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Chelsea will face Manchster City today at Stamford Bridge. Italian midfielder Jorginho is back in the Starting XI for the Blues, while is Sterling who will start as forward in Pep Guardiola‘s team.

Here you are the confirmed lineups:

Chelsea: Kepa, Alonso, Rudiger, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Pedro, Willian, Hazard.

Subs: Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Giroud, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, Silva (C), Mahrez, Sane, Bernardo, Sterling

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Gundogan, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden

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In his pre-game press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game vs Manchester City at Stamford Bridge the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri explained he is confident his team can get a good result vs Pep Guardiola‘s side.

At the moment we have no serious injuries. I think that every player will be able to play. But, of course, I have to see the last training [session]. The match, for us, is really very important”. Sarri said. “You know very well it’s a very difficult match against, maybe, the best team in Europe at the moment. So we know very well it’s very difficult. It’s impossible to beat them in a long period, of course, in this moment. But in a match, everything can happen.”

However, the Italian manager he is not sure also his players have the same kind of confidence at the moment: “I don’t know, but I think we have a problem to manage the match at the moment. In the last two matches we played well for 55/60 minutes but then, at the first difficulty, we went in black out”. Sarri admitted. “The first match we were lucky because they didn’t score. In the last match, we were a little bit unlucky because, for the opponents, there are five shots and only two on target, and we conceded two goals. But, after the first goal, we went in black-out and were not able to react.”

So, to overcome this difficult period, Sarri is trying to understand what he and the team can do: “We need leaders, but I think also we need a collective target. A collective target. That can give us motivation, and the motivation can give us determination”. the Italian explained. “I saw that, in some matches, we lack determination. Like in the last match. I think we were not able to have the right determination to win the match.”

This target, motivation and determination can help Chelsea reduce the gap with Manchester City:  “We started with 30 points of difference. We have to work to reduce the gap. I think that we are improving, but they are improving also, so it’s very difficult to recover the gap”. Sarri went on. “I don’t know the difference at the moment. We started very well, this season, but now we have to face some difficulties. I think it’s normal. Sooner or later, it’s normal to have some difficulties in a new way of playing. It’s normal. We have to work, we have to try to solve problem by problem, day by day. And to improve in a definitive way.”

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After the defeat vs Wolverhampton on Wednesday night, Chelsea have fallen 10 points behind Manchester City and the Blues will face Pep Guardiola‘s team on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

For Maurizio Sarri‘s side another defeat can mean the end of their Premier League title’s hopes, even if Marcos Alonso believes, whatever Saturday’s result will be, it’s too early to write Chelsea’s title hopes off.

It’s too early to talk about it, obviously. If we lose we are going to be 13 points from the top and that’s a lot of points but we have to think, prepare for the game well, and not pay attention to the table at the moment”. Alonso told Sky Sports. It is the perfect opportunity to come back. It will be a great game for sure, everyone will be very motivated to play”.

Also, Marcos Alonso explained where Chelsea have to be better if they want to get a good result vs the current Premier League champions: “We have to play more as a team. It’s something we have to analyse, we will try our best to improve as soon as possible,” Alonso added. “We’re not doing very well at the moment. More individually (than) as a team, we have to get better as a collective. We had the chances to win, we were controlling the game and started the second half having a couple of chances. The last few games we were not loyal to our style of play and, even if we did not deserve it, we lose”.

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ChelseaCaballero; Azpilicueta (c), David Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Fabregas, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Morata, Hudson-Odoi.

Subs: Bulka, Christensen, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Moses, Willian, Abraham.

Manchester CityBravo, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho (c), B Silva, Foden, Mahrez, Sane, Aguero.

Subs: Ederson, Kompany, Otamendi, Gundogan, Diaz, Gomes, Jesus.

Referee: John Moss

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Kick-Off: 3PM BST

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Manchester City won last Premier League title and Pep Guardiola‘s team seem the favourite to retain the title next season.

