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Alvaro Morata started the game against PAOK before being replaced by Olivier Giroud later in the second period, with 9 minutes left to go in Chelsea‘s opening game of Europa League group stage.

Chelsea cruised to a 0-1 win courtesy of an early goal from Brazilian star Willian, with Pedro injured.

And manager Maurizio Sarri, speaking after the clash, stated “Alvaro was unlucky” against the Greek side.

“Alvaro has to gain confidence with one, two, three goals. I am not able to give him confidence. In this match he has had three, four opportunities” Sarri said.

“He was unlucky. I hope for him that in the future I can try to help him, but the confidence can become only with goals. With two goals in two matches. I don’t know.

“I also have to say Alvaro was ready in the box, maybe for the first time this season. He was active”.

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A goal from Willian cruised Chelsea to an away victory over PAOK in Greece last evening as Europa League’s Group L began. Bate Borisov are currently level on points with the Blues following their 0-2 win against Vidi FC in Hungary.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri told journalists after the game: “I think we were in control of the match for 90 minutes. We have had a lot of opportunities. We missed several. I am really very happy with the three points, very happy with the performance I think, but I am not very happy with the result. When it is time to kill the match we have to kill the match.”

“I don’t know. For an English team, the Europa League is a very difficult competition. We have to play again in 63 hours, on Sunday morning. I don’t know in the future: it’s not a big problem now. We have played only 6 matches so far. I hope to qualify before the last one or two games.”

About Chelsea opponents he said: “I expected Prijovic starting, but probably he was injured a few days ago. I think we played very well. We were in control of the match. It was difficult for everybody to play against us this evening. I hope we were so good and it’s not the fault of PAOK.” 

Sarri added: “I have seen five, six matches of PAOK and I think there are very good players, for example the number 10, Pelkas, I think he is a very good player. Maybe not in this match. But I have seen five, six matches of this team and they have some good players.”

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Chelsea winger Pedro limped off in agony after a collision with the PAOK goalkeeper in Europa League’s first game in Greece yesterday.

Speaking after the clash, manager Maurizio Sarri has given an update on the Spaniard, whose injury seems to be “not a very serious one”. 

He said: “I don’t know. The problem is shoulder, but I don’t know exactly the situation.

I have spoken with the doctor, but only for a few seconds. The doctor told me that probably it’s not a very serious injury.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri spoke at a press conference following his side’s home win against Cardiff City, which means the Italian manager is now the fifth manager to win his opening five games of Premier League season.

Eden Hazard‘s hat-trick inspired the Blues turnaround from 0-1 to 4-1 in a tough clash at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri told journalists: “I am very happy because I thought the beginning would be very difficult. I am very happy because I have good players, not just one, I am lucky. I am very happy to be here and to be in this game. 

I cannot change my mind for one match. At this moment Liverpool and Manchester City are another step than us. But I think we can improve. My target is to be the best team in England, but not in one month. Maybe one season, maybe a little more. But our target it this. But at the moment, I repeat, for me in my opinion Liverpool and City are better than us”.

On Eden Hazard: “I thought he was one of the best players in Europe, but now I change my mind that he is the best. I think Hazard can improve more. I think that he can spend less energy than now at 50 or 60 metres to the oppositions goal. I think he can do it, he can do it. I told him in the last two days because Eden only arrived two days ago after the international teams I prefer to give the players one day off. I have spoke to him in the last two days, I told him for me he can score 40 goals. But spend less energy away from the goal and play in the last 25 metres”.


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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spoke ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash between the Blues and newly-promoted side Cardiff City.

The Italian boss, speaking at a press conference, told journalists midfielder Cesc Fabregas could be sitting on the bench for the first time this season:

“The best news is that Fabregas is now very well” Sarri said.

“He has been training with the team during the week, so now he only has to improve his physical condition.

In a few days, one week, he will be ready to play. At the moment Fabregas is able to be on the bench. I want to speak to him. Maybe it’s better for him to have two days of training”. 

About Emerson Palmieri, Davide Zappacosta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Sarri added: “Yesterday there were some problems with a fever and sore throat for Emerson and Zappacosta, and a little problem after the match with the national team for Loftus-Cheek, with the right tibia.

