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Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Eden Hazard all return to Chelsea squad as the Blues face Brighton Hove&Albion at Amex Stadium this afternoon (kick-off 1.30PM BST).

Speaking ahead of today’s clash, manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed Chelsea will face a ‘very important match’ against the Seagulls: “We need to confirm our motivation and determination like we showed in the last match. We need these qualities with continuity because every match is three points”.

“We need to improve, improve a lot. This match for us is really very important. Maybe it is the most important in this season at this moment”.

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Chelsea failed to get their 6th win from 6 games in Europa League‘s Group L after MOL Vidi FC sealed a surprising 2-2 draw in Hungary earlier this evening.

However Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri, speaking at a press conference following the clash, confirmed he was pleased with ‘the character and the reaction’ after the hosts completed a two-goal turnaround (from 0-1 to 2-1), as well as he was pleased with the performances of Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Sarri said: “We made a lot of mistakes from the tactical point of view. I am happy with the character and reaction from the second goal.

From the tactical point of view we made a lot of mistakes. We lost a lot of ball, can manage it better at the end”.

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, who scored a decisive goal later in the second half against Vidi FC, came off the bench to replace injured Alvaro Morata just before the half-time whistle in the Blues’ Europa League clash tonight.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was also asked to give an injury update on the Spaniard, who suffered a knock on his left knee.

T”he first impression of the doctor is that it isn’t too bad” he said.

“But we have to check tomorrow” Sarri added.

Chelsea will face Brighton Hove&Albion on Sunday afternoon before taking on Bournemouth in the Quarter Finals of Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

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Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri fail to complete a perfect record in the Europa League group stages as Blues were held to 2-2 draw from Hungarian side MOL Vidi FC in Budapest.

An early opener scored by Willian was denied two minutes later, when Ethan Ampadu‘s header became an unfortunate own goal. The hosts found an unexpected lead in the second half through a volley from 15 yards out, before Olivier Giroud managed to level with a curled shot into the top corner. The Frenchman had replaced injured striker Alvaro Morata (knock) earlier in the first half.

No pain for Chelsea, who end up their run as leaders of Group L. European football pauses until February, this means Maurizio Sarri and Blues will find out their next opponents on Monday.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) – Caballero; Zappacosta, Ampadu, Christensen, Emerson; Fabregas (c), Barkley, Loftus-Cheek; Willian (Pedro 56′), Morata (Giroud 46′), Hudson-Odoi

MOL VIDI (4-5-1) – Kovacsik; Fiola, Juhasz (c), Vinicius, Stopira; Nego, Hadzic (Patkai 85′), Huszti (Hodzic 81′), Nikolov, Milanov (Kovacs 81′); Scepovic

BOOKINGS Loftus-Cheek, Juhasz, Huszti, Vinicius, Nego

SCORERS: Willian 30′, Giroud 75′ Ampadu OG 32′, Nego 56′

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Chelsea face Hungarian side MOL Vidi FC as Europa League’s group stages come to an end tonight.

The Blues have already booked a place into the last 32 of the competition. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed earlier this morning that both youngsters Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi could have been selected in the starting XI. Also Caballero is given first time football, with Andreas Christensen confirmed as a centre-back. Jamie Cumming and George McEachran are on the bench.

Here’s how the teams will start (kick-off time: 5.55PM BST) in Budapest:

CHELSEA – Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Ampadu, Emerson, Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Morata, Hudson-Odoi

Subs: Cumming, Alonso, Jorginho, Pedro, Giroud, Luiz, McEachran

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

VIDI FC –  Vinicius, Fiola, Hadzic, Huszti, Nego, Nikolov, Stopira, Juhasz, Scepovic, Milanov

Subs: to be announced

Manager: Marko Nikolic

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Chelsea defender and captain Cesar Azpilicueta made his 300th appearance last evening in the Blues‘ home victory against Man City at Stamford Bridge, with goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men sealed a crucial win to go 8 points behind Liverpool, who are currently leading the Premier League table with 42 points.

Azpilicueta shared his feelings via Instagram: “The best way of celebrating my 300th appearance for Chelsea! Big win at the Bridge and big TEAM performance!”

The Spaniard has put the pen to paper on a new and improved deal with the club (four-year contract) earlier on Monday.

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Chelsea defender David Luiz scored a vital goal in the Blues’ home win against Man City at Stamford Bridge earlier on Saturday.

The Brazilian defender, speaking after the 2-0 victory against the Citizens, told Chelsea’s official website: “It was a great game, all the team did great”.

“You have to be honest, I think we were playing against the best team in Europe at the moment. They are together more than three years, they have great players and are playing very well”.

David Luiz added: “We accepted we had to suffer when we had to suffer. We had a lot of humility, and then we took our chances to score. We did a different plan to try to win the match and it worked well”.

