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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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Before speaking about his side’s 0-4 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri offered words of sympathy towards Leicester City and Srivaddhanaprabha‘s family.

“Before speaking about football, I want to say that I am really sorry about what happened in Leicester” Sarri said.

“For the family, for the club, for the players.”


Leicester have confirmed earlier tonight club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among the five people killed in Saturday’s helicopter crash.

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Blues’ manager spoke after today winning against Burnley. Chelsea has triumphed blatantly away with a poker at Burnley’s home where blues won for 0-4 thanks Morata, Barkley, Willian and Loftus-Cheek scores.

Start to speak about the match, not too easy in the first minutes:“The match wasn’t easy in the first 10 minutes. They started very well and started very aggressive. They pressed in our half and we were in trouble, then we started to move the ball very well. We managed the match better than other matches so it seemed easy but it isn’t, no at the beginning. We defended better than the last three matches, apart from the first 10 minutes. We played very well and so the results was a consequence of the performance”.

About Alvaro Morata who scored his third goal of the season in an unhappy period:”I really happy for Alvaro because in this moment I think he needs to score, I happy for Ross, for Loftus, I am little bit disappointed for the misses chance of giroud because Giroud miss at the moment just the score”

“I think that Alvaro today played well. He went to the ball when it was necessary. I think he played a very good game. Probably he could have scored more as he had three of four opportunities, but he scored a good goal. I think the last three or four matches can be a good start for him.”

Talk also about Ross Barkley who scored a beautiful goal from the distance, talk about his condition improved after the injury:

He’s doing very well in this period. He’s improved in the defensive phase and he has improved his physical condition because the last season for him was very difficult with a very serious injury. He stopped the activity for six months.

Now he’s improving the physical condition. He’s a very good player from a technical point of view. He’s improved the defensive phase. Now I think Ross is complete.”

He spoke also about injuried Hazard and about Pedro. About Hazard he expressed his wish and hope to have him back as possible as soon.
“I want him every match if possible because we have a lot of good players. Hazard offers something different. I am very happy as the team was able to score seven goals in two matches without Hazard. That’s a good sign. I want Eden as soon as possible. I’m not sure for Wednesday but hopefully for Sunday.”
While about Pedro who has forced to leave the field during the match“I don’t know excatly. I spoke with the doctor for a few seconds and he said it was a very strong stomachache.”



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Speaking during his pre-game press-conference ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League game vs Bate BorisovChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri gave some injuries’ updates and confirmed two important players will miss the match.

Tomorrow Hazard is out for sure,” Sarri explained. “He has a back problem and we are trying to solve the problem for Sunday. It’s not very easy.”

Also Jorginho is very unlikely to feature in tomorrow’s Starting XI: The problem will be on Sunday, when we will play after 65 hours, so we need to change something,” Sarri added. “For example, Jorginho needs to rest now because he played for 90 minutes in the two matches with the national team, then for 90 minutes – or, better, for 100 minutes – in the last match”

So, with the Italian manager thinking about some rotation vs Bate, defender Andreas Christensen will find a place on the pitch after a long time: “Rotation in this period [is hard]. It is not easy for me to change the four defenders, because we have to do a lot of work”. Sarri confirmed. “Christensen will be on the pitch [on Thursday], I think. I don’t know for [Callum Hudson-] Odoi; [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, maybe.”

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Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri had his say following his side’s 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The Italian boss told SkySports: “I only saw the match from the bench, and now I have to study it. I thought we did a very good first half, but weren’t very good in the second half”.

“We have not played our football, and in a physical match United were better than us. Tactically, the match was the same. I don’t know why things changed, I have to study it”.

Sarri added: “It’s better to learn in training than in a match, but the match after the international break is always very difficult. The players go to play in another team, another football, another target, then they come back and they’re still in other situations.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he will ‘deal privately with’ assistant coach Marco Ianni after his gesture and celebration caused a touchline scuffle with Man United manager José Mourinho.

He told SkySports after the 2-2 draw against the Red Devils: “Sincerely, I did not see what happened. But I spoke with Jose, and of course then I spoke with my member of staff because I think we were on the wrong side. So I have dealt with it immediately. It’s private”.

Sarri added: “If I spoke with the member of staff and I have to be very hard, then I cannot come here and tell everything, otherwise with my staff I am not credible”. 

“I am not really happy. After I spoke to Jose, I understood we were on the wrong side of the situation.”

Chelsea coach Ianni’s irritanting gesture caused Mourinho over reaction and sparked scuffle


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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Manchester United, Chelsea‘s boss Maurizio Sarri has given some updates on the Blues’ injured players.

