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Eintracht and Chelsea drew 1-1 in the first leg of Europa League semifinal tonight.

Pedro netted a vital goal for the Blues in the end of the first half, with Sarri’s guys going to play with a slight advantage in the return leg at Stamford Bridge in a week for this away goal.

The match was leveled, with Eintracht being dominant in the first half and Chelsea in the second one.

There was a flurry of late chances that the home side might have taken, but, in truth, quite how the visitors did not inflict the Germans’ first home defeat in this competition will be a source of exasperation given the number of better opportunities passed up during a dominant second half.

The score at the end seemed even with but both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances and the match ended in a draw.

The two sides will meet again on Thursday, May 9 in London for the decisive second leg and a spot in the Europa League final.


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Chelsea have more than a chance to get a place into the top-four teams of current Premier League season after getting a crucial 1-1 draw against Man United at Old Trafford.

An early lead given by former Blues’ star Juan Mata was not enough as Marcos Alonso leveled up the score a few minutes before the half-time whistle following an effort from Toni Rudiger. The German defender limped-off the pitch, as well as Eric Bailly, due to an injury.

Pedro‘s clearance off the line secures Maurizio Sarri a 4th place on the league table with still two games left to go. Chelsea have a better goal difference than Arsenal and Man United and will host Watford on Sunday before ending up the season at King Power Stadium.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger (Christensen 65′), David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 75′), Willian (Pedro 84′), Higuain, Hazard

MAN UNITED (4-3-1-2): De Gea; Young, Bailly (Rojo 71′), Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Mata (McTominay 81′); Rashford (Sanchez 65′), Lukaku

Scorers Juan Mata 11′ Alonso 43′
Bookings Willian, Kovacic, Herrera, Rojo, Young

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Chelsea are onto the Europa League semi-finals after beating Slavia Prague thanks to goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Olivier Giroud in a massive first-half at Stamford Bridge. The visitors had huge chances to reduce the gap in the second period, scoring twice to reach a final 5-3 result on aggregate. Maurizio Sarri‘s men were leading 3-0 within 17 minutes. The Blues will face Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday 2 May, with the return at the Bridge a week later.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Kovacic, Barkley (Jorginho 70′); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 86′), Giroud, Hazard (Willian 65′)

SLAVIA PRAGUE (4-2-3-1) Kolar; Kudela, Ngadeu, Deli, Bonl; Kral, Soucek; Sevcik (Stoch 78′), Traore, Zmrhal (Skoda 86′); Masopust (Olayinka 53′)

Scorers: Pedro 5′ 27′ Deli (OG) 9′ Giroud 17′ Soucek 26′ Sevcik 51′ 54′
Bookings: Kante, Emerson, Kepa, David Luiz, Soucek, Kudela


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Speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s game vs BrightonChelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri admitted Callum Hudson-Odoi could make his debut in the Blues’ starting XI in a Premier League game.

I know very well Callum, and I want him to improve more because the potential is higher. And Callum is always in my mind. In my opinion, he is our future”. Sarri explained. Now he’s ready to play. Probably he will start tomorrow or in the next match Firstly I want to see the condition of all the players. The condition of Willy, Pedro, Eden, all the wingers. But of course, he is in my mind.”.

The Italian also said he has always thought about Callum Hudson-Odoi as an important player for Chelsea: “First of all, in pre-season after four or five training sessions, I realised that Callum was really a player with a very great potential.  In my opinion, in that moment, he wasn’t ready to play at this level. But during the season, he has improved. And now he’s ready to play.” Sarri went on. “But I decided at the beginning of the season that he had to stay with us, and I put him in the squad. So I know very well Callum, and I want him to improve more because the potential is higher. And Callum is always in my mind. In my opinion, he is our future”.  

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Chelsea have one foot in the Europa League’s quarter-finals after beating Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev with a comfortable 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Goals from Pedro, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi are enough to give a commanding lead for the next round. The Blues had at least three more chances to extend the gap and score again before the Brazilian star converted a free-kick and the 18-year-old youngster came off the bench to add one for Maurizio Sarri‘s men.

CHELSEA – Kepa; Zappacosta, Christensen, David Luiz, Alonso; Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 62′), Jorginho (Kante 62′), Kovacic; Willian (Hudson-Odoi 77′), Giroud, Pedro.

