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Eden Hazard is reportedly one Real Madrid‘s top targets for next summer transfer window and with just a year left on his contract, Chelsea could be forced to sell him or risk losing their star player for free next year.

The Belgium international was at his brilliant best on Monday evening as he scored twice, including one sublime solo effort, to secure Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over West Ham.

During the match, Hammers’ supporters were taunting their Chelsea rivals by singing ‘he’s off to Madrid’.

But when asked about the chants after the game, Hazard told Sky Sports:

“They are wrong. For now I am just focusing on Chelsea until the end of the season.

“I want to finish top four and Europa League, we still have a lot to do and then we will see.

“We are in good momentum. We have won three in a row. For the mentality, it is good to keep going.

“Top four and the Europa League is our target so we need to do well in both but we can do it.”

Speaking about his sublime solo goal, Hazard said:

“It was something special: I took the ball and then I tried to move forward. In the box it was hard for the defender to challenge me because if he touches me it could be a penalty.

“I was maybe a little lucky with the shot. I wanted to shoot quickly.

“When I saw the ball in the net I was just so happy. I am small so it is good when I play against tall players as it’s very hard for them to change direction.”

 

 

 

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Maurizio Sarri reckons Chelsea could have been luckier tonight’s first half against Manchester United, claiming they were punished over their real faults:

“Tonight we were unlucky because we played a very good first half and at the end of the half the score was 2-0,” the Italian manager told BBC after the final whistle.

“We gave them a few opportunities. We played confusing football in the second half.

“After the first half it wasn’t easy to play with that score. We played very good first half.

“We have to work, we have to speak, we have to find more aggression and determination in both boxes.”

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After losing 1-0 to Leicester City today – the third defeat in the past month- Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri claimed to be concerned:

“The match changed after the goal. We played well for 55 minutes,” the Italian manager told BBC Sport after the game.

“After the goal the reaction was not the right reaction.

“We reacted a little shocked and with mental confusion.

“We had to only keep playing like we did before the goal, there was time to recover.

“I think that of course in some situations we were unlucky but I think that we could have done something better.”

Asked whether losing to ‘smaller’ teams was a source of concern, Sarri added:

“Yes it concerns me, we have to understand the reason for it.”

 

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Speaking to BT Sport after the win against Manchester City, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said:

“” because it is not very easy to win against Manchester City or Pep Guardiola.

“I am happy with the mentality of the team in this match.

“It is difficult for us to find motivation but when we are, we are a very strong team.

“Today we played with a very good level of application, determination and the right level of aggressiveness.

“My players have to continue like this. We had some problems in the first 30 minutes because Eden Hazard played like a striker for the first time and in the defensive movement we weren’t perfect.

“We started well in the second half and in the end we deserved to win. I think he [Hazard] had some problems only for the last 20 minutes.

“He played very well and deserved to score. I am really happy with his first match in this position.

“It is difficult to play in the defensive line when it is not working. It was working well today so it is easier for the centre-backs to play a good match.”

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Maurizio Sarri was clearly disappointed after Chelsea defeat at Wolves but the Blues boss didn’t see such a bad performance from his lads:

“I think that we played very well for 55 minutes. After the goal, it was an accident because we were in full control of the match. We were suddenly a different team, I don’t know why. I am really very worried, not for the result but for the fact we didn’t respond to the first goal.

Chelsea complained for a possible not awarded penalty for a foul on Alvaro Morata:

“I don’t know about that. We could have scored four or five goals. We missed them.

Asked if he regrets something in his selection choices, Sarri said:

“If you had asked me the same question after 55 minutes I would say I was happy. We lost everything. It can happen, but I don’t think it. It was without reaction.

Sarri was asked if he is worried for next Saturday’s game against Manchester City after this second defeat in only three games:

“As I said before, City are in another category. They are not in our category. We have to play and to fight to be in the top four I think. The result is very difficult for this. In every match you have to gain points. I lost Serie A with 91 points, so I know every match you have to gain points.

Probably there was a foul in Wolves’ second goal build-up:

“I don’t know, but I think it is more important to talk about our attitude, the first goal. We were not the same team. It was not for me. I have to understand why. Only for a goal. We had to play 35 minutes after that.

Asked if this defeat makes Man City’s clash harder, Sarri replied:

“No. As I said before City are the best in Europe, maybe in the world, they can win the Champions League, but it depends on moments. If you have to play against them for ten months they are the best in the world at the moment. After this match we lost confidence, but maybe it is better. Sometimes my players show me they have too much confidence.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Fulham FC at Stamford Bridge on December 2, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has a massive task on his hands if he is to get the West London side out of the Premier League relegation zone, with the Whites currently rock bottom.

But he can take some comfort in his charges performance in the 2-0 defeat against neighbours Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

The ex-Blues boss commented the game after the final whistle:

“I’m satisfied – not with result, of course – but with the way we reacted and played.