I don’t know today the situation because I have to speak with the doctor. I don’t know if he’ll be able to play tomorrow. I have to see the last training session”.

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“I thought we did well for long periods of the game” said Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe when asked to give his thoughts on today’s clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“They’re a completely different team this year and they’re going to be a very difficult team to play against”.

“We tried to nullify their strengths and did have our chances, but it was a cruel way to concede with a deflection from Steve Cook”.

Howe had confirmed earlier this week he’s still a huge admirer of Maurizio Sarri and he attended some training sessions of the Italian manager in Italy when the current Chelsea boss was in charge at Serie A side Empoli.

Howe added: “I think they’ll improve as the season goes on. Maurizio Sarri’s team is a really difficult one to play against. We prepared well for the match but they’re an organised side”.

“We tried to make it difficult for individual players to hurt us and we knew that we’d have limited opportunities to score and play on the counter-attack”.

“Hazard has individual brilliance and at times you have to accept that, but Chelsea have a number of these players so you have to make sure your team is prepared”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was very satisfied as he spoke during his post-game press conference at Stamford Bridge after the Blues win over Bournemouth. “I am very happy with my players. They are doing well in the week and the matches”. the Italian manager said. “I am happy with 12 points but I always think we can do more and improve”.

Four win in four games has been a perfect Premier League start so far, but Maurizio Sarri is aware the gap with Manchester City is still huge and he doesn’t want to speak about the title race: “I think it is better now to think about the next match. The gap at the beginning was 30 points, so I think it is very difficult to cover this gap in one season”. Sarri admitted. “I am very happy with the four matches, but only starting from now to the next match”.    

The Blues manager commented also on today’s match: “I am happy with the result and the performance. It was a very difficult game, they are very organised and defended very well”. Sarri explained. “The first half was difficult and maybe we needed to move the ball with another speed and without the ball. In this match you can win in the last 20 minutes”.

Then, on Olivier Giroud replacing Alvaro Morata: “It depends the moment of the pitch. We crossed lots so I thought Giroud in that moment was better, it depends on the situation. Alvaro is improving, maybe he needs more space. However, I am lucky because Giroud is very useful”.

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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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Maurizio Sarri has confirmed both Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are “important players” for Chelsea and will be involved soon despite not featuring in the first two games of Premier League season.

The Italian manager also claimed he hopes Mateo Kovacic will remain here in the future” after joining the Blues on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

On Mateo Kovacic, who came off the bench against Arsenal as well as Chelsea starlet Eden Hazard: “I thought Mateo and Eden played very well in the last 30 minutes, but also in that moment the intensity of the match was going down.

Like Eden, Mateo is ready to play for 60 or 65 minutes. I like him very much so I hope that he will remain here in the future”.

About Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was not named among the subs for the London derby against Arsenal last Saturday: “It was only a decision about the positions, I chose to put two wingers on the bench and only one midfielder.

I’ve spoken with him twice this week after I spoke to the club, I think Loftus will remain with us, we can speak again about his situation but only in December”.

Gary Cahill needs more time to get the best shape before making his debut for Chelsea in the 2018/19 campaign, according to Sarri.

He said: “In this moment for a defender it’s more difficult to play in my team after only 20 days of training. It’s easier for offensive players so in this moment he needs to have much more training with us. I told him he needs to be patient but he is very important for us”.

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Maurizio Sarri enjoyed a second consecutive Premier League win as Chelsea got the upper hand against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge this evening.

The Italian manager, speaking at a press conference, confirmed he remains happy at the performance from the squad despite the whole team “lost distances” in the last 15 minutes of a vivid first half.

Sarri said: “I think we have done very well for 75 minutes, 15 minutes were horrible. We lost distances. We were not able to press, only one player or two players. In the other 15 minutes it was better to smoke, I think. It was a wonderful match for everybody”.

I think that the players were very good in the second half because it was not easy for the final part of the first half”.

When asked if Chelsea can be competitive in the race for the title, he added: “Not in this moment, we did very well in the last 25 minutes but I think we have to work and I am not talking about the defenders, the defensive phase is the team. If we press very high we are able to do well. In the other moments if we are not able to press we are in trouble. If we want to defend by looking only at the ball we need to stay very compact and press in the other half. In that 15 minutes we were not able to do this and so we were in trouble”. 


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