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Maurizio Sarri could extend his winning streak as Chelsea are keen to get their fourth victory in a row against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge today.

 

Here are the official line-ups ahead of today’s clash:

CHELSEA – Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Morata

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

BOURNEMOUTH – Begovic, S.Cook, Ake, Francis, Rico, Smith, Lerma, Gosling, Fraser, Wilson, King

Subs: Boric, Mings, Surman, L.Cook, Ibe, Brooks, Mousset

Manager: Eddie Howe

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 3PM BST

 

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Bournemouth are still unbeaten this season in their Premier League campaign and the Cherries manager Eddie Howe hopes to continue in this streak also tomorrow when his team will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Now the challenge gets harder. We go to Chelsea, we know how difficult the game’s going to be”. Howe said. “But we’re very keen to keep the momentum from what has been a really positive beginning”.

Also, Eddie Howe believes his players could be inspired by Bournemouth good results vs Chelsea in the last few seasons: “We’ve had good games against Chelsea and we’ve really enjoyed them. They’ve always been close and that should inspire the players.” Howe added. “Chelsea have been very fluid, they’re well coached and managed and we’re expecting a tough game”.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri ruled Cesc Fabregas out for tomorrow’s game against Bournemouth:

“Cesc is still out,” the Italian manager revealed.

“He is working in water. We hope that next week he will be able to work on the pitch. I am sure the injury is not serious, but he has pain in the knee. The pain is still there so for him it is impossible to run on the pitch, only in water.’

Sarri claimed he had no reaction to his Premier League Manager of the Month nomination,but he spoke about Marcos Alonso, who is up for the Player of the Month:

“Alonso played very well for three matches. He is a very good player who can improve in the defensive phase. He has physical qualities at the top level, so I think he can do more in the defensive phase, but I’m not worried. He is a very good player and I think he can do more.”

The Italian coach was asked if anyone might leave before the loan transfer window closes tonight

“Maybe Tammy [Abraham]. It’s up to him. I am not able to guarantee to him a spot at the moment, but if he wants to remain I am very happy with him. He is very young for a striker, and he can improve more. It’s up to him.”

Sarri also commented Jorginho and N’Golo Kante performances so far this season

Jorginho in this moment is a very important player for us and he is used to playing my football. He is very useful for me, first of all, but also for his team-mates.

“Kante is a great midfielder, and he is able to play in every position in my midfield. It’s not a problem for him! I have been surprised by the technical qualities of Kante.”

Sarri spoke also about Ruben Loftus-Cheek who he says can feature more in the coming months

“I am very, very happy with him. In the last 10 days he has improved a lot. I am really very happy with him. He will be important for sure, starting in September when we will play every three days. I think Loftus will be very useful for us.

“I think he can be a Premier League starter at Chelsea. It’s not easy to play here, there are 25 very good players so it’s not easy to play in the starting XI, but if he improves more he will be ready to play from the beginning.

“He has to improve in order to play my football. He has great qualities from the physical and technical point of view, but he has to improve in the tactical point of view.”

Sarri didn’t want to discuss the Europa League draw claiming he has to study Chelsea opponents before, but he did revealed he met Cherries manager Eddie Howe some years ago:

“Eddie came to Empoli three or four years ago for a few days, and then I had three days with him when Napoli played a friendly in Bournemouth last year.

“I know him very well. He is a very interesting young coach. He will make a mark in English football in the future.

“Bournemouth are very dangerous opponents for us. They are well organised, they are dangerous in counter-attacks, so the match will be very difficult for us, but we want to be in control of the match, and try to gain points.”

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has said that the Blues must still look to improve their attacking playing style.

The Blues have also netted eight goals in this first part of the season, but Azpilicueta has insisted that the team are still capable of performing better in attack, something also the fans expect under Maurizio Sarri, known for his attractive football style:

“Creating more chances from open play is something we will work on, I’m sure,” the Spaniard told the club official website.

“We want to control the game and have the ball, and we want to be dangerous in front of the goal. As a team we know we can improve and we will work on that.”

Chelsea will host fellow unbeaten side Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon for the fourth Premier League matchday.

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has confirmed he is not expected to play for England national team following 8 years, 5 goals and 60 caps earned with the Three Lions.

Cahill, speaking in an interview which is available on “5th Stand official app”, told Chelsea’s official website: “I think it’s time that I take a step back now. It’s the right moment to do that. I’ve been hugely proud of what I’ve achieved, over 60 caps, I’ve captained my country on a few occasions, which has been a huge honour and something I’ve been really proud of”.

“At the same time, in your football career you never want to shut a door completely, I’ve been hugely honoured to play for my country and if I’m ever needed, I’m there”.

