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Speaking with French radio station RTLChelsea‘s striker Olivier Giroud admitted he is not happy about how things are going for him at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud started just one of the Blues’ last 16 Premier League games: “Of course it is frustrating. Today, I feel like there is no competition since January”. Giroud said. “It is like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League and I will try to do everything I can to be as effective and decisive as possible for the team.”

Then, at the end of the season, Chelsea’s striker can decide to leave both the club and England: “The future could be hectic this summer,” Giroud went on. “I am not scared of going down a level to have more playing time. It could be that I end my career in France.”

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Chelsea face their fourth loss in the last five away Premier League games as Everton earn a crucial win thanks to goals from Sigurdsson and Richarlison in the second period at Goodison Park.

The Blues miss the chance to go level on points with Arsenal, who currently sit 4th on the Premier League table, and remiain 6th after wasting several chances. Eden Hazard hit the post in a vivid first half, Gonzalo Higuain was denied a certain goal a few minutes before Everton doubled their lead.

More to follow…

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; Kante, Jorginho (Hudson-Odoi 75′), Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 66′), Pedro, Higuain (Giroud 66′), Hazard

EVERTON (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina Digne; Gueye, Andre Gomes (Schneiderlin 68′), Richarlison, Sigurdsson (Davies 86′), Bernard (Walcott 78′); Calvert-Lewin

Bookings: Marcos Alonso, Rudiger, Andre Gomes

Scorers Richarlison 49′, Sigurdsson 72′

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EVERTON –  Pickford; Coleman (c), Keane, Mina, Digne; Gueye, Gomes; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Schneiderlin, Davies, Walcott, Tosun, Lookman.

Manager: Marco Silva

 

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizo Sarri

 

Referee- Anthony Taylor

Venue – Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

Kick Off – 4.30 pm GMT

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Chelsea are through the next stage of Europa League after beating Dynamo Kiev also in the second-tie of last-16 round. The Blues eased into the quarter-finals of competition with a comfortable 0-5 away win in Kiev on Thursday night

A hat-trick from Olivier Giroud as well as Marcos Alonso’s deflection from a close range and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s fourth goal were enough as Maurizio Sarri‘s men secured the biggest away victory in the history of Chelsea in the tournament. 

DYNAMO KIEV (4-2-3-1): Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk (Tche Tche 65′), Shepeliev (Andriyevskiy 88′) ; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Sidcley (Smyrnyi 80′); Garmash

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta (Azpilicueta 70′), Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kovacic, Kante (Jorginho 66′), Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian (Pedro 74′)

Scorers: Giroud 5′ 33′ 59′ Alonso 45′, Hudson-Odoi 78′
Bookings: Azpilicueta

 

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Loftus Cheek

After Sunday’s draw vs Wolverhampton at Stamford BridgeChelsea are sixth in the Premier League table.

However, the Blues midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is confident Maurizio Sarris team can achieve one of the top-four spots.

“It’s still all to play for. It’s been up and down for us but we will keep going, keep working hard in training.” Loftus-Cheek told The Mirror. “The points gap is not too big, so we will keep going to try to get those wins. We must keep believing.”

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Arsenal win against Man United at Emirates Stadium earlier in the evening means that Chelsea remain 6th on the league table with 57 points from 29 games.

The Blues still have one game in hand and could climb up the table with a victory over Brighton at Stamford Bridge. Only Man City and Liverpool are contenders for the Premier League title, while Tottenham Hotspur are struggling to maintain their 3rd place. Will Chelsea be competitive for a top-four finish?

 

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, speaking after today’s home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, admitted his side were ‘unlucky’ as they conceded a goal with the visitors’ first effort on goal.

The Italian boss told journalists: “We were unlucky because we conceded a goal in the first situation inside our box, the first and last in 90 minutes,

“We were unlucky for that but at the other end we need to improve in attack. Wolves defended in the last 20 metres with 11 players”.

“We needed to move the ball faster, more movement without the ball, more movement into space, behind the line, and we played with five touches, so if there are no spaces it’s very difficult to score with five or six touches against a very physical team with 11 players in the last 20 metres. We need to improve in this kind of situation”.

Eden Hazard rescued one and deserved point with a brilliant shot in the injury-time. Sarri added: “Hazard is a great player, he solved the situation in the moment. But during the match, was like the other players. He needs more movement without the ball”.

“When you have only 10 matches, every match you’re not able to win is a missed opportunity. Today was a great opportunity but we were not able to gain three points”.

“In the last six matches, we won four and drew the other two, so there is a little consistency in this moment. We have to think only to the next match. We need to recover two points immediately”.

He ended: “As I said before, we are in the moment of consistency. We have only to continue. We are confident of course. We have to be confident”.

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Chelsea are level on points with Arsenal following a frustrating game against Wolverhampton at Stamford Bridge. The visitors broke the deadlock with striker Raul Jimenez, who gave the lead in their only effort on goal of the game.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men went close to scoring but were denied from Wolves’ resilient defence before Eden Hazard curled a low-effort beyond Rui Patricio in the 92nd minute. The Belgian star rescues one point for Chelsea with a superb finish in the injury-time.

Nuno Espirito Santo failed to defend the lead despite putting on two midfielders (Gibbs-White and Adama Traore) replacing both strikers Raul Jimenez and Jota. Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek and Willian were decisive as they added quality to Chelsea display on the flanks as well as in midfield.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho (Willian 72′), Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 56′); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 61′), Higuain, Hazard

WOLVERHAMPTON (3-5-1-1): Patricio; Saiss, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jota (Gibbs-White 82′) ; Jimenez (Traore 89′)

Bookings: Doherty, Saiss, Jota, Rudiger

Scorers: Jimenez 56′ Hazard 90+2′

 

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Chelsea will face Wolverhampton today at Stamford Bridge. 

Here are the confirmed lineups:

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Christensen.

Wolverhampton: Patricio, Coady, Boly, Jonny, Doherty, Neves, Dendoncker, Saiss, Moutinho, Jota, Jimenez

Subs: Ruddy, Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Vinagre, Traore, Kilman.

 

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Speaking ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash vs Dinamo Kiev, Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri said the competition is one of the club’s target for this season:

The Europa League is a very important competition. It is the second competition in Europe”. the Italian said. “It’s a very important trophy, and then there is a spot for the next Champions League, so it’s a very important target for us.”

However, Sarri himself believes Chelsea can reach the next Champions League by finishing the current Premier League in one of the top-four spots: “I think we can gain the spot in the Champions League through the Premier League,” Sarri explained. “We are fighting. We are only two points [behind fourth-placed Manchester United] at the moment. We have to play one match [in hand]”.

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