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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

Referee:

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CHELSEA – Kepa, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson, Fabregas, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Willian, Morata.

Subs: Caballero, Ampadu, Alonso, Moses, Kante, Barkley, Hazard

FC VIDI – Tujvel, FIola, Juhasz, Vinicius, Stopira, Nego, Hadzic, Nikolov, Huszti, Scepovic, Milanov.

Subs: Kovacsik, Kovacs, Berecz, Hodzic, Paktai, Tamas, Hangya

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Kick-Off: 8PM BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge

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Maurizio Sarri could extend his winning streak as Chelsea are keen to get their fourth victory in a row against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge today.

 

Here are the official line-ups ahead of today’s clash:

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

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

BOURNEMOUTH – Begovic, S.Cook, Ake, Francis, Rico, Smith, Lerma, Gosling, Fraser, Wilson, King

Subs: Boric, Mings, Surman, L.Cook, Ibe, Brooks, Mousset

Manager: Eddie Howe

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 3PM BST

 

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Chelsea will face the Reds at Anfield in the third round of Carabao Cup next month, as the club’s official website confirmed earlier yesterday.

The dates may be subject to changes as Liverpool-Chelsea could be played either on 25th or 26th of September.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently level on points with Chelsea at top of Premier League table following three wins from three games so far.

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Kenneth Omeruo has today joined La Liga side Leganes on a season-long loan, as Chelsea confirmed via their official website.

The 24-year-old who joined Chelsea form Standard Liege back in 2012, spent last season on loan at Turkish side Kasimpasa.

Omeruo also made two appearances for Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia.

Former Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has been recently appointed as new manager at Leganes.

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Chelsea starlet Ola Aina will spend next season on loan with Serie A side Torino, who also have an option to make the deal permanent at the end of current season.

The Nigerian star told Torino’s official website: “The club has been keeping tabs on me for a long time, I hope I can make an impact here. I am aware this is a club which trust young players and this is very important for me”.

“I hope I can learn many things in Italy, especially in the way to cover the pitch properly because tactics and organization are crucial aspects in football. I can’t wait to get started”.

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Chelsea have just confirmed the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid as a part of the deal which landed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Santiago Bernabeu today.

The former Inter Milan midfielder joins Chelsea on a season-long loan.

The Croatia international told the club’s official website: “I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season”.

 

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New Chelsea signing Kepa Arrizabalaga has joined the Blues on a world-record move from Athletic Bilbao, putting the pen to paper on a seven-year-deal with the Premier League side last night.

The Spaniard’s first interview as a Chelsea player was unveiled earlier this morning.

Kepa told the club’s official website: “It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life,” 

“So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League. It’s an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well.”

He added: “It has been a tough decision for me, for my personal life a very important choice. Everything attracted me to sign for Chelsea, all the titles, the players, the city the Premier League. I followed the championship since I was child. I like the way of the football here, how much they respect the game, the supporters, the speed of the league and all the players here. It will be great to be one of the players in that league”.

The 23-year-old also labelled both Iker Casillas and Daniel Aranzubia as his favorite goalkeepers.

About Chelsea players: “I know all the players, they are familiar but I know personally all the Spaniish players. I have spoken to various players before I came here and I had excellent references from Morata Azpilicueta and Pedro. There are important players like Kante, Hazard, World Cup champion Giroud, Chelsea are a squad full of fantastic players”.

“I don’t really like describing myself, I prefers let others do it for me. I would say I am a calm and settled goalkeeper who tries to convey his calmness to the team. It’s very important that the team feel they have behind a keeper that is feeling in total control”.

On newly-appointed manager Maurizio Sarri: “I am looking forward to start working with him, looking forward the first training session together tomorrow. I have heard great things and references about Sarri, I can’t wait to see that first hand. I think his style is not too different from the style used in the Spanish national team or in many other national teams. I believe my qualities will fit. I personally like his style of football: it’s aggressive, he likes to attack putting pressure on the opposition and I like that”.

“All clubs need to fight to win titles and what all players want is to win. So what I would like is to win more titles for the club. This is what I aspire to do. I would like to be remembered at this club when I leave years down the line as a goalkeeper that has helped the club win a lot of titles and gone down in history in that way.”

Kepa also sent a message to Chelsea fans: “I am looking forward and really excited to start playing for the club. We have a very exciting season ahead so let’s go for it. I ve come prepared: let’s see what we can achieve together”.

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Chelsea have confirmed the departure of Belgian star Thibaut Courtois on a £35m move which includes the season-long loan of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid.

Courtois wrote on his Instagram official account: “Hello CFC Family. With these few words I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the four fantastic years that have passed. Chelsea FC will always have a special place in my heart”.

“I was only nineteen years old when the club showed a great belief in my abilities. The fact that such a big club was already following me was like a dream come true. The decision to first send me away helped me to grow into a goalkeeper fit for Chelsea FC”.

“When I returned, I was very happy to be part of one of the biggest teams in the world. I fulfilled a childhood dream playing in the Premier League, therefore I am really proud that we were able to win two Premier League titles, a League Cup and a FA cup!”

“A huge thank you to all my teammates and technical staff over the past four years who I shared this success and amazing moments with, both on and off the pitch. The team would never be successfull without the help of all the other members who are devoted to the players and the club, such as the medical department, kit men and all the others who I can’t thank separately!”

Chelsea are expected to announce the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao by tomorrow

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