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Chelsea will face Manchster City today at Stamford Bridge. Italian midfielder Jorginho is back in the Starting XI for the Blues, while is Sterling who will start as forward in Pep Guardiola‘s team.

Here you are the confirmed lineups:

Chelsea: Kepa, Alonso, Rudiger, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Pedro, Willian, Hazard.

Subs: Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Giroud, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, Silva (C), Mahrez, Sane, Bernardo, Sterling

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Gundogan, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden

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Chelsea suffered their second straight away defeat in the Premier League season as Wolves completed a massive comeback at Molineux against the Blues.

Goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota sealed a 2-1 victory after Ruben Loftus Cheek had put Chelsea in front with a shot deflected into the bottom corner. Maurizio Sarri‘s men went close to double their lead before conceding two goals in 5 minutes.

Both Olivier Giroud and Pedro came off the bench to respond but Wolves cruised quite comfortably to a 2-1 win, which means Chelsea are now level on points with Arsenal in 4th place. Premier League leaders Man City (Chelsea’s next opponents) remain 10 points above the Blues, with Liverpool and Tottenham respectively in 2nd and 3rd position.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kante (Kovacic 77′), Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek; Willian (Pedro 65′), Morata (Giroud 66′), Hazard

WOLVES (3-4-3) Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Moutinho, Vinagre; Gibbs-White (Costa 72′), Jimenez (Dendoncker 81′), Jota (Cavaleiro 88′)

Scorers: Loftus-Cheek 18′ Jimenez 58′ Jota 63′
Bookings: Fabregas, Giroud, Alonso, Christensen, Saiss, Mourinho, Coady, Vinagre

 

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Tonight, at Molineux Stadium, Chelsea will face Wolverhampton.

These are the confirmed lineups for both Maurizio Sarri and Nuno Espirito Santo. Andreas Christensen will start for the Blues.

Wolverhampton: Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady , Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Moutinho, Vinagre; Gibbs-White, Jiminez, Jota.

Subtitutes: Ruddy, Hause, Dendoncker, Traore, Cavaleiro, Bonatini, Costa.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hazard, Morata.

Substitutes: Caballero, Zappacosta, David Luiz, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud.

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Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek reacts

Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 are said to be preparing an offer to sign Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek next January but will face competition from Crystal Palace.

The Mirror reports that both the Eagles and the German side will try their luck with bids after failing to sign the player over the summer.

It has been suggested that Loftus-Cheek will be on the move in January in order to get regular playing time.

Chelsea turned down offers from Palace for Loftus-Cheek last summer as they were keen re-sign him after the England international impressed on loan last season and Roy Hodgson has never hidden his intention to bring the player back to the South London club.

However, the arrival of Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid and the emergence of former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley under Maurizio Sarri has made game time hard to come by at Stamford Bridge.

Loftus-Cheek has been forced to settle for minutes in the Europa League and cup competitions, with Premier League chances coming few and far between.

For this reasons both the club and the player are keen for a loan move in the next winter transfer window.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has featured in Chelsea‘s last three consecutive games scoring four goals.

The England international’s improvement under Maurizio Sarri looks clearly visible, as assistant coach Gianfranco Zola assessed earlier in a press conference ahead of the 3-2 win. “Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are following his instructions very well” he said.

Loftus-Cheek said: “Derby County pressed quite well. It was difficult for us to play out. Credit to them, they were physical, but we just said at half-time we need to step it up because they were playing well, and we needed to be more aggressive and be braver to play out from the back. They gave us a really tough game”.

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TEAM NEWS 

Chelsea

– Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will  face a decision over whether or not he starts Eden Hazard at Turf Moor today.

The Belgian international didn’t train with his teammates at Cobham on Friday after picking up a back injury in the draw against Manchester United last weekend.  Stating he was unsure if he would be fit for the trip at Burnely, Sarri may elect to not risk the 27-year-old with Pedro now back to full fitness.