“We have trained a lot this season to try to improve. We had some bad results, but the humility was the key. We keep fighting and we keep our feet on the ground”.

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Man City manager Pep Guardiola believes also Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs and Arsenal are currently involved in the race to lift the Premier League title in May. Liverpool are currently leading the table with 42 points, one above the Citizens.

The Spaniard, speaking after his side’s away defeat against Maurizio Sarri‘s men at Stamford Bridge, told journalists: “We are in December, also Tottenham or Chelsea or Arsenal can win the Premier League: everybody can win the Premier League.”

 “Last season it happened the same in that period. I said that isn’t going to happen. Yesterday they asked me in the press conference and I said again that isn’t going to happen. We are not here to be invincible, we are here to try and be champion, to try and make one point more than our opponents”.

Guardiola added: “We monopolise the ball like Chelsea, we create the chances, we have two thousand million passes”.

“They beat us in one counter-attack and one set piece. We played the way we want to play. After that, when the opponent is good it’s always to congratulate them, shake hands and improve for the next game.”

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What a match for Blues today! Little Sarri gave lessons to the teacher and won against big Guardiola. Italian coach usually admitted, in the past, that he is inspired  by Pep’ play and when the two manager met in Champions League, when Sarri was in Napoli, Guardiola congratulated with Italian coach for his play, hard to fight and difficult to win.

But in that occasion, finally Pep won against Maurizio. Today Maurizio Sarri is a Chelsea manager and with a attentive and zealous preparation and way to manager the match, take is revenge and won against Pep but not only. Sarri won against Pep but Chelsea won against Manchester City, current Premier League’ Champions  who, now, set back just 7 point.

Sarri came to press conference of course satisfied for the game expressed by his guys and for the winning spoke about the match and about his choice that permitted the winning like, for example Hazard position.

‘We had Eden for the first time in that position – like a striker – and in the first 20 or 25 minutes we didn’t work well in the defensive movements in the opposition half, but fortunately we defended well in our half. We started to press better and after the first goal the game changed’.

‘We played very well in the last few minutes of the first half, and the first 20 minutes of the second, and in the end we deserved to win.

‘We’re very happy with the win, we know it’s not easy to beat City in this moment. For me it’s not easy to win against Pep, as you know, so I’m very happy but now we need to find this kind of motivation and play with this level of determination and aggressivity in other matches, otherwise its useless winning matches like this.’

‘We knew there would maybe be more space for counter attacks, but it wasn’t a total choice to defend in our half.’

He spoke also about Kante and David Luiz who, both played a good match

‘I think Kante scored by chance because they played very close to Jorginho, more than in the other matches. He defended very well and had some good counter attacks. Then he was in the box for the first goal, but today he played in the right position, very close to Jorginho. He played very well.’

‘I have to say I was very happy with him from the beginning. Of course there are matches like this one in which it’s easier to stay on the defensive line because the offensive movements are working very well, and there are matches when that’s difficult, like Tottenham, because the defensive phase of the team is a disaster. Today he played a really good match.’

He also spoke about Alvaro

‘The reason was clear; we played with Hazard as a striker and so if we had to change something there was Giroud. I think it was useless to have two strikers on the bench, I prefer more midfielders because today I was in trouble with wingers, so the only option was Loftus-Cheek.’

And to finish he also spoke about the gap with Manchester City 

‘I think it’s impossible to close the gap in one season. You can play one match but in a competition of 10 months it’s very difficult. I think they are the best team in Europe. We won today but we have to say we were a bit lucky in the first 25 because they could have scored.

‘I’m very happy with the win because it’s very diff to win against Guardiola’s team. I know they are a step ahead, we have to work to cover the gap. We will try and I’m very happy.’

 

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Chelsea sealed a crucial win at Stamford Bridge against Man City and get back to winning after two away defeats (against Tottenham Hotspurs and Wolves, last time out).

The Blues deserves an extra credit as they scored with their first attack in a tough first half.

Goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz are enough and mean that Chelsea are still in the race for the Premier League title after getting 34 points from 16 games so far.

Maurizio Sarri, who marked his first ever win against Pep Guardiola, held the Citizens to their first defeat in the league. For the visitors, David Silva limped off with a hamstring injury

Liverpool are now leaders of the Premier League table with 42 points, one ahead of City and 8 ahead of Chelsea.

 

CHELSEA (4-3-3) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 64′); Pedro, Hazard (Giroud 88′), Willian (Loftus-Cheek 74′)

MAN CITY (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph; B Silva, Fernandinho, D Silva (Gundogan 66′); Mahrez (Foden 83′), Sterling, Sane (Jesus 52′)

Scorers: Kante 45′ David Luiz 78′
Bookings: Jorginho Pedro

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