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During his pre-game press conference in Baku, ahead of tonight’s Europa League final vs ArsenalChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri spoke about his first season at Stamford Bridge: “For me at the beginning it was difficult to understand my players and the mentality, but after a very difficult January, February they started to change I think. Probably I changed, I don’t know. In this moment I love them. I have 22 wonderful men and players. I am really very happy. I have to consider it for the future. I have to consider that I love English football and the Premier League”. Sarri underlined. “We did a wonderful season. We are in the Champions League, we weren’t last year. We played a final in a competition where we played Liverpool and Tottenham, then lost the final on penalties to Manchester City. Then tomorrow the final of the Europa League”.

Nonetheless, it seems after Europa League’s final, Sarri could leave Chelsea to join Juventus. The Italian, however, doesn’t want to speak about this topic: “You know very well my opinion. It is the same of the last press conference. Today I need to speak only about the final. My players need me only to speak to the final”. Sarri told the media. “I want to think only to the final. I have a contract then for two years. Now is not the moment. Our feeling is that we want to win”.

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Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri is ready for tonight’s Europa League final vs Arsenal at Baku.

The Italian coach, during his pre-game press conference gave an update on the injuries’ situation for the Blues: “We are in trouble with the midfielders. We have only three midfielders for three positions. We are in trouble. N’Golo is very important. He is the only defensive midfielder that we have. We will try to recover him. N’Golo for us, it is a problem”. Sarri explained. “He had a little problem in his knee on Saturday. We are trying. It is not serious but it is the problem of three or four days. We will try, but right now we don’t know. 50/50, yesterday 60/40 for no, but now 50/50. He was a little better this morning”.

Today Sarri can win the first trophy in professional football, but he still doesn’t consider this the most important night in his career: “I don’t know. Because the feeling between coach and media is different. For media this is the most important of my life, for me maybe not”. the Italian claimed. “Maybe for me more important was a match in Serie B in Italy. I don’t know. Tomorrow I might be able to tell you my feelings. Not at the moment.”

Finally, Sarri gave also a message to all Chelsea fans especially those who couldn’t travel to Baku: “I don’t know what to say about the problems. You have to ask UEFA and the clubs. I am very disappointed. We do this job for this kind of match. We want our fans here. We will try to win for us and also for them”.

 

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Tomorrow night Chelsea take on Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge in the Europa League‘s semifinal second leg.

After last week’s draw in Germany, the Blues are favourite to reach the final, but speaking during his pre-game press conference, Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri warns his team they have to forget the first leg’s result: “We have to play to win, without managing the results. That’s too dangerous (to do). It’s not easy because we play a very dangerous team, as we saw in the first leg”. Sarri explained. “They are very dynamic and aggressive in the defensive phase, and dangerous in the offensive phase especially when they find spaces on the counter-attack. So it’s a dangerous match.”

Chelsea have already qualified for the next Champions League, now the Europa League can allow the Blues to reach their second target for this season: “We reached the target of the club. And so we are really very happy with this”. Sarri went on. “Now we have to play in another competition and the target is to reach the final – the first target – and the final target will be to win the competition. Our feeling is that we deserve to win a trophy, so it’s a very important match, of course.”

Finally, Sarri gives an injury-update, revealing N’Golo Kante will be back only if Chelsea will reach the final: “Kante had a problem with his hamstring, not really a very serious one but he needs to rest for a couple of weeks. So we can try to recover him only in case we reach the final.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri watched his side sealing a crucial 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany tonight in the first-leg of Europa League‘s semi-finals. The Blues will host their opponents at Stamford Bridge next Thursday.

The italian manager, speaking after the game, told journalists: “We made a mistake in the first 20 minutes. My feeling from the bench was that we were playing only to manage the result, for the 0-0. We are not able to do that with our characteristics. The difficulty was a mental difficulty I think. We did not approach the match with the right mentality.

Fortunately after the goal we started to play. We started to play after 25 minutes and we played very well until the 85th minute. We deserved to win for the number of goal opportunities. We were for 60 minutes in control of the match”.

Reflecting on the result, Sarri said: “1-1 away is not so bad. They are very dangerous at home, but unfortunately they are also very dangerous away. It depends on the second leg. We have to play at Stamford Bridge. We want the final, but we know we have to play a very good match next week.”

On Ruben Loftus-Cheek: “He is a very important player. He has improved a lot during the season. When he is at the top physically he is a very important player for us. It’s not easy for him to train with consistency because of his back, but in this match he was really fit. Unfortunately with 10 minutes to go he had cramp and asked for a substitution”.

On his choice to rule Eden Hazard out of Chelsea’s starting XI in Frankfurt: “This match was number 59 I think and Hazard also played eight matches in the national team. For a player it’s impossible to play 70, 75 matches in a season. Sometimes Hazard, like all the other players, needs to not play for 90 minutes. This is the first reason. The second is that Eden is usually able to change the match from the bench. For me it was better to start with Willian and try in the last 30 minutes with Eden”.