There are some problems. So now we have the most serious, I think, is Ampadu. Then we have a little problem with Hudson-Odoi, and a little problem with Barkley”Sarri admitted. “But with Odoi and Barkley it’s only a question of one or two days. The injury for Ampadu I think is serious. I don’t know how much, but serious. We hope to recover him in a couple of weeks. Rudiger has done better in the last two days, like Kovacic. I think they will be able to play.”

Chelsea will face Manchester United and Maurizio Sarri showed all his respect for the opponents and their manager José Mourinho.  “They are a very strong team. Maybe, player by player, they are the best team in the Premier League.” the Italian claimed. “At the moment I think City are better as a team, but player by player, they are really very, very strong. So I don’t know if they will play us or try and play their football”.

So Chelsea will need a perfect performance if they want to beat the Red Devils: “I’m really, really happy with the results. But I think we need to improve. And I think also we can improve. We can improve because we have had no time to work. I had eight players only at the beginning of August”. Sarri explained. “Then we have started to play every three days. So it’s very difficult to work and very difficult to improve the team and the players. I think that, in the future, we can improve and we need to improve. To improve more on the performance on the defensive phase because, at the moment, we are giving too many opportunities to the opponents. So we need to improve, I think.”


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Alvaro Morata has played very well” says Maurizio Sarri speaking after his side’s 0-3 win at St.Mary’s Stadium earlier this afternoon.

The Spaniard, whose goal helped Chelsea to cruise to a narrow victory in their Europa League clash against MOL Vidi on Thursday, scored against Southampton as Blues moved up to the top of Premier League table.

Sarri said: “I am very happy for him. It is important for the striker to score, to have scored in the Europa League and today. But it was important the performance. He has played very well. I think we can restart easily now”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he will “have to” make several changes to the starting line-up for tomorrow’s Europa League clash against Hungarian side FC Vidi at Stamford Bridge. The Italian confirmed he will pick at least five players, who did not find space so far in the campaign.

When asked if Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi could start together in Chelsea’s attacking third, Sarri said: “For sure not both, or Hazard or Odoi. I don’t know at the moment. As I said I would like to see every player in the period from the first international break and the second”.

Sarri confirmed tomorrow could be “time to see” Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield. On the England international he added: “He was unlucky in the last three weeks after the match with the national team. He had a problem, in the last five days he has been better so I think that he is able to play tomorrow. 

The pressure is normal for a player here, so also Ruben needs to get used to the pressure. It is normal for a player of our starting XI to have pressure from the club, the papers, television, from the manager”.

The Chelsea manager also gave an injury update on winger Pedro, before assessing Cesc Fabregas “has to improve the physical condition”.

He said: “I have to speak to Pedro who is doing better like Loftus-Cheek, but I think that tomorrow every player is available. I have to change five, six, seven players. I don’t know at the moment. I want to see training in the afternoon and to see the last training tomorrow morning.”

“I think Cesc [Fabregas] played very well in the last 30 minutes in Greece as well as for 90 minutes in Liverpool. He has to improve the physical condition of course but I think that he is a great option in this position. Not changing his style too much because Cesc is very good in moving the ball like Jorginho so we don’t need to change the way of football with Fabregas.”


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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri had his say ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League clash against Videoton at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian has confirmed he will make at least five changes in the starting line-up as the Blues will face Southampton on Sunday afternoon at home.

Speaking at a press conference Sarri said: “I don’t think that in West Ham we didn’t win because of the match in Greece. We changed a lot of players so I don’t think the reason was that. Of course tomorrow we need to change some players because we have spent a lot of mental and physical energy in two matches against Liverpool.

Then we have to play a match again in 62 hours [against Southampton] so tomorrow we need to chage. I don’t know how many players but we need to change. I have to change five, six or seven players. I don’t know at the moment. I want to see training in the afternoon and to see the last training tomorrow morning.”

Sarri also confirmed the qualification to the next Champions League group stage remains Chelsea’s main target as the Premier League season started properly with 5 wins and a couple of draws from 7 games. The Blues could also book a place in the competition by winning the Europa League this campaign.

“At the moment for my club it is more important to be in the Champions league. To play the Champions League is more important at the moment but I want to arrive to the end in the Europa League. We want to arrive to the end but the Europa League is a very unusual competition because we don’t know all the names of the opponents right now. In the second round eight teams will arrive from the Champions League so it is very difficult but we want to arrive at the end of the competition.”



Maurizio Sarri is happy about is first few months in England as a Premier League manager. The Italian boss, in an interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport revealed what...