However, he can bring Hazard on the bench so he can bring him on if the Blues need a goal providing he is fit.

Willian will start his ninth match on the trot for the Blues after impressing in midweek, with Alvaro Morata replacing Olivier Giroud upfront after another frustrating 90 minutes for the Frenchman.

–  Ruben Loftus-Cheek bagged a hat-trick on Thursday night but is not expected to start for the Blues.

– Despite impressing in the comfortable win over BATE, Cahill, Christensen, Davide Zappacosta and Emerson Palmieri will all drop out.

Jorginho rested in Europa League and he is expected to start today

Burnley 

The Clarets will welcome back Robbie Brady for the first time since he badly injured his knee last December, while Ben Gibson is out with a hernia injury and Aaron Lennon through illness

 

PREDICTED LINE UPS

BURNLEY – Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Defour, Cork, Brady; Hendrick, Vokes.

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Morata, Pedro.

 

Kick Off: 2.30 pm GMT

Referee: Craig Pawson

Venue: Turf Moor, Burnley, UK

 

 

 

 

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After his impressive hat-trick against Bate Borisov in Europa League Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri praised Ruben Loftus-Cheek who used the chance the manager gave him last night at the best:

“At the beginning of the season he was a very good player, now he is a good player more suitable to my way of football I think,” said Sarri after the game.

“We have a tactical problem with the midfielders because for two positions we have four midfielders and three of them have the same characteristics.

“They are offensive midfielders, only one has other characteristics. Kante is a defensive midfielder.

“So it is very difficult to put in the starting XI two midfielders with the same characteristics.”

 

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek was clearly over the moon after his special night at Stamford Bridge: the England international gave Chelsea the three points against Bate Borisov with a wonderful hat-trick.

The 22-year-old shared his happiness with the fans on Twitter:

 

In another video posted on his Twitter account Loftus-Cheek claimed the atmosphere at the stadium was great and thanked the fans for their support.

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored three goals as the Blues beat Belarusian side BATE Borisov at Stamford Bridge tonight. Maurizio Sarri‘s start in Europa League remains perfect after victories against PAOK and Vidi earlier in the competition.

Loftus-Cheek, who was selected to feature in the starting XI along with Mateo Kovacic and Cesc Fabregas, scored his first goal of the season in the 2nd minute of the game, well assisted by Davide Zappacosta, before turning home from a close range a few minutes later. Then sealed a hat-trick by firing the ball past Shcherbitski from the edge of the area. The England international had scored his last goal with Chelsea against Aston Villa, in the Premier League, back in April 2016.

BATE Borisov managed to score a late consolation goal from a free-kick, when Rios was left unmarked by Chelsea defenders at the back post. The Blues end up the game two goals ahead and remain leaders of Group L with 9 points from 3 games.

CHELSEA Kepa; Zappacosta, Christensen, Cahill, Emerson; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Kovacic (78′ Kante); Willian (57′ Moses), Giroud, Pedro (60′ Hudson-Odoi)

BATE Borisov Scherbitski; Rios, Filipovic, Filipenko, Volodko; Baga (77′ Yablonski), Dragun, Hleb (60′ Ivanic), Skavysh, Stasevich; Signevich (70′ Tuominen)

Scorers: Loftus-Cheek 2′, 8′, 53′ Rios 79′

Bookings: Hleb 34′

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Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek reacts

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will continue working at Cobham after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.

The Italian boss, speaking after Chelsea’s narrow win in their second Europa League clash against FC Vidi, told journalists: “It’s better to stay in Cobham. At the moment for him, it’s very important to have a lot of training. In the last three, four weeks, he hasn’t been training a lot”.

“Now it’s better for him to stay to work. I have seen he is a great player from the technical point of view, from the physical point of view. He has to improve from a tactical point of view”.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was given game time again after coming off the bench in the second half against both Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town.

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