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Cardiff City‘s latest club-record £18m signing Emiliano Sala was on board an aircraft which vanished from radar near the Channel Islands last night.

The Argentine striker was reportedly traveling back to Wales from Nantes, where he spent a few hours with former teammates in France.

French news agency AFP reported a search and rescue operation is now underway.

More to follow…

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Gonzalo Higuain is expected to fly to London on Tuesday to finalize a loan move to Chelsea, according to reports in Italy and England.

The Argentine striker reportedly won’t be allowed to leave the club and undergo his medical at Chelsea until AC Milan have completed the signing of Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa CFC.

Higuain has been left out of tomorrow’s clash against Genoa CFC and will move from his parent club Juventus to Stamford Bridge on a six-month loan.

Speaking at a press conference, AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso told journalists: “I accept his decision. He could have done something more and maybe we could have helped him fit in better”.

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Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat against Arsenal last time out as goals from Lacazette and Koscielny sealed a 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium. Spurs moved 4 points clear Blues, who are currently sitting 4th on the Premier League table.

Manager Maurizio Sarri opted to speak in Italian his press conference to properly send a message to the Chelsea squad.

Speaking after the game, defender Marcos Alonso told the club’s official website: “We made silly mistakes,

We provoked them to gain confidence and come to press us because we were making mistakes. In the second half we tried but it was too late and we couldn’t score”.

He added: “When you lose, you learn. We have to analyse the game and improve quickly because there is no time to think. We have to perform again in four days”.

 

“It was a good opportunity,’ acknowledged Alonso. ‘We wasted it and now we have to work even harder to stay in a Champions League position and win games. It has to motivate us”.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri usullay gives interviews in English but in his post-match interview on BT Sport, he was so furious that had his interpreter standing next to him.

And the Italian made clear how he felt about his team:

“I’m really angry about the approach that we adopted today,” the Blues manager said.

“You can find yourself in difficulties from time to time, but we need to react to those difficulties a lot better than we did today.

“It’s an approach we can’t really accept. It was the same in our game against Tottenham.

“We thought we’d overcome that problem, but it seems we really struggle to get ourselves up for these games at times.

“I don’t mind losing but I don’t like losing in this manner.”

Chelsea now sit 4th in the table and lead Arsenal and Manchester United by just three points with 15 games to go.

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Arsenal deserved a 2-0 win against Chelsea at Etihad Stadium earlier today. Goals from striker Lacazette and skipper Koscielny were enough to seal a double lead for Unai Emery’s men.

The Blues struggled to bounce back after the Frenchman scored an opener from a close range, and only Marcos Alonso‘s header in the extra-time was a clear chance as the ball hit the post towards the far corner.

Chelsea had a few chances to reduce the gap in the second period, clearly not enough to cope with the Gunners in a disappointing afternoon. Bad news for the hosts as Hector Bellerin left the pitch after suffering a concerning knee injury.


 

CHELSEA (4 3 3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 63′); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 80′), Hazard, Willian (Giroud 66′)

ARSENAL (4 1 2 1 2): Leno; Bellerin (Elneny 71′), Sokratis, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Torreira, Guendouzi; Ramsey (Maitland-Niles 66′); Lacazette (Iwobi 67′), Aubameyang

Bookings: David Luiz, Barkley,
Scorers Lacazette 14′, Koscielny 39′

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Speaking during his pre-game press conference, Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri explained tomorrow’s game vs Arsenal will be very tough for his team.

“This match is a risk and an opportunity because they are doing well at home. As you said before it is a great opportunity for us”. the Italian said. “They are really a very good team. The offensive phase they are one of the best in the PL, they are dangerous, and it will be very important”.

Chelsea won the first Premier League‘s meeting vs Arsenal this season, and now they want to get the same result: “August was a very different match. We learned they had a lot of dangerous movements, especially when our full-back is out of the line”. Sarri however explained. “We worked during this week on this, they are very dangerous. Marcos in that match scored in a very unusual action for us. It wasn’t by chance but similar. I think that we can be dangerous against these opponents, but we have to stay in the match, defend and have good application for 95 minutes”.

