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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he’s happy with the performance of his lads following the Blues away win (the first since December 2018) against Malmo in the Europa League last night. Goals from Ross Barkey and Olivier Giroud were enough to seal a vital result in Sweden.

Sarri told journalists after the game: “I am happy because we played with a very good level of confidence,’ he said, ‘and that was not very easy after the last match. Today we had confidence because we moved the ball also inside our box. We played very well, the risk only came from set-pieces because Malmo are more physical than us”.

“We could score more but we conceded a goal because of a mistake,’ he added, ‘but today the level of application and attention was good. We made an individual mistake so I think we could win better. We had three or four goal opportunities at 2-0, so we could have killed the match, but I am happy with the confidence”.

He added: “If we concede a goal like this [the one tonight against Malmo] to a team like Man United, Man City and Tottenham, then you risk conceding three goals in 10 minutes, so we have to do better, but I think the performance was a good performance”.

Source: www.chelseafc.com

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DERBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Frank Lampard manager of Derby County celebrates the win after the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Preston North End at Pride Park Stadium on August 25, 2018 in Derby, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Former Chelsea midfielder and current Derby County manager Frank Lampard has confirmed he remains focused on his job with the Championship amid reports linking him with a potential takeover at Stamford Bridge, with concerns growing up around Maurizio Sarri‘s role following 6-0 defeat at Man City.

Lampard, speaking at a press conference on Monday, told reporters: “My job is here,” 

“We’re working very hard and my thoughts are on Ipswich Town on Wednesday, and Brighton on Saturday.”

The England international also claimed he believes Blues can bounce back from their last humiliating defeat: “With my Chelsea hat on, 13 years as a player there, you have a feeling for it and it’s not nice, it’s not easy. It doesn’t happen to Chelsea much so when it does it’s a shock.

“But they’re going up against an incredible team and I had some time at Manchester City as well. I have some feelings for them. The work Pep Guardiola and their incredible squad have done is something special.

Lampard added: “For Chelsea it was a tough day. With all top teams the important thing is you come back strong, no matter what type of defeat. What makes top teams is resilience and Chelsea as a club will have it.”

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Speaking during his pre-game press conference, Maurizio Sarri explained how his team can beat Manchester City on Sunday, as they did some weeks ago at Stamford Bridge.

I think that we were lucky because we scored in a very difficult moment of the match. Maybe we deserved to win in the second half, but we were lucky in the first as we scored in a difficult moment. In that match we defended really very well as they had only three goal opportunities, no more”. Sarri said. “It is not easy against City to give them three or four opportunities. They had scored 43 goals in 15 matches, so it is difficult and we need to defend well. We need to be very fast when we are able to recover the ball. They are able to press really very well so it is difficult to exit that situation. If we can do that then we can do well”.

The good news is that all Chelsea’s players will be available for Etihad Stadium’s game: “We have only some little problems with Odoi, he had fever for one day. Yesterday we had a little problem with Cahill, his back, but nothing serious”. Sarri revealed. “I think every player will be available. I hope so. We have to do another two trainings”.

Whatever will be the result of Sunday’s match, however, Sarri is aware that there is still a big gap between Chelsea and Manchester City: “I think we can fight for the top four this season, no more”. the Italian claimed. “We can win something, of course, but Premier League there is fighting between Manchester City and Liverpool. I think City are the best team in Europe, it is difficult to win the Champions League. I think that we need to work. You are the most competitive in the market or you need to work, I don’t know another way. We need to reduce the gap”.

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Chelsea and Manchester City will play the Carabao Cup final at Wembley at the end of February.

Before that, the two teams will play their Premier League game on Sunday at Etihad Stadium and, according to Pep Guardiola, also this game will be like a final: “This is a real final for us this weekend. If we are able to take these points, we are going to take a huge step forward.” Guardiola told reporters on Wednesday night in his post-game press conference after Manchester City win vs Everton.

Guardiola is also aware Maurizio Sarri‘s side is very strong and Chelsea are having more time to prepare the game: “We started well with Arsenal and Everton but now comes a really, really big test — a big bull,” Guardiola explained. “Chelsea is an exceptional team with seven days to prepare that game. We will try. We have to prepare well”.

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Tonight Chelsea will face Bournemouth, but in his pre-game press conference the Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri spoke about the transfer market, comparing the situations of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Eden Hazard:

The situation of Eden [compared to Hudson-Odoi] is different,” he told reporters. “Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go. Of course, I hope the opposite. I hope he wants to stay here”.

The Italian also underlined once again how the Belgian star is not playing at his best and he cans still improve: “He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment”. Sarri went on. “Sometimes he’s happy with something less. It’s my job to improve him and put him in a position to do his best.”

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After losing against Gunners in the Premier League, Chelsea came back to the victory against Spurs in Sarri ‘style. An almost perfect high time, Blues went in advantage with Kante and Hazard but Llorente goal brought results on aggregate and penalty was unavoidable.