Speaking after Chelsea’s away win at Newcastle on Sunday, Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Cahill still needs more time to get the best shape and start to be a regular starter for the club.

 

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Chelsea are still Premier League leaders courtesy of their a third win in a row against Newcastle United at St.James’ Park. Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford are walking the same path of Blues, level on points at the top of the table.

LIVERPOOL 1-0 BRIGHTON (Mo Salah 23′)

WATFORD 2-1 CRYSTAL PALACE (Pereyra 53′ Holebas 71′ Zaha 78′) 

MANCHESTER UNITED 0-3 TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS (Kane 50′ Lucas Moura 52′ 84′)

A goal from former Chelsea star Mo Salah secured a narrow victory over Brighton Hove&Albion. The Hornets broke a long-term record as they had never won three consecutive Premier League games in a start to the season. Spurs trashed Manchester United at Old Trafford, which means José Mourinho is currently 6 points behind Chelsea.

In the middle of the table we find Arsenal as Unai Emery’s men cruised to a convincing win against London rivals West Ham United, despite the Hammers broke the deadlock earlier in the first half. Aleksandr Mitrovic scored for Fulham as the Cottagers really can start enjoying their return to English top-flight division with a much-needed 4-2 win at home.

Maurizio Sarri will face Bournemouth on Saturday. The Cherries are currently level on points with Man City following their 2-2 against Everton (Richarlison was shown a red card and sent off for an attempted headbutt. The Citizens failed to get a win too, as Wolverhampton deservedly sealed a vital point at the Molineux.

 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on May 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Manchester United suffered a 0-3 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night, which means the Red Devils are now struggling in the middle of Premier League table with only 3 points after 3 games so far.

Speaking after the game, former Chelsea manager José Mourinho had a clash with a journalist as he called for more ‘respect’ despite United’s crushing defeat to Spurs at Old Trafford.

He said: “You want to make the miracle of my team played so well and strategically we were so, so good and you want to try and transform this press conference into ‘let’s blame the guy’… you can try. Keep trying.”

“When I win matches I come here many times and you are not happy and you say the most important is the way of playing. I need to know what is the most important thing if it is is to play well or win matches?” 
“Just to finish, do you know the result? 3-0. 3-0. Do you know what this means? It also means, 3 Premierships and I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me… and two for them”.

Then, walking out of the room, Mourinho added: “Respect. Respect. Respect. Respect.”

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Under Maurizio Sarri, Brazilian defender David Luiz has re-gained a spot in Chelsea‘s starting XI and he is enjoying his “new life” at Stamford Bridge.

Yesterday, David Luiz played in the Blues’ win over Newcastle: “It’s always difficult to play against a line of five, and then a line of four, playing a low block”. David Luiz told Chelsea official website“We were trying to move the ball as quickly as possible and trying to find some gaps to score but we dominated the game and we deserved to win.”

The Brazilian defender also praised Maurizio Sarri and the way the team are playing: “I’m enjoying it a lot, we have a great philosophy, a great manager and an amazing spirit in the team so it’s great to be playing. We are trying to get points at the beginning because as everybody knows it’s a new system and a new philosophy so we are trying to do our best”. the defender went on.“It’s not easy to win points in the Premier League so if we can get them now, at the beginning of the season, when we are adapted to the style it’s going to be even better for us.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri spoke to Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle of Newcastle clash, that gave his team top of the table again.

“It was a tough game, here it’s tough for everybody, the past season Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal lost here,” the Italian claimed.

“It was not easy for our defenders as Newcastle tried to play the ball very quickly every time they were able to take it but we conceded a goal in the only time they entered our box in the second half.

Hazard coming to take the ball in the midfield to limit Jorginho in his playing? Well, in some moments of the game it was surely better to play wider instead that in centre of the pitch, but since Hazard is a crucial player it’s up to us to adapt to his style of playing.”

 

 

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Chelsea are top of the table with 9 points after their win at St. James’s Park today.

The Blues won the third game out of three in this start of the Premier League and are now leaders along with Liverpool and Watford, who won 2-1 against Palace today.

The clash at Newcastle was decided in the last 15 minutes: first Eden Hazard converted a penalty awarded by referee Paul Tieney for a foul on Marcos Alonso.

After ten minutes Newcastle equalised with Joselu but the goal should have been disallowed as Yedlin, who made the cross for the Spaniard, hit Olivier Giroud with an elbow on the neck before assisting.

It was the same Yedlin who deflected, two minutes later, a shot of Marcos Alonso in the net: this goal allowed Chelsea to go back to London with 3 points, enough to be top of the table again.

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