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Chelsea have confirmed 18-year-old forward Callum Hudson-Odoi was due to undergo surgery on Tuesday evening after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in the clash against Burnley last time out.

An official statement from the club read: “Callum is seeing a specialist this afternoon and is expected to undergo surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon this evening”.

The England international limped-off the pitch after just 41 minutes at Stamford Bridge and is expected to miss the rest of current season.

Assistant coach Gianfranco Zola had previously confirmed “Hudson looks a serious thing” before more exams were scheduled.

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CHELSEA – Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Emerson, Kante, Barkley, Kovacic, Hazard, Pedro, Giroud

Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Jorginho, Higuain, Hudson-Odoi, Willian

SLAVIA PRAGUE – Kolar, Ngadeu-Ngadjiu, Kudela, Boril, Deli, Zmrhal, Soucek, Sevcik, Traore, Kral, Masopust

Subs: Kovar, Zeleny, Frydrych, Stoch, Olayinka, Van Buren, Skoda

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Chelsea face Liverpool at Anfield in a crucial game for the Blues’ hopes to remain at least 4th in the league table with 33 games played so far.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men are still in the race to win the Europa League title as they take on Slavia Prague on Thursday with a narrow advantage taken in the first-tie (0-1) in Czech Republic.

Eden Hazard was impressive in Chelsea’s last Premier League clash as the Belgian star netted two goals reducing the gap with Sergio Aguero on top of top scorers’ standings.

Hazard, speaking about Liverpool, told Chelsea TV: “I think they have been on fire for two years, not just this season, but City, they are there as well.”

“hey are a fantastic team to watch, I think the manager is great, they have players who are some of the best in the world, so it’s going to be a good game, a hard one, but it’s always hard at Anfield. But we are Chelsea, we can beat anyone, so we will see”.

“We want to win because we want to finish in the top four. We don’t care about who can win the title between City and Liverpool, we want to go there and try to win the game for ourselves”.

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Chelsea are through the next stage of Europa League after beating Dynamo Kiev also in the second-tie of last-16 round. The Blues eased into the quarter-finals of competition with a comfortable 0-5 away win in Kiev on Thursday night

A hat-trick from Olivier Giroud as well as Marcos Alonso’s deflection from a close range and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s fourth goal were enough as Maurizio Sarri‘s men secured the biggest away victory in the history of Chelsea in the tournament. 

DYNAMO KIEV (4-2-3-1): Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk (Tche Tche 65′), Shepeliev (Andriyevskiy 88′) ; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Sidcley (Smyrnyi 80′); Garmash

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta (Azpilicueta 70′), Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kovacic, Kante (Jorginho 66′), Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian (Pedro 74′)

Scorers: Giroud 5′ 33′ 59′ Alonso 45′, Hudson-Odoi 78′
Bookings: Azpilicueta

 

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Former Chelsea star Joe Cole, who currently enjoys a coaching role in the Blues’ Academy, believes Maurizio Sarri has done absolutely the right thing’ after the Italian manager decided to bench goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga as a result of his refusal to be substituted in the extra-time of Carabao Cup final.

Joe Cole told BT Sport after the game against Tottenham Hotspur: “I think he’s done it spot on,

We were all talking earlier, what’s he going to do? He’s done absolutely the right thing. He’s asserted, he’s the leader, this is the message, of the team”.

“I think he’ll live or die by it tonight. The pressure is on Willy Caballero to perform, but the message in the long term is “listen this is my team, my group, no one is going to step out of line”, and I applaud him for it, I think it’s a great decision”.

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Chelsea get a massive win against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge tonight.

The Blues broke the deadlock earlier in the second half thanks to Pedro Rodriguez before a clumsy own-goal from Spurs’ defender Kieran Trippier (whose back-pass rolled past Hugo Lloris) revived Maurizio Sarri‘s hopes for a top-four finish. Both Gonzalo Higuain and Harry Winks hit the woodwork in the game

The Italian manager saves his job after getting two wins (Europa League and Premier League) and a defeat on penalties (Carabao Cup final) in the last three games played. Both Man United and Arsenal managed to win their games tonight, which means Chelsea remain 6th on the league table with a game in hand.