A Dier’ wrong and Arrizabalaga’ save score with David Luiz’s final score gave the pass to Wembley. After his Argentinian gift Gonzalo Higuain,  another gift for Italian’ coach who was happy and smiling during press conference.

“I think they reacted really very well tonight”.

About yesterday’ hard words against his players he said it wasn’t an attack and spoke about Hazard: “I didn’t attack my players, I only said it was problematic. I think in the last three or four matches we have a problem. I think again we can find enthusiasm, it was very important”.

“I had fun with 70-75 minutes with Hazard, I think he was tired at the end. He played a fantastic match. I think the position is not a big problem. I think we played with another mind and motivation and determination. His qualities are more important than that position”.

Someone asked about his last final and he said: “The final for the play-off of Serie A. If you say I have never won anything at this level, you are right. I started with non professional teams and won”.

“I am really very happy because I get to play at final at Wembley. But now we have to think about the FA Cup, then the next dangerous match with Bournemouth. Bournemouth is the most important match”.

“I think we have to think about the two matches, and we deserved to win”.

He spoke also about market and about Emerson reassuring: “Emerson stays with us for sure. We are improving, sometimes when we are in the beginning, we are not a physical team. I am very happy with him and he is improving”.

“I said I was happy with the performance, at that moment I was not worried about the result. I was very happy with the performance”

 

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Few days ago, in an interview with France FootballChelsea star Eden Hazard has admitted he has frustrated many managers in his career, including Maurizio Sarri.

Today, speaking during his pre-game press conference the Italian explained it’s true he is not completely happy with the Belgian talent:  “Sometimes. I prefer him when he speaks with his feet”. Sarri claimed. “I think he said that coaches told him that he needs to do more. I think that he has to do more, because the potential is higher than the performances, I think. He has to respect, first of all, himself. He has to do more.”

Most of all, Maurizio Sarri has not been completely satisfied with Eden Hazard’s performances as a “false nine”: “You know very well that Eden is at the moment a wonderful player, but he’s an individual player. He’s a very instinctive player. For him it’s very difficult to play only in one position. He likes very much to go to the ball”. the Italian manager explained. “He wants the ball on the feet. So for him I think it’s very difficult to play as a striker, but it’s very difficult to play also as a winger. We have to organise the other 10 players in the defensive phase.”

 

 

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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup semifinal’s second leg vs TottenhamChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed striker Gonzalo Higuain will sign very soon for the Blues.

Higuain is a few hours away from signing his contract at Chelsea,” Sarri said. ‘We are hoping he will start scoring straightaway for us but there is more to his game than goals. He is a very strong striker and was especially strong during my first season in Naples, he did very well and scored 36 goals in 35 games in Serie A, and 39 in total. For sure he is one of the best strikers in my career, he has the right experience to play here”.

Not only Higuain, according to Sarri, will help Chelsea with his goals, but also thanks to his winning mentality, the aspect about which the Italian manager has strongly criticised his players in the last few days.

He wants to win all the time, in any situation”. Sarri went on. “As far as failure is concerned, I wouldn’t call it that, he still scored nine goals (at AC Milan) and he found himself in a team which is not at the same level at Juventus.”

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Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat against Arsenal last time out as goals from Lacazette and Koscielny sealed a 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium. Spurs moved 4 points clear Blues, who are currently sitting 4th on the Premier League table.

Manager Maurizio Sarri opted to speak in Italian his press conference to properly send a message to the Chelsea squad.

Speaking after the game, defender Marcos Alonso told the club’s official website: “We made silly mistakes,

We provoked them to gain confidence and come to press us because we were making mistakes. In the second half we tried but it was too late and we couldn’t score”.

He added: “When you lose, you learn. We have to analyse the game and improve quickly because there is no time to think. We have to perform again in four days”.

 

“It was a good opportunity,’ acknowledged Alonso. ‘We wasted it and now we have to work even harder to stay in a Champions League position and win games. It has to motivate us”.

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Speaking during his pre-game press conference, Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri explained tomorrow’s game vs Arsenal will be very tough for his team.

“This match is a risk and an opportunity because they are doing well at home. As you said before it is a great opportunity for us”. the Italian said. “They are really a very good team. The offensive phase they are one of the best in the PL, they are dangerous, and it will be very important”.

Chelsea won the first Premier League‘s meeting vs Arsenal this season, and now they want to get the same result: “August was a very different match. We learned they had a lot of dangerous movements, especially when our full-back is out of the line”. Sarri however explained. “We worked during this week on this, they are very dangerous. Marcos in that match scored in a very unusual action for us. It wasn’t by chance but similar. I think that we can be dangerous against these opponents, but we have to stay in the match, defend and have good application for 95 minutes”.

Chelsea’s manager then spoke about the January transfer window, underlining he doesn’t know anything about the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, which, in any case seems very imminent:  “I want to be clear, I spoke to Marina two weeks ago, she knows my opinion and then I decided to be focused on the pitch and training”. Sarri claimed. “I know that Marina is working very hard, but I know nothing about the market. I don’t call her every evening, otherwise I spend my energy on the market, it is better to spend mental energy on the pitch”.  

 

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