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Goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud make the difference as Chelsea beat Malmo in the first-leg of Europa League last-32 in Sweden.

The hosts are still competitive in the tie following a late goal scored by Anders Christiansen, which means the Blues can’t afford a defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri sealed his first away victory in the new year as the squad will travel back to England to prepare the FA Cup clash against Manchester United before the Europa League’s second-leg.

MALMO (4-4-2): Dahlin, Vindheim, Nielsen, Bengtsson, Safari; Traustason (Lewicki 70′), Christiansen (Gall 80′), Bachirou, Rieks; Antonsson (Strandberg 70′), Rosenberg

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Barkley, Jorginho (Kante 74′), Kovacic; Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 85′), Giroud, Willian (Hazard 70′)

SCORERS: Barkley 30′ Giroud 58′ Christiansen 80′

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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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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was spotted while refusing to hands with Manchester city boss Pep Guardiola following his side’s 6-0 defeat at Etihad Stadium today.
“I didn’t see him at that moment. I will see him afterwards, it was by chance. I wanted to go the dressing room” Sarri said speaking at a post-match press conference.
Guardiola added: “I just spoke with Zola, Sarri didn’t see me. I have a great relationship with him, no problem. 
The Manchester City manager added: “I know what he wants to do, this football always helps to make us better. They want to try to do it, they beat us at Stamford Bridge.
The people don’t understand how difficult it is to do something. The people expect that it immediately comes, it needs time. It only is the belief of the owners. Today we were really good and why we won”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who left the pitch without even saying goodbye to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola following the 6-0 defeat at Etihad Stadium, was asked to comment his team performance.
He told SkySportsAt the moment, I am not able to explain [the defeat]. During the week my feeling was very good. I am not able to understand.”
Will there be scrutiny on your position?  “I think that is right. I am in charge of the team so, it’s right.”
On whether there will be talks with the club about his future“I don’t know. Not at the moment. But I think that will happen, it’s normal. It’s something that we need to do. I don’t know, you have to ask the club. I have no idea.”

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Chelsea face Huddersfield Town today to bounce back from their last disappointing defeat at Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth.

Maurizio Sarri made four changes from the team which suffered a 0-4 defeat on Wednesday. Here is the Blues’ line-up for today’s clash:

CHELSEA – Kepa, Alonso, Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Hazard, Higuain

Substitutes: Caballero, Rudiger, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN – Lossl, Smith, Kongolo, Schindler, Lowe, Bacuna, Billing, Mooy, Mbenza, Kachunga, Diakhaby

Substitutes: Hamer, Grant, Pritchard, Mounie, Zanka, Hadergjonaj, Puncheon

Manager: Jan Siewert

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 3PM BST

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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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Latest Chelsea signing Gonzalo Higuain received a warm welcome at Stamford Bridge before the kick-off tonight.

The Blues have beaten Tottenham Hotspur in the second-leg of semi-final to book a place into the Carabao Cup final (against Man City), with the Argentine striker in attendance to support his new teammates.

Higuain was announced as a Chelsea player on Wednesday night. The 31-year-old has joined the club on loan until the end of current season.

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Gonzalo Higuain has today joined Chelsea on loan until the end of current season, with an option to make the deal permanent or extend his loan spell at Stamford Bridge for the 2019/2020 campaign as well.

Upon completing his move to the club, the Argentine striker said: “When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it. It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in.

I now hope I can give back that trust Chelsea have shown me out on the pitch. I can’t wait to start and I hope to adapt as soon as possible”.

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Gonzalo Higuain is expected to fly to London on Tuesday to finalize a loan move to Chelsea, according to reports in Italy and England.

The Argentine striker reportedly won’t be allowed to leave the club and undergo his medical at Chelsea until AC Milan have completed the signing of Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa CFC.

Higuain has been left out of tomorrow’s clash against Genoa CFC and will move from his parent club Juventus to Stamford Bridge on a six-month loan.

Speaking at a press conference, AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso told journalists: “I accept his decision. He could have done something more and maybe we could have helped him fit in better”.

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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”.


Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri spoke following tonight's defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round tie. The Italian boss said: "I think so. Of course I’m not...