Chelsea’s manager then spoke about the January transfer window, underlining he doesn’t know anything about the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, which, in any case seems very imminent:  “I want to be clear, I spoke to Marina two weeks ago, she knows my opinion and then I decided to be focused on the pitch and training”. Sarri claimed. “I know that Marina is working very hard, but I know nothing about the market. I don’t call her every evening, otherwise I spend my energy on the market, it is better to spend mental energy on the pitch”.  

 

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Italian defender Davide Zappacosta has played so far just 18 minutes in the current Premier League and according to some reports, italian side SS Lazio would like to sign him in the January transfer window.

Angelo Alessio who was Antonio Conte‘s assistant coach at Chelsea last season, believes the defender has the right to tell his club to let him go and play regularly with another team.

“If he wants to play regularly it is right for him to ask Chelsea to let him go. There is little space there for him and they are not guaranteeing him a starting position”. Alessio told La Lazio siamo noi.  “I think he wants to leave and play and clearly the clubs have to deal with the financial aspect of the deal.”

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Blues’ legend Petr Cech has announced today that he will retire at the end of this season.

The current Arsenal goalkeeper, played for a decade at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.

Cech made 494 appearances with Chelsea and he set a club record with his 228 clean sheets.

With the Blues the goakeeper won 4 Premier League titles, 4 Fa Cups, 3 League Cups and also one Europa League and most of all the 2012 Champions League.

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German defender Antonio Rudiger explained he plays in a different way from last season as Italian manager Maurizio Sarri has asked him to do.

Last season I mostly played only long passes,” Rudiger told Chelsea official website. “This season it has changed of course with another coach and another system. For me it was very important to adapt very quickly to it and in that case I think I am doing very well. He told me you have to try to build the game up from behind and not only play long balls, and I took that seriously and that’s what I am trying to do: play from the back. I want to play so I have to try! In life everything is about adapting quickly.”

Rudiger tried to play from the back also during Chelsea’s win vs Newcastle on Saturday at Stamford Bridge: “It was an important win [against Newcastle]. Now we run away a bit from Arsenal and next week we are playing against them. It’s a derby and also a very important game for staying in the top four”. Rudiger explained. “We have to secure the top four as quickly as possible. If something different happens we can still be title contenders then why not, but if we have the chance to go ahead of Arsenal and also Man United we have to win our games.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri spoke following his side’s home win against Newcastle United.

The visitors managed to level the clash against Blues before Brazilian star Willian flashed a curled effort which sealed a crucial win for Chelsea.

Sarri told journalists: “I’m really very happy with the result. I was happy with the performance at Tottenham, today we started well for 10 minutes but after the goal we thought it was easy and it wasn’t. We slept for 25 minutes and we were in trouble.

“It was better in the second half but we need to improve in the mental reaction because after the first goal something happened. We stopped playing. It was very important to get three points, and to score, and for now that’s enough”.

“It’s very difficult to understand [why Chelsea players ‘stopped playing’]. In the last five matches it was difficult to score, today we did after eight or nine minutes so I think the team felt it was easy.

We stopped playing and then of course we had problems. We were not able to react in the right way to the difficulties but today there were no difficulties as we scored after nine minutes”.

He added: “For the first time, at Watford we reacted well to their goal in the last minutes of the first half. We reacted very well at Tottenham. Today we only had to manage a positive situation, not a difficulty. I think we need to improve our mentality”.

On Willian: “He is a very important player for us. As I said yesterday in the press conference, in my opinion he has to stay with us.

He’s very important player, like Pedro. Hudson-Odoi is becoming a very important player so with Eden like a striker today, we need wingers, so we need Pedro, Hudson-Odoi and Willian, of course. At this moment he’s a fundamental player”.

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