“I think we played much better today than against Southampton, and we have to continue in this way.

“The players need to understand my philosophy better because I like to play very fast. Today, we made good decisions in a very short period of time.

“I think it was a good match. At the beginning we gave them a good present when we lost the ball and they scored on the counter attack, but we reacted well.

“I told our players before the match that we can win or lose, but I want us to play with our philosophy.

“We didn’t make enough chances in the first half, but it was much better in the second half. With our two wingers, we created some problems for them and had chances to draw the match. 

“In the end, they scored the second goal. I think it was a good match in the second-half, but when Maurizio [Sarri] made some changes and put on [Alvaro] Morata, [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, it’s not easy. They have quality players – [Eden] Hazard is amazing.”

“I was pleased because in the first half we conceded one goal after a mistake in midfield, but after I decided to change the system and put two wingers who were faster than their defensive line, and we created some chances.

“Now, we think about the next match,” he claimed.

“It’s a congested period but it’s important to improve our fitness, everything, because we’re pressing a lot and playing faster than before. It’s important for us to make a right decision in a very short time.

“It will be difficult in every game this season, but I am very confident in my players.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was clearly disappointed after his team awful display at Tottenham:

“It’s clear. I knew we had a lot of problems to solve and today it was clear for everybody I think: first of all I hope for the players. We played very badly. It was a disaster.

“I told them before that we had a big problem in the approach to the match. And today there was a difference in the level of the opponent.

“We have a lot of problems to solve but I knew that before this match.”

In the second half Sarri replaced Alvaro Morata with Pedro before eventually also sending on Olivier Giroud, who scored the visitors’ goal.

“I had to do something different, to try and change the match,” he explained.

“But it wasn’t important. They were better than us. I could have changed 11 players and had the same result.”

 

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said the Blues were unlucky against Everton today. The Italian coach believes the Blues did their best to get three points against Toffees today, despite he ‘did not like the first 25 minutes’ at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri said: “To be honest I didn’t like the first 25 minutes very much. Like against Crystal Palace we started the game moving the ball very slowly so it was impossible for us to be dangerous and easy for Everton to defend.

“Then we played a good match in the last part of the first half and for 40 minutes in the second half. We were a bit unlucky. I’m not happy of course but we are going the right way.”

The Chelsea manager was asked if his team was ruthless enough in attack: “I don’t know. Usually, yes. Not in the last three matches because as I said to my players, we created few goal opportunities in relation to how much we played. So in this moment maybe it’s a little problem. We have to be careful because in the last three matches you are right.

“I think we played very well for 65 minutes today. Maybe in this period we are not able to create for how much we played. For example in the last match in the Europa League we played 81 balls in the BATE box but created only four opportunities, and I think we can do better, but we are playing very well, just not at the beginning.”

Sarri also spoked about the Premier League record he set today after going unbeaten in his first 12 matches in charge: “What can I say? I’m very proud. I have to say thank you to the club because they gave me a very good team. I have to say than you to my players and also my staff. But today I would have preferred three points to the record.”

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An important win in Belarus allowed Chelsea to book a place into the Europa League last 36, however Blues boss Maurizio Sarri highlighted the best things from the game against Bate Borisov was the result.

The Italian admitted “Chelsea did not play very well” last despite getting an away victory thanks to Olivier Giroud‘s header:

“I think the best thing of the game is the result, I think. We didn’t play very well” Sarri said.

“I didn’t like the first half. We moved it too slowly. It was very difficult to be dangerous, better in the second half. We didn’t manage the last 15 minutes well. The best thing is the result. It wasn’t very easy to play a good game here, with the conditions. I think we could have done better”.

“I am pleased for [Olivier] Giroud. He is a very important for us. I know very well a striker wants to score. For his confidence I think it is very important.”

Sarri was also asked about the importance of being qualified with two games still to go:

“I think the first aspect is the qualification” he said.

“We need one point more to win the group, that is the next target. Then we can think about the next round in February. They attacked very well in the last few minutes. They played much better than at Stamford Bridge.”

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Despite a clear-cut win at Turf Moor Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri claims he still misses Eden Hazard, that today couldn’t play because of a fitness issue:

“I want Hazard in every match if it’s possible because we have a lot of very good players but Hazard I think is something different,” the Italian coach said.

“I am very happy because the team was able to score seven goals in two matches without Hazard. It’s a very good sign. I want Eden as soon as possible. I don’t know for Wednesday but I hope for Sunday.”

Ross Barkley in particular has stood out in recent games and, after earning a point against Manchester United last weekend, the England midfielder played a superb pass for Alvaro Morata’s goal before sending a 25-yard effort fizzing into the bottom corner.

“Barkley is doing very well in this period. He improved in the defensive phase, improved very much,” Sarri said.

“He improved his physical condition because the last season for him was really very difficult. He’s a very good player from the technical point of view. Now I think Ross is complete.”

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