DYNAMO KIEV – Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Shabanov, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Shepeliev; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Buyalskiy (Sidcley 71′); Rusyn (Garmash 66′)

Bookings: Shepeliev, Buyalskiy

Scorers: Pedro 17′ Willian 65′ Hudson-Odoi 90′

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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 reported three players are still doubts for tomorrow’s Europa League clash against Swedish side Malmo.

The Italian manager could be forced to rule out goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (hamstring problem), winger Pedro (stomach ache) and Davide Zappacosta (fever).

Speaking at a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash, Sarri gave an injury update: “We have some problems at the moment. We have Zappacosta with fever, we have Pedro with a very strong stomach ache, and then we have a problem with Kepa, with his hamstring”.

Chelsea face Malmo at Stamford Bridge in the second-tie of last-32 (kick-off time 8.05PM).

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Spanish attacker Pedro explained Chelsea can implement Maurizio Sarri‘s ideas of football, even if sometimes this can be difficult and tricky.

All the team follows the idea of Maurizio: press really high, stay compact, and to create chances. With good possession, a lot of the ball. We can do this as a team,” Pedro explained. “But sometimes it’s so difficult to play in this way. It depends upon the opponents. City played very well, so it was so difficult to press, to create between the lines and to defend. But it’s Maurizio’s idea, and I prefer to press high when we recover the ball to create chances, not to wait for 90 minutes to recover the ball and run 60 metres to score the goal”.

Today’s match vs Malmoe in the first leg of Europa League‘s last 32, can be a good chance for the team to improve under this aspect: “In the last few games it’s not been in very good condition for the results. Now is a good opportunity tomorrow to win and get our best confidence. It’s not good for [Sarri] and the team because the results have not been good, but it’s good for us to change this dynamic now.” Pedro went on. “It’s good for us going into the final against City, the FA Cup against United. In the league, it’s difficult for us to hit our targets, but we’re still in four competitions. That’s good for us. It’s too early to analyse the season. We do that at the end of the season. Malmo is a good opportunity.”


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The Brazilian star was crucial as Chelsea beat Rafa Benitez’s men in a tough clash at Stamford Bridge earlier this afternoon.

Pedro put Blues in front after just in the 9th minute, well assisted by David Luiz, before Newcastle United managed to level the game thanks to a header from defender Ciaran Clark.

Willian sealed Chelsea’s victory over Magpies after a curled effort which went past Dubravka.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men are currently only one point behind 3rd placed Tottenham Hotspur, who still have a game in hand (against Manchester United)

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 64′), Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 80′), Hazard (Giroud 88′), Willian

NEWCASTLE UNITED (5-3-2): Dubravka; Yedlin (Manquillo 82), Lascelles (c), Lejeune, Clark, Ritchie; Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu; Perez (Murphy 82), Rondon

Scorers Pedro 9′, Clark 40′,  Willian 57
Bookings Jorginho, Ritchie

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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s night Carabao Cup semifinal vs TottenhamChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri gave some injury’s updates.

Pedro, Willian and Giroud are doing better, yesterday they had training with their team-mates, with the group”. the Italian explained. “I don’t know if they will be able to play tomorrow, maybe not for 90 minutes.’

On the other hand, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who left the pitch during Saturday’s Fa Cup game at Stamford Bridge vs Nottingham Forest won’t be part of the team tomorrow at Wembley: “Loftus-Cheek of course is out now, we have to understand the situation with his back because in the last month he was in trouble.” Sarri added.

Then, Sarri also spoke about January transfer window: he admitted he thinks Fabregas should leave Chelsea, but, in that case, the club must sign a replacement: “I can say only my opinion. I don’t know the decision of the club. In my opinion he needs to go. You know very well the situation and in this club there is a rule, the renewal for players over 30 is usually one year, he has an offer for three years and I don’t want a very important player like Cesc not happy, but that’s only my opinion, it depends on the club”. Sarri claimed. “If Cesc will go of course we need a replacement. Now with the midfielders we are in trouble because I don’t know about the situation with Loftus-Cheek, if it’s serious or not, without Cesc we only have five so we need a replacement.”


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