 

 

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he’s yet to make a decision whether goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will start for the Blues’ in their next Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Italian confirmed he spoke with the Spaniard to discuss once again what happened in the extra-time of Carabao Cup final, when the former Athletic Club star refused to be substituted.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Spurs clash, Sarri said: “I spoke with Kepa of course, then we spoke all together, because he said sorry to the technical staff. He said sorry to his team-mates, to the club. He made a big mistake but we don’t want to kill him”.

“After yesterday, the situation is finished. He is a young player, he made a mistake, but stop. If I am sure he understood he made a big mistake, it is finished. It was a really unusual situation. The players were very shocked. It was impossible to react immediately I think”.

“The captain spoke to me immediately after the match. He spoke with Kepa. Yesterday we spoke all together. The situation is very clear in the dressing room”.

Sarri added: “Maybe yes [Kepa will start], maybe not. It will be a decision for the group, for all the players. I have decide for my group. I want to send a message to my group. The message could be to be on the pitch or out of the pitch. I have to decide what is better for my group”.

“He made a mistake, a big mistake. There are some consequences. If the consequence is he plays, he has to be ready to play. If the consequence is he is on the bench, he has to be ready to go to the bench”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spoke following his side’s defeat on penalties in the Carabao Cup‘s final at Wembley earlier tonight against Man City.

The Italian told journalists: “I think if you saw the match you can understand very well that today the players played exactly the match we prepared yesterday so I think I’m fully in control of the situation”.

“Now I’d like to speak about our way of football today, which was a little bit different to other matches. Today we decided not to press very high in every situation in which their goalkeeper was involved”.

“Because they are very able to use the goalkeeper and to come out of our pressing. So we decided from every goal-kick to wait 20 metres lower than we usually did, and we conceded nothing to the best team in Europe”.

Sarri added: “Today I’m really very happy because my feeling is that we’re improving. We could become a very solid team.

After today we conceded nothing to Man City, which isn’t easy as they are very dangerous in the offensive phase and they usually score a lot. I’m happy with the performance and on the pitch I saw the performance which I prepared yesterday”.

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Chelsea have been banned from signing any new player for next two transfer market windows and have also been fined £460,314 by FIFA. Also Football Associaton have been fined £391,260 after breaching regulations regarding international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. An official statement from FIFA read:

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and The Football Association for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

Chelsea was found to have breached art. 19 of the Regulations in the case of twenty-nine (29) minor players and to have committed several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players. The club also breached art. 18bis of the Regulations in connection with two agreements it concluded concerning minors and which allowed it to influence other clubs in transfer-related matters.

The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two (2) complete and consecutive registration periods. This ban applies to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and does not prevent the release of players.

Additionally, the club was fined CHF 600,000 and given a period of 90 days to regularise the situation of the minor players concerned.

The Football Association was also found to have breached the rules in connection with minors.   It was fined CHF 510,000 and given a period of six months to address the situation concerning the international transfer and first registration of minors in football.

The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA’s overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players and effective enforcement of these rules is paramount, as also confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The decisions issued by the Disciplinary Committee were notified today and can be contested before the FIFA Appeal Committee”.

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Chelsea are still far from perfection despite beating 3-0 Swedish side Malmo in the Europa League last-32 second-tie at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men booked a place to the next round of competition thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi in a dominant second half.

The Frenchman netted his sixth goal in five Europa League appearances with Chelsea this season, before the England international converted a free-kick with a curled shot a few minutes before Malmo’s Bengtsson was shown a red card. The 18-year-old made it 3-0 with 5 minutes left to go, brilliantly assisted by Willian.

The draw for Europa League round of 16 takes place in Nyon on Friday 22 February (13:00CET ).

It is understood Sarri has two more games to win (Carabao Cup final against Man United as well as Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur) as he wants to gain trust of Chelsea board following the recent disappointing results as Blues’ manager.

 

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