that.”

Sarri was coy on Cahill’s words and refused to make further comments on it: “I don’t know the situation, I’m sorry” he said.

“It’s not important for me. Cahill, during the season, was really very professional. He played only five, six or seven matches, but he was really very important in the training ground, in the dressing room.

Today was his last match for Chelsea, so it was important for him to be on the pitch, only for a few minutes but I still think it was really very important for the fans and for him.

Here, Gary won everything. And so I think he had to say goodbye to the stadium, to the fans, to the club.”

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Further good news for Chelsea as Blues will play in the Champions League next season after both Arsenal and Manchester United were held to draws against Brighton and Huddersfield earlier on Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri completes a massive turnaround, having been 6th on the league table at some point before climbing up the table, despite some huge defeats.

Chelsea have still to face the second-tie of Europa League semi-finals against Eintracht (at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night) after getting a vital away 1-1 draw in Frankfurt last time out. More positive news to come?

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WATFORD – Foster, Femenia, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucoure, Hughes, Chalobah, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney

Substitutes: Gomes, Janmaat, Cleverley, Success, Masina, Gray, Kabasele

Manager: Javi Garcia

CHELSEA – Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Hazard, Higuain, Pedro

Substitutes: Caballero, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud, Zappacosta, Willian, Cahill

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 2PM BST

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Arsenal earned a 3-1 win at home against Valencia despite a slow start to the first-leg of Europa League‘s semi-final. The Spanish side got the upper hand earlier in the first half, before Alexandre Lacazette netted twice to complete the comeback in a vivid first half.

A goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the extra-time means Gunners have a good opportunity to win the clash on aggregate. And also chances to see an all-English Europa League final are still alive.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri had his say also on Arsenal 3-1 win at Emirates Stadium: “I want the final against any team, Arsenal or Valencia. For me it’s exactly the same. I want the final and this time I don’t want to play the final, I want to win.

FT – Eintracht v Chelsea 1-1, Pedro scores vital goal in Frankfurt

 

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri watched his side sealing a crucial 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany tonight in the first-leg of Europa League‘s semi-finals. The Blues will host their opponents at Stamford Bridge next Thursday.

The italian manager, speaking after the game, told journalists: “We made a mistake in the first 20 minutes. My feeling from the bench was that we were playing only to manage the result, for the 0-0. We are not able to do that with our characteristics. The difficulty was a mental difficulty I think. We did not approach the match with the right mentality.

Fortunately after the goal we started to play. We started to play after 25 minutes and we played very well until the 85th minute. We deserved to win for the number of goal opportunities. We were for 60 minutes in control of the match”.

Reflecting on the result, Sarri said: “1-1 away is not so bad. They are very dangerous at home, but unfortunately they are also very dangerous away. It depends on the second leg. We have to play at Stamford Bridge. We want the final, but we know we have to play a very good match next week.”

On Ruben Loftus-Cheek: “He is a very important player. He has improved a lot during the season. When he is at the top physically he is a very important player for us. It’s not easy for him to train with consistency because of his back, but in this match he was really fit. Unfortunately with 10 minutes to go he had cramp and asked for a substitution”.

On his choice to rule Eden Hazard out of Chelsea’s starting XI in Frankfurt: “This match was number 59 I think and Hazard also played eight matches in the national team. For a player it’s impossible to play 70, 75 matches in a season. Sometimes Hazard, like all the other players, needs to not play for 90 minutes. This is the first reason. The second is that Eden is usually able to change the match from the bench. For me it was better to start with Willian and try in the last 30 minutes with Eden”.

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Chelsea have revealed 2019/20 kits will be inspired by Stamford Bridge.The Blues’ new home kit for the upcoming season has been unveiled earlier this morning, despite some pictures had emerged on social media a few days ago. “The concept comes to life through a classic Chelsea blue shirt, comprising imagery taken from our famous home” an official statement from the club read.

 

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Antonio Rudiger has suffered a serious injury on his left knee meniscus and has underwent surgery in Rome earlier this morning. A further major blow for Chelsea after also Callum Hudson-Odoi underwent surgery on his ruptured achilles tendon last week.

However, as the club’s official website confirmed, “the German star will miss the rest of this campaign and will rehab over the summer to be back early next season”. 

Rudiger wrote on his Instagram page: “What a pity I won’t be able to help my team during the last games of the season. But my knee surgery went well and I’m already positive again. Thanks for all your messages and comments. And special thanks to the efforts of Professor Mariani and his team!”

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