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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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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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