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Speaking during his pre-game press conferenceChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri gave some injuries’ updates and there are good news regarding German defender Antonio Rudiger.

Rudiger is okay,” Sarri reported. “We are trying to recover Kante but I am not sure at the moment”.

Also, the Italian spoke about Callum Hudson-Odoi surgery: “The operation of Callum went in the right way. He will be back here in one or two days”. Sarri went on. “He needs time now. Callum is a very strong young man, physically and mentally. I am sure he will be able to return better than before.”

Also, Maurizio Sarri underlined the importance of Sunday’s game vs Manchester United as the Blues want to qualify for the next Champions League. “The match is clear. At this moment it’s a very important match, probably more than important for our target. We will try to win of course, but we need not to lose. It’s a very difficult match for both”. Sarri explained. “We have to play against opponents with a very high level of motivation after the Manchester derby. They have a chance of the top four. Of course they need to win all the last three matches. But we need to gain points too. We need to fight and try in every way.”

 

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Another defeat for Chelsea. After 2-0 lost against Liverpool, Sarri came at the press conference and spoke about the match, about championship and also about Rudiger’ injury.

Italian’ coach said Blues were a little bit unlucky,  expecially about second score and about two-three opportunities wasted. He praised Salah and Liverpool’ team and Reds’ game. He also said himself proud of guys and happy about Chelsea’ improving.

“Of course Liverpool are one of the best teams in Europe at this moment, they play very well for 90 minutes but I think we stayed in the match really well.”

We were a bit unlucky on the second goal. Salah is a talent, the second goal was a little bit unlucky for the timing and then a bit unlucky because in three minutes we have three opportunities, two with Hazard and one with Higuain and we hit the post, number 35 of our season”

“I am happy with the performance, we stayed in the match, probably two or three months ago we weren’t able to stay in this game”.

“We were defending low at the start of the first half, but we did that at the start of the first. Liverpool is able to approach the first and second half in the ten minutes, so it isn’t easy to play against them in that moment“.

“I think we were able to pass the first ten minutes with the same result in the last 20/25 we could find a lot of spaces because they needed to win and so the target was to arrive in the last 20 minutes at 0-0”.

We are improving, its hard to cover the gap because the level is high and to cover it against Liverpool and City for us will be difficult. Now we are close to the other teams”.

He also spoke about which team will win he said it’s difficult to make predictions “It’s difficult to say, because probably it will depend on post in, post out, Point point by point but the difference will be one or two points”

And about Rudiger’ injury said:“I hope nothing serious but at the moment I am not able to say anything. We need another visit with the doctor and something else to be sure it’s not serious”.

 

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Speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s game vs BrightonChelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri admitted Callum Hudson-Odoi could make his debut in the Blues’ starting XI in a Premier League game.

I know very well Callum, and I want him to improve more because the potential is higher. And Callum is always in my mind. In my opinion, he is our future”. Sarri explained. Now he’s ready to play. Probably he will start tomorrow or in the next match Firstly I want to see the condition of all the players. The condition of Willy, Pedro, Eden, all the wingers. But of course, he is in my mind.”.

The Italian also said he has always thought about Callum Hudson-Odoi as an important player for Chelsea: “First of all, in pre-season after four or five training sessions, I realised that Callum was really a player with a very great potential.  In my opinion, in that moment, he wasn’t ready to play at this level. But during the season, he has improved. And now he’s ready to play.” Sarri went on. “But I decided at the beginning of the season that he had to stay with us, and I put him in the squad. So I know very well Callum, and I want him to improve more because the potential is higher. And Callum is always in my mind. In my opinion, he is our future”.  

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was full of praise following his side’s away win against Dynamo Kiev in the second-tie of Europa League’s last-16.

The Italian boss told journalists: “We started very well. We wanted to start in this way because it was important to score after the result in Stamford Bridge. We were able to score after five minutes. For the opponent it was a difficult situation”.

“We played a very good first half. In the second we managed the result. It was a wonderful performance for 90 minutes”.

On Olivier Giroud, who scored a hat-trick tonight: “It was very, very good. In the last period every time he has been on the pitch he was able to play really very well. He scored nine goals in this competition. Olivier is a very important player for us. I am very happy for him and his hat-trick, and I am very happy with him”.

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Even if Chelsea defeated Dinamo Kiev 3-0 one week ago at Stamford Bridge, the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri doesn’t want to underestimate tonight’s opponent in Europa League last 16’s second leg.

I want to send to my team the message that the match is very important. I don’t want to make a mistake in this”. the Italian explained in his pre-game press conference.

Then, Sarri himself gave an irritated response when asked if Callum Hudson-Odoi will be in the Starting XI: Why not (Ethan) Ampadu? Tell me the difference,” Sarri said. “I have a lot of players of course. I know very well that for you (the media) Odoi is the best, but for me I want to see them all at the same level. Odoi is doing very well in the last period. He will be for sure in the 18 – maybe on the pitch, I don’t know. As you know, in the last match Odoi was the first change. So you know very well that Odoi is on my mind for every match.”

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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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