However, City’s star Leroy Sané, speaking to BBC Sport, said it won’t be easy to win again the Premier League and that the toughest rivals will be Chelsea.

Chelsea have brought in a really good Coach”, the winger told BBC Sport. “The way Napoli played last season was really attractive. We really suffered against them. They might need some time to get used to his tactics but they could be a really tough team. City’s biggest threat to retaining the title? I think Chelsea.”

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Chelsea are considering to place a bid to sign Manchester City back-up goalkeeper Joe Hart if Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid on a £35m move this summer, according to The Sun.

Pep Guardiola, speaking after their last friendly-game against Borussia Dortmund, said: “We have four goalkeepers, we decided today to use Bravo and Joe Hart. What Joe has done in the past 12 years in undeniable and we know his quality.”

Hart, who could represent a target also due to his homegrown status, spent last season on loan with West Ham United facing severe competition from Spanish goalkeeper Adrian. And the Hammers are not expected to be interested in Hart anymore as they completed the signing of Lukasz Fabianski earlier last month.

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According to various reports in Italy and England, in particular by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea are trying to “beat” Manchester City in the race to sign SS Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

The player already has an agreement with Pep Guardiola‘s team, but the two clubs haven’t agreed a fee to complete the midfielder’s move to Etihad Stadium.

So now Chelsea are offering more money than Manchester City to sign Jorginho, a part of which, as it is understood, would also be used to pay the clause and free Maurizio Sarri from his contract with SS Napoli.

Moreover, midfielder Jean-Michael Seri has been reportedly spotted in London ahead of a potential move to Chelsea. And this could make a move for Jorginho more unlikely.

Jean-Michael Seri in London to complete Chelsea move from OGC Nice

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Maurizio Sarri has yet to be officialy appointed as the new Chelsea manager, but Manchester City‘s coach Pep Guardiola is already waiting for the chance to face the Italian during the next Premier League.

I”f he arrives in the Premier League, it will be a pleasure to play against his side.” – Guardiola told RMC.

Manchester City defeated SS Napoli two times this season in the Champions League, but Guardiola himself was impressed by the quality shown by Sarri’s squad.  “He is one of the best ever.” Guardiola explained. “We judge people for what they have won, but the football played by Napoli this season was like a toast to the sun. He did very well to make sure Napoli put on a show”.

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Chelsea target Jorginho’s agent confirmed “Napoli and Manchester City continue to talk, but we’ll have to see if Carlo Ancelotti wants him or not.”

The midfielder is hot property on the transfer market this summer and has been given a €60m price-tag: the Italian international himself claimed a couple of weeks ago that former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri was keen to bring him with him to London, should have he signed for Chelsea.

“Ancelotti was a real surprise, but football is dynamic and you turn over a new page quickly,”  the player’s agent, Joao Santos, told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“Today Jorginho is a Napoli player, he has not signed anything with anyone and Napoli have not negotiated a deal with anyone.

“However, Napoli and Manchester City continue to talk and discuss things calmly. We’ll see what happens in future.

“We’ll have to see if Ancelotti wants Jorginho or not, I don’t know what the situation is right now. The player is certainly appreciated by Pep Guardiola and many other coaches.

We’ll see what happens after the three Italy friendlies.”

If Maurizio Sarri were to take the Chelsea job, would Jorginho be more inclined to follow his former Napoli Coach?

“I don’t know about those negotiations. I can’t hypothesise a move along with Sarri to Chelsea because we don’t know yet whether that’ll happen or not.”

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Only José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have been better than current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who won 50 of his 73 Premier League games as manager.

The Italian boss reached an important mark following a slow start to the season and his outstanding 2016/17 campaign, when the Blues lifted the Premier League title.

Mourinho got 50 wins after only 63 games in charge at Chelsea, while Pep Guardiola reached the target with Manchester City this season as well.

 

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