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After yesterday evening draw vs Burnley at Stamford Bridge, Ruben Loftus-Cheek reveals how Blues’ players are frustrated by this result.

It feels like a loss in a way because we could have got three points and made a massive jump in the league, but in a way it is a point gained as well because the other teams did not get points at the weekend,” Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea official website. “Burnley did well set-piece wise but we spoke about that in the build-up to the game, so it was disappointing to concede from two set-pieces. It was frustrating because they time-wasted really well but we have to take it and move on. There were some emotions flying at the end because of what was on the line in the game, so I can understand why a lot of players and staff were frustrated, it is why we love football, you get these emotions flying but like I say, move on.”

Despite the draw, Chelsea can still hope to finish their Premier League in one of the top four spots and qualify for the next Champions League. “I don’t think we are in a bad position but it is just down to us to produce our best football in the run-in to the end of the season”. Loftus-Cheek went on. “These games coming up are massive and we need to be at our best. The focus has to be really sharp and we have to be really on it because this is where it really matters.”

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Chelsea will face Dinamo Kiev tonight in Ukraine.

The Blues won 3-0 the Europa League Last 16’s first leg at Stamford Bridge last Thursday.

Here are the confirmed lineups:

Dinamo Kiev: Boyko, Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko, Sydorchuk, Shepelev, Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Ferreira Pereira, Harmash

Subs: Bushchan, das Neves Pinheiro, Andrievsky, Frezarin Bueno, Shabanov, Smyrnyi, Alibekov

Chelsea: Kepa, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Subs: Caballero, Barkley, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jorginho, Pedro, Hazard.

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After Sunday’s draw vs Wolverhampton at Stamford BridgeChelsea are sixth in the Premier League table.

However, the Blues midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is confident Maurizio Sarris team can achieve one of the top-four spots.

“It’s still all to play for. It’s been up and down for us but we will keep going, keep working hard in training.” Loftus-Cheek told The Mirror. “The points gap is not too big, so we will keep going to try to get those wins. We must keep believing.”

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On Thursday night, Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his third Europa League goal and the assist was provided by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The two players grew together in Chelsea’s Academy and this had a role on Thursday night at Stamford Bridge vs Dinamo Kiev: “Even in training we always like to get the ball and play with each other because, obviously coming from the Academy, we like to play a lot, we know when to find each other, when the players are moving, when to give it to them”. Hudson-Odoi told Chelsea official website. “So I think Ruben saw me and he knew that I was in a better position than him so he thought: “let’s give him the chance to score”. It was really unselfish of him and I’m really happy that I got the goal, but all credit to him as well for finding me and letting me get the goal.”

Hudson-Odoi himself is enjoying his first experience in Europa League with the Blues: “Every time I play in this competition I feel confident to get goals and I feel like the team did really well, and obviously Ruben for the goal, saw me and picked me out really well,”he said. “So I think it was a good overall performance and I’m just happy to keep getting goals and keep playing.”

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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s night Carabao Cup semifinal vs TottenhamChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri gave some injury’s updates.

Pedro, Willian and Giroud are doing better, yesterday they had training with their team-mates, with the group”. the Italian explained. “I don’t know if they will be able to play tomorrow, maybe not for 90 minutes.’

On the other hand, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who left the pitch during Saturday’s Fa Cup game at Stamford Bridge vs Nottingham Forest won’t be part of the team tomorrow at Wembley: “Loftus-Cheek of course is out now, we have to understand the situation with his back because in the last month he was in trouble.” Sarri added.

Then, Sarri also spoke about January transfer window: he admitted he thinks Fabregas should leave Chelsea, but, in that case, the club must sign a replacement: “I can say only my opinion. I don’t know the decision of the club. In my opinion he needs to go. You know very well the situation and in this club there is a rule, the renewal for players over 30 is usually one year, he has an offer for three years and I don’t want a very important player like Cesc not happy, but that’s only my opinion, it depends on the club”. Sarri claimed. “If Cesc will go of course we need a replacement. Now with the midfielders we are in trouble because I don’t know about the situation with Loftus-Cheek, if it’s serious or not, without Cesc we only have five so we need a replacement.”

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After tonight’s win vs Bournemouth, Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant manager Gianfranco Zola commented on the Carabao Cup‘s draw.

The Blues will face Tottenham in the semifinals and so they have the chance to “revenge” their loss in the Premier League game.

It could have been better. But it is the semi-final. We are happy. Spurs gave us a footballing lesson but it will be a different type of game”. Zola said about the draw. “There are a lot of proud players and they want to play this game and show that we were not the ones that played that game. Too many players under played and were hurt. We are pleased that we will play them and we can’t wait”.

Chelsea gained their place in the semifinals thanks to the win vs Bournemouth as Eden Hazard scored a late winning goal:  “The difference was the changes that we made. Of course we have a lot of games and players like Eden we need to keep fit. Even in 20 minutes he can make a big difference.” Zola admitted. “He is certainly one of the players that has given this club a lot of satisfaction. Hopefully he will stay with us and get even bigger. I hope he achieves great things for us in the future”.

Eden Hazard scored the winning goal, but it was Ruben Loftus-Cheek the Blues best player tonight at Stamford Bridge:  “I was impressed with him. He has done well as a wide player, but he showed a lot of sacrifice as a midfielder”. Zola explained. “He was getting tired but was disciplined. He is gone far away from the beginning of the season. He is a good boy and works very hard”.

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Tonight at Stamford Bridge Chelsea will face Bournemouth in the Carabao Cups quarter final.

Here are the Starting XI chosen by Maurizio Sarri and Eddie Howe:

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Emerson, Fabregas, Kovacic, Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Giroud.

Substitutes: Caballero, Zappacosta, David Luiz, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi.

Bournemouth: Boruc, Cook, Simpson, Daniels, Ibe, Stanislas, Brooks, Ake, Rico, Wilson, Mousset.

Substitutes: Surman, Pugh, King, Defoe, Fraser, Mings, Travers.

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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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